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Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Swedish Somali immigration update
From The Local, in Sweden:
The fate of Somalis seeking asylum in Sweden depends a great deal which court hears their case.
While the migration court in Gothenburg has allowed every Somali from the capital city of Mogadishu stay in Sweden, the migration courts in Stockholm and Malmö reject most asylum applications.
In an completely unrelated story, there were two bombings in Gothenburg yesterday, one of a police vehicle. Perpetrators unknown.
“It’s a threat against the rule of law,” said attorney Ove Behrens to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper. “We can’t have it so that those who have their cases heard in Gothenburg get to stay, while at the same a whole gang here in Stockholm gets deported.” He represents several Somalis who, according to court decisions, are to be deported from Sweden.
Somehow I think that my solution to that conundrum is not the same solution he has in mind.
For the Somalis, it’s a question of life and death, said Behrens.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s impossible for me to return to Mogadishu. My family has fled to Kenya,” Mogadishu-native Yasin Ahmed told DN.
Will this Somalian, and the others, attempt to assimilate to the culture and mores of Sweden, who has graciously offered them sanctuary? Or, will they instead attempt to recreate the conditions that caused them to flee Somalia, and impose their culture and mores on the Swedes?
Following reports of the deteriorating situation in Mogadishu, the migration court in Gothenburg has reversed around a dozen decisions by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) in the last three months and instead granted the Somali asylum seekers Swedish residence permits.
During the same period, the migration court in Stockholm has decided that about 50 out of 60 people should be expelled from Sweden. And of the few cases heard by the court in Malmö, most have resulted in deportation orders.
And why shouldn't Sweden, or any other prosperous and peaceful country, be extremely selective about which persons it will accept from one of the most chaotic and violent areas in the world? If the migration court has any moral obligation, it should be to maintain the safety of the citizens it supposedly represents.
See more here about the newly constructed Saudi-funded Wahabi mosque in Gothenburg.
Posted on 03/18/2009 12:23 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
March 15, 2009: A day of honor
Some short snippets, all dated March 15, from stophonorkillings.com:
Jordan: Jordan's court convicts Syrian for killing sister
A Jordanian court has convicted a Syrian man of strangling his sister and sentenced him to 7 1/2 years in jail.
The court said Wednesday that the man had killed his sister because he believed her behavior to be "shameful" and harmed family honor. He claimed she was working in night clubs.
India: Woman killed by mother and sister
The Delhi High Court has upheld a judgment by a lower court here sentencing a woman and her daughter to life imprisonment for killing her elder daughter at Uttam Nagar in West Delhi in 2002 to protect “the honour of the family in society.”
The two, mother Darshana and her daughter Rajni, had killed Raj because she had conceived in an illicit relationship.
The two thought that no one would marry Rajni if people came to know about her unwed pregnancy, the prosecution said.
India: Two 'honour' killings in Muzzafarnagar
Two cases of honor killing took place within two days in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in which a 21-year-old girl and a 38-year-old woman were killed by their own family members for having illicit love affairs, reported the semi-official Press Trust of India on Sunday.
Both cases took place in the city of Muzaffarnagar, northwest Uttar Pradesh, where Mukesh was stabbed to death Saturday allegedly by her brother and mother, who were opposed to her love-affair with a youth from her same village, said the report.
Posted on 03/18/2009 1:12 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Higher Ed, Or, Meet Arne Duncan
Arne Duncan, the new Secretary of Education, on NPR, a week or two ago:
"we've had huge examples of success in pushing the envelope"
"my job is to fight for children"
"the historically underserved"
"the underserved communities"
"give every child the opportunity they so desperately need to fulfill their dreams"
"need to incentivize states"
"a President who cares passionately"
"I care passionately"
"we shoud care passionately"
"K through 12"
Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again.
Posted on 03/18/2009 6:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Korean Officials Attacked in Yemen again but Unharmed
From The Korea Times
A group of South Korean government officials and family members of victims killed in Sunday's suicide bombing in Yemen were attacked by a terrorist group Wednesday but no one was hurt, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.
A suicide bomber set off explosives near a convoy carrying the Koreans, the Associated Press said.
``The bomber walked into the road between two of the vehicles and blew himself up as the convoy was traveling to the airport outside the capital, Sana,' a Yemini security official said.
Al-Qaida has repeatedly called for attacks on non-Muslim foreigners on the Arabian Peninsula, according to reports.
The government, however, said that it was too early to conclude whether the bomber believed that the convoy was carrying top Yemeni government officials or deliberately targeted Koreans.
Reuters reported yesterday that according to a Yemeni official the
suicide bomber behind a deadly attack that killed four South Korean tourists in Yemen was trained in lawless Somalia, just across the busy Gulf of Aden shipping route,
The official identified the bomber as Abdel Rahman Mehdi al-Aajbari and said he had trained in Somalia, a failed Horn of Africa country that Western security services fear could be a base for al Qaeda-linked militants.
Aajbari had left his family home in the Yemeni province of Taiz around two months ago, he said.
In a letter to his mother delivered by one of his fellow fighters, Aajbari wrote that his family would never see him again and that he believed he was on the "true path", the official said.
Posted on 03/18/2009 8:06 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
I don't read Italian, but there are many contexts, even in Italy, where I would be none the wiser if I did:
Si apre sabato 14 marzo, la rassegna di arte contemporanea "Il Bosco di Venere" ("Thunderbolts and Flowers", alla lettera "fiori e fulmini"), con la presentazione della mostra e della videoinstallazione omonima, dall'ampio lavoro prodotto nel 1999 da Cosimo Vinci e Toni Ulivieri, in un "bosco" di immagini e narrazioni interconnesse, negli spazi e performaces dei numerosi attori coinvolti, "archetipi di se stessi", impegnati in un viaggio visionario tra Cecina, Volterra, Rosignano Marittimo, Castagneto Carducci, che indaga le origini del senso esistenziale, dando immagine e spazio al linguaggio stesso del "fare artistico", descrizione di per sé del mondo, prima ancora ed oltre, la sedimentazione dei suoi contenuti e significati.
Una lampada-sacerdotessa, vestita da Monica Bacciardi è posta in primo piano su di un tavolo improbabile, senza una gamba. Sullo sfondo un quadro di Lilli Capriotti ispirato alla "Battaglia di San Romano" di Paolo Uccello. In alto, nella parte destra del ballatoio, un "uomo tagliato": per metà seduto, per metà dissolto in luminescenza . Accanto a lui, a suggerire gli antecedenti di tale trasformazione, su una piccola televisione passa un video di Toni Ulivieri.
Dal lavoro di dieci anni fa, si susseguono gli archetipi nel flusso quasi impersonale di una ironia che intravede il senso prima dell'ipostatizzazione delle categorie del significato e introduce un'aura di mito attorno alle cose, il mundus imaginalis dal quale proviene la nostra capacità di percepirle.
Sotto il ballatoio i quadri di Gianni Krinner, volutamente accatastati, come a suggerire la possibilità di un custode che si interessa di arte; in un angolo, da un monitor, una sorta di trailer della videoinstallazione di Cecina.
Nella mostra "Expo", che comprende anche opere di Cosimo Vinci, la coreografia dei linguaggi della pittura, della scultura e delle videoproiezioni, presenta opere che si sganciano dagli autori, li trascendono e li determinano ricorsivamente: sono gli "antecedenti metafisici" degli autori-attori delle performance del video. Sorta di Tarocchi in attesa di incarnarsi in persone suggeriscono che noi comunque vediamo e viviamo la realtà filtrata dalle nostre fantasie: è attraverso la nostra immaginazione che siamo ciò che siamo.
Il tentativo "di rintracciare, nella rassicurante ovvietà della materia, la vertiginosa profondità dell'infinito", i miti, gli archetipi, il sacro nel quotidiano, è sottolineato anche nella testimonianza dell'artista Massimo Bartolini che, dopo l'incontro con Cosimo, lascia fluire una carrellata libera di memorie: le "Variazioni Goldberg eseguite da Glenn Gould, il tradimento, Heidegger, Il disegno, Cioran, Jodoroskj, La grafica, Bach - L'offerta musicale e la Passione di San Matteo, Lo stile in scrittura, Paul Valery ( quaderni n. 1), La dialettica, la costruzione in legno, la procrastinazione come rifugio filosofico, il tacere...".
Posted on 03/18/2009 9:08 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
The BBC, Chris Gunness, And Those Israeli "War Crimes" That Never Were
From Tom Gross:
REVEALED: UNRWA SPOKESMAN WHO LIED ABOUT ISRAEL PREVIOUSLY WORKED AT THE BBC WITH JEREMY BOWEN
I have previously outlined on this website the concoctions of the well-funded UN body UNRWA which have resulted in defamations of Israel and physical attacks on Jews in many different countries around the world.
For example, UNRWA has now admitted that their claim that Israel shelled a school in Gaza in January and killed 32 Palestinian civilians is completely false. The shell in question, it turns out, was in response to Palestinian mortar fire at civilians in Israel and killed nine Palestinian adults, none of whom were in the school. Seven of those killed were armed operatives and two were civilians.
The sensational and false claims of UNRWA led to headlines around the world such as “UN accuses Israel of herding 110 Palestinians into a house then shelling it, leaving 30 dead” (London Daily Mail Online UK, Jan 9 2009 11:59AM GMT).
The false reports led to anti-Israel riots and attacks on Jews in all six continents of the world.
A JOINT WAR CRIMES ALLEGATION BY UNRWA AND THE BBC
Now, it turns out that Chris Gunness, the UNWRA spokesman who went on several different international TV networks in January to accuse Israel of “war crimes” on account of the supposed school incident, is in fact a former BBC journalist and a close colleague of the BBC’s notoriously anti-Israel Chief Jerusalem Correspondent Jeremy Bowen.
In a diary article which Jeremy Bowen posted on BBC online, he states:
“I just broke off writing for a couple of minutes to take a call from Chris Gunness, who is the spokesman for Unrwa, the UN agency that looks after Palestinian refugees.
“He was ringing to say that Unrwa wanted an investigation into whether Israel has committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip. Civilians are protected by the laws of war.
“I have known Chris for years, as he used to be a BBC foreign correspondent. He wanted to make sure that we knew he was using the phrase for the first time. He said that the attack this morning on a UN school in Gaza looked as if it was a war crime.”
Tom Gross continues:
In three occasions in the past when I have criticized the BBC, the BBC online editors have then subtly changed their website so as to delete the part I criticized without letting readers know it had ever been there in the first place.
For the record, at the end of this dispatch, I attach Jeremy Bowen’s full diary entry (in which he makes the remarks above), together with two biographies of Chris Gunness. Gunness worked for the BBC for 23 years in senior editorial positions in both television and radio.
So it turns out that the UNWRA spokesman condemning Israel for “war crimes” that in fact never happened, is a former BBC World Service correspondent and producer who is a close friend of the current BBC Chief Middle East Correspondent who helped spread these allegations. Can it be that the false claims about Israel coming from two august institutions, the BBC and UNWRA, are in the hands of two friends who might just have a world view not sympathetic to Israel?
The BBC World Service and UNRWA are both funded by the British government. UNRWA receives huge amounts of money from many other countries too. Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced it would add hundreds of millions of dollars to the considerable funds it has already supplied UNRWA, an organization accused of allowing the promotion of suicide bombing and martyrdom to be taught at the schools it pays for and administers.
THIS IS THE BBC’S IDEA OF A CORRECTION?
In January, Jews in Britain suffered a level of anti-Semitic attacks on a level not seen since the 1930s. This can be attributed to at least in part by the inflammatory and false coverage of Israel by the BBC and other British media.
The BBC has finally added a small footnote correction to the end of one of its stories that falsely claimed Israel shelled a school in Gaza.
The BBC wrote that “40 Palestinian civilians sheltering at the Fakhura school in Jabaliya” had been killed by Israel, and also broadcast that false statement on countless occasions on its multitude of domestic and international radio and television networks. BBC radio broadcasts in dozens of languages around the world.
Below is the BBC’s small correction, which they placed at the foot of one of their online stories, a correction that fails to state that nine Palestinians died, not 40; that none were at the school; that seven of the nine killed were militants; and that Israel had not fired first but was responding to rocket fire by those militants at towns and villages in Israel.
BBC Update: In February 2009, the United Nations said that a clerical error had led it to report that Israeli mortars had struck a UN-run school in Jabaliya, Gaza, on 6 January killing about 40 people. Maxwell Gaylord, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Jerusalem, said that the Israeli Defense Force mortars fell in the street near the compound, and not on the compound itself. He said that the UN “would like to clarify that the shelling and all of the fatalities took place outside and not inside the school”.
Posted on 03/18/2009 10:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Arne Duncan, Head of Ed, cares passionately about pushing envelopes, both inside and outside the box, and is 110% incentivized to help the underserved but never undeserving poor to achieve, in a very real sense, their undesserts. Back in the UK, however, there has been a brief outbreak of common sense: councils are to be encouraged to speak English. From the BBC:
Council leaders have compiled a banned list of the 200 worst uses of jargon, with "predictors of beaconicity" and "taxonomy" among the worst horrors.
The Local Government Association says such words and phrases must be avoided for staff to "communicate effectively".
Cliches such as "level playing field" and inscrutable terms like "re-baselining" have been prohibited.
LGA chairman Margaret Eaton said: "The public sector must not hide behind impenetrable jargon and phrases."
Local and central government are often criticised for their use of language.
The LGA's list includes suggested translations of some terms, such as "measuring" for the civil servant's favourite "benchmarking", "idea" for "seedbed", "delay" for "slippage" and "buy" for "procure".
For most, though, no explanation is forthcoming or, perhaps, possible.
Town hall workers are urged not to use the words "mainstreaming", "holistic", "contestability" and "synergies".
The French word "tranche", meaning "slice" in conventional English, is also banned.
Ms Eaton said: "Why do we have to have 'coterminous, stakeholder engagement' when we could just 'talk to people' instead?
Why? Another "Ed" man, Ed West, has the answer. From his blog at The Telegraph (h/t Esmerelda):
Jargon makes it easier to disguise one's actions with euphemisms for inaction, bureaucracy or waste. Many management consultants were bluffing their way through their jobs because they were unsure what their jobs were, and the same applies to local councils and the increasing number of non-jobs they create.
Almost every job advert has a little diversity ditty at the end.
Hackney council - "Encouraging diversity and promoting talent."
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - "Driving Diversity Forward."
But that's nothing compared to the mental health charity Rethink – "Rethink is passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourages applications from under-represented communities."
Thurrock Council - "We serve a diverse community where people are different but equal. Diversity underpins everything we do." What, everything? Going to the toilet? Making love to the wife?
Luton council - "We value equality because quality services need the best people - from the whole community." That's pretty much a contradiction. Quality depends on hiring the best people, which is a recognition of inequality.
Futurebuilders (a charity) - "Futurebuilders strives to be an equal opportunity employer. [I like the more modest "strives". I strive to be sober but I have to be realistic.] "We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and from people with disabilities."
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman - "We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the post."
And, most ambigous of all:
Department for Innovation, Universites and Skills - "We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, ethnically diverse people and women. The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills is committed to making appointments on merit by fair and open process, taking account of equality and diversity." Taking account? Either they chose the best person or they don't.
Hmm. I wonder how any of these local government officials would feel if they got on a plane, knowing that the pilot and flight safety technician had been chosen to "reflect the community" or "take account of equality and diversity". A good thing the Government no longer runs an airline.
Posted on 03/18/2009 12:10 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Threatens To Cut Ties With The FBI
Don't laugh - they're serious. From the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report:
The American Muslim Taskforce (AMT), a coalition of U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations, has issued a statement threatening to suspend outreach efforts with the FBI and claiming that “FBI abuses” are damaging U.S. interests internationally. The statement recounts recent events upon which its claims are based.” First, the statement described an undercover FBI informant used in Southern California mosques as an “agent provocateur. As an earlier post discussed, the FBI operation resulted in the arrest of a brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard on charges of lying about his ties to terrorist groups on his citizenship and passport applications. Second, the AMT statement describes the recent FBI decision to disengage with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as based on “bias and faulty premises.” As another post discussed, the decision was made by the FBI on the basis of CAIR’s origins in the Hamas infrastructure in the U.S. Finally, the AMT statement a describes what it calls a “flourishing of anti-Muslim activity”:
The waning days of the previous administration witnessed a flourishing of anti-Muslim activity.There is even inter-agency information being disseminated that claims civil rights advocacy is part of a Muslim conspiracy to implement Shari’a law in order to destroy the United States. Recent government actions seemed to be based on this bizarre premise.
The statement labels the above FBI actions as “McCarthy-era” tactics which will hurt U.S. interests abroad:
These McCarthy-era tactics are detrimental to a free society. The credibility of all Muslim organizations who maintain ties to the FBI that do not react decisively is undermined in the eyes of the community. Our fear is that counter-intelligence programs are quelling lawful dissent. What is most frightening is that FBI abuses are no longer covert, and are slowly being integrated into the already expansive laws regulating law enforcement activity. Internationally, in light of President Obama’s initiative of dialogue with the Muslim world, such actions negatively impact U.S. interests.
The AMT statement ends with a threat to suspend all outreach activities with the FBI unless a series of demands are met:
If the FBI does not accord fair and equitable treatment to every American Muslim organization, including CAIR, ISNA and NAIT, then Muslim organizations, mosques and individuals will have no choice but to consider suspending all outreach activities with FBI offices, agents and other personnel. This possible suspension, of course, would in no way affect our unshakable duty to report crimes or threats of violence to our nation. We call on the FBI to reassess its positions on profiling and the use of informants as agents provocateurs within the Muslim communities. We further request objective evaluation of the sources of information and analysis utilized to formulate decisions. Notwithstanding such requests, we call on Muslim organizations and individuals to petition their elected representatives to hold hearings to address these grave matters of concern to the Muslim community. We fully expect that the President’s calls for inclusion will not be derailed by irresponsible elements in and outside of government fomenting anti-Muslim bias in this great nation.
It should be noted that according to its website, the AMT is made up of all the major U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations including CAIR although notably, the statement was not signed by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) nor the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), two of the other best known AMT member organizations. The statement did, however, cite other statements by MPAC and also by the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California which has close relationships with both MPAC and ISNA.
The AMT itself supplanted an earlier electoral coalition known as the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC). According to its website, In 2004, national news described the founding of the AMT as follows:
The leading Muslim organizations have been so outraged over the USA Patriot Act (search) that they have banded together as the American Muslim Taskforce (search) to make civil rights their top issue in the presidential race.
AMT activities appear to be similar to those of the AMPCC although consistent with the groups ostensible civil-rights agenda, the organization has defended high-profile terror suspects such as Sami Al-Arian.
Posted on 03/18/2009 1:20 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
A Few Albright Clichés
Last night former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke at Vanderbilt University as part of their series, "Impact 2009: Diplomacy in the New Millenium." She spoke in the business-speak mode that has become a such a well known staple in modern politics and diplomacy.
“We must project smart power.”
“We need leaders who can blend uplifting hopes with real world experience.”
“President Obama must view a turbulent world through a wide lens.”
“must focus on long term growth not short term greed.”
“must be creative in convincing the various factions in Iraq of their shared stake in their common country”
“we need a better strategy and a comprehensive approach that will respond to the aspirations of the Afghan people”
“to assess the impact overall”
“we risk creating more terrorists than we can defeat”
But her most egregious comment was that “ultimately this is a clash between those who truly believe in the tenets of their faith and heretics who want to turn this upside down.”
And furthermore, we need to “destroy the fiction that the U.S. is hostile to Islam.”
And my personal favorite:
"What we need are leaders who will guide the global marketplace of ideas.”
Posted on 03/18/2009 1:55 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Sabetaycilar, Or, Scapegoating
A new book by Rifat N. Bali has appeared from Isis Press (or it the Bosphorus Press). It's title is, I recall, "A Scapegoat For All Seaons: The Crypto-Jews or Donmes Of Turkey." The Donmes are that particular subset of Turkish Muslims, whose Jewish ancestors were followers of Sabbatai Zevi, and who then converted to Islam when he did. Hence the plural noun "Sabetaycilar."
What I did not realize, until recently, is how often, the Donmes or "Crypto-Jews" as they are sometimes, inaccurately, called, are blamed for everything bad that happens in Turkey. Conspiracy theories about these Donmes abound. That such conspiracy-theorists could with ease find that Jews, that is "crypto-Jews," might be blamed by those in the Erdogan Ma-Kom-Ya (Freemasons-Communists-Jews) line is not surprising. But I was unaware that the Donmes receive blame even for acts clearly committed by Muslims, prompted by Islam. I was amazed to learn, from someone I trust, that Rifat Bali's book notes that he late Hrant Dink, for example, had claimed that the "Turks" who instigated and controlled the massacres of Armenians were "Donmes." This baseless charge seems puzzling at first, but it is an example of the phenomenon, described by Bat Ye'or, of how in Muslim-ruled lands dhimmi communities did not support one another or seek common cause, but attempted to each make a separate accommodation with the Muslim masters.
Hrant Dink may have bravely attempted to convince the Turkjsh government to recognize the Armenian genocide. But he left them a way out, with his very own notion that it was not so much the primitive Muslim masses, Turks and Kurds both, who were responsible for the attackks on Armenian Chistians, but rather "Donmes" or "Secret Jews."
Scapegoating wonders never cease.
Posted on 03/18/2009 8:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, Stupid And Evil
U.N. Official Attacks Western Policies on Iran and Sudan
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
UNITED NATIONS — Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the president of the General Assembly, lashed out at the West in general and the United States in particular on Tuesday, saying that Iran’s president had been maligned and that the indictment of Sudan’s president was racist.
Mr. d’Escoto has made controversial remarks periodically since assuming the presidency in September, but rarely so many in a single day.
His comments drew a rebuke from several Security Council ambassadors and even from the 33-member Latin American bloc that had nominated him. “He confuses his personal opinions sometimes with those of the General Assembly,” said Heraldo Muñoz, the ambassador from Chile. Mr. Muñoz credited Mr. d’Escoto with trying to make the General Assembly relevant by focusing attention on matters like the global financial crisis and reform of the Council.
Mr. d’Escoto was speaking at a news conference to mark the end of a world tour. He said that he had been struck by the “great respect” shown to Iran by its neighbors and that its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had been unfairly “demonized” in the West.
He said the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, on war crimes charges was lamentable because it would undermine Darfur peace talks. A request by the African Union and the Arab League for the Security Council to suspend the indictment for a year should be respected, he said. The indictment “helps to deepen a perception that international justice is racist” because the case is the third to be brought against Africans, Mr. d’Escoto said.
Ruhakana Rugunda, the Ugandan ambassador and a Security Council member, said, “I do not consider that decision racist.” He said Africans supported a deferral to allow more time for talks.
Mr. d’Escoto supported Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s criticism of the United States for falling about $1 billion behind in its United Nations dues. Describing the United States’ attitude toward the Council, Mr. d’Escoto said, “ ‘You either give me the green light to commit the aggression that I want to commit, or I shall declare you irrelevant.’ ”
Mark Kornblau, the spokesman for the United States Mission, said, “It’s hard to make sense of Mr. d’Escoto’s increasingly bizarre statements.”
Several ambassadors said they had found Mr. d’Escoto poorly informed at meetings. At the news conference, he denied ever having heard that Mr. Ahmadinejad had called for Israel to be erased, nor did he know anything about the case of Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American reporter arrested in Iran. He did not mention the plight of Darfur civilians, nor the United Nations’ effort to persuade Sudan to reverse the evictions of many humanitarian groups.
Mr. d’Escoto tends to draw support from countries at odds with Washington, while Western nations accuse him of being stuck in a leftist, Sandinista mind-set. Mr. d’Escoto, a Roman Catholic priest, was Nicaragua’s foreign minister from 1979 to 1990.
Posted on 03/18/2009 4:28 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
A Musical Interlude: Keep Your Undershirt On (Ben Pollack Orch.)
Posted on 03/18/2009 4:34 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald