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  • Jimmy Carter resigns from Elders

    05/27/2016 2:10:08 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    Former President Jimmy Carter is resigning from his prominent role in the Elders, the international NGO announced Wednesday. The 91-year-old, who had played a large part of the group since its founding in 2007, announced in March that he no longer needed treatment for cancer, less than seven months after publicly revealing that doctors had found melanoma that had spread to his brain. Story Continued Below “From the Middle East to climate change, women’s rights to superpower diplomacy, Jimmy has brought the gravitas of his Presidential office but also the passion of an activist who believes the world can, and...
  • Blumenthal Emailed Hillary About ‘Setting Up Secret Channels Between Insurgents And Governments’

    10/31/2015 5:58:53 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 30 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Emails released by the State Department on Friday show that Hillary Clintons longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reached out to her on behalf of a former United Kingdom diplomat who was interested in setting up secret channels between insurgents and governments. Clinton was receptive to the idea which came via Blumenthal from Jonathan Powell, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blairs chief of staff. (Quote) Hillary, Jonathan Powell has launched a new NGO that has already initiated some very interesting work below the radar, (Unquote) Blumenthal wrote in the March 18, 2012 email. (Quote)Sid We are trying to replicate what we did...
  • Kofi Annan: Eat Bugs To Stop Global Warming

    05/05/2015 7:19:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Michael Bastasch
    Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants you to eat more insects. Why? It’s better for the environment and your health, he argues. “Keeping meat consumption to levels recommended by health authorities would lower emissions and reduce heart disease, cancer, and other diseases,” Annan told The Guardian Sunday. “And of course there are alternative sources of protein. For example, raising insects as an animal protein source,” Annan said. “Insects have a very good conversion rate from feed to meat. They make up part of the diet of two billion people and are commonly eaten in many parts of the world.”
  • Settlers clash with US consulate security near West Bank outpost

    01/02/2015 9:29:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    ynet ^ | 1/2/2015 | Elior Levy
    A confrontation broke out between security personnel from the American consulate and settlers from the Adei Ad outpost in the West Bank on Friday, after settlers hurled stones at two vehicles from the consulate. According to both Palestinian and settler sources, the American security guards drew their weapons at the settlers. A preliminary police investigation of the clashes between American security personnel and Israeli settlers discovered the consulate employees had arrived at the Adei Ad outpost in Samaria without coordination with the appropriate defense officials. An official from the village of Turmus Ayya, near the scene of the incident, said...
  • Israel Police say Jewish settlers stone US consular officials during West Bank visit

    01/03/2015 3:03:48 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/2/2015 | AP Via Fox News
    Jerusalem - Jewish settlers attacked American consular officials Friday during a visit the officials made to the West Bank as part of an investigation into claims of damage to Palestinian agricultural property, Israeli police and Palestinian witnesses say. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that a small number of settlers threw rocks at officials who had come to an area near the Jewish settlement outpost of Adi Ad in two consular vehicles to look into Palestinian claims that settlers uprooted scores of Palestinian olive trees the day before. He said that after the rock barrage began, the vehicles left the area,...
  • Another stunner behind Obama's Libya doctrine (R2P- Holocaust denier helped devise policy)

    03/30/2011 9:30:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 51 replies
    WND ^ | March 29,2011 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late PLO leader Yasser Arafat served on the committee that invented the military doctrine used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya. As WND first reported, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is a primary funder and key proponent of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, the world's leading organization pushing the military doctrine. Several of the doctrine's main founders sit on multiple boards with Soros. The doctrine and its founders, as WND reported, have been deeply tied...
  • UN official: Syria aims heavy weapons at UN staff

    06/07/2012 9:03:16 PM PDT · by bd476 · 53 replies
    Excerpted Associated Press via Google ^ | June 7, 2012 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because Thursday's council meeting was private, said Ban also reported repeated instances of firing close to U.N. patrols, apparently to force them to withdraw. The official said Ban listed several incidents, including one in a town near Homs, where a heavy weapon round landed 150 meters (yards) from a patrol that was going to meet an opposition contact. Later, the patrol...
  • Democrats Outraged as Grassley Calls Obama ‘Stupid’

    04/10/2012 12:36:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 54 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 09 Apr 2012 | Martin Gould
    Democrats have hit back at veteran GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley for calling President Barack Obama “stupid” in a weekend Twitter message. “Ive know @ChuckGrassley a long time. I am saddened he would embarrass himself like today with his comments about the President,” Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, tweeted. Meanwhile White House senior adviser David Axelrod said, “Heads up, Sen. Grassley. I think a 6-year-old hijacked your account and is sending out foolish Tweets just to embarrass you!” ABC News reported. But the senior senator from Iowa was unrepentant. “In his Tweet on Saturday, Sen. Grassley said that it doesn’t speak...
  • Annan ends Syria visit with no clear progress

    03/12/2012 12:13:55 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/12/2012 | Dominic Evans
    U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has ended talks with President Bashar al-Assad and left Syria with little sign of progress on halting the country's growing political bloodshed. "I am optimistic for several reasons," Annan said in Damascus on Sunday. "The situation is so bad and so dangerous that all of us cannot afford to fail." There was no clear response from Assad to Annan's "concrete proposals" for a ceasefire, dialogue and humanitarian aid. Assad told Annan opposition "terrorists" were blocking any political solution. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York on...
  • There They Go Again, Those Arab Racists

    11/17/2006 5:18:23 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 19 replies · 644+ views
    Arutz Sheva website ^ | Jul 15, '04 / 26 Tammuz 5764 | by Ariel Natan Pasko
    There they go again. The story is so old already. Arab militia or Arab army or Arab terrorist attacks non-Arab. Or was that Muslim fanatic attacks non-Muslim? This time, it's happening in Sudan. While we're sitting and talking, probably a few hundred more black Africans in Sudan have starved to death, or been brutally killed, raped, enslaved, or simply pushed off their land by 7th century Arab imperialist invaders, or more rightly "Arab settlers". Oh yes, that's right. "Arab settlers". Like the ones Saddam Hussein brought into Kurdistan - i.e., the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq - in the 1970s...
  • African countries should refuse to pay debts - UN adviser

    07/06/2004 8:06:27 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 53 replies · 1,654+ views
    AP ^ | July 7, 2004
    A top economic adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told African countries yesterday to refuse to pay their huge debts if rich countries did not cancel them. American economist Jeffrey Sachs made the comment to a conference on hunger on the eve of a summit of the heads of state of the African Union, which estimates sub-Saharan Africa has foreign debts of $US201 billion ($283 billion). "The time has come to end this charade. The debts are unaffordable," said Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to Annan on global anti-poverty targets. "If they won't...
  • Kofi Annan hits at west over Libya

    05/19/2011 7:13:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Friday, May 13, 2011 | Alec Russell in Geneva
    Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who has been courted by Muammer Gaddafi as a possible mediator in Libya, has criticised the leaders of the western coalition for complicating the chances of a settlement by demanding the dictator step down. Mr Annan said Britain, the US and France were right to intervene to stop Colonel Gaddafi's tanks moving into the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi. He also said that the Libyan dictator "eventually, probably . . . will have to go". But he believes the coalition's calls for the end of Col Gaddafi's 41-year rule have inhibited the chances of...
  • State Department snubs the Elders ( Jimmy Carter and )

    05/17/2011 6:59:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    FOREIGN POLICY ^ | May 17, 2011 | Josh Rogin
    Former President Jimmy Carter and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari were hoping to visit the State Department this week to brief officials on their recent trip to North Korea, but nobody at the State Department was available to meet with them. Carter and Ahtisaari, both Nobel Peace Prize laureates, had been eager to give their readout of their meetings in North Korea April 26 and 27 to U.S. officials and press their case for a resumption of food aid to the Hermit Kingdom. The two are members of the Elders, a group of senior figures who have been informally engaging...
  • Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam...what's going on with the web site of Cordoba Initiative?

    08/15/2010 11:45:00 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 08/15/10 | Thomas Lifson
    It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State. Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation: ...what's going on with the web site of his Cordoba Initiative? Last week, after someone in his Malaysia office referred all questions back to his office in New York, the phone number and address of his office in Malaysia...
  • Kofi Annan urges rich nations to lead on climate

    06/23/2009 8:49:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 420+ views
    AFP ^ | June 23, 2009
    Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged the world's richest nations to take the lead in tackling the impact of global warming on developing countries. Annan said attempts to forge a global agreement on climate change by the end of the year should focus on the "overwhelming destruction that climate change is causing and will continue to cause" on the world's 50 poorest nations. Yet the least developed countries account for just one percent of greenhouse gases, according to a recent report by Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum. "It is this injustice -- as well as the urgency and...
  • Worse than Fiction [Global warming]

    06/06/2009 1:37:23 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 16 replies · 1,238+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/6/09 | Wall Street Journal Review and Outlook
    Global warming alarmists are fond of invoking the authority of experts against the skepticism of supposedly amateur detractors -- a.k.a. "deniers." So when one of those experts says that a recent report on the effects of climate change is "worse than fiction, it is a lie," the alarmists should, well, be alarmed. The latest contretemps pits former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, now president of the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, against Roger Pielke, Jr., an expert in disaster trends at the University of Colorado. Mr. Annan's outfit issued a lengthy report late last month warning that climate change-induced disasters, such...
  • Global Taxes and Global TV Now on the Agenda

    01/27/2009 8:10:10 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 28 replies · 1,045+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 1/27/09 | Cliff Kincaid
    President Obama’s pick for Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, is being urged to lay the foundation for “global governance” by considering “international taxation” measures to loot more money from U.S. taxpayers. The recommendation is included in the report, “The Global Agenda 2009,” which is being considered by the World Economic Forum (WEF), meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 28th - February 1st. The WEF is not an official government group but does include dozens of government, corporate and labor leaders at its annual meetings. Media companies such as News Corporation (parent of Fox News, the Fox Business Network, and the Wall Street...
  • Mitchell and Holbrooke to be Named Envoys [middle east, back to the 90s]

    01/21/2009 4:19:56 PM PST · by SJackson · 37 replies · 890+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1-19-09 | Glenn Kessler
    Now that Hillary Clinton has been confirmed as Secretary of State, the Obama administration will announce Thursday two high-profile appointments -- former senate majority leader George Mitchell (D-Me.) as Middle East envoy and former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke as envoy for Afghanistan, Pakistan "and related matters," sources close to the administration said. Mitchell will be charged with rebuilding the Middle East peace process in the wake of the three weeks of violence between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Holbrooke will take on the difficult job of soothing relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, whose border is a haven for...
  • Expanding the French Connection

    11/04/2005 11:36:55 AM PST · by paperjam · 22 replies · 3,194+ views
    Self ^ | Friday, November 04, 2005 | Paperjam
    <p>Fox news ran stories last night based on some of the things we were tracking right here in this post. Here is their on line story.</p> <p>As unfinished as my research is, I feel compelled to release what I've found so far as the story cannot wait any longer.  I am not looking for a scoop on anyone or anything, but at the same time I don't want anyone thinking I made this stuff up after the fact either.</p>
  • Volcker Tapped for Advisory Role

    11/26/2008 8:06:53 AM PST · by MissCalico · 80 replies · 4,085+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jonathan Weisman
    x-Fed Chief to Lead New Economic Panel of Outside Experts Who Will Brief Obama President-elect Barack Obama appointed former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Wednesday to be the chairman of a new White House advisory board tasked with helping to lift the nation from recession and stabilize financial markets. University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee, one of Mr. Obama's longest-serving policy advisers, will serve as the board's staff director, along with his duties as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Members of the panel will be drawn from a cross-section of citizens outside the government,...
  • Jimmy Carter says Zimbabwe crisis is 'much worse' than imagined

    11/24/2008 2:52:47 PM PST · by george76 · 85 replies · 1,838+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 24, 2008 | Robyn Dixon
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today said Zimbabwe's humanitarian crisis was far worse than he could have imagined and expressed dismay that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government refused to acknowledge the problem even existed. "The entire basic structure in education, healthcare, feeding people, social services and sanitation has broken down," Carter told a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. "These are all indications that the crisis in Zimbabwe is much greater, much worse than we had ever imagined." Carter was part of a delegation that was denied entry into Zimbabwe last week to assess the crisis. The delegation...
  • Carter, Annan, others refused entry to Zimbabwe

    11/22/2008 7:30:50 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,053+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 22nd, 2008 | CELEAN JACOBSON,
    Zimbabwe has refused to let Kofi Annan and two eminent colleagues visit the impoverished African country for a humanitarian mission, the three said Saturday. The former U.N. secretary-general, ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter and rights advocate Graca Machel had planned to assess the country's needs. They are members of The Elders group, formed by former South African President Nelson Mandela to foster peace and tackle world conflicts.
  • Savor the Change! Obama Brings on Another Clintonista

    11/15/2008 8:13:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 732+ views
    JammieWearingFool ^ | November 15, 2008 | JammieWearingFool
    I'm actually beginning to think had Hillary won there would be fewer Clinton retreads coming on-board. Where the change? The bold innovative thinking? Are former Clinton hacks the best you can do, Barry? Geez, at this rate I almost expect Lani Guinier to be nominated for something. It's almost as if they had some incriminating photos of the guy. No, instead of this mythical change, we get a guy who sent Elian Gonzalez back to hell. Craig, 63, is a partner at Williams & Connolly and a protégé of the late Edward Bennett Williams, the legendary Washington power lawyer. His...
  • Gregory Craig to be White House Counsel

    11/15/2008 7:12:58 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 61 replies · 2,190+ views
    Politico ^ | November 15, 2008 | By Mike Allen
    Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer who quarterbacked President Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense, has been chosen White House counsel by President-elect Barack Obama, according to Democratic officials. Craig is intimately familiar with the president-elect’s record because he played the role of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in debate preparations. The officials said Obama has settled on Craig but were not sure when the appointment would be announced. The choice gives the president-elect both experience and loyalty. During the primaries, Craig was an early Clinton alumni defector to Obama. Columnist Robert D. Novak reported back in the winter of 2007 that...
  • Another Celebrity Endorsement for Barack Obama

    10/18/2008 7:15:47 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 19 replies · 1,064+ views
    LGF ^ | Oct 16, 2008
    Another Celebrity Endorsement for Barack Obama Fresh from a no-Jews-allowed “Global Dialog” conference with the mullahs in Tehran, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announces his endorsement of Barack Obama: AFP: Former UN chief mulls ‘phenomenal’ Obama presidency. ====================================== DUBLIN (AFP) — A US presidential poll victory for Barack Obama would be “phenomenal,” former UN chief Kofi Annan said Thursday, adding that whoever wins needs to learn the lessons of the last eight years. ... When asked if the United States and the world was ready for a black US president, he said: “I think it would be a phenomenal...
  • Kenya rivals agree to share power

    02/28/2008 4:01:19 PM PST · by rocksblues · 14 replies · 253+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 February 2008, 17:56 GMT | unknown
    Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga have signed an agreement to end the country's post-election crisis. At a ceremony in Nairobi, the two men put their signatures to a power-sharing deal brokered by ex-UN head Kofi Annan. --snip-- Speaking after the signing, Mr Kibaki said: "This process has reminded us that as a nation there are more issues that unite than that divide us... "We've been reminded we must do all in our power to safeguard the peace that is the foundation of our national unity... Kenya has room for all of us." Political violence has ignited...
  • Kenyan rivals to write new constitution

    02/14/2008 9:36:00 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 183+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2008 | MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED
    Kenya's political rivals agreed Thursday to write a new constitution within a year as part of a deal to end postelection violence ... In Washington, President Bush said he will dispatch Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Kenya... Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who is mediating in the Kenya crisis, has hammered out a deal ... "The two parties agreed to write a new constitution," ... Opposition leader Raila Odinga ...
  • Kofi Annan Leaves Peace Talks in Limbo After His Hotel Room Is Bugged

    02/06/2008 7:20:01 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies · 83+ views ^ | 2/6/08 | Juma Kwayera/AP
    Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan may walk away from Kenya's peace talks after his security detail discovered his hotel room in Nairobi was bugged, according to a report. Sources at the Serena Hotel, where the talks are taking place, said Annan's security detail became wary of his safety after discovering that his personal conversations were being intercepted, South Africa's Independent Newspapers reported. Who may have planted the listening device and how long it was there remain unclear, the Independent reported. Annan is said to be "livid," but it is not yet known whether he will walk away from the already...
  • Latest Kenya Ethnic Clashes Kill 69

    01/27/2008 10:49:23 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 101+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2008 | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY
    Gangs armed with machetes and bows and arrows burned and hacked to death members of a rival tribe in western Kenya Sunday, as the number of dead from the latest explosion of violence over disputed presidential elections rose to 69. Houses were blazing in the tourist gateway town of Naivasha, torched by members of President Mwai Kibaki's tribe exacting revenge on their Luo rivals... The latest deaths raise the toll to nearly 800 killed in ethnic violence and clashes with police since Kibaki was declared winner of Dec. 27 balloting that international and local observers say had a rigged tally....
  • Ex-ABC consultant said to fake interview

    09/14/2007 12:25:50 AM PDT · by crazyshrink · 17 replies · 887+ views
    Yahoo News via Drudge ^ | Thu Sep 13, 7:53 PM ET | By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    A former ABC News consultant fired last year because he couldn't authenticate academic credentials is at the center of a new dispute over apparently faked interviews with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Gates and others. The consultant, Alexis Debat, quit the Nixon Center, a Washington think tank, on Wednesday after Obama's representatives claimed an interview with the senator appearing under Debat's byline in the French magazine Politique Internationale never took place. The interview quoted the Democratic presidential candidate as saying the Iraq war was "a defeat for America." Pelosi, Gates, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former United Nations Secretary-General...
  • Nelson Mandela's Group of Global Elders a Who's Who of Pro-Abortion, Pro-Population Control Movement

    07/23/2007 3:28:42 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 1,356+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/23/07 | John Jalsevac
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 20, 2007 ( - World famous opponent of South African apartheid, Nelson Mandela, celebrated his 89th birthday last Wednesday by announcing the formation of a Global council of elders, known simply as "The Elders."So far The Elders includes Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Muhammad Yunus, Ela Bhatt, Graca Machel, and, of course, Nelson Mandela.  The group of high-profile international leaders is intended to be an independent body of "wise" men and women that will use their combined experience to solve any of the host of problems currently...
  • U.N. High Tech for Kim - Add Burma to the list of scandals.

    07/19/2007 9:09:58 PM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 574+ views ^ | July 20, 2007 | Editorian Staff
    The United Nations' Cash for Kim Jong Il scandal is now six months old, so it's a good time to assess progress, if that's the right word. The evidence of misdeeds at the U.N. Development Program in North Korea continues to mount, but there's still no "urgent" and "external" inquiry, as ordered by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January. Now the U.S. has uncovered evidence that in addition to transferring millions of dollars in cash that may have gone to help prop up Kim's grotesque regime, the UNDP also transferred dual-use technology. It did so without bothering to secure a U.S....
  • Six-figure speaker fee for Kofi Annan raises eyebrows at CU ( Raising Tuition next year too )

    06/28/2007 7:44:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies · 831+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 27, 2007 | Berny Morson
    BOULDER — University of Colorado students paid $160,000 in April to hear former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan say the people of the world must work together to bring about peace. The amount came as a surprise Wednesday to several members of CU's board of regents, who saw the figure on a routine list of speakers and their fees for the school year that just ended. Annan was far ahead of the second-highest-paid speaker, liberal historian and activist Howard Zinn, who received $15,500. The amount for the one-hour speech brought calls from some regents for more frequent audits of student government,...
  • Swiss lend support to Kofi Annan's new forum (Hasn't he failed enough already?)

    04/15/2007 3:21:03 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 6 replies · 344+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | 15 April 2007 | Swissinfo
    The Swiss foreign ministry has confirmed it is supporting a plan by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set up a humanitarian foundation in Geneva. Reacting to newspaper reports on Sunday, a spokesman said the ministry was working in this direction with different partners, with Annan expected to play a leading role. Johann Aeschlimann told the AP news agency that the project was in its first phase of development and that it was still too early to say what form the foundation would take. At this stage official Swiss participation in the plan is open. The cabinet will consider...
  • Iraq war was illegal, says Kofi Annan (Annans Short Bus Ride)

    03/11/2007 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies · 609+ views
    KavkazCenter ^ | 3/11/2007 | KavkazCenter
    The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the BBC the US-led invasion of Iraq was an illegal act that contravened the UN charter. He said the decision to take action in Iraq should have been made by the Security Council, not unilaterally. The UK government responded by saying the attorney-general made the "legal basis... clear at the time". Mr Annan also warned security in Iraq must considerably improve if credible elections are to be held in January. The UN chief said in an interview with the BBC World Service that "painful lessons" had been learnt since the war in...
  • Kofi gets a cuddle from his friends

    01/03/2005 9:56:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 525+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/04/05 | Wesley Pruden
    When the stink threatens to make even bureaucrats gag, somebody has to mop up some of the mess.     When a gaggle of special pleaders met the other night in New York to talk about the puddle in the parlor at the United Nations, it wasn't clear whether they were interested in shaping up the U.N. or merely saving the job of Kofi Annan, the bureaucrats' favorite bureaucrat. [snip]What frightened the coterie to action then, and no doubt Mr. Annan yesterday, is the growing sentiment in Congress to do something about corruption at the U.N., or else. [snip]     There was...
  • UN 'shut down' Rwanda probe [another UN cover-up alert]

    02/09/2007 12:08:51 PM PST · by Enchante · 20 replies · 553+ views
    The Age ^ | February 10, 2007 | Nick McKenzie
    AN AUSTRALIAN former UN war crimes investigator has revealed documents exposing a UN cover-up of its inquiry into the events that triggered the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Adelaide lawyer Michael Hourigan says the UN shut down his investigation in 1997 into the shooting down of a plane carrying the extremist Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and the president of Burundi. The investigation implicated ethnic Tutsi rebel leader Paul Kagame, who is now the President of Rwanda. The 100-day genocide, in which Hutu extremists murdered Tutsis and moderate Hutus, began hours after the plane was shot down. Late last year, President Kagame was...
  • Ban Ki-moon takes the reins of U.N. [Goodbye Kofi Annan]

    01/01/2007 7:35:51 AM PST · by indcons · 15 replies · 755+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | January 1, 2007 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon became the United Nations' eighth secretary-general on New Year's Day as the organization faced a tough array of global issues - from escalating violence in Darfur to the AIDS pandemic. The 62-year-old career diplomat, who grew up during a war that left his country divided, has promised to make peace with North Korea a top priority. He will travel there when necessary, he has said, and has cautioned that the reclusive communist nation must be talked to - not just punished with sanctions for its nuclear weapons program. The United States is certain to press...
  • Kofi Annan Falls Short With Ford Statement

    12/28/2006 4:39:34 PM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 974+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/28/06 | Stewart Stogel
    United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a brief statement late Tuesday on the death of former President Gerald R. Ford. Annan released the brief, two-paragraph statement to media through his spokesman Stephane Dujarric: "The secretary-general mourns the passing of former President Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States, who died yesterday at the age of 93. He extends his sincere condolences to Mrs. Betty Ford, to the family of the former president, and to the government and people of the United States. "President Ford will be remembered for the leadership, calm resolve, and broad experience he brought to...
  • Kofi: the Man, the Myth, the Mercedes and the Apartment

    12/25/2006 10:23:42 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 1,542+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 23, 2006 | Claudia Rosett
    On his way out the door, Kofi Annan has signed new rules meant to curb corruption in UN procurement activities, which since the Feds began investigating last year have been sprouting indictments and guilty pleas pertaining to the abuse of enormous amounts of taxpayer money on Kofi’s watch. It’s thoughtful of Kofi to bequeath brand new rules to his successor, Ban Ki-moon, who takes charge Jan. 1. But this leaves the question of why Kofi, who worked in the UN system for more than four decades, and spent much of that time deep in the nitty-gritty of UN personnel and...
  • Iraqis Sue Over Oil - For - Food Program

    12/22/2006 6:00:58 PM PST · by jdm · 50 replies · 1,616+ views
    AP via NY Times ^ | Dec 22, 2006
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Iraqi citizens filed a $200 million lawsuit Friday against a prominent European bank and an Australian wheat exporter, saying they were cheated out of humanitarian goods when the companies permitted the U.N. oil-for-food program to be corrupted. The lawsuit, which sought class-action status on behalf of northern Iraqis, said the bank, BNP Paribas, and AWB Limited, the largest humanitarian goods provider under the oil-for-food program, cheated the citizens of Iraq from June 10, 1999, to June 3, 2003. <-snip-> The lawsuit said the companies stole from the Iraqis ''by engaging in a brazen kickback scheme'' in...
  • Mystery Surfaces Over Apartment of Kofi Annan

    12/19/2006 6:57:34 AM PST · by george76 · 43 replies · 2,195+ views
    the Sun ^ | December 19, 2006 | CLAUDIA ROSETT
    As Secretary-General Annan prepares to leave his post at the United Nations, a mystery is surfacing surrounding his apartment on Roosevelt Island, subsidized by New York taxpayers, which is still in use by the family of his brother, Kobina Annan. The apartment was where Mr. Annan and his wife lived before 1997, when he became secretary-general. The Roosevelt Island home is part of an estate of low-rent state-regulated housing. For years, the Annans saved considerable sums by occupying an apartment meant to help financially strapped low- to moderate-income New York families. One question Mr. Annan has never addressed is why...
  • Mystery Surfaces Over Apartment of Kofi Annan

    12/19/2006 6:55:07 AM PST · by burzum · 12 replies · 832+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | December 19, 2006 | Claudia Rosett
    As Secretary-General Annan prepares to leave his post at the United Nations, a mystery is surfacing surrounding his apartment on Roosevelt Island, subsidized by New York taxpayers, which is still in use by the family of his brother, Kobina Annan. The apartment was where Mr. Annan and his wife lived before 1997, when he became secretary-general. The Roosevelt Island home is part of an estate of low-rent state-regulated housing. For years, the Annans saved considerable sums by occupying an apartment meant to help financially strapped low- to moderate-income New York families. One question Mr. Annan has never addressed is why...
  • Kofi's stain (UN chief wronged U.S., coddled dictators and ignored corruption)

    12/17/2006 6:44:22 AM PST · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 1,118+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 16 2006 | NILE GARDINER
    UN chief wronged U.S., coddled dictators and ignored corruption Some people go out in style. On Monday, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan bade farewell by biting the American hand that has fed him for the last decade. Kofi's American swan song, delivered at the Truman Library in Missouri, was a condescending piece of finger-wagging from a discredited diplomat who can barely disguise his contempt for American foreign policy. One low-light: his declaration that Washington's position in the "vanguard of the global human-rights movement...can only be maintained if America remains true to its principles, including in the struggle against terrorism. When...
  • Kofi and U.N. 'Ideals' -- Rwanda, Dafur, Iraq and Oil for Food.

    12/14/2006 3:09:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 593+ views
    The Wall Street Jorunal ^ | December 14, 2006
    Sixty years ago, at the invitation of President Harry Truman, Winston Churchill delivered his historic Iron Curtain address in Fulton, Missouri, to warn Americans of the menace they faced in the Soviet Union. On Monday, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan gave his valedictory speech at the Truman Library in Independence to instruct Americans about the principles of global leadership and their need for the United Nations. The comparison says a lot about Mr. Annan's legacy and the current state of the U.N. America, Mr. Annan said, "has historically been at the vanguard of the global human rights movements. . ....
  • UN's Manual

    12/13/2006 8:40:16 AM PST · by Posting · 1 replies · 362+ views
  • A Fond Farewell to Kofi Annan................NOT !

    12/12/2006 8:44:35 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 8 replies · 519+ views
    The Morning Paper | 12/12/06 | vanity
    In Honor of Kofi Annan’s Departure (Tune : “ Bill Bailey “ ) Won’t you go home, Mr. Kofi Won’t you go home ? I shout the whole day long – Pick up your offshore money And get on home there sonny- You know you done us wrong ! Remember poor Rwanda – All them poor dead babies ? You shrugged them off With such aplomb ! Oughta hang your head in shame ‘Cause your UN was to blame – Mr. Kofi won’t you please go home ? Bring back John Bolton- Mr.Kofi Get your be-hind home !
  • Isn't gas warfare against the law? (Wes Pruden)

    12/12/2006 5:18:39 AM PST · by seanmerc · 6 replies · 555+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2006 | Wes Pruden
    We're well into the Christmas season, and if the spirit of the Christ child is under assault we have an abundance of air and wind, a lot of it vile and foul. One of the study commissions at the United Nations, perhaps stacked with vegetarians overdosing on tofu and bean sprouts, concludes that the flatulence of cows is more damaging to the environment than automobiles. Poor Bossy, contentedly chewing her cud and minding her own business, now exposed as just another scapegoat (scapecow?) to blame for global warming. But it's not just cows. Some of our most distinguished statespersons are...
  • Sexual abuse still a UN problem

    12/07/2006 4:25:38 PM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 482+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 12/6/06 | AFP
    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday recommitted the world body to "zero tolerance" of sexual exploitation and abuse by a minority of UN peacekeepers as he opened a high-level conference on the festering issue. "Acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by both civilian and uniformed UN personnel continue," the outgoing secretary-general told a gathering of more than 100 senior leaders from the world body, NGOs, UN member states, academics and victim advocates. "There have been crimes such as rape, pedophilia and human trafficking. My message of zero tolerance has still not got through to those who need to hear it...
  • Kofi Annan's Retirement: Double Dipping From U.N.?

    12/03/2006 7:16:16 PM PST · by kddid · 35 replies · 3,197+ views
    NewsMax.Com ^ | Dec. 4, 2006 | Stewart Stogel
    UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations sources confirm with NewsMax that retiring Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to "petition" the organization's pension fund for the largest retirement benefit package in the 60-year history of the U.N. Annan is reportedly seeking yearly payments in excess of $250,000 for life and intends to file a claim for an additional $1 million for back payments related to earlier duties at the U.N. when he served as assistant secretary-general and, later, as under secretary-general. The Annan payout is the largest on record at the United Nations. For perspective, past U.S. presidents receive a pension totaling roughly...