Just 68 Iraqi refugees resettled in US in last six months

USA Today is reporting that “The United States admitted 68 Iraqi refugees in the six months through March, a tiny percentage of those fleeing their homes because of the war, State Department figures show. The United States has been unable to accept more Iraqis in part because of the time needed for background checks, which […]

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UN: "abuse, harassment, theft and rape" during violence in Mogadishu

The UN Spokesperson told journalistsa at UNHQ on Monday that “Eric Laroche, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, has written an open letter to Somali leaders, military commanders, elders and community representatives, in which he expressed grave concern at reports of abuse, harassment, theft and rape perpetrated on civilians displaced...

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USA to preside over UN Security Council in May

The presidency of the UN Security Council rotates by alphabetical order monthly. The USA’s new Ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, will preside over the UN SC in May. The UK served as SC President in April — and took the 15 Council members on a trip to Kosovo that ended on Sunday. Belgium’s Ambassador […]

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Blogging at UNHQ/NY

The NY Times has an article on a colleague (we have not yet had the pleasure of making his acquaintance), who blogs from UNHQ/NY. The Story, As Blogs Proliferate, a Gadfly With Accreditation at the U.N., by Maria Aspan, was published on 30 April, and focuses mainly on issues concerning accreditation [with which we do […]

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Critique of proposed international tribunal to judge Rafik Hariri's assassins

The April issue of Le Monde diplomatique carries an incisive critique of the proposed [it will happen] international tribunal to find and try the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Valentine’s Day 2005 — and some subsequent victims. The Le Monde diplomatique article is written by two professors and a lawyer: Gerau...

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What does this body language say?

The caption on this photo says: “Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad laughs during his meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (unseen) at the Presidential Palace in Damascus, 24 April 2007”. The Syrian President looks excruciatingly uncomfortable. The AFP photo editors wrote, in their caption, that “Ban urge...

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Upcoming run-off in East Timor's presidential elections

There will be a run-off vote on 8 May between the top two candidates in the first round of East Timor’s presidential elections — the parliamentary chief Francisco Guterres, who is leader of the Fretilin party, and the current Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Jose Ramos-Horta. Here are the top two candidates shaking hands [&hellip...

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UN staff protests enforced "mobility"

This week, a journalist noted in a question to the UN spokesperson, “the Staff Union is basically handing out leaflets at the entrances to all the United Nations staff, basically asking for a freeze on the Secretary-General’s mobility package. In talking to some of the representatives, the concerns are that, basically, the Secretary-General...

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