U.N. Uses Private Military and Security Contractors

By Kim-Jenna Jurriaans, IPS | UPDATE from Haiti Chery. The United Nations is increasingly hiring Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) for its missions across the world, raising concerns over the use of firms known for participation in human rights abuses, as well as an overall lack of accountability structures governing these contractors within the U.N. system. UPDATE 1: DynCorp boasts of having trained 400 “Haitian police” and is awarded a $48.6 million contract to insert 100 contractors and 10 advisors into the “UN police force” in Haiti.

U.N. Tightens Belt: No More Cruise Ship Hotels

Global crisis

By Thalif Deen, IPS. Compared to the 5.4-billion dollar budget for the U.N. in 2010-11, the 2012-13 budget will be cut by 260 million dollars. Although this is a cut of less than 5%, the news are still significant because, since its inception over 50 years ago, the U.N. has expanded every year, except for one instance 14 years ago. (English | Spanish)

‘Peacekeeping’: A Cancer on the World

By Patrick Worsnip, Reuters via SwissInfo | Relief Web | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will grow all over the world. UPDATES: Feb 8, 2012, Information on countries occupied and growth of force. June 13, 2012: Recommended new budget.