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At the UN, Disabled Are Freed from a Footnote, Murky Answers from Gbagbo to Kosovo to a Genocidaire

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, December 13 -- As the first international human rights convention of the 21st century, on the rights of the disabled, was enacted by the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the focus was on a footnote. Specifically, coming into the final stretch the draft convention had included a provision that "In Arabic, Chinese and Russian, the term legal capacity refers to legal capacity for rights, not legal capacity to act." It would have been a new low for a purportedly universal declaration of rights to spell out that in countries speaking Arabic, Chinese or Russian, the rights of the disabled are defined to a different, lower standard. And so in the run-up to the vote, the footnote was dropped.

            Chairman Don MacKay of New Zealand spoke of the example of Russia, which had demanded the footnote and then dropped the demand. Video here, from Minute 26:50. The UN's write-up summarizes that "Any nuances in translation would be worked out throughout time and would depend on State practice." In response to questions from Inner City Press, Mr. MacKay acknowledged that the footnote had been less than ideal, but was a strategic decision made to keep the convention's momentum going. "Sometimes you need to make strategic decisions, sometimes you get them right," he said. Video here, Minute 13:50 through 19:40. Afterwards it was pointed out to Mr. MacKay that the floundering declaration on indigenous people's rights might need his type of diplomacy.

            Earlier on Wednesday Ambassador Ali Hachani of Tunisia, the president of the UN's Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, explained that the time for grand pronouncements was over. "Now it's time to implement."  Inner City Press asked Ambassador Hachani if ECOSOC has a spokesperson, since an earlier message to the Tunisian mission seeking an answer on how one or more candidates to head the World Food Program were lobbying the ECOSOC members of the WFP Board. "I got your message," Amb. Hachani acknowledged. "But by then, the WFP director had been selected."  Next time, then.

            What role did ECOSOC play in the Peacebuilding Commission's selection of Burundi and Sierra Leone as its first two countries? Despite the commitment to use fewer words, the answer was not entirely clear. Video here, from Minute 23:45.

            Inner City Press also asked Ambassador Hachani if ECOSOC plays in any role in reviewing the hiring of personnel of the UN Millennium Project into the UN Development Program, which UNDP staff say is happening in violation of UN and UNDP rules. Amb. Hachani gave a long answer, but it still appears that no one is overseeing this process.

IDPs in North Kivu, Eastern Congo

            At Kofi Annan's spokesman's noon briefing, questions about Congo and the purported coup plot in Ivory Coast were raised, but the UN had no comment. From the transcript:

Inner City Press:  South Africa, through its Defense Minister, has offered to mediate between General Nkunda and the Congolese Government.  Does MONUC [United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo] have any view of that?  Has it been playing a role in such mediation?

Spokesman:  I’d have to get some answers for you.  I don’t have anything with me for you on that. [The Spokesman later added that South Africa’s mediation was a bilateral affair although MONUC was monitoring.]

Inner City Press:  And also the Gbagbo Government in Cote d'Ivoire said it had found a coup plot, and many diplomats in Abidjan say it’s probably not true, but has [inaudible -- Messrs. Schori or Stoudmann] has had anything to say on that?

Spokesman:  I have no official statement. Obviously, it’s something the Mission is looking at, but I have nothing in particular on that.

            Read out Wednesday as a statement, however, in response to Inner City Press' questions from the day before, was the fact that the UN will now be paying out a full year's salary to Callixte Mburushimana, a UNDP employee in Rwanda widely described as a genocidaire.  The spokesman began, as the UN has transcribed:

"And lastly, I think, Matthew, it was you yesterday that asked me about the case of Callixte Mbarushimana, who you may recall is the former UN staffer whose contract had not been renewed in 2001 following allegations relating to activities undertaken during the Rwandan genocide. In July of this year, the UN Administrative Tribunal upheld its original decision in favor of Mr Mbarushimana's demand for compensation, resulting from the non-extension of his contract with UNMIK... the Secretariat has no choice but to pay Mr. Mbarushimana the one-year salary he had requested. The Secretary-General had withheld compensation pending this very unusual appeal and was also pending any possible legal action for alleged crimes against humanity being taken against Mr. Mbarushimana by either the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, or judicial authorities in France, where he currently resides. The Secretary-General has now been forced by our justice system to make this very unfortunate settlement."

American Public Radio has reported that while

"Mbarushimana recounts braving militia barricades to help deliver food, water and money to his colleagues at United Nations Development Program (UNDP) who were trapped by the violence....Survivors and former U.N. colleagues also say Mbarushimana offered army officers and militia leaders technical assistance that made the killing even more efficient: U.N. vehicles, satellite phones and personnel files of some U.N. workers suspected of sympathizing with Tutsis... They also say the U.N.'s failure to promptly pursue allegations against Mbarushimana allowed him to keep working off-and-on for the organization for nearly ten years after the genocide."

  Wednesday the spokesman expressed the Secretariat's heavy heart in paying out this money. Inner City Press asked, "But what could UNDP have done to take action sooner on Callixte Mburushimana, or to make sure this doesn't happen again?"

            "There is nothing much more I can say at this point," the spokesman answered. He has seven briefing to go, he has said. Ban Ki-moon gets pre-sworn in on Thursday morning.

            At the Security Council stakeout, Inner City Press asked Qatar's Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the Council for the month of December, for his view of the United States having brought up Belarus in the Tuesday Council meeting. Russian Ambassador Churkin left the Tuesday meeting, and Wednesday characterized U.S. representative William Brencich's raising of the issue as "propaganda." "It is between the two member states," Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser answered diplomatically. He similarly dodged a question about Somalia. Video here.

            After 5 o'clock, the Council's meeting on Kosovo came to a close. Inner City Press asked the UN's envoy Joachim Rucker and Kosovar prime Minister Agim Ceku to respond to reports that the UN will pass Kosovo to the European Union, and to Russian threats of veto. Video here, from Minute 5:00. Mr. Rucker said that he believes the Contact Group will bring Russia along. We'll see.

See, Inner City Press' Ongoing UNDP Series -- Intro followed by second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth

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At the UN, Indigenous Indignation, Revolving Door Mysteries and Peace Pipe Belatedly Smoked

Byline: Matthew Russell  Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, December 12 -- There were more questions than answers at the UN on Tuesday. At a briefing on the deferral, at the African group's request, of the draft declaration on the rights of indigenous people, it was asked how many of the 270 million UN-counted indigenous are on the Continent of Africa. The answer was not given. Video here, Minute 29:29, question, and Minute 31:28, "answer." But dissatisfaction at the deferral was made very, very clear. Later the spokeswoman for the president of the General Assembly was asked if the process is dead, and if the GA President will convene a meeting between the resolution's proponents and the African Group.  From the transcript:

Inner City Press: The Mexican Mission held a press conference on the indigenous issues declaration, saying the African Group expressed outrage over advocates of the text.  Is the General Assembly President involved, is there any process going on between the African Group and the others?  Mexico presented it as if nothing is going forward.  Is that your understanding?

Spokeswoman:  That is one viewpoint, yes.  Many in the indigenous groups feel that way.  Before getting to this stage of finalization or the vote actually, the President was very much involved.  At this point, the feeling is that there wasn’t enough of a broad discussion before it came to the vote and I think this is the hope, that they’ll now have the opportunity to have that broad discussion.  There is a proviso in the resolution that everything should be completed at the end of the sixty-first Assembly session.  The hope is that that’ll happen.  The other view is the more bleak way of looking at it; but I think many feel that if you open the discussion you’ll have a richer exchange and you’ll come to a conclusion sooner, rather than later.

Inner City Press:  Will she convene such a discussion?

Spokeswoman:  She doesn’t have to convene it; the Member States have decided [and they will be the ones to take the discussions forward.].  They may form a working group.  She’ll only become involved if they ask her to become involved.

            We'll see.

            Meanwhile Kofi Annan's spokesman was asked, by Inner City Press, will the anti-revolving door policy that's been promised by the end of the year include a two-year Ban on lobbying the UN for decisions? "We'll have to wait and see," the spokesman said. "Who pulls the trigger?" "The Secretary-General." So while we below have to wait and see, those at the top already know. Why was the UN's Deputy Secretary General meeting on Tuesday with a former UN envoy to Kosovo? We're told it was a courtesy call. What about the case of Callixte Mbarushimana, the genocidaire to whom the UN was ordered to pay thirteen months' salary? The spokesman promises as answer by Wednesday morning.

Rwandan aftermath

            Also at the noon briefing on Tuesday, Mr. Annan's spokesman graciously made nice with Inner City Press, contrary to UNDP's anti-press positions. As quoted in the UN's transcript, the spokesman told Inner City Press, "because I had singled you out, I wanted you to know that, despite a few heated words last week, that we do appreciate the work you do as a journalist, and since you've come here, you’ve made it your business to pursue topics that might otherwise be ignored." Like UNDP. Also at the briefing on Tuesday questions were raised, and not only by Inner City Press, about whether the Secretariat's spokesman can answer for UNDP, and why UNDP doesn't send a spokesman to the briefings at least once a week. This was answered by referring to a briefing sometime later in December, but some high level UNDP officials. Since it was already announced, Kermal Dervis on December 18, this new vituperation may indicate further backsliding. We'll see.

At the UN, Questions of Congo Mass Graves and Kazana, Mugabe and Forests and Rich German Ships

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, December 11 -- The UN's deputy envoy to the Congo, Ross Mountain, said Monday that "outlaw" Laurent Nkunda in fact has popular support in Eastern Congo, the underlying causes of which must be dealt with. Asked about the recent discovery of mass graves in Bavi in Irumu territory, and about the UN's knowledge and role in the destruction of the village of Kazana on April 21, 2006 -- click here for previous story on this. On the latter, Mr. Mountain acknowledged that he'd failed before to provide promised information to Inner City Press, and said he will do so shortly.

  On the mass graves discovered last month, Mr. Mountain emphasized that the victims hadn't been killed recently, but rather "during the war." Video here, from Minute 33:44.

            Inner City Press previously asked for and obtained some information about the mass graves find:

Subject: Yr questions at noon yesterday: DRC mass grave

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To: Inner City Press

  Matthew, please find below a Q&A, provided by Monuc, on the discovery on the mass grave in the DRC:

Q: When were the graves discovered?

     The graves were discovered the 22nd of November.  A multidisciplinary mission went to Bavi (Human Rights, MONUC Security, Military Prosecutor’s office and a representative of the 1st integrated Brigade).

Q Any estimates as to when the executions took place?

     They were four different executions (18, 9, 2, 1 people), according to two witnesses, including one of two suspects currently under arrest for this.  They were carried out between July and November.

Q: How were the victims killed: firearms, machetes, other weapons?

     They used barres a mines, a tool used by gold diggers [a crow bar].

     Q Any estimate on how many perpetrators were involved?

     One is responsible for giving the order, the Commander of the Bavi Battalion who was put under arrest the 15th of November. As for the direct perpetrators, there are many, but we don't have yet the numbers.  There is also the case of the accomplices, those who tried subsequently to cover up the killings by having the bodies moved to a different location.

Q Have any other arrests been made or are planned?

     Two soldiers are under arrest are both Army captains. We believe that all the officers of the Etat Major should be arrested, including the 2nd in command.  We are also trying to identify the direct perpetrators.  We want to verify if there is a peloton d'execution [a firing squad]. The detained captain asserted that the 2 bodyguards of the Battalion Commander participated in the killings.

Q Any details on which unit(s) of the 1st brigade was/were involved?

The Bataillon d'intervention.

To be sure, MONUC forces have in the worked with the first integrated brigade since it was the first that was deployed in Ituri. However UN peacekeepers never were and are currently not deployed in Bavi at this particular location with this unit. The closest MONUC deployment area is Aveba, some 15 to 20 kilometers away.

Q Has the preliminary enquiry provided any details on the motives of these executions?

     According to the statements of the witnesses, they were killed because they were Ngiti, and Ngiti for them means militia.

            This last, on motive, is reminiscent of the Congolese Army's operations with MONUC that resulted in the torching of Kazana in April.

Justice under MONUC's gun

As another Inner City Press source in the region has pointed out:

"The FARDC troops involved in these killings are from the very same units that took part in the combined ops with MONUC earlier this year. The civilians being murdered are the same as the inhabitants of Kazana and the locations are also very close. This statement tells you plenty: 'According to the statements of the witnesses, they were killed because they were Ngiti, and Ngiti for them means militia.' This is exactly what happened in Kazana. The FARDC have been behaving like this throughout, so the question remains: why does MONUC combine operations with them? One major factor in FARDC abuses has to be lack of training. MONUC claimed it was training the Congolese prior to operations, but they often didn't and even if they did the efforts were cursory."

            One week ago, Inner City Press asked Jane Holl Lute of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for more information about MONUC's findings about Kazana, beyond the one-page self-exoneration previously released. We're still waiting.

   It should also be noted that since the above Q&A was provided to Inner City Press by the UN, two more bodies were found, according to the most recent human rights report:

"Nine IDPs, initially reported abducted, are believed to be among at least 32 civilians summarily executed by FARDC soldiers of the Intervention Battalion of the 1st Integrated Brigade in Bavi -- 50 km south of Bunia -- in mid-September. Bodies of at least 32 victims, including women and children, were found in three mass graves near Bavi, on 22 November 2006. The bodies had allegedly been moved to Bavi from their original location, on 17 November, after the military involved in the killings found out that there was an investigation."

        Despite the continued killing of civilians in the Congo, the UN Security Council's recent statement on DRC are nearly all positive. On the sidelines of the UN Security Council stakeout, Inner City Press asked Germany's ambassador if how much his country will charge UN Peacekeeping for its ships patrolling the coast of South Lebanon. "We did not talk about this in the meeting," he responded. But that's not really an answer...

   Monday in an earlier briefing about the UN Forum on Forests working toward a non-binding instrument of forest protection, Inner City Press asked about opposition to the process. Video here. The response, as written up by the UN, was:

"Asked about criticisms from indigenous groups over the fact that the instrument would be non-binding and would actually 'enshrine' the sovereignty of nations over forests, Mr. Hoogeveen said even legally-binding instruments were not always implemented in the ways that had been intended.  For that reason, all such agreements depended on political commitment to implement them."

            So because some laws get broken, non-binding platitudes are not different than laws? At Monday's UN noon briefing, the visit of the World Food Program's Jim Morris to Zimbabwe was raised.  From the transcript:

Inner City Press:  Jim Morris of the World Food Program and also the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy in southern Africa, was in Zimbabwe.  Did he meet with Robert Mugabe, and if so, what did they discuss?

Associate Spokesman:  Yes, Mr. Morris is in Zimbabwe as you noted, and he did meet with President Mugabe and Zimbabwean Government ministers.  Mr. Morris is on a humanitarian mission.  The goal is to urge Governments in the region, he’s not just going to Zimbabwe but other countries in southern Africa as well, and the goal of the mission is to urge Governments in the region and the donor community, to take decisive action to tackle long-term development problems in that region.  He also raised, in his meeting with President Mugabe and Zimbabwean cabinet officials, the issue of orphans in that country, children that are otherwise vulnerable and people with HIV/AIDS.  Mr. Morris tells us that he was heartened by the close working relationship between the United Nations and the non-governmental organization (NGO) community, who are both working together to assist the people of Zimbabwe and to help avoid a serious food crisis in that country.  So his mission is essentially humanitarian, and his focus so far in all these discussions has been to stress the humanitarian concerns of both the United Nations and the international community.

Inner City Press:  Did the issue of that “operation clean up the trash” or “restore order”, the mass evictions…did he raise that issue?  And also, did the issue of this Human Rights Council that some in the UN are working with the Mugabe Government to create, were these discussed?

Associate Spokesman:  I don’t have that specific information on whether or not that particular point was raised in that meeting with Mr. Mugabe.

            Seven hundred thousand people evicted, and the issue is not raised by the UN's humanitarian envoy? An explanation will be sought of this UN administration's (in) action on Zimbabwe and other issues, before the end of the year.

Other Inner City Press reports are available in the ProQuest service and some are archived on --

At the UN, Indigenous Rights Get Deferred, As U.S. Abstains, Deftly or Deceptively

At the UN, Threat and Possible Statement on Fiji Spotlights Selection and Payment of UN Peacekeepers

At the UN, China and Islamic Dev't Bank Oppose Soros and World Bank On How to Fight Poverty

At the UN, Misdirection on Somalia and Myanmar, No Answers from UNDP's Kemal Dervis

UNDP Dodges Questions of Disarmament Abuse in Uganda and of Loss of Togo AIDS Grant, Dhaka Snafu

At the UN, The Swan Song of Jan Egeland and the Third Committee Loop, Somalia Echoes Congo

UN Silent As Protesters Tear Gassed in Ivory Coast, As UNMOVIC Plods On and War Spreads in Somalia

In the UN, Uzbekistan Gets a Pass on Human Rights As Opposition to U.S. Grows and War's On in Somalia

At the UN, Cluster Bombs Unremembered, Uighurs Disappeared and Jay-Z Returns with Water -- for Life

From the UN, Silence on War Crimes Enforcement and Conflicts of Interest on Complaint from Bahrain

En Route to Deutsche Bank, the UN's Door Revolves, While Ban Ki-moon Arrives and Moldova Spins

As Two UN Peacekeepers Are Killed, UN Says Haiti's Improving, Ban Ki-moon on Zimbabwe?

Nagorno-Karabakh President Disputes Fires and Numbers, Oil and UN, in Exclusive Interview with Inner City Press

Inside the UN, Blaming Uganda's Victims, Excusing Annan on Mugabe, and U.S. Blocked Darfur Trip

U.S. Blocked Council's Trip to Darfur Meeting, Brazzaville Envoy Explains After U.S. Casts a Veto

At the UN, Council Works Overtime To Cancel Its Trip About Darfur, While DC Muses on John Bolton

UN Panel's "Coherence" Plan Urges More Power to UNDP, Despite Its Silence on Human Rights

On Water, UNDP Talks Human Rights, While Enabling Violations in Africa and Asia, With Shell and Coca-Cola

Will UN's Revolving Door Keep Human Rights Lost, Like Bush's Call and WFP Confirmation Questions?

On Somalia, We Are All Ill-Informed, Says the UN, Same on Uganda, Lurching Toward UNDP Power Grab

On WFP, Annan and Ban Ki-Moon Hear and See No Evil, While Resume of Josette Sheeran Shiner Is Edited

Would Moon Followers Trail Josette Sheeran Shiner into WFP, As to U.S. State Dep't?

At the UN, Positions Are Up For the Grabbing, Sun's Silence on Censorship, Advisor Grabs for Gun

In WFP Race, Josette Sheeran Shiner Praises Mega Corporations from Cornfield While State Spins

At the UN, Housing Subsidy Spin, Puntland Mysteries of UNDP and the Panama Solution

In Campaign to Head UN WFP, A Race to Precedents' Depths, A Murky Lame Duck Appointment

At the UN, Gbagbo and his Gbaggage, Toxic Waste and Congolese Sanctions

WFP Brochure-Gate? John Bolton Has Not Seen Brochure of "Official" U.S. Candidate to Head World Food Program

Ivory Coast Stand-Off Shows Security Council Fault Lines: News Analysis

At the UN, It's Groundhog's Day on Western Sahara, Despite Fishing Deals and Flaunting of the Law

"Official" U.S. Candidate to Head WFP Circulates Brochure With Pulitzer Claim, UN Staff Rules Ignored

Senegal's President Claims Peace in Casamance and Habre Trial to Come, A Tale of Two Lamines

A Tale of Two Americans Vying to Head the World Food Program, Banbury and Sheeran Shiner

At the UN, the Unrepentant Blogger Pronk, a Wink on 14 North Korean Days and Silence on Somalia

At the UN, Literacy Losses in Chad, Blogless Pronk and Toothless Iran Resolution, How Our World Turns

Sudan Pans Pronk While Praising Natsios, UN Silent on Haiti and WFP, Ivorian Fingers Crossed

UN Shy on North Korea, Effusive on Bird Flu and Torture, UNDP Cyprus Runaround, Pronk is Summoned Home

At the UN, Silence from UNDP on Cyprus, from France on the Chad-Bomb, Jan Pronk's Sudan Blog

Russia's Vostok Battalion in Lebanon Despite Resolution 1701, Assembly Stays Deadlocked and UNDP Stays Missing

As Turkmenistan Cracks Down on Journalists, Hospitals and Romance, UNDP Works With the Niyazov Regime

At the UN, Darfur Discussed, Annan Eulogized and Oil For Food Confined to a Documentary Footnote

With All Eyes on Council Seat, UN is Distracted from Myanmar Absolution and Congo Conflagration

As Venezuela and Guatemala Square Off, Dominicans In Default and F.C. Barcelona De-Listed

At the UN, North Korea Sanctions Agreed On, Naval Searches and Murky Weapons Sales

At the UN, Georgia Speaks of Ethnic Cleansing While Russia Complains of Visas Denied by the U.S.

At the UN, Deference to the Congo's Kabila and Tank-Sales to North Korea, of Slippery Eels and Sun Microsystems

At the UN, Annan's Africa Advisor Welcome Chinese Investment, Dodges Zimbabwe, Nods to Darfur

At the UN, Richard Goldstone Presses Enforcement on Joseph Kony, Reflecting Back on Karadzic

UN Defers on Anti-Terror Safeguards to Member States, Even in Pakistan and Somalia

Afghanistan as Black Hole for Info and Torture Tales, Photos and Talk Mogadishu, the UN Afterhours

Amid UN's Korean Uproar, Russia Silent on Murder of Anna Politkovskaya, Chechnya Exposer

UN Envoy Makes Excuses for Gambian Strongman, Whitewashing Fraud- and Threat-Filled Election

Sudan's UN Envoy Admits Right to Intervene in Rwanda, UNICEF Response on Terrorist Groups in Pakistan

At the UN, As Next S-G is Chosen, Annan Claims Power to Make 5-Year Appointments, Quiet Filing and Ivory Coast Concessions

Chaos in UN's Somalia Policy, Working With Islamists Under Sanctions While Meeting with Private Military Contractors

U.S. Candidate for UN's World Food Program May Get Lame Duck Appointment, Despite Korean Issues

At the UN, U.S. Versus Axis of Airport, While Serge Brammertz Measures Non-Lebanese Teeth

Exclusion from Water Is Called Progress, of Straw Polls and WFP Succession

William Swing Sings Songs of Congo's Crisis, No Safeguards on Coltan Says Chairman of Intel

Warlord in the Waldorf and Other Congo Questions Dodged by the UN in the Time Between Elections

In Some New Orleans, Questions Echo from the South Bronx and South Lebanon

In New Orleans, While Bone Is Thrown in Superdome, Parishes Still In Distress

At the UN, Tales of Media Muzzled in Yemen, Penned in at the Waldorf on Darfur, While Copters Grounded

US's Frazer Accuses Al-Bashir of Sabotage, Arab League of Stinginess, Chavez of Buying Leaders - Click here for video file by Inner City Press.

Third Day of UN General Debate Gets Surreal, Canapes and Killings, Questions on Iran and Montenegro and Still Somalia

On Darfur, Hugo Chavez Asks for More Time to Study, While Planning West Africa Oil Refinery

At the UN, Ivory Coast Discussed Without Decision on Toxic Politics, the Silence of Somalia

Evo Morales Blames Strike on Mobbed-Up Parasites, Sings Praise of Coca Leaf and Jabs at Coca-Cola

Musharraf Says Unrest in Baluchistan Is Waning, While Dodging Question on Restoring Civilian Rule

At the UN, Cyprus Confirms 'Paramilitary' Investigation, Denies Connection to Def Min Resignation, CBTB Update

A Tale of Three Leaders, Liberia Comes to Praise and Iran and Sudan to Bury the UN

UN Round-up: Poland's President Says Iraq Is Ever-More Tense While Amb. Bolton Talks Burmese Drugs, Spin on Ivory Coast

As UN's Annan Now Says He Will Disclose, When and Whether It Will Be to the Public and Why It Took So Long Go Unasked

At the UN, Stonewalling Continues on Financial Disclosure and Letter(s) U.S. Mission Has, While Zimbabwe Goes Ignored

At the UN, Financial Disclosure Are Withheld While Freedom of Information Is Promised, Of Hollywood and Dictators' Gift Shops

UN's Annan Says Dig Into Toxic Dumping, While Declining to Discuss Financial Disclosure

A Still-Unnamed Senior UN Official in NY Takes Free Housing from His Government, Contrary to UN Staff Regulations

UN Admits To Errors in its Report on Destruction of Congolese Village of Kazana, Safeguards Not In Place

As UN Checks Toxins in Abidjan, the Dumper Trafigura Figured in Oil for Food Scandal, Funded by RBS and BNP Paribas

Targeting of African Americans For High Cost Mortgages Grew Worse in 2005, While Fed Downplays Its Own Findings

The UN and Nagorno-Karabakh: Flurries of Activity Leave Frozen Conflicts Unchanged; Updates on Gaza, Gavels and Gbagbo

The UN Cries Poor on Lawless Somalia, While Its Ex-Security Chief Does Business Through Ruleless Revolving Door

At the UN, Micro-States Simmer Under the Assembly's Surface, While Incoming Council President Dodges Most Questions

"Horror Struck" is How UN Officials Getting Free Housing from Governments Would Leave U.S., Referral on Burma But Not Uzbekistan

Security Council President Condemns UN Officials Getting Free Housing from Governments, While UK "Doesn't Do It Any More"

At the UN, Incomplete Reforms Allow for Gifts of Free Housing to UN Officials by Member States

Rare UN Sunshine From If Not In Chad While Blind on Somalia and Zimbabwe, UNDP With Shell in its Ear on Nigeria

Annan Family Ties With Purchaser from Compass, Embroiled in UN Scandal, Raise Unanswered Ethical Questions

At the UN, from Casamance to Transdniestria, Kosovars to Lezgines, Micro-States as Powerful's Playthings

Inquiry Into Housing Subsidies Contrary to UN Charter Goes Ignored for 8 Weeks, As Head UN Peacekeeper Does Not Respond

On the UN - Corporate Beat, Dow Chemical Luncheon Chickens Come Home to Roost

Stop Bank Branch Closings and Monopolies in the Katrina Zone, Group Says, Challenging Regions- AmSouth Merger

Ship-Breakers Missed by UN's Budget for Travel and Consultants in Bangladesh, Largest UNIFIL Troop Donor

With Somalia on the Brink of Horn-Wide War, UN Avoids Question of Ethiopian Invasion

In UN's Lebanon Frenzy, Darfur Is Ignored As Are the Disabled, "If You Crave UNIFIL, Can't You Make Do With MONUC?"

UN Decries Uzbekistan's Use of Torture, While Helping It To Tax and Rule; Updates on UNIFIL and UNMIS Off-Message

On Lebanon, Russian Gambit Focuses Franco-American Minds, Short Term Resolution Goes Blue Amid Flashes of Lightening

Africa Can Solve Its Own Problems, Ghanaian Minister Tells Inner City Press, On LRA Peace Talks and Kofi Annan's Views

At the UN, Jay-Z Floats Past Questions on Water Privatization and Sweatshops, Q'Orianka Kilcher in the Basement

In the UN Security Council, Speeches and Stasis as Haiti is Forgotten, for a Shebaa Farms Solution?

UN Knew of Child Soldier Use by Two Warlords Whose Entry into Congo Army the UN Facilitated

Impunity's in the Air, at the UN in Kinshasa and NY, for Kony and Karim and MONUC for Kazana

UN Still Silent on Somalia, Despite Reported Invasion, In Lead-Up to More Congo Spin

UN's Guehenno Says Congo Warlord Just Needs Training, and Kazana Probe Continues

With Congo Elections Approaching, UN Issues Hasty Self-Exoneration as Annan Is Distracted

In DR Congo, UN Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with Kidnapper

Spinning the Congo, UN Admits Hostage Deal with Warlord That Put Him in Congolese Army

At the UN, Dow Chemical's Invited In, While Teaming Up With Microsoft is Defended

Kofi Annan Questioned about Congolese Colonel Who Kidnapped Seven UN Soldiers

UN Silent As Congolese Kidnapper of UN Peacekeepers Is Made An Army Colonel: News Analysis

UN's Guehenno Speaks of "Political Overstretch" Undermining Peacekeeping in Lower Profile Zones

In Gaza Power Station, the Role of Enron and the U.S. Government's OPIC Revealed by UN Sources

UN's Corporate Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with Microsoft, and UNDP Continues

BTC Briefing, Like Pipeline, Skirts Troublespots, Azeri Revelations

Conflicts of Interest in UNHCR Program with SocGen and Pictet Reveal Reform Rifts

UN Grapples with Somalia, While UNDP Funds Mugabe's Human Rights Unit, Without Explanation

UN Gives Mugabe Time with His Friendly Mediator, Refugees Abandoned

At the UN, Friday Night's Alright for Fighting; Annan Meets Mugabe

UN Acknowledges 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 see The New Vision, offsite).

Disarmament Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending

Disarmament 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 Karamojong Villages

UN's Selective Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs

UN Habitat Predicts The World Is a Ghetto, But Will Finance Be Addressed at Vancouver World Urban Forum?

UN's Annan 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 Algiers

UN & US, Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty and Senator Tom Coburn

Human Rights Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News Analysis

In Praise of Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial Exclusion

UN Sees Somalia Through a Glass, Darkly, While Chomsky Speaks on Corporations and Everything But Congo

Corporate Spin on AIDS, Holbrooke's Kudos to Montenegro and its Independence

The Silence of the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank

Human Rights Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins from SUVs

Child Labor and Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu

Press Freedom? Editor Arrested by Congo-Brazzaville, As It Presides Over Security Council

The Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens

Background Checks 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

The Chadian 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

Racial 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 Paparazzi

Human Rights Are Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still Murky

Iraq's Oil to be Metered by Shell, While Basrah Project Remains Less than Clear

Kofi, Kony, Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala

As Operation 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 their Camps

The Shorted and Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't Add Up

UN Reform: Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance Contract

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 at UN

Kosovo: Of Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of Ferronikeli Mines

Abkhazia: Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia

Post-Tsunami Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives

Citigroup Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference

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