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UN: 346 Afghan children killed in 2009, more than half by NATO

More than 2,400 civilians were killed last year, the deadliest for Afghan civilians since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001.

UN saved us from war…but left us to die from poisoning

Little Sara Jahirovic is dying a slow, painful death. Staring up with big, haunting brown eyes, Sara is a victim of broken promises by United Nations charity chiefs more than a decade after British troops helped free Kosovo. Her desperate father – he has eight other children – explains that at the age of three [...]

UN warns Sri Lanka over prison camps

Four months after the government’s attack on the Tamil people, in the name of defeating ELAM “aid groups have complained that conditions in the vast Menik Farms camp, where most people remain behind razor-wire, are still inadequate.”

Chomsky: UN Address on R2P

The discussions about Responsibility to Protect (R2P), or its cousin “humanitarian intervention,” are regularly disturbed by the rattling of a skeleton in the closet: history, to the present moment.

Unicef: Child Labour On The Rise In Gaza

“Hunger and need drive families to allow their children to abandon schooling. Gaza’s borders remain largely closed, and the entry and exit of goods is severely restricted. Six months after the end of Israel’s ‘Cast Lead’ military operation here, restrictions on imports are making it virtually impossible for Gazans to rebuild their lives.”

U.N. forces kill Haitian mourner

A variety of news sources (LINKS: AP / Pacific Free Press / Al Jazeera) are reporting on the U.N. force MINUSTAH killing a mourner attending the funeral of priest and Lavalas activist Gerard Jean Juste. Numerous witnesses, including lawmakers, witnessed the killing of a young Haitian man by U.N. forces from Brazil. U.N. spokesperson Fred [...]

Sri Lankan Government closed war zone to UN

UN  humanitarian affairs chief, John Holmes, is unable to get permission from Mahinda Rajapkase, the Sri Lankan president, to allow a UN aid mission into a pocket of rebel-held land that is surrounded by the Sri Lankan military.

Trapped Sri Lankans face starvation

At least 6500 Tamils have been killed in the last 3 months. The UN and the international community must ensure that supplies are swiftly sent to the area where an estimated 50,000 people remain. There has been an influx of over 100,000 people into IDP camps that need food urgently. The LTTE (Tamil Tigers) are [...]

Armed UN soldiers, observers & journalists outnumber voters in Haiti senate elections

Armed U.N. soldiers, observers and journalists far outnumbered a trickle of voters in Haiti’s capital Sunday as long-delayed Senate elections opened under threat of unrest.

Chavez: Don’t blow winds of war on North Korea

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has cautioned against blowing winds of war on North Korea over its efforts to put a satellite in orbit. “With a lack of information and even with contradictory information … I prefer to have a large measure of prudence,” Chavez told a Venezuelan TV station from Tokyo on Sunday. “As the [...]