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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 10:34 AM
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U.S. Pulls All Funding For UNESCO After Sweeping Vote to Support Palestinian Membership
Edited on Tue Nov-01-11 10:36 AM by Lars77
 
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Mods: Please do not delete this. This is about a major decision by the US, not some obscure Is/Pal thing.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:05 AM
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1. I am rec'ing this because I want people to read it.
I am sickened by the U.S. response. I am very glad that Palestine was admitted into UNESCO.

I am so sick of American politicians having hegemony across our world. It is all for the MIC.
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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:06 AM
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2. Great to see a reporter actually do his job as well. That AP guy was awesome.
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MindandSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 09:30 PM
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13. I totally agree! Palestinians deserve to have their own state recognized
And the US is acting like a childish bully!
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Sinistrous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:06 AM
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3. Is it unrealistic to hope that the US will develop a mature position vis a vis the Palestinians?
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Crowman1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 01:49 PM
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8. Maybe if those our bought and paid for AIPAC politicians were out of office.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 10:06 PM
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15. +1 -- America is certainly on the wrong -- and very corrupt road -- here -- !!!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 04:34 AM
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23. It sure looks that way to me.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:43 AM
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4. Maybe it will be best if the US loses its UNESCO vote.
I say this because UNESCO involves human needs, human rights, peace, and literacy of people. It would be nice if that part of the UN Charter was not a prisoner to politics.
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Wilmer Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:51 AM
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5. REAL journalism!
I'd almost forgotten what journalism is supposed to look like! Goodman, Ennis, and, especially, Lee are brilliant here!

As someone who has had a post that was critical of Israel removed from this site, without explanation -- and, yes, the post was germane to the thread in question -- I echo the OP's plea that this thread shoud not be deleted.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 01:19 PM
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6. Black letter US law
Administration had no choice. Future appropriations will have UNESCO at zero, so the funding may not ever be restored.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 04:17 PM
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11. This hasn't been a nation of laws for a while, so the lettering is gray at best
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 05:32 PM
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12. This is clearer than most, Obama had no choice.
At this point Congress will be dropping all appropriations for UNESCO making not only a change in the law but a change in the budget.

It's also a clear warning for the rest of agencies...if the US will drop UNESCO, arguably the most liked one out there, it they admit the Palestinians, they too will lose US funding.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:42 PM
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19. woooosshhhh
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 08:35 AM
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29. Yes it's clear the poor man has no power at all. nt
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 08:51 AM
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30. No president could have stoped it. Law was written that way intentionally
Repukes would have been in Federal court in 24 hours had he tried to ignore it.
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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 01:00 AM
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21. What does this law say exactly?
That it is illegal for the US to fund any organization that has palestinians in it?
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Crowman1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 01:48 PM
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7. You mean funding that was borrowed through China.
So actually we were using Chinese money to pay our UNESCO dues.
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hulka38 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 03:17 PM
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9. Deans of journalism schools
all over the U.S. should hold up Matt Lee as an example of what a real journalist is to their students.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 03:37 PM
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10. indeed Matt Lee showed real courage and real journalism - shocking to say the least
Edited on Tue Nov-01-11 03:39 PM by Douglas Carpenter
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 09:33 PM
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 10:27 PM
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16. We are a fucking Empire
you must do as we say or we will crush you!
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:13 PM
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17. TY Lars.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 11:13 PM
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18. The good ol' US spreading democracy wherever it goes.
Blackmailing whoever and whatever to do "it's" bidding. I expect Lee will now get ambushed and misquoted and drummed out of journalism.
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xocet Donating Member (699 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 12:37 AM
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20. K & R n/t
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 04:30 AM
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22. Why does my country always do wrong?
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Atypical Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 06:54 AM
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28. Because they are beholden to MONEY.
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M_A Donating Member (59 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 05:49 AM
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24. K&R
Every day a few more people are waking up and smelling the corruption.
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 06:20 AM
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25. Not funding, bribes
Bribes were pulled because big bully empire Amerika didn't get it's way.
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yellowwood Donating Member (550 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 06:25 AM
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26. Unesco
UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCOS mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) underpin all UNESCOs strategies and activities. Thus UNESCOs unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.
UNESCOs mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/about-us/who-we-are/introducing-unesco

Please contact your congressperson. This needs to be addressed.
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Atypical Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 06:53 AM
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27. It's becoming impossible to support the US on this.
The Palestinians are just as deserving of a home as the Israelis.

Now that the Palestinians are finally turning to legitimate, non-violent means to achieve recognition, the United States is standing in the fucking way of progress.

Using MONEY as a club.

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Larry Ogg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 08:53 AM
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31. Conscience defies the Anti-Conscience
It's what happens when normal people begin to wake up and cast off the lies and illusions of an empire run by and for the benefit of psychopaths.

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