Evo Morales Calls Colombia “US Candidate,” IMF Praise Out of
September 21, updated -- With
Colombia running for a seat on the UN
Security Council, several leftist countries in Latin America have
been grumbling. Inner City Press asked Bolivian President Evo Morales
on Tuesday for his nation's view. After asking a second time, Morales
said Colombia “is a candidate of the United States.”
City Press asked Morales about the International Monetary Fund,
criticism of which was proposed for the MDG Summit
by Bolivia, Venezuela and others, but which was edited out.
that the IMF is guilty of “blackmail,” such as applying pressure
for privatization. In the press conference before Bolivia's,
Venezuela's Permanent Representative to the UN Jorge Valero told
Inner City Press that at least a portion of the document what would
have praised the IMF and World Bank had been removed.
Inner City Press' question about Colombia, saying that relations are
going better with the country and it is in the hands of Hugo Chavez.
Neither did he answer what had happened to the earlier prediction his
country would head the Group of 77 this year: Argentina has now
gotten the spot.
Evo Morales at UN, G-77, Argentina replacing
Venezuela not shown
how the Obama administration has treated Bolivia. Badly, Morales
said, questioning how an African American could mistreat an
indigenous person, noting various forms of US aid that have been cut. [See response of P.J. Crowley of US, below.]
had wanted to ask Morales for his views on immigration, but time did
not permit. His Ambassador to the UN Pablo Solon said he will speak
again later in this week. Watch this site.
Morales' press conference as a head of state was rare this eye.
Earlier on Tuesday, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan was
replaced by his foreign minister, just as Hugo Chavez was replaced by
Ambassador Valero. But Rosa Otunbayeva of Kyrgyzstan, slated for a
2:30 press conference, canceled altogether. Another US candidate?
Barack Obama has having one of his few bilateral meetings with her,
on Friday. Watch this site.
of 7 p.m. -- at a briefing across from the UN at the US Mission, Inner
City Press asked P.J. Crowley of the US State Department about what
Morales said, about aid and Colombia.
Crowley said that US aid to Bolivia has been "restructured"
based on conditions on the ground making Bolivia "ineligible" for U.S.
Crowley did not answer on Colombia. But, in response to Inner City
Press' question of whom the US supports between Germany, Portugal and
Canada for the two Western European and Other Group seats on the
Security Council, Crowley said "I'm quite confident we will not"
describe "our deliberation on votes" for seats at the UN.
But the US has made much of seats it opposed Iran for, to
answer criticism of Iran gaining a seat on the Committee on that
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women....
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on MDGs, More Questions Than Answers, Jafar on Rosneft, UNDP
September 20 -- On the first day of the UN's big week, a
session of the Millennium Development Goals Summit, heads of state
sat chewing gum in the General Assembly, while the media was largely
confined to a room on the UN's North Lawn.
ostensibly about the poor, leaders took pot shots at their enemies.
Georgia's President Saakashvili denounced Russia's use of resources
from Abkhazia to build up for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's President Ivanov lashed out at
Greece about, what else, the name issue, which he said kept his
country's economy back.
Fund chief Dominique Strauss Kahn wasn't where he was listed
for a stake out at noon; Spain's Zapatero was listed at 6:15 but was
gone by 6:16, taking only two questions. Inner City Press will
endeavor to find and ask him, later in the week.
Delegates Dining Room a business titan spoke, Badr Jafar of the
United Arab Emirates' Crescent Group, fresh off a joint venture with
Russia's Rosneft. After a lunch of salad with an unidentified mousse
and chicken with an unidentified round grain, Inner City Press asked
Jafar about Rosneft's history of chasing the indigenous from Sakhalin
in Siberia, and a more recent chemical plant explosion.
wished he'd known that, and then spoke at cross purposes about the
UAE's need for cross border partnerships. But what of the corporate
social responsibility he'd been speaking of? Well at least he took
on MDGs (and Sochi), CSR dodges at UN not shown
Development Program invited reporters to cover a September 21
event on the “World Business and Development Awards... speakers
include Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, UNDP Administrator
Helen Clark, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, United Kingdom
Secretary of State for International Development Rt. Hon Andrew
Mitchell and the Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Dr. Mo
when Inner City
Press asked to attend and ask some questions, the response was that
that the guest list was suddenly full, and there would be no Q &
A. This was only Day One - watch this site.
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of WTO Lashes Out at India Cotton Export Restriction, Admits
US & China Power
September 20 -- Are the World Trade Organization powers “of
the U.S. and Tonga, China and Vanuatu” the same? “Of course not,”
WTO Director General Patrick Lamy told the Press on Monday at the UN.
Inner City Press asked Lamy about powerful countries' domination of
the WTO, and about export controls recently imposed by WTO member
India on cotton and non WTO member Russia on wheat.
criticizing India, but said that “economists will tell you that
import controls and export controls are similar animals” in their
impacts. He projected that the WTO may adopt stronger export control
restrictions, while still leaving the “flexibility” it allows on
some import controls.
the question of
governance, Inner City Press asked Lamy to contrast the WTO with the
IMF and the UN General Assembly, where he and the IMF's Dominique
Strauss Khan had just delivered speeches at the Millennium
Development Goals Summit. (DSK's speech, in English, avoided the
issue of the IMF
requiring Pakistan to pledge not to seek relief of
its $500 million annual debt payments in exchange for $450 million
post flood loan.)
that the U.S. and China are power players in the WTO, but said that
under the consensus system, the “weak can band together” and have
UN's Ban and WTO's Lamy previously, one
critiques India, the other makes nice on Kashmir
As his example, he used the African Group's position on EU
and US cotton subsidy restrictions. But what will India say about
Lamy's criticism of their policies? Watch this site.
declined to comment on Japan's WTO case against Canada on Green
Energy and solar panel subsidies, so Inner City Press didn't even try
to ask about Vietnam's case against the US imposing anti-dumping
penalties on that country's shrimp. But that too is interesting, post
BP oil spill, as regards the MDGs...
In terms of the UN's hosting of the MDG Summit, the wireless Internet
in the General Assembly barely works, and UN Webcast archives haven't
been updated since Friday, September 17, omitting for now all of
Sunday's stakeouts and everything today.
for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters
footage, about civilian
in Sri Lanka.
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and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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