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On Afghanistan Empty UN Guterres Statement on Logar Attack As He Bans Press 1035th Day

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFT, Scope

UN GATE, May 2 – Amid UN Antonio Guterres' empty statements of concern on Afghanistan while he bans and censors the Press now 1035 days, refusing to answer on UN rapes including there, on May 2, this: "The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack in Puli-e-Alam, Logar Province, Afghanistan, on 30 April, which killed and injured many civilians and caused significant damage to civilian premises, including a hospital.  The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of Afghanistan. He hopes that the observation of the holy month of Ramadan, a time for contemplation and compassion, will be an occasion to reflect on those who have been affected by the prolonged conflict in the country and to come together in renewed efforts toward peace.  Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General  New York, 1 May 2021."

These robo-comments from a Secretary General who has failed on conflict after conflict, and made several conflicts worse, such as in Cameroon. Now he tries to steal five more years to fail and sell out the UN, blocking all opposition and refusing even a debate, in the run up to a ghoulish one-man "debate" on May 7. #DumpGuterres.

  Also from Guterres' UN, on August 30, 2019 this: the UN issued a denial of accreditation with no reasoning other than that accreditation had previously been revoked:

"From: malu at UN
Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 4:23 PM
Subject: U.N. eAccreditation request for Matthew Lee Ref # M5413398 has been declined
To: Inner City Press:

Greetings Matthew Lee from Inner City Press,  Your media accreditation request, with reference no: M5413398, has been declined for the following reason: Media accreditation was withdrawn on 17 August 2018."

  This is Kafka-esque, and corrupt. We will have more, much more, on this.

Inner City Press  banned from the UN now 1035 days after 10 years of coverage, as it reports on  Guterres' conflicts of interest for example on China Energy Fund Committee and on Cameroon

 Looking back, Khalilzad during as his time as US Ambassador was always accessible. Inner City Press spoke with him many times during the late night budget meetings of example the type Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric had Inner City Press roughed up for covering on 3 July 2018. Here was from 21 December 2007: "Ban's bodyguards loitered by the Vienna cafe, standing at the ready. The vacuum cleaners began in Conference Room 5. There was no turning back.

  Down the hall came the American flotilla: Permanent Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, Ambassadors Alejandro Wolff and Mark Wallace, accompanied by Controller Warren Sach and the Secretary of the Fifth Committee. In the corner of Conference Room 3 they pow-wowed, as other delegates tried to get in.  They discussed the U.S. political ramifications of various ways of voting on the budget. Leave it to the experts, Khalilzad said. But as written, we cannot vote for the budget, he told Inner City Press, as he Googled past midnight." Compare that to today, where for covering the budget meetings from the same (expensively renovated) Vienna Cafe, Guterres has you assaulted - a crime scene - then imposes a lifetime ban. The UN is in decline, even decay.  Four days after UN Security officers led by UN Lieutenant Ronald E. Dobbins pushed Inner City Press' reporter out of the UN during a speech by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, on June 26 Guterres envoy to Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamomoto came to the Security Council stakeout to take questions. But of the entire UN press corps, only Inner City Press was there.  Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq who had run out on Inner City Press' questions about the ouster the day before told Yamamoto leadingly, gesturing at the UNTV microphone, "It's up to you." Inner City Press encouraged Yamamoto and he came over. Periscope video here. Since then, banned by corrupt Guterres. #DumpGuterres


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