The documentary film "U.N. Me" has uncovered the disturbing truth that
an organization that was created to ennoble man
has instead been ravaged by corruption,
enables evil and sows global chaos.
UN BAD IN MOVIE FOR REAL
"Big Brother is a dedicated sect doing evil."
~ George Orwell, 1984
To Orwell Today,
re: UN CEILING BIG AFRICAN TREE
Thanks for that and the follow up looks good.
Who's side am I on? Well after fifteen years in the UN, only 5 years in the eastern part of the Congo, I am not torn between who's side I am on as the UN does so much good and bad work.
Yes! I agree they are into some funny business which I know first hand about. And on the other side of the coin you have the rebels and even the government, not for the first time, raping and pillaging. I was in Kalemie for five years but travelled the entire region either by heli or light aircraft so saw a lot going on.
I would like to reference or show some of your last input or part of it in my follow up story as I intend to go on a little more about the eastern Congo, not what's happening now but what's been going on for quite a long time. However next I am going to make a follow up comment on the roof falling out of the sky on my www.kiwi-i.com "One World One Reason" site.
I have got a UN site also that you may be interested in looking at that will be well worth mentioning when the movie is released:
U.N. ME: (a documentary about Incompetence, Corruption, Complicity....)
intro: The United Nations was founded on the principles of maintaining international security and promoting the dignity of mankind. But as the 20th century became the 21st century, it seems that we haven't seen a marked improvement in our defense of human rights. "U.N. ME" is a film that exposes the perversity of the U.N. and its failure to live up to its founding principles all wrapped up in a highly entertaining film. "U.N. Me" has uncovered the disturbing truth that an organization that was created to ennoble man has instead been ravaged by corruption, enables evil and sows global chaos. The film has a very strong emphasis on entertainment. "U.N. Me" is irreverent, humorous and intense, using thoughtful and powerful interviews, dramatic images, hard-hitting politics and caustic commentary. Filming has taken place on location in exotic settings throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Sorry Jackie, but what part of the world are you from and residing in now? As for me, I'm a Kiwi, teaching primary students in Thailand, fun job.
Ok, look forward to hearing from you,
I think your answer is that you're on UN's side, based on working with them for 15 years. But you at least acknowledge they do "much bad work" (which, in my opinion, defeats their purpose).
That's interesting that you were in Eastern Congo for five years. When you get around to writing your first-hand account I'd be interested in reading it.
But please be specific when you say that "rebels" and government in the Congo are raping and pillaging. It's not the rebel Nkunda who is doing it, but he gets blamed when he isn't even named. The international media uses the word "rebel" interchangeably, calling Rwandan FDLR Hutus and Congolese Mai Mai "rebels" in the same breath with Nkunda, the only real rebel fighting against atrocities perpetrated against his people by their own government and the aforesaid forces (including the U.N.) all aligned against him.
In fact it's been objectively reported that it isn't Nkunda's CNDP rebels who are raping and pillaging, it's the Kabila DRC, Mai Mai and Hutu forces doing it and blaming it on Nkunda. The U.N. knows this because they are there witnessing it but, as per usual, doing nothing to stop it, even though it's in their mandate to use physical force (unlike in Rwanda when they 'weren't allowed' to fight against the killers). See MUGABE HELPS KABILA FIGHT NKUNDA & CONGO FORCES AGAINST NKUNDA & CONGO WOLVES ON NKUNDA
Thanks for the info about that "U.N. ME" movie. It will be worth watching, but with a discerning eye as the clip seems focused on trashing Iran which is perhaps setting the stage for the UN to be going there next.
It's Orwellian that in today's news (coming as it does the day after exposure of its $23-million dollar Human Rights ceiling and further $3-billion dollar renovations to its headquarters) the UN is pleading poverty and begging for more funds - specifically for its "peacekeeping" missions which have so far received billions, mainly from Western World taxpayer "contributions" (make that payTRIBUTEuns) with no peace to show for it anywhere.
All the best,
PS - I'm Canadian, residing in Canada. I almost went to Kiwi-land when I was in Australia, travelling by train thru Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, then boat to Perth (then drove across Nullarbor Plain to Sydney etc). But I didn't get all the way "down under" to New Zealand (or Antarctica).
To Orwell Today,
Hi Jackie, I posted the article with a lot of links at www.kiwi-i.com. I think my readers will be interested. Let me know what you think of the post.
Cheers for now,
UN peacekeeping faces crisis as funds, troops dry up. Reuters, Dec 7, 2008
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. peacekeeping is headed for a crisis, with demand for blue helmets around the world skyrocketing, financial contributions dwindling and reserves of well-trained soldiers drying up. The term peacekeeping cannot be found in the United Nations charter and yet the U.N. peacekeeping department has grown exponentially since its first mission in 1948. Its $7.1 billion dollar budget now dwarfs that of the U.N. secretariat itself. But U.N. officials say even that budget is insufficient as the United Nations prepares for a mission to Somalia and to expand current missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic. Fabienne Hara, vice president of the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think-tank, said U.N. peacekeepers may find it hard over the next few years to finance missions as countries feel the heat from the global financial crisis. "Contributions of U.N. members states will probably not grow at the very least, if not diminish," she said, adding that some missions "may not be funded properly due to a crisis in terms of resources."
There are other problems. With some 112,000 mostly Third World forces spread across the globe, some of the traditional U.N. troop contributors say they are running out of troops. Western states complain that Iraq and expanding commitments in Afghanistan mean they have no spare soldiers for other U.N. missions and urge states like Russia to step up. While developing countries like India and Pakistan provide most of the U.N. troops, it is rich countries that foot the bill. The United States alone pays for around a quarter of the peacekeeping budget and under a dozen developed countries cover nearly 90 percent. All of them now face recession fears.
U.N. diplomats and analysts agree that most of the 63 U.N. peacekeeping operations can be considered successful. In fact, a 2005 RAND Corporation study found that U.N. peacekeeping missions have proven more effective than U.S.-led operations. But there have been some glaring U.N. failures due to a variety of reasons. In 1990s, U.N. peacekeepers failed to prevent the genocide in Rwanda and a major massacre in Bosnia. One of the contributing factors, analysts say, was insufficient resources to confront the conflict, a risk that may present itself again as funding pressures increase for missions that have increasingly forceful mandates. "UN forces ... do fail, but this is often the result of either too few troops or too little money," said political analyst Max Bergmann of the National Security Network.
"Our reliance on the United Nations to address trouble spots and to prevent them from worsening has only increased," he said. "Shorting the U.N. on peacekeeping funding is therefore akin to shooting ourselves in the foot." Another accusation routinely hurled at the blue helmets is that they are often inept and cowardly. U.N. officials vehemently reject this charge, citing rising post-Cold War death rates as just one proof of U.N. peacekeepers' courage. In the case of Congo, U.N. officials dismiss suggestions that U.N. peacekeepers could have prevented the flight of a quarter million civilians in eastern Congo caused by a renewal of fighting between government forces and rebels loyal to renegade Congolese Gen. Laurent Nkunda. "We didn't, and still don't, have enough people there," said a U.N. official. "Congo's big as western Europe." While some council diplomats accuse the 17,000-strong U.N. mission in Congo, known as MONUC, of not implementing its mandate "robustly" enough, the council took one and a half months to approve a request from MONUC chief Alan Doss for 3,000 reinforcements he said were desperately needed. Diplomats say it may take many more months to find 3,000 extra troops and police for MONUC -- if they are found at all. Western diplomats say Congo is not as strategically vital as Afghanistan or Iraq, so they will send no troops.
Another U.N. official said he worried that the Security Council saw its job as completed now that it had approved an increase in MONUC. He said the council should be lobbying countries to offer troops and equipment needed by the mission. "The Security Council can drop the ball, move on to another issue and we're the ones at fault," the official said. "We've seen before that is a recipe for failure." One senior Western Security Council diplomat said that criticism was valid but added that it was time for other countries with large, well-trained armies to offer soldiers to the Somalia, Congo and other missions in need of troops. "We're not the only ones who can do this," the diplomat said. "Where are the Russians, the Ukrainians? Where are the developing countries who want to have seats on the Security Council? Where is Brazil? It doesn't always have to be us."
UN CEILING BIG AFRICAN TREE
$23-million Human Rights ceiling collapsing (UN avoiding story getting out). Human Rights Tribune, Dec 6, 2008
UN wants $1-billion renovation in Geneva (after $1.9-billion facelift in New York). Fox News, Dec 6, 2008
UN Human Rights ceiling cost 20-million euros (money lifted from foreign aid budget) & Taxpayers see red over UN Sistine Chapel (Spain paid for UN ceiling in Switzerland) & photos of UN 15,000 sq/ft Geneva ceiling. Brussels/Irish/Galeria, Dec 1, 2008
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
UN PEACEKEKEPING NOT KEEPINGPEACE & UN DAY OF PEACE IS WAR
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