At UN, of Dressed Dogs and Ban's Beef, Nigeria
Reviewed under CEDAW, Gambari's Delta Days
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Muse
July 4 -- There were seventy-two
women from Nigeria in a room in the UN's basement in New York,
listening as a
Moroccan feminist exhorted them, in French, to "defendez vous!"
(defend yourselves). Nigeria was being reviewed by the UN's Committee
Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the Islamia shari'a
effect in the northern part of the country was much discussed. "It does
not apply to non-Muslims!" a government minister, male, argued. Let's
from the women, was the sense of the Committee.
But who had paid to fly these seventy
women to New York and put them up? The previous record was Saudi
brought forty-some to a similar CEDAW review. "It's not necessarily
shari'a thing," said one wag. "Maybe it's also an oil thing."
the UN allowed its Under Secretary General Ibrahim Gambari to
moonlight, on his
own time, as a mediator in the Niger Delta. But the rebels there have
reportedly not accepted him, noting that he represented the Sani Abacha
at the UN, including at the time of the killing of Ken Saro Wiwa.
seen this week back in New York. Next
loudly for inclusion of Myanmar, or Burma, on the Security Council
the United States, represented at the UN by Zalmay Khalilzad. On July
Khalilzad invited other Ambassadors and staffers, and select
his suite in the Waldorff towers for hamburgers and hot dogs. There was
Khalilzads' white dog, dressed in an American flag sweater. There was a heated exchange
Ambassadors of Sudan and the UK; there was a framed automatic
weapon on the
wall, and numerous Iraqi artifacts. As Donald Rumsfeld once said, and
one attended wag paraphrased, a bit of looting
is par for the course.
Amb. Khalilzad, his flag-draped dog not shown (yet)
Update 5:50 p.m. July 4 -- grateful to have received this photo:
hamburger, or American beef more generally, Inner City Press on July 3
Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson for his views on the standoff between South
where he is, and the U.S. on mad cow disease. From
Inner City Press: does Mr. Ban,
while he is in South Korea, does he have any intention to have American
beef? Does he have any view of that whole
beef situation? What’s his view?
Spokesperson: (laughter) I think
he will certainly eat
American beef. I don't think he has any
special theoretical view on it. It is,
of course, an issue that has really been taken very seriously in his
country, but he has no specific opinion on that.
Question: But I think the Prime
Minister, whom he knows
well, bought like 18 kilograms of American beef to somehow show that it
safe, I am just wondering if he wanted to say that it’s safe or does
Spokesperson: You mean
whether he will eat it? I don't have such
Thank you very much.
came an AP
article entitled "
chief tells South Koreans to
trust beef imports," quoting Ban that " it
is very important for the people to support policies of the government
actively have trust in the government and to ensure and support the
government's desire to act in accordance with international standards
agreements." Where's the beef?
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