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At the UN, Literacy Losses in Chad, Blogless Pronk and Toothless Iran Resolution, How Our World Turns

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

UNITED NATIONS, October 26 -- On the topic of literacy, a 390-page study was released at the UN on Thursday. On page 201, it is reported that in the African nation of Chad, adult literacy stands at 25.7%. The figure has declined from 1990. Inner City Press asked two officials of UNESCO to explain this Chadian tragedy. "Increases in population," said UNESCO's Nicholas Burnett. "And not enough schools opening."

            Earlier in Thursday's briefing, Inner City Press asked what the UN is doing about Niger's move to expel tens of thousands from Diffa Province back to Chad. Click here for one report. "It is something UNHCR is aware of," the spokesman answered.

            "But has the UN told Niger not to do it?"

            "They're trying to gather more information," the spokesman answered. "I can't go beyond that."

            UNHCR has been aware for some time of the shooting of Tibetans trying to flee into Nepal. Publicly, however, UNHCR has said little. Inner City Press has asked UNHCR in Geneva to explain its position.

            Another topic the UN says it will now consider is the opposition to UNESCO's plan to name Sri Lanka's former President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, to a 14-month term of a Special Consultant to UNESCO on Education for All, the topic of Thursday briefing at UN Headquarters. Opposition has arisen given Mrs. Kumaratunga's human rights record. Click here for more.

Learning to read per UNESCO, here's suggested reading

   Inner City Press' question to Kofi Annan's spokesman about how Special Consultants are selected was referred to the two UNESCO officials in attendance. They indicated that UNESCO's executive director Koichiro Matsuura may not have been aware of these issues and that they will not look into it. One of them said wistfully, "And I thought it would be a quiet weekend." Not in Chad.

            Nor in the Congo. Days before the run-off election, the UN's apparently non-blogging envoy to the DR Congo, William Lacy Swing, met with Jean-Pierre Bemba about an upcoming campaign rally. Front-runner Joseph Kabila has denied the UN access to one of his camps to check for weapons. Not a good sign.

            While many correspondents, including that of Inner City Press, took as a sign of Jan Pronk imminent defenestration -- figurative, of course -- the comments of Kofi Annan Wednesday late afternoon, that he would make his decision only after speaking with Mr. Pronk, as of 4 p.m. Thursday it appears Pronk will live to blog another day. At least one additional day. Japanese Ambassador Oshima let it be known that the Security Council will meet Friday on Sudan. Head of UN peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guehenno will be there. One assumes that Mr. Pronk might make an appearance as well. He was seen entering the UN at 10:30 on Thursday and heading to the basement. One wag joked that he might well be blogging from the public access computers, a sort of Stations of the Cross, the 12 steps by which he may be forced or eased out.

            Inner City Press posed the riddle of Jan Pronk to UN lightening rod Jean Ziegler -- who is special rapporteur on food but also a punching bag for the right wing, not without reason, for his role in the Gaddafi Human Rights Prize -- at Prof. Ziegler's press conference on Thursday afternoon. Ziegler's first response was that Pronk is a socialist, then a good man, only doing his job. Video on UNTV. Ziegler had previously called for UN intervention into Darfur without Sudanese consent, a position which ironically the detractors of his Lebanon report would otherwise embrace. He cannot be pigeonholed, this Jean Ziegler. He denounced Sudan's al-Bashir government as well as Israel's use of cluster bombs in Lebanon.

            Inner City Press ended with a legal question, on whether Mr. Ziegler believes that the Geneva Conventions require that victims of conflict be provided adequate food resources, and if so, by whom. Mr. Ziegler ignored this question, choosing instead to explain how the UN Human Rights Council rejected Israel's argument that the Geneva Convention protocols did not apply to this summer's conflict, since the non-state actor, Hezbollah, was in another state. For its rejection of Israel's position, Ziegler praised the Human Rights Council, a plaudit which is strikingly rare.

            Also on the legal beat, but in Liberia and not Wall Street, Ms. Leymah Gbowee on Thursday explained the recent improvements in the Liberian law of rape. Video on UNTV. Inner City Press asked about an UNMIL report chiding the country for not prosecuting rape. Ms. Gbowee said the commitment is there, just not the resources. She also called for the lifting of the UN's diamond sanctions.

            On the beat of most pressing interest to the neo-liberal press (we're channeling Jean Ziegler here), the draft resolution on Iran leaked to some of the media on Thursday.  It is sure to be subject to fuller exegesis elsewhere. What leaps out as unique is the carve out in Paragraph 14 for sales, mostly by Russia, to the Bushehr I Civil Nuclear Power Plant. Even with this, Russia is chafing. Where now is the American firebrand John Bolton? Why does Sudan, as Inner City Press reported yesterday and got on camera today, lavish praise on U.S. envoy Andrew Natsios? Tune in tomorrow, for the next episode in this Inner City Press series, How Our World Turns...

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Sudan Pans Pronk While Praising Natsios, UN Silent on Haiti and WFP, Ivorian Fingers Crossed

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

UNITED NATIONS, October 25 -- As Kofi Annan prepares to discipline his envoy to Sudan, Jan Pronk, on Thursday morning, Sudanese Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem told Inner City Press on Wednesday that Pronk had been "playing politician" and had encouraged rebel groups in Western Sudan to move beyond Darfur.

            Speaking exclusively to Inner City Press for ten minutes in the hall outside the Security Council, Amb. Abdalhaleem said that the rebels' advance on Hamret al- Shaikh, in Kordofan State and not Darfur, was attributable to Jan Pronk's statements on his blog, most recently of losses by the Sudanese armed forces. Inner City Press pointed out that Pronk has claimed he only repeated what he read in local newspaper. Amb. Abdalhaleem scoffed. Surprisingly, Amb. Abdalhaleem praised U.S. envoy Andrew Natsios, saying that he "listened with understanding."

            "Send us people like [head of UN peacekeeping Jean-Marie] Guehenno and [head of UN humanitarian work Jan] Egeland, professionals," said Amb. Abdalhaleem. Inner City Press pointed out that Sudan had previously blocked Jan Egeland from entering Darfur. "That was temporary," replied Amb. Abdalhaleem.  Inner City Press previously got Amb. Abdalhaleem to publicly acknowledge a right by the international community to intervene in such situations as Rwanda in 1994, without the consent of the government, click here for more.

Blue helmets in Haiti, no Pronk in sight

            Inner City Press asked Amb. Abdalhaleem about a recent statement, off the record, by senior UN Peacekeeping officials, that the UN system should hold the rebels in Darfur to previous ceasefire agreements they signed. Amb. Abdalhaleem responded that while the Abdul Wahid faction has signed such agreements, other elements in the Redemption Front have no agreements at all.

            Later on Wednesday, as Kofi Annan left the Security Council consultation on Ivory Coast, see below, Inner City Press asked him if Pronk will be sent back to his post. Mr. Annan replied, as unofficially transcribed by the UN:

"Well, Mr. Pronk in coming this afternoon and I will be meeting with him tomorrow morning for us to go through the situation and what happened and of course I spoke to president Bashir the day his letter came also to let him know my position and how I felt about the action. But I will discuss with [Mr.] Pronk and then make a judgment."

            When Inner City Press played back this quote to a long-time UN observer, the response was immediate: Pronk is done. Those who know Jan Pronk quote him that  he is a politician, not a diplomat, and that since his mandate's scheduled end is near, he saw no downside in speaking up. Will or would Ban Ki-moon embrace Mr. Pronk? There seems to be no way to ask.

            For now the target of questions is Kofi Annan's spokesman Stephane Dujarric. At Wednesday's noon briefing, Inner City Press asked him three questions. Video on UNTV. On Ethiopia's prime minister's statement that his country is "technically at war with Somalia," Mr. Dujarric responded with the old line that the UN calls for Somalia's neighbors to act responsibly. On the question of whether, as Inner City Press as heard, the process of anointing a successor to Jim Morris as head of the World Food Program has, after interviews by Mark Malloch Brown, gotten down to four finalists, Mr. Dujarric declined to answer, beyond saying yes, the appointment would be for five years. Video on UNTV. Will Mr. Annan ask the incoming Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon? That is not known. Inner City Press has heard that among the four finalists are two Americans, not only the previously reported-on Josette Sheeran (Shiner), but also an in-house WFP staff member, who Inner City Press' source call more qualified than Josette. We'll see.

            On Haiti, the Spokesman office later on Wednesday sent Inner City Press the following:

"The Mission says there was sporadic gunfire by armed gangs yesterday in Cite-Soleil, a slum of Port-Au-Prince. Some gang members opened fire on a Mission patrol, which returned fire. No one was injured."

            But media reports include, from an incident last Thursday not yet commented on by UN Headquarters, either one or three dead...

            Elsewhere at the UN on Wednesday, the special rapporteur on promoting and preserving human rights while combating terrorism, Martin Scheinin, told reporters that until the UN establishes a system of appeal for those put on terrorism sanctions lists, member states should allow judicial review. Video on UNTV. Pakistan has put off implementing the UN sanction on the Al Rashid Trust due to that organization have filed in appeal in Pakistan. The UN system has acknowledge that aid went to camps run by the Al Rashid Trust. In light of Jan Egeland's office's statements that they relying on countries, such as Pakistan, to determine which organizations can or cannot operate camps to channel UN aid, Inner City Press asked Mr. Scheinin as the last question if the UN system should be relying on the judicial systems of member states. No, said Mr. Scheinin. But were UN agencies listening?

            In the Delegates' Dining Room at 1 p.m., at an event launching the Global Media Compact (click here for more), the ambassador of Gambia chided Inner City Press for a recent report on that country's president's statement that he could rule for the next thirty years, and could "close down any newspaper he wants." The Gambian ambassador, Crispin Grey-Johnson, told Inner City Press that these statement sound different to the Gambian electorate, and that any country would close newspapers for breaching national security. He offered to send Inner City Press additional materials, which Inner City Press awaits.

            Other Ambassadors in UN Headquarters on Wednesday including four envoys to Japan from four African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia. They came along with Japanese businesswomen Tomiko Abe, founder of the Stop AIDS Organization. They had soccer balls and children with them, and spoke of helping AIDS orphans have better self-esteem. Inner City Press asked about the statements earlier this year by Richard Holbrooke, that Japanese corporations are not providing enough assistance to the Global Fund for AIDS. The question was not answered, video here. But funds will be provided to orphans, which is certainly a work of mercy.

            As dusk fell on Turtle Bay, French Ambassador de la Sabliere came to the Security Council stakeout to talk about Ivory Coast, but was deluged with questions about a draft resolution on Iran, which he characterized as firm, and secret. On Ivory Coast, he and the UN's two envoys, Messrs. Schori and Stoudmann, both said this will be the last extension for President Gbabgo. Inner City Press asked, what about the identification process and registering to vote, and what about the New Forces' statement they won't recognize any government with Laurent Gbagbo in it? "We all have to compromise," Mr. Schori said. We'll see.

UN Shy on North Korea, Effusive on Bird Flu and Torture, UNDP Cyprus Runaround, Pronk is Summoned Home

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

UNITED NATIONS, October 23 -- How loud should the UN speak?  Two contrary approaches to human rights were on display Monday as the special rapporteurs on North Korea and torture each answered reporters' questions. The UN's expert on torture, Manfred Nowak didn't shy away from expressing disappointment in the U.S. Congress' new torture-fix legislation, nor from repeating, in response to a question from Inner City Press, that there may be more torture now in Iraq than under Saddam Hussein. Video on UNTV.

            Mr. Nowak was asked by Inner City Press about torture by Uzbekistan's Karimov government. Mr. Nowak recounted his efforts to block the return to Uzbekistan of asylum seekers, by the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. (He neglected to mention Ukraine.)

  But when asked if the UN Development Program should be helping the Karimov government to collect taxes, Mr. Nowak said that "negative conditionalities should be a last resort," and that UN agencies should try to improve countries' human rights records. UNDP has been asked what it is doing in this regard, and has responded most recently via its spokesman that "the UN agencies which have the mandate of reviewing and responding to reports and incidents of the kind you cite-- UNESCO and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-- have spoken out clearly forcefully on such cases on behalf of the Secretary-General and the entire UN system."

            But UNESCO recently awarded Karimov a medal (which it later said could be bought in any UN gift shop). And Inner City Press continues to await a response from UNHCR on other pending deportations requests by Uzbekistan, in the United Arab Emirates.  Inner City Press has been told that this UAE case is "sensitive," as an explanation for the delay in response and the continuing silence.

Hungarians 1956 per UNHCR (Kissinger not shown, see below)

            Speaking but with much caution on Monday was the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, Vitit Muntarbhorn. He has not been allowed to visit North Korea and has compiled his reports from outside the country. Inner City Press asked if he has visited, or has even asked to visit, the Joint Economic Zones that South Korea runs with its neighbor to the north. "I know there are those who are interested in that," Mr. Muntarbhorn told Inner City Press. But apparently requests to visit and check on workers' rights have not been made.

            Likewise, while China continues pushing asylum seekers back into North Korea, Mr. Muntarbhorn said he is pleased with China's cooperation. Video on UNTV. One wondered if perhaps the rapporteurs on thematic issues like torture can afford to be candid, while those seeking to enter "hermit states" like North Korea are constrained to say as little as possible -- and if so, at what cost. After the briefing, a long-time human rights experts opined that perhaps Mr. Muntarbhorn was staying quiet in order to later gain access. This same expert opined that the UN's envoy to Sudan, Jan Pronk, should have been fired before the current blog impasse, for having "discussed a Plan B while Plan A was still on the table." There was also the dust-up with the Office of Internal Oversight Services.  Inner City Press on Monday asked UN Peacekeeping's Number Two Hedi Annabi if, despite all this, it would be a bad precedent if Mr. Pronk does not return to Sudan. "There are different views on this," Mr. Annabi replied. Indeed.

            A third briefer, the affable bird flu expert Dr. David Nabarro, updated reporters on Monday. He praised the preparations of Myanmar and also North Korea, saying that the central concentration of power is good in this way. He put the number of bird flu deaths at 150. When a reporter asked if, in retrospect, the warnings about bird flu had been overblown, Dr. Nabarro answered, "I'm sure you don't think that." He said the case in Turkey sprung from sleeping with chickens for heat, but there was human-to-human transmission in Indonesia's Sumatra. Video on UNTV. Dr. Nabarro's briefing gave rise to some rare bird flu humor, from the pre-briefing squawking (over the squawk box system to reporters) to allegations that in predicting millions of possible deaths, Dr. Nabarro had been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Those who joked apologized. When public health works, disasters are avoided or at least delayed.

            Monday evening in the basement there was a rare Henry Kissigner sighting. It was not much publicized -- to avoid protesters, the theory goes -- but there was a well-behaved crowd celebrating Hungary 1956, shaking hands with the K-man, listening to Bartok. Afterwards there was wine and sandwiches in the lobby. What there was not was any Q&A.

            At Kofi Annan's spokesman's noon briefing, Inner City Press asked if there was any UN reaction to calls for UN action on the 32 missing Tibetans among the group shot at by China. At deadline, the following rolled in:

In a message dated 10/23/2006 4:38:38 PM Eastern Standard Time, [ ] writes:

According to UNHCR… UNHCR is aware of the eyewitness accounts. As a member of the UN humanitarian family, UNHCR is naturally concerned by the reports. For over a decade, UNHCR has been assisting Tibetans transiting through Nepal to India for personal / educational / religious purposes. The Tibetans in Nepal are “people of concern” to UNHCR. UNHCR has raised the issue with China.

            How loudly has UNHCR raised it is the question. At Monday's noon briefing, most questions dealt with Jan Pronk, "banned for blogging" as the headlines in cyberspace would have it. Video on UNTV. Inner City Press asked if Pronk will meet with the Security Council, or if Kofi Annan will consult them. The answers were non-committal. What was said was this: Pronk will be at the UN on Wednesday, after Tuesday's Eid Al-Fitr holiday.

            On the Cyprus scandal involving the UNDP-administered UN Office of Project Services, Kofi Annan's spokesman over the weekend told Inner City Press to ask UNDP. Monday UNDP said to ask UNOPS and... the Secretary-General's Spokesman. The question of Catch-22 has been raised. More on UNDP in coming days. There is hope for answers from the top, before or on Friday.

Other Inner City Press reports are archived on

UN Shy on North Korea, Effusive on Bird Flu and Torture, UNDP Cyprus Runaround, Pronk is Summoned Home

At the UN, Silence from UNDP on Cyprus, from France on the Chad-Bomb, Jan Pronk's Sudan Blog

Russia's Vostok Battalion in Lebanon Despite Resolution 1701, Assembly Stays Deadlocked and UNDP Stays Missing

As Turkmenistan Cracks Down on Journalists, Hospitals and Romance, UNDP Works With the Niyazov Regime

At the UN, Darfur Discussed, Annan Eulogized and Oil For Food Confined to a Documentary Footnote

With All Eyes on Council Seat, UN is Distracted from Myanmar Absolution and Congo Conflagration

As Venezuela and Guatemala Square Off, Dominicans In Default and F.C. Barcelona De-Listed

At the UN, North Korea Sanctions Agreed On, Naval Searches and Murky Weapons Sales

At the UN, Georgia Speaks of Ethnic Cleansing While Russia Complains of Visas Denied by the U.S.

At the UN, Deference to the Congo's Kabila and Tank-Sales to North Korea, of Slippery Eels and Sun Microsystems

At the UN, Annan's Africa Advisor Welcome Chinese Investment, Dodges Zimbabwe, Nods to Darfur

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

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

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

Hungarian Revolutions Past and Present, Kissinger to UN and Ban Ki-Moon Speaks, Of Needs and Refugees

UN Defers on Anti-Terror Safeguards to Member States, Even in Pakistan and Somalia

Afghanistan as Black Hole for Info and Torture Tales, Photos and Talk Mogadishu, the UN Afterhours

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

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

U.S. Calls for Annan and Ban Ki-moon to Publicly Disclose Finances, As U.S. Angles for 5-Year WFP Appointment

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

UN's Annan Dodges Danger and Set-Backs in Gabon, Geneva, Tibet, Sudan, Disclosure Form Also for Successor?

At the UN, Ban Ki-Moon's Track Record on Myanmar Criticized by ASEAN Parliamentarians on Human Rights

At the UN, Cagey Council President of the GA on the Bottom of the Sea, of Stolen Chairs, Uzbek Human Rights and Georgia

At the UN, As Next S-G is Chosen, Annan Claims Power to Make 5-Year Appointments, Quiet Filing and Ivory Coast Concessions

Chaos in UN's Somalia Policy, Working With Islamists Under Sanctions While Meeting with Private Military Contractors

U.S. Candidate for UN's World Food Program May Get Lame Duck Appointment, Despite Korean Issues

At the UN, U.S. Versus Axis of Airport, While Serge Brammertz Measures Non-Lebanese Teeth

Exclusion from Water Is Called Progress, of Straw Polls and WFP Succession

William Swing Sings Songs of Congo's Crisis, No Safeguards on Coltan Says Chairman of Intel

Warlord in the Waldorf and Other Congo Questions Dodged by the UN in the Time Between Elections

In Some New Orleans, Questions Echo from the South Bronx and South Lebanon

In New Orleans, While Bone Is Thrown in Superdome, Parishes Still In Distress

At the UN, Tales of Media Muzzled in Yemen, Penned in at the Waldorf on Darfur, While Copters Grounded

US's Frazer Accuses Al-Bashir of Sabotage, Arab League of Stinginess, Chavez of Buying Leaders - Click here for video file by Inner City Press.

Third Day of UN General Debate Gets Surreal, Canapes and Killings, Questions on Iran and Montenegro and Still Somalia

On Darfur, Hugo Chavez Asks for More Time to Study, While Planning West Africa Oil Refinery

At the UN, Ivory Coast Discussed Without Decision on Toxic Politics, the Silence of Somalia

Evo Morales Blames Strike on Mobbed-Up Parasites, Sings Praise of Coca Leaf and Jabs at Coca-Cola

Musharraf Says Unrest in Baluchistan Is Waning, While Dodging Question on Restoring Civilian Rule

At the UN, Cyprus Confirms 'Paramilitary' Investigation, Denies Connection to Def Min Resignation, CBTB Update

A Tale of Three Leaders, Liberia Comes to Praise and Iran and Sudan to Bury the UN

Behind the UN Speeches, A Thai Coup, Somali Assassins and Hit-and-Run Chirac Ignoring Ivory Coast

Annan Pitches UN With No Mention of Reform; EU President Dodges Human Rights and Micro-States

UN Round-up: Poland's President Says Iraq Is Ever-More Tense While Amb. Bolton Talks Burmese Drugs, Spin on Ivory Coast

As UN's Annan Now Says He Will Disclose, When and Whether It Will Be to the Public and Why It Took So Long Go Unasked

At the UN, Stonewalling Continues on Financial Disclosure and Letter(s) U.S. Mission Has, While Zimbabwe Goes Ignored

At the UN, Financial Disclosure Are Withheld While Freedom of Information Is Promised, Of Hollywood and Dictators' Gift Shops

UN's Annan Says Dig Into Toxic Dumping, While Declining to Discuss Financial Disclosure

A Still-Unnamed Senior UN Official in NY Takes Free Housing from His Government, Contrary to UN Staff Regulations

UN Admits To Errors in its Report on Destruction of Congolese Village of Kazana, Safeguards Not In Place

As UN Checks Toxins in Abidjan, the Dumper Trafigura Figured in Oil for Food Scandal, Funded by RBS and BNP Paribas

Targeting of African Americans For High Cost Mortgages Grew Worse in 2005, While Fed Downplays Its Own Findings

The UN and 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

"Horror Struck" is How UN Officials Getting Free Housing from Governments Would Leave U.S., Referral on Burma But Not Uzbekistan

Security Council 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 Member States

Rare UN Sunshine From If Not In Chad While Blind on Somalia and Zimbabwe, UNDP With Shell in its Ear on Nigeria

Annan Family 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 Powerful's Playthings

Inquiry Into Housing Subsidies Contrary to UN Charter Goes Ignored for 8 Weeks, As Head UN Peacekeeper Does Not Respond

Congo Shootout Triggers Kofi Annan Call, While Agent Orange Protest Yields Email from Old London

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 Kinshasa

Stop Bank Branch Closings and Monopolies in the Katrina Zone, Group Says, Challenging Regions- AmSouth Merger

Ship-Breakers Missed by UN's Budget for Travel and Consultants in Bangladesh, Largest UNIFIL Troop Donor

Sudan Cites 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?"

UN Decries 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 Been Defensive

On Lebanon, 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 Somalia

On Lebanon, Franco-American Resolution Reviewed at UN in Weekend Security Council Meeting

UN Knew of Child Soldier Use by Two Warlords Whose Entry into Congo Army the UN Facilitated

At the UN, Disinterest in Zimbabwe, Secrecy on Chechnya, Congo Polyanna and Ineptitude on Somalia

Impunity's in the Air, at the UN in Kinshasa and NY, for Kony and Karim and MONUC for Kazana

UN Still Silent on Somalia, Despite Reported Invasion, In Lead-Up to More Congo Spin

UN's Guehenno Says Congo Warlord Just Needs Training, and Kazana Probe Continues

With Congo Elections Approaching, UN Issues Hasty Self-Exoneration as Annan Is Distracted

In DR Congo, UN Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with Kidnapper

Spinning the Congo, UN Admits Hostage Deal with Warlord That Put Him in Congolese Army

At the UN, Dow Chemical's Invited In, While Teaming Up With Microsoft is Defended

Kofi Annan 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 Justice?

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 Analysis

At the UN, New Phrase Passes Resolution called Gangster-Like by North Korea; UK Deputy on the Law(less)

UN's Guehenno Speaks of "Political Overstretch" Undermining Peacekeeping in Lower Profile Zones

In Gaza Power Station, the Role of Enron and the U.S. Government's OPIC Revealed by UN Sources

At UN, North Korean Knot Attacked With Fifty Year Old Precedent, Game Continues Into Weekend

UN's Corporate Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with Microsoft, and UNDP Continues

Gaza Resolution Vetoed by U.S., While North Korea Faces Veto and Chechnya Unread

BTC Briefing, Like Pipeline, Skirts Troublespots, Azeri Revelations

Conflicts of 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 Explanation

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

UN Acknowledges 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 see The New Vision, offsite).

Disarmament Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending

Disarmament 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 Karamojong Villages

UN in Denial on Sudan, While Boldly Predicting the Future of Kosovo/a

UN's Selective Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs

UN Habitat 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 Brian Urquhart

UN's Annan 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 Algiers

At the UN, Internal Justice Needs Reform, While in Timor Leste, Has Evidence Gone Missing?

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

Human Rights Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News Analysis

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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