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Tree Emmanuel & Me

To Orwell Today,

Hi there,

Well I must say I was directed to your site when doing some research on Nkunda. Good site and I must say you have got news and views of all types, a real mix.

My web site is "One World One Reason" at www.kiwi-i.com. If you need any free advert putting up I can put one on either of my sites. I have also started up a spillover site for whatever comes to my mind. It's: www.ornsite.com

Ok, ciao for now,
Tony, English Language Teacher

Greetings Tony,

Thanks for letting me know your interest in Nkunda led to my website. I went to your website and read the excerpt you used from mine, ie that "Laurent Nkunda was born in Rutshuru in 1967 near the Park of Virunga which used to be called Park Albert in colonial days. A very nice place. That is where LIONS, ELEPHANTS, LEOPARDS roamed in their natural habitat. It was during MOBUTU's time...". See LUMUMBA-LIKE LAURENT NKUNDA

That was actually the first major article I posted about Nkunda, it being an email from a Rwandan/Congolese/Canadian who has a passion for Rwanda and the Congo - something I have too, especially since my DESTINY DESTINATION RWANDA trip and visit to GOMA LUMUMBA VOLCANO.

In your blog you say you've worked about 15 years around the UN and have seen them in action in the Congo etc. But I can't determine, from reading your short commentary about the Congo, whether you're on UN's side or Nkunda's side in the scheme of things, ie you say in your ROOM XX: THE CEILING article:

"I was going to put pen to paper and go on a first hand account of the horrors of the ongoing conflict in the eastern Congo. The full article is still in my head and will follow, but I would just like to point out that Nkunda is not waiting much longer for dialogue with Kabilla, the UN has now got into a relatively safe mode but Nkunda is of course not a politician he is a well trained commander of bush fighters. I urge the UN to take heed, Nkunda will be striking sooner than they think and Goma and Bukavu are not a safe haven, it's his stomping ground and wants the area because of the strategic location, but that can wait as the UN was at a party in Geneva, there is a defined comparison to the roof over some people's heads.

You're right when you say that Goma and Bukavu are Nkunda's stomping ground. As I've learned from my research, it's the area his Congolese people have lived in for generations. Nkunda certainly has more right to be there than foreigners or the thousands of UN employees who make their living feeding off the misery caused by the thousands of Hutu soldiers who fled there after committing the 1994 Rwandan genocide and have been raping, looting and killing in Goma and surrounding area ever since. See KNOW NKUNDA CONGO and GOMA CAMP MAFIA HOTEL & UN PEACEKEKEPING NOT KEEPINGPEACE & CHINA A 500-POUND GORILLA & UNITED NATIONS DAY OF PEACE

Your comment about the UN partying in Geneva (under a $23-million dollar ceiling) in comparison to the roofs over some people's heads is apt. It's the height of Orwellian doublethink, and also totally in character for the UN, that they justify their corruption by giving it a noble cause, ie saying their misappropriation of funds for Humanitarian Aid being spent instead on a lavish meeting-room for themselves is symbolic of "a big African tree under which humans first met to talk".

Tree Emmanuel & Me

I stood under the proverbial "big African tree" when I was at the MURAMBI MASSACRE MEMORIAL in Rwanda. I met people who, as refugees in Uganda fleeing genocide, had no roof over their heads when they went to school but sat under just such a tree as their classroom.

Ceiling UN

That's a far cry from "Room XX", the new 23-million-dollar, tax-funded "big African tree" headquarters of the HUMAN RIGHTS arm of the United Nations which in practice means UNhuman, inhumane rights wherever it mandates itself. I believe Orwell had the United Nations in mind when he used the term "Big Brother". It ascribes to itself "all virtues" when in fact it's "a dedicated sect doing evil" and everything it says is an exact opposite of what it does, ie PEACEKEEPING means WARKEEPING as in Big Brother's slogan "War is Peace". ~ Jackie Jura

photos of UN 15,000 sq/ft, $23-million Geneva ceiling

....conversation continues at UN BAD IN MOVIE FOR REAL

Ceiling in the UN human rights room on the point of collapse?
by Juan Gasparini, Human Rights Tribune, Dec 3, 2008
Disaster at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the roof is falling down. A part of the grandiose fresco on the ceiling of the human rights room fell down yesterday, only a few days after its inauguration. This is according to various diplomatic sources in Geneva. The UN tried to avoid the story getting out. The glass doors of room 20 at the Palais des Nations have been covered up and the exits barred. Other parts of the dome may break off later, according to a technician from the UN. Created by the Spanish artist, Miguel Barcelo, the work was inaugurated with great pomp and ceremony on the 18th November, in the presence of Juan Carlos, King of Spain and Ban Ki moon, UN Secretary General, without forgetting a high ranking delegation from Zapatero’s government. The luxurious renovation of the room is a gift from Spain. The work has cost nearly 20 million Euros. Private business came up with 60% of the money. The rest came from the budget of the Spanish ministry for foreign affairs, of which a part is debited from an account for development aid funds for poor countries. All of this is being done in the name of multilateralism, according to Spanish diplomats who have confirmed the figures. Neither the latter nor the artist want to disclose the amounts paid. But sources at the Palais des Nations indicate that Barcelo would have received 6 million Euros. During his long stay in Geneva, the artist stayed in a house in Cologny (an area of Geneva where some of the wealthiest people in the Canton live). Rent would have cost around 15,000 CHF and that is excluding the salary of the French cook who was employed especially for him.

Spain may have wanted to enhance its image by offering the fresco to the UN but the move has all the makings of a catastrophe. Spain is one of those rare European countries, that is not taking part in the debates related to the universal periodic review process, whereby countries review each others human rights record. The third session is currently taking place in the Palais in a room close to that where the cupola is crumbling. Spanish diplomats have not asked any questions nor made any recommendations concerning the 32 countries who have already been through the periodic review process in the past two sessions. Asked about the collapsing dome, Elena Ponomareva, in charge of information at the UN denied there had been any « incident » but says that « some work is being carried out in room 20 ». In fact, the Palais des Nations in Geneva seems to be in a race against the clock to repair the damage, as on the 12 December there will be a second official inauguration related to the 60th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon will be present. Let’s hope that the fresco does not fall on his head!

Spain sponsors lavish ceiling at UN European headquarters in Geneva
Brussels Journal, Dec 5, 2008
Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has just unveiled Spain’s latest contribution to fostering global peace and security. No, his government will not be sending more troops to help rebuild Afghanistan. And no, Spain will not be providing more vaccines to help needy children in Africa. Instead, the Zapatero government is the proud sponsor of a lavish decorative ceiling at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. Miquel Barceló, one of the world’s most highly paid abstract artists, was commissioned by Spain to redecorate “Room XX”and its ellipsoidal dome at the Palais des Nations. He used more than 100 tons of paint to turn the negotiating room into a cave dripping with thousands of 50-kilo multicolored artificial stalactites.

"The cave is a metaphor for the Agora, the first meeting place of humans, the big African tree under which to sit to talk, and the only possible future: dialogue, human rights,” says Barceló. Using postmodern rhetoric which closely mimics that employed by Zapatero, Barceló describes his new work as “reaching towards the infinite, bringing a multiplicity of points of view.”

The 1.500m2 (15.000ft2) ceiling, which was co-unveiled on November 18 by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in the presence of UN Secretary General Ki-moon, is being hailed by the Spanish government as one of the UN’s most important works of art. Some are even comparing Barceló’s new “symbol of multilateralism” with Michelangelo’s work at the Sistine Chapel.

As Spaniards debate the artistic value of Barceló’s ceiling, however, excitement has turned into anger as Spanish taxpayers learn that they will be the ones footing the bill. The 13-month redecoration project has cost more than 20 million euros, all of which is being paid for by Spain. Some 60 percent of the money is coming from a group of Spanish companies that presumably have been pressured into joining a special NGO set up by the Spanish foreign ministry to “promote dialogue through the use of Spanish art.” The remaining 40 percent is being paid for by the Spanish government, including 500,000 euros that were taken from Spain’s overseas development aid fund. Barceló, who insists that the money was not “stolen from the poor,” will walk away with 6 million euros for his “long, hard, fun and ultimately orgiastic” efforts.

Zapatero, who does not like the concepts of transparency and accountability (unless, of course, they are applied to US President George W Bush), had tried to keep the cost of the controversial project secret. But he was forced to come clean after Spanish newspapers published exclusive photos of the final product just a week before it was to be unveiled. In a quintessentially Socialist way of doing damage control, Spain’s foreign-minister-cum-art-critic Miguel Ángel Moratinos refused to debate the cost because “art has no price.” He said: “Only fools confuse value and price. This project is a new way of doing diplomacy and foreign policy.” And indeed it is. Welcome, once again, to the Zapaterian world of postmodern politics, where image is king and substance is, well, un pequeño detalle (a small detail).

Zapatero initially foreshadowed his passion for art during his first speech [pdf] to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2004, when he declared that “culture is always peace.” Since then, the Spanish prime minister has made it his solemn duty whenever and wherever possible to pontificate about human rights. Thus it comes as no surprise that Zapatero has now managed to unify these two obsessions into the Opus magnum of his political career: Barceló’s new “planet-cave” will henceforth be called the “Chamber for Human Rights and the Alliance of Civilizations.” What’s more, it will also be the permanent home of the United Nations Human Rights Council....

Never mind the pequeño detalle that money was lifted from the foreign aid budget to pay for his grandiose monument to globalism. According to the Spanish government, “everything that is related to human rights is development aid, and in that sense, what is being done in Geneva in the framework of the UN is the best example of that effective multilateralism.” As far as the misappropriation of funds are concerned, the proletarians who fail to see the value in such Socialist largesse are “fools” who are not sufficiently sophisticated to understand the value of art. Meanwhile, the thinking goes, if Spain’s example of “art as effective multilateralism” through the UN Human Rights Council and the Alliance of Civilizations can contribute in some way to the demise of Israel and the West, well then Zapatero can also take credit for bringing peace to the Middle East and even to the whole world. Then the possibilities for building his Socialist utopia will be endless!

UN failed in $1.2-bn Congo peacekeeping role (betrayed pledge to combat Rwandan Hutus; unwilling to prevent civilians being killed). Uganda New Vision, Dec 1, 2008

Taxpayers see red over UN Sistine Chapel (Spain paid for UN ceiling in Switzerland). Irish Times, Dec 1, 2008

Foreign Aid Money Spent on $23 Million Art Ceiling at U.N. Human Rights Council
Fox News, Nov 18, 2008
The U.N. Human Rights Council, frequently accused of coddling some of the world's most repressive governments, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds. In a ceremony attended by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo told the press that his 16,000-square-foot ceiling artwork reminded him of "an image of the world dripping toward the sky" — but it reminded critics of money slipping out of relief coffers. "In Spain there's a controversy because they took money out of the foreign aid budget — took money from starving children in Africa — and spent it on colorful stalactites," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch. Spanish taxpayers paid for most of the sprawling sculpture, which has been compared to the Sistine Chapel, but around $633,000 came from Spain's budget for overseas development aid. Spain's conservative opposition party blasted the government for diverting money from projects to alleviate poverty in poorer countries, though the government insisted the funding for Barcelo's work was kept separate.

[UN Secretary General] Ban himself praised the piece and thanked Barcelo for putting his "unique talents to work in the service of the world." The artwork will soar above the Human Rights Council's chambers at U.N.'s European headquarters in Geneva, which may soon undergo a $1 billion renovation — but only after a $1.9 billion facelift of the U.N.'s New York offices is completed.

Meanwhile, international humanitarian groups pleaded with the human rights panel to take time out from their party to address the worsening human rights "catastrophe" in the Congo, where the government is fighting a deadly battle with several rebel groups. "Mass displacement, killings and sexual violence — involving hundreds of thousands of victims, if not more — require an urgent response," according to a statement issued jointly Tuesday by Freedom House and U.N. Watch. Congo has been off the radar at the Human Rights Council, which removed its monitor from the African country in March when the Congolese government and a group of neighboring nations applied pressure on the council to expel the monitor. "When the Human Rights Council was established two years ago there were about 12 or so monitors, and gradually one after another has been scrapped," said Neuer. "The other ones are all on the chopping block." Violence is worsening in the country, where an estimated 4 million people have been killed in the past 10 years and tens of thousands have been displaced in recent months.

"The [Lord's Resistance Army] leader, Joseph Kony, is continuing his brutal and abusive tactics," said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "The U.S. and U.K., along with the U.N. and governments in the region, should actively work together to apprehend LRA leaders wanted by the [International Criminal Court]." Secretary-General Ban has supported a U.N. resolution that would increase the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo by 3,100 troops and police, but some critics say that move would not be enough. Human rights groups — and U.N. officials themselves — have criticized the peacekeeping force for failing to protect civilians in places like Kiwanja, where at least 20 people were killed this week. The 17,000-man U.N. deployment is already the U.N.'s largest peacekeeping commitment, but is restricted by tough rules of engagement and has a massive territory to cover. Congo is the size of Western Europe, and North Kivu, where the fighting is centered, is one-and-a-half times the size of France.

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Jackie Jura
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