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  • Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided

    08/13/2014 1:57:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 4:50 PM EDT | Trenton Daniel
    Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza. A delegation of 11 Jewish organizations met with the U.N. chief to express their concerns, presenting a letter that listed what they said were 19 violations of international law by Hamas that have gone ignored, said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group with an office in New York. Chief among their demands was a need for the U.N. to investigate rocket attacks by Hamas, which controls the...
  • UN Secretary General Accuses Israel of 'Attacking Sleeping Children'

    07/30/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/30/14
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spoke Wednesday at a summit in Costa Rica where he placed blame on Israel for an attack at a UN school in Gaza. Not once mentioning Hamas in his speech, Ban said: This morning, yet another United Nations school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack. All available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause. Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children. At least 16 civilians are dead, and many more are injured. I want to make it clear that the precise location of this Jabalia Elementary Girls School had...
  • Israel singles out Qatar as key Hamas terror sponsor

    07/23/2014 5:08:41 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 48 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PM’s former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers. President Shimon Peres accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror” due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians,” the outgoing statesman told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. “Their funding of terror must stop. If they want to build then they should, but they must not be allowed to destroy.” Qatar’s recently...
  • In Qatari-Backed Trip, UN ‘s Ban Ki-moon Laid Low by Israel’s Peres

    07/23/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would not stand by while Qatar, which paid for the UN official’s private flight to the Middle East, continued to finance Hamas militants, and took Ban to task for the two UN-run schools found to be housing Hamas rockets in Gaza. In his last full day in office, Peres, a historically dovish leader, struck a defiant tone in a statement delivered to the media after meeting Ban at the President’s Residence, in Jerusalem. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and...
  • UN Chief ‘Outraged’ Over Rockets at UNRWA Schools

    07/24/2014 12:06:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in Gaza had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation, Reuters reports. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, found the rockets in one of its vacant schools a week ago. It found a second batch in a vacant school on Tuesday, but said in a statement that because staff were withdrawn quickly, they were “unable to confirm the precise number.” […] Ban “expresses his outrage and regret at the...
  • UN Chief: Gaza is “An Open Wound’

    07/20/2014 6:49:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    INN ^ | 7/21/2014, 2:13 AM | Elad Benari and AFP
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Sunday to “exercise maximum restraint” and spare civilian lives in its campaign in Gaza, AFP reports. He also condemned what he called the “atrocious action” of Israel in Shejaiya, near Gaza City, where 62 people were killed in an Israeli attack on Hamas terrorists. […] “Gaza is an open wound. We must stop the bleeding now,” said Ban, adding that beyond a ceasefire the “root causes of the conflict” must be addressed. …
  • UN Chief 'Concerned' Over Israeli Arrests of Terrorists

    06/22/2014 3:37:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/6/14 | Elad Benari
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed “solidarity” with the families of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, but also hit out at Israel for arresting Hamas terrorists as part of its operation to locate the three teens. In a statement outlining Ban’s conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the day before, the UN chief stressed “the need to avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers and the increased violence and mass arrests in the West Bank.” According to the statement, in Saturday’s phone call with Netanyahu, Ban “conveyed his sympathy for...
  • U.N. chief (Ban Ki Moon) warns against airstrikes on militants in Iraq

    06/20/2014 9:19:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 20, 2014 | (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq could be counter-productive unless moves were made to create an inclusive government.
  • UN Taps Israel Critic for Top Human Rights Post Experts concerned about continued anti-Israel

    06/09/2014 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/9/14 | Adam Kredo
    The United Nations has tapped as its next High Commissioner for Human Rights a Jordanian prince who has said that Palestinian suicide bombings are “no less horrific” than Israel’s efforts to prevent civilians from terror attacks. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced over the weekend that he has nominated Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, a member of Jordan’s royal family and its current UN ambassador, as the next high commissioner, a senior official who monitors human rights across the globe. The post has been used in the past as a bully pulpit to target Israel for criticism over its...
  • Ukraine Crisis: UN-Marked Combat Helicopters Used in Government Offensive Against Separatists

    05/14/2014 7:26:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Moore
    Footage has emerged of a white Mil Mi-24 helicopter allegedly being used in Ukraine's antiterror operation against pro-Russian separatists near the Donetsk Oblast city of Kramatorsk. Three further combat Mi-24 helicopters and one transport Mi-8 helicopter bearing the UN logo were spotted in the region by the Russian news outlet Life News. The UN has distanced itself from the footage below [video at URL], stating that, as Ukraine is a contributor to the organisation's forces, it must remove any UN insignia when the materials are returned. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said that any use of peacekeeping equipment,...
  • Should The UN Be Moved To A Neutral Location? Out Of The U.S., But With One Caveat...

    04/08/2014 12:53:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 66 replies
    4/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The U.S. has already signaled that Iran's UN envoy pick is a no-go - and for VERY good reason. At the same time we are being entangled in these disputes; we do so and are to some degree continuing this because the UN is on U.S. grounds. The statement "get the U.S. out of the UN and the UN out of the U.S." has been oft-repeated...so here is a possible solution - with one caveat. The UN is moved to neutral territory (if at all possible), so we don't have to shell out a significant chunk for its operating expenses....
  • Iraq Car Bomb Kills Dozens, Hours After Ban Ki-Moon Visit

    01/13/2014 6:17:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 1 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1-14-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A series of car bombs near Baghdad has killed at least 21 people Monday, in the latest in a series of sectarian clashes ripping through Iraq. The attacks came just hours after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged the Iraqi government to address the root causes behind the clashes, in light of escalating violence. Four car bombs exploded in the Shi'ite districts of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 20 people; Al-Jazeera sets the number at 21 killed, Reuters UK at 25 killed and 76 wounded. In addition, gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Southern Baghdad, killing 3 policeman...
  • MUSLIM TROPHY IN SYRIA: LIFELESS BODY OF DECAPITATED CHRISTIAN CHILD

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...
  • Has Pentagon chief reversed his position on striking Syria?

    09/04/2013 8:49:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/04/2013 | Anna Mulrine
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, the top Pentagon officer repeatedly warned against the costs and potential entanglements of military involvement in Syria. Now he's testifying on behalf of the White House. The nation's top military officer warned repeatedly in recent months that getting US military involved with Syria is a dangerous proposition... Did he change his mind or is he just doing the White House's bidding? In the past, he has made it clear that US military intervention could tip the balance of power in favor of Islamist rebels who don't necessarily have the interests of the United States at heart...
  • Weapons inspectors need 4 days in Syria to conclude probe - U.N. chief

    08/28/2013 6:25:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 28, 2013
    EXCERPT "They are working very hard, under very, very dangerous circumstances," (U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon) told a news conference in The Hague where he was attending centenary celebrations for the Peace Palace. "Let them conclude their work for four days, and then we will have to analyse scientifically with experts and then I think we will have to report to the Security Council for any actions."
  • Weapons inspectors in Syria need time to complete job: U.N.'s Ban

    08/28/2013 2:50:39 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 28, 2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - United Nations inspectors should be given time to determine whether forces have used chemical weapons in Syria's civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in The Hague on Wednesday.
  • Israel ‘disappointed’ by Ban’s flip-flop on UN bias

    08/21/2013 1:48:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 20, 2013, 5:07 pm | Haviv Rettig Gur
    srael is “disappointed” at reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon backtracked on Monday from comments he made late last week according to which Israel faces “bias” and “even discrimination” at the world body. “We were disappointed when we saw these reported remarks,” a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel on Tuesday. “It’s clear that Israel has been systematically discriminated against at the United Nations and the way to start dealing with that issue is first of all to recognize that there’s a problem.” On Friday, Ban told Israeli students in Jerusalem that Israel “has been weighed down...
  • UN chief admits bias against Israel

    08/16/2013 10:38:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 08.16.13, 20:20 | Omri Efraim
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with students at the UN headquarters in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon, and admitted that his organization was biased against Israel. Responding to a student who said Israelis felt their country was discriminated against in the international organization, Ban confirmed that there was a biased attitude towards the Israeli people and Israeli government, stressing that it was “an unfortunate situation.” … Addressing the attitude towards Israel, Ban said that the Jewish state was a UN member and should therefore be treated equally like all other 192 member states. Unfortunately, he added, Israel has been criticized...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Ban Ki-Moon 'Gravely Concerned by IAF Strikes'

    05/05/2013 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 55/13 | Gil Ronen
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealed Sunday for restraint to avoid an escalation in the Syrian conflict, expressing "grave concern" over Israeli air strikes, AFP reported. "The secretary-general calls on all sides to exercise maximum calm and restraint, and to act with a sense of responsibility to prevent an escalation of what is already a devastating and highly dangerous conflict," his spokesman Martin Nesirky said. Nesirky said the United Nations was unable to independently verify the Israeli strikes, and had no details about them, but Ban "expresses grave concern over reports of air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air...
  • UN Chief Condemns Jerusalem Homes as "Dangerous"

    12/19/2012 1:39:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12
    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned Wednesday the decision to build hundreds of homes in Jerusalem. At a meeting of the UN Security Council, Ban said he was "concerned" about the construction plans... He called upon Israel to "avoid this dangerous path."
  • Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya

    10/24/2012 6:22:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 22 October 2012 09:31 | Alex Newman
    Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya Written by Alex Newman A year after the execution of former Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of Western-backed rebels, forces opposed to the new Tripoli-based regime ruling parts of Libya are still fighting on. According to news reports, assorted Libyan militias supposedly aligned with the embattled new government have been shelling the Gadhafi-loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid all weekend in a bid to quash the late dictator’s remaining die-hard supporters. Officials with the new government said the fighting reflected the fact that not all of Libya had been “liberated”...
  • The First Freedom

    10/18/2012 3:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    I am grateful to George Washington University professor of Law, Jonathan Turley, for pointing out that a growing number of world leaders find the First Amendment's right of free speech to be an inconvenience. He cites, for instance, U. N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's warning that "when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others' values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected." Turley makes the valuable -- and if you think about it, obvious -- observation that free speech becomes intolerable not when it is used recklessly but when one person or a group...
  • UN calls for 'billionaires tax' to help world's poor

    07/06/2012 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/6/2012 | Tim Witcher
    The United Nations on Thursday called for a tax on billionaires to help raise more than $400 billion a year for poor countries. An annual lump sum payment by the super-rich is one of a host of measures including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, currency exchanges or financial transactions proposed in a UN report that accuses wealthy nations of breaking promises to step up aid for the less fortunate. The annual World Economic and Social Survey says it is critical to find new ways to help the world's poor as pledged cash fails to flow. The report estimates that...
  • MK Levin: Knesset Obstructed in Hevron

    04/16/2012 3:45:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    MK Yariv Levin was allowed to vist Beit Hamachpela (House of the Patriarchs) in Hebron on Monday only after battling with Defense Ministry officials to exercise his perogative as a lawmaker. ..... MK Levin visited the tent city near the house from which 15 Jewish families were evicted using a legal technicality shortly before the holiday of Passover began. "The Patriarchs residents were evicted from their home two weeks ago, a period which no doubt was long enough to test the legality of the acquisition structure," Levin said. MK Miri Regev (Likud) is expected to visit the tent city tomorrow....
  • Be happy, not just rich, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon

    04/03/2012 12:44:37 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    MSNBC | April 3, 2012 | Ian Johnston
    The world needs a new economic model based around “gross global happiness” rather than simply making money, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban, speaking at a meeting organized by the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan called “Happiness and Well-being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”, said social and environmental factors should be considered, a statement posted on a United Nations website said. “Gross National Product has long been the yardstick by which economies and politicians have been measured. Yet it fails to take into account the social and environmental costs of so-called progress,” Ban told at the meeting at U.N....
  • Prosor Slams Security Council Over Silence on Rockets[citizens in shock,children remain home]

    03/13/2012 6:09:48 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 5 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | First Publish: 3/14/2012, 1:13 AM | By Elad Benari
    Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, on Tuesday presented a letter of complaint to the UN Security Council and to the organization's Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, over the Council’s silence in the face of the continued rocket attacks on southern Israel. “250 missiles since Friday, a rocket every 20 minutes, and zero response from the Security Council,” Prosor wrote in the letter, reminding Ban that “during your visit to Israel you met with children from the south and saw the situation for yourself. Yesterday you told the members of the Council that the firing of rockets at Israel's...
  • Hizbullah Rejects UN Demand to Disarm

    01/14/2012 3:19:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Lebanon-based Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has rejected a call by visiting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his terrorist organization to disarm, saying "The resistance is here to stay." Ban told a news conference Friday after meeting with Lebanese leaders, "I am deeply concerned about the military capacity of Hizbullah and... the lack of progress in disarmament," referring to the requirement for the terrorist group to disarm set forth in the ceasefire agreement with Israel that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Instead, Hizbullah has increased its weapons arsenal to a level beyond that which it had prior to the...
  • Distorting the truth in the Middle East

    10/23/2011 7:02:08 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/23/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Every day in the Middle East, terrible things happen. The lies and distortions of truth help ensure things don’t get better. Every day in the Middle East, terrible things happen. The worst are the acts of violence and oppression. The second worst are the lies and distortions of truth that help ensure things don’t get better. Every day in the West, the lies are echoed and amplified, and new ones invented. This not only helps ensure things don’t get better in the Middle East, it guarantees they will get worse in the West. There is an ancient Navaho proverb that...
  • UN chief calls for urgent action on climate change

    09/07/2011 8:17:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 7, 2011
    SYDNEY (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for urgent action on climate change. Ban lashed out at climate change skeptics during a speech Thursday at the University of Sydney and said science has proven climate change is real.
  • Arab League to host Libya conference on April 14

    04/09/2011 2:58:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Ahram ^ | Saturday, April 9, 2011 | AFP
    The Arab League on Saturday announced it would host next week a conference on war-wracked Libya, which will be attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The April 14 gathering will focus on political solutions to the crisis and "reinforce coordination between the Arab League, UN, African Union and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)," league number two Ahmed Ben Helli said. Amr Mussa, who heads the 22-member pan-Arab body based in the Egyptian capital, OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Jean Ping, head of the African Union Commission, will also attend the...
  • UN chief: End occupation, divide Jerusalem

    03/30/2011 7:21:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 43 replies
    Ynet News [Israel] ^ | March 30, 2011 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    In message delivered by his assistant at Uruguay conference Ban Ki-moon says occupation is morally and politically unsustainable and must therefore end. 'A way must be found for Jerusalem to emerge as a capital of two States,' he adds. WASHINGTON – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed Israel's policy and called for the division of Jerusalem on Tuesday. In a message delivered by his assistant at a UN regional meeting in Uruguay, Ban said: "The target date for completing the Palestinian Authority’s two-year State-building program is fast-approaching." The occupation that started in 1967 is morally and politically unsustainable, and must...
  • Delegitimizing the Jewish State

    12/30/2010 8:45:05 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 12 replies · 7+ views
    In a move that caught the Israeli government and the Jewish world by complete surprise, on October 21, 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Tomb of the Hebrew Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem "an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territories," admonishing the Israeli decision to add these biblical shrines to the list of Jewish historical and archaeological sites as "a violation of international law."[1] The United Nations has become a foremost purveyor of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement. Nowhere has this obsession been more starkly demonstrated than at the World Conference...
  • $100B/Yr Climate Finance Challenging, But Possible (global taxes!) - UN Panel (Soros)

    11/06/2010 11:28:07 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Selina Williams
    Raising $100 billion a year of climate finance by 2020 is challenging, but possible through mechanisms including carbon markets, domestic carbon taxes and a variety of international transportation taxes, a United Nations advisory group said in a report Friday. Earlier this year, the UN's Ban established the panel, which includes U.S. National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, billionaire financier George Soros and Deutsche Bank vice-chairman Caio Koch-Weser. The financing will be used to support mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries--in particular, for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
  • Today is United Nations Day: Top 10 Reasons I Hate the UN

    10/24/2010 9:49:23 AM PDT · by mikalasukala · 3 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | October 24, 2010 | Consigliere5
    Top 10 Reasons I Hate the UN10. UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationMay 28, 2009:I’d think that seriously advocating book burning at any time would disqualify you, since presumably there are equally qualified candidates for the UN’s cultural heritage agency who’ve never advocated destroying cultural heritage. But Israeli society is toxic anyway – especially compared to the glory that is the contemporary Egyptian public sphere – so no loss:Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, a candidate for the top job at the United Nations culture agency UNESCO, apologised on Wednesday for calling for Israeli books to be burnt… Hosni...
  • Why did the serious media believe the UN Alien Ambassador rumor?

    09/27/2010 8:58:45 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 21 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 27th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Bummer! The outer space bureaucracy is not happening. Over the weekend the Brits invented the story about the United Nations appointing an ambassador in charge of extraterrestrial contacts. The most amazing part of the story was the speed with which the false rumor spread through many serious news outlets. Apparently the opinion of the media about the UN is so low that the appointment of an ET Ambassador seemed realistic. Newscasters all over the globe believed that Ban Ki-moon is totally capable of going intergalactic. After all it is likely that the UN will meet an alien before the...
  • Exclusive: China's John Bolton

    09/09/2010 2:08:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 09/08/10 | Colum Lynch
    Exclusive: China's John Bolton Posted By Colum Lynch Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 6:46 PM Share Sha Zukang, the U.N. undersecretary general for Economic and Social Affairs and the organization's most senior Chinese official, offered U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a toast last week at a retreat in the Alpine resort town Alpbach that degenerated into an intoxicated rant against the United Nations, the United States, and his boss, Turtle Bay has learned. "I know you never liked me Mr. Secretary-General -- well, I never liked you, either," Sha told Ban at a dinner attended by the U.N.'s top brass, according...
  • U.N. "falling apart" under Ban Ki-moon: ex-official ( Secretariat now is in a process of decay)

    07/20/2010 3:20:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/10 | Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The former head of the United Nations' internal oversight office has accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of poor leadership, saying that the world body was "falling apart" and becoming irrelevant. The latest criticism of Ban's performance at the helm of the United Nations, first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, comes as his aides weigh the former South Korean foreign minister's prospects for a possible second term. The former head of the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Inga-Britt Ahlenius of Sweden, said that under Ban's watch "there is no transparency, there is (a)...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Welcome to Bantanamo(pampered UN staffs exiled into warehouse?)

    02/11/2010 4:26:13 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 326+ views
    Foregin Policy ^ | 02/09/10 | Colum Lynch
    Welcome to Bantanamo Posted By Colum Lynch Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 5:29 PM Share For the next four years, the United Nations' nerve center, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office, will be situated in a squat, three-story, corrugated steel building on the U.N.'s north lawn that looks like a cross between a suburban big-box store and a high-security lockup facility. Bantánamo, a nickname embraced by U.N. staffers, has taken much of the grandeur out of diplomacy at the United Nations. It's a serious comedown for U.N. civil servants and delegates who have been grinding away in the cause of peace...
  • Ahmadinejad Demands Compensation for WWII Invasion

    01/09/2010 11:11:56 PM PST · by kingattax · 103 replies · 4,629+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 09, 2010
    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country suffered after invasions during World War II and he will "stand to the end" to get full compensation, the Jerusalem Post reported. Ahmadinejad said he'd write to U.N. secretary General Ban Ki-moon to ask for compensation for damages caused to Iran during the war, and for use of its territory and resources by allied powers, the Post reported. "You inflicted lots of damages to the Iranian nation, put your weight on the shoulders [of the Iranian people] and became victors in World War II. You didn't even share the war profits with Iran,"...
  • Human role in climate change not in doubt-UN's Ban

    12/08/2009 3:22:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 843+ views
    AlertNet.org ^ | 12/8/09 | Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that emails leaked from a British university have done nothing to undermine the United Nations' view that climate change is accelerating due to humans. "Nothing that has come out in the public as a result of the recent email hackings has cast doubt on the basic scientific message on climate change and that message is quite clear -- that climate change is happening much, much faster than we realized and we human beings are the primary cause," he said.
  • On Copenhagen, Queen Elizabeth and Ban Ki-Moon: “Seal the Deal”

    11/29/2009 6:09:39 PM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 1 replies · 395+ views
    www.MainStreetRadical.com ^ | 11/29/09 | Matt Leonard
    In an effort to push the global warming agenda forward, Mr. Ki-Moon and Queen Elizabeth were in attendance in Trinidad and Tobago at a Climate Change / Global Warming event. Apparently sensing the changing tide (pun intended) there was a sense of urgency much like closing a deal on a longterm sale that you feel slipping from you fingers.
  • UN chief pushes Senate on climate

    11/10/2009 3:18:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 325+ views
    Politico ^ | November 10, 2009 | Lisa Lerer
    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged the Senate to move forward on climate change before international climate talks in Copenhagen this December. “I would sincerely hope the Senate will take domestic action as soon as possible,” he said, after meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators on Tuesday afternoon. Ki-Moon said that he recognized the Senate was unlikely to pass a climate bill before the December negotiations, but he encouraged the Senate to at least draft broad principals laying out greenhouse gas reductions targets and other pollution reducing actions the United States could take. “They may have agreed to...
  • Lord Stern’s zany warning: Is this the silliest statement ever on Climate Change?

    10/27/2009 8:02:26 AM PDT · by managusta · 24 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/27/2009 | Nile Gardiner
    There must be some sort of global competition at the moment to see who can come up with the most ridiculous dire warning about the effects of climate change. Up until today Kofi Annan, Al Gore, Ban Ki-Moon and Gordon Brown were all leading contenders. Former Secretary General Annan claims that 300,000 people a year are being killed by climate change. Ban and Brown think we have just months to secure the future of our planet, and Gore believes in torturing us with disaster movies dressed up as documentaries. They’re all blown away however by the latest apocalyptic vision from...
  • World heading for climate 'abyss': UN chief

    09/03/2009 11:57:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 1,065+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/09 | Peter Capella
    GENEVA (AFP) – The world is speeding towards a climate catastrophe, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned on Thursday, urging rapid progress in talks to cut emissions and tackle global warming. "Our foot is stuck on the accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss," the UN Secretary General said in a speech to the World Climate Conference. Ban, who this week visited the Arctic to witness first hand the changes wrought by global warming, warned that many of the "more distant scenarios" predicted by scientists were "happening now." "Scientists have been accused for years of scaremongering. But the real scaremongers...
  • UN chief visits 'doomsday' seed vault in Arctic

    09/02/2009 2:37:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies · 579+ views
    AFP ^ | 9-2-09
    UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Wednesday a vault carved into the Arctic permafrost, filled with samples of the world's most important seeds in case food crops are wiped out by a catastrophe. "The world faces many daunting challenges today, one of the greatest of which is how to feed a growing population in the context of climate change," a bundled-up Ban told reporters after he toured the site in the Svalbard archipelago some 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) from the North Pole. "The seeds stored here in Svalbard will help us do just that. Sustainable food production may not begin in...
  • Norway diplomat blasts "absent" U.N. chief: report

    08/19/2009 4:03:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 1,025+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/19/09 | Wojciech Moskwa and Lou Charbonneau
    OSLO (Reuters) – Norway's ambassador to the United Nations has accused Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of weak, ineffective and at times counterproductive leadership during recent crises, the daily Aftenposten reported on Wednesday. Aftenposten published what it said was a letter from Ambassador Mona Juul to Norway's Foreign Ministry, where she said Ban was late in handling challenges and that his abrasive style irked even seasoned diplomats. "At a time when the need for the United Nations and for multilateral solutions to global crises is greater than ever, Ban and the United Nations are conspicuous in their absence," Aftenposten quoted the letter...
  • UN boss Ban Ki-Moon 'passive, throws fits'

    08/19/2009 6:59:30 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 586+ views
    AFP via The Australian ^ | August 19, 2009
    A SENIOR Norwegian diplomat has slammed Ban Ki-Moon as lacking leadership, ineffectual and prone to angry outbursts, a daily reported today, just two weeks ahead of the UN chief's visit to Oslo. Mona Juul, the Norwegian ambassdor to the UN, sent a damning confidential letter to her ministry half-way through Mr Ban's mandate, in which she said he had "hardly shown any leadership,'' Aftenposten reported. The newspaper, which obtained a copy of the letter, said Ms Juul also described Mr Ban as being "passive,'' especially in hotspots such as Sri Lanka, where a decades-long rebel insurgency was brought to an...