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  • CFR: To Deal With Child-raping UN Troops, UN Needs More Power

    09/09/2015 1:27:33 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 09/09/2015 | Alex Newman
    As global outrage grows over the escalating child-rape scandals surrounding United Nations “peacekeeping” troops in Africa and beyond, the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Obama administration have a plan: more power, more money, more military equipment, and more troops for the UN. Seriously. The White House appears to be fully on board with the agenda to super-size and empower the UN's “peace” forces amid the grotesque scandals. Later this month, Obama himself will even lead a global summit on UN peacekeeping where he is expected to announce huge new commitments of U.S. taxpayer resources and personnel to...
  • U.N. confirms release of peacekeepers abducted by Syria rebels

    09/11/2014 11:03:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 6 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 11, 2014
    The United Nations on Thursday confirmed the release of all 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been held for two weeks by al Qaeda-linked militants in the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border.
  • Fiji may have jumped the gun by saying its 45 captured UN peacekeepers would soon be released

    09/09/2014 9:20:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    The Republic ^ | 9-10-2014 | NICK PERRY and PITA LIGAIULA
    Fiji on Wednesday may have jumped the gun by announcing that its 45 United Nations peacekeepers who are being held captive by Syrian insurgents would be freed soon. The South Pacific nation later tried to retract the comments, but by then they had been reported around the world. At a Wednesday morning news conference in Suva, Fiji's military chief said Fiji had been told by U.N. headquarters in New York that the Nusra Front had agreed to release the men later this week without any conditions or demands. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said three senior Fijian military officers would arrive...
  • UN Security Council Demands Release of Abducted Peacekeepers

    09/03/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14
    The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers held in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front terrorists, according to AFP. The 15 members of the council unanimously approved a declaration condemning "in the strongest terms" the detention of the Fijians. They were captured almost a week ago, when the rebels stormed a Golan Heights crossing. The council "reiterated their call for the peacekeepers' immediate and unconditional release," adding in its statement that "there can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers." The government of Fiji also has called...
  • Videos Show Mass Killing of Captives by ISIS in Syria

    08/28/2014 4:28:59 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | AUG. 28, 2014 | BEN HUBBARD
    BAGHDAD — Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have killed more than 100 Syrian soldiers they captured after seizing an airbase in the northeastern part of the country, according to activists who track casualties in the Syrian conflict and an ISIS fighter who was reached through the Internet....
  • Women in peacekeeping [UN]

    03/30/2014 1:54:13 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    United Nations ^ | 27 March 2014
    As peacekeeping has evolved to encompass a broader humanitarian approach, women have become increasingly part of the peacekeeping family. Click on the image to see the full infographic Women are deployed in all areas – police, military and civilian – and have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, both in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women's rights. In all fields of peacekeeping, women peacekeepers have proven that they can perform the same roles, to the same standards and under the same difficult conditions, as their male counterparts. It is an operational imperative that we...
  • Chadian peacekeepers kill 30 civilians in Central African Republic capital, officials say

    03/30/2014 1:36:47 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 30March2014 | AP
    BANGUI, Central African Republic – Officials say Chadian soldiers killed more than 30 civilians in Central African Republic's strife-torn capital city. Jean-Pierre Sadou, a gendarmerie official with the regional peacekeeping force, could not confirm the death toll from Saturday's violence but said the Chadian soldiers' actions were a "legitimate defense" after their convoy was attacked by grenades.
  • C.Africa peacekeepers declare war on 'anti-balaka' vigilantes [UN declares war to protect Muslims]

    03/26/2014 7:09:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Christian Panika
    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante known as "anti-balaka" on Wednesday as the UN warned the militia had crossed a red line by attacking international troops. The head of the MISCA African force blamed the groups for a series of attacks on peacekeepers in the former French colony, and said they would be treated as "enemies". "From now on, we consider the anti-balaka as enemies of MISCA," Congolese General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said in remarks carried by a private radio station. "And we will treat them as such."...
  • Soldiers fire on Central African Republic crowd [UN Peacekeepers]

    03/21/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 21, 1:25 PM | AP
    BANGUI, Central African Republic — Peacekeepers in Central African Republic opened fire on a crowd in the capital on Friday to disrupt anti-Muslim violence, injuring six people including four who were under 16, witnesses and officials said. The incident began when a Muslim man tried to carry out a transaction at a bank but was attacked by an angry mob. ... On Thursday, Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s top human rights official, warned Thursday that hatred between Muslim and Christian communities in Central African Republic was “at a terrifying level” and that the country remained in a state of near-anarchy, meaning...
  • A U.N. peacekeeping victory filled with promise

    11/23/2013 6:55:03 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 22, 2013 | Editorial Board
    FOR YEARS, a U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo was a glaring testament to the organization’s fecklessness. The largest such force in the world, with 19,000 troops, the “stabilization mission” cost $1.5 billion a year but utterly failed to pacify eastern Congo, which has been a battleground for warlords and the armies of neighboring powers for nearly two decades. At its low point a year ago, the U.N. blue helmets watched passively as a vicious force of defectors from the Congolese army occupied and ravaged the city of Goma. Now, at last, the U.N. Congo mission has a victory to savor...
  • Uganda hauls back two dozen Somalia peacekeepers over scam

    09/19/2013 7:24:55 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:28am EDT | Elias Biryabarema
    (Reuters) - Uganda has recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market. Lt Colonel Paddy Ankunda, military spokesman, said the officers had been placed under "open arrest", which will restrict their movements pending the investigation. If the alleged racket is proven, it would underscore how embedded corruption, including among senior officers, is within a military infamous for taking the pay of "ghost soldiers" and money for helicopters which turned out to be junk. ... Ugandan...
  • U.N. deployment of surveillance drone in Congo delayed to December

    09/13/2013 4:53:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:20pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    (Reuters) - The unprecedented deployment of an unarmed surveillance drone by U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been delayed several months due to procurement procedures, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said on Thursday. The United Nations has procured an unarmed surveillance drone from Italian defense electronics firm Selex ES, a unit of Finmeccanica, that was due to be deployed in the volatile eastern Congo during August. "There has been some delay much to my chagrin but these have to do with the rules that member states have made upon us as far as procurement is concerned," peacekeeping chief...
  • Central African Republic: Thousands flee into Bangui airport

    08/30/2013 8:03:10 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2013 Last updated at 11:44 ET
    The former rebels, who seized power in March, were trying to "disarm" residents who lived near the airport, the UN's Amy Martin told the BBC. Peacekeeping troops were now trying to move them from the airport so it can resume normal operations, she said. The UN Security Council recently said the CAR threatened regional stability. Aid agencies have recently warned that undisciplined fighters from the Seleka group which ousted President Francois Bozize had looted the healthcare system, leaving it in ruins. About a third of the country's 4.6 million people need assistance with food, shelter, health care or water, according...
  • Ambush kills 7 UN peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur

    07/13/2013 12:18:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Jul 13, 2:52 PM EDT | By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press
    CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in Sudan's western region of Darfur, killing seven and wounding another 17 in the deadliest ever single attack on the international force in the country. The assault included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly rocket-propelled grenades, targeting the force some 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of the town of Khor Abeche, U.N. forces spokesman Chris Cycmanick said. Reinforcements later arrived to rescue the wounded, who included two female police advisers, the force said in a statement.It wasn't immediately clear if any civilian personnel accompanied the team into...
  • The UN prepares to go to war for the first time (Congo)

    06/14/2013 5:52:43 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 83 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 08:22 EST, 14 June 2013 | Daniel Miller
    The UN is about to go to war for the first time in its history after the Security Council voted unanimously to intervene to fight rebels in the Congo. Around 3,000 UN troops wearing the blue insignia, are being deployed to the central African nation which has been wracked by years of civil war and lawlessness. The UN has led a 14-year-long peacekeeping in a bid to end the ethic conflict which was sparked by the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda when thousands of Hutus fled into the Congo to evade justice. ... It will be the first time that the...
  • UN Forces Abducted near Golan Heights

    05/07/2013 3:17:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/5/13
    NDTV reports an armed Syrian group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by a mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said. The four were patrolling near the Al Jamlah locality in the ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria where 21 Filipino peacekeepers were seized by Syrian rebels in March...
  • 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...
  • UN: About 20 Golan Heights peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels

    03/06/2013 11:17:44 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    NBC news ^ | Kari Huus
    Syrian rebels are holding hostage a convoy of United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, and have vowed to detain them until President Bashar Assad withdraws his forces from a Syrian village that has suffered heavy fighting. The U.N. on Wednesday confirmed that about 20 of its peacekeepers were being held by about 30 armed fighters in the Golan Heights, where the forces are charged with monitoring a cease-fire line between Syria and Israel. The capture, first announced in a rebel video posted on the Internet, was condemned by the U.N. Security Council, which demanded their immediate release. The U.N....
  • Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

    01/14/2012 8:14:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Janurary 12, 2012 | MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS and RYM MOMTAZ
    Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time. The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged...
  • The UN Shines in Haiti

    01/18/2010 6:14:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | -- | Joseph Klein
    This week’s earthquake in Haiti has been a catastrophe for the island nation, with hundreds of thousands feared dead. Less well documented but equally tragic is that relief organizations, including the United Nations, have also been swept up in the disaster’s wake. The United Nations has suffered its worst loss of life from a single incident in its history as a result of the January 12 earthquake. As of this writing, the United Nations has reported the loss of 36 lives of its personnel – 13 civilians, 4 policemen and 19 members of the UN military peacekeeping force. At least...
  • Dr. Gupta on CNN is amazing- wait until you hear this..

    01/15/2010 8:22:04 PM PST · by SE Mom · 135 replies · 7,019+ views
    15 January 2010
    Just now on on CNN there was some incredible live TV. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been wearing the two hats of journalist and physician. Earlier this evening he was in a medical tent with about 25 patients who have just had surgery or are extremely ill. There were roughly 10 UN docs and nurses there as well. At some point the docs were told to evacuate for "security reasons". Dr. Gupta said he'd heard no gunfire- there hadn't been any trouble this evening- and yet suddenly all these docs and nurses were told to leave. They left. LEAVE THEIR PATIENTS...
  • CNN reporting live - Forward Hospital Tent closed

    01/15/2010 8:17:07 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 47 replies · 2,254+ views
    CNN ^ | 01/15/10
    On-Air live coverage.
  • The Truth About U.N. Peacekeepers

    09/24/2009 2:30:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies · 676+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | Sept. 20, 2009 | Rebecca Davis O'Brien
    Right now, more than 90,000 U.N. peacekeeping troops are stationed in conflict zones around the world—more than at any other moment in history. Though U.N. peacekeeping missions are financed largely by the U.S. and European countries, most soldiers on the ground come from the developing world. In 2008, the top five troop contributors for these operations were Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and Nepal, with Ghana, Jordan, and Rwanda close behind. Some critics of the current system are calling for the U.N. to create a standing army—like NATO has—to improve response time and increase professionalism of troops. The U.S. remains opposed...
  • U.S. to Provide More Police, Staff to U.N. Army

    06/30/2009 8:31:53 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 566+ views
    newsfront ^ | 6/30/09 | newsfront
    The United States is prepared to provide more military observers, police, and civilian staff to beef up the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.S. ambassador said Monday. The United Nations has nearly 115,000 troops, police and civilians deployed in 16 peacekeeping missions from Africa and the Mideast to Cyprus, Kosovo, Western Sahara and Haiti, but it has had trouble finding soldiers, helicopters and other key assets for several important operations.
  • More than 160 US, NATO vehicles burned in Pakistan

    12/07/2008 4:43:24 AM PST · by maquiladora · 54 replies · 2,247+ views
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Militants blasted their way into two transport terminals in Pakistan on Sunday and torched more than 160 vehicles destined for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, in the biggest assault yet on a vital military supply line, officials said.
  • Halving UN Peacekeeper Rape by the Year 2015?

    06/01/2008 6:30:59 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 50 replies · 336+ views
    In the Ivory Coast, a 13-year-old girl is gang-raped in a field by 10 UN peacekeepers , and left on the ground, bleeding, trembling and vomiting. This is part of a larger picture involving fresh allegations by a U.K.-based charity, Save the Children, of UN peacekeepers abusing children in the Ivory Coast, Haiti, and Southern Sudan. As detailed by the BBC, "the UN has said it welcomes the report, which it will study closely." Oh, great. The UN can add this report to its research collection of previous reports on UN peacekeeper rape in Liberia and Sierra Leone and the...
  • UN police forced out of Kosovo town after clashes

    03/17/2008 2:41:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 615+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/08 | Jovan Matic
    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA (AFP) - UN police were forced to withdraw Monday from the Serb-populated part of this flashpoint Kosovo town after coming under attack as they stormed a court occupied by Serbs opposed to independence. Police said more than 100 people were injured as the troops met gunfire and suspected grenade blasts in the worst violence to have flared in Kosovo since its independence declaration a month ago on February 17. The clashes erupted after UN police and NATO-led KFOR (Kosovo Force) troops surrounded the courthouse in Kosovska Mitrovica for a pre-dawn raid to evict the Serb protestors. Kosovo police...
  • French peacekeepers Launch War games in South Lebanon

    French peacekeepers carried out war games in south Lebanon on Tuesday in what appeared to be a an orientation with the terrain abutting Israel. The state-run National News Agency (NNA) said a unit of the French contingent serving with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) backed by Armored Personnel carriers carried out the maneuver in the eastern sector of south Lebanon, better known as the Arqoub region. The French contingent, the report added, carried out similar maneuvers last week in the central sector of the southern province abutting Israel. UNIFIL and troops of the Lebanese army patrol a demilitarized...
  • US diplomat killed in Sudan shooting

    01/01/2008 5:52:49 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies · 202+ views
    AP Via Yahoo! News ^ | January 1, 2008 | MOHAMED OSMAN
    KHARTOUM, Sudan - An American diplomat and his driver were shot to death Tuesday in the Sudanese capital, the U.S. Embassy said, a day after a joint African Union-United Nations force took over peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur region. It was not immediately known if the motive for the attack was political or a random crime. "This afternoon, the American officer succumbed to his injuries and passed away," said Walter Braunohler, the spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. Braunohler said the diplomat, whose name was not released, worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Sudanese Foreign Ministry identified...
  • UN joins forces with Marvel Comics

    12/27/2007 6:02:41 AM PST · by imd102 · 49 replies · 175+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/26/07 | Deborah Brewster
    He has fought against foes ranging from the Green Goblin to Doctor Octopus, but Spider-Man now faces an even more formidable challenge: improving the battered image of the United Nations. In a move reminiscent of storylines developed during the second world war, the UN is joining forces with Marvel Comics, creators of Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, to create a comic book showing the international body working with superheroes to solve bloody conflicts and rid the world of disease. The comic, initially to be distributed free to 1m US schoolchildren, will be set in a war-torn fictional country and feature...
  • UN troops 'traded gold for guns'

    05/22/2007 5:41:46 PM PDT · by managusta · 12 replies · 801+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 2007/05/22 | Martin Plaut
    Pakistani UN peacekeeping troops have traded in gold and sold weapons to Congolese militia groups they were meant to disarm, the BBC has learnt.(sic) These militia groups were guilty of some of the worst human rights abuses during the Democratic Republic of Congo's long civil war. The trading went on in 2005. A UN investigative team sent to gather evidence was obstructed and threatened. The team's report was buried by the UN itself to "avoid political fallout". These events took place in and around the mining town of Mongbwalu, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The Pakistani battalion of the...
  • Suspected terrorists detained in Lebanon (plotting attacks against U.N. peacekeepers)

    10/15/2007 3:39:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/07 | AP
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanese military intelligence officials have detained members of a suspected "terrorist network" for plotting attacks against U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon, the army said Monday. The group had planted a bomb near the southern city of Tyre in an attempt to target a U.N. patrol, but it did not explode because of a problem with the trigger, the army said in a statement. The suspects also admitted they planned to plant two other bombs in the area and detonate them within a short period "in order to cause maximum casualties among the forces," the statement said. Two...
  • Japan: Ozawa in power would send SDF to U.N. force in Afghanistan

    10/08/2007 11:01:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 412+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 10/06/07
    Ozawa in power would send SDF to U.N. force in Afghanistan 10/06/2007 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Japanese troops would join a U.N. peacekeeping force in Afghanistan if Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan) takes over the government, according to a proposal by party leader Ichiro Ozawa. Ozawa made the proposal in the November issue of the monthly opinion journal Sekai (World), due out on Tuesday. The proposal will serve as the basis for the opposition party's counterproposal to a government bill to extend Japan's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean for the U.S.-led war against terror. In the article, the Minshuto chief...
  • Into Darfur

    08/02/2007 4:45:10 AM PDT · by Clive · 13 replies · 301+ views
    National Post ^ | 2007-08-02 | (editorial page)
    The Darfur region of Western Sudan has been beset by a genocidal civil conflict since 2003. Now, finally, the United Nations has decided to put its members' peacemaking might behind the UN's lofty rhetoric-- sort of. On Tuesday, the UN Security Council passed a resolution sponsored by Britain and France that would send 26,000 troops and police to Darfur. If those peacekeepers actually materialize; and if sponsoring nations agree to pay the $2-billion that such a mission would cost every year; and if the troops are able to do their job despite rules of engagement that restrict their ability to...
  • U.N. authorizes Darfur mission

    08/01/2007 7:43:49 AM PDT · by JKrive · 14 replies · 545+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2007 | Betsy Pisik
    NEW YORK — The U.N. Security Council yesterday authorized a new peacekeeping mission for Darfur, a complex military effort with 26,000 African and U.N. forces under a single command that will be the largest ever attempted by the world body. The resolution setting up the mission also calls for an immediate cease-fire in the Darfur region of Western Sudan and sets a timetable for the force to be fully deployed by early 2008. No U.S. troops will participate directly in the mission, but they likely will help move troops and materiel. "We call in particular on [Sudanese] President [Omar] Bashir...
  • Security Council Approves 26,000 Strong Peacekeeping Force to Help End Durfur Bloodshed

    07/31/2007 2:15:00 PM PDT · by aShepard · 22 replies · 623+ views
    AP ^ | 7/31/07 | AP
    Security Council Approves 26,000-Strong Peacekeeping Force to Help End Darfur Bloodshed 07-31-2007 4:22 PM By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (Associated Press) -- The U.N. Security Council approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Darfur on Tuesday to try to help end four years of fighting that has killed more than 200,000 people in the conflict-wracked Sudanese region. The force _ the first joint peacekeeping mission by the African Union and the United Nations _ will replace the beleaguered 7,000-strong AU force now on the ground in Darfur no later than Dec. 31. The council urged that the...
  • Official: U.N. troop standards too low

    07/29/2007 6:16:17 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 56 replies · 475+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | July 29, 2007 | William J. Kole
    VIENNA, Austria — U.N. standards for selecting peacekeepers are too low, and soldiers from countries whose armies are suspected of abuse should not be considered for peacekeeping duty, the U.N.'s chief anti-torture investigator said. U.N. special rapporteur Manfred Nowak also told the Austrian news magazine Profil in an interview for Monday's editions that the United Nations should reconsider forming its own professional standing army. Concerns about the quality, training and ethics of peacekeepers are growing as developing nations with questionable human-rights records increasingly send troops for international peacekeeping operations, Nowak said.
  • Hezbollah leader suggests Israel may be behind attacks on U.N. peacekeepers

    07/24/2007 4:15:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 295+ views
    BEIRUT, Lebanon: Militant Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah suggested Tuesday that Israel may be behind two recent bomb attacks that targeted United Nations peacekeepers in southern Lebanon. Six peacekeepers belonging to the Spanish contingent were killed on June 24 when a bomb struck their armored personnel carrier in the country's south, marking the first such attack against the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL. On July 16, a roadside bomb struck a U.N. jeep in the village of Qassimiyeh near the southern port city of Tyre, causing damage to the vehicle but no casualties. No group has...
  • More of Your Tax Dollars for UN Graft, Fraud, Rape, and - Oh Right - Peacekeeping

    07/02/2007 8:17:51 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 13 replies · 300+ views
    The Rosett Report ^ | June 27, '07 | Claudia Rosett
    America already gives more than any other country to bankroll the multi-billion dollar UN activities politely known as "peacekeeping." But at least Congress in an effort to curb UN abuse had managed to cap U.S. contributions at 25% of the ever-expanding UN peacekeeping budget. Looks like that cap is on its way out the window. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has just given a thumbs up to Senator Joe Biden's bill to increase U.S. contributions to 27.1%, retroactive to 2005 and extending through 2008 - a move that would add another billion or so to the already outsized U.S. payola...
  • Spanish Soldiers Die in "Premeditated Terrorist Attack" in Lebanon

    06/25/2007 11:51:31 AM PDT · by sabrita · 13 replies · 603+ views
    El Mundo ^ | 06/25/2007 | El Mundo
    Hezbolla Condemns the Attack as "Intended to Destabilize the Area" Beirut - Six soldiers from the Spanish army deployed in Lebanon as "blue helmets" have died and another two are wounded after an attack against their convoy in the south of the country, according to official sources at the Spanish Ministry of Defence. These are the first Spanish deaths as part of the peace mission deployed by the United Nations in Lebanon. No group has admitted responsibility for the attack yet... [Spanish president] Rodríguez Zapatero spoke with the general of the International Brigade, Ramón Martín Ambrosio, to tell him he...
  • 5 U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Lebanon

    06/25/2007 1:48:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies · 511+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2007
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 24 — A car bombing killed five United Nations peacekeepers in southern Lebanon on Sunday, opening another potentially disastrous fault line in a country held hostage to violence and political deadlock. No one claimed responsibility for the attack on the peacekeepers, who were deployed along the border with Israel after last summer’s war with Hezbollah. But suspicion immediately fell on militant Islamists, who are fighting the Lebanese Army in the country’s north. The United Nations force, Unifil, has been on alert for weeks because of that fight and several bombings that are believed to be related to...
  • Officials: Blast kills 4 (Spanish) peacekeepers in Lebanon

    06/24/2007 2:25:24 PM PDT · by Levante · 8 replies · 409+ views
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A bomb apparently targeting U.N. peacekeepers exploded by the side of a road in southern Lebanon on Sunday, killing four Spanish troops and injuring at least four, a senior Lebanese security official said. The senior official in Beirut said a mine may have caused the explosion, but another security official based in southern Lebanon said a bomb detonated at the side of a road about four miles north of the Israeli border town of Metulla. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
  • We'll resist UN force, warns Sudan

    09/02/2006 10:57:25 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 11 replies · 265+ views
    AFP/theaustralian ^ | September 02, 2006
    SUDAN has vowed to defy a UN takeover of peacekeeping forces in the strife-torn Darfur region, but the US declared Khartoum's agreement was not needed. The battle of words yesterday came after a Security Council vote that approved the deployment of up to 17,000 UN troops to the Sudanese region to take over from the African Union force. The AU mission has been unable to stop the conflict in the poor but oil-rich region, in which up to 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced. Deploying a strong UN force is seen as crucial to shore up the...
  • U.N. OKs Sudan Peacekeepers Resolution

    08/31/2006 4:39:27 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 3 replies · 257+ views
    myway ^ | Aug 31, 6:58 PM (ET) | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Thursday that would give the United Nations authority over peacekeepers in Darfur as soon as Sudan's government gives its consent - which it has so far refused to do. The resolution is meant to give more power and funding to a force, now run by the African Union, that has been unable to stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur. The violence has killed more than 200,000 people and continues to worsen. The document passed 12-0, with China, Russia and Qatar abstaining. Yet the council cannot take any significant action...
  • UN acts to stamp out sex abuse by staff in East Timor

    08/30/2006 2:14:47 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 22 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Age ^ | August 30, 2006 | Lindsay Murdoch
    FOR years the United Nations attempted to cover up perverted and outrageous behaviour by uniformed and civilian personnel who have served in East Timor since 1999. But as a new wave of more than 2000 UN-employed police and staff prepare to travel to the capital Dili, Sukehiro Hasegawa, the top UN official in East Timor, has acknowledged for the first time that the UN system failed to bring anyone to justice for crimes that included sex abuse of children and bestiality. Dr Hasegawa declared that the UN's Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT), which became operational on Monday, would enforce...
  • Unfit to keep the peace

    08/19/2006 5:19:02 AM PDT · by Clive · 11 replies · 338+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-08-19 | (editorial page)
    France has not stepped up as hoped to man the UN's ceasefire force in Lebanon, pledging on Friday to send just 200 soldiers, rather than the 2,000 or more expected. They will join another 200 soldiers France already had there as part of the previous UN peacekeeping force. Germany will not send combat troops, just ships to patrol offshore and perhaps some customs agents and border police. Denmark will send a frigate, but no ground forces. Muslim countries, however, have been only too eager to step up to the plate. Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia have together committed 6,000 soldiers, nearly...
  • U.N. Appeals to Europe for Peacekeepers

    08/18/2006 3:12:18 PM PDT · by John Carey · 31 replies · 484+ views
    Washington post web site ^ | EDITH M. LEDERER
    The United Nations appealed to European countries Friday to contribute to an expanded peacekeeping force in Lebanon that would have a balance of European and Muslim troops so that Israel and Lebanon will view it as legitimate. Italy endorsed sending troops to Lebanon but did not commit itself to specific numbers. Finland decided to send up to 250 peacekeepers to Lebanon, but said they would not be deployed until November..... Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown said the news was promising but more European soldiers are needed for a vanguard force of 3,500 troops that the U.N. wants on the ground...
  • (FRench) General: U.N. peacekeepers need troops - UNIFIL

    08/14/2006 4:56:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,977+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/06 | Jamey Keaten - ap
    PARIS - The French general who leads the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon said Monday he wants reinforcements quickly, warning that even one "stray act" could unravel a diplomatic effort to halt the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, said a U.N. Security Council resolution approved Friday could give unprecedented new strength to the 28-year-old UNIFIL force that often has been criticized as ineffective in the past. Diplomats and military advisers were working Monday to decide which countries could help boost the 2,000-strong force to 15,000, as was approved...
  • Hezbollah’s Psych-Ops (while U.N “peacekeepers” in southern Lebanon avert their gaze)

    08/04/2006 5:59:50 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 13 replies · 639+ views
    NRO ^ | August 04, 2006 | Clifford D. May
    Hezbollah and its foreign sponsors deserve credit: They understand the perverse psychology of the Middle East. They knew they could launch a war against Israel and then have Israel get the blame for the devastation that inevitably would follow. They knew also that if Israel failed to respond forcefully to their ground and missile attacks, they could say Israel was cowardly. And if Israel did respond forcefully, they could say Israel was a bully, its response “disproportionate” — even while insisting that Israel was doing them no serious damage. They knew they could target Israeli civilians and hide combatants and...
  • Muslim summit to call for truce, UN force

    08/01/2006 1:45:24 AM PDT · by djsunzi · 13 replies · 462+ views
    Channel News Asia ^ | 1 August, 2006 | AFP
    KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia has said an emergency meeting of key Muslim countries this week will call for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East and discuss a formal United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon. Malaysia is currently the chair of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), whose executive committee will meet in the country's administrative centre of Putrajaya on Thursday. "We want a UN peacekeeping force," Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar was quoted as saying by the state Bernama news agency. "We will also urge that such a force include the participation of Islamic nations," he...