Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the Inner City to Wall Street to the United Nations

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg Nigeria, Zim, Georgia, Nepal, Somalia, Azerbaijan, Gambia Click here to contact us     .


Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis


Subscribe to RSS feed

Video (new)

Reuters AlertNet 8/17/07

Reuters AlertNet 7/14/07

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

At UN, Bolivia's Reception Features Subway Sandwich and No Music, Climate Change on Tap

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 4 -- In recent weeks we have reviewed UN receptions large and small, from the gala farewell to Japanese Ambassador Yukio Takasu and Morocco's Throne Day in the Waldorf Astoria to Nigeria's down home, Gambari-heavy end of Security Council presidency reception last week.

But on the night of August 4, invited to an event of Bolivia on the Lower East Side, Inner City Press and its fellow travelers were truly excited. Bolivia after all is a major player in the Grupo Alba, and the leader of developing countries as a whole on climate change and water as a human right.

The event was to take place on Allen Street on the Lower East Side. A diplomat of another Alba Group country treated it as very exclusive, saying he had to go back to his mission to print the invitation to guarantee the party's entrance.

But once on Allen Street, the first floor bar was empty. Upstairs, there were perhaps six people, and remnants of a sandwich from Subway. There was not even any music. At the end, two men took plastic covered flags of the General Consulate of Bolivia down to a four by four, with not diplomatic but New Jersey plates.

Bolivians including Evo to GA, muted celebration not shown

You have to write this,” a UN staffer urged Inner City Press. Consider it done.

The irony is that of the Alba countries, Bolivia is among the most serious, with a detailed knowledge of climate change, and a recent victory on water as a human right. Perhaps the attraction of receptions does not measure much. Perm Rep Solon is in Bonn. We will have more on this.

* * *

At Morocco's Throne Day, W.Sahara and Kosovo Contrasted, Non-Recognition by India and Romania, Diplomats Pay Cut

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 31 -- On Morocco's Throne Day, the talk was of sovereignty. In Rabat, King Mohammed VI broadcast that "Morocco remains committed to its sovereignty" over Western Sahara and "will not cede an inch of its Sahara.”

In New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Moroccan Ambassador to the UN Mohammed Loulichki greeted guests by the 18th floor entrance to the Skylight Room. Inside there were musician, carved lamb, sweet tea and a slew of diplomats, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his wife.

Inner City Press wanted to ask about this “won't give one inch” statement, in light of the long standing obligation of the UN to run a referendum on independence for Western Sahara. While this might have to wait, surprisingly what other Ambassadors approached Inner City Press about was another sovereignty dispute, that of Kosovo.

While Serbia, with out without a throne might feel like the Moroccan king, earlier this month the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion largely upholding Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence. Kosovar foreign minister Hyseni told the Press he is staying in New York to meet with non-recognizing states.

But just for example, two such states told Inner City Press on Friday night they have no intention of recognizing Kosovo, even after the ICJ opinion. Romania's Permanent Representative Simona-Mirela Miculescu told Inner City Press that for “historical reasons” her country will not recognize Kosovo, and the European Union can't force it to. She called the EU like a family, in which some can disagree.

(Ambassador Miculescu also told Inner City Press that the surviving parts of the austerity measures required for an International Monetary Fund facility to Romania have resulted in her salary being cut by fifty percent. Click here for Inner City Press' previous coverage of the IMF and Romania.)

UN's Ban and
Loulichki, Sahara vote, 2bl standards and lamb and tea not shown

India, too, will not recognize Kosovo. Hyseni has asked to meet with them, but it appears this will be a waste of the Kosovars time. And with the world's largest democracy, and country with the world's second largest Muslim population, not recognizing your state, is independence complete?

Things turned decidedly more philosophical as the night wore on. As others left, citing the lack of alcohol, Inner City Press was regaled with tale after tale of Morocco's openness, to Moshe Dayan in Ifrane in the 1970s and before that those fleeing for Spain, to Morocco standing up to Vichy France.

The synthesizer and sweet tea were packed away, and Throne Day was over. Watch this site.

 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for a Reuters AlertNet piece by this correspondent about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click here for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali National Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an undefined trust fund.  Video Analysis here

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-453A, UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-08 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at] -