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  • Ambassador reveals how Obama undermined Israel

    06/21/2015 9:51:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/21/15 | Larry Getlen
    On Nov. 8, 2011, President Obama met with then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Cannes after what had been a particularly rough week for US-Israeli relations. Modal Trigger The week prior, the UN agency UNESCO admitted Palestine as a member state. Congress responded by cutting off UNESCO’s funding, a move the Obama administration direly opposed. Michael Oren, who served as Israel’s US ambassador from 2009 to 2013, said the president, having opposed Palestine’s admission to the agency, “thought he had done enough . . . and did not need to punish them further.” President Obama responded to Congress’ act by admonishing Israel for...
  • Facebook purges pages offering priceless ISIS plunder for sale

    06/11/2015 2:32:49 PM PDT · by dware · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.11.2015 | Lisa Daftari
    Facebook struck back at ISIS this week, taking down pages the terrorist army's middlemen were using to try to sell plundered treasure and artifacts from Syria and Iraq. The black-clad jihadist army has earned as much as $100 million selling smuggled artifacts from more than 4,500 archaeological sites throughout Syria and Iraq, many of them named UNESCO World Heritage sites, according to Iraqi intelligence sources.
  • A Catholic Perspective on Climate Change

    05/17/2015 7:11:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Bruce Colbert
    Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said, This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years since the Industrial Revolution. For the U.N., it does not matter that the report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change shows that human activity is not causing climate change. Climate change is actually about changing capitalism.
  • Schools now tasked with creating 'green' citizens

    05/17/2015 6:27:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | unknown
    Common Core is not a benign set of federals standards meant to make your children smarter, warns an educator who says it looks more like an indoctrination program to push students toward green jobs for a green economy. Alex Newman, coauthor of Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy Americas Children, pointed to speeches by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He gave one to UNESCO in 2012, for example, and he bragged that he was using these standards and our government schools to create green citizens to take their place in the green world order with...
  • New wave of Islamic immigration planned for U.S. (Some call it open invitation for jihadists)

    03/22/2015 6:53:18 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The number of students graduating with STEM degrees already far exceeds the number of STEM jobs available but powerful interests in the business community are pushing Congress to allow more foreign skilled workers into the country. Congress is considering new immigration laws that would flood the U.S. with guest workers from the Middle East and Asia, a plan some are calling an open invitation for jihadists to walk right through Americas front door. Critics say lawmakers including top Republican leaders are playing with fire and could jeopardize national security with the proposals to double or even triple...
  • UNESCO criticizes gun club for snubbing Muslim (Germany)

    02/17/2015 4:18:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Feb 2015 11:05 GMT+01:00
    The decision of Germanys largest gun club to disbar a title-winner over his Muslim religionhastily withdrawn last August after an anti-discrimination uproarcame back to bite members after their bid for UNESCO cultural heritage status was suspended. Last July, 33-year-old Mithat Gedik was crowned Schtzenknig (marksman king) by his local club in Werl, North Rhine-Westphaliaonly to have his title withheld because the organizations ancient statute meant that non-Christians were ineligible to claim the crown. The Bund der Historischen Deutschen Schtzenbruderschaften (BHDSFederation of Historic German Marksmanship Brotherhoods) club then granted him the prize as an exception after the case was taken up...
  • Rachels Tomb Hit By 200 Terror Attacks in 2013 (Israel)

    02/11/2014 7:46:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 2/11/2014, 9:20 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Interior Committee discussed a bill presented by MK David Azulai (Shas) on Tuesday, which addressed the continuous harassment of Jews visiting Kever Rachel, the tomb of the Jewish matriarch Rachel from the Torah. During the course of the discussion, which was moderated by MK Zevulun Kalfa (Jewish Home), Azulai explained he had raised the issue due to the increase in the frequency of terrorist attacks around Kever Rachel. He noted the 1993 Oslo Accords guaranteed Jews prayer access to the site, adding, if this is what the agreements look like, we need to be very concerned. Massive Arab mobs...
  • UN Group Compares Boycott of Israeli Academics to Nazi Practice

    02/07/2014 4:59:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 4th, 2014 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Whether intentional or not, says a UNESCO body, the boycott of Israeli academics bears a similarity to the practice of German doctors, who were leaders in the Nazi party, of segregating out their Jewish colleagues Of all the surprising opponents of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association, perhaps the most surprising is one that has not yet received any attention. A small but official organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) came out with an unabashedly strong criticism of the ASA boycott in one of the very first waves of condemnations....
  • U.N. revokes UNESCO voting rights of U.S., Israel

    11/11/2013 8:34:32 AM PST · by pabianice · 8 replies
    HonestReporting ^ | 11/11/13 | Benson
    Israel and the US lost their voting rights at UNESCO over the Palestinians. The two stopped paying their dues after the Paris-based organization accepted Palestine as a member. See Jerusalem Post coverage. US national security advisor Susan Rice took to Twitter to blame Congress, while the Washington Post explains what the voting loss means for American soft power. According to the NY Times, the US had provided 22 percent of UNESCOs budget.
  • UNESCO Cancels Jewish Exhibit Following Arab Pressure

    01/17/2014 5:40:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 1/17/2014, 10:29 PM | Elad Benari
    The United Nations cultural body has cancelled a Jewish exhibit following Arab pressure, the European Jewish Press (EJP) reported on Friday. The exhibition, entitled People, Book, LandThe 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, was co-organized by UNESCO, the UN body for education, science and culture, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The exhibit was scheduled to open next Tuesday at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. It was pulled after a group of Arab states, as well as the Palestinian Authority (PA), said they found it deeply disturbing, reported The Jewish Chronicle. UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova...
  • Castro requests funds to pay World Heritage dues

    12/26/2013 7:21:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | December 26, 2013 | Scott Huddleston
    SAN ANTONIO U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is seeking support of an appropriation by mid-January to resume payment of dues to a United Nations agency, in order to protect a World Heritage Site nomination for San Antonio's five Spanish colonial missions. In a letter last week to leaders of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Castro said he fears that nonpayment of dues since 2011 to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, could harm the nomination of the missions and other proposed U.S. sites. The United States lost its vote last month on the 21-member World...
  • King Tuts Sister Stolen in Massive Museum Heist

    11/15/2013 9:58:11 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-15-13 | Lana Zak
    PRETORIA, South Africa King Tuts sister is missing and Egypt has issued an international alert for her return. UNESCO and Interpol are working with Egyptian authorities to recover the priceless artifact, a limestone figurine of the young pharaohs sister from the 14th century BC. The young girl holds a piece of fruit and her hair flows loosely on one sidea symbol of her youthbut her head is held high, a decidedly regal look on her face. This constitutes irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people, said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO. The statuette, A...
  • What Business of the U.N. Is the Operation of the Alamo?

    11/13/2013 7:43:23 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2013 | Victor Keith
    In a possible development that would have Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis rolling in their graves, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is considering designating the Alamo a World Heritage Site. Such a designation brings along a myriad of restrictions, and although proponents of the designation, such as San Antonio Mayor Julin Castro, insist that the State of Texas would still have authority over the site, many serious concerns of the people of Texas are not being addressed.
  • US to lose vote at UNESCO, incurs debts

    11/07/2013 2:43:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 5:29 PM EST
    American influence in culture, science and education around the world is facing a high-profile blow Friday as the U.S. is stripped of its voting rights at the world's cultural agency, UNESCO. And it would cost the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars to win this voice back. The U.S. hasnt paid its dues to the Paris-based U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in three years, in protest over the decision by world governments to make Palestine a UNESCO member in 2011. The UNESCO tension has prompted new criticism of U.S. laws that force an automatic funding cutoff for any...
  • (Fracking & Obama) Drought-Stricken Kenya is Sitting on 250-Trillion Liters of Groundwater

    09/11/2013 7:16:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 11, 2013 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Drought-stricken Kenya is sitting on 250-trillion liters of groundwater With the world as thoroughly mapped and monitored as it is, it's easy to forget the Earth still harbors its fair share of secrets. Case in point: yesterday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that Kenya's drought-striken Turkana County sits, rather ironically, atop a staggeringly huge reserve of subterranean water. Following an extensive groundwater mapping project that incorporated satellite observations, seismic information and remote sensing, five vast aquifers have been identified hiding beneath the country's arid northern region. Preliminary estimates put the aquifers' contents at roughly 250-trillion liters...
  • UN Honors Warmonger, Bookburner, Mass-Murderer (Che Guevara)

    07/26/2013 1:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    At a ceremony in Havana last week, UNESCO (U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) honored Che Guevara by enshrining his writings in its hallowed Memory of the World Register. The ceremony included several members of Ernesto Che Guevaras family. UNESCOs work is part of our support for freedom of expression as an inalienable human right set down in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, declares the UNs mission statement. But not far from where this UNESCO/Guevara ceremony took place Cubans were being starved and beaten in pestiferous torture chambers for the crime of quoting the UN Declaration...
  • Hevron: Muslim Worshipers Desecrate Jewish Holy Site (Tomb of the Patriarchs)

    07/13/2013 2:06:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 7/13/2013, 10:56 PM | Ari Soffer
    Jewish worshipers who arrived at the Cave of Patriarchs in Hevron after Muslim prayers on Friday were horrified to find that the site had been vandalized. The Cave (known as Mearat HaMakhpela in Hebrew) is usually split between Jewish and Muslim worshipers, but this past Friday it was open exclusively to Muslim worshipers in honor of Ramadan. But when the Jewish section of the site was reopened, worshipers were horrified to find widespread desecration. Two mezuzotcases containing Jewish holy scriptures affixed to the doorposthad been torn off and stolen, and a third was damaged. Muslim worshipers had also thrown mud...
  • Israel is Selling Out the Land

    06/19/2013 10:48:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:39 PM | Giulio Meotti
    Why doesnt the Israeli government stand up for the rights of Jews to holy sites? Not only is the Temple Mount no longer in our hands, but its easier substitute, the Western Wall, has also been conceded by Israels government to a group of femminists and cultural extremists. Judaisms holiest place on earth today is the site of the most severe religious persecution of the Jews. Israeli governments have failed to stand up to wanton Palestinian acts of desecration. Its the greatest crime of alla religious and cultural crime of historic proportions. Under pressure from Europes multiculturalists, United States, political...
  • Why France is gearing up for a culture war with the United States

    06/08/2013 8:13:57 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, June 8, 2013 | Agns Poirier
    Do you remember the most Homeric of world trade negotiations, called the Uruguay round, which took place between 1986 and 1994? I was a teenager then and I remember that round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt) vividly. I had taken to reading the austere Le Monde every day and remember the uncouth Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association in Hollywood, who particularly despised European film directors for pleading with their governments to exclude cinema, and the arts in general, from the negotiations. Valenti roared back: "Culture is like chewing-gum, a product like any other."...
  • PA Slams Israel for Calling Off Politicized UNESCO Mission

    05/30/2013 3:08:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/5/13 | Elad Benari
    The Palestinian Authoritys foreign ministry slammed Israel on Thursday for having called off a United Nations investigative mission to Jerusalem's Old City, calling it an act of "contempt of international law and institutions," according to AFP. The ministry said it "condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of Israel, the occupying power, to prevent the technical mission of UNESCO from carrying its monitoring mission in the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls." The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was scheduled earlier this month to assess the state of the Old City of Jerusalem, the first...
  • Minesweeper to be cut up for removal from Philippine reef

    01/29/2013 10:06:54 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 29 Jan 13 | Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan The Navy minesweeper that got stuck on a reef off the coast of the Philippines will have to be dismantled and removed in sections, a process that is expected to take over a month, Navy officials said Wednesday. The salvage plan is still under review by the Philippine Coast Guard, but it likely means the end for the 23-year-old USS Guardian. Our naval architecture and salvage experts have reviewed all possible alternatives, and our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections, Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Anthony Falvo wrote...
  • UN Summit: Transforming Your Kids into "Climate Change Agents"

    12/06/2012 5:13:44 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    UNICEF, UNESCO, and other UN agencies and NGOs have teamed up to flood classrooms with an ongoing tsunami of global-warming indoctrination. UN Summit: Transforming Your Kids into "Climate Change Agents" The New American 06 December 2012 Do your children (or grandchildren) have nightmares about the Earth melting or exploding due to human-caused global warming? Do they believe they have no future because our planet is dying, the icecaps and glaciers are melting, the sea levels are rising, islands and coastal areas are disappearing, polar bears and children are drowning, plant and animal species are rapidly going extinct, and extreme...
  • The U.S. Should Withdraw from UNESCO

    10/25/2012 7:28:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/25/2012 | Brett D. Schaefer
    Last fall, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted membership to the Palestinian Authority. President Obama then stopped all U.S. financial contributions to UNESCO, as required by U.S. law.This didn't sit well with UNESCO director general Irina Bokova. Earlier this month, she ramped up her campaign to get the U.S. to change its law --- in order to get American dollars flowing her way once more.Bokova argues that UNESCO is a valuable voice for integrity and moderation. To cut its funding is not only improper, she says, but an act that threatens programs vital to U.S....
  • The Islamized "christian" Arab 'unle-tom' of Islamic Apartheid of "Palestine"

    07/21/2012 11:19:17 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    Islamo-"Christian" anti-Jewish "Palestinian" Hannan Ashrawi, racist-Arab, ugly liar #OpPalestine @FoxNews what is this nonsense by Geraldo & Ashrawi that the #Palestinians have 1000 year history? They formed in 1964! - http://twitter.com/PatriotJackiB/statuses/222161526239399937 http://friendfeed.com/oppalestine/31baafbe/foxnews-what-is-this-nonsense-by-geraldoFact, "Palestinians" were formed as a "distinct" group, no earlier than in the early 1960s. And as author warned in 1964 as the "Palestine entity" was stil forming... Noted 1940's Jurist: "the Arabic-speaking inhabitants of Palestine... are not the descendants of the conquerors." Ernst Frankenstein in "Justice for my people," (Dial Press, 1944), p. 88 Even most anti-Israel sect, the Islamic Arab Hamas, admits: "Half of the Palestinians...
  • UNESCO designates Church of the Nativity as endangered site (bad news)

    06/30/2012 12:43:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    AP via Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 29, 2012 | Dalia Nammari and Karin Laub, Associated Press
    The Palestinians on Friday persuaded the U.N. cultural agency to list the Church of the Nativitythe place where Christians believe Jesus was bornas an endangered World Heritage site despite misgivings by churches in charge of the basilica.The Palestinians hailed the nod by UNESCO as a step forward in their quest for global recognition of an independent Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967. The centuries-old basilica is located in a part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank where the Palestinians have self-rule. UNESCO's decision was seen by them as validation of their rights to...
  • Archaeologists: Israeli artifacts support Solomons Temple

    05/12/2012 10:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 05/12/2012 | MICHELE CHABIN - Religion News Service
    JERUSALEM -- Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of artifacts dating back to the time of the biblical King David that they say closely correspond to the description of Solomons Temple found in the Book of Kings. Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel said the find is extraordinary first because it marks the first time that shrines from the time of the early Israelite kings were found. In addition, two small, well-preserved models discovered in the excavations closely resemble elements described in the Bible. The multiyear excavations took place at Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified city about 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem, adjacent...
  • Is Israel Giving Jewish Heritage Sites to PA?

    02/14/2012 1:37:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/2/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Palestinian Authority wants UNESCO to declare the Patriarchs Cave and Rachels Tomb as its heritage sites while Israel is excluding them from its own list. A government committee headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is meeting Tuesday morning to decide on adding 10 more sites to Israels official list of heritage sites, but the Bible-based Patriarchs Cave and Rachels Tomb are not among them Rabbi-Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, Science and Technology Minister and head of the Jewish Home party, issued an urgent appeal to Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser that the two sites be included. The government committee on heritage sites...
  • Bosnian Grand Mufti Part Of U.N. Panel

    01/03/2012 7:58:22 AM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 1-2-12 | GlobalMB
    The United Nations is reporting that Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric is a member of a new panel described as made up of prominent political, intellectual and religious figures from all regions entrusted with furthering peace founded on justice, respect for human rights, gender equality and solidarity. According to the U.N. report: 18 February 2010 The United Nations today inaugurated a panel of prominent political, intellectual and religious figures from all regions entrusted with furthering peace founded on justice, respect for human rights, gender equality and solidarity in the context of an increasingly globalized world. This day marks the...
  • UNESCO funds Palestinian magazine glorifying Hitler

    12/22/2011 10:17:04 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/22/11 | Jordana Horn
    According to Palestinian Media Watch, the educational childrens magazine, Zayafuna, includes terms glorifying jihad. The PMW report references an essay in the magazine by a teenage Palestinian girl. The girl wrote about meeting Adolf Hitler in a dream, who tells her that he killed the Jews so you would all know that they are a nation who spreads destruction all over the world. In the essay, Hitler tells the child to be patient regarding the suffering of the Palestinians at the hands of the Jews.
  • Climate Corruption 101

    12/08/2011 6:35:41 PM PST · by decimon · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 8, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    Never mind where you might stand on the question of global warming, global cooling, climate change or plain old weather. If theres one constant to this entire climate debate, it is that in the name of climate, the United Nations wishes to regulate and tax the economy of the planet stripping resources from the most productive economies to hand them out as assorted UN bureaucrats deem fit. This is an agenda for global central planning which, at the extreme, is what the Soviet Union envisioned as the radiant future of mankind, at least until the USSR itself collapsed...
  • The Palestinization of UNESCO

    11/23/2011 8:43:22 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    In January 1981 the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit meeting in Mecca declared that, "Palestine should be viewed as the paramount issue of Muslim nations." Since then Europe hastened to adopt this path as well and has provided for the Palestinization of the cultural, social and above all political life of Europe. For three decades, Europe obeyed the OIC in a servile manner. The EU has effectively created a major problem for itself that is eating away and destroying it. The EU made Palestine the hub of its international policy, transforming it into a symbol of peace and...
  • Jew-hating Trade Union leader threatens Jewish schools because of Israels reaction to UNESCO vote

    11/07/2011 10:09:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11/7/11 | Pamela Geller
    This is why there must be an Israel. This is why we must stand up for the tiny Jewish state at any and all costs. Because Islamic anti-semitism is the get-out-of-jail-free card for the Jew-haters across the world to come out of their hate closet. And they are. In spades. The irrationality and anger that comes as a result of sick hatred is monstrous. Jewish schools. Jews in Belgium cannot wear any sign of their religion in that country. Trade Union leader threatens Jewish schools because of Israels reaction to UNESCO vote Antwerp - A trade union leader in Belgium...
  • Delegitimizing the delegitimizers

    11/04/2011 5:40:01 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/4/11 | Caroline B. Glick
    You have to hand it to the Palestinians. They decided to abandon the peace process and seek international recognition of the "State of Palestine" -- a state in a de facto state of war with Israel. And they are pursuing their goal relentlessly. This week their efforts bore their first fruit with the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) vote to accept "Palestine" as a full state member. It is not a coincidence that the PLO/PA decided to apply for membership for "Palestine" at UNESCO first. Since 1974 UNESCO has been an enthusiastic partner in the Palestinians' bid to...
  • Why Russia, China voted against the US on 'palestine'

    11/01/2011 10:29:05 AM PDT · by Milagros · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Why Russia, China voted against the US on "palestine" EURABIA Disregarding, for now the "capital" of Eurabia, France, which in recent years it has become more Arab-Islamic than anything else. The fear of the 'Arab street' is as powerful as the Arab oil lobby is at the UN/Amnesty]. WHO CARES ABOUT THE ARAB "PALESTINIANS?" Of course, no one cares about the Arab-Palestinians, not even the Arab world (As the Time wrote: Arab nations don't care about the Palestinians Or as an Arab Christian author wrote: The Arab nations keep the Palestinians and their descendants in squalor. They are denied citizenship...
  • The U.N. suicide vest

    10/31/2011 5:43:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | Editorial
    Recognition of Palestinian statehood has dangerous consequencesThe Palestinian Authoritys bid for U.N. recognition has substantial downsides, including wrecking the peace process and increasing regional instability. The upside is that it could drive the United States out of the United Nations. On Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted overwhelmingly to admit the Palestinian Authority to full membership. This step triggered an immediate cutoff of U.S. funds to the organization, which total around $70 million annually. The UNESCO defunding was based on legislation from 1990 and 1994. Section 414 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, fiscal 1990...
  • U.S. Will Withhold Funds For U.N. Agency After Vote to Grant Membership to Palestinians

    10/31/2011 11:28:37 AM PDT · by Scythian · 41 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10/31/2011
    The United States will not pay $60 million to a U.N. cultural and educational agency after it voted Monday to accept the Palestinian mission as a full member, triggering a U.S. requirement to cut off funds. "We are not going to be able to continue contributing to the budget," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. "Palestinian membership as a state in UNESCO triggers longstanding legislative restrictions which will compel the United States to refrain from making contributions to UNESCO." Washington is required by law to cut off funding to any U.N. agency if the Palestinian Liberation Organization is granted membership...
  • UNESCO Rebuff Shows Decline of American Influence Under Obama

    10/31/2011 3:36:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 10/31/11 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    The Obama administration lived up to its legal obligations today by withholding the first payment of U.S. funds to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since it voted to recognize “Palestine” as a member state. The State Department​ said a scheduled $60 million payment would not be in the mail to the world body and warned that the same treatment would be given to any other UN agency that pulls the same trick. But Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also said the U.S. would maintain its membership in the organization and continue to participate despite the group’s decision to...
  • UN culture agency grants Palestinians full membership

    10/31/2011 6:21:03 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | October 31st 2011 | Via AP
    UNESCO member states have voted overwhelmingly in favour of Palestinian membership of the UN's cultural agency, handing Palestinian leaders a symbolic victory ahead of a vote on their bid to join the UN General Assembly in New York. AP The U.N. cultural agency has admitted Palestine as a full member in a highly divisive bid that opponents say could harm renewed peace efforts. U.S. lawmakers had threatened to withhold some $80 million in funding to UNESCO if it approved Palestinian membership. Huge cheers went up in UNESCO after delegates voted to approve the membership Monday. One shouted "Long Live...
  • Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

    09/15/2011 3:41:27 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies · 1+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 15 September 2011 | Charles Haviland
    A group of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka led a crowd that demolished a Muslim shrine last week. This incident took place on Saturday in Anuradhapura, an ancient Buddhist city and Unesco world heritage site.
  • UN official "deplores" NATO attack on Libyan TV

    08/08/2011 6:51:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 8, 2011
    UNITED NATIONS Aug 8 (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO sharply rebuked NATO on Monday for its July 30 air strikes against Libyan state television that killed several people and wounded nearly a dozen. "I deplore the NATO strike on Al-Jamahiriya and its installations," UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement. "Media outlets should not be targeted in military actions," she said. "U.N. Security Council Resolution 1738 (2006) condemns acts of violence against journalists and media personnel in conflict situations." Paris-based UNESCO is the U.N. agency that oversees issues related to freedom of expression and...
  • U.N. Group Stands Up for Children's Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Including Abortion

    07/28/2011 3:16:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 28, 2011 | Tierney Smith
    Flags of member nations flying at United Nations headquarters in New York City. (U.N. Photo by Eskinder Debebe) (CNSNews.com) Y-PEER, a youth initiative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), says "more needs to be done to ensure young people's sexual and reproductive rights" -- especially "the right to choose," a reference to abortion. The statement also says all young people globally have the "right to confidentiality" and the right to "be free from judgment."Tyler Ament of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) told CNSNews.com, "The statement doesn't mention the age specifically, but the UN defines youth...
  • Following outcry, Brazilian president suspends homosexual indoctrination program in nations schools

    05/30/2011 4:07:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 27, 2011 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    BRAZIL, May 27, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has agreed to suspend a very explicit United Nations approved program designed to convince children and adolescents to accept homosexual behavior and transsexualism, following threats from Protestant and Catholic legislators to block new legislation in protest. The program, which was sponsored by by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and referred to as “Schools without Homophobia,” included an “anti-homophobia kit,” with videos showing a cartoon of a child masturbating while fantasizing about sex with a man, adolescents who enter into homosexual relationships, and a “transsexual” student who calls himself “Bianca.” In...
  • Delegitimizing the Jewish State

    12/30/2010 8:45:05 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 12 replies · 7+ views
    In a move that caught the Israeli government and the Jewish world by complete surprise, on October 21, 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Tomb of the Hebrew Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem "an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territories," admonishing the Israeli decision to add these biblical shrines to the list of Jewish historical and archaeological sites as "a violation of international law."[1] The United Nations has become a foremost purveyor of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement. Nowhere has this obsession been more starkly demonstrated than at the World Conference...
  • UN mulls internet regulation options

    12/19/2010 6:19:42 AM PST · by TheRevolution1776 · 9 replies
    itNews for Australian Business ^ | Dec 17, 2010 9:51 AM | John Hilvert
    The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonize global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet. Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil. At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would attempt to create global standards for policing the internet - specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks. The Brazilian delegate stressed, however, that this should not be seen as a call for a "takeover" of the internet. India,...
  • UNESCO deems Flamenco, French gastronomy as heritage

    11/16/2010 6:28:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/10 | Leigh Thomas
    PARIS (Reuters) Peking Opera, Spanish Flamenco and the art of French gastronomy won places Tuesday on UNESCO's list of intangible world heritages to preserve. The U.N. culture and education agency deemed the traditions and 43 others from a total of 11 countries worthy of recognition on the list at a meeting in Nairobi. Among the more obscure traditions, Luxembourg won recognition for a centuries-old annual hopping procession in the eastern border village of Echternach. The blade-twirling of a scissor-dancing ritual in Peru's Chanka region, which has roots going back to the 16th century, was also nominated as was Turkey's...
  • Why Palestinians Riot Over Jewish Heritage Sites

    03/03/2010 5:14:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies · 477+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 3-3-10 | Moshe Dann
    Last week saw an upsurge in Palestinian riots and attacks against Israeli vehicles in Gaza and the West Bank. What crime did Israel commit to invite the wave of violence? Israels government simply announced that it intended to honor the countrys heritage by including the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Rachels Tomb in Bethlehem in a list of Israeli national heritage sites. The violence-fueled Palestinian reaction may seem entirely disproportionate to Israels offense. But a look at the historical background shows that it is not without grim precedent. For several decades, Palestinians have been attacking Jewish worshipers at...
  • Joseph s Tomb Booby-Trapped by PLO Forces

    04/04/2002 8:52:42 AM PST · by SJackson · 55 replies · 268+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4-4-02
    Large quantities of explosives have been placed in the Josephs Tomb complex in Shechem, preventing our forces now operating in Shechem from entering the holy site and liberating it once again from the hands of PLO militia forces. The IDF abandoned the holy site on 7 October 2000, in the beginning of the Oslo War, after soldier Madhat Yousef was permitted to bleed to death over a period of hours as the government negotiated with the PA to permit forces to extricate the army force and the gravely wounded soldier. Since that time, PA residents who immediately disgraced the sanctity...
  • Israels Latest SinHonoring Its Heritage

    03/02/2010 4:19:23 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies · 385+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 3-2-10 | P. David Hornik
    When the Israeli cabinet announced the other day that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Rachels Tomb in Bethlehem, would be included in a list of Israeli heritage sites, it touched off a wave of Palestinian violence and threatsalong with diplomatic protests that were all too concordant with the Palestinian bullying.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has launched the heritage program as a way of strengthening Israelis connection with their Jewish and Zionist roots, initially left the two West Bank sites (though other West Bank sites were included) off the list, apparently fearing various kinds of fallout. Netanyahu...
  • 'Rachel's Tomb was never Jewish'

    03/07/2010 9:15:23 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies · 197+ views
    Speaking to Saudi paper, Turkish PM criticizes Israel's nat'l heritage list. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday continued his verbal assault on Israel, according to Saudi paper Al Wattan, which quoted him as saying that that al Aksa Mosque, the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachels Tomb were not and never will be Jewish sites, but Islamic sites. Erdogan was referring to Israels recent inclusion of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachels Tomb on its national heritage list, but it was unclear why he mentioned the Aksa Mosque, since that site was not included. Speaking to Palestinian...
  • Rachel's Tomb to be "annexed" within Jerusalem security ring

    09/12/2002 10:08:44 AM PDT · by Israel Insider · 15 replies · 253+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | 9/12/2002 | Israel Insider
    The security cabinet approved on Wednesday Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposal to incorporate Rachel's Tomb, located outside of Bethlehem, within a security ring being built around Jerusalem. Access to the holy site was guaranteed by Israeli-Palestinian agreements but the violence of the past two years has made it difficult for worshippers to visit. Critics said the cabinet decision "annexed" the territory into Jerusalem city limits. The cabinet-approved plan calls for a new access road to the tomb to be built by the IDF and the Jerusalem Municipality. The army's roadblock and crossing point from Bethlehem into Jerusalem would be moved...