Monday, October 31, 2011

Petty Tyrants

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) voted on Monday to admit Palestine as a member, a move which will likely cause the US government to cut off tens of millions of dollars in annual funding.


The Palestinian bid received 107 "yes" votes during a UNESCO meeting in Paris, with 14 countries voting against and 52 abstaining. The decision grants full membership to Palestine.


What can I say? We can’t even allow them to be a part of UNESCO.

UNESCO's vote will almost certainly trigger a US law, passed in 1990, which bars the US from funding any United Nations agency "which accords the Palestine Liberation Organisation the same standing as member states." The US provides about $80 million per year, or 22 per cent of the agency's total budget.

The president can often override such laws with a so-called "national security waiver"; these waivers allow the PLO to maintain a mission in Washington, for example, despite a 1987 law barring it.


But the 1990 law on UN funding, and a similar measure passed in 1994, do not provide the option of a waiver.

Who is making these laws? Oh well. No matter. We no longer believe in science in this country and education and culture do not have favor.

The European Union tried to stop the PLO bid by offering them limited membership on UNESCO's executive committee, and funds to renovate the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

Which points out the huge difference between the Palestinians and the Great White West. What an insult.

And kudos to the 107 countries who voted in favor of the Palestinian bid.

It is a symbolic victory for the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which filed a bid last month for full membership at the United Nations. The bid has been stalled for weeks at the UN Security Council.

Yeah. By whom do you think?

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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