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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has announced that he is ending the appointment of American diplomat Peter Galbraith as his deputy special representative to the UN mission in Afghanistan…The decision was taken after U.S. and other NATO members decided last week in meetings in New York that after a small 10% sample of the vote, they would probably endorse Hamid Karzai’s reelection to a new five year term as Afghanistan’s president.
Galbraith had feuded with his boss, Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide, over how the UN should react to widespread alleged vote fraud in Afghanistan’s August presidential elections…
“The mission is in shambles,” a U.S. diplomat familiar with the UN Afghanistan operation said on condition of anonymity. “The staff is in open rebellion. It is pretty weird that at the United Nations, if you were running around pinching derrieres of female staff, or embezzling funds, it would take months before you were fired,” the diplomat continued. “Or if you were merely incompetent, it could take a year or more. But if you happen to say something is wrong about massive fraud in an election, you’d be gone in a week.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.
Chances that a Republican man believes that “poor people have hard lives”:
A school in South Korea was planning to deploy a robot to protect students from unwanted seductions.
Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint against a 91-year-old woman who completed a crossword puzzle that was in fact a $116,000 piece of avant-garde Danish art.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”