Saturday, November 26, 2016
Amid Park's Shaman Gate, Ban Ki-moon's Shamans on Yemen, Haiti & Censorship
By Matthew Russell Lee, Follow up on Exclusives
UNITED NATIONS, November 16 -- As in South Korea “shaman-gate” threatens to drive President Park from power, her once-presumed successor Ban Ki-moon has had his own shamans during his tenure at the UN. Consider for example Ban's dropping of the Saudi-led Coalition from the UN's Children and Armed Conflict annex for killing children in Yemen. There was an American whispering in Ban's ear, multiple sources tell Inner City Press.
More publicly, UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston has said that it was the US government and Mission to the UN which boxed Ban entirely into not paying a penny for the UN killing over 10,000 people in Haiti with cholera. No answer from the shamans.
Faced with evidence of UN Peacekeeping failures in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, instead of firing Herve Ladsous, the fourth Frenchman in a row atop DPKO, Ban fired officials from Senegal and Kenya. How do you say shaman in French?
And which shaman buttressed Ban's Administration's February 2016 ouster of Inner City Press which asks these questions, and the April 2016 eviction of all its files, to try to give its long time work space to an Egyptian state media which never comes in, and confine it still to minders to cover meetings?
Further back, there was Ban's dizzying about face of on a Sunday inviting Iran to the Syria talks in Montreux -- and once confronted by the shaman of US Power, dropping the invitation the next morning.
Perhaps Ban is more like Park than has yet been written about. There will be more. Watch this site.