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Your Black Global: Dr. Susan Rice Reportedly Next U.S. Ambassador To UN

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Several news agencies are reporting that former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Bill Clinton, Dr. Susan Rice (no relations to the other Dr. Rice), is a top contender for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, under the next administration. This is somewhat ironic because Dr. Susan Rice, like the present Secretary of state, shares some foreign policy views that pose a threat to Obama’s message of dialogue, negotiation, and diplomacy — even with regard to the UN. In a 2008 Washington Post Op-Ed, Dr. Rice suggested that:

The United States, preferably with NATO involvement and African political support, would strike Sudanese airfields, aircraft and other military assets. It could blockade Port Sudan, through which Sudan’s oil exports flow. Then U.N. troops would deploy — by force, if necessary, with U.S. and NATO backing.

If the United States fails to gain U.N. support, we should act without it. Impossible? No.

Dr. Rice’s rhetoric is very much regrettable at a time when Africom poses a lethal threat to Africa’s sovereignty. The implications of her statements are sobering, and frightening. A selection of Dr. Rice, as Ambassador, is simply a further reminder of the work ahead of those who value the humanity of African brothers and sisters:

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Your Black News: Israel To Boycott U.N. Forum On Racism

November 20, 2008 Leave a comment

islamcartoonscondiricelivni7zpForeign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Wednesday that Israel had made a final decision not to participate in a U.N. forum on racism and urged other countries to boycott what she termed an “anti-Israel tribunal.”

The United Nations said it regretted the decision.

The World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, to be held in Geneva in April, is a follow-up to a 2001 summit in Durban, South Africa on the same issues.

Israel and the United States walked out of the first conference in protest over draft texts branding Israel as a racist and apartheid state — language that was later dropped.

In a speech to visiting U.S. Jewish leaders, Livni said she announced last February that Israel would not participate in the 2009 meeting unless it was clear it would not be used “as a platform for further anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic” activity.

She said documents prepared for next year’s forum showed it was “turning once again into an anti-Israeli tribunal, singling out and delegitimizing the State of Israel.”

As a result, she said: “I decided that Israel will not participate and will not legitimize the Durban-2 conference.”

“We call upon the international community not to participate in this conference, which seeks to legitimize hatred and extremism under the banner of the fight against racism,” Livni added […]

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Your Black News: Haiti School Collapse Kills At Least 82

November 8, 2008 Leave a comment

The death toll from the Friday school collapse in Haiti climbed to 82 on Saturday, with 107 injured, Haiti President Rene Preval reported cited by Haitian Press Network.

Rescue workers found early Saturday 21 bodies in a classroom, all believed to be students from one class.

It is not known how many students were in the school when it collapsed Friday morning, but reports say that anywhere between 500 and 700 children and teenagers typically crowded into the three-story concrete building of College La Promesse.

Most of the students at the school ranged in age from 10 to 20, officials said, but some are younger. Haitian press reports said kindergarten, primary and secondary students attended the school.

The school is in an extremely poor part of town and the roads are nearly impassable. A United Nations helicopter was unable to land in the area […]

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