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United Nations on the Brink

“There is no United Nations… but an international community that can be led by the only super power, and that’s the United States” – Ambassador John Bolton

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

The history of the UN is one of corruption and infectiveness. During the Cold War, the US and the Soviet Union had competing global agendas and interests. As a result the UN was irrelevant, unable to pursue its stated purpose because it lacked the mandate, leadership, funding and principled organizational structure worthy to lead the billions of people inhabiting the earth.

Until 1993, the prevailing opinion in the US was that the “UN is corrupt”. Secretary General Kofi Anan was maligned, portrayed as inept and ineffective. The Rwanda Genocide of 1994 magnified that perception rightfully. Many called for his resignation then. In fact, many in the US wanted out of the UN altogether until it became clear that the UN was a great vehicle to forward US agendas.  Continue reading United Nations on the Brink

Eritrean Foreign Minister Meets Ban Ki-moon

Eritrea meeting with UN chief

By Matthew Russell Lee (Inner City Press),

After Eritrea’s foreign minister Osman Saleh Mohammed met Monday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, his Permanent Representative to the UN Araya Desta gave Inner City Press a read-out of the meeting.

Ambassador Desta said that Somalia was discussed, with Eritrea explaining its view that in Somalia there can be no military solution and all sides have to be represented, with the solution coming from Somalis and not from the outside. Eritrea is accused of, but denies, providing arms to Al Shabaab. Continue reading Eritrean Foreign Minister Meets Ban Ki-moon

Inner City Press Interviewed Yemane Ghebreab After Security Council Meeting: VIDEO

Yemane Ghebreab's interview with Inner City Press journalist

By Matthew Russell Lee (Inner City Press),

After the Eritrea meeting of the UN Security Council on July 19, Eritrea’s Mission to the UN reached out to offer an interview with Yemane Ghebreab, special political adviser to President Isaias Afwerki.

Afwerki had met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on July 8 in Juba, the day before South Sudan’s independence. In the UN read-out afterward, and in response to questions from Inner City Press, the UN insisted that the topic of Somalia was not discussed, that “the read out speaks for itself.”  But Yemane Ghebreab on July 21 told Inner City Press that Somalia was in fact discussed with Ban.  Continue reading Inner City Press Interviewed Yemane Ghebreab After Security Council Meeting: VIDEO