Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the Inner City to Wall Street to the United Nations

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Home -

Follow us on TWITTER

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis


ICP on YouTube

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

Syria Calls Libyan a Traitor, Alleges Zintan Camp, Of PKK & Censorship

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 25 -- Syria took center stage in the UN Security Council's debate on Protection of Civilians on Monday afternoon. Israel's Permanent Representative Ron Prosor kicked it off denouncing Syria's arming of Hezbollah in Lebanon.

  Syria's Bashar Ja'afari ended things after 6 pm by saying that his country's crisis has only been for a year and a half, but Israel has abused Palestine much longer.

  A reader chimed in that even "in that short time, Assad has already surpassed the entire Israel-Palestinian casualty count." But neither compares with Sri Lanka, which killed 40,000 civilians in May 2009.

  When Turkey's Permanent Representative Apakan came to the Security Council to speak, Inner City Press gently asked him about "the jet." He genially declined to speak about it.

  In his speech, Apakan urged that UN not to include in its reports "positive references to NGOs" which are tools of "terrorist organizations." Inner City Press' diagnosis of "Kurds" was sloppy, corrected to "PKK."

  Morocco spoke at the end, opposing a reference in the morning linking Western Sahara to the Arab Spring. Armenia's Permanent Representative spoke next to last, citing the Obama - Putin - Hollande statement from the G-20 in Los Cabos. Surprisingly, Azerbaijan did not invoke its right of reply.

  Venezuela spoke of US drones; Philippines of its workers overseas, which have led it to abstain from Syria votes.

  The three way race for two "WEOG" seat on the Security Council was in full swing, with Finland speaking for the Nordic countries (and about to host a conference on mediation), Australia buzzing around, and Luxembourg making the point that the pull out from Syria of the Arab League mission only made things worse.

  Syria's Ja'afari accused Libya's Ambassador Dabbashi of hating his own country, which he said is hosting a camp in Zintan, funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to overthrow Assad.

  Dabbashi left without replying, stopping to reminisce with Inner City Press about prediction at last year's US Mission Independence Day barbeque, most of which came true. Will this year's?

  Greece and Jordan, among others, spoke about the letting journalists do their jobs. Ironically, a number of diplomats stopped to ask Inner City Press, alone at the stakeout -- "you're still here?" -- about the campaign by the UN Correspondents Association Executive Committee, President and Treasurer, Margaret Besheer of Voice of America, to eject Inner City Press.

   Even as a new article came out, more pressure was brought to bear on Inner City Press simply for what it has written. After several other parties, they prepared to celebrate. We'll have more on this.

Share |

Click here for Sept 23, '11 about UN General Assembly

Click for Mar 1, '11 re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for a Reuters AlertNet piece by this correspondent about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click here for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali National Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an undefined trust fund.  Video Analysis here

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-253, UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2012 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]