Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

UN: Cuba to chair World Health Assembly

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The UN believes statistics put out by totalitarian regimes, so, obscene as this may be, it comes as no surprise:
UN Elects Cuba to Chair World Health Assembly Even as Cubans Lack Aspirin, Basic Health

The consensus election today by 194 WHO member states chose the sole candidate, Cuban Health Minister Roberto Tomas Morales Ojeda.

“The sole candidate” makes me suspect that no one reputable would risk their credibility chairing this farce, n’est-ce pas?

UN Watch condemns “UN handing propaganda victory to a dictatorship” and lists several instances of the abhorrent medical conditions Cubans must endure in the island-prison:

While the Cuban articles claimed the Castro regime has achieved numerous health milestones, experts and international observers say the health system is in disarray.

Although Cuba has sent thousands of doctors to Venezuela in exchange for oil, their doctors are considered poorly trained:

Back in 2008 Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez described how, if you’re admitted to a hospital, you must bring everything:

The room has a thin light and the air smells of pain. I begin to unpack what I’ve brought. I take out the little sack of detergent and the aromatic with which I’ll clean the bath; its aroma floods everything. With the bucket we can bathe the lady, using the cup to pour, because the water faucet doesn’t work. For the great scrubbing I brought a pair of yellow gloves, afraid of the germs that spread in a hospital. Mónica tells me to continue unpacking and I extract the package of food and a puree especially for the sick. The pillow has been a wonder and the set of clean sheets manages to cover the mattress, stained with successive effluvia.

The most welcome is the fan, which I connect to two peeled wires hanging from the wall. I continue to unpack and come to the little bag of medical supplies. I have obtained some needles appropriate for the IV, because the one in her arm is very thick and causes pain. I also bought some gauze and cotton on the black market. The most difficult thing—which cost me days and incredible swaps—is the suture thread for the surgery they are going to do tomorrow. I also brought a box of disposable syringes since she yells to high heaven when she sees the nurse with a glass one.

If you want photos, The Real Cuba posts them in all their gut-churning detail.

Could someone please explain why the U.S. continues to host and fund the UN?

Robert Mugabe, UN tourism ambassador UPDATED

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The UN continues to prove itself as a bottomless cesspool of corruption, depravity, and criminality:

Robert Mugabe asked to be UN ‘leader for tourism’
The Zimbabwe president, accused of ethnic cleansing and bankrupting his country, asked to champion tourism

With a line-up that includes Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin, the UN’s choice of ambassadors has been known to cause raised eyebrows or the odd smirk.

Seldom, however, has there been such anger, or questioning of the organisation’s credibility, as that greeting the appointment of a new international envoy for tourism: Robert Mugabe.

Improbable as it seems, the Zimbabwean president, who is widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy, has been endorsed as a champion of efforts to boost global holidaymaking.

Despite that fact Mugabe, 88, is under a travel ban, he has been honoured as a “leader for tourism” by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation, along with his political ally, Zambian president Michael Sata, 75. The pair signed an agreement with UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai at their shared border at Victoria Falls on Tuesday.

The UN ought to take a closer look at what Zimbabwe is like

Some 3,500 people die per week in Zimbabwe due to HIV/AIDS alone. Tag on the random muggings, violence, and property crime in a country with an unemployment rate hovering at around 80 per cent, and what remains of Zimbabwe’s populace is very beleaguered. One of the best measurements for determining that a country has in fact hit rock bottom is the appearance of cholera. When a state can no longer separate its potable water from raw sewage, then any sense of concern for the general welfare of the citizenry by the government is non-existent. Over several visits I made to Zimbabwe some years ago, I watched the economy and quality of life deteriorate before my very eyes. The country once touted as the bread-basket of Africa and a showcase of interracial harmony and prosperity has become a living hell on earth.

Millions of dead people clamor from their graves, and the UN names Mugabe “tourism ambassador.”

Joshua Keating says that “Dozens of other heads of state, from countries…have signed on to the UNWTO’s “golden book of tourism” already. In other words, not a particularly exclusive list.”

I want to know why would anyone ask Mugabe in the first place.

Ros-Lehtinen: ‘Enough is Enough,’ UN Must Stop Aiding Dictators

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Libya’s new UN envoy…

Friday, April 1st, 2011

… is priceless:

Nicaraguan career-misanthrope and fixture of the international blame-America set as your new U.N. envoy

MIguel D’Escoto

Born in America, a catholic priest, a hater of Ronald Reagan (“the butcher of my people”), once a president of the United Nations General Assembly, and the former foreign minister for Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista government, Fr. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann wants to, “support the Libyan brothers in their battle to ensure respect for sovereignty and self-determination — both of which are being violated by the powerful, who once again threaten the independence and peace of the people.” He has a masters degree in journalism from Columbia.

You may recall that D’Escoto is the guy who said Fidel Castro is a saint, hugs Ahmanidenajad like a long-lost child, and doesn’t want mass-murderer Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir busted because it would be “racist.” He fits right in at the UN.


He also doesn’t have a valid visa, and would have to leave the US and apply for a different visa if he takes the job.

Priceless, indeed.

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Lula skips the UN, heads to G20

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Brazil’s president Lula, who is a master at self-promotion and bringing his country to the spotlight, is skipping this week’s zoo meeting at the UN:
Cameron, Lula Absence Shows UN Losing Ground to G-20 Summits

World leaders are cutting back their visits to the United Nations General Assembly session this week as they find the Group of 20 and other smaller gatherings more effective venues to debate international problems.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose countries both sit on the UN Security Council, won’t be in New York. Nor will Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Chinese President Hu Jintao is skipping the UN week, handing off the duty to Premier Wen Jiabao.

“The UN is where you give a speech but there’s no group meeting,” said Jeffrey Shafer, who organized Group of Eight meetings as President Bill Clinton’s “sherpa” or personal representative to the gatherings. “The G-20 will have a more focused agenda than the UN, and it shows the primacy of the economic agenda.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a one-day appearance in New York yesterday to speak to a session on fighting developing-nation poverty. Like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is staying for two days, Sarkozy will leave before the major speeches start Sept. 23 from the podium of the General Assembly hall.

“It’s the 80-20 rule,” said Michael Hodin, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. More issues are being decided at smaller groups, including the Group of 20, which holds its next meeting in Seoul in November, Hodin said.

“If you’re dealing with something in the G-20, you’re already dealing with the 80 percent of world leaders who can make a difference,” he said.

Sarko’s even saying the UN is passe,

Sarkozy, whose country has the G-20 chairmanship next year, has called the UN anachronistic. “We can’t confront the 21st century with the institutions of the 20th century,” he said in May.

Particularly when those institutions have become forums for anti-capitalist, human rights violating tyrants.

In other UN news, Obama’s there today.


Strongly-worded letter to follow?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions Against Iran

The new sanctions, a modest increase from previous rounds, took months to negotiate but still did not carry the symbolic weight of a unanimous Security Council decision. Twelve of the 15 nations voted for the measure, while Turkey and Brazil voted against and Lebanon abstained.

Over in Tehran, the mullahs f*rt in our general direction.


US abstaining on UN anti-Israel resolution?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Via William Jacobson, a report not yet confirmed by US officials from “unnamed sources” on a resolution not yet tabled at the UN (but give it time):
US ‘may not veto UN resolution on Jerusalem’

The US is considering abstaining from a possible UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, sources suggest to the BBC.

The possibility surfaced at talks in Paris last week between a senior US official and Qatar’s foreign minister.

The official said the US would “seriously consider abstaining” if the issue of Israeli settlements was put to the vote, a diplomat told the BBC.

Those of us who support Israel find this very alarming. As Prof. Jacobson said,

If true, this would mark a very dangerous development because U.N. resolutions, even if not containing explicit sanctions, are one of the primary tools for delegitimizing Israel. Depending upon the wording of the resolution, the damage could be severe.

This could be the change Israel’s enemies were hoping for.

And now that the intention to abstain has surfaced as a possibility, it’s only a matter of time before the resolution is filed.

“Smart diplomacy”?

Brazil and That Coveted Security Council Seat

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009


My latest post, Brazil and That Coveted Security Council Seat, is up at Real Clear World.

There will be no podcast this morning.

The UN cardboard cutout?

Friday, September 25th, 2009

If this is a photoshop, it’s pretty good: Ed got it,

Barack Obama’s amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

Eric Spiegelman got the pictures from the State Dept.’s own Flickr page, it looks like it’s not a photoshop.

Khadafi’s translator burnout

Friday, September 25th, 2009

After Pres. Obama was the opening act, Gaddafi’s translator burnt out:
Translator collapsed during Khadafy’s rambling diatribe

After struggling to turn Khadafy’s insane ramblings at the UN into English for 75 minutes, the Libyan dictator’s personal interpreter got lost in translation.

“I just can’t take it any more,” Khadafy’s interpreter shouted into the live microphone – in Arabic.

At that point, the U.N.’s Arabic section chief, Rasha Ajalyaqeen, took over and translated the final 20 minutes of the speech.

“His interpreter just collapsed – this is the first time I have seen this in 25 years,” another U.N. Arabic interpreter told The Post.

But what does it matter? Not only did Khadafy/Gaddafi get the POTUS to open for him, the UN allows him to bring his own personal translators:

Breaking with protocol, Khadafy brought his own interpreters from Tripoli for Wednesday’s speech rather than use one of the 25 Arabic translators supplied by the United Nations, staff interpreters said.

It does not bode well. Richard Fernandez is as pessimistic as I:

I’m afraid that as statesmen go, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Cooling her heels somewhere offstage is Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State from whom nothing has been heard recently. There’s Vice-President Joe Biden and of course Barack Obama. In Britain there is Gordon Brown. And almost in as sad a condition are the Republicans. One can can only hope that some international crisis does not break out forcing the world to rely on the skills our great leaders to steer us through, or else we too, like the Arabic interpreter, will be headed for the liquor store, to buy or loot from its ruins depending on the circumstances.

By the way, the UN General Assembly’s next president is Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, Libya’s Secretary (Minister) of African Union Affairs, a cabinet post in the Khadafi/Gaddafi regime.

No joke there.

Khadafi/Gaddafi pitches a tent in the Venezuelan resort of Margarita.

Venezuela ASA Summit