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Old 11-04-2015   #41
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A History of United Nations Peacekeeping - Thematic Bibliography

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Old 11-19-2015   #42
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Default The role of leadership in UN failures

I've not seen much written on how largely bureaucratic UN "leaders" manage to fail, miserably in their mission, yet continue to persist in their role, or even gain promotion.

As part of a project spanning 2012 - 2015, I encountered a particularly smelly human turd named "Martin Kobler".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Kobler

This "gentleman" has an auspicious history studded with failures, largely attributed to his incompetence and his blatantly anti-military prejudice. He is considered by many I spoke to as contemptuous of military people and disregards his military advisers.

The Wiki page briefly covers the debacle he helped make in Iraq, but it doesn't cover the disaster he oversaw in DRC.

His public statements were telling: When he was criticized for his troops being barracks bound while civilians were being massacred by LRA, he stated "We cannot be everywhere." and that "He would march his forces around the jungle continuously" until he defeated the rebels. Not surprisingly, later that week, his exhausted and frustrated troops, having finally left their barracks to "march around the jungle continuously" machine-gunned a group of cars that were stuck in a traffic jam and blocking their way.

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Old 11-20-2015   #43
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Default World's most dangerous peacekeeping mission

A short BBC report, topical as the focus is Mali:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-34812600

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Mali (Minusma) - 53 deaths
  • Sudan (Unamid, hybrid mission in Darfur with African Union) - 48 deaths
  • DR Congo (Monusco) - 18 deaths
  • South Sudan (Unmiss) - 17 deaths
  • Ivory Coast (Unoci) - 16 deaths
Source: UN figures from 2013 up to 31 October 2015, excluding deaths from illness
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A new thread as the older one got too large; Small War in Mexico: 2002-2015, which has 478 posts and 145k views and has just been closed. A small number of 2016 posts will be transferred here, so this will for a moment be the first post, then drop down slightly.

Thanks to AdamG for his updates too.(Ends).


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LOS MOCHIS, Mexico (AP) — At 4:40 a.m. in a central neighborhood of the Pacific coast city of Los Mochis, 17 Mexican marines began their assault on a safe house, thinking there was a good chance Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was inside. The operation was dubbed "black swan."

One marine was wounded by gunfire almost immediately and remained outside the front door while his comrades slowly advanced inside behind lobbed grenades and heavy fire, according to video from the marines' helmet cameras released by Mexico's government on Monday.

A marine involved in the assault who gave a tour of the house to a reporter from the Mexican network Televisa said there were more people inside than expected and they were more heavily armed, including with rocket-propelled grenades and .50 caliber sniper rifles.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/...cid=spartandhp
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...the people of Ajalpan had another explanation: Tired of government corruption and indifference, the mob fashioned its own justice, part of a longstanding problem that Mexican officials say is on the rise.

The killings raise difficult questions for Mexico, highlighting an alarming development: By some accounts, there were more public lynchings this past year than at any other time in more than a quarter-century. There were at least 78 lynchings last year in Mexico, more than double the number the previous year, according to data collected by Ral Rodrguez Guilln, a professor and an author of the book Mexico Lynchings, 1988-2014.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/wo...ings.html?_r=0

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Default When Peacekeepers Come Home

A "broad brush" comment on peacekeeping's effect at home, accentuated by the USA and a few others hiring so many soldiers from "developing countries" who return home with quite different ideas:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/22/op...ome-home.html?
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Five Mexican states were put on alert Sunday after a truck carrying a container of potentially dangerous radioactive material was stolen, the interior ministry said.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection issued the warning after a company in the central state of Queretaro reported that a pick-up truck carrying radioactive iridium-192 had been stolen.

The ministry said the material "can be dangerous for people if not handled safely" and could cause "permanent or serious injury to a person who is handling or in contact with it for a short time".

Such damage could occur after contact lasting anywhere from minutes to hours, it added.

Officials said the radioactive material represented a significant health risk if taken outside its container, but was not dangerous if kept sealed.
http://www.globalpost.com/article/67...ctive-material
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Default A very thin British blue beret line: ten of them

Excluding the now quite small UK contingent in Cyprus, with UNCYPF, the UK has ten military personnel wearing a blue beret. Although the UK does pay a lot for peacekeeping by others.

The price in blood others paid:
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The tragic loss of 456 UK service personnel in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2016 has quite rightly dominated the media in the UK but how many of us are aware that 1,733 UN peacekeepers have also died in the line of duty during the same period?
Link:http://defenceindepth.co/2016/03/02/...-back-in-blue/
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ACAPULCO, Mexico — One comforting truism of the drug war in Mexico holds that drug-related violence and tourism are mutually exclusive of one another—like the orbits of neighboring planets, the two supposedly never intersect.

But the sunburned vendors who trudge from beach umbrella to beach umbrella hawking their wares to tourists here along the Bay of Santa Lucía have a different story to tell. Five of their number have been murdered here in a month, as the violence that has for years plagued the favela-like neighborhoods on the city’s periphery has reached at last the tourist beaches downtown.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...r-capital.html
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Default Small War in Mexico: 2016 onwards

A new thread as the older one got too large; Small War in Mexico: 2002-2015, which has 478 posts and 145k views and has just been closed. A small number of 2016 posts will be transferred here, so this will for a moment be the first post, then drop down slightly.

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Old 03-18-2016   #51
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Default I Love the U.N., but It Is Failing

A NYT article by Anthony Banbury, an American senior UN official who has resigned after thirty years service. Here is key reason:
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But in terms of its overall mission, thanks to colossal mismanagement, the United Nations is failing.
His slim Wiki bio:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Banbury

Some harsh comments on several UN peacekeeping missions: Haiti, Mali and CAR too.
Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/op...ling.html?_r=0
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A book review spotted today via twitter of 'The fog of peace: a memoir of international peacekeeping in the 21st century'. By Jean-Marie Guhenno. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...346.12564/epdf

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The fog of peace is not only one of the very best books to have been written about UN peacekeeping for a long time; it is one that also offers profound insights into the political, practical and moral dilemmas and challenges presented by international eorts, through the UN, to address the causes and consequences of violent conflict in the early twenty-first century.
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This illustrates the hypocrisy of 1) the Mexican government and 2) actors inside the US who have their own agendas.

Note that Breitbart quotes the Guardian (Baxters on one side, Rojos on the other).
http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2016/...ien-migration/


Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge
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A growing number of indigenous Mexicans are being detained by agents looking for Central American migrants, amid a crackdown driven partly by aid from US
http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...entral-america
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Missing Mexican Students Suffered a Night of ‘Terror,’ Investigators Say
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/wo...-say.html?_r=0
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Default An IED threat? Send me four MRAP

An article on the very few, four Casspir MRAP vehicles deployed in Mali, with the Chadian-Guinean contingent:http://armamentresearch.com/the-cass...nusma-in-mali/

The Casspir is part of the South African "family" of COIN vehicles from the "bush wars" of the apartheid era. In Mali they are not so heavily armed.
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Mexican cartels take over methamphetamine trade in the Ozarks
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/new...ade-in-ozarks/

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Mexican authorities say three men were gunned down in a tourist-hotel quarter of the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco.

The Guerrero state prosecutors' office reports that two 21-year-olds and a 27-year-old were killed Saturday on a street just off the beach.

No further details were immediately available on the victims, and there was no word on possible motive.

Acapulco city and Guerrero state in general have experienced a wave of violence attributed to warring drug gangs.

Authorities say at least two rival groups are fighting for control in Acapulco, which for decades was famed as a favorite beach destination for Hollywood stars and other tourists.

The U.S. government recently banned its employees from traveling there for any reason due to the violence.
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/new...ntcmp=obinsite
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I know South Sudan is lurching, again, into a civil war, but just spotted a Tweet two days old from People's China Daily:
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1 Chinese peacekeeper killed, another 6 injured in continuing fighting in Juba, South Sudan, July 10
Not seen that in the BBC's reporting.

Updated from the BBC's long backgrounder on the fighting includes:
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Two Chinese UN peacekeepers and one South Sudanese UN worker were among those killed in the fighting.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36772762
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Interested parties might want to jump over to this thread/post momentarily, see if the neck tats look familiar.

http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...&postcount=460
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