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On Syria, Al Nusra Not In UNSC on Al Qaeda, Pillay Hires Benetech Again?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 -- With France showboating its desire to put the Al Nusra Front in Syria on the UN's Al Qaeda sanctions list, supposedly next week, there was a false note on Friday.

  In a Security Council session, when the chair of the Council's Al Qaeda sanctions committee Gary Quinlan of Australia spoke, at some length, he did not mention Al Nusra or even Syria at all.

  Why not, since Al-Nusra's Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani pledged loyalty to Al-Qaeda? Did that come after the "closing date" for Quinlan's May 10 Security Council speech?

  Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has said a new report on the number of deaths in Syria should issue in the next two weeks.

  The last report, as exposed by Inner City Press, was through a sole source / set-aside contract for $25,000 with Benetech, funded in part by the US government. This does not build credibility.

  Have the months since then been used to hold a legitimate competitive procurement? We'll see. Watch this site.

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