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 New Statesman, 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


(FP Twitterati 100, 2013)

ICP on YouTube
Sept 24, 2013

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

In CAR, UN Silent on Murder by "Peacekeepers," No Answers, Twerk Shots

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 23, updated -- The UN still claims that its response to the crisis in the Central African Republic is the first example of its post Sri Lanka failure Rights Up Front plan.

  But now with Chadian soldiers in the UN supported MISCA "peacekeeping" force sending deadly live fire at civilians, and protesters in Bangui calling French president Francois Hollande an "anti-Muslim" criminal, the UN won't answer questions, won't even hold a noon briefing where questions can be asked.

Update: now, a peacekeeper has reportedly been killed not by Seleka but by the anti-balaka. How fast (or slow) will France be with a Security Council press statement?

   Inner City Press has asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Office of the Spokesperson a series of unanswered questions since December 21, culminating in:

"In Central African Republic, please confirm civilian(s) killed by Chad troops in MISCA force, and state whether there is any UN support to this unit and if so how the UN's Human Rights Due Diligence Policy applies."

   The UNanswered questions are piling up, but Ban's chosen exclusive interlocutors on press issues has not even asked that noon briefings be held, in the midst of the CAR and South Sudan crises.

   On December 18, Ban Ki-moon made Miley Cyrus twerking jokes to this group of complacent correspondents who tried to silence reporting on Sri Lanka.

  On CAR that same day, Amnesty International outed the UN for having undercounted and downplayed the extent of the killing in the CAR.

  And Doctors Without Border complained of UN inaction in Bangui, with international staff hiding in their compounds while people were killed and suffering just outside. When Inner City Press asked Ban about this, he blamed it on the lack of government and infrastructure in the CAR.

  Well, Central African Republic was a French colony that was left in shambles. France supported "Emperor" Bokasa and sold him Faberge eggs and mink capes, then supported Bozize, and may still.

The UN has gotten so desperate that it applauds France re-asserting its colonial interests, and ascribes France's deployments to itself, "Rights Up Front."

  But when the soldiers France has brought into Mali from other former colonies and put in blue helmets to get paid, like France does for airfield services in Kidal, open fire at civilians, no one will answer for it.

  Least of all France, whose Ambassador Araud even as December's Security Council president has twice rejected and tried to mock questions about the chain of command in Mali. Araud has refused to say how much France is paid by the UN for airfield support in Mali.

  Meanwhile past 9 pm on Wednesday the UN Budget Committee met. President of the General Assembly John Ashe seemed to say its work will finish in two days, the Friday before Christmas. Amid talk of bracketing, this seems unlikely. In any case for the UN, credibility can't be budgeted.

  Wednesday night alongside the ball of the UN Censorship Alliance, another diplomat tweeted photos from an event where Herve Ladsous, the fourth Frenchman in a row to head UN Peacekeeping, purported to thank troop contributing countries in the Dag Hammarskjold Library penthouse.

It is unknown for now what Ladsous said -- on December 17 he refused to talk about South Sudan, then let it leak out that 400 to 500 were killed. Is that subject to the 100% Amnesty International UN obfuscation multiplier? 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-303, UN, NY 10017 USA

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 2006-2013 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]