Thursday, November 10, 2016

At UN, Inner City Press Asks Yemen PR If Trump Will Stop Fueling Saudi Planes, Ban of Corker Calling Him Inept on UN Rapes

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 9 -- After Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump past 2 am on November 9, when Inner City Press got to the United Nations later in the morning, it asked Yemen's Ambassador Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany if he thinks under Trump the US will continue to fuel up Saudi warplanes for their bombing runs. Video here.

He said it's not for him to judge other countries and what happens in them.

   Inner City Press asked Iraq's Ambassador to the UN M A Alhakim about the idea outgoing President Obama will try to speed up action on Mosul and Raqqa before Trump takes over. He said a sped-up process would be good. Vine video here.

   Outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon came to read a statement; his outgoing spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban would not take questions. But one was yelled out on climate change; Inner City Press then asked about the criticism of Ban by Senator Bob Corker, a possible Secretary of State, over Ban's weak response to UN peacekeepers' engaged in sexual abuse. Video here; Vine here.

   When Inner City Press had asked Dujarric for Ban's reaction, Dujarric said dismissively that was just the opinion of one person. Impunity is impunity. Dujarric himself helped get Inner City Press thrown out of the UN Press briefing room, its UN office and the UN as a whole, see Paragraphs 9 and 10 of this UN memo to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We'll have more on this.

In New York City early on the evening of November 8, from the UN on First Avenue to Trump Tower and the Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue (Inner City Press' Periscope video here), the assumption was that Hilary Clinton would win. Then Ohio then Florida then finally Pennsylvania went Trump.

And at 3 am on November 9, after a concession call but not speech by Hilary Clinton, Trump declared victory (and compared Reince to the bronze statue of the horse Secretariat at Belmont race track). Now what?

   Some predict John Bolton as Secretary of State. On TV, they talk of Newt. More nitty gritty some wonder if someone like Brett Schaefer might be UN Ambasssador. (The current UN Ambassador prepared for a victory party - there are still no post- or mid-results photos to mirror those from the Javitz Center).

   In Seoul, South Korea issued statements; from Ban Ki-moon, wannabe South Korean president, there was nothing yet. Earlier a Permanent Representative told Inner City Press, gesturing at the UN campus, If Trump wins, this is all over. We shall cover it, in detail. Watch this site.