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Steadman pollsters received bribes to have Raila ranked top in unity government?

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

It has emerged that Raila has been ranked a top performer in government. Has someone paid somebody to trick out the results? Is the move putting Raila top, a way to sway investors from the west to invest in the country? Did anymoney change hands in form of bribes? These are questions that observers are now looking for answers for in order to settle down on the who really is the good performer.(API)

By Samuel Otieno

Kenyans perceive Prime Minister Raila Odinga as the highest performer in government, a new opinion poll shows.

Raila is ahead of President Kibaki and the entire government.

Raila got approval ratings of 75 per cent, followed by Kibaki at 68 per cent and the government at 65 per cent, an opinion poll released on Friday by the Steadman Group shows.

The level of support for the national accord has grown in the last three months by 78 per cent, with many saying they support the power-sharing deal.

“There is goodwill among Kenyans on the success of the Grand Coalition,” said Dr Tom Wolf, Steadman’s Head of Research. Predictably, most ratings for the president came from Central and Eastern provinces and for Raila came from Nyanza and Western provinces.

Most Kenyans still think ODM is the most popular political party.

Fifty percent of the respondents support amnesty for perpetrators of post-election violence. But majority of people in Central and Eastern provinces want perpetrators of violence punished, said Wolf.

Respondents at the same time expressed confidence in the media and the Speaker of the National Assembly as the most trusted institutions, while the least trusted are the Electoral Commission of Kenya and the police.

Out of the 2012 people interviewed, 39 per cent said they want the resettlement of IDP’s prioritised, while 32 per cent want constitutional reforms.

The research was conducted between July 6 and July 11.

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Complaining about the story on Stella’s appointment by Former Finance minister of Kenya Amos Kimunya

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

The story posted on your website on the above subject is malicious, full of lies and lacks merit.

I am willing to prove to that the story is false. I am the Mr. Kilonzo referred in the story. I am still married to Stella and we are happilly raising our two boys (I am the father of the one born in 2007 and we have another. I know I am the father 100%. I don’t know who the reporter is but he appears to have a personal agenda.

You can criticize Stella’s work but you should not make personal and so malicious. I think you should not post these kind of baseless and unproved personal attacks unless you have prove.

I am kindly requesting that you remove this false story from your website.I am also exploring legal action. As stated ealier I am willing to prove the story as false and malicious. You’ve my e-mail. I can also be reached at (312)328-2247 (8:30am to 5:00pm US central time).

By Mr Kilonzo

Complaining about the facts in the story below:

Making questionableappointments

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Overcoming the profound feelings of hopelessness, confusion, and self hatred that still overwhelmingly plagues millions within our communities

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

In order for we African Americans to overcome the profound feelings of hopelessness, confusion, and self hatred that still overwhelmingly plagues millions within our communities, we must synergized our energies and efforts towards countering the effects of the United States ongoing governmental mass media psychosocial treatment of us that is deliberately designed to render such disunity and confusion among our race as a means of ensuring that its white dominance and control is maintained. This immense and ongoing psychological manipulation campaign is based upon the works of renowned psychologist Dr. Edward Bernays.
Dr. Edward Bernays was a nephew of Sigmund Freud and one of the most skillful experts in mass manipulation. He invented the modern day Madison Avenue advertising Agencies by using his Uncle Sigmund’s knowledge of the human psyche to make people feel they needed whatever product was being advertised. Edward Bernays also invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud’s ideas to manipulate the masses. Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn’t need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.
His most notorious feat was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. Bernays was convinced that this mass method of manipulation was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. For him it was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle, Sigmund Freud, had identified, people could be made happy, docile, angry, self hating or even confused.
During World War I, Bernays and journalist Walter Lippman were hired by then United States President, Woodrow Wilson, to participate in the Creel Commission, the mission of which was to sway popular opinion in favor of entering the war, on the side of Britain. The war propaganda campaign of Bernays and Lippman produced such an intense anti-German hysteria as to permanently impress Americas governmental elites with the potential of large-scale propaganda to control public opinion. Edward Bernays advised US presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Eisenhower and served numerous corporations and business associations. This was the start of the mass media and governmental psychological manipulation programs which has come to covertly dominate today’s world. One of Bernays biggest fans was Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, a fact about which Bernays bragged proudly. A common pattern used repeatedly by Bernays was to turn a harmless entity into a fearsome enemy through lies and manufactured news items. Then use the “threat” to justify attacking the entity. Edward Bernays coined the terms “group mind” and “engineering consent”, important concepts in practical propaganda work. Bernays said in his 1928 book Propaganda, that; “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. He further states that; If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it The current public relations industry is a direct outgrowth of Bernays’ work and his method of mass psychological manipulation is also still currently used by the United States government.
The U.S. Government has an extensive history of conducting planned campaigns of extensive strategic psychological operations [based upon the works of Benays] through the national media to influence and direct the perception and climate of the nation towards its governmental objectives. Given that the nineteen sixties were a period of massive black rebellion and unrest that eroded the American global image and increasingly placed the nations peace and stability in dire jeopardy and perhaps most particularly because the nations top sociologist and psychologist knew that those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. This quite logically necessitated that the U.S. Government employ these same proven methods of mass psychological manipulation against its entire African American population.
The U.S. Government now secretly deliberately disseminates false deplorably racially devaluing statistics and propaganda about its Black population that are deliberately designed to adversely manipulate and shape the minds and collective consciousness of its African American population– corrupting African Americans sense of unity, cohesion, and reason– and fostering a consensual national environment of where in which its Black population is more easily divided, exploited and ultimately suppressed.
When most people hear the term of psychological manipulation they usually think in terms of the classic “conspiracy theory” that refers to overt mind control such as mind altering drugs with carefully hypnotic programming. However, the real and true dangers are Bernays well proven methods of affecting the unconscious mind by using deception, and psychological manipulation. It is neither magical nor mystical, but a process that involves a set of basic social psychological principles. The constant relentless bombardment with deplorably negative images of themselves that of which African Americans are so inundated with, through a white controlledmedia, is a very carefully and deliberately designed psychological conditioning program. Its unrelenting daily assault on the Black psycheis designed to corrupt African Americans sense of racialunity and cohesion, mold the character of self-hatred, engender self-doubt, self-loathing, and distrust among their group. And while insinuating that Blacks admire, respect, and trust only Whites.
This method of psychological manipulation works by affecting the unconscious mind through deception. It uses the psychology of deceit to adversely affect the recipient group in terms of their behavior. Here is a simplified example of how this is being implemented against African Americans. Let us, for example, imagine that a crew of people was aboard their own massive ship and that this ship was being shadowed by another neighboring ship that was constantly broadcasting derogatory messages to the first group. Such messages as that their ship was lesser, smaller, not seaworthy, perhaps slowly sinking or that their crew was incompetent and was planning a mutiny. With time, the group receiving the negative messages, being unable to refute or to confirm these derogatory messages and deficiencies will grow weary and paranoid of the negative messages and will eventually comes to accept these negative assessments of themselves. The perception created by the taunting now unconsciously influences how the taunted group perceives themselves, subsequently causing them to become distrustful of themselves, doubting themselves, hating themselves and, eventually, fighting among themselves. The taunted group may even become so besieged by deep feelings of inadequacy that they may even jump into the sea and attempt to swim towards the taunting ship now believing it to be superior to their own ship even if their own ship was in fact better. The basis of this concept of mind manipulation is that the human being’s most critical aspect is the mind and it works by affecting the unconscious mind through deception.
Within a real life setting this mortifying psychosocial treatment is precisely what is being deliberately done to African Americans through corporate owned and governmentally controlled media outlets that deliberately subjected them to seeing only the fraudulently worst in themselves. This is done through an immense campaign of false derogatory misinformation and false negative media reports and statistics that are created by U.S. governmental agencies and then leaked to its collaborators in the news media, which either knowingly or unknowingly carry the stories as their own. These false information about African Americans are then disseminated unrelentingly everywhere; it is deliberately perpetuated through news releases in magazine articles, radio, television, press releases, documentaries, and false census reports perpetuating and framing the myth of Whites racial, moral, and ethical superiority over its Black population. However, the weapon is not in how the message is carried, but is instead within the messages that it carries and how these messages detrimentally affects the Black population at large.
The overrepresentation of Black crimes and grossly exaggerated statistics of Black on Black violence within this psychosocial program are intentionally designed to create fear, hatred, and distrust among Blacks. [Blacks own negative personal experiences and interactions with fellow Blacks merely then affirms the programs given message that it is Blacks themselves that are their own worst enemies] This governmental psychosocial treatment of African Americans is designed to mold the character of disunity and self-hatred among the Black community. Its ultimately goal is to destroy the Black unity and cohesion that was historically the cornerstone of civil rights gains and that was a crucial factor of the survival of African Americans through more than four hundred years of racial oppression. [Logic dictates that given that unity and cohesion among African Americans was responsible for the demise of White Americas past system of blatant, institutionalized racism, then destroying this unity would be an essential objective of this psychological manipulation program.]
All African Americans have experienced the burden of this system of applied psychological conditioning, some more severely than others have. It is experienced every time we [Blacks] read a newspaper, watch the evening news, enter a classroom, and read its racially biased textbooks. To the detriment of many African Americans, it has been an extremely effective. It has successfully conditioned many African Americans to accept the dominance of Whites and white institutions over their lives by misleading them to believe that they are, themselves, their own worst enemies, therefore engendering an aberration of internalized self contempt that pulverizes Black unity and halts Black upward mobility. It is at the root of both the profound division and self hatred now afflicting so many Black Americans and is at the heart of internalized feelings of superiority that many whites possess. It is in fact so fundamentally detrimental to the Black human condition and psyche that it may even affect the extent to which many African Americans realize their full human potential.
And while many African Americans have successfully navigated through this psychologically mortifying mine field and have gone on to lead successful, productive lives, for far too many this immense devaluation can seem inescapable and tragically, over time, many begin to accept subconsciously and painfully the negative portrayals of themselves. Many also become discouraged by the acceptance that their society is also preconditioned to see the worst in them and that, therefore, if they were ever to gain acceptance, if it is to be won at all, that success would be hard won and likely to manifest negative internalized psychological pain and distress within many African Americans that can take many forms. In fact, this governmental mortifying psychological warfare against African Americans may be the most aggravating, if not core, factor of the national phenomenon of self hatred; loss of educational aspirations; loss of unity, cohesion and racial pride; and fragile psyches of many African Americans today. Moreover, this type of psychological manipulation program has been proven very effective in rapidly destroying a groups ethical and moral values and engendering negative cultural norms with regard to violence, brutality, and even murder. All people are products of cultural conditions and their worldviews operate outside of their level of consciousness. Therefore, no group can be preconditioned to see only the worst in themselves and not exhibit some degree of negative psychological impact.
Not only does this massive governmental psychological manipulation campaign negatively effect Blacks self perceptions, but it also provides a more socially acceptable way to assure that the masses of African Americans remains the most racially devalued and most economical exploited and suppressed group in America. The medias constant, fraudulently inaccurate, negative imagery of Black Americans creates a shift of victimization that changes the root problem of racism in America to be due to Blacks behavior rather than Whites proclivity for racism. Therefore insinuates that America would be a better society as a whole if African Americans were gone, thus engendering increasingly prejudiced distorted perceptions and acrimonious beliefs about African Americans that are designed to makes the nation and the entire world insensitive to their plight, tranquilizes efforts on their behalf, lessens pressure for social change on their behalf, and makes any serious criticism of White racism almost impossible today. Therefore fostering a national setting of where in which Blacks are more easily exploited and ultimately consensually suppressed. Moreover, some studies have shown that this shift of victimization now reflects increasingly acrimonious beliefs and prejudiced perceptions about and against African Americans that are arguably stronger today than they were after emancipation.
This campaign also attempts to discouragemiscegenation between Blacks and whites, and creates a false justification for the legal systems mistreatment of African Americans wherein they are disproportionately incarcerated, given stiffer sentences, and are more likely than other racial groups to be treated brutally, beaten, and fired upon by police officers while they are unarmed. These injustices now goes ignored because the perception has become that its all now justified. When contempt of Blacks is made to appear to be justifiable, it is the most fiercest and effective type of racism because its witnesses, bystanders, and even world audiences will sit by idly allowing African Americans to be brutally mistreated disproportionately incarcerated under the belief that it is justified.
This governmental psychological conditioning program stripped African Americans of the national and international support that was acquired during the 1960’s civil rights struggles. It also today affects attitudes that when enacted through governmental policies, laws, and other legislation actions, serve to ensure that African Americans will not advance. Its effects are manifested in ideas, education, governmental policies, economic stratification, social segregation, housing markets, hiring and promotion practices, psychological issues, and minority access to a variety of social services and opportunity.
The using of psychological manipulation through the media provided the United States Government with a far more sophisticated, proficient, and covert method of controlling its Black population to ensure that its white dominance and control is maintained, for clearly the evils of racism thrive best when its victims no longer recognizes the evil. Furthermore, the objective of the United States government has always been to maintain its White dominance over its Black population, and clearly, psychological warfare meets this need. It was the logical choicebecause it covertly provides the U.S. Governmentthe ability to both influence the national climate and engender personal psychological feelings among itsBlack population that meet the U.S government objectives of maintaining its white dominance. Furthermore, history overwhelmingly demonstrates that the White races innate proclivity for racism, control, and dominance is much too deeply ingrained for them to just merely give up their practices of implementing suppressive methods over its African American population.The records of history show that the reincarnation of suppressive methods into forms more acceptable to the changing times is a common practice of the United States government as seen after the abolishment of slavery wherein its methods of using racist, oppressive treatment of its Black population was reincarnated into Jim Crow laws. And let us not forget the many sorts of devious strategies and methods used to prevent Blacks from becoming registered voters. The historic and demonstrative evidence overwhelmingly reflects the reality that the U.S. government does manifest a proclivity for reinventing devious methods to suppress its Black population. This proclivity has led to the U.S. Government now using its proven method of psychological operations to control the advancement and growth of its Black population. It was the next logical choice for it provides the Government the benefit of the appearance of conducting humanitarian efforts to help its Black community while covertly seeking only to maintain its White dominance.
“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.”
-Dr. Edward Bernays
When the truth comes along and you know in your bones that its the truth yet you still refuse to accept and defend it you then really begin to die.
Franklin G.Jones
Exposer of ……
THE BLACK MATRIX:
THE MODERN CONTINUED MENTAL AND SOCIAL SUPPRESSION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS UNDER NATIONAL INTEREST 2006, 2008
by Franklin G. Jones
Our lives began to end when we stopped speaking up for the things that matter
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Skyrocketing oil and gasoline prices

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

Recent media reports have assigned responsibility, in part, for skyrocketing oil and gasoline prices on speculation in commodities markets. One report quoted an analyst saying a barrel of oil could be traded 20 times before it finally gets delivered, driving up the final cost.

On July 16 Congress took action when Senator Harry Reid (D, NV-01) introduced Senate Bill 3268.

Titled theStop Excessive Energy Speculation Act of 2008, it is designed to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to prevent excessive price speculation with respect to energy commodities, and for other purposes.

This is an issue for all Americans to decide, including your readers. The tool is e-VotingBooth.com,the only website where ALL Americans can vote on any pending bill in Congress, including S 3268.
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Rwanda hosts an international research conference on genocide

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

An international research conference on the 1994 Rwandan genocide and reconstruction of knowledge is underway in Kigali, the Rwandan capital; with genocide survivors calling for the transfer to Rwanda of all genocide cases at the Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

The three-day conference, which officially opened Wednesday at hotel Novotel in Kigali, is attracting more than 150 scholars and researchers from around the world in different academic disciplines.

The conference, organized by the Rwandan Anti-Genocide Commission, is also being attended by various senior Rwandan government officials and security officers from the police and the military.

The Rwandan minister of sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza, who presided over the opening ceremony, called on the international community to apprehend all genocide suspects still at large across the world. He noted that the genocide ideology is a dangerous disease that must not be allowed to take root anywhere in the world and; This will effectively be up rooted if all genocide fugitives still at large around the world should be arrested and while giving no room to genocide apologists and sympathizers.

The president of the Rwanda Genocide Survivors Association, Theodore Simburudari, said for true justice and reconciliation to prevail, all genocide suspects should be tried in Rwanda from where they committed their crimes during the 1994 genocide. He stressed that all genocide survivors approve the governments request to transfer all genocide suspects and cases at the ICTR to Rwanda. He urged that due to comprehensive judicial reforms by the government, there are all necessary conditions for free and fair trials of all the various categories of genocide cases.

Since the genocide was committed here, all trials should therefore be held here for true justice and reconciliation, Simburudari urged, calling for a survivors fund with the United Nations and countries like Britain, Belgium, Italy and the United States making mandatory contributions because the genocide happened and over one million people were killed under their watch.

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Celebrated Lesotho musician wants to run local school for artists

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

Lesothos ever-sparkling musician, Bhudaza, says his dearest personal project is to set up an arts and music learning institution that will train artists throughout the country.

He made the statement in an exclusive interview with APA on Thursday in Maseru.

Bhudazas career, which is blessed with harsh luck and miracles from Sunday school as demonstrated in the soundtracks of his two albums issued in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

In the 2008 holiday season he will be performing here at home and in the neighboring South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Atlanta and Washington D.C. in the United States.

His latest production on the market is Mohokare, which hit the shelves in November 2006.

Most of his songs focus on AIDS awareness among youth and adults, as well as migrant workers and with emphasis on Lesotho mineworkers in the Republic of South Africa, where they are regarded as hopeless population even though they work to help their families back home, he said.

Bhudaza said his biggest achievement since he became a musicina is to have been awarded the Multi platinum” status on his debut recording and double gold on his second.

I am also proud that I got recognition by the former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan when I performed to welcome him here at home in 2002, he added.

He said is boasting to have accompanied King Letsie III, Lesothos head of State to Expo 2000 in Hanova in 2000. Furthermore, he has created the Bhujazz Music PTY (ltd), which is the record label and music production house.

However, he says obstacles that are facing artists in their quest for promotion in Lesotho are piracy, political constraints, lack of professionalism to most of the locals regarding showbiz and local artists being undermined by promoters.

Discography of the artist

Bhudaza says he managed to start his own group, Bhudaza and Friends in 2001, but he reached a peak in 2003 when he recorded his first album titled “Bo-Mapefane” that sold 215 000 copies, which made 4 platinums.

It was followed by Mohokare in 2006, which is still on the market.

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Lesotho appoints new High Commissioner to South Africa

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

Lesotho King Letsie III, on Thursday commissioned Former Deputy Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Matlotliso Ntoane, as the countrys new High Commissioner to South Africa.

The King urged the new High Commissioner to help maintain the long standing bonds of friendship that exist between the two countries with loyalty and deligence.

Accepting the assignment, Ntoane pledged to carry out her duties with dedication and as assigned.

Ntoane was born on May 12, 1966 and joined the public service in 1989, where she worked in various ministries including Health, Local Government and Public Service.

She chaired the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) Board for six years, and also represented Lesotho government in Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) and on the board of the Imperial fleet services.

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Somalia: Gunmen toss grenade at cinema, killing 2 and wounding 7

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

Unknown gunmen tossed a hand grenade at a cinema in the central Somali town of Galkayo on Monday night, killing two people and wounding seven others, officials and eyewitnesses said.

Two men were sighted standing outside the cinema for nearly half an hour as viewers were trooping to the cinema, then one of them tossed a hand grenade to the entrance of the cinema. The explosion killed two men and wounded seven others, said Muse Farah Damal, an eyewitness.

The regional police chief, Abdirahman Aded Gelle said the police helped to take the wounded to the main hospital in the town and the culprits escaped but we are after them.

Meanwhile, two huge explosions rocked parts of the Somali capital early on Tuesday at a time when hundreds of government soldiers cordoned off the road between the airport and the presidential place as President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was supposed to use the road on his return from Djibouti where he met with the UN Security Council.

Presidential spokesperson Husein Mohamed Mohamud said the president reached his palace safely.

The spokesperson for the African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu, Brigye Bahuko said the troops carried out a mine clearing operation on the road the president was supposed to use.

The explosions you heard this morning were two of improvised explosive devices planted on the road near the airport and our troops detonated them, he said.

In a separate incident, heavily armed Islamic insurgents launched an attack late on Monday night at a government military base south of Baidoa.

The insurgents attacked at Manas military base 30 km south of Baidoa and briefly took the control of the base, said Madey Nur Garas, a local resident.

The insurgents spokesperson, Abdirahin Issa Adow said: Our troops launched an attack on this military base and briefly held it, killing several government soldiers and confiscated weapons and ammunition.

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League Champions beaten 8-0

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

Bergen’s favourite soccer team Brann, was beaten soundly by Molde on Wednesday. Brann, who won the league championship last year, have now been knocked out of this year’s Football Cup.

Brann’s Jan Gunnar Sollie in red dueling with Molde’s Magne Hoseth.

PHOTO: SCANPIX

 

 

Molde have been doing well recently. In their latest league match, they won 5 goals to 1, against the Oslo team Vålerenga. The recent glut of goals contrasts with early in the soccer season, when Molde opened with three matches that ended in no-score draws.

“We’ve been working hard, and as long as we are creating scoring opportunities, we don’t have to worry. We’re scoring eight goals from ten chances at goal. At the beginning it was the other way round,” says Molde trainer Kjell Evret to television station TV 2 Zebra.

After their defeat, Brann next have to face Latvian Ventspils, in the first round of the UEFA Champions League.

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South African judge named next UN human rights chief

Posted by African Press International on July 26, 2008

Navanethem Pillay is shown at a UN news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in this 2003 file photo. Despite U.S. concerns, the former South African judge, is expected to be the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. (Keystone/Sandro Campardo/Associated Press)UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday named South African judge Navanethem Pillay as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a post vacated by Canadian Louise Arbour last month.

Pillay has served as a judge at the International Criminal Court in the Hague since 2003.

Before that, she was the presiding judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In that role, she was known for highlighting the seriousness of gender-based crimes during the 1994 killings of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans.

As a lawyer in South Africa, Pillay defended anti-apartheid activists and championed their right to legal assistance.

The U.S. is said to have had some concerns about her appointment due to her pro-choice view on abortion, but UN officials said there is little chance she will be rejected.

The UN General Assembly plans to meet on Monday to discuss confirmation of Pillay’s appointment.

Her critics have also questioned whether she will publicly shame governments over human rights abuses, such as Zimbabwe, especially if it conflicts with South Africa’s position as a close ally.

Arbour, whose four-year term as human rights chief ended on June 30, was known for being outspoken. The former Supreme Court justice faced a backlash after taking a strong position against Israel during its bombing raids on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon in the summer of 2006.

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