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Resources updated between Monday, September 15, 2014 and Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014

Major irony: UN "relocates" all its Golan peacekeepers to Israel, the only safe place

The only place that UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights feel safe is in Israel - exactly the feeling of Israelis.  But that's the same place that a constant stream of UN resolutions demand Israel leave and turn over to Syria. The irony is lost on the UN.

On September 15, 2014 the UN announced that its peacekeepers were "relocated" to Israel  from all of their posts in the Syrian Golan Heights due to a "deteriorating situation".  

The following are remarks by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General:

"An update from the UN Disengagement Force in Golan Heights (UNDOF) - the situation in UN Disengagement Force on the Syrian side and the area of separation, has deteriorated severely over the last several days.  Armed groups have made advances in the area of UNDOF positions, posing a direct threat to the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers along the Bravo line and in Camp Faouar.  All of UN personnel in these positions have thus been relocated to the Alpha side. UNDOF continues to use all available assets to carry out its mandated tasks in this exceptionally challenging period and environment."

Major irony: UN "relocates" all its Golan peacekeepers to Israel, the only safe place Article

September 15, 2014

Matthew Todd Miller

"The Supreme Court in North Korea on Sunday sentenced one of the three Americans known to be held in the country to six years of hard labor for committing 'hostile acts' against the North.

North Korea said the American, Matthew Todd Miller of Bakersfield, Calif., committed the crime while entering the country on a tourist visa in April, according to the official Korean Central News Agency."

Matthew Todd Miller Sentenced to 6 Years of Hard Labor in North Korea Document