Posted by: 12stepgolf | September 17, 2009

Other things that Stink

Corruption at every level:

How long does it really take to feed a world?  64 years and still counting.

Don’t you ever wonder if the global warming issue my just be another channel to redistribute the wealth to some more corrupt administrators of the worlds wealth?

Do you ever wonder about who holds the purse strings of the world?

Do you ever just wonder what in the hell is going on, anywhere and everywhere?

More waste and abuse at a global scale.

Let us not be totally diverted by the local argument over healthcare, just a diversion from the total entanglement of all agencies foreign and domestic to “spread that wealth” around.

These organizations are ineffective; incompetent; futile, but are immoral or dishonest, especially as shown by the exploitation of a position of power or trust for personal gain.

Globe Columnist, Jeff Jacoby gets it right. He states, “The UN is a corrupt institution, one that long ago squandered whatever moral legitimacy it had. The UN’s founding documents venerate justice and human rights, but for the past 40 years, the organization has been dominated by a bloc of states — essentially the Afro-Asian Third World — most of whose governments routinely pervert justice and violate human rights.”

What is Rawanda, Dafur, Oil for Food, sex scandals, Afghanistan, Iraq and anywhere else in the world that has problems have in common?  That is right-the UN and their organizations.

With all the NGOs sanctioned by the UN to rid the world of starvation and poverty and bring peace and security, one would think it would have worked by now.  Founded 64 years ago they have ample time to discharge their charter, yet the world is still in poverty and so many live with no hope.

“The United States gives $13.3 billion tax dollars in direct Foreign Aid annually. The United States is above and beyond the single most generous benefactor of the United Nations, donating $2.4 billion dollars of OUR money, to primarily third-world dictators.

This amount is 25% of the United Nations budget. In addition, the United States also gives another $1.4 billion tax dollars to United Nations’ programs and agencies. The American taxpayers fund more for the United Nations than ALL of the other 177 member nations COMBINED.”(2003)

March 2009:

Financing the United Nations
EVAMARIA WEISSER

The UN Finance System. The financing system of the UN is based on mandatory and voluntary contributions of its 192 member states. The assessed, mandatory contributions apply basically to the regular budget and the peacekeeping operations and only in a small share to the International Tribunals and Capital Master Plan1, while the voluntary contributions apply to the different UN funds and programs. Only the
UN specialized agencies have a mixed funding of assessed and voluntary contributions. Each member state’s capacity to pay is the basic principle for the assessed contributions. However, the voluntary

contributions have no guidelines and limits. The complete UN funding system currently covers approximately US$ 26 billion of the estimated total annual expenses of the UN including all the various bodies, agencies, programs and funds worldwide. It is a funding system whose budget is financed in bigger parts by voluntary contributions.

Calculations by the author (Total UN Budget 2007: US$ 25 billion -Regular Budget: US$ 2.1 billion; Peacekeeping Operations: US$ 5.1billion; Specialized Agencies: US$ 5.5 billion; Programmes and Funds:
US$ 12.3 billion).
Friedrich Ebert Foundation New York Office, 747 Third Avenue, Suite 22B • New York, NY 10017, Tel: +1-212-687-0208 • Fax: +1-212-687-0261

July 1, 2008

President Bush signed into law a $186.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill yesterday that provides funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a number of domestic programs, as well as more than $10 billion in non-Defense Department international affairs spending. The bill includes FY 2008 and FY 2009 funding of $524 million for additional US contributions to UN peacekeeping ($333.6 million of which is for the joint UN-African Union operation in Darfur) and $141 million for the account financing US membership dues to 47 international organizations, including the United Nations.

Interesting Questions:

United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) Better World Campaign (BWC)
2008 Congressional Candidate Questionnaire on U.S. – UN Relationship
**Answers submitted by Congressman Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ) have been noted after the question
U.S. Participation in the United Nations
Working cooperatively with the international community and engaging with international organizations can be an important and cost-effective means for furthering U.S. national security interests. The UN provides a forum for the U.S. to build support for global action on enduring foreign policy interests, such as international stability, prosperity, and the promotion of fundamental freedoms. Through burden sharing, the UN allows us to advance our goals without paying all the bills or taking all the risks. Unfortunately, the United States began 2008 with $1.5 billion in debt to the United Nations and continues to fall behind in paying its UN dues. This debt has accumulated despite the fact that the U.S. is asking the UN to undertake a wide variety of new tasks and missions, including complex missions in places like Iraq, Lebanon, and Darfur. (For further information, visit http://www.un.int/usa.)
Does the United States advance national interests and security by working through the United Nations? YES

The situation in Iraq has implications that extend far beyond the region, and it is in the interest of the United States to engage the United Nations in stabilizing Iraq. In August 2007, the UN Security Council renewed the UN Mission in Iraq and expanded its mandate in three key areas: (1) promoting national reconciliation; (2) facilitating regional dialogue on issues such as border security, energy, and refugee matters; and (3) providing humanitarian assistance to and reintegration of refugees and internally displaced Iraqis. These efforts build on the United Nations’ prior assistance with national elections; the drafting, approval and review of the 2005 Constitution; and the coordination of reconstruction, development, and humanitarian assistance. (For further information, visit http://www.uniraq.org.)

Do you support an increased role for the United Nations to help strengthen the U.S.-led effort to stabilize Iraq? YES – see comments
Do you support providing the necessary U.S. resources for an enhanced UN presence? YES

COMMENTS: I support the responsible and prompt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq as soon as possible. Therefore, I support an increased role for the United Nations within that context as long as it does not require the sustained presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.
The Fight against Global Terrorism
International terrorism is a shared challenge that can be confronted most effectively through coordinated global action. In 2006, UN member states adopted a common Global Counterterrorism Strategy that denounces all forms of terrorism and includes a detailed plan of action with practical steps for fighting terrorism at the national, regional and international levels. The UN and its member governments must now find a way to successfully implement this new comprehensive strategy. (For further information, visit http://www.un.org/terrorism.)

Do you support collective action through the United Nations to address international terrorism? YES

Climate Change: Climate change is the most far-reaching environmental challenge facing the international community, requiring diplomatic, economic, scientific and technological cooperation. The UN can provide the most effective platform for much of this cooperation. Under the framework of the United Nations, the international community has begun the process of drafting a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which expires in 2012. The goal of these negotiations is the establishment by the end of 2009 of a widely-accepted comprehensive international agreement for preventing catastrophic climate change. (For further information, visit http://www.un.org/climatechange.)
Do you support the development of a new international agreement for addressing climate change under the auspices of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change? YES

Strengthening the United Nations
There is broad support within the international community for renewing and enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations. Proposals for UN reform generally focus on the organization’s three major structures: the Security Council, the General Assembly, and the Secretariat. The United States has promoted numerous reforms of the General Assembly and the Secretariat, but has been less eager to engage on Security Council reform. Many other nations place a priority on Security Council reform due to concern that the permanent membership of the Council has remained unchanged since the UN wascreated at the end of World War II. Some argue that the unrepresentative nature of the Security Council has damaged the legitimacy of its decisions and will need to be addressed before further UN reforms can be agreed upon. (For further information, visit http://www.centerforunreform.org.)

Do you support Security Council reform? YES

UN Peacekeeping
UN peacekeeping is perhaps the world’s best example of cooperating for international security—an effective means of ensuring that no nation has to pay all the bills or take all the risks associated with maintaining international peace and stability. Over the last several years, the UN Security Council has authorized an increasing number of new and expanded peacekeeping missions in places such as Darfur, Lebanon, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Once the hybrid United Nation – African Union mission to Darfur is fully deployed, there will be more than 130,000 personnel serving in 18 different UN-led peace operations around the world. (For further information, visit http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko.)
Despite its continued support for new and expanded missions, the U.S. has been negligent in paying its fair share for UN peacekeeping, resulting in more than $1.2 billion in debt at the UN for peacekeeping operations alone. (For further information, visit http://www.betterworldcampaign.org/issues/funding/growing-us-debt-to-the-un.html.)

Do you support UN peacekeeping operations as ‘force multipliers’ that can complement U.S. efforts to stabilize conflict zones around the world? YES

Do you support full U.S. funding for UN peacekeeping operations? YES

Global Poverty
The scale and scope of global poverty render it a scourge that demands broad international cooperation: one third of the world’s population – more than 2 billion people – live in abject poverty. At the urging of the United Nations and the international donor community, world leaders agreed in 2000 to a specific, prioritized development agenda to strengthen international focus on and commitment to anti-poverty efforts. Reaffirmed by world leaders in 2005, the UN Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs) include eight concrete objectives for achievement by 2015: cutting extreme poverty in half; achieving universal primary education; empowering women; reducing child and maternal mortality; reversing the spread of AIDS and other deadly diseases; protecting the environment; and cooperating internationally on these aims. The MDGs have been endorsed by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (For further information, visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals.)
Do you support U.S. efforts to help meet the Millennium Development Goals? YES

About the Better World Campaign The Better World Campaign (BWC), an initiative of the Better World Fund, works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations through outreach, communications, and advocacy. It encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice. In these efforts, BWC engages policy makers, the media, and the American public to increase awareness of and support for the United Nations. For more information, visit http://www.betterworldcampaign.org.
About the United Nations Association of the United States of America The United Nations Association of the United States of America is dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system, and achievement of the goals of the UN Charter. For more information, visit http://www.unausa.org.

UNA-USA fact sheets and talking points provide information about critical UN issues and are designed to help members educate elected officials and local community members about the important work of the United Nations and the value of American participation in the organization.

These are the statements from the NGOs regardless of how much the USA contributes: NGO.Net

The World’s human conditions are steadily deteriorating (year-by-year) along with the massive separation of the Rich few and the declining Middle Class and Poor masses. The “GAP” is widening even in the Developed countries. Massive year-after-year tax breaks to the rich and corporations is accelerating the conditions everywhere.

With the deliberate crippling of the United Nations by cutting the funds since the 1990’s the UN has no choice but to court the corporations. And, they should pay and be actively involved since they are the major benefiters of the good things the UN has done since the beginning.

Only problem is… the NGO’s who have been montoring the UN and global conditions since 1945 see the corporations as a big part of the “causes” for many of the world’s problems.

The objective is to bring the corporations into the UN system so that they can understand the world’s problems and contribute to their solutions. The key question is to see if the corporations contribute positively or use the information to increase the world’s problems. Recent example (Summer/Fall 2003) is Coke captuing India’s water, bottling it, and selling it back to them. Creating the “scarsity” Beneficial to a profitable market economy. The world’s largest French water company is doing similar damage in India with whole rivers by the use of the World Trade Organization.

Eight Million People Die Each Year Because They Are Too Poor To Stay Alive.
Two billion people worldwide are starving or close to the edge. As the Rich continue to dismantle any form of “Entitlement” for the people “below” them. They are working hard on the last big entitlement left in America…dumping the Social Security System. The rich want to dump this “entitlement system” and make all the poor middle and lower class workers put their money in risky companies and the up-and-down stock market.
The Hard Core Right-Wing Rich Republicans (and alot of Rich Democrats) like to punish the Poor. They say, “The Poor are ‘NOT ENTITLED’ to any help, or anything. Let them get a job.”
Just being Poor is enough punishment! They don’t need any help from the Right-Wing Religious Rich.

Intergovernmental Global Organizations

Now I have a problem with all these organizations that are riddled with corruption that still allows the poverty and suffering they have not eliminated in the 64 years the UN has been around, some longer.

This is the first year I have stopped giving to anyone and any organization since I began my working career.  I had believed that I had been blessed to have a job and I enjoyed supporting charities that I found worthy.  Enough has never been enough. You no sooner get that check in the mail and there is another request a week later.

How many of those charities are supported by government funds?  Well enough is enough for me, I have had it with the corruption of all agencies foreign and domestic.  I am pulling a John Galt and am on strike, no more for anybody, anywhere, at anytime.

Oh, wail about capitalism as you want-I have a choice in whether to purchase from one business or another, so I can make a decision against businesses that I find corrupt or abusive.  We only have one government and how do I practice choice when it comes to the dictates of that government?  Could I be like them, and lie and cheat and steal from them?  When a government supports the corruption of world bodies, how do you fight against it?

IT JUST SEEMS THAT EVERYTHING IS JUST TO BIG TO FAIL AND WE ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE BAILING OUT ALL THE CROOKS OF THE WORLD


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