Rice kicks off U.N. series

By: Mike Allen and Jake

February 11, 2011 09:27 AM EST

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, will
argue in a major address Friday evening that the U.S. should “strengthen” — not
“starve” — the world body.

The address is the first in a series of
speeches — to continue this spring – making the case to the American people
about why the U.N. matters to national security, and how it is being
House Republicans failed this week in trying to get $180
million in overpaid dues back from the United Nations. The effort was widely
panned by New Yorkers in Congress as damaging to security.
The ambassador will be speaking to the World Affairs Council of Oregon, in
“The U.N. provides a real return on our tax dollars by
bringing 192 countries together to share the cost of providing stability, vital
aid, and hope in the world’s most broken places,” Rice says in prepared
“Because of the U.N., the world doesn’t look to America to
solve every problem alone. … We’re far better off working to strengthen the U.N.
than trying to starve it—and then having to choose between filling the void
ourselves, or leaving real threats untended

Defund the United Nations

Defund the United Nations

December 22nd, 2010

Neil Stevens, RedState.com

The United States of America keeps the United Nations afloat. In 2009 we were assessed 22% of the budget of the UN, and paid out slightly under 24% of what was collected, thanks to the Tax Equalization Fund system. So in practice we paid about a quarter of the UN budget. Without us, the UN has to do some serious belt tightening.

So if we’re going to keep alive the UN as we know it, spending $598,292,101 in a direct assessment and surely more in other expenses, we’d best make sure we’re getting our money’s worth. The Obama deficit has gone through the roof and we simply cannot afford frivolous luxuries anymore. If the UN is not achieving its mission, it’s time we stopped paying for it.

This month I believe the UN has finally crossed the threshold of uselessness, and it’s time we defund it….

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Further reasons why the UN is a useless organization – as if you needed any

Further reasons why the UN is a useless organization – as if you needed any

Ethel C. Fenig

As Rick Moran noted  last week when learning that Iran was elected to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, it is time to agitate for the US Out of the UN as his files “Idiotic Things Done by the UN” and “Reasons the UN Should Never, Ever, Be Taken Seriously” are too mild.

Anne Bayefsky of Eye on the UN has further proof that leaving the UN is now the only serious option for those who take human rights and/or any form of decent intraplanetary government co-operation seriously.

Iran’s election to the UN Commission on the Status of Women on April 28, 2010 wasn’t the only UN shocker that day. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Sudan and Zimbabwe are among the dictatorships and human rights basket-cases elected to UN leadership roles and positions that entail responsibilities diametrically opposed to their qualifications.* UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations: Sudan, Cuba, China, Pakistan
* UN Commission on Social Development: Cuba, Egypt, Zimbabwe
* UN Commission on the Status of Women: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran
* UN Commission on Sustainable Development: Angola, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia
* UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Governing Council: Iran

For example, let’s look at the UN’s Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).

In plain language, this Committee gets to decide what NGOs are permitted to get UN passes, passes which will allow them into the UN, to lobby governments and to participate and speak at UN meetings.Who gets to choose the right and wrong NGOs? On April 28 the UN re-elected Sudan, Cuba, China and Pakistan.
Their qualifications for the job?


(US State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2009, Sudan)
“[T]he government expelled 13 humanitarian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from the country. The government also shut down three Sudanese NGOs in March…As of year’s end whereabouts [of the cofounder of the NGO Darfur Forum for Reconciliation and Peaceful Coexistence] were unknown…Security forces arbitrarily arrested and detained…NGO members…(snip)


(US State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2009, Cuba)
“[T]he government did not recognize any domestic human rights groups or permit them to function legally…There are no officially recognized, independent NGOs that monitor human rights…(snip)


(US State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2009, China)
“Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), both local and international, continued to face intense scrutiny and restrictions…[T]he government maintained a task force aimed at blocking political change advocated by NGOs involved in social, political, and charitable activities, and also by groups dedicated to combating discrimination against women, persons with disabilities, and minorities…


The full reports for each commission and its member countries are equally farcical, mocking the purpose of their commissions while prolonging the suffering of the people they are to protect.

Starving foxes guarding henhouses would be more reliable.