U.S. and North Korean negotiators meeting in Geneva

The exact and up-to-the minute state of play between the U.S. and North Korea was described to journalists in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday by U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill (Assistant U.S. Secretary of State) speaking on the eve of a two-day round of direct talks hosted by the Swiss government. Did Hill really mean it when […]

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Who is funding Tony Blair's Office in Jerusalem?

If true, it’s another scoop from Inner City Press: the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will be funding Tony Blair’s office — reportedly on the top floor of the legendary and supposedly luxurious American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem: “Back on August 24, Inner City Press had asked [UN Spokesperson] Ms [Michele] Montas how a...

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The UN decides who is a journalist

The UN says that a journalist is someone who is necessarily hierarchically subordinate to an editor. And, the new head of the UN Department of Public Information on the purpose of his job? Protecting the SG. These revelations are reported by Matthew Lee on 28 July on his Inner City Press Blog: “In late June […]

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Report of new hacking attack on UN websites in Asia — another "cyber rattle"

Darren Pauli of Computerworld Australia is reporting that “The United Nations (UN) has been hit by a string of hacking attacks aimed at identity and credit card theft, and building botnet hordes. The attack on the UN Asia Pacific website is believed to originate from the same group responsible for attacks on the US-based Biotechnology [&helli...

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Of course the UN knew about the Iraqi chemicals they brought to NYC

Nobody knew what else to do, apparently — and they were absolutely unwilling to take any initiative other than to bring vials of Iraqi chemical weapons to NYC. They stored them in a drawer at UNHQ/NY. Some people knew about this, and talked about it in scandalized tones with family and friends. But they did […]

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Meanwhile, back at UNHQ/NY, the UN SC contemplates the situation

The UN News Centre [the UN uses British English spellings] is reporting that the recently-appointed Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Michael Williams, made a farewell report to the UN Security Council: “…Mr. Williams, who is about to step down from his post, also warned in his address about the political, economic ...

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Other Israeli military activities on Wednesday

Of course, there were many other events in the oPt (occupied Palestinian territory) to report as well on Wednesday. For instance, the IDF bulldozed two “structure” that were close to the Wall/separation fence in the entirely surrounded West Bank town of Qalqilya, while going after a number of Palestinian “fugitives”. Around ...

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Three more Palestinian children killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

What is the neutral and objective way to report this? Three Palestinian children were killed yesterday in Gaza by Israeli fire from the ground (not from the air). UPDATE: An IDF probe later revealed that the children were playing tag. [See below] The youngest might have been 9 years old, while the oldest might have […]

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Israel announces stand-down in tension with Syria

Last summer’s Israeli invasion of Lebanon has provoked year-long speculation about a repeat performance this year. Some commentators have recently said that summer lasts a few more months here than in other places of the world, so, they said, the danger still persists. Today, Israel announced that it is moving its troops — at least, [&h...

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Blinking is not enough — Iran must do more

Suspicions still remain, among those who are suspicious. Reuters’ Mark Heinrich is reporting from Vienna that “diplomats” believe “the working document is flawed for apparently ruling out future inquiries by inspectors and making no mention of wider-ranging checks that the UN nuclear watchdog itself has said are needed to ve...

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