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Ban Ki Moon Confirms Death of Haiti UN Mission chief, Hedi Annabi; Delays at PaP Airport

Ban Ki Moon confirms the deaths of MINUSTAH chief Hedi Annabi, Deputy mission chief Luiz Carlos da Costa and acting police commissioner Doug Coates. UPDATE:Big delays at PaP airport.

Ban Ki Moon issues a statement confirming the deaths of MINUSTAH chief Hedi Annabi, Deputy mission chief Luiz Carlos da Costa and acting police commissioner Doug Coates. 
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

False Reports of UN Ordering Medical Personnel to Leave Haiti Field Hospital

At no time did the UN order any medical team to leave their work sites in PaP. If any medical personnel evacuated it was at the request of their own organization.

In response to troubling reports that the UN ordered doctors to leave a field hospital in Haiti (including a front page feature on CNN.com), here's an official statement Dispatch just received:

PSA: Video from the UN Foundation

UN Foundation Vice President of Global Health Dr. Daniel Carucci traveled to Haiti to deliver vital medical supplies and will continue to assess the situation on the ground.

From the UN Foundation:
Two days after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, UN Foundation Vice President of Global Health Dr. Daniel Carucci traveled to Haiti to deliver vital medical supplies and will continue to assess the situation on the ground.

Special PSA: Resources for Friends and Family of UN's Haiti Staff

The United Nations has launched two social networking sites to keep friends, families and colleagues of UN staff in Haiti up to date on the latest news.

The United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support have launched two social networking sites to keep friends, families and colleagues of UN staff in Haiti up to date on the latest news.

First Person Account from Aid Worker Shows Logistical Difficulties Facing Haiti Relief Efforts

A note from a World Food Program specialist offers some insight into the logistical challenges facing rescue workers in Haiti

This note from a World Food Program worker in Haiti, posted to an internal WFP message board (and reprinted with permission, via ), offers some insights into the logistical challenges facing rescue workers.  The author's name is Pierre Petry.

Bill Clinton and Haiti

Bill Clinton has raised $2.6 million from 30,000 donors in the last 24 hours. He will also likely be tapped to play a major fund raising role for the UN.

As I said in my Daily Beast item, one of the best things that Haiti has going for it right now is Bill Clinton.  Last spring, the Secretary General tapped the former president to be his special envoy for Haiti.

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the United States

Sending aid to Haiti isn’t the only thing we can do to help the country. We can also help Haitians help themselves.

Sending aid to Haiti isn’t the only thing we can do to help the country. We can also help Haitians help themselves. The US could grant Haitians in the United States Temporary Protected Status (TPS). It’s a kind of temporary immigration relief offered to countries that have suffered severe disasters. TPS lets nationals of the disaster-hit country apply for work authorization, allows them to travel outside the US, and prevents them from deportation.

Haiti Earthquake: Video of Rescue at UN Compound

A chilling video of a rescue attempt at the MINUSTAH headquarters.

See this post for a statement from the acting MINUSTAH spokesperson.   As of noon, a UN official said at least 50-100 people were still trapped in the rubble.

Haiti Earthquake. The Day After, Part II

MSF says all hospitals are unusable. OCHA Chief says 50-100 people still trapped in the rubble of the UN HQ. First statement from MINUSTAH. Continuous updates.

On a conference call with Medicines sans Frontiere moments ago, a representative in Haiti said that all of the hospitals to which it would normally refer patients have either collapsed or are otherwise unusable.  All MSF can do at the moment is administer first aid. There are no "referral" options for secondary care beyond first aid, but MSF is exploring options to deploy a "floating hospital" to Haiti.  

Haiti Earthquake

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake just hit Haiti. Some Twitter accounts to follow and continuous updates. Reports that UN Peacekeeping HQ is destroyed. Continuous updates.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake just hit Haiti.  Details so far are sketchy.  Twitter is probably your best source for now. In the meantime, it is worth recalling that Haiti is still recovering from back to back to back hurricaines in 2008.  It is also a very densly populated island. 

The ICRC in Afghanistan

Alanna's post below underscores the unique role played by the International Committee for the Red Cross in Afghanistan. It is among the few NGOs not targeted by the Taliban.

"Burj Dubai Where Dreams are Made Of" Huh?

Joel Kotkin and Robert Cristiano use the opportunity of the renovation of the United Nations building in New York to argue that the UN should be relocated to Dubai.

Myopia from the Heritage Foundation

With apparently little regard for American national security interests, the Heritage Foundation would have us shortchange UN Peacekeeping

The Heritage Foundation's Brett Schaefer is seemingly apoplectic that the Obama administration would agree to a 1.2 to 1.7 percent increase in its dues payments to UN Peacekeeping.  According to Schaefer this adds and additional $100 million a year to American contributions to UN Peacekeeping  and means President Obama is "letting down" the American taxpayer.

U.S. Justice Department Responds to Interpol Conspiracy Theories Bubbling on the Internet

The U.S. Interpol liaison office issued a statement last night explaining a recent executive order that gave Interpol certain diplomatic privileges here in the United States.

The U.S. Interpol liaison office issued a statement last night explaining a recent executive order that grants Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, certain diplomatic privileges here in the United States. 

Eide at the Security Council

The top UN Official in Afghanistan expresses some consternation with a military-first approach to re-building the country. I provide some context for this frustration.

The head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) briefed the Security Council yesterday.  Neil MacFarquhar suggests that Eide may have been implicitely critical of the U.S.

Losing a Voice for International Justice in the Senate

Senator Chris Dodd announced today that he will not be running for re-elecion. He was one of the Senates staunchest supporters of international justice and the United Nations.

Senator Chris Dodd announced today that he will not be running for re-election as U.S. Senator from Connecticut. Dodd was first elected to the Senate in 1980, and in during his 30 year career on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he emerged as one of the more thoughtful voices of constructive U.S.

FARQaeda now an issue

The DEA announced today that "criminal organizations" including FARC are receiving help from al Qaeda as they route drug shipments through West Africa to Europe.

The U.S.

What About Additional Screening for Entrants from Visa Waiver Countries?

UPDATE: An expert on the Visa Waiver Program weighs in.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is mandating that airline passengers from a few countries will be selected for special screening.   From the Washington Post:

Number of Afghan Returnees Down in 2009

A new UN report shows that he number of returning Afghan refugees fell significantly in 2009 compared to 2008.

A new UN report shows that he number of returning Afghan refugees fell significantly in 2009 compared to 2008. The UN Refugee Agency says the drop is attributable to insecurity and limited economic opportunities for returning refugees.  From the UN News Center:

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