If it's not the money, could it be … covert U.S. pressure?

The JPost has just contributed a very interesting bit of news and analyis to recent reports that work on The Wall has stopped because of a supposed “budgetary shortfall”. In an article entitled “Kilometers of W. Bank security fence completed since July: 0”, written by Tovah Lazaroff, the JPost reveals that “Not a singl...

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SG son-in-law posted to Iraq

About ten days ago, it emerged that the SG’s son-in-law is being moved to Iraq. Journalists at the UN probed the move. Here are some excerpts from an exchange between Inner City Press’ Matthew Lee and UN Spokesperson Michele Montas at the UNHQ daily Noon Briefing for journalists on 19 October: “Question: And there’s a […]

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Danger facing all Iraqi journalists

In an editorial a few days ago, the NYTimes put the spotlight on the recent “courage in journalism award” that he International Women’s Media Foundation gave to six Iraqi women who work for the McClatchy Newspapers bureau in Baghdad. The NYT reproduced remarks made in an acceptance speech by Sahar Issa, on behalf of all […]

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UNSG BAN Ki-Moon: Punitive measures against Gaza are unacceptable

Yesterday, as Israeli sanctions went into effect against the Gaza Strip, the UNSG issued this statement: “The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the cessation of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel, and strongly condemns these actions.  However, he also believes strongly that punitive measures taken ...

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On Guantanamo and on Cuba

The UN’s independent investigator on human rights in the fight against terrorism, Martin Scheinin, said in a report released Monday to the UNGA in NY that he’s concerned about U.S. detention practices, military courts and interrogation techniques. He urged the U.S. government to end the CIA practice of extraordinary rendition, in which ...

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The Dutch say their UNIFIL ship did not disrupt Israeli TV

The Jerusalem Post is reporting Monday that Dutch officials are denying that their ship participating in UNIFIL’s “expanded monitoring” off the coast of Lebanon had anything to do with the disruption in Israeli TV reception from a satellite transmitter that began on 6 September, the day of the apparent Israeli attack near Deir Az-...

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Israel starts phased Gaza sanctions

So, it’s done. Not exactly as announced, but it’s started. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced last week that sanctions would go into effect against Gaza on Sunday — to start the next time a Qassam rocket is fired from Gaza into Israel –and be racheted up with every new attack. The Israeli cabinet apparently [&hell...

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Kofi Annan meets Israeli PM Olmert today

The Israeli Government Press Office has just sent out an UPDATE to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s schedule today — announcing a meeting early this evening with former UN SG Kofi Annan as head of a delegation of the “UN Foundation” [I think they mean “Annan’s” Global Humanitarian Forum, which was just official...

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Human rights experts frustrated by lack of media coverage

The UN’s Human Rights Committee is frustrated at the lack of media coverage of its work, it appears. A press release published by the UN Office in Geneva, where the Committee meets, reports that: “Committee Expert Ivan Shearer presented a working paper on how to improve the Committee’s relations with the media and to make […]

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