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At RNC In Cleveland, Rudy Has Lone UN Shout-Out, Slovenia Turk Near Miss

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 18 -- At the Republic National Convention began in Cleveland on July 18, the only reference to the United Nations was by Rudy Giuliani, saying the UN's principles militate against a nuclear Iran.

But there were other near-misses: the soldiers from Benghazi, Senators Tom Cotton and Jeff Sessions, and Melania Trump's narrative about Slovenia, whose former president Danilo Turk is running to replace Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary General.

Back on January 28 among the Hillary Clinton emails released late by the US State Department was a single one mentioning Burundi, which mentioned the FDLR (Hutu) militia being present in the country.

 Inner City Press, which has covered each of the State Department's FOIA releases and covers Burundi, tweeted a link to the email.  The adviser to Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza replied that it was misleading -- not rare when confined to 140 characters -- and Inner City Press replied with a question.

  But it's worth noting that while the US couldn't even spell FDLR right, the current head of UN Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous wrote in 1994 as French Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN what he was trying to convince other Council members to embraces the escape of Hutu (genocidaires) into Eastern Congo, memo here.

  There they became the FDLR, which Ladsous then in his current job refused to fight. This is the same Ladsous who wrote his DPKO couldn't or wouldn't stop a genocide in Burundi, and refuses to answer Press questions about the rapes taking place under his watch.

  UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric actively blocks Inner City Press from even putting a question to Ladsous - and now Ban - and on January 29, ostensibly at the behest of the leadership of the UN Correspondents Association, ordered Inner City Press to leave the UN Press Briefing Room, Vine here, and physically reached to turn off Inner City Press' camera. Vine here. To this low has the UN sunk. Watch this site.


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