UN, Threat and Possible Statement on Fiji Spotlights Selection and Payment of UN
Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
November 28 -- As Fiji
slides toward an apparent military coup,
a United Nations diplomat on Tuesday told Inner City Press that a move is afoot
in the UN Security Council to issue a Presidential Statement as a warning to
Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who has threatened to overthrow the government of
Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase. "There could be a coup there any day,"
the UN diplomat said. "We've had a lot of consultations on it and might try to
move very soon... tomorrow or the next day."
UN's noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's spokesman to confirm
that Mr. Annan had called Laisenia Qarase and had said that the UN would stop
accepting peacekeeping troops from Fiji if a coup takes place. The spokesman
confirmed that the call had occurred, but deferred any summary of the call until
later in the day.
Tuesday afternoon, Inner City Press asked Ambassador John Bolton for the U.S.
view on the turmoil in Fiji, prefacing the question by saying that Kofi Annan
had placed a call, and said the UN might not accept peacekeepers from a
post-coup Fiji. From the U.S. Mission's transcript:
Inner City Press: On Fiji, the
secretary-general has called there and said that if there's a coup that
the U.N. won't accept peacekeeping troops from there. Is the U.S. --
Ambassador Bolton: There's a press
report that says that... We are discussing here today the possibility of the
Security Council engaging in something that it talks a lot about but rarely
does -- namely, preventative diplomacy. But -- and we've been in discussion
with a wide range of countries, but we're not at this point prepared to say
exactly where we're going to come out. But we're certainly watching the
situation there very carefully.
hours after the noon briefing, Inner City Press against asked Kofi Annan's
spokesman's office for a summary of his call about Fiji. We're still waiting,
was the answer. He definitely made the call, but we're still waiting for the
summary. [See update of 6 p.m., below.]
Annan did make the
reported statement about
rejecting peacekeeping troops from a country under military rule, it would call
into question a number of the so-called "troop contributing countries." Human
rights groups in Zimbabwe, for example, have asked the UN to stop accepting, and
paying for, Zimbabwean troops in peacekeeping missions, given the abuses
committed in their home country. A similar call was made regarding Nepal.
Blue Helmets in Haiti
also follow the money. The word "contributing" is somewhat misleading: the UN
pays the nations for the troops, and also for equipment. For weeks Inner City
Press has requested an answer from the UN regarding how much Germany is seeking
to charge for the use of its ships to patrol the coast off Lebanon. In the
interim, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations provided Inner City Press
with this breakdown of reimbursements:
compensation of TCCs
In response to
some questions you had for Steph on compensation for troop-contributing
1.) How do we
reimburse TCCs for the use of their soldiers?
reimbursed the following for each soldier:
A. (i-iv) are
paid directly to TCCs
cost - $1,028/month
ii) Personal clothing, gear and equipment allowance - $68/month
iii) Personal weaponry - $5/month
iv) Specialist rates for 25% of troop strength (for logistics Units, eg
engineering, aviation, medical) - $303/month
v) Specialist rates for 10% of Infantry Units - $303/month
are paid directly to the soldier in the UN Field Mission
Daily allowance - $1.28/day
vii) Recreational leave allowance - $10.50 per day up to 7 days of
leave taken during each 6 months period.
2.) How we do
know/ensure that the money goes to the actual soldier and doesn't get kept by
The MOU is
signed between the UN and the TCC and there is no mechanism in place to ensure
the utilization of payments made directly to the troop contributor (Item A).
With Item B,
the Field Mission ensures payments are made to the soldiers.
3.) Do we
reimburse TCCs for ammunition used?
ammunition is a national responsibility unless the Force Commander specifically
authorizes and directs special training beyond accepted UN readiness standards.
And on somewhat more general note....
in UN peacekeeping operations are paid by their own Governments according to
their own national rank and salary scale.
volunteering military contingents and formed police units are reimbursed by the
rates, approved by the General Assembly, are used to compensate for pay and
allowances of all troops and supplementary payment for specialists (within
infantry, logistics contingents and formed police units).
troop contributing countries are reimbursed for the usage of personal clothing,
gear and equipment, including personal weaponry.
rates of reimbursement paid by the UN to troop contributing countries per
peacekeeper per month include: $1,028 for pay and allowances; $303 supplementary
pay for specialists; $68 for personal clothing, gear and equipment; and $5 for
countries like Fiji, Nepal, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and others, UN payment from
sending soldiers overseas is a profit-center for the government. Incongruously,
week that UN peacekeeping troops in Haiti cost $10,000 a month - click
for that report. While at the UN on Monday there was a call for nations to
disclose how much they make from sale of national resources, and how they spend
it -- click
for Inner City Press' story on this -- one wonders why the UN doesn't require,
or at least suggest, that countries disclose how much they are paid for troops
and equipment "contributions," and how they spend it. A Troop-Contributing
Country Transparency Initiative. It could start with less concealment of how
much Germany is asking for the use of its ships in Lebanon. Developing.
Update Nov. 28, 6
p.m. -- well after 5 p.m. deadline, the Office of the Spokesman for the
Secretary General released this:
"The Secretary-General is alarmed by the
continued possibility of a military coup d’état against the legitimate
government of the Republic of Fiji Islands. He encourages the parties to
continue their search for a peaceful reconciliation of their differences
within the constitutional framework.
"The Secretary-General also wishes
to stress that further prolongation of the crisis may damage Fiji’s
international standing, which it has built carefully over the years, as an
important contributor to UN peacekeeping operations and more recently as a
member of the Peacebuilding Commission.
Secretary-General stands ready to complement national and regional efforts
aimed at overcoming the crisis through dialogue."
relevant phrase, in diplomat-speak, is that any prolongation of the crisis might
damage standing built on peacekeeping "contributions." One notes this wasn't
said, at least not this way, with respect to Thailand and its coup... One theory
has it that Kofi Annan played the "no more participation in peacekeeping" card
in this instance because some, even many, of those moving toward a coup have
made money from peacekeeping, and that the U.S. Mission was miffed at Annan's
ploy because Washington wants to be (seen to be) saving the day. We'll see.
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the UN, China and Islamic Dev't Bank Oppose Soros and World Bank On How to Fight
Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
November 27 -- "We do not impose political conditions." So said China's
representative Liu Zhenmin in critique of the Extractive Industries Transparency
Initiative, which financier George Soros described at the UN Monday during a
daylong discussion of the Millennium Development Goals. Video
at Minute 1:44:00.
replied that the EITI contains no conditions about democracy, but focuses rather
on the use of revenue by governments. Video
at Minute 2:32:36.
"Transparency not conditionality," summarized the UN's Shashi Tharoor, who
moderated the session.
critique of conditionality was launched by the operations director of the
Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Amadou Boubacar Cisse, former minister of Niger.
Inner City Press asked Dr. Cisse if the IDB, in making its general loans
including trade finance, considers such matters as workers' rights or
environmental protection, under the Equator Principles or otherwise. Video
from Minute 35:54.
Dr. Cisse responded, "If you are asking if we impose conditionality such as the
World Bank, the answer is no. We are not interesting in doing that. Our member
countries are our partners." Video
from Minute 37:07.
to Yemen: MDGs?
had announced that a Memorandum of Understanding would be signed Monday at 3:30
with the UN Development program. UNDP apparently shares the opposition to
conditions. UNDP helps the Karimov government of Uzbekistan to collect taxes,
and helps Robert Mugabe set up a human right council which is being boycotted by
NGOs in Zimbabwe. (China's dealing with Zimbabwe have previously
UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis was approached with these and
other questions on
Monday after he gave a speech about the MDGs, he replied that he does not answer
questions upon leaving a meeting. He has not appeared to give a press conference
in over 14 months. UNDP does not appear to favor Transparency Initiative,
either. Reporters who asked were not allowed to attend Monday's MOU signing, and
no copy of the MOU, although requested, has been provided in the eight hours to
News analysis: noting
the consonance between the positions Monday of China and the Islamic Development
Bank, one wonders how the conditions of low-income manual workers, migrating for
example from Pakistan or East Asia to the Gulf, might be improved, if
anti-poverty funds are given without conditions or oversight. At least five of
the 50 least development nations are major oil producers, but this wealth has
not alleviated poverty. Take, for example, Equatorial Guinea, which after the
money laundering scandal at Riggs-now-PNC Bank pledged to join the Extractive
Industries Transparency Initiative. While still an LDC, the presidential heir in
Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Nguema Obiang, recently bought a $35 million mansion
in California. Transparency, anyone?
Jeffrey Sachs concluded the afternoon's debate by directing countries in the
audience to go to UNDP. For the Press, going to UNDP does not work; one wonders
if Dr. Sachs is aware of UNDP's lack of transparency. Dr. Sachs chided
countries for not setting high enough goals. As Inner City Press has previously
reported, doubling for example access to drinkable water in Chad, from the
current 19% to 42%, still leaves half the population with unhealthy water. Noted
in the GA hall on Monday was a water distilling contraption by a private firm
DekaResearch.com, whose representative
said it would cost only $1000. (Inner City Press asked the representative the
process by which hsi company had been selected and allowed to demonstrate its
product in the UN Headquarters; "my boss did it," was the the non-transparent
answer.) It still had to be plugged in, so count on greater costs for
solar or other power. Still, unlike some of the debate, the distilling machine
the afternoon's debate there was a reception, sponsored as the debate was by
General Assembly President Haya Rashed Al Khalifa. It was held in the UN
Delegates' Dining Room, complete with roast beef and salmon, hummus and
champagne. One saw the Ambassador of North Korea pacing the room, and no one but
two reporters approaching him. One saw an ambassador who will remain unnamed
picking roast potatoes from the common bowl with his fingers. One heard much
talk of poverty reduction, but many questions remained unanswered, including by
the UN's own Development Program. They will continue to be asked.
the UN, Misdirection on Somalia and Myanmar, No Answers from UNDP's Kemal Dervis
Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
November 27 -- With Ethiopian and Ugandan troops already inside Somalia, and the
U.S. reportedly preparing a Security Council resolution to grant them UN powers
to expanding fighting against the Council of Somali Islamic Courts, on Monday
both Kofi Annan and U.S. Ambassador John Bolton dodged the issue.
Annan left the General Assembly's meeting on development, Inner City Press asked
Mr. Annan what the UN was doing about war in Somalia. As
transcribed by UN
Press: On Somalia. The monitoring group’s report about ten countries violating
the arms embargo -- what do you think the UN can or should do to try to hold off
a war that seems to be brewing between the Islamic Courts and the Ethiopians and
Secretary-General: I think we have encouraged both parties to resume their
talks in Khartoum. They’ve made various attempts to talk together and find a
way of working together. It is important that they do find a way of coming
together, not escalate the situation, which may draw neighboring countries into
the conflict in Somalia, and make matters much worse. So we will continue our
efforts. My own Special Representative on the ground is working quite actively
with both parties.
time, Mr. Annan first called the work of SRSG Francois Lonseny Fall "fairly"
from Minute 2:40. In reality, the UN's Office on Somalia is not even based in
the country, but rather in Nairobi. And Mr. Annan's statement that event "may"
draw neighboring countries into the conflict in Somalia is months late.
Ethiopian troops are all around Baidoa, and now Uganda has
Ambassador John Bolton, emerging for a Security Council meeting about Myanmar,
was asked by Inner City Press for the U.S. position on Somalia. Last week Amb.
Bolton told Inner City Press he had nothing to say on the topic, while at the
State Department's briefing in Washington it was said that the U.S. was working
hard at the UN on the issue. Monday Amb. Bolton repeated that he had nothing to
say, but added that he might have something to say in "a couple of days." Video
from Minute 11:30.
City Press asked Amb. Bolton to respond to
Somali denials of
the authenticity of a letter from the Islamic Counts' Sheik Aweys, which was
reportedly the trigger for the U.S.'s recent terrorism alert in East Africa. "I
have nothing to add to that point," Amb. Bolton said.
Myanmar, Amb. Bolton unceremoniously dropped from his litany of Myanmar's sins
the allegation, which he previously made, that Myanmar is a threat to
international peace and security because it is engaged in money laundering.
Weeks ago at a stakeout outside the General Assembly, Inner City Press asked Amb.
Bolton to comment on the G-8's FATF having dropped Myanmar from its money
laundering blacklist. At the time, Amb. Bolton said he hadn't heard of it. Inner
City Press provided the information to Amb. Bolton's staff for a comment, which
never came. Now the issue is dropped -- although the spread of refugees and
"diseases such as HIV / AIDS" is cited by Amb. Bolton in support of a resolution
said to be coming in the next "days or weeks."
City Press asked the UN's head of political affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, if his
briefing to the Council had addressed money laundering or drug trafficking.
from Minute 4:10. Mr. Gambari mentioned "progress" on stopping drug trafficking,
and did not mention money laundering. As one of the top five issues he listed
humanitarian access. Earlier in the day, Myanmar's government
reportedly threw the Red Cross out of
City Press asked Council President Voto-Bernales if either money laundering or
drug trafficking was discussed in the Council meeting. There was "no general
discussion on the matter," Amb. Voto-Bernales said. Video
from Minute 3:20. He added that Somalia will be on the Council's agenda for
for further analysis.
for this report, we are compelled to note that outside the very General Assembly
meeting following which Secretary-General Kofi Annan stopped and took questions
from reporters, both in the hall and before the stakeout camera (video here),
Inner City Press sought to ask UN Development Program Administrator Kemal Dervis
UNDP's role in funding and / or monitoring
involuntary disarmament in northeast Uganda.
Dervis said, "I don't just answer questions like this, walking out of a room."
City Press suggested that Mr. Dervis come to a press conference in UN
Headquarters Room 226 to take questions.
Dervis allowed, "Perhaps that can be arranged."
City Press pointed out that the request has been made, for months, to UNDP
Communications staff, and that Mr. Dervis has not held such a press conference
for 14 months.
have to be something special," Mr. Dervis said. Why not hold a press conference
to take questions, as do the heads of other UN agencies and even Kofi Annan,
who, it must be noted, did on Monday "answer questions like this, walking out of
Also Monday outside the (GA) room, Mr. Dervis rebuffed another reporter from his
home country. Earlier, his staff had declined to provide an advance copy of his
speech to the General Assembly, claiming that it would be extemporaneous. Why
play hide the ball about a public speech to be delivered? Lack of transparency
and lack of accountability apparently start at the top.
Monday's noon briefing, Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric
what are the minimum standards of accessibility and transparency for the heads
of UN agencies like Mr. Dervis.
"I am not
the boss of him," Mr. Dujarric answered, adding that that from emails he has
seen, UNDP is answering questions. We note that a question about Bangladesh
asked two weeks ago has still not been answered.
City Press was told, by a representative of the Islamic Development Bank, that a
Memorandum of Understanding would be signed at 3:30 Monday afternoon at UNDP
Headquarters. (This concerns an IDB initiative to fight poverty, one that will
not use the types of "conditionalities" employed by the World Bank, Inner City
told by the IDB's Dr. Amadou Boubacar Cisse, formerly a minister of Niger,
for more). Inner City Press asked to attend but was told that it was an internal
UNDP event. Inner City Press has asked for a copy of the agreement. "There is
nothing sensitive in it," an IDB official replied. "But I don't know about
UNDP's information disclosure policies." Developing.
UNDP Dodges Questions of Disarmament Abuse in Uganda
and of Loss of Togo AIDS Grant, Dhaka Snafu
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
UNITED NATIONS, November 24 -- In eastern
Uganda, villages this month have been burned and residents shot and killed by
government soldiers. The Uganda military has been
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour to halt a cordon-and-search
disarmament program which has
killed 55 civilians in
the Karamoja region. Uganda's deputy defense minister Ruth
Nankabirwa has said the program will continue,
telling reporters that
"It is true that some people were killed, but in an operation where both sides
are armed, you should expect such things to happen."
Missing from both stories, and
from Louise Arbour's
is that the UN Development Programme funded and encouraged the wave of
cordon-and-search disarmament earlier this year, until UNDP begrudgingly
suspected its funding. Uganda's
New Vision newspaper of June 28, 2006,
under the headline " UNDP suspends Karamoja projects" recounted that
Press reported that the UPDF were committing abuses in the process of the cordon
and search exercise, including killing of people and burning of homes and
shelters. But both the UPDF spokesman, Maj. Felix Kulayigye and the eastern and
northeastern spokesman, Capt. Paddy Ankunda, dismissed the reports yesterday.
'That is absolutely ridiculous,' Ankunda said."
Since then, UNDP dodged answering whether
it has resumed funding the program, and UNDP has most recently reverted to
claiming that it never funded or encouraged the program. A month ago, around
Karamojo, UNDP's spokesman wrote Inner City Press: "As we conveyed to the
Spokesman's office when you first raised this question there,
neither UNDP nor the UN is the appropriate source for comment on a
member-state government inquiry; we would suggest perhaps the UN mission from
Uganda may help."
not always been adverse to commenting on Uganda's disarmament programs.
UNDP's spokesman had previously
informed Inner City Press that
"In 2006 UNDP
began work on an independent community development and human security project in
the Karamoja region, one component of which was the encouragement of voluntary
disarmament. The project was budgeted initially for $1 million, to be financed
from UNDP's Uganda country office [Due to a misunderstanding on my part I
erroneously identified to you in our conversation Tuesday the government of
Denmark as a funder of this project.] Only $293,000 has been spent to date and
all UNDP activities in the region are now halted, given that they are unworkable
at this time, for the reasons noted."
On May 25, 2006, then
UNDP Country Director Cornelis Klein gave a speech praising Uganda's disarmament
programs -- during a time that, as
reported by Inner City Press,
Karamojong villages were being torched and civilians tortured and killed. Mr.
Klein's speech, still
of this writing, said:
"Uganda -- and
the state institutions involved here today -- is fast becoming a leading light
in Africa and beyond in how it is seizing the opportunity to address small and
light weapons concerns. While UNDP currently provides modest support to the
nation, it is Uganda that can support and lead other countries in doing the
same. Let me take this opportunity, therefore, to applaud the Government for its
strong leadership and commitment."
The Ugandan government's in-house
investigation of that round of violent disarmament, for which the Kampala
newspaper the Daily Monitor credited Inner City Press, is still pending, even as
more burning and killing by government soldiers takes place. Most close
observers opine that at least the May phase of the cordon-and-search
operation was intended to meet UNDP's aggressive goals for disarmament, for a
photo-op for a UNDP country representative who has since dropped out of sight,
refusing to take questions.
Cornelis Klein amid smoldering Uganda
UNDP's lack of forthrightness and
follow-up about abuses in Eastern Uganda is echoed in more recent agency
responses regarding its administration of AIDS
programs in Togo, and non-responses regarding Bangladesh.
In Togo, grants of millions of dollars
were stopped earlier this year due, the donor said, to the UN Development
Programme filing incorrect data. While the health of thousands of HIV-positive
Togolese continues to decline, questions to UNDP result, days later, in
finger-pointing at the donor, and a full two-week delay in any UNDP response to
a critique by Bangladesh officials. A Ugandan cordon-and-search disarmament
program which UNDP previously acknowledges having supported has killed dozens of
civilians in the past months. Now UNDP denies ever having funded the program.
UNDP's Administrator Kemal Dervis has not made himself available for press
questions in the UN's Headquarters for more than 14 months. And so the questions
continue to back up.
On November 13, Inner City Press sent
UNDP's main Communications Office in New York a request for comment on UNDP
snafus in Togo and Bangladesh. Two days later, UNDP acknowledged receipt of the
request and promised response by November 15.
After deadline on November 15, one of
UNDP's spokespeople sent this:
UNDP questions, re Togo and Bangladesh
To: Inner City
Sent: Fri, 17
Nov 2006 6:12 PM
below our response to your question on Togo. We will get back to you on your
Bangladesh query shortly.
Please explain UNDP's actions on HIV/AIDS in Togo, including addressing the
report (below) that funding has been lost. ("The Global Fund, the main donor of
antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in Togo, halted one of two three-year HIV grants
amounting to US$15.5 million in January 2006, citing "irregularities" in the
information provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on
managing the money.")
regards to the Global Fund, the Togolese HIV/AIDS grant proposal, developed by a
multidisciplinary coordination committee, was approved in 2003. In light of its
previous experience in neighboring countries, UNDP was appointed as the grant's
principal recipient....A June 2006 evaluation by Price Waterhouse of data
provided by UNDP and the concerned NGOs concluded that UNDP had not put in place
systems to ensure effective reporting from the field, making it difficult to
verify the actual number of people or communities serviced. As part of its
normal project operations, UNDP had advanced funds for selected activities.
Prior to reimbursing UNDP for these expenses, the Global Fund called for a
financial review. In response, UNDP launched a bidding process in the sub-region
and the firm CGIC won the bid and was contracted to carry out this independent
financial review. As CGIC has confirmed in a declaration to the media and in its
discussions with Togo's President, Prime Minister and Minister of Health, that
study, undertaken in September and October 2006, found that, while there may
have been errors in the data reported, there was no mismanagement or fraud...
The Country Coordination Mechanism -- a body consisting of national partners,
such as the concerned ministries, NGOs and the private sector, as well as
international partners, which manages Global Fund matters in Togo -- could make
a special request for the purchase of the ARVs in order to ensure that treatment
of the 3,000 patients continues."
But it is uncontested that due to the
improper data, no new patients have been accepted. On Saturday, November 18,
UNDP sent a further clarification:
In a message
dated 11/18/2006 12:02:17 PM, @undp.org writes:
I'd like to
clarify something regarding the Togo information I provided you yesterday
evening: In its financial review report, CGIC found that no fraud or
mismanagement existed. It was the Global Fund 's Manager for Togo, M. Mabingue
Ngom, who informed the country's President, Prime Minister and the Minister of
Health that there was no fraud or mismanagement."
Subsequently, Inner City Press
has asked for a copy of the CGIS audit. No response has been received. Nor has
any response been received regarding Bangladesh, despite the passage of 11 days.
It has been
of Commerce has rejected a Preparatory Assistance (PA) project proposal of the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it finds the UN organization
jobs unplanned, lack of coordination and integrated mechanism. 'The UNDP only
suggest preparatory assistance projects rather to take further full projects to
address the identified problems," one of the commerce ministry officials' said."
How can it take 11 days to provide a
comment on this? The spin machine is at work.
It has been 14 months since UNDP
Administrator Kemal Dervis appeared to take questions in UN Headquarters. On
November 27, Mr. Dervis will be in UN Headquarters to attend a meeting on the
Millennium Development Goals. While two of the other participants will, that
afternoon, take questions at a UN press conference, Mr. Dervis is notably not
listed as available for questions. While, after repeated requests, Inner City
Press has been told he will take questions sometime in December, the need for
answers is now.
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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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