Jack Montgomery – January 12, 2017
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has unveiled his plan to promote global mass migration in the left-liberal Guardian newspaper.
Guterres, a former Socialist Party prime minister in his native Portugal, took over the top job at the UN on January 1st, having previously served as the institution’s High Commissioner for Refugees.
His article, titled ‘Migration can benefit the world. This is how we at the UN plan to help’, makes the bold claim that mass migration “powers economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies”, in order to promote the Global Compact for Migration.
“This will be the first overarching international agreement of its kind,” he boasted — but claimed it would not “place any binding obligations on states”, but rather serve as “an unprecedented opportunity for leaders to counter the pernicious myths surrounding migrants”.
Bob Unruh – January 2, 2017
Religious leaders in Israel are concerned that the United Nations’ is promoting idolatry after word was released that the organization is helping fund a reproduction of a third pagan god – the goddess of “extra-marital relations.”
First, the global body was part of the funding of the re-creation of the Roman triumphal arch that once welcomed travelers to the Temple of Baal.
Then it was the re-creation of a statue of the goddess Athena that once stood in Palmyra.
Now, Breaking Israel News reports a third project is nearing completion, and it again has a theme of pagan gods.
BIN reported a UNESCO-funded project “reproduced a statue of a lion, the third project of its kind the organization has supported.”
Joe Kovacs, author of “Shocked By The Bible 2,” says the sad spectacle is part of an old story.
“The promotion of pagan gods is certainly nothing new, and it again shows we’re all living in what I call ‘Opposite World,’” he explained.
Melissa Quinn – December 30, 2017
Israel has formally notified UNESCO of its withdrawal from the education and science organization, joining the U.S.
The Israeli government sent its official notice Friday, and it will leave the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization effective Dec. 31, 2018.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO’s director-general, said she regrets Israel’s decision and believes “it is inside UNESCO and not outside it that States can best seek to overcome differences in the organization’s field of competence.”
“A Member of UNESCO since 1949, Israel has a rightful place inside the United Nations agency that is dedicated to education, culture and science,” Azoulay said in a statement.
TruNews – December 26, 2017
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations announced Monday that it had reached an agreement with the world body to cut its annual contribution to its operating budget by $285 million.
The Christmas morning surprise reflects a nearly 9-percent cut in direct funding to the world body, but may not reflect the entire reduction in expense to U.S. taxpayers. U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley explained she and her staff have “reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions,” and “instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.”
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending—in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN—is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests.”
RT – December 23, 2017
Several states are “seriously considering” moving their embassies to Jerusalem, the Israeli PM has claimed, while Palestinians continue to desperately protest the US’ controversial recognition of the Holy City as Israel’s capital.
“We’re now talking to several countries who are seriously considering saying exactly the same thing as the United States and moving their embassies to Jerusalem,” Benjamin Netanyahu told CNN, refusing to disclose the specific countries. “I could tell you that, but I won’t, because I want it to succeed and I think there’s a good chance it will.”
Newsmax – December 24, 2017
The latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against it, North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, threatening to punish those who supported the measure.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad.
The U.N. resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and, in a last-minute change, demands the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months, instead of 12 months as first proposed.
EDITH M. LEDERER – December 22, 2017
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions on North Korea Friday in response to the latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the U.S. mainland.
The new sanctions approved in the council resolution include sharply cutting limits on North Korea’s imports of refined oil, forcing all North Koreans working overseas to return home within 24 months, and cracking down on shipping to and from the country.
But the resolution doesn’t include even harsher sanctions sought by the Trump administration, such as prohibiting all oil imports and freezing the international assets of North Korea’s government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.
Sputnik News – December 21, 2017
The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution that rejects US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after 128 member states voted in favor of the move.
Nine countries voted against the resolution and 35 countries abstained. The resolution condemns both US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as Washington’s decision to move its embassy to the ancient city.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said before the vote to those at the meeting that Washington, the largest contributor to the international body, will remember the voting day. President Donald Trump threatened to withhold US aid to countries that voted in favor of the General Assembly resolution but stopped short of warning that US contributions to the United Nations itself would also be at stake.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said following the vote that Tel Aviv refuses to accept the UNGA’s decision, but notes with satisfaction that many countries supported the Jewish state.
RT – December 19, 2017
The UN General Assembly will hold a special session on Thursday, following a request by Arab and Muslim states. The countries have cited the US decision to veto a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem.
According to Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour, the General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution calling for Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to be withdrawn. The same resolution, put to the UN Security Council, was vetoed by the United States on Monday.
The US – along with Russia, China, the UK, and France – is a permanent member of the Security Council, meaning that resolutions cannot be passed if it exercises its “right to veto.” All other UNSC members voted in favor of the resolution on Monday.
The representatives are seeking to invoke UN Resolution 377, known as the “Uniting for Peace” resolution, which is the only way to circumvent a Security Council veto. The resolution states that the assembly can call an emergency special session to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures,” if the Security Council fails to act.
DW – December 18, 2017
The United States vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council to reaffirm Jerusalem’s status as unresolved on Monday, following US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
The remaining 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution.
The draft needed nine backing votes from the Council’s 14 members to pass, including no vetoes from the permanent members: the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China.
“What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten,” said US Ambassador Nikki Haley, describing the measure as “one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Haley said it was the first veto cast by the United States in the Security Council in more than six years.