UNICEF takes a bold and brave stand … to avoid controversy, it says

From Haaretz today, this headline and sub-head: “UNICEF severs ties with Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev: UN children’s fund says company owned by mogul has been involved in building settlements in W. Bank“. And from the text of the story: “UNICEF decided to review its relationship with Leviev after a campaign by Adalah-NY an...

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Report: food costs rising world-wide

“What’s rare is that the spikes are hitting all major foods in most countries at once”., the AP has reported today. The story says that “In the long term, prices are expected to stabilize. Farmers will grow more grain for both fuel and food and eventually bring prices down. Already this is happening with wheat, […]

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Hungry (and poor) Haitians eat dirt cookies

This is front-line journalism: “A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered”. The Associated Press article reports that these dirt cookies are “a traditional Haitian remedy for [&he...

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He wants another checkpoint?

Dr. Samir Hazboun, Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Bethlehem — the city where Jesus is believed to have been born, which is now locked in behind a massive Wall constructed by the Israeli Military — recently suggested adding another checkpoint into the town, for tourists. The Jerusalem Post reported that Dr. Hazboun suggested: [&h...

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What is the UN system?

Good question. UN SG BAN Ki-Moon met with the Chief Executives Board in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday and Saturday. Of course, they always meet in private — despite all the pious talk about transparency. One thing you can be sure of — all parts of the UN system are working to promote and implement the […]

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It's easy to dupe donors

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that the United Nations was among potential donors duped by a donor-savvy woman called “the Angel of Soweto”, who established a private school, the Ithuteng Trust, for pupils who, she told donors, were orphans. But, the paper says, the woman, who ran her school on a philosophy of […]

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