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  • John Bolton Blasts U.N. Official for U.S. Criticism

    06/07/2006 11:08:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies · 2,079+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 7, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    The United States demanded Wednesday that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan repudiate a speech in which his No. 2 official broke with tradition and accused the United States of undermining the United Nations. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton called the speech by Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown a "very, very grave mistake" that could undermine Annan's own efforts to push through an ambitious agenda of reform at the world body. "I spoke to the secretary-general this morning. I said 'I've known you since 1989 and I'm telling you this is the worst mistake by a senior U.N. official that I have seen...
  • FOX says Milosevic is dead....

    03/11/2006 4:07:10 AM PST · by jmq · 593 replies · 14,413+ views
    <p>Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav leader who orchestrated the Balkan wars of the 1990s and was on trial for war crimes, was found dead in his prison cell at the U.N. detention center near The Hague, the U.N. tribunal said Saturday. He was 65.</p>
  • And when the great wave fell back, the UN stood revealed, Notably Useless

    01/02/2005 4:26:03 PM PST · by saquin · 30 replies · 1,916+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 1/3/05 | Tim Hames
    ADLAI STEVENSON once argued that a politician is a statesman who “approaches every question with an open mouth”. If the performance of Jan Egeland, of the UN’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is an indication, the same is true of those paid by the United Nations. A week ago, despite just one day having passed since the Asian tsunami, with the reported death toll one tenth of what it is now believed to be, and ignoring the fact that public holidays are never the easiest times to start organising an aid effort, Mr Egeland saw fit to dismiss...
  • UN heads towards 60th year with big plans, big problems

    12/17/2004 10:55:55 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 391+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | Dec. 18, 2004 | AFP
    UNITED NATIONS, (AFP) - The United Nations turns 60 in 2005 after a bruising year that has seen the organisation battered and demoralised by a string of scandals that have damaged the UN's image. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is hoping to clinch an ambitious reform package next year that would be the UN's most radical overhaul since its creation out of the devastation of World War II. But Annan's legacy, which could shine if he succeeds in pushing through the reforms, could also be marred by a difficult 2004 that has brought questions about his leadership into the international...
  • Just scrap it and start over

    12/10/2004 2:15:27 PM PST · by The Great Yazoo · 9 replies · 546+ views ^ | december 10, 2004 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In wine, the experts say, vintage is everything. If that's the case, 2004 has turned out to be a very bad year for the United Nations. But the United Nations' vinegar may yet prove to be a very good thing for the rest of us -- particularly if the decision is made to break open the casks, pour out the putrid contents and start over. For adherents of "internationalism" and "collective security" at the United Nations, 2004 has been a tough year. The "Oil-for-Food" scandal, a story that first broke on Fox News, now has "legs" of...
  • Annan does not intend resigning in wake of oil-for-food scandal: interview

    12/05/2004 11:58:51 PM PST · by iso · 36 replies · 1,407+ views
    LONDON (AFP) - United Nations (news - web sites) Secretary General Kofi Annan (news - web sites), under fire for his part in the controversial Iraqi oil-for-food programme, said in an interview with the Financial Times that he did not intend to resign. "I think resignation is comparatively easy," Annan told the journalist who asked him if he considered resigning. "It is much more difficult to stay on and continue to do the job you are elected to do, and focus on the important agenda of the organisation and the membership." Annan has been under mounting pressure in the United...
  • America, Israel Should Take UN Seriously, Expert Says

    12/03/2004 2:49:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 43 replies · 1,234+ views ^ | 12/03/04 | Julie Stahl
    Jerusalem ( - The United States, which funds nearly a quarter of the United Nations' annual budget, should rethink its relations with the world body, much of which stands opposed to President Bush's view on the global war against terrorism, an expert said here this week. For many years, Israel has downplayed the importance of U.N. resolutions, which are usually against it, but neither Israel nor the U.S. can afford to take that stand any longer, said Professor Anne Bayefsky of the Hudson Institute. "An American taxpayer who foots 22 percent of the regular budget of the United Nations, which...
  • U.N. Said Not Protecting Sudan Refugees

    11/27/2004 9:59:12 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 263+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 26, 2004 | BRADLEY S. KLAPPER
    GENEVA - The United Nations (news - web sites) is failing to protect millions of people displaced by conflict in Sudan's Darfur region and violence in other hotspots around the world, a U.N. report said Friday. The world body's approach to the problem of people who have fled their homes but not crossed any international borders "is still largely ad hoc and driven more by the personalities and convictions of individuals on the ground than by an institutional, systemwide agenda," the report said. The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank,...
  • A disgraceful record (UN)

    12/19/2003 10:45:31 PM PST · by kattracks · 21 replies · 173+ views
    <p>In the wake of Saddam Hussein's capture, Iraqi government officials have become quite open about voicing their displeasure with the United Nations' failure to help their people during decades of oppression by the deposed Ba'athist dictatorship. After U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan gave a speech to the Security Council on Tuesday ruling out an early return of the United Nations to Iraq, he was sharply criticized by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.</p>
  • U.S. expected to win backing at U.N.

    02/25/2003 7:37:05 AM PST · by fm1 · 48 replies · 228+ views
    UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 24 — The challenge is formidable, but U.S. and British diplomats are confident they can wring the nine votes necessary to win approval of the new Iraq resolution circulated Monday on the Security Council. The assessment is backed by other diplomats, although all agree that France, the most outspoken opponent as of now, could still use its veto power to kill the measure. UNDER THE U.N. charter, a resolution requires nine “yes” votes among the 15 Security Council members, and cannot be vetoed by the five permanent council members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United...