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  • Insider: Guardians of Antiquity?

    06/13/2008 12:31:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies · 118+ views
    Archaeology ^ | July/August 2008 | review by Roger Atwood
    James Cuno, president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago, posits in his new book Who Owns Antiquity? (Princeton University Press, $24.95) that the UNESCO treaty and laws enacted around the world aimed at applying its principles have done nothing to stop looting and have succeeded only in inhibiting the global movement of art. UNESCO, he argues, has impoverished our understanding of one another and contributed to a stale, narrowly nationalistic view of culture. More specifically, these laws have prevented museums like his from acquiring antiquities as they have in the past. He calls them "nationalist retentionist cultural property...
  • Anti-Bullying Bill Up for Senate Vote Today

    01/03/2008 5:37:45 AM PST · by Calpernia · 20 replies · 164+ views
    NJ and NJ 101.5 via NewYorkCityCommunity blog ^ | 1/3/2008 9:23 AM | Senators BARBARA BUONO, LORETTA WEINBERG, Karcher and Lesniak
    Excerpt from NJ101.5 "The legislature can't cure the problem," says State Senator Loretta Weinberg, "The only thing we can cure with legislation is to make sure that people know they can't act on those biases." Weinberg sponsors a bill scheduled for a vote today in the full Senate that would amend the law concerning the crime of bias intimidation to specifically provide that "gender identity or expression" and "national origin" are within the protected classes set forth in the statute. Currently a bias crime based on gender identity or expression or national origin can be prosecuted using the protected classes...
  • How Environmentalists Intend to Rule the World

    12/09/2007 4:51:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies · 978+ views
    Sovereignty ^ | Fall 2007 | Ron Arnold
    Critics have long believed environmentalists were planning global domination. The problem with making a credible case against such an ambitious plan was simple: no environmental leader had published one. Yet conflicts over global warming, world trade, multinational corporations, population control, sustainable futures, and transnational government left little doubt that environmentalists in fact shared the unspoken aim of wielding supreme power over a green future. But there was no proof. For years, critics, lacking hard evidence, were reduced to piecing together a jigsaw puzzle of suspicious environmentalist actions - funding from huge charitable trusts, ties to the broader "progressive" community, and...
  • China silently nuclearizing South Asia

    09/19/2007 6:57:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 150+ views
    United Press International-Asia ^ | Sep. 17,2007 | M.D. NALAPAT
    Commentary: China silently nuclearizing South Asia MANIPAL, Sep. 17 M.D. NALAPAT Column: Future Present In 1999 this columnist put forward the theory of a "proxy nuclear state," a country that has had nuclear capability grafted onto it by an outside power. Thus far, China has developed two such states -- North Korea (to harry Japan) and Pakistan (to contain India). A third, Bangladesh, is well on the way, with Iran a likely candidate for a future in which tensions with the United States reach the 1950s level. China's warming strategic relationship with Russia has resulted in Moscow going along as...
  • Debating the future of Afghan Buddhas

    08/25/2007 11:54:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 437+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 25 2007 | Charles Haviland
    Seven years ago, it was a place of serene contemplation. Now it is a vast, gaping chasm, filled with dust, noise and what looks like rubble, with signs warning that hard hats must be worn. This is the niche which used to house the one of the world's tallest Buddhas - 55 metres high. In it you can still see slight swellings where its feet used to be, and ghostly traces of where the head and neck were. In the early morning light, a huge bulldozer shifts massive blocks of the destroyed colossus, already labelled and classified, into undercover storage...
  • Egypt derides 7 wonders of world contest

    01/29/2007 6:54:51 AM PST · by presidio9 · 115 replies · 2,770+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01/01/07 | ANNA JOHNSON
    Egypt is scoffing at a global contest to name the new seven wonders of the world, saying it is a disgrace that the ancient Pyramids of Giza — the only surviving structure from the traditional list of architectural marvels — must compete for a spot. ADVERTISEMENT Top Egyptian officials have criticized the popular contest that urges people around the world to vote for their top sites from a list of 21 finalists that lumps the pyramids with upstart wonders like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and Peru's Machu Picchu. The pyramids are "living in the hearts of people...
  • Education for Sustainable Tyranny - The United Nations Plan for our Children

    11/09/2006 7:00:54 PM PST · by libertylovinactivist · 11 replies · 588+ views
    On September 10, 2003 in Prague at the International Conference on Education for a Sustainable Future, the United Nations declared 2005 through 2015, "The Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)." To nobody's surprise, the UN also named UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) as the lead agency for this global effort. The official launch ceremony took place on March 1, 2005 in New York City.1 Few Americans paid attention. They should have.
  • Spectator to genocide: U.S. Marine captain in Darfur ends up mapping crimes in progress

    03/29/2005 4:37:15 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 16 replies · 1,001+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/2/05 | Priya Abraham
    Brian Steidle's only weapons against mass killing were his pen, paper, and camera. The former Marine captain catalogs what they caught in Darfur, Sudan, with quick-fire urgency: toddlers with their faces smashed in, men castrated and left to bleed to death, charred bodies of villagers locked in huts later burned down. Charged only with monitoring ceasefire violations in the war-wracked region, he soon grew weary of playing spectator to genocide. So after six months, the 28-year-old Mr. Steidle returned to the United States a month ago and launched his own offensive to stop the killing. In mid-March he criss-crossed Washington,...

    08/03/2006 4:22:37 AM PDT · by Republicain · 8 replies · 475+ views
    AKI ^ | 08/03/2006
    New York, 3 August (AKI) - With violence escalating in Afghanistan, the head of the United Nations cultural agency has condemned a suicide bomb attack in Kandahar that killed a television cameraman and several other civilians, saying he was "particularly horrified" as the bombers had waited for a crowd to gather to inflict maximum suffering. "The killing of civilians is completely unacceptable and the targeting of media professionals is particularly reprehensible," said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO. Abdul Qodus, a cameraman for the privately-owned TV station Aryana, and a driver employed by the same company, were killed when a Taleban...
  • Iran wants disputed clay tablets returned from US

    07/17/2006 11:18:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | Wed Jul 12, 2006 | Edmund Blair
    The 2,500-year-old Persian tablets, which have been studied for decades at the University of Chicago, give a unique insight into the workings of the Persian empire with cuneiform etchings of payments and rations made to priests, guards and workers... those still under study are at the center of an Israeli compensation suit connected to a shooting in the West Bank blamed on an Iranian-backed group. A U.S. court has ruled that Iran's assets can be seized and last month a U.S. judge upheld the ruling, prompting a new campaign by Iran to secure the tablets' return, including an appeal to...
  • 2003 UN Report: Iraq Sulfur Mustard Gas Chemical Weapons Have High Quality After 12 years of Storage

    06/22/2006 11:38:34 AM PDT · by jveritas · 210 replies · 12,375+ views
    March 2003 UN Iraq WMD Report ^ | June 22 2006 | jveritas
    Since the story broke yesterday about finding 500 Shells of Chemical Weapons in Iraq, shells that contain Sulfur Mustard Gas or Sarin Gas, the Left and their media were quick to dismiss this extremely important find by using the lame excuse that these Chemical weapons Shells were produced before 1991 and hence its not effective anymore because it has much lower quality”. However in March 2003 UN report about Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction there is the following on page 77 (Page 79 of the pdf file), paragraph 1 of the report : “ The Sulfur Mustard contained in...
  • Might everything disappear?

    05/29/2006 3:05:34 AM PDT · by gallaxyglue · 36 replies · 840+ views
    UNESCO ^ | 05/05/06 | UNESCOPRESS
    05-05-2006 10:00 am “Might everything disappear? Species, languages, cultures, values…” is the theme to be debated at the next 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO on 9 May 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, (Room II). Chaired by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and moderated by Jérôme Bindé, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Division of Foresight the talks will bring together four personalities of international renown. Jean Baudrillard teaches sociology at the Universities of Paris IX and X and lectures internationally. His numerous published works include: The Consumer Society: Myths and...
  • Unesco intends to put the magic back in Babylon (Prophesy to come true?)

    05/04/2006 6:48:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 26 replies · 1,367+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006 | Jeffrey Gettleman
    BABYLON, Iraq - In this ancient city, it is hard to tell what are ruins and what is just ruined. Crumbling mud-brick buildings, some 2,500 years old, look like smashed sandcastles at the beach. Signs of military occupation are everywhere: trenches, bullet casings, shiny coils of razor wire and blast walls stamped "This side Scud protection." Babylon, the city with the million- dollar name, has paid the price of war. It has been ransacked, looted, torn up, paved over, neglected and roughly occupied. Archaeologists said American soldiers had even used soil thick with priceless artifacts to stuff sandbags. But Iraqi...
  • The UN's "Borderless" World

    04/24/2006 4:45:28 AM PDT · by Klickitat · 53 replies · 1,171+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | 04-24-06 | Joseph Klein
    The UN's "Borderless" WorldBy Joseph | April 24, 2006 While pro-immigrant rallies get most of the attention from the mainstream press, many law-abiding American citizens are fed up with the reality of tens of thousands of foreign nationals every few weeks continuing to enter this country illegally through our porous borders, added to the more than 11 million illegal aliens who are already here.  Americans are bearing a grossly disproportionate share of the security risks and economic costs associated with such migration, which makes it a national problem for Americans to solve through their elected representatives and through voluntary...
  • Auschwitz name change proposal angers Jewish community

    04/11/2006 10:50:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 47 replies · 2,122+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 11.04.06 | Michal Kubicki
    Auschwitz name change proposal angers Jewish community Poland’s request to UNESCO for the name of Auschwitz to be changed on the World Heritage List to the Nazi-German Concentration Camp has met with criticism from the international Jewish community. Michal Kubicki reports 11.04.06 Poland has asked the UN culture organization UNESCO to describe the former Auschwitz camp as ‘Nazi’ and ‘German’ in the UNESCO list of heritage sites. UESCO is to respond to the request by the end of June. In Germany the proposal has provoked mixed reactions. At present the site of the former camp is listed as the “Auschwitz...
  • International ignorance about Auschwitz

    04/11/2006 1:33:17 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 122 replies · 1,674+ views
    Knowing that there is a widespread misconception about the origin of and operation of the Nazi German Auschwitz Birkenau death camps, the Polish government is taking steps to change the name of the camps to emphasize that the camps were Nazi German facilities. This proposal to change the name has met with resistance from some quarters. At the same time it has stirred a sudden debate in Poland that has raised the ire of both the Jewish people who were prisoners at the camp, Polish veterans groups and the families of Polish people who were also prisoners at the camps....
  • Left’s Utopia Totalitarian Hell on Earth

    03/17/2006 6:57:33 AM PST · by little jeremiah · 38 replies · 1,731+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | Friday March 17 2006 | Linda Kimball
    Left’s Utopia Totalitarian Hell on Earth Lurking within the twisted corridors of the left’s collective mind dwells the seductive image of a glorious utopia. Leftists are certain that with their Promethean genius they could build an earthly utopia if they could but acquire total control over the world, its wealth, resources, and every human person. The infuriating stumbling block is Americans who hold traditional values. These Americans refuse to worship the ''new gods''…the Promethean Left… and vigorously cling to their individuality and inalienable rights. For these reasons, the left—driven by malignant envy and seething rage—has been waging an all-out ''slash...
  • United Nations Proposal: World Taxation Without Representation

    03/15/2006 9:20:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 77 replies · 1,288+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 15, 2006 | Paul M. Weyrich
    Researcher Cliff Kincaid has devoted his life in recent years to studying what is happening at the United Nations. He fortunately has a strong stomach. This amalgamation of nations which continually is envious of the prosperity of the United States convenes to debate new ways that we can be taxed for their benefit. A few months ago the UN had its sights firmly on the Internet. Thanks to Kincaid and others these designs were exposed early on and the UN was forced temporarily to back off taxation of the Internet. The retreat is only tactical - one step back to...
  • Bolton's warning

    03/01/2006 5:52:03 PM PST · by BlueJ7 · 7 replies · 729+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3 8 06 | By Helle Dale
    It may also be noted that another U.N. organization, the U.N. Educational and Social Committee (UNESCO) just recently awarded President HUGO CHAVEZ of Venezuela a human rights award, presented by none other than Cuban dictator FIDEL CASTRO. This would be laughable were it not so outrageous.
  • N.Y. Times Praises Bolton's U.N. Human Rights Stand (IN Other News, The Sky is Falling!)

    02/27/2006 7:29:54 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 11 replies · 563+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2./27/06
    The New York Times has never been a big fan of John Bolton, but the Gray Lady has come out in support of his efforts to shake up the ineffectual U.N. Human Rights Commission. "When it comes to reforming the disgraceful United Nations Human Rights Commission, America’s ambassador, John Bolton, is right,” the Times declares in an editorial. "Secretary General Kofi Annan is wrong, and leading international human rights groups have unwisely put their preference for multilateral consensus ahead of their duty to fight for the strongest possible human rights protection.” Some of the world’s worst violators of basic human...
  • Advance warning [Bolton at UN]

    02/27/2006 5:37:44 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies · 821+ views
    Gulf Today ^ | 2-27-06
    US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is known for his radical views on the world body. The combative diplomat has never taken kindly of its activities. The Group of 77 developing countries are angry over his strong views on reshaping the UN by cutting its budget and tightening its role. His very often contemptuous stand has rattled US allies, such as Britain. Even American senators expressed their displeasure by refusing to confirm his nomination as UN ambassador. President George W. Bush had to resort to circumvention to get him the UN posting. As a fierce UN critic, Bolton...
  • The UN Plan for Your Mental Health (UNESCO)

    02/08/2006 7:07:51 PM PST · by Calpernia · 233 replies · 2,808+ views
    The crossroad ^ | by Berit Kjos
    "We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health maybe even more so."5 Donna Shalala, former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services "Mental health refers to how a person thinks, feels, and acts when faced with life's situations." National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network [link now obsolete] "The challenge to humanity is to adopt new ways of thinking, new ways of acting, new ways of organizing itself in society in short, new ways of living."20 Our Creative Diversity, UNESCO Don't be deceived by nice sounding labels such as Healthy Start, Healthy People, Healthy...
  • U.N. Award to Venezuela's Chavez Sparks Criticism From America (Barf)

    02/07/2006 8:31:12 PM PST · by proud_yank · 15 replies · 567+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | Feb 7, 2006 | BENNY AVNI
    UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. agency is in the middle of an escalating war of words between Washington and Caracas after awarding President Chavez of Venezuela its $5,000 Jose Marti prize, bestowed in Havana by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The prize, given by the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and, according to its Web site, intended to promote the heritage and values of Latin America, has been obscured from the public eye for more than a decade. As Friday's awards ceremony became an occasion for spreading anti-American sentiment, the Marti prize, and Unesco's choice of Mr. Chavez as its...
  • Chavez: U.S. Threatened by Leftist Leaders (receives UNESCO and Cuba sponsored 'Marti' award)

    02/03/2006 9:03:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 468+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/3/06 | Vanessa Arrington - ap
    HAVANA - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, receiving a U.N. prize handed over by Fidel Castro on Friday, said Washington was right to be concerned by Latin America's tilt to the left because it represents a threat to the U.S. "empire." Chavez was visiting Havana amid an intensifying propaganda war between Washington and Latin America's leftist leaders. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld compared Chavez to Adolf Hitler and warned darkly Thursday about populist leadership in Bolivia and Cuba. "They are right to be worried, because they know what's happening here," Chavez said in a speech lasting more than 2 1/2...
  • UNESCO bestows 2006

    12/16/2005 7:28:42 AM PST · by Roamin53 · 7 replies · 474+ views ^ | 12/15 | granma
    UNESCO bestows 2006 José Martí International Award on President Chávez PARIS, Dec. 14—Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías is the recipient of UNESCO 2005 José Martí International Award, granted by a jury made up of outstanding international individuals, according to an announcement issued today by that organization in this capital. The José Martí Award was created in 1994 by the UNESCO Executive Council in tribute to Cuba’s national hero and founding father of its independence. According to its guidelines, it is “aimed at promoting and rewarding a particularly meritorious activity that, according to the ideals and spirit of José Martí and...
  • Psychopolitics: Erasing Christianity through the 'Consensus Process"

    12/13/2005 1:22:47 PM PST · by Lindykim · 54 replies · 2,381+ views ^ | Dec. 13, 2005 | Linda Kimball
    "Not too many years ago, Americans had never heard of sensitivity training, and if a facilitator of it had tried to convince them that they needed to be conditioned by it, he would have been told, very quickly and in no uncertain terms, to take a hike.  However, step by careful step, sensitivity training began to be stealthily inserted into our society.  Today, Americans simply submit to it without much thought, let alone any protest."  ("Psychopolitics: Joe Six-Pack and the Crocodile" Linda Kimball)   Sensitivity training, hate-crime laws, political correctness, multiculturalism, and the group dynamics and/or 'facilitated consensus process'---all of...
  • Russia supports new international alliance - foreign minister

    10/11/2005 6:23:20 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 255+ views ^ | 14:53 | 11/ 10/ 2005
    Russia supports new international alliance - foreign minister 14:53 | 11/ 10/ 2005 PARIS, October 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday the harmonious coexistence of different cultures between and within countries was the main goal of the coming decade. "The terrorist attacks in recent years have highlighted the problem," Lavrov said in an address to the 33rd session of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in the French capital. During his Monday visit in Spain, Lavrov confirmed Russia's support for a Turkish-Spanish initiative to create an Alliance of Civilizations, which is designed to...
  • Bill Gates Teams Up With UNESCO

    11/29/2005 7:52:29 AM PST · by rob777 · 22 replies · 550+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Nov 28, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    On Jan. 22, 1997, President Bill Clinton made a speech to a suburban Chicago audience so friendly that it interrupted him with applause 29 times. One line in his speech, however, was greeted with stony silence: "We can no longer hide behind our love of local control of the schools." Clinton is gone from the White House, but the federalization laws of his administration - Goals 2000, School-to-Work, and Workforce Investment - are still in place. President George W. Bush, who says the federal government has "a role to play in education," has merely substituted labels more comforting to Republicans:...
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates teams up with UNESCO

    11/28/2005 9:26:40 PM PST · by conservativefreak · 30 replies · 747+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 28k, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    On Jan. 22, 1997, President Bill Clinton made a speech to a suburban Chicago audience so friendly that it interrupted him with applause 29 times. One line in his speech, however, was greeted with stony silence: "We can no longer hide behind our love of local control of the schools." Clinton is gone from the White House, but the federalization laws of his administration - Goals 2000, School-to-Work, and Workforce Investment - are still in place. President George W. Bush, who says the federal government has "a role to play in education," has merely substituted labels more comforting to Republicans:...
  • U.N. Adds to List of Cultural Treasures

    11/27/2005 1:03:11 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies · 349+ views via AP Wire ^ | November 27, 2005 | JAMEY KEATEN
    UNESCO head Koichiro Matsuura, who announced the list of 43 traditions, said he was glad it included developing countries from Africa and elsewhere. Cultural traditions are chosen based upon their risk of disappearing, as well as their cultural value and importance to their communities. "Despite the vitality and the strength of these cultural expressions," he said at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, "they are many that need urgent and immediate safeguarding." The list was the third issued by the U.N. organization, and "will probably be the last," a UNESCO statement said. Countries submitted 64 applications this year, which the agency whittled down...
  • Cultural Buttinskis

    11/23/2005 12:07:06 PM PST · by Daralundy · 1 replies · 457+ views
    National Review ^ | November 22, 2005 | Candace de Russy
    On October 20 the U.N.'s cultural wing, UNESCO adopted an insidious treaty to preserve the world's "cultural security" — a locution concocted by U.N. Chinese delegates in support of the proposition that culturally weak nations should be able to protect against the influence of culturally powerful ones by barring cultural imports and subsidizing their own culture. The vote in Paris was 148-2, with only the United States and Israel opposed. This latest French- and Canadian-instigated folie by UNESCO, with its history of corruption and anti-Americanism, could ignite the mother of all culture wars and shackle free cultural interchange. The agreement...
  • U.N. Group Moves to Narrow Digital Divide [Barf]

    11/17/2005 6:57:53 AM PST · by jjm2111 · 16 replies · 518+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 11/17/05 | MATT MOORE, Associated Press Writer
    TUNIS, Tunisia - A U.N. technology summit was focused Thursday on bringing more communications, including Internet access, to developing countries where the cost has been too high and the technology too low-tech. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Senegalese President H.E. Wade were among the leaders scheduled to address the World Summit on the Information Society, which ends on Friday. At the same time, several companies and organizations were unveiling their plans to bring the world closer and, in a sense, narrow the digital divide, by providing laptops that cost just US$100 (euro85) to portable, satellite-based radios that can pull in...
  • UNESCO vs. Hollywood

    11/11/2005 5:31:09 AM PST · by paudio · 4 replies · 399+ views ^ | 11.11.05 | Brent Bozell
    You had to go outside the United States to catch some of the outrage. The Vancouver Sun editorialized: "Canada and France championed the treaty, whose effect is to ensure that cultural products (yes, those foul movies and music videos the United States exports to eager consumers around the world) aren't covered under free-trade agreements and can be subsidized, tariffed, regulated and generally mauled in any way governments choose." From Tinseltown, the Los Angeles Times did write an editorial suggesting France and Canada were "ardent advocates" protecting their own media industries from "the onslaught of tasteless American media," and predicted that...
  • Preserving Culture, or Curtailing Freedom? (UNESCO & UN)

    11/02/2005 5:59:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 344+ views
    FOX News ^ | 11.01.05 | Wendy McElroy
    On Oct. 20, by a vote of 148 to 2, the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) approved the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (preliminary draft).Only the U.S and Israel dissented. The Convention will be in force after ratification by 30 governments. Before that happens, the U.S. should withdraw from UNESCO as it did in 1984. ......Presumably this means subsidies, tariffs, and other trade barriers.The State Department has expressed concern that the CCD could become "a basis for impermissible new barriers to trade in goods, services, or agricultural products that might...
  • The Other Important Culture War

    10/24/2005 7:44:12 AM PDT · by EarthStomper · 12 replies · 638+ views ^ | 10-24-05 | Neil Hrab
    Harriet Miers's nomination, the Iraqi referendum, rumors of resignations among top White House staff -- news junkies have had a busy week. Comes now another intriguing story meriting attention. A United Nations agency is helping spearhead an effort to punish the US for too-successfully exporting its films, music and other cultural products around the world. Since at least 1998, bureaucrats in several dozen countries -- including US allies such as Canada and the UK -- have been quietly working to craft a global cultural protectionism treaty. They have gathered annually at meetings of an inter-governmental group called the International Network...
  • UNESCO to U.S.: Drop Dead!

    10/26/2005 7:00:59 AM PDT · by Valin · 59 replies · 1,903+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 10/26/05 | Neil Hrab
    Last Thursday, the United States was sucker-punched by an international organization. A majority of countries belonging to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to support a joint French and Canadian initiative aimed at making it easier for foreign governments to limit consumer access to American cultural products. Most newspapers that covered the story portrayed the vote as a humiliation for the United States. (Indeed, the vote wasn’t even close—only the U.S. and Israel dissented.) The International Herald Tribune, for example, blared in its headline, “U.S. All but Alone in Opposing UNESCO Cultural Pact.” An A.P. story...
  • France claims cultural victory over America

    10/21/2005 11:49:20 AM PDT · by pissant · 90 replies · 2,037+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10/21/05 | Collin Randall
    France claimed a significant victory last night in its relentless battle against the march of American culture with the adoption of internationally-backed protections. Supported notably by Canada, France was the driving force behind a "cultural diversity" convention agreed by 148 of the 154 countries which took part in the vote at the Paris general conference of the United Nations arts and culture agency, Unesco. America was virtually isolated, with Israel the only other country to vote against the treaty and four nations abstaining. It failed to force through a series of amendments to weaken the text, which reaffirms the rights...
  • U.S. Out in Cold in UNESCO Diversity Pact

    10/20/2005 5:46:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 431+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/20/05 | Joelle Diderich - ap
    PARIS - UNESCO's member nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a pact on protecting cultural diversity after a bitter debate left the United States isolated in opposition to what it sees as a threat to sales of American movies and music. The convention — championed by the European Union and Canada — aims to promote ethnic traditions and minority languages and to protect those local cultures from the negative effects of globalization, UNESCO said. The United States argued the convention could be used to erect trade barriers against cultural exports such as films and pop music as well as indirectly...
  • Culture shock for Hollywood

    10/20/2005 2:16:03 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 106 replies · 2,760+ views
    Times Online ^ | 10/20/5 | Charles Bremner
    The French campaign against the global tide of American entertainment will take a big stride forward today when almost every nation backs the first world convention on protecting culture. Most of the 191 members of Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural agency, are expected to vote for a “convention on cultural diversity”, which enshrines on a global level France’s longstanding policy of subsidising its arts and imposing quotas on American films and music. The vote will be a big defeat for the United States, which held out against the plan with partial backing from Israel, Australia and Japan. The convention could...
  • U.S. in Lone Opposition to UN Cultural Diversity Pact (So much to dislike: France/UN/Lib Agenda)

    10/19/2005 10:50:58 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 15 replies · 865+ views ^ | Oct 19,05
    A French-led cultural diversity pact transparently designed to stem U.S. cultural hegemony is likely to be ratified by an overwhelming majority at UNESCO's 33rd plenary meeting opening this Friday. But in an echo of the Kyoto treaty on climate change, the U.S., which rejoined the UN cultural agency only two years ago, is miffed because it believes the pact would allow countries to erect trade barriers against lucrative American exports like Hollywood blockbusters. A ballot on Monday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris found the pact endorsed by a resounding 151: 2 with two abstentions. The only refuseniks were the U.S....
  • The EU is at it again this time its for a Cultural Treaty

    10/13/2005 4:13:27 PM PDT · by MARKUSPRIME · 7 replies · 408+ views
    The US appears set on a collision course with the rest of the world, this time over a treaty to promote cultural diversity that Washington claims could provide protectionist cover for restrictions on US exports of films and television programmes. Despite strenuous US efforts to have a decision postponed, the draft treaty is due to be adopted next week by the 191 members of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) now meeting in Paris. Washington cannot veto the pact, though it says it will not sign up to it. John Bellinger, legal adviser to Condoleezza Rice, US...
  • Bush's Pro-U.N. Foreign Policy

    10/11/2005 11:08:04 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 26 replies · 955+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | 10/10/2005 | Cliff Kincaid
    By any reasonable standard, the Bush policy on the U.N. should be more controversial than the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court. The President, who is depicted by the media as a unilateralist in foreign policy, is presiding over an unprecedented expansion of U.N. power on the world stage. Despite U.N. scandals and corruption, his administration spends more money on international organizations year after year. And global taxes for the U.N. may be on the horizon. One might think that a President who went to war in Iraq without U.N. approval and appointed the tenacious John Bolton as U.N....
  • Babies -- Bought, Sold and Traded

    09/17/2005 6:04:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 30 replies · 1,342+ views ^ | 09.17.05
    Babies -- Bought, Sold and Traded LONDON, SEPT. 17, 2005 ( Abortion advocates' decades-long push to deny or downplay the humanity of the unborn child is bearing fruit. Unborn children are increasingly being treated like consumer products, if recent news stories are an indication. Last Saturday the London-based Times published a story describing how the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in Kharkov, sells baby parts. The list on its Web site offers a variety of cells and other tissues from babies. The institute alleges that the material comes from fetuses...
  • Expedia, Inc. and United Nations Foundation Announce World Heritage Partnership

    08/23/2005 9:16:22 AM PDT · by cope85 · 3 replies · 410+ views ^ | August 23 2005 | United Nations
    Expedia, Inc. and United Nations Foundation Announce World Heritage Partnership - Agreement Focuses on Sustainable Tourism, Economic Development, and Promotion of World Heritage Sites and Communities Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE), one of the world's leading travel service companies, and the United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation), an innovative public charity created by Ted Turner to increase support for the United Nations, today announced a joint initiative to promote sustainable tourism and awareness of World Heritage sites and communities around the world. The partnership will benefit these places of cultural and natural interest by offering travel opportunities, consumer education, matching donations, and...
  • Artist to Re-Create Destroyed Buddhas

    08/08/2005 3:37:23 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 734+ views
    Yahoo & Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2005 | Solvej Schou
    When the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan destroyed two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues lining Bamiyan Valley's soaring cliffs, the world shook with shock at the demise of such huge archaeological treasures. Now, artist Hiro Yamagata plans to commemorate the towering Buddhas by projecting multicolored laser images onto the clay cliffsides where the figures once stood, about 80 miles west of Kabul. "I'm doing a fine art piece. That's my purpose — not for human rights, or for supporting religion or a political statement," said the 58-year-old artist, whose other laser works include a current display at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,...
  • UNESCO launches Indian Ocean tsunami warning system

    07/03/2005 12:50:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 315+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 30, 2005
    A United Nations oceans commission agreed on Thursday to work with 27 countries on a tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean, with a network of deep-sea sensors and broadcast alerts to prevent a repeat of the disaster in December. UNESCO's oceanographic commission said the network was expected to start running by July 2006. Countries around the rim of the Indian Ocean will each set up individual warning centres that will be linked with the others throughout the region. Patricio Bernal, executive secretary of UNESCO's ocean commission, said officials had been waiting for agreement from individual governments on how exactly...
  • UNESCO worried about pillage of Iraqi archaeological sites

    06/29/2005 8:14:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 407+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | June 23, 2005
    PARIS -- UNESCO expressed concern on Wednesday about the pillage of archaeological sites in Iraq, part of the ancient region of Mesopotamia described as the cradle of civilization. "Illegal digs on archaeological sites unfortunately are continuing to destroy Iraq's heritage", said UNESCO director-general Koichiro Matsuura at a meeting of an international committee for the protection of Iraq's cultural heritage. "It is totally impossible to evaluate the number of objects illegally removed from archaeological sites, it is an inestimable loss for Iraq and for all of humanity," he said. Matsuura also warned that the installation of military bases on or near...
  • Burma Rebuilding Risks Pagan Jewel ("Archaeological Blitzkrieg")

    06/06/2005 2:27:41 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 488+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-6-2005 | Andrew Harding
    Burma rebuilding risks Pagan jewel By Andrew Harding BBC News, Burma Pagan's temples are one of Asia's most important cultural sites The sunsets are still spectacular - a golden glow brushing the curves of 2,000 ancient temples and pagodas clustered on the edge of the Irrawaddy River in central Burma. But today some of the world's leading experts have accused Burma's military regime of waging "archaeological blitzkrieg" against the legendary Buddhist treasures of Pagan. "They're ruining it," said Richard Engelhardt, regional advisor for the UN's cultural arm, Unesco. "It makes me feel hopeless and helpless and angry and disappointed," he...
  • Ron Paul - Why Do We Fund UNESCO?

    04/18/2005 8:49:27 AM PDT · by jmc813 · 17 replies · 1,166+ views
    House Web Site ^ | 4-18-2005 | Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
    At the end of 2002 President Bush announced that the United States would rejoin UNESCO, an educational agency of the United Nations. One year later the First Lady was dispatched to Paris for a ceremony marking the end of our 20-year absence from UNESCO, where she assured the world that the US would be a “full, active and enthusiastic participant” in the organization. Rejoining UNESCO, of course, means paying for it. Our new commitment to UNESCO costs $60 million annually for starters, fully one-quarter of the agency’s budget. Sadly, I believe the administration made this decision as a concession to...
  • The U.N. Thinks About Tomorrow's Cyberspace (UN Wants to Control the Internet)

    03/30/2005 11:22:29 AM PST · by anymouse · 9 replies · 520+ views
    C|Net News ^ | March 29, 2005 | March 29, 2005
    The International Telecommunication Union is one of the most venerable of bureaucracies. Created in 1865 to facilitate telegraph transmissions, its mandate has expanded to include radio and telephone communications. But the ITU enjoys virtually no influence over the Internet. That remains the province of specialized organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN; the Internet Engineering Task Force; the World Wide Web Consortium; and regional address registries. The ITU, a United Nations agency, would like to change that. "The whole world is looking for a better solution for Internet governance, unwilling to maintain the current...