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What is Inner City Press?

A news website that claims to conduct hard-hitting investigative journalism on the United Nations faces questions over its credibility and motives. The Inner City Press posts articles with on-the-record quotes by high-level UN officials while exposing shocking details of alleged corruption. This seems relevant for the mainstream media, since there are many rumors and innuendos of rampant corruption at the UN, while officials enjoy diplomatic immunity so they can act with impunity and above the law. Yet, Inner City Press’s sole reporter is rarely mentioned by legitimate journalists when they…

Read more about the article Accountability – Transparency: Deceptive UN Words
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Accountability – Transparency: Deceptive UN Words

Here is another disturbing case of the United Nations lack of Accountability and Transparency. We received this article from a current staff member of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), who requested to publish this article without revealing the identity of the staff member, to avoid reprisal. It is hoped that Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, will respond to these serious allegations, which if true, the United Nations top management will have a lot to explain. The article is published below: Whether you are a skeptic or…

Read more about the article Price of Peace – UN
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Price of Peace – UN

"We the Peoples of the United Nations Determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better…

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Judiciary Notebook – UN Style

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Martin Luther King, Jr. Code of Conduct for the UNDT/UNAT Judges: (UN GA Document # A/65/86 of 15 June 2010). Unsurprisingly, it has taken a year or so to write/publish Code of Conduct for the judges working for the reformed UN Internal Justice system since it came into being on 1 July 2009. This code is now going to the General Assembly for a “routine” clearance.…

Read more about the article Violence and Human Rights in Pakistan
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Violence and Human Rights in Pakistan

The unabated violence in Karachi termed as “Target Killing” is continuous since the mid of 1990s. In 2009 alone, 256 people including workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) were assassinated, of whom 69 belonged to the MQM; 60 to MQM-H, 28 to PPP, 23 to ANP and 41 belonged to other religious groups. This series of target killings continues into the 2010, till now 318 peoples have lost their lives. These target killings are generally…

Read more about the article Appeal to UN General Assembly
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Appeal to UN General Assembly

When you mention a famous race horse, they always ask, “from which stable?”  The stable is important, as it establishes the ancestry, authenticity and the breed. When you name a lawyer who has done well, people ask you, “from which chamber?”  The Chamber is important. It establishes the hierarchy and cultural tradition in which the lawyer was born and has been reared. (Remembered quotes of the eminent advocate Fali Nariman, former chairman of International Commission of Jurists) Similarly, when you quote certain judicial norms and democratic conventions, people ask, “do…

Read more about the article Transform Distress into De-Stress
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Transform Distress into De-Stress

Don’t cry because it is over, think and smile because it happened.  World HR Trainer. Throughout history new technologies have revolutionized communication and the spread of information. Cyberspace has become the fifth domain of warfare after Land, Sea, Air and Space. Thanks to technology, even the UN Internal Justice System has sought to employ cyberspace and has created an atmosphere of honesty, transparency and accountability, howsoever unreal that may turn out to be in the final test. Has this improved technology enhanced human understanding, mutual respect, concern and compassion? The…

Read more about the article Judgment on UN Retirees Common Cause Appeal
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Judgment on UN Retirees Common Cause Appeal

“When a judgment and justice be the same?” - quote from ancient Eastern wisdom. More than a year after the appeal was submitted, firstly (May 2009) with the Standing Committee of the UN Pension Fund and after nine months it was presented (August 2009) to the UN Appeals Tribunal, and after an uneventful 80 minute oral hearing session on 22 June 2010, the Tribunal President pronounced its judgement on Thursday, 1 July 2010: “the case was dismissed”. The reasons for this decision will be a month in coming. Why? Especially…

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Israel Kills Activists

Photos are from Istanbul, Turkey, showing the funeral of the Turkish activists killed by Israel on 31 May 2010 in international waters aboard the aid flotilla Liberty that was set to deliver food, medicine and emergency supplies to Gaza. We reported some of the reactions from the UN, including the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who said “I condemn this violence”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms.  Navi Pillay, who said “nothing can justify the appalling outcome of this operation”, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation…

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Slavery in Brazil

Slavery, A Modern-Age Slur on a Country Thriving in Prosperity. Reports of Brazil as a nation thriving with a strong economy growing healthily, cause both envy and intrigue to hang over the many countries, who far from managing to pull themselves out of recession, are plunging further into economic breakdown. Although this rosy picture of Brazil, which has been colorfully filling our television screens on recent news bulletins, is far from representative of the whole picture. In reality, slums slur the cities borders and slavery maims the rural areas. Why…

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Israel Attacks Aid Convoy

This morning, Israel armed forces attacked the unarmed humanitarian convoy at sea, the flotilla consisting of 6 peaceful ships, in route to deliver food aid and emergency supplies to Gaza. More than 16 civilians of different nationalities were killed by the Israeli attack on the peaceful convoy. This is yet another Crime Against Humanity by Israel. On the UN front, the UN Security Council was scheduled to meet today to discuss this massacre. The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, said “I condemn this violence”. The UN High Commissioner for Human…

Read more about the article Making the Law Work for Everyone
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Making the Law Work for Everyone

The specter of poverty, and the resultant suffering from want and fear, have been realities for so long that poverty is often deemed to be a natural and inevitable part of the human condition. In earlier times, when the struggle merely to survive was paramount for most people, this conclusion seemed reasonable, perhaps even unavoidable. In our era however, we have every possibility to make economic opportunity broadly available. In the last six decades, more wealth has been created than in all previous history. No longer can it be argued…

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War on Sea Piracy

How could the UN and governments worldwide do more to fight Somalia piracy? My 3-year-old son has a fixation with pirates. The perpetual excitement running around the house waving a sword in the air dressed as a pirate makes him exhilarated by the fact he knows pirates don’t really exist. Until he hears on the news that ‘pirates’ have kidnapped a couple of ships and are holding them at ransom. Even at the age of three, my son knows by the tone and seriousness of the news that, unlike Peter…

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Non-Performing Assets of the UN

"A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant--and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates." Peter Drucker. "Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people." John Rockefeller. In a classic definition, what does Non-Performing Asset (NPA) mean? A classification used by financial institutions that refer to loans that are in jeopardy of default. Once the borrower has failed to make interest or principal payments for 90 days,…

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UN vs Press Freedom

On 29 April 2010, UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, made these Remarks at observance of World Press Freedom Day: Thank you, Mr. Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for DPI, Excellency Dr Mohamad; Acting President of the GA, Your Excellency Ambassador Monteiro Lima; Chair of COI, President of UNCA, Mr Pioli; Ms Alfsen of UNESCO, Excellencies, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be here for our annual observance of World Press Freedom Day. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration…

Read more about the article Uncommon Delay of Common Cause Appeal
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Uncommon Delay of Common Cause Appeal

"It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered." Aristotle (Greek Philosopher: 384 BC - 322 BC). "Justice delayed is justice denied." William Gladstone (British Politician : 1809-1898). This is an open appeal to the UN Appeals Tribunal regarding Common Cause Appeal # UNAT 2009-001. As far as the writer remembers, there had been several individual appeals during the period 1980's to early 2000's from UN retirees asking for the clarification and justification for the life-long denial of full pension to the 1/3 lump sum seekers despite the…