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Tagged UN:

psychedelicatessenn:

stunningpicture:

I don’t know shit about photography, but the person who took this shot must be given the highest award of them all.

this is breathtaking

Aug 10
psychedelicatessenn:

stunningpicture:

I don’t know shit about photography, but the person who took this shot must be given the highest award of them all.

this is breathtaking

typhonatemybaby replied to your post

i mean, not to be snarky or anything but lets get real: of course they would. its practically aesthetic perfection to drag your feet in that kind of locale

i guess i would have expected more the desire to look busy and on the go? at least on the lower levels of the hierarchy (i.e. most people)? but yeah…yeah. 

Jun 25
Jun 25

thinksquad:

The Story of Resistance to FIFA’s War on Brazilian People
http://revolution-news.com/the-story-of-resistance-to-fifas-war-on-brazilian-people-video-blog/

the amount of time the UN Secretary-General has spent praising the World Cup/attending events is so fucking annoying and I’ve had my face rubbed in it for days now

constantly talking about how sport brings people together globally in harmony and shit

does Brazil look harmonious to you right now asshole

Jun 18

this was how i spent the bulk of my afternoon. not saying we changed the world or anything, but the novelty of sometimes spending my workday just chillin at the UN has not worn off.

Jun 05
this was how i spent the bulk of my afternoon. not saying we changed the world or anything, but the novelty of sometimes spending my workday just chillin at the UN has not worn off.

man, Ja’afari (the Syrian ambassador to the UN) sure is a great showman

he just told a reporter he was reading his mind

but i’m not kidding, he does such a good job of insinuating nefariousness by anyone and everyone, directly and indirectly. the one time he went overboard was when he spent ten straight minutes insulting Navi Pillay (high commissioner for human rights), that one was over the top.

but really. today he derailed a question so hard over the reporter referring to the opposition as the opposition instead of terrorists that reporters actually started laughing at him. and he just leaned right into it. “why are you laughing? you asked me a serious question, you are expecting a serious answer, right?” and then minutes later we get an anecdote about how two french girls, fourteen and sixteen, were found in turkey trying to get a boat to syria to join the jihad. it’s surreal.

Apr 23
Apr 23

Man, these Kafranbel (i.e., the town of Kafr Nabil) guys aren’t fucking around. (source, source, source, source)

Sep 21

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Posted on Tuesday September 2nd 2014 at 07:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

Engel: Growth of ISIL Was ‘Incredibly Predictable’

Yes. It was. But he’s starting the story too late. It was predictable, in a broad sense, long before reporters were reporting extremists in Syria. It was predictable because ISIS grew out of the occupation of Iraq, and there was always, always going to be something like it resulting from that occupation. What he’s describing is coming across white water, reporting that water is wet and suggesting there might be a waterfall up ahead. It’s hardly pat-on-the-back material.

Meanwhile: 

Engel also reported that military commanders are “apoplectic” over the president’s inaction in Syria: “I speak to military commanders, I speak to former officials, and they are apoplectic. They think that this is a clear and present danger. They think something needs to be done.”

This, too, has been building for a while. It’s not just the Pentagon chafing at the bit: it’s State, too. Several high-level diplomats who worked on Syria left the service and were very vocal in the press and at roundtables/panels/etc immediately upon their departures, first among them former Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford. If you follow the State daily briefings like I had to for a while, it’s extremely clear between the lines. The military’s rumblings’ growing more publicly visible is slightly newer; but really what I’m seeing here is, yet again, government employees putting pressure on the administration via the press, rather than (in addition to) internally. Just a few weeks ago there was a Congressional briefing on the systemic executions carried out by the Asad regime (details here, but be warned—there are some upsetting pictures of emaciated and tortured corpses). This on its own seems innocuous enough—except for the timing. The witness who gave testimony to Congress had already done so for the UN weeks (months?) earlier; the images he collected as well as his report were verified by an international panel of experts prior to that. State actively advocated against this panel, and particularly against the inclusion of press, for fear for the informant’s safety. But someone wanted there to be a public showing of this; someone wanted to rub the administration’s face in it.

Note that I’m not saying that that desire is necessarily nefarious. But it does fit in with a general pattern of trying to push the administration to take further action (action exists, but basically what they’ve been doing is giving the moderate rebels enough support to maintain the status quo but not enough to win) by external means, presumably because they’re being firm internally about their desire not to get sucked into the conflict. And that kind of workaround pushing is very, very familiar from the runup to Iraq, and the attempted runup to a war in and with Iran a few years ago, and so on and so forth, and therefore it makes me suspicious.

Which brings us back to the same dilemma: US or UN intervention rarely helps, if ever—not to mention it’s fundamentally fucked up as a phenomenon—but there are actual Syrians calling for said intervention. It’s not really for me, I feel, to tell them they’re wrong, much as I despise the wages of US global hegemony—to say that Syrians shouldn’t look for more resources and more alternatives in the face of systemic and brutal horror because let me explain you a thing about imperialism. I think I still come out against it, because as I said, ISIS is in part a result of our last venture of this kind, and the cycle can only end by, uh, ending the cycle. The awful thing, though, the thing that really sticks in my craw, is that the consequence of leaving it alone is almost certainly that Asad stays in power. I have little doubt that ISIS can and will be at least significantly depowered by local actors: their program is so brutal and so repressive, and their effectiveness so dependent (from what I can tell) on the white heat of fanaticism without a nationalist or sectarian or otherwise more enduring base, that my bet is it can’t hold out too long. But if the priority becomes “we have to get rid of ISIS,” practicality means alliances will shift, and that means keeping Asad where he is in order to devote attention and force to ISIS. Which is exactly what he wanted from ISIS all along. There’s a reason the regime never directly attacked them, a reason it has barrel bombed civilian populations left and right but never aimed for ISIS’s big old base sitting right there for the bombing. ISIS is a spoiler in the Syrian war and the regime knows it, and honestly probably it’s going to work.

Egypt urges US to show 'restraint' after protests in Ferguson

Egypt is pretty much literally cackling to itself because it can finally dish out some of what it had to take from the US last year:

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called for the United States authorities and all parties to exercise restraint amid intensified protests over the killing of a black American teenager in the Missouri town of Ferguson.

In a statement, the spokesperson of Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs echoed earlier calls by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to exercise “restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion,” adding that Egypt is closely following the “mounting protests” in Ferguson.

Referring to the Secretary General’s statements, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that protests, which erupted after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, should be dealt with by authorities “according to American and international standards.”

The statement also quoted the Secretary-General, urging a full investigation to reveal the ‘full light on the killing of the American teenager’ in order to achieve justice.

The latest statement by Egypt echoes similar statements by the United States calling on Egyptian authorities to exercise restraint and to respect the right of people to freely and peacefully assemble.

Can’t say that I blame them, honestly.

psychedelicatessenn:

stunningpicture:

I don’t know shit about photography, but the person who took this shot must be given the highest award of them all.

this is breathtaking
psychedelicatessenn:

stunningpicture:

I don’t know shit about photography, but the person who took this shot must be given the highest award of them all.

this is breathtaking

psychedelicatessenn:

stunningpicture:

I don’t know shit about photography, but the person who took this shot must be given the highest award of them all.

this is breathtaking

Posted on Wednesday June 25th 2014 at 11:42am. Its tags are listed below.

typhonatemybaby replied to your post

i mean, not to be snarky or anything but lets get real: of course they would. its practically aesthetic perfection to drag your feet in that kind of locale

i guess i would have expected more the desire to look busy and on the go? at least on the lower levels of the hierarchy (i.e. most people)? but yeah…yeah. 

Over Arab objections, Israel to vice-chair UN panel on Palestinian refugees   

WHAT.

Israel is going to vice-chair the DECOLONIZATION COMMITTEE. And when Arab states tried to block it, Israel accused them of hypocrisy. But wait, wait, check out their explanation of the hypocrisy thing:

During the proceedings, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor thanked countries that supported Israel’s bid and accused the Arab Group of hypocrisy, calling their challenge “an assault on the rules and norms of the United Nations.”

“The committee appointments of Arab States at the United Nations borders on absurd,” he said. “The Arab Group did not see anything wrong with the membership of Iran, a state that arms [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and Hezbollah, in the Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

“We find corrupt countries leading the budget committee at the UN, and countries with rotten justice systems leading discussions on the legal issues committee,” he said.

Literally they were just like, “your objection is hypocritical because EVERY APPOINTMENT IN THIS DAMN PLACE IS A FARCE,” which…is probably the most convincing argument they could have made, I guess. But still! They didn’t even really deny that this is oxymoronic! They were just like “that’s par for the course, buddy.”

Saudi Arabia argued that Israel’s appointment was the “moral equivalent of placing the apartheid regime of South Africa in charge of a committee to end racism.”

Amazing. Israel managed to put me and Saudi Arabia in agreement. World Peace.

thinksquad:

The Story of Resistance to FIFA’s War on Brazilian People
http://revolution-news.com/the-story-of-resistance-to-fifas-war-on-brazilian-people-video-blog/

the amount of time the UN Secretary-General has spent praising the World Cup/attending events is so fucking annoying and I’ve had my face rubbed in it for days now

constantly talking about how sport brings people together globally in harmony and shit

does Brazil look harmonious to you right now asshole

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Posted on Thursday June 5th 2014 at 07:25pm. Its tags are listed below.

this was how i spent the bulk of my afternoon. not saying we changed the world or anything, but the novelty of sometimes spending my workday just chillin at the UN has not worn off.
this was how i spent the bulk of my afternoon. not saying we changed the world or anything, but the novelty of sometimes spending my workday just chillin at the UN has not worn off.

this was how i spent the bulk of my afternoon. not saying we changed the world or anything, but the novelty of sometimes spending my workday just chillin at the UN has not worn off.

Posted on Wednesday April 23rd 2014 at 04:57pm. Its tags are listed below.

man, Ja’afari (the Syrian ambassador to the UN) sure is a great showman

he just told a reporter he was reading his mind

but i’m not kidding, he does such a good job of insinuating nefariousness by anyone and everyone, directly and indirectly. the one time he went overboard was when he spent ten straight minutes insulting Navi Pillay (high commissioner for human rights), that one was over the top.

but really. today he derailed a question so hard over the reporter referring to the opposition as the opposition instead of terrorists that reporters actually started laughing at him. and he just leaned right into it. “why are you laughing? you asked me a serious question, you are expecting a serious answer, right?” and then minutes later we get an anecdote about how two french girls, fourteen and sixteen, were found in turkey trying to get a boat to syria to join the jihad. it’s surreal.

Saudi Arabia rejects seat on Security Council

WELL.

I got nothing. I have thought about a number of angles and none of them explains this. Anybody who knows more about Saudi have an idea?

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Posted on Saturday September 21st 2013 at 05:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

Man, these Kafranbel (i.e., the town of Kafr Nabil) guys aren’t fucking around. (source, source, source, source)