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As UN Blocks Press From Day 1 of Gumbo Diplomacy P3 Read-Out Silent On Guterres Undemocratic Bid

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UN GATE / SDNY, Feb 26 - The United Nations, its often unaccountable senior leadership like Fabrizio Hochschild and always sychophantic press corps all seem pleased by the prospect of increased funding from Foggy Bottom and ultimately the American people. But will the UN administration belatedly live up to principles like those of the First Amendment, for example content neutral press access?

  So far, no.

  On February 25 new Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield held a stake-out by the UN Security Council. Inner City Press has questioned US Ambassadors from Zalmay Khalilzad through Susan Rice and Samantha Power to Nikki Haley. But now, due to critical coverage of and questions to Antonio Guterres, it is banned.

  So, an investigative US-based media is blocked from questioning a US official. Can this be legal?

 Here for now is the Mission's read-out of Day 1: "The below is attributable to United States Mission Spokesperson Olivia Dalton:

       Yesterday, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Following the ceremony, the two met to discuss the important leadership role the United States plays in the UN system, the global pandemic, climate change, humanitarian issues, and human rights. She then made a brief statement to the UN press corps.  

      In her first engagement as the Representative of the United States, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield held a town hall with United States Mission staff where she made brief remarks and introduced new members of her executive team. During an informal Q&A, she emphasized President Biden’s core foreign policy values and the significant role the Mission plays to represent the American people.

       Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield met with Ambassador Barbara Woodward, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, and discussed the significance of the longstanding U.S.-UK partnership and shared priorities, including coordinating on COVID-19 response, global humanitarian challenges, climate change, and other issues.      

 Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also met with Ambassador Nicholas de Rivière, the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and discussed the importance of working cooperatively to address urgent global challenges and mutual priorities, including the coronavirus pandemic, gender equality, and climate change."

No discussion of ensuring that Guterres doesn't just strong arm a second term in a way that makes a mockery of the pronouncement on democracy by the UN - & P3?

   Revisit the canned Q&A in the UN noon briefing of November 23, which again banned Inner City Press - and its questions about UN corruption and sexual abuse, Cameroon, Honduras and other UN failures, here.  

Inner City Press before corrupt UNSG Antonio Guterres had it thrown out without due process or appeal covered not only the UN and its "Peacekeeping" missions in Haiti and elsewhere, but also Antony Blinken (here, meeting Prince Zeid) and Linda Thomas-Greenfield (here, after a trip to Somalia; Inner City Press covered the UN Security Council trip to Djibouti).  

On February 25, the IMF took Inner City Press' questions on Sudan and Cambodia via WebEx, here. Inner City Press also spoke for half an hour on Honduras UNeTV, including about the Biden Administration, Secretary Antony Blinken and Honduras, and SDNY: here.

The UN banned Inner City Press, including from the stakeout by the US Ambassador. Again, can this be legal? Is it sustainable? Is it credible? Watch this site.


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