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Un-Fucking Believable - Elf M. Sternberg
Un-Fucking Believable
I'm not usually shocked by the behavior of politicians and reporters, but this is simply beyond the pale. First, the organization Reporters Sans Frontières protested the rise of Libya [!] to the chairman's seat for the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights. Then, RSF published a document titled Wheeling and Dealing, in which they listed out the UNCHR's "incompetence and ineffectiveness," and called the ascent of Col. Qaddafi's regime to the chair "a disgrace."

The UNCHR's response has been to ban RSF from any consultative or informative role in the UNCHR's debates for one year. So much for freedom of the press, or speech, or association, in this unelected collection of bureacrats supposedly overseeing our human rights.

But look at the list of countries (27 out of 54) that voted for the ban: Azerbaijan, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Burundi, China, Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Azerbaijan? Bhutan? Burundi? Congo? Cuba? Libya? Iran? Saudi Arabia? These are the nations that have a voting interest in the UNCHR? These are all one-power-center ploys with no people power whatsoever, and not one of them has a free press anywhere. The idea that these countries have any notion whatsoever of "human rights" or a free press is ridiculous.

Apparently, one person in Ohio, knows why a terrible flood ravaged the city of Hudson: It was God's punishment for the city's willigness to host a Harry Potter festival. The writer ends their letter with the classic threat: join my tribe or my God will reach behind himself and sling napalm atcha'.

Current Mood: cynical cynical
Current Music: A3, Woke Up This Morning

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elfric From: elfric Date: August 4th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah. Hang 'em all.
shadowfey From: shadowfey Date: August 4th, 2003 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surely going to hell, then. I run a Harry Potter MUSH.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: August 4th, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know my opinion of the UN.

The main problem is that all these "abuses" are structural in origin, and cannot be fixed.

The main purpose of the UN is that it shows openly and clearly to the West, if we would just care to look at it for what it is, exactly how the non-Western hellhole nations run themselves internally.

The only thing that makes the UN a laughstock instead of a horrorshow is the fact that the nation groups with real power (US, EU, etc), don't actually give the UN the reigns to their power, or rather, when they do, they regret it.
From: foxcutter Date: August 5th, 2003 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

No surprise

These are the same people who kicked the US out for not constantly condemning Israel for the crime of having the audacity to exist.
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