06.03.2013 von Ronda Hauben
While there are rare instances of the UN Security Council acting in a way that welcomed the parties to a conflict to explain their views to the members of the Security Council so that the Security Council could be helpful toward a resolution, there are a number of examples of the Security Council acting in a way that intensifies or causes a conflict to become more serious. This is in direct contrast to the obligation of the Security Council according to the UN Charter. Such a failure on the part of the Security Council is particularly demonstrated by the treatment accorded the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by the Security Council, with the exception of the two examples described in the article, “Two Precedents for UN Security Council Action to Calm Tension in the Korean Peninsula.”(1)
The DPRK has complained about the hostile acts of the US toward it.(2)… weiter lesen
04.03.2013 von Ronda Hauben
In his opening presentation to a hearing on US policy toward North Korea in March 2011, then US Senator John Kerry, referring to the events of the past year observed that the year 2010 “was the most dangerous on the Korean Peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953.” (1)
He was referring to several serious crises in the region in 2010. What was surprising, but yet attracted little media attention, was the role played by the United Nations Security Council in calming tension in two of these crises. In these two situations, there were members of the Security Council who demonstrated a commitment to serious consideration and an impartial exploration of the problem leading to the crises. This is a role notably different from how the Security Council has approached most situations involving the Korean Peninsula. For example, this role was remarkably different from the… weiter lesen
31.01.2012 von Ronda Hauben
The Arab League Observer Mission succeeded in providing a different perspective from that of the mainstream western media about what has been happening on the ground in Syria. After a resolution by the Arab League which was worked out in an agreement with the Syrian government, Observers from the League went to Syria and provided a means of investigating what was happening.
The report of the Observers mission that was concluded on January 19, noted several important observations.(1)
1. The mission noted that there were false reports being made of explosions or violence and when the observers went to the location, they found that the reports were unfounded.
2. The mission found that media accounts were exaggerated about the nature of incidents or numbers of people killed in incidents and protests.
3. There were discrepancies in the lists the Mission received of people in detention. Names were repeated, or information… weiter lesen
18.10.2009 von Ronda Hauben
“New Media and the Challenge of Reporting from the UN”
[Note: This is a slightly edited version of a talk I presented at "The International Conference on Soft Power" on September 8, 2009, at the Tsinghua International Center for Communication Studies, in Beijing, China.]
I want to share some lessons that have been learned in the three years I have been reporting from the United Nations (UN) as a resident correspondent for the online South Korean newspaper, “OhmyNews International”.
This past December, I won the Silver Award for Excellence in Print and Online Journalism presented by the United Nations Correspondents’ Association in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter who died while on assignment reporting from Iraq.
In the brief remarks I made accepting the award I referred to the importance of the judges presenting this award not only for me, but also for other reporters at the… weiter lesen