Inner City Press

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

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

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

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



ICP on YouTube

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

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

For UNSC, Australia Claims 162 Commitments, Finland 165, Fudge Factor

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, October 16 -- The morning after Australia's Security Council election party in the UN Tent, Inner City Press asked the country's Permanent Representative Gary Quinlan about his Finnish counterpart Jarmo Viinanen having just exclusively told the Press that Finland has 165 commitments, from the 193 UN member states.

  Combined with Luxembourg supporters telling Inner City Press that country has 150 promises, that would leave Australia with a mere 71 votes.

  Ambassador Quinlan paused then said, "Take that and double it, then add twenty." That would be 162. Like Viinanen, he said he believes countries' commitments, recounting that one member state -- only one, he emphasized -- recently came and said it was switching its vote away. He said he was disappointed, but appreciated being told.

That candor can be contrasted with this race, in which by some counts one third of member states are dissembling and committing to three countries for only two seats.

Beyond the tent reception, with over 400 guests, and a lot of travel, African sources tell Inner City Press that Australia will be funding a post in the African Union.

Inner City Press asked Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin about it and he quipped, the important thing is not to have more than 193 votes.

Yes, that might bring in an investigation. First the voting, on October 18. Watch this site.

Share |

* * *

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

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-253, 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 2006-2012 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]