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Georgia on its Mind, Russia Delays North Korea Nuclear Resolution with Abkhazia Allusions

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

UNITED NATIONS, October 12 -- As the U.S. called for a Friday vote on sanctions for North Korea's nuclear test, China and Russia said more time and a softer approach should be taken. U.S. proposals for travel bans, shipping inspections and assets seizures are in question. At the UN on Thursday, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin called for a "cool-headed reaction."

            News analysis: admitting the difficulties of knowing anyone's mind, it occurs to Inner City Press that the Russian position on the North Korea draft resolution may not be unrelated to Russia's desire to get the U.S. on its side on the questions of Georgia and Abkhazia. In a purportedly unrelated statement on Thursday, Amb. Churkin said that the "foreign minister of Abkhazia... an internationally recognized party to this conflict" had applied to the U.S. embassy in Moscow for a visa to come to New York. Russia had proposed that he speak to the Security Council in a so-called Arias style meeting.

   According to Amb. Churkin, the U.S. tried to condition the visa on Russia softening its draft resolution on Abkhazia. "The U.S. embassy in Moscow apparently believes that Abkhazia is part of the Russian Federation," Amb. Churkin deadpanned. "It is not." It was reminiscent of the airport abuse claims recently made by Venezuela and others, click here for that Inner City Press story.

Hard road in Abkhazia

            Friday at the UN, the Ambassador of Georgia, with what's being called a "special guest," will be holding a press conference. Perhaps Georgia will complain that beyond having its issues linked with Kosovo, now it's held hostage to the North Korea issue. It's not easy being a former Soviet republic. To be continued.

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

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

UNITED NATIONS, October 12 -- "Justice is not a faucet you can turn on and off," Justice Richard Goldstone told a sparsely-attended press conference at the UN on Thursday. In light of Justice Goldstone having presided over the UN's tribunals for both Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, Inner City Press asked him to weigh in on calls to grant Joseph Kony and the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army amnesty from the International Criminal Court's indictments for war crimes in Uganda.

            Justice Goldstone directs a response to Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni. "Mr. Museveni switches it on and has the investigation launched. Then when it doesn't suit him, in his view, he wants to turn it off. It can't work that way," Justice Goldstone said. "If you want to have a system of international criminal justice, there is no room for giving amnesties to the worse perpetrators." Video on UNTV, Minute 23:06 to 29:46.

            Justice Goldstone's five-minute answer to Inner City Press' question included his story that if Radovan Karadzic had not been indicted in 1995, there would not have been peace in the Balkans. "If Karadzic had not been indicted, he... would have gone to Dayton. Then the Bosnia and Herzegovina leaders would not have been there. This was two months after Srebrenica. I had it first hand from the leaders of Bosnia they would not have gone into the same room as Karadzic."

Remembering Srebrenica

            While in that story the pressing the indictment -- even though Karadzic, like Ratco Mladic, has still not been apprehended -- resulted in peace, Justice Goldstone Thursday said that is not the test. "I don't know, and nobody else does, if peace treaty in Uganda will last," he said. "Whether it will or it won't shouldn't be the determining factor if there will be justice... Whatever the cost I believe it is worth having no impunity for war criminals."

            Justice Goldstone concluded with a challenge to the Lord's Resistance Army, or really to the Museveni government and its supporters. "There is an escape and it is an important one. The Security Council can request year old suspensions. That' s a political decision. If the Ugandan leaders believe that they need time to negotiate a peace agreement, let them make the case to the Security Council." We'll see.

          Time did not for now allow a question to Justice Goldstone about his service on the Independent Inquiry Committee into United Nations Iraq Oil-for-Food Program, including on whether the reforms and transparency promised during that process have in fact been carried out. Release of some financial disclosure forms, increased -- that is, some -- access to the Office of Internal Oversight Services, these are questions that remain open.

           Launched at the UN on Thursday was the 360-page "Human Rights Learning - a People's Report," coordinated by Shulamith Koenig. Ms. Koenig spoke of the human right to such basics as water and medicine, while her collaborator Walther Lichem, a former Austrian Ambassador to Chile and Canada, spoke of cities in Chile where the subway stops and public squares are all named for wars and not for human rights. "One day," he said. Indeed.

            Also at the UN on Thursday, Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's spokesman if the UN's Higher Commission for Human Rights Louise Arbour is going to look into and act on the final article about torture in Chechnya written by Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya just before she was assassinated last week. Inner City Pres also asked for a response to charges that Russia has sent to Lebanon soldiers accused of war crimes and other abuses in Chechnya. The spokesman responded that the UN expects soldiers at act appropriately, but that it is up to governments to guarantee that their soldiers act appropriately.  Suuuure... Later on Thursday, the spokesman's office suggested to Inner City Press that the only way to get an answer would be through the Lebanese or Russian mission to the UN. Again, suuure....

The UN Shrugs on Congolese Warlords, While UNDP Assists Sudanese Justice, and OIOS Is In Hiding

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

  UNITED NATIONS, October 11 -- A Congolese warlord identified by the UN as having used child soldiers, Mathieu Ndugjolo, was on Tuesday formally granted the rank of colonel in the Congolese army. Peter Karim, who held seven UN peacekeepers hostage for two months earlier this year, was also made a colonel.

   On May 30 of this year, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan answered Inner City Press' questions about the kidnapping by saying that Peter Karim would face "personal accountability" for his actions, which have included killing UN peacekeepers and looting the Congo's natural resources, according to UN experts' reports.

            Wednesday Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's spokesman for his reaction to the integration of these two into the FARDC. "We have made clear our position on the first gentleman [Ndugjolo], we have accused him of using child soldiers," the spokesman said. Video on UNTV, from Minute 11:55.

   "We expect armies to respect human rights," the spokesman said. He did not address the kidnapper Peter Karim, for whom Kofi Annan on camera promised "personally accountability ." Getting a promotion and being given more soldiers seems a strange brand accountability for having killed and kidnapped UN peacekeepers. Actually, Kofi Annan had articulated a clear position on Peter Karim: personal accountability. There just was no follow-through.

UN through a glass darkly (Burundi, see below)

Peace Building, Anyone?

         The UN's Carolyn McAskie Wednesday described for reporters the new peace-building commission and its two initial focuses, Burundi and Sierra Leone. Inner City Press asked if the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in which the UN has become so militarily involved with 17,000 peacekeepers and what the UN's William Lacy Swing has described as an air force, is not a candidate for peace-building support, financial and otherwise. Video on UNTV, from Minute 33:26.  

   In response Ms. McAskie cited the danger of mistaking post-election for post-conflict. "The few months before an election are usually peaceful," she had. "But after the election there are winners and losers, giving rising to another set of tensions."

            The United Kingdom appears to be thinking along these lines: it is pulling all of its "non-essential" personnel out of the DR Congo in connection with the run-off election scheduled for October 29. Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's spokesman on Monday if the UN had any response to the UK's expression of doubts in safety in the Congo, despite the UN and European Union troops there. The spokesman answered that the UN does not comment on security.

            If the DRC is too dangerous for UN peace-building funds, what of Burundi, where the FNL rebels now won't join in ceasefire monitoring, or Sierra Leone, which is embroiled in conflict about Yenga with Guinea? Inner City Press asked Ms. McAskie, who answered that neither of these "elements of fragility" are a problem, in her judgment. And "people trust our judgment," she added.

            The UN Development Program is being put in charge of the peace-building funds, nearly $140 million dollars. The money can be used for such things as paying judges, Ms. McAskie said Wednesday. As it turns out, despite events in Darfur, UNDP is funding the government judiciary in Sudan, according to a press release earlier this year. UNDP has refused to comment on its assistance to governments like that of Islam Karimov in Uzbekistan, and now has pending before it questions about its operation in Somalia, and for an update on its controversial funding of forced disarmament in Uganda. With this lack of transparency, one wonders why $140 million and more is being shifted across First Avenue to an entity not apparently audited by the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services?

            Since OIOS recently issued a report detailing, among other things, the theft of $179,000 from the UN's Economic Commission for Africa, Inner City Press has been asking the Spokesman's Office that OIOS come and brief reporters, hopefully Under-Secretary General Inga-Britt Alhenius. The spokesman said he would ask. On October 6, following an interview on the 35th floor of the UN Headquarters with Kofi Annan's envoy to The Gambia, Inner City Press stopped in at OIOS' office, also on the 35th floor, and asked about a briefing for reporters. "Have the spokesman ask us," Inner City Press was told. This was conveyed to the spokesman, who said "we can talk offline." We'll see.

            Among the issues for OIOS to answer is why, in their audit of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, they did not review what safeguards are in place to ensure the OCHA and other parts of the UN system do not work through or offer strength to organizations on the UN's sanctions list, as BBC has asserts the UN has done in Pakistan, click here for more. Despite no mention of this issue in the OIOS' report, has OIOS considered it? So far, no answer. Ah, transparency...

Kofi Annan on Peter Karim, May 30, 2006:

From the video at Minutes 13:40 - 15:25, and the transcript:

Inner City Press question: "On the Democratic Republic of the Congo, what's being done for the 7 peacekeepers that were taken hostage in Ituri? And also, over the weekend, the UN military head in Bunia said elections can't really be held in this type of circumstance? What can be done in the run-up to elections to make it more?"

Secretary-General answer: "It is tragic what happened in Bunia and we lost one Nepalese and three are wounded and about seven are missing. And we have been in touch with Karim's group -- we think that is the group holding them, and demanding their release. And hopefully, we will get them released. But Karim and others who get involved in these sort of activities, must understand that they will be held accountable, as Lubanga has been picked up and is now in the hands of the ICC [International Criminal Court]. They will be held individually accountable for these brutal acts."

  Now, Peter Karim is a colonel in the Congolese army. Accountability?

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

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

UNITED NATIONS, October 9, 2 p.m. -- Monday morning at the UN Security Council, with the help of a Permanent Five member, Russia, one story buried another. On the issues raised by North Korea's underground nuclear test on October 8, the UN ambassadors of four of the Security Council's five veto-wielding members spoke before television cameras at the formal stakeout position. Only Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin refused to take questions on camera. He spoke only to Russian reporters, and only off-camera. Click here to view links to video of those who spoke on camera, and note the missing name.

            On October 7, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, known worldwide as one of the very few who reported in depth on Russia's crackdown on Chechnya, was shot in the back of the head. In the 48 hours that followed, the newspaper she worked for, Novaya Gazeta, announced a near-one million dollar reward to catch her killers. German parliamentarians called on Russian president Vladimir Putin to break his silence, noting the Russia is the third-most deadly country for journalists, after only Iraq and Algeria. Click here for CPJ analysis.

            At UN headquarters in New York Monday at the daily noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's spokesman whether the UN system had any response to Ms. Politkovskaya's assassination. (Video on UNTV at Minute 11:25.) The spokesman said that that the secretary-general condemns this attack and hope her killers are found. After the briefing, Inner City Press asked for clarification on the spokesman's guidelines on specifically condemning events in member states. The spokesman said he had sought guidance prior to the press conference, and then made a  comment he said was off the record.

Never happened: silence on Anna Politkovskaya

            More than two days after Ms. Politkovskaya's assassination -- after Putin's silence had been noted as far away as Australia -- the Russian government issued a press note stating that during a telephone conversation with U.S. President George W. Bush about the North Korean nuclear test, Mr. Putin had said he will investigate Ms. Politkovskaya's killing. Setting aside even more problematic connections, such as direct involvement, if the trail leads to Russian-favored Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov, what would Putin do? And, from a UN perspective, when will Amb. Churkin speak on the issue?

   By way of background, when he was Russia's Ambassador to Canada in 2003, Mr. Churkin faced protest concerning Russian treatment of Chechen journalist Zamid Ayubov - click here for more.

Interim North Korea Report

            After voting Monday morning for Ban Ki-moon for secretary-general, to pass his name for rubber-stamping by the General Assembly, the Security Council met on North Korea. U.S. Amb. Bolton spoke of working 24-hours a day to get a sanctions resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Chinese Amb. Wang spoke of being firm but "prudent." To a correspondent, North Korea's ambassador said his country will continue to develop its "nuclear deterrent," and noted that North Korea is already under sanctions. The Security Council's deliberations resume at 3 p.m. Monday with an experts meeting. Developing.

Somalia on and over the Brink

            Ethiopia's reported takeover of the Somali town of Bur Haqaba was also inquired into by Inner City Press at the UN's noon briefing. The UN's spokesman said that the UN's "office in Somalia" tells him that Ethiopia has again denied having troops in Somalia. Inner City Press has previously been told that the UN has no office in Somalia, only a political mission based in Nairobi which says it has no "monitoring mandate" inside Somalia. The spokesman went on to say that the Secretary-General is following the heightening tensions between the Transitional Federal Government and the Islamic Court and calls on both to live up to previous commitments, while call on neighboring countries to respect the arms embargo. Video on UNTV at Minute 12:56. When the UN's embargo experts, who have previously declined to answer questions until they brief the Security Council, will in fact brief the Council, is not known.

Pakistan and the Taliban Discussed Behind Closed Council Doors (Another Dead Reporter: Hayat Ullah Khan)

            After Monday's Security Council session on Afghanistan, Inner City Press asked Council President Oshima if the issue of what Pakistan is or is not doing with regards to the Taliban and Al Qaeda had come up. Amb. Oshima indicated that the Permanent Representative of Pakistan had been present and had provided an explanation, particularly with regard to the "border areas." Inner City Press asked if the Council members had been convinced. Amb. Oshima did not say yes or no, only that the presentation had been made. Video here. A recent expose shows Pakistan military figures with known Taliban leaders, and shows Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf saying he knows nothing of the disappearance and killing in mid-2006 of journalist Hayat Ullah Khan for taking and publishing a photograph of a U.S. Hellfire missile in the rumble of a North Waziristan home -- click here for more.

News Analysis: Qazi but not Politkovskaya, Iraq but Not Russia -- Why?

            In further inside-baseball coverage of the UN, it was noteworthy that at Monday's noon briefing, the UN chose to affirmatively present the condemnation of its envoy to Iraq of the killing of an Iraqi general (video at 6:20), but to wait and see if any reporter raised a question about the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya - if no question had been raised, nothing would have been said. The UN spokesman declined to describe for the record how such decisions are made. One observer noted in this case that the U.S. would join in condemning the killing of an Iraqi general, but Russia clearly did not quickly condemn, or even mention, the killing of critical journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The UN works at all levels, even in P.R., for the so-called P-5 members, this inside observer concluded.

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

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

UNITED NATIONS, October 7 -- In the Gambian election last month, thousands of non-Gambians from Senegal were brought in to vote by President Yahya Jammeh, it was admitted Friday by Kofi Annan's envoy to the election, former Nigerian General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

          Jammeh recently said, "If I want to ban any newspaper, I will."  Interviewed by Inner City Press on the 35th floor of the UN Headquarters on Friday, just after he briefed Kofi Annan, Gen. Abubakar was dismissive of reports of Jammeh's crackdown on the press, including his reported involvement in the killing of the editor of The Point newspaper. Jammeh's denial in that case was that "I don't believe in killing people, I believe in locking you up for the rest of your life."

Gen & S-G on 38

            Asked by Inner City Press about these and other Jammeh quotes, Gen. Abubaker was dismissive. "Jammeh can say he'll rule for the next thirty or forty years, but he could be voted out," Gen. Abubaker said.

      Gen. Abubakar acknowledged the criticism by Gambian opposition groups and the Commonwealth observers of security personnel voting while in uniform, but stated that this is permitted by the Gambian Constitution.

      Asked by Inner City Press about Yahya Jammeh's changes to the constitution, Gen. Abubakar said that people are entitled to their own opinions. Democracy, he said, is in the developing world a "sensitive matter" that must be "done with caution."  He stated that the elections had gone "very well... I was there on election day and from what I saw it was peaceful."

            Yahya Jammeh took power in 1994 in The Gambia, a country of 1.5 million people surrounded on three sides by Senegal. Industries include peanut farming and some tourism. In an interview with Inner City Press on September 21, 2006, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Frazer said that the Jammeh regime is reaching out for help to China, Iran and Venezuela. Friday Inner City Press asked UN Envoy Gen. Abubaker about this. Gen. Abubaker responded by quoting Jammeh, if you don't have to be my friend, you can't stop me from having other friends.

            Asked by Inner City Press what his recommendations are, and what the UN will do, Gen. Abubaker first listed the need for better training of journalists. Perhaps a stop to the killing of journalists and editors would help. One wonders why Kofi Annan selected this Nigerian general, who ruled after Sani Abacha, as the UN envoy to the preordained re-election of Yahya Jammeh. One wonders what instructions Gen. Abubaker was given. After changing the constitution to allow himself to run for a third term, and after threatening districts that voted against him with losing development aid, he won garnered 67% of votes, to Oussainou Darboe's 27%, with voter turnout below 60%. This includes the votes of non-Gambians brought in from Senegal's still-troubled Casamance region, an influx that Gen. Abubaker put at "only" four thousand.

            When asked if there was outside influence on the Gambian election, Gen. Abubaker said no, despite his statement about thousands of non-Gambians voting. "It wouldn't have changed the result," Gen. Abubaker said. Apparently, nothing would have.

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

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

  UNITED NATIONS, October 6 -- Sudan's ambassador to the UN on Friday acknowledged the right of the international community to intervene without governmental consent in a situation like Rwanda in 1994. In response to a question from Inner City Press about Darfur, Rwanda and Cambodia under Pol Pot, Sudanese Amb. Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem mentioned the UN Millennium Declaration and the duty "to protect," while seeking to distinguish "orderly" Sudan from Rwanda. Video on UNTV from Minute 10:12,

Amb. Abdalhaleem: Rwanda yes, Darfur no

            Inner City Press also asked the Sudanese Ambassador about reports of his government sabotaging military equipment en route to the African Union force in Darfur, including the statements of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Frazer about bolts being removed from armored personnel carriers and the AMIS force commander having to wait in Ethiopia while a visa to enter Sudan was delayed.

            Amb. Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem called these "minor matters" and said that "bureaucratic delay is bureaucratic delay." He said that Inner City Press and the other media present could get visas for Sudan and Darfur anytime. Since journalists have been locked up by Sudan, and many have their computers' hard drives scanned and copies as they enter or leave Sudan, the invitation may mean less than it sounded like at the stakeout. Video on UNTV from Minutes 7:43.

            Also at the UN on Friday, following an upbeat press conference by George H.W. Bush and a minister from Pakistan to mark the one year anniversary of the South Asia earthquake, Inner City Press asked the UN's spokesman about a BBC expose of aid money going to terrorists groups -- click here to view. BBC has reported that the Al Rashid Trust and Jamaat ud-Dawa were not strong in the area before the quake hit, but set up camps and were inflated by the flowing of aid to those in "their" camps.  Inner City Press asked (video on UNTV from Minute 13:50), what safeguards do UN agencies have to avoid such consequences while seeking to deliver clearly-needed aid? While Inner City Press' questions remaining pending about Somalia, UNICEF on Friday responded about Pakistan:

Is UNICEF cooperating with Al Rashid?

No. UNICEF does not cooperate with Al Rashid, and nor is UNICEF money or material supplied to Al Rashid. Children have a right to education, no matter where they live, just as they have a right to immunization no matter where they live. The NGO DOSTI is an NGO which had the capacity to deliver educational services to 5300 children affected by the earthquake. Some of these children live in Al Rashid camps, through no fault of their own. DOSTI fulfilled its obligation by establishing a school in three such camps. The use of UNICEF material and the educational activities it supports are carefully monitored  by UNICEF. To suggest that the rights of children who have lost their homes and schools should be ignored because by chance they are living in a particular location, would contravene the Convention of the Rights of the Child, to which the Netherlands is  signatory. (FYI information the schools and the camp we referred to doesn't exist anymore. The only camp remaining in Mansehra is Jaba camp) The organization Jamaat [u]d Dawa is running 2 schools in Mansehra and UNICEF is not providing any support to this organization. Another question you might have is whether UNICEF cooperating with any individual/organization included in the UN  list of banned individual / organizations. The answer is: No. UNICEF has no contract/agreement  with individuals or organization included in this list and nor is UNICEF money or material supplied to these organizations / individuals.

            We report, ask and get answers, you decide. UNICEF has been asked about its Somali operations, developing.

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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

AIDS Ends at the UN? Side Deals on Patents, Side Notes on Japanese Corporations, Salvadoran and Violence in Burundi

On AIDS at the UN, Who Speaks and Who Remains Unseen

Corporate Spin on AIDS, Holbrooke's Kudos to Montenegro and its Independence (May 31, 2006)

Kinshasa Election Nightmares, from Ituri to Kasai. Au Revoir Allan Rock; the UN's Belly-Dancing

Working with Warlords, Insulated by Latrines: Somalia and Pakistan Addressed at the UN

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

In Liberia, From Nightmare to Challenge; Lack of Generosity to Egeland's CERF, Which China's Asked About

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

At the UN, Dues Threats and Presidents-Elect, Unanswered Greek Mission Questions

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 Congolese Chaos, Shots Fired at U.N. Helicopter Gunship

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

Who Pays for the Global Bird Flu Fight? Not the Corporations, So Far - UN

Citigroup Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference

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