Qatar's Peacekeepers arrive in Lebanon – while Lebanese leave

A full contingent of 184 Qatari troops is now deployed with the UN Peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. As the UNIFIL press release says, the Qatari forces will be “assisting the Lebanese Army in securing stability in southern Lebanon as part of Security Council resolution 1701”. With the arrival of the Qataris, UNIFIL now has [&helli...

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What is wrong in this sentence? Clue: it is the word “outpost”

The UN News Centre has written, in an article about the UN’s Holocaust Remembrance day commemorations on 29 January, that: “Ceremonies were held in other UN outposts around the world. ‘The sheer dimensions of the organized murder of Jews and others, the very scale of the systematic attempt at destroying an entire people, make the ...

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DPI still not righteous enough

DPI has taken the ball and run with it, after the 2005 UN General Assembly resolution “rejecting” Holocaust denial. After all, Shashi Tharoor, DPI’s Under-Secretary-General for “strategic” communications, was part of the engine that brought Holocaust-awareness to the UN, some 60 years after the end of World War two. It...

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SG BAN at African Union Summit – Darfur and Somalia on agenda

The continuing conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region is what the new UN Secretary-General BAN KI-MOON has said is his top priority at the moment, and he is in Addis Ababa to discuss this and other matters with African leaders meeting at the African Union Summit. In a keynote address at the Summit meeting on Monday, […]

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What is wrong in this sentence? Clue: it is the word “foreign”

REGULAR PRESS BRIEFING BY THE INFORMATION SERVICE 26 January 2007 Secretary-General’s First Foreign Visit “Ms. [Marie] Heuzé [Directrice of the UN Information Service in Geneva] said Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is on his first foreign trip and is presently on his way to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will visit seven countries ...

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Robert Fisk comments on pledging conference for Lebanon’s Government

Lebanon is a small county on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, with a population of 4 million souls and a debt of $41 billion dollars. The French government, which has had a “special” relationship with Lebanon (especially with the Christians there) ever since France took over the administration of what became Lebanon following...

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Post-war funding for Lebanon raised in Paris meeting

But will it mainly go to service Lebanon’s enormous debt? Can Lebanon be considered a good investment? Even if there are questions, apparently the major donors feel that it is politically very necessary to show support — for the present Lebanese government. A night curfew was imposed in Beirut Thursday night, after four persons were [&h...

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