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  • UN peacekeepers in Congo hold record for rape, sex abuse

    09/23/2017 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2017 6:59 AM | Krista Larson and Paisley Dodds
    She had been orphaned by a brutal conflict, but the 14-year-old Congolese girl found refuge in a camp protected by United Nations peacekeepers. The camp should have been safe the day she was raped. A delegation from the U.N. was paying a visit, and her grandmother had left her in charge of her siblings. That was the day, the girl says, that a Pakistani peacekeeper slipped inside their home and assaulted her in front of the other children. But that was not the end of her story. Even though she reported the rape, the girl never got any help from...
  • Trump: UN 'just a club for people to get together, talk'

    12/26/2016 4:40:28 PM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies ^ | 12/26/16 | Paulina Firoz
    Trump: UN 'just a club for people to get together, talk' © Getty President-elect Donald Trump criticized the United Nations on Monday, claiming it has "such great potential" that it's not meeting. In a Monday afternoon tweet, Trump said the U.N. "is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time." The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
  • The United Nations’ Botched Mission in South Sudan

    08/20/2016 8:08:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/16 | Joseph Klein
    The UN's protection of the alleged perpetrator Machar, added to the UN peacekeepers' failure to adequately protect civilians when they had the chance, adds up to a botched UN mission in South Sudan South Sudan, the youngest member state of the United Nations, began its life as an independent country with expressions of hope for a bright future. At the independence ceremony of South Sudan, held in its capital Juba on July 9, 2011, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon proclaimed that, after years of violence, “we open a new chapter: a day when the people of South Sudan claim the...
  • The U.N. and U.S. Embassy Stand Down as American Aid Workers Beaten and Raped in Sudan

    08/16/2016 8:33:10 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 21 replies ^ | Aug 15, 2016 | Michael Krieger
    Investigators discovered this month that at least four U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic allegedly paid girls as little as 50 cents in exchange for sex. The most recent allegations involve at least four peacekeepers who are accused of paying girls as young as 13 for sex at a camp for the internally displaced next to the international airport in Bangui, the capital. The site, known as M’poko camp, is home to 20,000 people, mostly Christians. It is a vast agglomeration of white tents surrounding old, decaying airplanes, just yards from the airport runway. The United Nations was also...
  • U.N. Trucks Mystery Deepens: ‘They’re Not Ours!

    06/29/2016 10:05:34 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 27 replies
    Tea Party/WND ^ | 6/28/2016 | WND Staff
    major contractors deny any role in vehicles’ production or presence (WND) – The mystery of the military-style U.N. vehicles spotted being hauled along Virginia’s highways deepened on Tuesday when two major contractors denied to WND that they had any role in the vehicles’ production or presence. WND had reported on Monday when a wave of blogs reported online that trucks painted with the United Nations logo were being moved by flatbed through Virginia. One interested reader pointed out that the trucks likely were made in America and simply needed to be hauled to some port for shipment to customers –...
  • UN Tank Vehicles Spotted Moving Across U.S.: “Peace Keepers and Potential for Civil Unrest”

    06/29/2016 5:46:50 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 95 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 06/28/2016 | Mac Slavo
    Is the occupation of America imminent? While few could say what is coming, there have been some curious sightings that hold ominous tones, as military vehicles and equipment for foreign forces have been sighted on U.S. highways. A man named Jeff Stern witnessed these curious UN vehicles and posted pictures to his Facebook, writing: Can’t begin to tell you how many of these I passed today on 81 near Lexington VA, Interesting times ahead! For the past day or so, military convoys have been witnessed traveling both North and South, with lines of equipment ranging from Humvees, troop transport trucks,...
  • US admits it plans to withdraw Sinai peacekeepers

    04/12/2016 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/16
    The Pentagon has confirmed reports it plans to cut the number of US peacekeeping troops in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, partly because of the growing threat from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday. About 700 US troops participate in a UN operation established after Israel and Egypt signed a 1979 peace deal and agreed for a Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission to monitor compliance. The mission has historically been somewhat low-key, but in recent months attacks from IS jihadists have put forces on a state of constant high alert. In September for instance, a roadside bombing injured six...
  • New claims of peacekeeper sexual abuse in C. Africa ( United Nations )

    08/19/2015 10:15:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | 8-19-2015
    United Nations officials have received new disturbing allegations that peacekeepers in the Central African Republic sexually abused three young women -- the latest claims targeting the scandal-tainted UN mission. UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci told reporters on Wednesday that the events took place in recent weeks.. These new allegations concern a report that three young females were raped by three members of a MINUSCA military contingent.. One of the alleged victims is a minor. Maestracci declined to name the nationality of the troops, but sources said they were from the Democratic Republic of Congo. ... UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week...
  • No End to Sexual Abuse Allegations Against UN Peacekeepers

    08/19/2015 5:57:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    Between 2007 and July 31, 2015 there were reportedly 690 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse for all categories of UN personnel, according to the UN’s own Office of Internal Oversight Services The United Nations Security Council issued a press statement on August 18th expressing “outrage and anger” regarding allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by United Nations peacekeepers, including the latest allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). The members of the Security Council had been briefed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last week regarding these allegations and the measures he was...
  • US may pull out Sinai force that helps keep Israel-Egypt peace

    08/18/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8/19/15 | Bradley Klapper and Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America’s three-decade deployment to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press. The American forces have helped marshal peace in the peninsula since Egypt’s 1979 historic peace treaty with Israel. Some 700 members of an Army battalion and logistics support unit are currently there. They mainly monitor and verify compliance, and have little offensive capability. Several other countries also provide personnel. Egypt...
  • UN peacekeepers accused of deaths, rape in African mission

    08/11/2015 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2015 6:20 PM EDT | Cara Anna
    Amnesty International is accusing U.N. peacekeepers of indiscriminately killing a 16-year-old boy and his father and raping a 12-year-old girl in separate incidents in Central African Republic, the latest in a series of sexual and other allegations against peacekeepers there. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “personally dismayed and disappointed,” his spokesman said Tuesday. “We would like to emphasize once more that no misconduct of this nature will be tolerated,” Stephane Dujarric told reporters. The U.N., however, has no powers of criminal investigation or prosecution, leaving it up to peacekeepers’ home countries—which U.N. officials often don’t name publicly. …
  • Facing ‘peacekeeper babies,’ UN now offers DNA testing

    06/13/2015 8:54:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2015 11:04 AM EDT | Cara Anna
    The U.N. peacekeepers arrive; months later, some leave infants behind. Now the United Nations has quietly started to offer DNA testing to help prove paternity claims and ensure support for the so-called “peacekeeper babies.” It’s a delicate step, as countries that contribute U.N. troops might not welcome a practice that could prove not only fatherhood but wrongdoing. Of the dozen paternity claims received last year, four were associated with alleged sexual abuse of a minor.The new effort comes a decade after a groundbreaking report on sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers suggested that the U.N. secretary-general be authorized to “require...
  • Russia, Separatists Dismiss Ukraine Call For Peacekeepers

    02/19/2015 3:02:44 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | Thursday, February 19, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    R ussia has dismissed Ukraine's calls for UN-mandated peacekeepers to enforce a shaky cease-fire deal in the country's east. Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said on February 19 that the truce agreement signed in Minsk last week should remain the basis for the conflict's resolution. He also said Kyiv was responsible for making sure the accords were carried out. Ukraine called for peacekeepers to enforce the cease-fire after government troops withdrew from the strategic town of Debaltseve following intense fighting against Russian-backed separatists. President Petro Poroshenko's request was approved by Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council at an emergency meeting...
  • Police Officer in Missouri shot, killed man who pulled gun

    12/24/2014 3:46:35 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 60 replies
    MSN/AP ^ | 12/24/2014 | Jim Shur
    <p>BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station late Tuesday, police said.</p> <p>A crowd of about 100 people were gathered early Wednesday at the scene in Berkeley, Missouri, a few miles from Ferguson, where a white police officer fatally shot black 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.</p>
  • UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights

    09/15/2014 8:32:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2014 11:22 AM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The United Nations said Monday it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told The Associated Press that he doesn’t think every single post has been vacated. The U.N. peacekeepers withdrawn Monday have been moved to the Israeli side of the border. …
  • UN confirms 43 UN peacekeepers seized in Syrian Golan (UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF))

    08/28/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/14 | AFP
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations said that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and that it was doing everything to secure their release. An additional 81 peacekeepers were "currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah," it added. Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra front, stormed the crossing. No details were released on the nationalities of the detained...
  • Hamas rejects international peacekeepers

    02/16/2014 2:28:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2014 5:19 AM EST
    Gaza’s Hamas rulers say they will oppose any international force in a future Palestine—adding a new complication to U.S.-brokered peace efforts. […] Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the Islamic militant group, said Sunday that Hamas will deal with any international force “in the same manner it uses with Israeli occupation forces.” Hamas has killed hundreds of Israelis in years of conflict. …
  • UN peacekeepers cross the line of warfare in the Congo

    04/23/2013 6:01:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 23 April 2013 | Jeni Whalan
    The idea that peacekeepers should not initiate military action has prevailed ... until now. Jeni Whalan says the new "intervention brigade" in the Congo has stretched the institution of peacekeeping to breaking point. There's a fine, but critical, line between keeping the peace and waging a war.For the blue-helmeted United Nations peacekeepers deployed in some of the world's worst conflict zones, it's a line that is constantly, violently tested - by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the early 1990s; by rebels who this month killed five peacekeepers in South Sudan. Yet the greatest challenge may have come from the...
  • South Sudan ambush kills five U.N. peacekeepers, seven civilians

    04/10/2013 6:29:49 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 9, 2013 | Andrew Green | Reuters
    JUBA (Reuters) - Five U.N. peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the U.N. mission in South Sudan were killed in an ambush by unidentified attackers in the restive eastern state of Jonglei on Tuesday, the United Nations said. "At least nine additional peacekeepers and civilians were injured in the attack and some remain unaccounted for," the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement. India's foreign ministry said the peacekeepers killed were Indian. The nationalities of all the civilians killed were not immediately available, though the United Nations said two of them were South Sudanese and the other...
  • Taliban to Send Peace-Keeping Advisers to Chicago

    03/24/2013 1:31:54 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    boudicabpi. ^ | March 24, 2013 | boudicabpi.
    As negotiations for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan have once again come to a halt, the Taliban Supreme Council has offered to level the playing field by sending a group of 400 battle-hardened Taliban peacekeepers to the U.S. city of Chicago, to help pacify one of the most violent regions in the Great Plains area of the North American continent. With many years of combat experience in violent areas of their own country and having fought rebels, insurgents, villagers, urban militias, rival drug lords, as well as Soviet and American occupying forces on foot, horses, camels, donkeys, and trucks, they...