The violent upheaval in Ivory Coast provides opportunity for infectious diseases to flourish and, at worst, establish long-term footholds in populations. We have to consider that possibility when contemplating an intervention in Ivory Coast.
The big news out the UN today is that top UN Human rights official Navi Pillay announced she will delay the release of a controversial report about Rwanda's actions in the Congo (then Zaire) from 1993 to 2003. The so-called Mapping Report is an attempt to document alleged atrocities that occurred during the DRC's long civil war, of which DRC's neighbors played a lead role.
When he was in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq Ad Melkert stopped by the UN Foundation's Better World Campaign to discuss some of the challenges that his mission faces. Here's the video.