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    USA announced withdrawal from UNESCO

    US State Dept announces country's withdrawal from UNESCO because of UNESCO's "anti-Israel bias".
    Claims that UNESCO needs "fundamental changes".
    UNESCO's director upset by the decision.

    (Sorry misskit, no link, seeing a ticker running on RT - not sure whether to believe?)

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    ^ Meat on the bones for you ...


    US withdraws from UNESCO due to claims of anti-Israel bias



    The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO, the United Nation's cultural and educational agency, effective December 31, the
    US State Department has said in a statement.



    Key points:
    • UNESCO is voting to choose a new director this week amid tensions over funding trouble and divisions over Palestine membership
    • The US pulled out of UNESCO in the 1980s then joined again in 2003
    • UNESCO is best known or its World Heritage program


    "This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation,
    and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," the department said, adding that the United States would seek to "remain engaged … as a non-member
    observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise."

    While the US stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011, the State Department has maintained a UNESCO
    office at its Paris headquarters and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes.

    UNESCO expressed regret over the United States' official decision to leave its organisation.

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    How about the world ban the US from the UN due to pro-Israel bias?

    ""remain engaged … as a non-member
    observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise."". No, fcuk off. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Fcuk off with your politicking from the sidelines.

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    The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO,
    And Israel follows the suit.
    (New sheriff in town: well done)

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    It just never stops. This is just outrageous.

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    And Israel follows the suit.
    Or was it the other way around?

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    Bit more orange cunto pandering there eh?

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    It's Kushner's first step in solving the problems in the Middle East....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    It's Kushner's first step in solving the problems in the Middle East....
    The USA is leaving UNESCO ... not the UN

    UNESCO ... The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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    The USA hasn't been funding UNESCO for several years- so why weren't they chucked out? They do not deserve to be a member anyway, no more than Israel or Nth Korea. Good riddance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    The USA is leaving UNESCO ... not the UN

    UNESCO ... The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    And the UNESCO branch of the body is the only reasonable side -
    Remembering what the UNESCO directive is about....preserving/protecting world heritage sites, endangered species [flora/fauna] and primeval forest.....engaged in broad applications for children's education and basic nutrition, etc, etc - with a history of working with worldwide charitable/activist organizations that promote general betterment.

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    Well let's face it, I've seen more culture in a pot of fucking yoghurt then there is in this administration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    UNESCO ... The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    There would be no surprise from anybody anywhere that the Trump administration is not supportive of education, science, or culture.


    BTW, what has education, science, and culture got to do with international Israel/Palestine politics? Has UNESCO criticised Israel for it's habit of banning chidren's books and crayons from reaching Gaza?

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    The key issue, as with many US-UN disputes, is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In October 2011, UNESCO admitted the Palestinian territories to the organization as an independent member-state called Palestine. This triggered a US law which cut off American funding for any organization that recognized an independent Palestine. The US had previously paid for 22 percent ($80 million) of UNESCO’s annual budget.

    Finally, in 2013, after the US missed several rounds of payments to UNESCO, the organization suspended US voting rights in its core decision-making bodies. So the US hasn’t been a real UNESCO member for a while. Trump is just making that status official — and scoring a domestic public relations coup with pro-Israel, anti-UN conservatives in the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    The USA hasn't been funding UNESCO for several years- so why weren't they chucked out? They do not deserve to be a member anyway, no more than Israel or Nth Korea. Good riddance.
    exactly, they are just making it official

    another good achievement by the Trump administration,

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    And the UNESCO branch of the body is the only reasonable side -
    Thailand has 5 UNESCO heritage sites:

    Cultural (3)
    Ban Chiang Archaeological Site (1992)
    Historic City of Ayutthaya (1991)
    Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns (1991)

    Natural (2)
    Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (2005)
    Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries (1991)

    Thailand - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    The key issue, as with many US-UN disputes, is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


    UN report: Israel has established an 'apartheid regime' | | Al Jazeera

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    Wikileaks
    On 16 and 17 February 2012, UNESCO held a conference entitled, "The Media World after WikiLeaks and News of the World."[132] Despite all six panels being focused on WikiLeaks, no member of WikiLeaks staff were invited to speak. After receiving a complaint from WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, UNESCO invited him to attend, but did not offer a place on any panels.[133] The offer also came only a week before the conference, which was held in Paris, France. Many of the speakers featured, including David Leigh and Heather Brooke, had spoken out openly against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange in the past.[134][135] WikiLeaks released a press statement on 15 February 2012 denouncing UNESCO which stated, "UNESCO has made itself an international human rights joke. To use "freedom of expression" to censor WikiLeaks from a conference about WikiLeaks is an Orwellian absurdity beyond words."[136]

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    At a Tumultuous Moment, Unesco Picks a New Leader
    Oct 13, 2017PARIS — A former culture minister from France was elected on Friday to lead Unesco, the United Nations educational and cultural agency, a decision that was overshadowed by the Trump administration’s decision a day earlier to withdraw the United States from the organization.

    The change of leadership comes at a tumultuous time for the agency, whose goals of promoting education and defending human rights have been hampered in recent years by a lack of funding and disputes between member states, which sometimes use the organization as a forum to settle political or historical scores.
    The former culture minister, Audrey Azoulay, was elected by Unesco’s executive board, meeting at the organization’s Paris headquarters, to a four-year term. She defeated Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, a Qatari diplomat.

    Unesco is best known for designating World Heritage sites, more than 1,000 of them since 1972, including ones like Yosemite National Park in California and the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan. It is also known for its educational programs, and it works extensively on the promotion of sex education, literacy, clean water and equality for women.

    But it has suffered in recent years from a lack of funding as well as accusations of political bias, especially on matters related to the Israelis and Palestinians. Unesco member states have used the organization to rehash historical disputes, fight over competing claims to cultural heritage and challenge the international legitimacy of their rivals.

    The United States will withdraw by the end of next year, but will remain a nonmember observer at Unesco, according to American officials. The United States had already cut off all contributions to Unesco’s budget, in 2011, after Palestine was voted a full member, depriving the agency of nearly a fifth of its budget and forcing it to slash programs.

    The move by the United States was met with dismay in Europe, where many see the Trump administration as increasingly withdrawn from the rest of the world and reluctant to engage in multilateral discussions — most recently, for instance, with President Trump’s disavowal on Friday of the Iran nuclear deal.

    Unesco’s current director general, Irina Bokova, a former diplomat from Bulgaria, was the first woman and first Eastern European to lead the organization. She was elected in 2009 and again in 2013.

    Ms. Azoulay, who was born into a Jewish Moroccan family, served for just over a year as culture minister under President François Hollande. Although she declared her candidacy before the election of the current president, Emmanuel Macron, the new government supported her bid.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/w...co-france.html

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    They should kick the US off the Security Council.

    Now that would embarrass the orange cunto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They should kick the US off the Security Council.

    Which should have been done decades ago.
    Any American influence on the world is only detrimental.

    Remove/ban the U.S. from any UN participation and activity.
    If that means relocating the entire UN body and infrastructure elsewhere, so be it.

    How about Zurich?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They should kick the US off the Security Council.
    They should dissolve the permanent members with veto vote.

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    Unesco resolution on Jerusalem


    Those in favour were: Azerbaijan, Cuba, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.



    The Educational, Scientific and Cultural (countries) Organization

    Some news just needs NO commentary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    Unesco resolution on Jerusalem
    Some news just needs NO commentary.
    ???
    What resolution do you mean? There have been quite a lot of about Jerusalem. One of the latest:

    UNESCO DISAVOWS ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY IN JERUSALEM IN 22-10 VOTE
    May 2, 2017

    With 22 nations supporting the measure, 10 opposing it, 23 countries abstaining and three absent, the 58-member UNESCO Executive Board gathered in Paris on Israel’s birthday approved the resolution referred to as “occupied Palestine.”

    Israel had feared it would lose European support, particularly given that as a result of a German-led effort, the 11 EU states on the board had met with the resolution’s Arab sponsors to work on a common language.

    But those efforts fell apart when both Italy and the UK stated that they would oppose the measures, while Sweden was bent on supporting it.

    The ten countries who opposed the measure were: the United States, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece, Germany, Paraguay, Togo and Ukraine.

    Some of the countries that abstained were:Estonia, France, Slovenia, Spain, India, Japan, Kenya and Uganda.

    Countries that supported the measure included: Russia, Iran, South Africa, China, Brazil and Vietnam.

    Among the leaders Netanyahu spoke to in the last few days were the presidents of Ukraine, Paraguay and Kenya, as well as the prime minister of Greece and the foreign minister of Italy.

    The resolution was submitted by: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

    The PA Foreign Affairs Ministry declared the vote a victory for international law and a statement against Israel’s “occupation” in Jerusalem.

    The vote reaffirms “centrality of Jerusalem to world heritage as well as the need to confront the dangers posed by the illegal practices of Israel, the occupying power, in the city and elsewhere, which threaten the cultural and historical integrity of these invaluable sites.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, meanwhile, expressed Israel’s anger at Sweden – the only EU country to vote for the resolution – in a tweet he posted. “Hard to believe Sweden is the only European country which voted against Israel at UNESCO today! Nothing short of shameful.” He capped the tweet off with a thumbs-down emoji.

    It was not immediately clear whether or not Israel would summon Sweden’s ambassador to the Foreign Ministry to protest the vote.

    UNESCO disavows Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem in 22-10 vote - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

    I do not see how the Kingdom of Tonga has voted...

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    Dare say to be critical of anything Israel or Jewish.
    Always the manufactured victim and good guy.


    The fantasy revives itself.

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