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July 3, 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in June 2008

The UN has honored another thug for supposed humanitarianism. With the annoying Syrian and Egyptian and Turkish conflicts taking attention away from the Palestinians-are-the-world's-most-important-victim storyline, the UN awarded the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud the "Outstanding Donor Award for the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "offered his heartfelt appreciation" for the Saudi's "contributing to peace, security and stability." If misogyny, beheading, slavery, and xenophobia equals peace, security and stability, sure.

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef Honoured for Work With UN Agency on Palestinian Projects Development

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

Iran - on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons and the leading state sponsor of terrorism - will take heart from yet another UN gabfest on nuclear terrorism. UN International Atomic Energy Chief, Yukiya Amano, told the assembled: "The threat of nuclear terrorism is real." No kidding. He then told the 1,300 participants: "Your presence here sends an important message: that the world is serious about enhancing global efforts to protect nuclear and other radioactive material..." If the world was actually serious about nuclear terrorism, it would take the obvious first step - stop Iran now. Instead, the conference-goers adopted a serious "Declaration" on their seriousness. Seriously. Here are a couple of gems from the latest UN contribution to preventing nuclear terrorism: "We, Ministers of the Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):..."11. Encourage the IAEA, in consultation with Member States, to consider ways of further promoting the exchange, on a voluntary basis, of information on the implementation of the legal instruments relevant to nuclear security. 12. Encourage States to further minimize the use of high enriched uranium on a voluntary basis and to use low enriched uranium where technically and economically feasible."

More Action Needed to Improve Global Nuclear Security, Urges UN Atomic Energy Chief Development

Catholic Syrian priest Fr. François Murad

The Shadow War Against Syria's Christians Human Rights Voices

July 1, 2013

The UN has been given a new infusion of 7.5 billion dollars for its "peacekeeping" budget from July 2013 to June 2014. Among the recipients is the "Interim Force in Lebanon" (UNIFIL) which presides over Hezbollah's (and Iran's) rearmament and the systematic use of the Lebanese population as human shields. The new 520 million to UNIFIL was adopted over the objections of Canada, Israel and the United States (the vote was 126 for, 3 against). Israel-bashers managed to include in the UNIFIL resolution a provision demanding Israel pay for damage to a UN site in Lebanon (on the logic that of self-defense should be fined and aggression rewarded).

General Assembly Adopts 2013/14 Peacekeeping Budget Approaching $8 Billion for 14 Operations, Acting On Fifth Committee Recommendations (Press Release), GA/11390 Development