Lebanon, Russian Gambit Focuses Franco-American Minds, Short Term Resolution
Goes Blue Amid Flashes of Lightening
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
August 10, 8:20 p.m. -- The ranks of Russian chess masters must now be expanded
beyond Karpov and Kasparov. After 5 p.m. on Thursday, Russia's permanent
representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin emerged from 885 Second Avenue, which
houses the French and UK missions, and spoke to a throng of reporters. He
announced that Russia is putting forth its own resolution on Lebanon, one
calling for a 72 hour cessation of hostilities. He said he intended to "put this
resolution in blue," meaning file it with Security Council Affairs and then
Documents Control, which will prepare the text in the UN's six official
languages, allowing for a Friday vote. Amb. Churkin indicated that Russia would
withdraw its resolution if the French and U.S., who were negotiating upstairs,
came to agreement on changes to their resolution.
The full text
-- only 130 words -- of the Russian draft resolution is below.
thereafter, just as a thunderstorm began, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton emerged.
He called the Russian resolution an unnecessary diversion, declaring that "we
are not playing games." While heading out onto 47th Street, he said they would
continue working all night. The rain grew harder and a dog began to howl. A side
door opened and gallons of soapy water were swept out onto the pavilion full of
wet journalists. The lion lay with the lamb: a famously Zionist reporter held
the Al Arabia TV microphone as a favor. Upstairs, French Ambassador de La
Sabliere apparently negotiated with himself. It was reported that Margaret
Beckett would arrive from London, if they allowed her on the plane. There were
rumors of Condoleeza Rice in the wings. As one wag -- this one -- put it,
success has many parents, but failure has only the P5 Ambassadors.
Churkin and Wang, right to left, in drier North Korean times
UN headquarters, soaking wet, informed sources indicated that to "go blue" the
plumbing involves Security Council Affairs on the 32nd floor, and Document
Control on the 15th. The ascent and descent of elevators was studied. There were
sighting of elusive Documents Control staff. Television journalists headed for
the exits. "If Churkin says it's going blue, that's good enough for us," one
It was a
dark and rainy night... Watching the lightening above Turtle Bay, a reporter
analysis, remembering a side comment by Chinese Ambassador Wang, that there
would be repercussions for the U.S.'s obstruction of even a Presidential
Statement on the death by bomb of the four UNIFIL staffers. And where was Amb.
Wang during Thursday's developments? Since a chess master does not move without
thinking several steps ahead, who'd be Amb. Churkin's backers? Developing.
The Russian draft
resolution, distributed to Council members:
Expressing its gravest concern over the increasing escalation of hostilities in
Lebanon and Israel since 12 July 2006,
by large numbers of civilian casualties, extensive damage to civilian
infrastructure and hundreds of thousands internally displaced persons,
Emphasizing the critical need for urgent humanitarian supplies and mindful of
the looming threat of even greater humanitarian catastrophe,
1. Calls for an immediate and full cessation of hostilities for
humanitarian purposes for a period of 72 hours;
2. Urges all parties concerned and the international community to
provide urgently all required humanitarian assistance to civilian population in
3. Calls for extraordinary diplomatic efforts to arrive without further
delay at a political solution to the crisis;
4. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.
UN Office: S-453A,
UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439
Can Solve Its Own Problems, Ghanaian Minister Tells Inner City Press, On LRA
Peace Talks and Kofi Annan's Views
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
August 9 -- Africa is or should be able to solve its own problems, Ghana's
Foreign Minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
said Wednesday in
New York. Former Liberian president Charles Taylor, currently in The Hague on
charges of war crimes, should have been tried in Africa, according to Minister
Nana, who noted that "it would be anomalous for Milosevic to have been tried in
Freetown." He added that the indictments by the Hague-based International
Criminal Court of the top five officials of the Lord's Resistance Army rebels
from Uganda should be put on hold pending peace and amnesty talks being held in
Juba in South Sudan between the LRA and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni government.
Minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and S-G Kofi Annan
which holds the presidency of the UN Security Council this month, had scheduled
a full day open session on West Africa peace consolidation. Ghanaian
Foreign Minister Nana began by noting that while "events in the Middle East are
important, there are other important events in other parts of the world. I think
it is just as well that a balance is established to show that the concerns of
humanity are not just focused on one region but focused on all parts of the
world that need consideration and discussion."
responding to seven
questions from Inner City Press at the conclusion of the afternoon session,
ranging from Ivory Coast through Liberia to Uganda and Zimbabwe, Minister Nana
sketched out an Afro-centric vision of justice and "peace on the Continent." He
expressed hope that diplomatic relations between the world community,
specifically the United Kingdom, and the Robert Mugabe government in Zimbabwe
can be improved.
Responding to concerns that Mr. Mugabe's appointed mediator and former Tanzanian
president Benjamin Mkapa is too close to Mugabe to be seen as independent, and
that Kofi Annan erred in deferring to Mr. Mkapa, Minister Nana said, "I prefer
to wait and see." He responded similarly when asked about the peace talks with
the Lord's Resistance Army. "Talks for peace? That has to be good, right? We
must wait to see what happens."
Kofi Annan's spokesman was asked by Inner City Press to respond to these "wait
and see" views. At the televised noon briefing, the spokesman said that the
indictments are for the ICC to comment on, but that "the Secretary-General and
the UN system do not condone impunity." He stated that countries which are
signatories to the ICC's Rome Statute, which included Uganda, must arrest and
turn over indictees to the ICC in The Hague. More generally, he stated that
"each post-war situation calls for a different solution, drawn up by governments
themselves." This appears to apply to the
UN's silence on the offer of a colonel's
position in the Congolese army to Peter Karim,
who took seven UN peacekeepers hostage for over forty days. The spokesman closed
with a reference to the UN's new Peacebuilding Commission, which is focused in
part on Burundi.
to The Hague, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis
Moreno-Ocampo has repeatedly reminded Uganda and the Democratic Republic of
Congo, where LRA leaders Joseph Kony and Vincent Otti are reportedly staying, of
their duties to enforce the ICC's arrest warrants for both men and three other
LRA leaders. From Wednesday's statements by Ghanaian minister Nana, it appears
clear that Ghana, or its foreign minister at least, has doubts about the
indictments. In the sphere of lobbying, some have begun to call for the ICC "to
employ Article 53(4) of the Rome Statute, under which the Prosecutor can
reconsider a decision at any time based on new facts or information.'"
Charles Taylor, Minister Nana complained that too many "are talking as if he has
already been convicted."
separate interview Tuesday with the United Kingdom's permanent representative to
the UN, Emyr Jones Parry, Inner City Press inquired into reports that the UK is
promoting a draft security council resolution to allow the use of force and
crossing of borders into the Congo to pursue the LRA and its leadership.
Ambassador Jones Parry confirmed that the UK is drafting such a resolution.
another matter before the Security Council, the request to remove the sanction
on the trade in Liberian diamonds, Minister Nana noted that ECOWAS has called
for a lifting of all sanctions with economic impacts, by implication including
the diamond sanctions. Mr. Nana said, " if as we see a responsible and
accountable government is beginning to put its feet down in Monrovia, there's
every reason to assist that process by enabling them to have access to more and
more money to do the work they need to do to consolidate peace in their
Security Council is also actively seized of the situation in Ivory Coast in the
run-up to the elections now scheduled for October 31. Inner City Press asked
Minister Nana if he expects that deadline to be met. Mr. Nana responded that
"increasingly most of us have recognized that may not be feasible," but that the
need to maintain momentum should "guide all actors in the Ivorian drama." Asked
to respond to Laurent Gbagbo's recent statement that he will remain in power
even if elections are further delayed, Minister Nana said he is "not in a
position to comment on the Constitutional propriety either way."
Wednesday's open Council session, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke of the
competing needs for reconciliation and for strengthening the rule of law.
Wednesday Inner City Press asked Mr. Annan's spokesman to prioritize these two.
The spokesman's response noted that "the Secretary-General and the UN system do
not condone impunity" and that "justice must be served without delay." In the
tinted glass building on Manhattan's East River bank, the statements are
straight-forward. Out in zones of conflict, particularly out of the media's
spotlight like the deal in East Congo with Peter Karim, the messages get lost.
Nor, some note, has peace as yet resulted.
The responses of
Ghana's Foreign Minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and Inner City Press'
questions, are online at
spokesman's response is at the end of
the UN, Jay-Z Floats Past Questions on Water Privatization and Sweatshops,
Q'Orianka Kilcher in the Basement
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
August 9 -- Kofi Annan and two UN agencies appeared Wednesday with rapper Jay-Z
to talk about access to water. The news, such as it was, is that water is good.
Inner City Press asked Shawn Jay-Z Carter two questions, about water
privatization and about the Associated Press charges, unrebutted in the public
record, that his
clothing line Rocawear used sweatshop Southwest
Textiles S.A. in Cholula, Honduras. Video
at Minute 20:30 through 23:19.
On the water
privatization question, Jay-Z said, "that's just bureaucracy, I don't have any
expertise in that," adding that he's about raising awareness. Later he praised
Coca-Cola for giving money for play pumps;
Coke is under fire for overuse of water in
India as well as in Colombia.
Never heard of it.
request that he address Rocawear's reported use of sweatshops, and whether the
company still uses Southwest Textiles, S.A., Jay-Z said, "Still? That means that
they were." Video
from Minute 21:28.
charges were on AP and in USA Today, click
view, and have not been rebutted in the public record, Inner City Press asked
for a response. But none was given. And so it goes at the United Nations. There
is an unself-conscious partnering not only with pop culture figures, click
see below, for one with more substance, but also with corporations, from
and so on without end, for now. Meanwhile the bombs in Lebanon continue.
noon briefing that followed,
Inner City Press asked if
the UN's refugee agency UNHCR has anything to say about Uzbekistan's bragging
14 dissidents are about to be returned from
Russia. The spokesman responded that UNHCR speaks with the countries at issue.
Does that include Uzbekistan and the Karimov regime, which having already thrown
UNHCR out of the country is moving to similar oust Mercy Corps, allegedly for
espionage? We'll see.
City Press also asked about the DR Congo election, and the EU observer mission's
recent statement that that the
vote counting "process is lacking checks
and balances of transparency" and
that announcing incomplete results could stir up tensions." After the briefing,
Kofi Annan's spokesman's office provided this statement:
"SRSG Swing reminded Congolese yesterday
that it is vital to maintain the same discipline and orderliness that they
showed on 30th July. He said that, at this stage, it is premature to give
results, since only 5% of ballot papers have been counted."
informative was a briefing by the head of Kofi Annan's assessment mission to
Nepal, Staffan de Mistura. While since he was in Nepal the process nearly fell
apart, Monday the scheduled joint-but-separate letters were delivered to the UN,
view. Inner City Press inquired into the
that U.S. Ambassador to Nepal James Francis Moriarty tried at the last minute to
scuttle the process, click here for allegation. Mr. de Mistura responded
diplomatically, that all on the P5 are now on board. In response to the second
question of Inner City Press, about South Lebanon where he was previously an
envoy, Mr. de Mistura was more poetic, noting that "the best medicine is
preventative." Meanwhile Lebanon continues not only to fester but also be
International Day of the World's Indigenous People was celebrated six days late
in the Dag Hammerskjold auditorium, where Q'Orianka Kilcher presented, alongside
Wilton Littlechild, whom
Inner City Press quoted
back in May:
"Asked about the issues of missionaries,
conversions and adoptions, under the rubric of loss of culture, Forum member
Wilton Littlechild said the matter is not only in the draft, but also before the
Commission on the Rights of the Child. In a separate interview in the basement
outside Conference Room 2, Mr. Littlechild described several class actions in
Canada on these issues, alleging cultural genocide. Since the treatment by
courts of claims of cultural genocide is an open question, one wonders if the
Declaration -- in one its 19 perambulatory paragraphs or 45 articles --
shouldn't address the need in nations' laws for just such a cause of action."
didn't happen, but action is expected in and around the General Assembly in
September. We'll see. Wednesday Inner City Press asked Mr. Littlechild for an
update on the opposition of the U.S., Australia and New Zealand to the
Declaration. Mr. Littlechild said he anticipates that opposition continuing, but
that Canada's may be changing.
Press asked Q'Orianka Kilcher for her position on the pending U.S. Peru Free
Trade Agreement, and on indigenous people's participation in the Peruvian
economy. After some whispering on the panel, the first answer came from Romy
Tincopa from the Peruvian mission, who said of probably with the Free Trade
Agreement, "the government is taking care of that."
Q'Orianka Kilcher responded by describing her visit to oil areas of Peru,
"polluted by Oxy... without reinjection pipes," and about meeting a boy with
chemical burns on 70% of his body. Oxy is formally Occidental; the naming of
names is important.
basement, Q'Orianka Kilcher spoke passionately against human rights being
violated for economic gain, particularly by multinational oil companies in the
Amazon. Upstairs at noon, at the event Kofi Annan attended, these issues were
dodged. And so it goes.
the UN Security Council, Speeches and Stasis as Haiti is Forgotten, for a Shebaa
Russell Lee at the UN
August 8, 4:22 p.m. -- For a ceasefire in Lebanon to be enacted by the UN
Security Council in 24 or even 48 hours appears less and less likely.
Update of 11:59 p.m.,
last of day -- Despite and responding to CNN's below-quoted report quoting U.S.
Amb. Bolton's spokesman of France breaking from the U.S., the French mission's
spokesman emailed the UN press corps Tuesday night, "We totally deny that
report, negotiations between France and the U.S. are going on." So disagreeing
with CNN or the U.S. mission? Earlier Tuesday, the French spokesman and the U.S.
deputy spokesman laughed together, when the latter provided correction of who
was in the room, the P5 and "the Arab four." How fast they fall out, or CNN's
wrong. We'll see.
Update of 7:45 p.m. -- After multiple stakeout interviews, including French Ambassador
de La Sabliere choosing to do it in the dark, not before the UN TV cameras, and
John Bolton bolting, the mood on the second floor was dark. On the television
over the coffee machine, blaring CNN, Lou Dobbs turned from immigrants to pass
on word from Bolton's spokesman that France is breaking from the U.S., and
joining Lebanon in demanding that Israel withdraw. Washington was floating a
counterproposal, that Lebanon's 15,000 troops be supplement with an
international force of roughly similar size. No Israeli pull-out, under this
trial lead balloon, but an eventual pull-out more credible.
people couldn't stop a pillow fight," one journalist, visual, said. "They should
turn this place into a water park."
sound like Bolton," a fact collector for a television network said.
cafeteria, Inner City Press ran into Doctor David Nabarro, the UN's point man on
it on bird flu?"
goes on," Dr. Nabarro said. "It's not big news these days. That's the nature of
news -- there's a finite amount." He added that there are in fact worries of
bird flu in Lebanon, and that's he'd like to come back to brief about it, once
the news is not so... you know. We know...
Update of 5:40 p.m.
-- Dozens of reporters press together to hear staffers who refused to be named
explain that in the room it's not "P5 plus one" -- and that would be Qatar --
but rather "P5 plus four," including the foreign minister of the United Arab
Emirates. Meanwhile Inner City Press can report that a bomb-sniffing dog, a
3-year old male Labrador who declined to be named, sniffed the coffee cups
heading in to the room. So when they drink it...
As Kofi Annan and the
afternoon's three speakers, from Qatar, Israel and Lebanon, swept into the
Council chambers past 3:30 p.m., staffers of the Permanent Five missions told
reporters not to expect immanent action. On the sidelines, Ambassador Mayoral of
Argentina was asked to show his identification card to the guard outside the
chamber. Photographers rushed up the staircase; Mark Malloch-Brown sat in his
sunglasses next to head peacekeeper Jean-Marie Guehenno.
Meanwhile the air
is sucked out of most other issues and regions. A purportedly small but telling
detail: the press corps was informed that Edmond Mulet, Kofi Annan's envoy to
Haiti, from which Mr. Annan only days ago returned, was to take questions at 4
p.m.. There are questions to be asked, about a slate of kidnappings and murders,
and Mr. Mulet's proposal to boost the UN force with a SWAT team of 100.
not the Middle East
Lochard of the Police National d'Haiti is accused of funding his own murderous
gang. But at 4 p.m., with all reporters staring at the television showing
Israel's Dan Gillerman's speech before the Council, Mr. Mulet's briefing was
unceremoniously cancelled. It was cancelled in the second floor hallway, and not
rescheduled. A cameraman told Inner City Press that a sanctions meeting he was
slated to be at was cancelled. How long can this go on?
Wise minds at the stakeout predict the solution, if there is one, is shifting
the word-games toward the Shebaa Farms, so that each side can claim victory how
ever Pyrrhic... To be continued.
Silence on Congo Election and Uranium, Until It's To Iran or After a Ceasefire,
and Council Rift on Kony
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
NATIONS, August 8 -- The Congolese uranium mentioned a month ago in a UN report
is now suddenly more prominent, due to
reports it was destined for Iran.
Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's
spokesman about the report, the
uranium shipment, and the strange silence of the UN's Congo mission, MONUC. The
spokesman had also been silent on reports of irregularities in ballot counting
in the Congo. It's said the UN has spend over $450 million on the election, yet
reporters observe ballots held down with pieces of crumbling walls, while
counting stations burn.
ballots, all stacked up
spokesman Stephane Dujarric, returning from vacation into a blizzard of
questions about the Middle East, fielded both Congo questions in a general way.
On vote counting he urged patience and calm, calling the election a "humongous
challenge." On the export of the Congo's natural resources he was more
expansive, calling it a "great problem" but insisting that the UN's MONUC
"cannot and does not monitor the export of resources from the DRC." Video
from Minute 22 to 24:33.
report, S/2006/525 dated July 18, states of a uranium "shipment from October
2005, the Tanzanian Government left no doubt that the uranium was transported
from Lubumbashi by road through Zambia to the United Republic of Tanzania."
Less than a month later in Kinshasa, MONUC spokesman Jean-Tobias Okala
he could not confirm the uranium shipment. Developing.
similar silence on Somalia, the UN spokesman has committed to provide details on
the UN's humanitarian assessment mission to Mogadishu, which ended last Tuesday
with nothing being said of it. Why not go to Baidoa, to see if Ethiopian troops
are there or not? Mr. Dujarric said he would ask, but that "I doubt I will have
any more to say that what has been said here from this podium" -- that is, that
the UN is "not in the position to confirm" the invasion of one country by
another, at least not when the invasion is ostensibly in support of the party
the UN has sided with. Inner City Press also asked about reports of an "
Ilyushin-76 cargo plane, with the Kazakh flag painted on its tail, landed in the
capital, Mogadishu, on July 26 and 28," presumably with arms for the Supreme
Council of Islamic Courts. Another largely ignored UN report, S/2006/ 229 dated
May 4, named six nations violating the Somalia arms embargo -- Ethiopia,
Eritrea, Djibouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Italy, and other "clandestine"
violator, widely assumed to by the United States. And now the Khazaks join the
from Minute 34:14 to 35:15.We'll see.
of questioning begun Monday by Inner City Press was on Tuesday moved forward, if
only slightly. Responding further to Inner City Press' question about the use of
depleted uranium (DU) in weapons in Lebanon, the spokesman said while the UN's
Department of Disarmament Affairs has "no clear position" on the use of DU
weapons, there is a "need to investigate" the use of DU in "post-conflict
situations like Kosovo and Bosnia." Video
from Minutes 32:32 to 33:08. So apparently the UN would wait at least until
after a ceasefire, or cessation of hostilities, in the current draft resolution
puts it, before using Geiger counters.
another too-ignored problem on the Continent, Inner City Press on Tuesday
conducted walking interviews with both the Ghanaian president of the Security
Council, Nana Effah-Apenteng, and with UK Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, on
that the Council is preparing a Chapter VII resolution to disarm the Lord's
Resistance Army. Ghana's Ambassador said, "We have to wait for the outcome of
the Juba talks." Somewhat differently, Amb. Jones Parry confirmed that the UK is
drafting and pushing a Chapter VII resolution. In the Juba talks, Joseph Kony
and Vincent Otti and three others indicted for war crimes by the International
Criminal Court are being offered amnesty by Uganda's Museveni government. The
Ghanaian Ambassador's position seems to not take this into account. The UK
position, while always pro-Museveni, is contradicted by the UK's reported
refusal to encourage Uganda to stop ignoring the DR Congo sanctions.
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In DR Congo, UN
Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with Kidnapper
Congo, UN Admits Hostage Deal with Warlord That Put Him in Congolese
At the UN, Dow
Chemical's Invited In, While Teaming Up With Microsoft is Defended
Questioned about Congolese Colonel Who Kidnapped Seven UN Soldiers
At the UN,
Speeches While Gaza Stays Lightless and Insurance Not Yet Paid
At the UN
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At the UN
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the UN, New Phrase Passes Resolution called Gangster-Like by North Korea; UK
Deputy on the Law(less)
Speaks of "Political Overstretch" Undermining Peacekeeping in Lower
In Gaza Power
Station, the Role of Enron and the U.S. Government's OPIC Revealed by UN
At UN, North
Korean Knot Attacked With Fifty Year Old Precedent, Game Continues Into
Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with Microsoft, and
Vetoed by U.S., While North Korea Faces Veto and Chechnya Unread
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At the UN, A Day
of Resolutions on Gaza, North Korea and Iran, Georgia as Side Dish
UN Grapples with
Somalia, While UNDP Funds Mugabe's Human Rights Unit, Without
In North Korean
War of Words, Abuses in Uganda and Impunity Go Largely Ignored
On North Korea,
Blue Words Move to a Saturday Showdown, UNDP Uzbek Stonewall
As the World
Turns in Uganda and Korea, the UN Speaks only on Gaza, from Geneva
North Korea in
the UN: Large Arms Supplant the Small, and Confusion on Uganda
UN Gives Mugabe
Time with His Friendly Mediator, Refugees Abandoned
At the UN,
Friday Night's Alright for Fighting; Annan Meets Mugabe
Abuse in Uganda, But What Did Donors Know and When? Kazakh Questions
In Uganda, UNDP
to Make Belated Announcement of Program Halt, But Questions Remain (and
The New Vision,
Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending
Abuse in Uganda Blamed on UNDP, Still Silent on Finance
Alleged Abuse in
Disarmament in Uganda Known by UNDP, But Dollar Figures Still Not Given:
What Did UN Know and When?
Strong Arm on
Small Arms: Rift Within UN About Uganda's Involuntary Disarmament of
UN in Denial on
Sudan, While Boldly Predicting the Future of Kosovo/a
Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs
Predicts The World Is a Ghetto, But Will Finance Be Addressed at
Vancouver World Urban Forum?
At the UN, a
Commando Unit to Quickly Stop Genocide is Proposed, by Diplomatic Sir
Concerned About Use of Terror's T-Word to Repress, Wants
Freedom of Information
UN Waffles on
Human Rights in Central Asia and China; ICC on Kony and a Hero from
At the UN,
Internal Justice Needs Reform, While in Timor Leste, Has Evidence Gone
UN & US,
Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty
and Senator Tom Coburn
In Bolton's Wake,
Silence and Speech at the UN, Congo and Kony, Let the Games Begin
Pro-Poor Talk and
a Critique of the World Trade Organization from a WTO Founder: In UN
Lull, Ugandan Fog and Montenegrin Mufti
Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News
In Praise of
Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial
UN Sees Somalia
Through a Glass, Darkly, While Chomsky Speaks on Corporations and
Everything But Congo
AIDS Ends at the
UN? Side Deals on Patents, Side Notes on Japanese Corporations,
Salvadoran and Violence in Burundi
On AIDS at the
UN, Who Speaks and Who Remains Unseen
Corporate Spin on
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Nightmares, from Ituri to Kasai. Au Revoir Allan Rock; the UN's
Warlords, Insulated by Latrines: Somalia and Pakistan Addressed at the
The Silence of
the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank
Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins
Child Labor and
Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu
Editor Arrested by Congo-Brazzaville, As It Presides Over Security
Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens
at the UN, But Not the Global Compact; Teaching Statistics from
Turkmenbashi's Single Book
Ripped Off Worse
in the Big Apple, by Citigroup and Chase: High Cost Mortgages Spread in
Outer Boroughs in 2005, Study Finds
Burundi: Chaos at
Camp for Congolese Refugees, Silence from UNHCR, While Reform's Debated
by Forty Until 4 AM
In Liberia, From
Nightmare to Challenge; Lack of Generosity to Egeland's CERF, Which
China's Asked About
Mirage: Beyond French Bombs, Is Exxon In the Cast? Asylum and the
Uzbeks, Shadows of Stories to Come
Through the UN's
One-Way Mirror, Sustainable Development To Be Discussed by Corporations,
Even Nuclear Areva
Disparities Grew Worse in 2005 at Citigroup, HSBC and Other Large Banks
Mine Your Own
Business: Explosive Remnants of War and the Great Powers, Amid the
Human Rights Are
Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still
Iraq's Oil to be
Metered by Shell, While Basrah Project Remains Less than Clear
At the UN, Dues
Threats and Presidents-Elect, Unanswered Greek Mission Questions
Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala
Swarmer Begins, UN's Qazi Denies It's Civil War and Has No Answers if
Iraq's Oil is Being Metered
Cash Crop: In
Nepal, Bhutanese Refugees Prohibited from Income Generation Even in
The Shorted and
Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't
Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance
Chaos, Shots Fired at U.N. Helicopter Gunship
In the Sudanese
Crisis, Oil Revenue Goes Missing, UN Says
Empty Words on
Money Laundering and Narcotics, from the UN and Georgia
What is the Sound
of Eleven Uzbeks Disappearing? A Lack of Seats in Tashkent, a Turf War
Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of
Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia
Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives
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Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference
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