DR Congo, UN Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
NATIONS, July 27 -- In what the UN Thursday described as a "major UN-brokered
development," Mathieu Ngudjolo of the Congolese Revolutionary Movement agreed to
join the Congolese army. Cursory research, however, reflects Mr. Ngudjolo
justifying the use of child-soldiers, and as
seen as operating for and
from Uganda. Nevertheless, Kofi Annan's envoy William Lacy Swing "welcomed" Mr.
Ngudjolo's incorporation into the Congolese army, and encouraged other "militia
leaders to follow the MRC's lead."
the MRC, Mr. Ngudjolo was affiliated with a number of Lendu militias, including
the FNI. An Associated Press article in mid-2003, entitled "War
Has a Baby Face in the Congo" and
datelined Bunia, reported that "adult commanders have their own reasons for
taking on young recruits. Children are preferred because they can be easily
controlled, are less demanding than adults and do not sense danger as acutely as
their elders, said Col. Mathieu Ngudjolo, who leads Lendu fighters. 'Our
children are born during war and they just grab arms and go into combat,' he
said." The Congolese newspaper
Le Potential has
linked "the criminal groups of Peter Karim and Mathieu Ngudjolo," in an
April 2006 article
that is on the UN's
MONUC's own web site.
apparent that in an attempt to ensure voter turnout on July 30, amnesty is being
offered to users of child-soldiers and, in the case of Peter Karim Ugada,
warlords who kidnapped UN peacekeepers. Wednesday, the UN's Dmitry Titov
confirmed that the offer of a colonel's position to Peter Karim was part of the
deal to get the UN peacekeepers released. Thursday, the UN Security Council's
agenda included consideration of a UN Panel of Experts report on the
exploitation of the Congo which specifically names
"Peter Ugada, also known as 'Peter Karim,'
a former FNI commander [as] one of the chief perpetrators of these frauds...
Peter Ugada regularly sends timber and coffee from the Democratic Republic of
the Congo to Uganda in exchange for arms and ammunition, by road and
occasionally Lake Albert... The use of timber in arms smuggling or the
pre-financing of their activities involve[s] Ugandan businessmen, in particular
Peter Karim, a Ugandan soldier and timber contractor in Paidha." S/2006/525, at
Paragraphs 180 - 182.
this UN description of Peter Karim simultaneous to his trading of UN
peacekeepers for a colonel's position in the Congolese army, the report
describes how even weapons that are laid down and turned in reappear in renamed
militias' hands in the Congo. While this report was on the UN Security Council's
agenda Thursday, it got short shrift in light of the two-day consultation on
Lebanon. At the OSSG's noon briefing Thursday, Inner City Press asked about both
the MONUC / Congo statement read out and about the UN's knowledge if Somalia's
Islamic Courts Union has received a planeload of anti-aircraft guns from
Eritrea, and for SRSG Lonseny Fall's response to the mass resignations from the
Transitional Government, due to its failure to negotiate with the ICU and for
having allowed or invited Ethiopian troops into Somalia. As of 6 p.m., responses
had not been received about either.
Ivory Coast, the UN's elections envoy Gerard Stoudmann was approaching the Prime
Minister's office earlier this week when the UN armored car he was in was
surrounded by 200 of overtime-president Laurent Gbagbo's Young Patriots. In a
briefing at UN Headquarters on Thursday, Mr. Stoudmann said his car was
surrounded, and the presidential guard did nothing. Mr. Stoudmann also
emphasized that such attacks should not be over-dramatized. Speaking to Inner
City Press after the briefing, Mr. Stoudmann added that the attack, which
included the stoning of the armored car leading to windshield-breaking, resulted
in his visit with the Prime Minister being cancelled. Inner City Press asked
him to contrast the process in Ivory Coast to that in the DR Congo.
Congo," Mr. Stoudmann said, "the UN is in the driver's seat."
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Spinning the Congo, UN Admits Hostage Deal with Warlord That Put Him in
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
UNITED NATIONS, July
26 -- Four days before the first elections in Congo in forty years, the head of
the UN Peacekeeping's Africa Division Dmitry Titov acknowledged that as part of
the deal with East Congo warlord Peter Karim that led to the release of seven
kidnapped UN peacekeepers, "Karim agreed to avail himself of the amnesty" and
"was promised... to have some rank."
two weeks after releasing the last five of the UN peacekeepers he had held
hostage for more than a month,
it was announced
that Peter Karim would become a colonel in the Congolese army.
May 30, Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan about the peacekeepers, and the
Secretary General answered that "Karim and others who get involved in these sort
of activities, must understand that they will be held accountable...They will be held individually accountable for these brutal acts."
video at Minutes 13:40 - 15:25, and
Titov implied that Karim may later be indicted, by the International Criminal
Court or the "national criminal system." Mr. Titov said, "We are not in a
prosecuting business" but "justice should take its course, eventually." This
same approach to time is being taken with the UN's investigation of televised
allegations that its peacekeeping force stood by while the Congolese army
destroyed the village of Kazana. Asked by Inner City Press when the
investigation's results will be released, Mr. Titov was non-committal. Asked if
the intent was to wait until after the election, Mr. Titov said no.
characterized the protesters outside the UN as lacking in credibility, in light
of their "U.S. out of Congo" call. "The U.S. is not there," Mr. Titov said. The
protesters point at Kofi Annan's American envoy William Lacy Swing, and at the
involvement in resource extraction in the Congo of U.S.-based Dodge Phelps,
along with South Africa's
AngloGold Ashanti and Australia's BHP Billiton, among others.
In a wide
ranging briefing on the UN's 37th floor, Mr. Titov recounted one version of the
run-up to the July 30 elections, on which he said the UN has spent almost half a
billion dollars. There were thirty-three presidential candidates, approximately
half of whom, those Mr. Titov characterized as minor candidates, have since
dropped out. Until asked by reporters, Mr. Titov did not mention the abstention
from the election by major UDPS opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi, nor the
calls earlier this week in churches throughout Congo for a
boycott of Sunday's vote.
Inner City Press about the
threat to withdraw
of Anatole Matusila, the church-favored candidate, Mr. Titov pointed out that
the bishop of Bukavu is supporting Sunday's election. Mr. Titov characterized
those who are calling for a postponement of the vote as spoilers and nay-sayers.
If the vote is not held on time, said Mr. Titov, we will have suffered a major
UN system's statements, including those from the
UN Development Program
as well as Kofi Annan's envoy William Lacy Swing, some observers diagnose a
strain of wishful thinking. More specifically, the UN became some time ago so
invested in this election being held on July 30 that now any calls for delay are
viewed and portrayed with disdain, including those based on the killing and
imprisonment of journalists for such crime as "insulting the head of state."
Inner City Press about the unsolved murder of reporter Bapuwa Mwamba, the
expulsion of Radio France International's Ghislaine Dupont and the arrest, for
insulting President Kabila, of editor Patrice Booto, Mr. Titov said that these
are of concern, but that the "scale" was not such that it merited any call for
delay of the election.
Mr. Titov's peacekeeping colleague Kathryn Jones spoke of the UN's concern at
reports of demonstrators tear-gassed and beaten by Congolese authorities, but
said that the media doesn't report the more positive stories. For
different reasons, the Pentagon and State Department in Washington also wish to
downplay the diminished but continuing lawlessness in the DCR. That U.S.
agencies are 100% committed to certain outcomes and time frames, and to spin in
their furtherance, is
understandable. Such non-objective focus is less appropriate at the UN, and
sometimes seems contrary to the genuine commitment of UN staff like Ms. Jones to
those Congolese still victims of the often-downplayed lawlessness. A theme
continued on this site.
Kofi Annan Questioned about Congolese Colonel Who Kidnapped Seven UN Soldiers
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
24 -- When does allowing a warlord who kidnapped UN peacekeepers to become a
colonel in the Congolese national army scream of not only of impunity but
distraction, disinterest and lack of attention? At what point does hoping for
the best become denial and sweeping under the rug?
the UN's Kofi Annan was asked about the Congo, as he rushed by in a hallway to a
meeting with corporate executives, and from there to Rome to discuss the Middle
East. Over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Mr. Annan's
envoy William Lacy Swing said that the UN is "not overly anxious" about violence
in Ituri in Eastern Congo in the run-up to the July 30 election. But the
problems have gone beyond violence. One week before the vote, churches all over
began to preach of
if concerns of vote-rigging for current president Joseph Kabila are not
Monday's noon briefing at UN Headquarters, Kofi
spokeswoman was asked what the UN is doing in the face of the churches'
boycott calls, and about the
reported stoning of UN vehicles accompanying
Kabila in the southern province of Kasai. Very gently, the spokeswoman recounted
Kofi Annan's visit to the DRC some weeks ago, including speaking with the
churches. But if the churches, now a week before the vote, are calling for
boycott, past communications may be not guarantee of future success, as they
asked pointedly if the UN Mission has spoken with the churches which are
preaching about boycott. The spokeswoman said she would check. Near deadline
the following was received:
"Matthew, The SRSG in the DR Congo has
commented on the call by local priests that Congolese boycott the elections. Mr.
Swing has called that move 'untimely.' He has also said that tremendous progress
has been achieved in preparing for the election and that the DRC 'is arguably
the only sub-region in Africa that has always lacked any centre of political
stability and because of the size of this country, with nine neighbors, it is
the only country that can give it that stability.'"
remains to be seen what Mr. Swing means by "untimely." There is a legalistic
meaning, meaning "raised too late." Or he may mean, "raised at an unfortunate
time." But the criticisms have long been raised. Wanting stability is not the
same thing as achieving it.
UN blue helmets in Congo
City Press last week asked if the UN was aware, when its seven kidnapped
peacekeepers were released earlier this month, that the warlord who took them
hostage would be
made a colonel in the Congolese army.
The response included references to "no ransom" and "we did not try to have any
conditions attached." Written requests for on-the-record comment from the UN
Department of Peacekeeping Operations remain outstanding. The election is six
context, Inner City Press waited more than an hour outside Conference Room 7 in
the UN Headquarters basement, hoping to ask Secretary-General Kofi Annan if he
knew about Peter Karim. On May 30 at a then-more-frequently stakeout by the
Secretary-General, Inner City Press asked about the peacekeepers, and Kofi Annan
named Peter Karim, saying he would be held "personally accountable. From the
video at Minutes 13:40 - 15:25, and
Inner City Press question: "On the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, what's being done for the 7 peacekeepers that
were taken hostage in Ituri? And also, over the weekend, the UN military head in
Bunia said elections can't really be held in this type of circumstance? What can
be done in the run-up to elections to make it more?"
Secretary-General answer: "It is tragic
what happened in Bunia and we lost one Nepalese and three are wounded and about
seven are missing. And we have been in touch with Karim's group -- we think that
is the group holding them, and demanding their release. And hopefully, we will
get them released. But Karim and others who get involved in these sort of
activities, must understand that they will be held accountable, as Lubanga has
been picked up and is now in the hands of the ICC [International Criminal
Court]. They will be held individually accountable for these brutal acts."
four days later, as Mr. Annan left the Conference Room where he'd been meeting
with pharmaceutical executives for more than an hour, Inner City Press
approached with a "Congo question." One of two bodyguards motioned to stay back.
As Mr. Annan exited from the bathroom, Inner City Press gave him wide latitude,
only asking "Peter Karim?"
gestured that he was otherwise occupied, that his mind was full. "I've got the
pharmaceutical," he said.
City Press of the week prior's article, "Congo
Rebel to Lay Down Arms, Become Army Colonel."
The question in the margin: personal accountability? (May 30, 2006). Or
impunity. And contact information. We'll see.
Annan met with executives from, among others,
GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson,
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck (which for those counting was up fully 4.6% on
the day, higher than absent rival Pfizer's 3.4%. One wag said perhaps the trip
to the UN was too arduous for Pfizer.
waiting, rudimentary research shows that Peter Karim was described as a thief of
the DRC's resources in the 2002 UN Report " Uganda's illegal resource
exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," S/2002/1146, at
Paragraphs 98 and 116 --
"98. The elite network operating out of
Uganda is decentralized and loosely hierarchical, unlike the network operating
out of Rwanda. The Uganda network consists of a core group of members including
certain high-ranking UPDF officers, private businessmen and selected rebel
leaders/administrators. UPDF Lieutenant General (Ret.) Salim Saleh and Major
General James Kazini are the key figures. Other members include the Chief of
Military Intelligence, Colonel Noble Mayombo, UPDF Colonel Kahinda Otafiire and
Colonel Peter Karim. Private entrepreneurs include Sam Engola, Jacob Manu Soba
and Mannase Savo and other Savo family members. Rebel politicians and
administrators include Professor Wamba dia Wamba, Roger Lumbala, John Tibasima,
Mbusa Nyamwisi and Toma Lubanga.
"116. Trinity Investment’s local
transporters in Bunia, the Savo family group among others, carry agricultural
products, wood and cattle from Bunia to Kampala exempt from UPDF toll barriers
and export taxes. Trinity investment also works with another front company under
the name of Sagricof to fraudulently evacuate wood from North Kivu and the Ituri
area. Tree plantations have been raided in the areas of Mahagi and Djugu along
the north-eastern border with Uganda. Concerned citizens and research by local
nongovernmental organizations have identified Colonel Peter Karim and Colonel
Otafiire, in addition to the Ugandan parliamentarian Sam Ngola, as key figures
in the illegal logging and fraudulent evacuation of wood."
The UN has
other, even more personal and damning information on Karim. So, when does
allowing a warlord who kidnapped UN peacekeepers to become a colonel in a
national army scream of not only of impunity but distraction, disinterest and
lack of attention? At 5:15 p.m., after having devoted an hour and forty-five
minutes to corporate executives, Kofi Annan swept away through the hall, bound
for Rome and not Bunia, head filled with
not the Congo, with an article and question. We'll see.
as World Unravels Gives Space to Ivory Coast's Gbagbo and Others
Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
14 -- The world, it is reported here and elsewhere, is unraveling. And as the UN
Security Council remains this Friday night on hold, canceling a meeting
scheduled for 5 pm so that the Permanent Five Plus Japan can meet at the U.S.
mission, in the wider world there are grabs to take or cling to power. In Cote
D'Ivoire, for example, the process of identification for the already-postponed
election now slated for October 30 was supposed to begin this week. It did not
UN, Inner City Press asked the Security Council president Jean-Marc de La
Sabliere about events in Ivory Coast. The French mission provides this
Inner City Press Q: On Côte d’Ivoire, the
identification process has been suspended. Do you have a comment?
Amb. de La Sabliere A: "This is a great
concern. What the Council has done this month is to listen and react to a
briefing from Mr. Guéhenno who was in Banjul and Yamoussoukro with the Secretary
General. We are now preparing a PRST to support the conclusions of the
Yamoussoukro meeting where new commitments were made. We want those commitments
to be implemented. The PRST will be adopted, I hope, very early next week. Next
step: the GTI will meet in Abidjan on the 20th of July. The Council will meet on
"Going back to your question: the
identification is a major element of the agreement. It was agreed upon by the
parties of Côte d’Ivoire that identification and disarmament would go along. So,
we cannot organize elections if the identification process is not done. So,
identification is important, and the Council will have to assess what happened
yesterday. As French Ambassador, I can say that the PRST will take that into
Q2: As French Ambassador, would it be your
view that if elections are not held…?
A2: "My answer is that there will be a
Summit in September. We will see what happens then."
Unless of course
there are other higher profile crises in September... In the run-up to the 90
p.m. let down, at 5 p.m. the press corps assembled for a scheduled Council
consultation. Then cell phones and Blackberries went off, announcing the meeting
was cancelled. In the lull before the 9:40 conclusion (see above), the stakeout
scuttlebutt, at least among reporters, was that the U.S. veto on Thursday
emboldens China to veto the draft Chapter 7 resolution on North Korea. Also in
the lull, some drifted over to stakeout the U.S. mission. Others retired to the
Delegates' Lounge, where Inner City Press Friday interviewed the Permanent
Observer from Palestine, Riyad Mansour, who confirmed Inner City Press' finding
that the U.S. government's Overseas Private Insurance Corporation insured the
Gaza power plant, since Enron built it, click
here for that
UN's Corporate Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with
Microsoft, and UNDP Continues
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
13 -- The UN under Kofi Annan has increasingly worked with corporations.
Questions have been raised about background checks and safeguards. A day after
Inner City Press reported that the UN's Geneva-based refugee agency had not
known that Swiss banker Ivan Pictet is on the UN Investment Committee when the
UNHCR Kashmir Relief Note placed money with the Pictet Funds India Equity fund,
the agency's spokesman mused, "Isn't the UN Investment Fund based in New York?"
City Press asked if it would have been helpful to UNHCR if the UN system had a
database of the companies controlled by the outside business people who serve on
bodies like the UN Investment Committee. A Google search for that committee and
Pictet found close to nothing. It appears that there is no easy way to find who
is on the UN Investment Committee.
Ron Redmond answered that that it would "have been helpful to have that type of
information... For UNHCR to look it up is labor intensive, with all the possible
company names." He later added in writing, "Any additional information on
prospective corporate partners is of course always welcome; it would facilitate
our screening processes." Mr. Redmond states that UNHCR was never required to
ask SocGen to cease using the UNHCR visibility logo, in part because the
brochure that it was on was only intended to be used for a brief period. But
records show that individuals high in UN Headquarters chided UNHCR for the use
of such terms as UNHCR "teams up" with SocGen. Despite this in-house chiding, or
perhaps because the chiders refuse in their defensiveness to comment for the
record, this practice continues in the UN system to this day, literally. Click
view the UN's World Tourism Organization's July 12, 2006 press release, "UN
tourism agency teams up with Microsoft,"
which was published on the UN News Center just as UNHCR SocGen-derilab's April
5, 2006 press release was. They just keep teaming up.
As the UN
increasingly has intercourse with corporations, basic safeguards are still not
in place. Inner City Press has previously reported on the lack of background
checks when corporations are allowed to join the UN Global Compact, and has
twice been rebuffed in requests to interview or ask questions of corporate CEOs
who have come to meet the Secretary General or on other Global Compact business.
spokeswoman Marie Okabe was asked if any of the individuals in the Secretariat
who were asked to comment on the UNHCR - Pictet - Societe Generale transaction
had in fact spoken or provided guidance. We're still working on it, Ms. Okabe
p.m., Ms. Okabe called Inner City Press and said she had spoken about the
matter, as requested, with Under Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown. "They are
aware of the issues," Ms. Okabe said. "This case highlights the complexities of
the UN's partnerships with the private sector and so current guidelines and
practices of various funds and agencies and programs will be reviewed" to try to
avoid "potential conflicts of interest" and misuses of UN logos.
But what about the continued "teaming up," now with Microsoft? There's more work
to be done.
[A note on UNHCR's
work about Uzbekistan: the agency managed to visit in Kazakhstan with
Gabdurafikh Temirbaev, the Uzbek dissident threatened with refoulement
back to Tashkent, and has, its spokesman said, gotten a commitment to be able to
review Uzbekistan's extradition request.]
UNHCR's work, unlike at the
UN Development Programme, at least UNHCR answered the questions and acknowledged
that things could be better. On UNDP and human rights, on UNDP and refusal to
answer press questions, what will happen?
issues surrounding UNDP, the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General
managed to get some response from UNDP to a question Inner City Press asked UNDP
in writing more than a week ago: why does UNDP help the government of Uzbekistan
to collect taxes, given the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights'
finding that this government shot and killed its own people in Andijan in May
2005. Here now is UNDP's response:
"As far as your UNDP/Uzbekistan questions
from the other week, here's what I can tell you... in Uzbekistan and most of the
140 developing nations where UNDP operates, UNDP works with government and civil
society on a broad range of governance projects, including economic reforms, of
which tax administration and fiscal policy are a significant component. Other
governance projects in Uzbekistan focus on gender equality, internet access, and
public administration reform. It may be worth noting that UNDP works in a wide
range of political environments, from Costa Rica to North Korea, with the belief
that UNDP's mandate as a development agency is to work constructively on behalf
of the people of the developing world wherever and whenever possible."
wondered if UNDP's programs in Uzbekistan might involve technical assistance on
not putting political dissidents in boiling water, as the U.K.'s former
ambassador in Tashkent has testified takes place. And see above, that UNHCR has
managed to visit in Kazakhstan with Gabdurafikh Temirbaev, the Uzbek dissident
threatened with refoulement back to Uzbekistan, where he would face
torture -- perhaps with tax funds UNDP helped to collect. UNDP has still not
even purported to answer the week-old question about
UNDP's funding of
Robert Mugabe's purported "Human Rights Council." Now the Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights has
called for a boycott.
What was that again, about UNDP working with civil society? To be continued.
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Conflicts of Interest in UNHCR Program with SocGen and Pictet Reveal Reform
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
12, 11:45 am, updated 7 pm -- Eager to "team up" with banks Societe Generale
and Pictet & Company, the United Nations' refugee agency allowed SocGen to use
the UN logo in a way subsequently criticized by UN legal staff, and to invest
Kashmir Relief Notes funds in a Pictet & Cie fund despite owner Ivan Pictet
being a member of the UN Investment Committee. Criticized by other UN units,
UNHCR agreed to cease renting out the UN logo, but said nothing can be done
about the investment with Pictet et Cie.
Inner City Press
first raised these matters in April 2006. Earlier today UNHCR in Geneva finally
responded, confirming but defending the investment in a Pictet fund. UNHCR's
Ron Redmond wrote to Inner City Press that
"based on the information available to us,
there is no conflict of interest created for Mr. Ivan Pictet, managing partner
of Pictet & Cie, and ad hoc member of the UN Investments Committee, by the fact
that Pictet Funds Indian Equities is one of the funds in which KRN funds are
invested. Societe Generale, the issuer of the Note, is solely responsible for
choosing the funds and this selection is based on recognized risk management and
hedging criteria; UNHCR plays a purely passive role as the recipient of a
donation and has no interest in the performance of the Note. Moreover, Mr.
Pictet's membership in the UN Investments Committee was unknown to all parties
involved in drawing up this investment product, and we trust therefore that the
decision to include a fund managed by Pictet & Cie was taken in good faith."
is in keeping with current and proposed UN standards of ethics and transparency
will be seen in coming days. Whether the stated lack of knowledge of Mr.
Pictet's membership on the UN Investment Committee comports with minimal
corporate or competence standards is also in question. The problem is a wider
one: in a defensive internal memo reviewed by Inner City Press, UNHCR lawyer
Helmut Buss argues that UNICEF similarly partners with FIFA and NIS Petrol Co,
and that the World Food Programme does the same with TNT Airways and the World
Rugby Board. Nevertheless, UNHCR has agreed to drop the logo use and the "teams
up" language deployed in its
April 5 press release.
The investment in a fund controlled by a member of the UN Investment Committee UNHCR defends, including by pointing out that
Morgan Stanley's Francine Bovich
is also on the UN Investment Board, while the UN does much business with
JPMorgan Chase. (Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase, despite the comment
reference to Pierpont, are not related companies.) The UNHCR memo's argument is that it's too
complicated or burdensome to avoid conflicts of interest. UNHCR's earlier
justification to Inner City Press argued that "we are
not talking about the usual procurement procedure," when talking about an
investment in a fund controlled by a member of the UN Investment Committee.
conflict-or-reform debate has included at least in the carbon copies Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown,
who appears to have agreed that UNHCR's actions were improper. The paper trail
may be important. The story began with a
UNHCR press release on
April 5 of this year, headlined "New corporate
investment scheme helps fund UN quake relief efforts" and stating that "the
United Nations refugee agency has teamed up with two Swiss investment
companies in a scheme that will benefit its earthquake relief operation in
Pakistan. The joint project launched by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),
Zurich-based Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, and derilab s.a.,
a derivatives company, will allow investors to participate in a financial
product that affords a unique opportunity to support reconstruction and relief
Inner City Press
inquired into the release and published a round-up
article on April 11 questioning
the partnership: "It might well be on the level. But
it's not yet clear that if it weren't, the scheme would not proceed. It would
help if the follow-up questions were answered."
Other Inner City Press
reports are archived on
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Deputy on the Law(less)
Speaks of "Political Overstretch" Undermining Peacekeeping in Lower
In Gaza Power
Station, the Role of Enron and the U.S. Government's OPIC Revealed by UN
At UN, North
Korean Knot Attacked With Fifty Year Old Precedent, Game Continues Into
Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with Microsoft, and
Vetoed by U.S., While North Korea Faces Veto and Chechnya Unread
Like Pipeline, Skirts Troublespots, Azeri Revelations
Interest in UNHCR Program with SocGen and Pictet Reveal Reform Rifts
At the UN, A Day
of Resolutions on Gaza, North Korea and Iran, Georgia as Side Dish
UN Grapples with
Somalia, While UNDP Funds Mugabe's Human Rights Unit, Without
In North Korean
War of Words, Abuses in Uganda and Impunity Go Largely Ignored
On North Korea,
Blue Words Move to a Saturday Showdown, UNDP Uzbek Stonewall
As the World
Turns in Uganda and Korea, the UN Speaks only on Gaza, from Geneva
North Korea in
the UN: Large Arms Supplant the Small, and Confusion on Uganda
UN Gives Mugabe
Time with His Friendly Mediator, Refugees Abandoned
At the UN,
Friday Night's Alright for Fighting; Annan Meets Mugabe
Abuse in Uganda, But What Did Donors Know and When? Kazakh Questions
In Uganda, UNDP
to Make Belated Announcement of Program Halt, But Questions Remain (and
The New Vision,
Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending
Abuse in Uganda Blamed on UNDP, Still Silent on Finance
Alleged Abuse in
Disarmament in Uganda Known by UNDP, But Dollar Figures Still Not Given:
What Did UN Know and When?
Strong Arm on
Small Arms: Rift Within UN About Uganda's Involuntary Disarmament of
UN in Denial on
Sudan, While Boldly Predicting the Future of Kosovo/a
Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs
Predicts The World Is a Ghetto, But Will Finance Be Addressed at
Vancouver World Urban Forum?
At the UN, a
Commando Unit to Quickly Stop Genocide is Proposed, by Diplomatic Sir
Concerned About Use of Terror's T-Word to Repress, Wants
Freedom of Information
UN Waffles on
Human Rights in Central Asia and China; ICC on Kony and a Hero from
At the UN,
Internal Justice Needs Reform, While in Timor Leste, Has Evidence Gone
UN & US,
Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty
and Senator Tom Coburn
In Bolton's Wake,
Silence and Speech at the UN, Congo and Kony, Let the Games Begin
Pro-Poor Talk and
a Critique of the World Trade Organization from a WTO Founder: In UN
Lull, Ugandan Fog and Montenegrin Mufti
Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News
In Praise of
Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial
UN Sees Somalia
Through a Glass, Darkly, While Chomsky Speaks on Corporations and
Everything But Congo
AIDS Ends at the
UN? Side Deals on Patents, Side Notes on Japanese Corporations,
Salvadoran and Violence in Burundi
On AIDS at the
UN, Who Speaks and Who Remains Unseen
Corporate Spin on
AIDS, Holbrooke's Kudos to Montenegro and its Independence (May 31, 2006)
Nightmares, from Ituri to Kasai. Au Revoir Allan Rock; the UN's
Warlords, Insulated by Latrines: Somalia and Pakistan Addressed at the
The Silence of
the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank
Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins
Child Labor and
Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu
Editor Arrested by Congo-Brazzaville, As It Presides Over Security
Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens
at the UN, But Not the Global Compact; Teaching Statistics from
Turkmenbashi's Single Book
Ripped Off Worse
in the Big Apple, by Citigroup and Chase: High Cost Mortgages Spread in
Outer Boroughs in 2005, Study Finds
Burundi: Chaos at
Camp for Congolese Refugees, Silence from UNHCR, While Reform's Debated
by Forty Until 4 AM
In Liberia, From
Nightmare to Challenge; Lack of Generosity to Egeland's CERF, Which
China's Asked About
Mirage: Beyond French Bombs, Is Exxon In the Cast? Asylum and the
Uzbeks, Shadows of Stories to Come
Through the UN's
One-Way Mirror, Sustainable Development To Be Discussed by Corporations,
Even Nuclear Areva
Disparities Grew Worse in 2005 at Citigroup, HSBC and Other Large Banks
Mine Your Own
Business: Explosive Remnants of War and the Great Powers, Amid the
Human Rights Are
Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still
Iraq's Oil to be
Metered by Shell, While Basrah Project Remains Less than Clear
At the UN, Dues
Threats and Presidents-Elect, Unanswered Greek Mission Questions
Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala
Swarmer Begins, UN's Qazi Denies It's Civil War and Has No Answers if
Iraq's Oil is Being Metered
Cash Crop: In
Nepal, Bhutanese Refugees Prohibited from Income Generation Even in
The Shorted and
Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't
Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance
Chaos, Shots Fired at U.N. Helicopter Gunship
In the Sudanese
Crisis, Oil Revenue Goes Missing, UN Says
Empty Words on
Money Laundering and Narcotics, from the UN and Georgia
What is the Sound
of Eleven Uzbeks Disappearing? A Lack of Seats in Tashkent, a Turf War
Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of
Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia
Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives
Who Pays for the
Global Bird Flu Fight? Not the Corporations, So Far - UN
Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference
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