Likely Assassination of UN Chief by US, British and South African Intelligence Happened 60 Years Ago Today

18 September 2021 — Consortium News

New evidence over the past decade has led to a UN probe into the probable assassination of the second UN chief, but U.S., British and South African intelligence are rebuffing UN demands to declassify files to get at the truth.

Dag Hammarskjöld arrived in Katanga for talks with Katanga authorities and Belgian representatives about withdrawal of Belgian troops and the deployment of the UN Force. At Elisabethville airport prior to his return in Leopoldville. Aug. 14, 1960. (UN Photo)

Former President Harry Truman told reporters two days after Dag Hammarskjöld’s death on Sept. 18, 1961 that the U.N. secretary-general  “was on the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said ‘when they killed him.’”

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The Syria Peace Talks: When the “International Community” Supports Terrorism By Dr. Ismail Salami

27 January 2014 — Global Research

 A five-minute audio message by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri went viral on the internet in which he enjoins the rebels in Syria to end their infighting and focus their energies on battling against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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Pyotr ISKENDEROV: International brigandage under the guise of “humanitarian intervention”

4 August, 2009 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Last week the western centres of power under the United States used their docile UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for their first attempt to officially legalize the so-called “humanitarian interventions”. The wily formula masks armed interventions in the internal affairs of independent states on the pretext of countering mass-scale human rights violations and war crimes, a formula that was first tested against Yugoslavia in 1999. That year NATO aircraft bombed the sovereign country for 78 days, killing several thousand people, mostly civilians. Even peaceful Albanians whom NATO was –by word of mouth – lavishing solicitude on, failed to appreciate Brussels’s manifestation of humanism. Some 1 million Kosovans had to flee to the neighbouring Albania and Macedonia to escape from the NATO bombs and missiles. The only ones who rejoiced at the international brigandage were the Albanian fighters who launched a spate of anti-Serbian “ethnic cleansings” under NATO’s military cover in Kosovo.

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Media Lens 18 May, 2009: Beholden To The Big Powers: Israel, Gaza And The UN

18 May, 2009 – MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a massive assault on Gaza. 22 days later, around 1,400 Palestinians, including over 300 children, and 13 Israelis were dead; about 5,000 Palestinians were wounded. Israeli forces bombed and shelled schools, medical centres, hospitals, ambulances, United Nations buildings (including UN schools), power plants, sewage plants, roads, bridges and civilian homes. This was described in much of the press as hitting “Hamas targets” (e.g. David Gardner, ‘U.S. accused of white phosphorus against Taliban’, Daily Mail, May 11, 2009).

Earlier this month, the UN announced the results of an inquiry into attacks on its buildings and personnel in Gaza. It concluded that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) were:

“involved in varying degrees of negligence or recklessness with regard to United Nations premises and to the safety of United Nations staff and other civilians within those premises, with consequent deaths, injuries, and extensive physical damage and loss of property.” (Donald Macintyre, ‘UN retreats after Israel hits out at Gaza report’, Independent, May 6, 2009)

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Electoral Sham in Haiti By Stephen Lendman

17 April, 2009

Few people anywhere have suffered more for so long, yet endure and keep struggling for change. For brief periods under Jean-Bertand Aristide, they got it until a US-led February 29, 2004 coup d’etat forced him into exile where he remains Haiti’s symbolic leader – for his supporters, still head of the Fanmi Lavalas (FL) party he founded in 1996 to reestablish links between local Lavalas branches and its parliamentary representatives.

From then to now, nothing has been the same. UN paramilitaries occupy the country. Washington effectively controls it. President Rene Preval got a choice – go along or pay the price. He submitted knowing what awaits him if he resists. Nonetheless, he’s disappointed bitterly.

Haitians suffered dearly as a result, deeply impoverished, at times starving, denied the most basic essentials, plagued by violence, a brutal occupier, police repression, an odious and onerous debt, and exploitive sweatshop conditions for those lucky enough to have a job in a country plagued by unemployment and deprivation.

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UN attempts to force sweatshop production on Haiti

According to Ban, the HOPE II legislation provides ‘a golden opportunity to bring in investors and create hundreds of thousands of jobs’. He wants the aHaitian authorities to ‘work together with donors to undertake a targeted programme to create export zones’, and to submit it to a donors’ conference on Haiti to be held in Washington DC in mid-April.

The British solidarity organisation, the Haiti Support Group (HSG), which has worked closely with progressive civil society organisations in Haiti since 1992, is dismayed that the United Nations is throwing its considerable weight behind a development strategy that has already been proposed, tried, and found to have failed in Haiti.

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An Open Letter to Ban Ki-Moon: Why Haiti Can’t Forget Its Past By RICHARD MORSE

Dear Mr Ban Ki-Moon,

Thank you for the attention you have brought to the country of Haiti.

In response to your New York Times op ed piece [see below] I wanted to widen your perspective a bit.

I don’t pretend to represent anyone.

I’ve been living in Haiti since 1985. I grew up in New England with my Haitian mother and my American father during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Though my parents were both teachers, I’m nothing more than a musician/innkeeper. When I arrived in Haiti, the Creole pig, an indigenous Haitian pig which was the backbone of Haitian peasant life, had recently been wiped out because of a supposed threat of swine flu.

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