the UN, Annan's Africa Advisor Welcome Chinese Investment, Dodges Zimbabwe,
Nods to Darfur
Byline: Matthew R. Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
October 12 -- "I can assure you the Africans welcome investment from the
Chinese." So said Kofi Annan's Special Advisor on Africa Legwaila Joseph
Legwaila on Tuesday. Inner City Press had asked him about reports of
Russia expanding its business with
Zimbabwe to $300 million,
in the context of allegations that Russia and Chinese are blocking UN
Security Council action on Zimbabwe and, more visibly, Darfur.
China, Mr. Legwaila answered, "If their national interest in the Security
Council clashes with the other members, it's not for us to second guess...
as long as they support NEPAD," the five-year old New Partnership for
Africa's Development. Mr. Legwaila described NEPAD as African-initiated and
African-run, and emphasized that all regions of the world, not only "the
Continent," have corruption.
He pointed out that 25 of the African Union's 53 members are going through
NEPAD's Peer Review Mechanism, which will certify them on good governance.
While declined to directly answer Inner City Press' question about Zimbabwe
-- earlier on Thursday, a UN diplomat told Inner City Press that the U.S.
has been pushing since January for Security Council action on Zimbabwe --
Mr. Legwaila went out of his way to say, "One of our interests is that the
conflict in Darfur must end." Video on
Minute 28:55 to 33:42.
AU in Darfur
is one of the 25 countries which "have so far acceded" to the African Peer
Review Mechanism. Inner City Press asked Mr. Legwaila if this
mechanism might be used with respect
to Darfur, which must be
considered a governance as well as human rights issue. "Certainly," Mr.
Legwaila responded. "The review is tough, it is not by diplomats like me."
Mr. Legwaila previously served as Kofi Annan's envoy to Ethiopia and
City Press asked Mr. Legwaila to address the involvement in Somalia of
Ethiopia, Eritrea and other counties. Mr. Legwaila added Djibouti to the
list, and opined that countries are understandably concerned by instability
on their borders. "I am not saying they are justified to do that which we
read in the newspapers," Mr. Legwaila quickly clarified. "Somalia has had
more than enough of misery." Indeed.
about the recommendation by the Economic Community of West African States,
ECOWAS, that Laurent Gbagbo be given another year in power in the Ivory
Coast, until a now twice-delayed election, Mr. Legwaila said he's seen
official documents on this recommendation. Kofi Annan's spokesman added that
the recommendation next goes to the Security Council. But what are Mr.
Annan's views on the breakdown in Ivory Coast? Many feel that as
Secretary-General he can't keep deferring to ECOWAS, or Mbeki, as he has
done to date to Ben Mkapa on Zimbabwe. We'll see.
UN Office: S-453A,
UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439
Reporter's mobile: 718-716-3540
News Analysis: Georgia on its Mind,
Russia Delays North Korea Nuclear Resolution with Abkhazia Allusions
Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
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
claims recently made by Venezuela and others, click
that Inner City Press story.
road in Abkhazia
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.
the UN, Richard Goldstone Presses Enforcement on Joseph Kony, Reflecting Back on
Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
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.
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
Minute 23:06 to 29:46.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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
NATIONS, October 11 -- A Congolese warlord identified by the UN as
having used child soldiers,
was on Tuesday formally
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.
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
from Minute 11:55.
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.
through a glass darkly (Burundi, see below)
Peace Building, Anyone?
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
from Minute 33:26.
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."
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
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
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:
video at Minutes 13:40 - 15:25, and
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."
Karim is a
colonel in the Congolese army.
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
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
to view links to video of those who spoke on camera, and note the missing
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
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.
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
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.
happened: silence on Anna Politkovskaya
than two days after Ms. Politkovskaya's assassination -- after Putin's silence
had been noted as far away as
the Russian government issued a press note stating that during a telephone
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?
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
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
Somalia on and over the Brink
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
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)
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.
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
News Analysis: Qazi but not Politkovskaya, Iraq but Not Russia -- Why?
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.
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."
& S-G on 38
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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
Minute 10:12, http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/sc/so061006pm1.rm
Abdalhaleem: Rwanda yes, Darfur no
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
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.
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
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
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
Is UNICEF cooperating with Al
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 /
report, ask and get answers, you decide. UNICEF has been asked about its
Somali operations, developing.
Also on Friday at
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reports are archived on
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Downplays Its Own Findings
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Nagorno-Karabakh: Flurries of Activity Leave Frozen Conflicts Unchanged;
Updates on Gaza, Gavels and Gbagbo
The UN Cries
Poor on Lawless Somalia, While Its Ex-Security Chief Does Business
Through Ruleless Revolving Door
At the UN,
Micro-States Simmer Under the Assembly's Surface, While Incoming Council
President Dodges Most Questions
is How UN Officials Getting Free Housing from Governments Would Leave
U.S., Referral on Burma But Not Uzbekistan
President Condemns UN Officials Getting Free Housing from Governments,
While UK "Doesn't Do It Any More"
At the UN,
Incomplete Reforms Allow for Gifts of Free Housing to UN Officials by
Rare UN Sunshine
From If Not In Chad While Blind on Somalia and Zimbabwe, UNDP With Shell
in its Ear on Nigeria
Ties With Purchaser from Compass, Embroiled in UN Scandal, Raise
Unanswered Ethical Questions
At the UN, from
Casamance to Transdniestria, Kosovars to Lezgines, Micro-States as
Housing Subsidies Contrary to UN Charter Goes Ignored for 8 Weeks, As
Head UN Peacekeeper Does Not Respond
Triggers Kofi Annan Call, While Agent Orange Protest Yields Email from
On the UN -
Corporate Beat, Dow Chemical Luncheon Chickens Come Home to Roost
UN Bets the
House on Lebanon, While Willfully Blind in Somalia and Pinned Down in
Branch Closings and Monopolies in the Katrina Zone, Group Says,
Challenging Regions- AmSouth Merger
Missed by UN's Budget for Travel and Consultants in Bangladesh, Largest
UNIFIL Troop Donor
Hezbollah, While UN Dances Around Issues of Consent and Sex Abuse in the
Congo, Passing the UNIFIL Hat
With Somalia on
the Brink of Horn-Wide War, UN Avoids Question of Ethiopian Invasion
In UN's Lebanon
Frenzy, Darfur Is Ignored As Are the Disabled, "If You Crave UNIFIL,
Can't You Make Do With MONUC?"
Uzbekistan's Use of Torture, While Helping It To Tax and Rule; Updates
on UNIFIL and UNMIS Off-Message
At the UN,
Lebanon Resolution Passes with Loophole, Amb. Gillerman Says It Has All
Russian Gambit Focuses Franco-American Minds, Short Term Resolution Goes
Blue Amid Flashes of Lightening
Africa Can Solve
Its Own Problems, Ghanaian Minister Tells Inner City Press, On LRA Peace
Talks and Kofi Annan's Views
At the UN, Jay-Z
Floats Past Questions on Water Privatization and Sweatshops, Q'Orianka
Kilcher in the Basement
In the UN
Security Council, Speeches and Stasis as Haiti is Forgotten, for a
Shebaa Farms Solution?
UN Silence on
Congo Election and Uranium, Until It's To Iran or After a Ceasefire, and
Council Rift on Kony
At the UN Some
Middle Eastern Answers, Updates on Congo and Nepal While Silence on
Franco-American Resolution Reviewed at UN in Weekend Security Council
UN Knew of Child
Soldier Use by Two Warlords Whose Entry into Congo Army the UN
At the UN,
Disinterest in Zimbabwe, Secrecy on Chechnya, Congo Polyanna and
Ineptitude on Somalia
the Air, at the UN in Kinshasa and NY, for Kony and Karim and MONUC for
UN Still Silent
on Somalia, Despite Reported Invasion, In Lead-Up to More Congo Spin
Says Congo Warlord Just Needs Training, and Kazana Probe Continues
Elections Approaching, UN Issues Hasty Self-Exoneration as Annan Is
In DR Congo, UN
Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with Kidnapper
Congo, UN Admits Hostage Deal with Warlord That Put Him in Congolese
At the UN, Dow
Chemical's Invited In, While Teaming Up With Microsoft is Defended
Questioned about Congolese Colonel Who Kidnapped Seven UN Soldiers
At the UN,
Speeches While Gaza Stays Lightless and Insurance Not Yet Paid
At the UN
Poorest Nations Discussed, Disgust at DRC Short Shrift, Future UN
At the UN
Wordsmiths Are At Work on Zimbabwe, Kony, Ivory Coast and Iran
UN Silent As
Congolese Kidnapper of UN Peacekeepers Is Made An Army Colonel: News
the UN, New Phrase Passes Resolution called Gangster-Like by North Korea; UK
Deputy on the Law(less)
Speaks of "Political Overstretch" Undermining Peacekeeping in Lower
In Gaza Power
Station, the Role of Enron and the U.S. Government's OPIC Revealed by UN
At UN, North
Korean Knot Attacked With Fifty Year Old Precedent, Game Continues Into
Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with Microsoft, and
Vetoed by U.S., While North Korea Faces Veto and Chechnya Unread
Like Pipeline, Skirts Troublespots, Azeri Revelations
Interest in UNHCR Program with SocGen and Pictet Reveal Reform Rifts
At the UN, A Day
of Resolutions on Gaza, North Korea and Iran, Georgia as Side Dish
UN Grapples with
Somalia, While UNDP Funds Mugabe's Human Rights Unit, Without
In North Korean
War of Words, Abuses in Uganda and Impunity Go Largely Ignored
On North Korea,
Blue Words Move to a Saturday Showdown, UNDP Uzbek Stonewall
As the World
Turns in Uganda and Korea, the UN Speaks only on Gaza, from Geneva
North Korea in
the UN: Large Arms Supplant the Small, and Confusion on Uganda
UN Gives Mugabe
Time with His Friendly Mediator, Refugees Abandoned
At the UN,
Friday Night's Alright for Fighting; Annan Meets Mugabe
Abuse in Uganda, But What Did Donors Know and When? Kazakh Questions
In Uganda, UNDP
to Make Belated Announcement of Program Halt, But Questions Remain (and
The New Vision,
Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending
Abuse in Uganda Blamed on UNDP, Still Silent on Finance
Alleged Abuse in
Disarmament in Uganda Known by UNDP, But Dollar Figures Still Not Given:
What Did UN Know and When?
Strong Arm on
Small Arms: Rift Within UN About Uganda's Involuntary Disarmament of
UN in Denial on
Sudan, While Boldly Predicting the Future of Kosovo/a
Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs
Predicts The World Is a Ghetto, But Will Finance Be Addressed at
Vancouver World Urban Forum?
At the UN, a
Commando Unit to Quickly Stop Genocide is Proposed, by Diplomatic Sir
Concerned About Use of Terror's T-Word to Repress, Wants
Freedom of Information
UN Waffles on
Human Rights in Central Asia and China; ICC on Kony and a Hero from
At the UN,
Internal Justice Needs Reform, While in Timor Leste, Has Evidence Gone
UN & US,
Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty
and Senator Tom Coburn
In Bolton's Wake,
Silence and Speech at the UN, Congo and Kony, Let the Games Begin
Pro-Poor Talk and
a Critique of the World Trade Organization from a WTO Founder: In UN
Lull, Ugandan Fog and Montenegrin Mufti
Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News
In Praise of
Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial
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)
Nightmares, from Ituri to Kasai. Au Revoir Allan Rock; the UN's
Warlords, Insulated by Latrines: Somalia and Pakistan Addressed at the
The Silence of
the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank
Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins
Child Labor and
Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu
Editor Arrested by Congo-Brazzaville, As It Presides Over Security
Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens
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
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
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
Human Rights Are
Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still
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
Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala
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
The Shorted and
Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't
Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance
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
Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of
Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia
Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives
Who Pays for the
Global Bird Flu Fight? Not the Corporations, So Far - UN
Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference
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