Rosset takes on the Messengers for Peace program, not George Clooney

Claudia Rosset comments: “As Hollywood buffs and UN money-raisers already know, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has just named actor George Clooney as the UN’s newest Messenger of Peace, with a ‘special focus on UN peacekeeping’. Clooney, currently visiting Sudan, is expected to ‘receive his designation’ Jan. 31st at ...

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Musical chairs at UN – top officials rotate posts

The UN spokesperson told journalists Tuesday that “The Secretary-General has [announced his intention] to appoint Mr. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi of Pakistan as his Special Representative for Sudan. He succeeds Mr. Jan Pronk of the Netherlands, who left the post last year”. She indicated that Qazi has ended his time in Iraq, and will begin wor...

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UNSG BAN has a PLAN – for Darfur

At a news conference at UNHQ/NY on Tuesday, UNSG BAN Ki-Moon announced that he will travel week to Sudan, Chad and Libya. He said he wants to see at first hand the suffering that the proposed 26,000-person strong UN peacekeeping operation approved last month by the UN Security Council will try to alleviate, as well […]

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Mia Farrow will be happy – UN planning to station troops just outside Darfur

The AP’s tireless Edith Lederer reports today that “The Security Council gave the European Union and the UN the green light Monday to prepare for a military and police deployment to help protect civilians in Chad and the Central African Republic caught in the spillover of the Darfur conflict. A council statement expressed readiness to [...

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Prosecuting genocide

Why is genocide so difficult to prosecute? Or, why is it so seldom prosecuted — despite intense media coverage of how various conflicts have descended into what many people clearly perceive as genocide? The Christian Science Monitor carried an interesting piece yesterday written by Robert Marquand on the difficulties — and the reluctanc...

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Jan Pronk’s final advice to UN staff in Sudan last December

This was posted recently on Jan Pronk’s blog: “Weblog nr 41 February 25, 2007 Before my final departure from Sudan in December last year I addressed the UN staff in Khartoum and Juba. In my address I presented fifteen guidelines for peacekeepers. Several colleagues asked me to put these on paper. Here they are: First: […]

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