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At UN, Sen. Boxer Criticizes Firing of Galbraith, No Goldstone Discussion

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 12 -- Senator Barbara Boxer of California, after meeting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, was asked on Monday morning by Inner City Press about Mr. Ban's firing of long time U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith as the UN's deputy in Afghanistan, for alleging the UN is covering up pro-Karzai voting fraud. Video here, from Minute 4:10

  "On Mr. Galbraith, t's a very sad day when someone is dismissed for telling the truth, that's how I feel about it," Senator Boxer replied. Video here, from Minute 6:18.

   But did she bring up the firing to Ban Ki-moon during their meeting? Apparently not. When Inner City Press asked Sen. Boxer if she had raised to Ban the UN system's handling of the Goldstone report on Gaza, Boxer testily replied that she had come only on two topics: violence against women, which she said took up 75% of the meeting -- and "that you never asked any questions about" -- and climate change. Video here, from Minute 8:59.

  In Sen. Boxer's read out of the violence against women portion of the meeting, she spoke of rapes in broad daylight then turned to an aide for the name of the country. Guinea -- Guinea Conakry.

  Inner City Press asked Sen. Boxer about charges that the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo works with Congolese army units which are accused of rape. Sen. Boxer gave an answer that may be news: that of the "five generals," three have been relieved of duty, but two continue to serve. The reference is to five names that the UN gave to President Kabila. But is being relieved of duty enough? And is 60% a passing grade?

Sen. Boxer at UN, in the past, Galbraith, Guinea and Goldstone not shown

  On climate change, Inner City Press asked Sen. Boxer to respond to chief U.S. negotiator Jonathan Pershing's statement that if the Congress hasn't passed legislation before the Copenhagen meeting, it will be very difficult for the U.S. to make any specific commitment at that meeting.

  Boxer's response was that she does not agree that the U.S. is not making progress. She spoke about court decisions and actions of governors and mayors. But what about the Congress? What about the U.S.'s ability to make a commitment in Copenhagen? Watch this site.

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As Afghan Karzai Imposes Blackout, UN Silent on Dostum, Issues Embargoed Propaganda

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 19, updated -- The Afghan government of Hamid Karzai, embracing warlords and war criminals, has imposed a media blackout in the run-up to elections. The UN has said nothing. In New York on August 17, Inner City Press asked UN Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe

Inner City Press: there is some controversy about the return of General Dostum, widely viewed as a “warlord” or “war criminal”, to campaign for Hamid Karzai. It’s reported that the UN has some concern, but has the UN expressed any concern about this?

Deputy Spokesperson Montas: We have not seen anything on that.

   The UN in mid July dodged questions about its seeming failure to follow up on a mass grave of Dostum's victims, click here for Inner City Press' story at the time. While no answer has been given to the question about even 36 hours later, the UN put out an embargoed statement, which we are publishing below the moment that we can.

UN's Ban and Karzai, "General" Dostum not shown



Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

on Afghanistan

The Secretary-General encourages all Afghan women and men eligible to vote to cast their ballot in the upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections on 20 August 2009. He notes that, by participating in these elections, the Afghan people will help Afghanistan strengthen its democratic institutions, bring fresh vigour to the country’s political life, and ultimately reaffirm their commitment to contribute to the peace and prosperity of their nation.

The Secretary-General also calls on all candidates, their supporters, political party agents, and domestic and international observers to continue to cooperate with the Independent Election Commission, other relevant Afghan institutions and international stakeholders supporting electoral preparations, to ensure a smooth and successful electoral process.

Update -- at the August 19 noon briefing, after the publication of the story above, UN Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe referred Inner City Press to a press conference given by the UN envoy in Kabul, Kai Eide:

Inner City Press: On Afghanistan and something else. The UN Spokesperson AleemSiddique was quoted there as saying that Afghanistan “needs more competent politicians and fewer warlords”. So the question is: does that refer to General Dostum or not?

Deputy Spokesperson Okabe: Actually, I forgot to mention to you, Matthew, there are two questions that you had yesterday. One, the answer to General Dostum is actually answered by the Special Representative in that press conference yesterday.

  In trying to find the Kai Eide press conference, Inner City Pres surfed to, only to a French furniture trade association, Union Nationale de l'Artisanat des Métiers de l'Ameublement. But then, in the transcript --

Q: Speaking at the end of the campaign I would like to know your opinion regarding the return of General Dostum?

SRSG: First, it's the right of every Afghan to return to his own country. I would like to answer that question in a slightly more general way. It's more useful and it's a repetition of what I said at an occasion a few months ago, when I expressed my views with regard to a particular individual.

I believe that with all the challenges that this country is facing, the leaders of this country must be those who will and are able to look toward the future and not keep us in the past.

I believe that we have seen over the last few months a government which has improved in competence with new reform oriented politicians. I expect that when the future government is shaped that we must see and will see more of these competent and reform oriented politicians that can bring Afghanistan forward and prevent these institutions from being tainted with the past.

I have spoken to several candidates about this: The dimensions of the problems that we are facing and that we have to address and the tremendous need for competence in the team that is going to lead this country forward. I believe and expect that they are all fully aware of that.

  Note, for now, the increasing rare UN Secretariat reference to a right of return...

Click here for that story, and here for Sri Lanka. And so it goes at the UN...

On Sri Lanka, Channel 4 allegations of rape and disappearance

  Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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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

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