28.02.2011 von Ronda Hauben
It was Friday afternoon, February 18 at the UN Security Council stakeout shortly before 3 pm. Watching Ambassadors and their staff members coming down the stairs at the UN leading to the Security Council, one had the sense something significant was happening. Not only did the crowd arriving include Ambassadors from the 15 nations on the Security Council, but a large number of Ambassadors of nations not currently on the Security Council, along with other members of their delegations, hurried into the Security Council chambers.
This was not a usual situation for the Security Council. Clearly more than a few nations judged that the meeting would be important. The Security Council was to vote on a draft Resolution condemning Israeli settlements being built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel. This meeting was also unusual in that 130 member nations had agreed in advance to co-sponsor the draft Resolution. To… weiter lesen
17.02.2011 von Ronda Hauben
On Monday, February 14, the UN Security Council held a closed session to hear from Cambodia and Thailand on the subject of their recent border clashes on February 4, 5 and 6 over the contested Temple of Preah Vihear. Ambassadors from 25 nations in addition to the 15 nations that are members of the Security Council are listed as having been present at the meeting.(1) This demonstrates that there is considerable interest at the UN on the subject of the Thai-Cambodia dispute. Both Hor Namhong, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia and Kasit Piromya, the Foreign Minister of Thailand presented their respective national positions on the conflict at the meeting. Also their statements were made available to the press.
The statements by the two Foreign Ministers were significant and helped to explain the nature of the dispute. Minister Namhong presented the Cambodian position (2)… weiter lesen
03.02.2011 von Ronda Hauben
About 2 years ago there was an important struggle in Egypt in support of the Mahalla strikers which included netizens using facebook and other forms of Internet communication.
At the time I spoke with a journalist from Egypt who told me that the Internet and netizens were very important for Egypt as there was a long term struggle that would be coming to a head sometime in the near future, though no one knew when. The Egyptian President Mubarak in his 80′s would have to leave office sometime in the near future and the Egyptian people wanted a change, not a continuation of the Mubarak regime with Mubarak’s son Gamal succeeding his father as President.
From this conversation it was clear that there would be a struggle in Egypt in the near future, just not when.
One of the Egyptian netizens who has described the April 6 struggle… weiter lesen