All those years ago and yet so contemporary. Back then it was focused on The Commie Menace. Today it could just as easily focus on anti-Western radicalism.
Why is there a United Nations again?
If the fact that the most broke nation on the planet - us - is expected to foot a quarter of the entire bill covering annual U.N. expenses isn't galling enough, there are the routine attacks on the U.S. for assorted crimes against the environment, against "world peace," against income equality, and on and on.
US should return stolen land to Indian tribes, says United NationsThe fact that this joker could report (with a straight face?) that he had come upon anyone in 2012 who has been dispossessed of his or her land and/or resources - considering the fact that the last "Indian land seizures" took place around the time of Custer's Last Stand - speaks volumes about this U.N. representative's mindset. He goes out looking for names to attach to his predetermined narrative and ... voila!
Chris McGreal, The Guardian
A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination.
James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes.
Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and "numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination". [link]
If that weren't pathetic enough, now there's this:
As much of the world starves, a UN hunger expert investigates CanadaThe natural question one would be prompted to ask is: Why do we put up with this?
By Hillel Neuer, National Post
“There is no food and no clean water, nothing,” Mahmoud, a 12-year-old boy from Homs, Syria, told Reuters Thursday. “There is no shop open and we only have one meal a day. How can we live like that and survive?”
According to the World Food Program, half a million people don’t have enough to eat in Syria. Fears are growing that the regime is using hunger as a weapon.
This is the kind of emergency which should attract the attention of the UN Human Rights Council’s hunger monitor, who has the ability to spotlight situations and place them on the world agenda. Yet Olivier de Schutter of Belgium, the “Special Rapporteur on the right to food,” is not going to Syria.
Instead, the UN’s food monitor is coming to investigate Canada.
That’s right. Despite dire food emergencies around the globe, De Schutter will be devoting the scarce time and resources of the international community on an 11-day tour of Canada — a country that ranks at the bottom of global hunger concerns. [link]
The answer to which can be only one response:
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For what's it's worth, the alternative - once the U.N. is sent packing - this, is totally acceptable:
Bush, Cheney Face Torture and War Crimes ‘Charges’ in Mock Trial.
Let them have their fun. I ain't paying for it and, if the participants all get dengue fever while they're playing their silly games - the "mock trial" being staged in the jungles of Malaysia - well, all the better.