Amid UN's Ministerial Hype, US Praises Departing
AMISOM, Sikhs Complain of France
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 14 -- A police bus was set
up in front of the UN on Sunday night. Inside the building was nearly
but metal detectors had been erected in the basement by Conference Room
was the calm before the storm. But what storm?
Tuesday will see diplomatic action on Zimbabwe and the Middle East,
Congo. Slated to come are Condi Rice and Sergey Lavrov, and the UK's
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, like Tony Blair, will appear
video, despite the scheduling Monday
of a Sikhs versus France press conference
about the Gauls' ban on religious symbols.
said to be pitching a resolution for UN peacekeepers in Somalia. Since
blocked even a bridge force for the Eastern Congo, in which the UN has
spent billions, anything for Somalia seems a long shot. Especially with
U.S. in denial. The quote of the week came from a spokeswoman from the
mission to the United Nations, Nicole Deaner, that "AMISOM is an
peacekeeping force." Oh really?
Then why have the Islamist al-Shabab
claimed more and more land, leading to AMISOM's departure?
P-5 Ministers, Kouchner only by video, 4 to
the right on display
containing Ms. Deaner's quote also cited, without explaining, a
North Carolina named Kenneth Menkhaus. He is an advisor of the
so-called Enough Project, a subsidiary
of the Center for American Progress. Despite the high-sounding name, CAP has
refused to reveal its list of donors, even as its director John Podesta
the incoming Obama administration. Was this the change we believed in?
Russia, making nice with the U.S. on the Middle East, should be
follow through on its stated anger at Ban Ki-moon's secret agreement
and his pro-U.S. statements on South Ossetia. Neither is on the agenda
two days. It's a feel-good holiday time at the UN. Only for the Congo
Somalia, there appear to be no gifts.
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Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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