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Ibrahim Gambari: ‘The UN’s dictator envoy’


 

Al-Jazeera interview with Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari. Nigeria’s former representative to the United Nations. Al-Jazeera’s Folly Bah Thibault interviews Gambari about the United Nations UNAMID mission in Darfur and his meeting with Sudan’s leader Omar Al-Bashir.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx4ViTX2tcQ

 

UN Peacekeepers in Africa


There are currently over half a dozen United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa.

 

Good discussion by the Economist on the various United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa from Sudan, Congo, Somalia et al.

Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison


Liberia’s ex-President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in jail by the UN war crimes court in the Hague (Special Court for Sierra Leone). Judge Lussick passed the sentence. Taylor is the first Head of State to be sentenced to jail by a war crimes court.

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18259596

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/30/charles-taylor-sentenced-50-years-war-crimes

Interview with Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg6Oza3Ch6M

Interview with the recently retired former Nigerian army officer and peacekeeping adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon: Lt-General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor. Obiakor was the longest serving Nigerian General and far senior to the current Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika.

Mahmoud Abbas Applies to UN for Palestinian Statehood


 

Bomb Blast at UN Building in Abuja, Nigeria


 

The Best of Wikileaks


Gosh, very hard to keep up with all the dramatic leaked info from the Wikileaks saga. So I have distilled some of the best leaks at the links below:

 

Leader of Burma’s Military Junta Tried to Buy Manchester United

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/06/wikileaks-burma-manchester-united-takeover

Shell Oil’s Infiltration of Nigeria’s Government

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying?intcmp=239

Saudi Princes In Sex, Drugs and Alcohol Parties

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/07/wikileaks-cables-saudi-princes-parties

Nigeria Feared Military Coup During Yar’Adua’s Illness

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-nigeria-president-death

Saudi Arabian Funding of Al-Qaeda

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8182847/Wikileaks-Saudis-chief-funders-of-al-Qaeda.html

Key Global Sites for Security/Terror

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8183136/Wikileaks-US-identifies-key-sites-around-world-for-security.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpAfhJH5CzY

Al-Jazeera Used as Bargaining Chip by Qatar

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8183115/WikiLeaks-al-Jazeera-used-as-bargaining-tool-by-Qatar.html

US diplomats gathering intelligence and biomatric info on UN officials and foreign leaders:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/02/wikileaks-cables-cia-united-nations

US Referred to Russia as a “Mafia State”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/01/wikileaks-cables-russia-mafia-kleptocracy

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Urged America to Attack Iran

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-saudis-iran

Gordon Brown an “Abysmal” Prime Minister

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/dec/02/wikileaks-gordon-brown-abysmal-prime-minister

Interview with Julian Assange

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2010/dec/03/julian-assange-wikileaks

Download key data on US Embassy cables

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/nov/29/wikileaks-cables-data

New British Conservative Party Government Offered “Pro American” Policies to Americans

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-cables-us-special-relationship

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBmdgsE2M7M

Ojo Maduekwe in Fiery Interview at United Nations


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYFXsoMbVAE&feature=autofb

Oh dear. I almost feel sorry for the foreign minister Ojo Maduekwe. After the savaging he suffered on the BBC’s Hardtalk programme, Maduekwe looked very uncomfortable again in a very combative interview with Sahara Reporters at a press conference at the United Nations. He got into a virtual slanging match when faced with some very forthright questioning by Sahara Reporters.

In a way I sympathise with Maduekwe. He is serving a President that has been AWOL for two months, probably does not know when the President will be back, and is being bombarded with questions while he gropes around in the dark without guidance from his President.

Watch and squirm.

http://twitter.com/maxsiollun

Nigeria and United Nations Peacekeeping Operations


For the past two years, Nigeria’s General Martin Luther Agwai has been the Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).  In September UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced that Agwai would be succeeded as UNAMID Force Commander by Lt-General Patrick Nyamvumba of Rwanda.

Nyamvumba’s appointment might cause a storm with Nigerian officers on the UNAMID mission. Nyamvumba trained at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and is now commanding Nigerian officers who enlisted before him and who have been in service far longer than him. Surprising that the United Nations made such a botch and did not do its homework on this.  Even more surprising given that the UN’s Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations is the Nigerian officer Lt-General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor.

In seniority terms, Nyanvumba is far junior to his predecessor.  Agwai was already a Colonel when Nyamvumba was still a cadet training at the NDA!

The issue of seniority is a very pertinent issue and has an angry precedent. During the early stages of ECOMOG, a rancorous situation erupted when the senior Nigerian officers refused to work under the Guinean deputy force commander, Lt-Col Lamin Mangasouba.  General Sani Abacha (then the Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff) sent a letter to the Ghanaian force commander General Quianoo, ordering all Nigerian officers above the rank of Major to immediately return to Nigeria (including the Chief of Staff Brigadier Cyril Iweze). Even when Guinea promoted Mangasouba to full Colonel, the Nigerian officers still refused to serve under him.

Here is a video showing the handover ceremony from Agwai to Nyamvumba.

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