Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)

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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

lakotapeopleslawproject:

HONOR THE CHILDREN!

U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay issued a statement urging states to keep their promises and honor the treaties made with Indigenous peoples no matter when they were signed!

August 9th marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Pillay reminded us that treaties are important because they often marked the end of a period of conflict, exploitation and expropriation. 

The U.N. released a  Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007, which will play an important role in promoting the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties and other arrangements concluded with states.  Read More

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Sep 02
lakotapeopleslawproject:

HONOR THE CHILDREN!
U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay issued a statement urging states to keep their promises and honor the treaties made with Indigenous peoples no matter when they were signed!
August 9th marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Pillay reminded us that treaties are important because they often marked the end of a period of conflict, exploitation and expropriation. 
The U.N. released a  Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007, which will play an important role in promoting the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties and other arrangements concluded with states.  Read More
Help us Investigate South Dakota’s Foster Programs! Sign the Petition HERE NOW!
 

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

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

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?

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

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)

lakotapeopleslawproject:

HONOR THE CHILDREN!
U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay issued a statement urging states to keep their promises and honor the treaties made with Indigenous peoples no matter when they were signed!
August 9th marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Pillay reminded us that treaties are important because they often marked the end of a period of conflict, exploitation and expropriation. 
The U.N. released a  Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007, which will play an important role in promoting the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties and other arrangements concluded with states.  Read More
Help us Investigate South Dakota’s Foster Programs! Sign the Petition HERE NOW!
 

lakotapeopleslawproject:

HONOR THE CHILDREN!

U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay issued a statement urging states to keep their promises and honor the treaties made with Indigenous peoples no matter when they were signed!

August 9th marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Pillay reminded us that treaties are important because they often marked the end of a period of conflict, exploitation and expropriation. 

The U.N. released a  Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007, which will play an important role in promoting the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties and other arrangements concluded with states.  Read More

Help us Investigate South Dakota’s Foster Programs! Sign the Petition HERE NOW!