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SO LONG, PINKOS – FOX FAREWELLS SYDMUN 2013

By James Lawler, for Fox News

It’s been a big three days for FOX News in SydVEGAS. We’ve covered everything from North Korean refugee abuses to international terror-funding financial controls, even though FOX’s financial knowledge is limited to remembering his 4-digit PIN number (and FOX can’t remember both of them).

We’ve seen the Security Council eject Human Rights (literally) and become a geopolitical ashram, the Third General Assembly turn into a Battle of the Longest Speech, and the Sydney Uni New Law building become a mosh-pit for pizza. Somalia’s been colonised, the UN’s been cyberattacked, and Ban Ki-Moon has taken up the Charles Taylor-model of leadership. FOX has tweeted loud, grilled hard and drunk far more than is sobre and sensible.

After Fair and Balanced consideration, FOX can confidently say that crypto-communists out to destroy the greatest land on earth, the good old US of A, and the Christian family values it stands for. But, some of you have revealed yourselves to be true Americans (at least in spirit), and for that FOX is glad.

Thus, as the final night is on us, this correspondent recommends two paths. For the patriots tonight, drink hard. And for the leftists, they say some find God at the bottom of the bottle – so drink hard for Jesus.
God bless, and down with the liberal agenda,FOX NEWS

A GOOD DAY FOR JIHAD: FOX REVIEWS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON SOMALIA

By James Lawler, for Fox News

In a non-exclusive, FOX has gained access to the Security Council’s draft resolution addressing the recent Kenyan intervention in Somalia. Proposed by Morocco, key features of the resolution include:

– CONDEMNING the Kenyan intervention, demanding the withdrawal of Kenyan forces from Jubaland and endorsing sanction in the event of non-compliance.

– DEPLOYING a peacekeeping force to administer Jubaland AND a monitoring taskforce to monitor possible human-rights violations.

– REINDORSING the embargo on Somalian charcoal exports in an attempt to financially weaken Somali terror group Al-Shabaab.

In summary, this draft resolution bears all the signs of a classically misguided, bleeding-heart and utterly chaotic piece of liberal foreign policy.

Firstly, it puts blame in the wrong places. The resolution incomprehensibly blasts Kenya’s occupation of the Jubaland region as an “annexation”, despite the Kenya’s previous statements that they’ll withdraw troops as soon as possible. Yet, it utterly fails to condemn the Somali government’s hapless inability to prevent its territory being used as a launch-pad for international terror. This sets a terrible precedent for international norms – the Security Council is fine states being riddled with terrorists, but unable to comprehend the notion of self-defence.

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THE UN’S PLAN FOR JUBALAND.

Secondly, the resolution is unworkable. It demands Kenya withdraw troops from Jubaland within 48 hours, although Kenya has already publically refused to follow such a timetable. As a stopgap measure, it demands the deployment of a humanitarian monitoring force in Jubaland. However, it might want to be noted that Jubaland is currently also a warzone, with Kenyan forces under siege from Somali troops and Al-Shabaab militants (something the Council seems to have forgotten, given that it also fails to even call for a ceasefire in the region). Hence, the resolution is effectively sending UN monitors off to die.

Compounding the likelihood of this resolution actually escalating the Jubaland conflict is the proposed deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Jubaland. According to the text of the resolution, troops have the authority “to use all necessary measures to restore international peace and security”. For those of you unaware of typical Council resolutions, this mandate is impossibly wide. Given Somalia is still battling to re-seize the region, it will effectively drag the UN into a war with Somalia – the country it is trying to save. Thus, our situation is clear – the Security Council has made a serious geopolitical boo-boo. It fails to effectively recognise the true belligerents of the conflict, deploys nonsensical forces which will likely obliterate rather than rescue Jubaland, and fails to effectively target the terrorists responsible for this whole horrific mess. FOX News condemns this draft resolution, condemns the Obama Administration for supporting it, and condemns all other Council members for being parley to such a travesty of international justice.

Al-Shabaab forces near Mogadishu; no response from Security Council

By Yuvin Manadeniya, for Al Jazeera

The crisis that transpired yesterday on the Kenyan-Somalian border dominated much of the discussion that was led in the Security Council. The debate that arose centred on the removal of Kenyan forces in the area of Somalia known as Jubaland. While this remains a present and immediate threat, it has been noted that this has been done so at the expense of the current situation regarding the move of militant forces towards Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The push into the Jubaland was achieved by relocating Kenyan forces that were involved in the AMISON mission. Kenyan forces were observed abandoning their positions in order to assist in the push into Jubaland. As a direct result of this, previously liberated areas were lost to Al-Shabaab forces and it has been reported that these forces are now moving towards Mogadishu. Somalia now faces two immediate threats; the Kenyan annexation of the Jubaland and the threat of an attack on Mogadishu.

It would be expected then that any discussion on the issue would reflect a holistic approach and encompass both issues, however this was not the case in Security Council meetings yesterday. While discussions attempted to find solutions for the Kenyan annexation of Jubaland, with proposals ranging from economic sanctions and punitive measures, there was little discussion to be found on the issue of Al-Shabaab forces moving to Mogadishu.

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When questioned on this, the Security Council did admit that discussions had led away from the Al-Shabaab crisis, with the delegate for Azerbaijan emphasising today the need to address the immediate threat which Somalia faces from these militant forces. It is hopeful that discussions today will lead to an effective solution which addresses the weakened nature of the AMISON forces, and the Al-Shabaab forces converging on Mogadishu.

Press Release in the UNDP

By Tiffany Alexander, for the BBC

Debate transpired today in the UNDP over the appropriate course of action to publicly acknowledge the tragedy that has struck Cambodia and Somalia. If the public comes to the conclusion that the statement is ‘neutral’ (in it’s language? In it’s emotional impact?) then they will be satisfying Norway who felt this was ‘appropriate’ for a press release. The implication by Norway that journalism is purely empirical is possibly a view shared by Israel who refused to acknowledge the statement, the other explanation being his vendetta against Cambodia and hence a refusal to pay her people respects. This action is at least consistent with his radical impression on the committee so far. The statement is as follows:

“The international community recognizes the grave situation of the natural disasters that have recently affected Cambodia and Somalia and wish to express its sincerest condolences. In direct response to these events, the UNDP has focused upon developing an equitable humanitarian framework that enables the entire international community to react more effectively and with greater swiftness to future natural disasters and other multi-faceted humanitarian crises. In light of previous disasters and relief efforts, the UNDP seeks to streamline an efficient response for all affected nations.”

Kenyan forces invade Somalian territory, US provides support

By Yuvin Manadeniya, for Al Jazeera

A series of aggressive acts taken by Kenya quickly escalated throughout Security Council meetings today, where it was detailed how Kenyan forces have taken control of Jubaland and have received support from the US in this process.

The incidents began with an appeal by the Kenyan president for the Security Council to approve an extension of the powers granted to them in combating the forces of Al-Shabaab in Somalian territory. However, with no action being taken by the Security Council on this, Kenyan forces moved into the area of Somalia known as Jubaland, a long contested area of land between the two nations.

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This push resulted in a retreat of Al-Shabaab forces in the area, however due to Kenyan forces leaving their positions in the AMISOM mission to assist in this push, Al-Shabaab have secured positions that were previously liberated. Tensions rose as it was discovered that these militant forces are moving towards Mogadishu, in Somalia. The president of Somalia pleaded with the Security Council today to act upon this issue so that his people could be protected from acts of aggression from both Kenyan and Al-Shabaab forces.

While Kenya claimed initially that this move was to drive out Al-Shabaab forces, it has since claimed the area as a de facto territory with Kenyan law being applied and enforced through civilian police deployed in the area, an act which is in violation of human rights law.This escalated further when it was revealed in an intercepted document obtained through WikiLeaks that the presence of US drone activity was confirmed. The document detailed the use of MQ-9 drones for the purposes of providing close air support and reconnaissance to the Kenyan forces, however due to the continuous press lockouts that have occurred there has been no response from the US on this that we are able to report accurately on.

The first clause, the worst clause

By Tiffany Alexander, for the BBC

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CRISIS has hit the UNDP, with storms off the coast of Somalia ‘devastating rural areas dependent on subsistence agriculture for survival’, a story broken by Al Jazeera. The Somalian government is “very upset at our people starving” and feels that the achievement of stability in the disaster zone “depends on the situation in the region”. Vague as this may be, Somalia managed specificities when addressing the current draft resolution by the UNDP on the misuse and corruption of aid. Clause one* “doesn’t leave scope for disaster relief” which are the exact sentiments of Cambodia in response to devastating floods that have recently threatened their people.

The clause in question is described by Cambodia as “quite restrictive” it “doesn’t leave space to deal with a crisis such as this”. Along with deep concern for the state, Cambodia is choosing to remain optimistic, looking forward to “working with the committee to come to a solution that benefits everyone”. The kinks of this utopian solution are still being worked out, with committee moving from heart to head quite quickly in the denial of Cambodia’s request for a moment of silence for their citizens affected by the disaster. The UNDP is nothing if not efficient. *“emphasizes that all development aid from donor countries be used only to further the current Millennium Development Goals.”

REACTION TO KENYAN TESTIMONY UNDERSCORES COUNCIL’S UNWILLINGNESS TO STOP TERRORISTS

By James Lawler, for Fox News

A recent statement given to the Security Council by the President of Kenya has underscored the deep divisions in the gridlocked Council over how to respond to transnational terrorism.

In his submission the Kenyan President, recalling the tragic deaths of 67 Kenyan citizens in September’s Westgate Shopping Mall massacre at the hands of Al-Shabaab militants, slammed the Security Council’s recent Resolution 2124 on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AUMISOM), a long-running UN-endorsed military campaign to combat Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

According to the President, “undue restrictions have been placed on our peacekeeping forces” by this resolution, hindering AUMISOM’s ability to target the murderous Islamist group in a time where “military efforts must be allowed to continue unhindered by political concerns”.

Consequently, he demanded the Security Council revisit its previous resolutions on Somalia, and reissue AUMISOM with a wider mandate “to liberate Somalia’s people from the reaper’s grasp of Al-Shabaab”.

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President Kibaki – a very saintly man.

Yet, this wise leader’s submission was met with derision by the international bully-boys of the Security Council. Following the President’s departure, the delegate for Rwanda dismissed the Kenyan leader’s comments as premature, claiming that not enough time has passed to judge Resolution 2124’s success – despite the Kenyan president’s witness testimony that it is a gross failure.

In a statement to FOX News, Russia further blustered against the Council reconsidering its failed policy on Somalia, claiming that any change may lead to a surprise territorial occupation of Somalia by Kenya. Unsurprisingly, the delegate was however unable to answer FOX’s question on how unmandated previous Kenyan actions could be compared to today’s Security Council-mandated actions. Nor was he able to answer when the Security Council should reconsider the Somali situation, replying that this should occur “when something big happens”. One would think an abject failure in anti-terrorism policy by the world’s key security body was big enough.