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UN Security Council Admits Estonia Tunisia Vietnam St Vincent and Niger While Guterres Censors

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UN GATE / SDNY COURT, Jan 2 –  In the sideshow of the UN and its Security Council, from which UNSG Antonio Guterres has banned the investigative Press for 548 days, five new non-permanent members entered in a January 2 ceremony. Each spoke, but no questions were taken. And Inner City Press has many questions.

  New member Vietnam is president for January, but its program of work has nothing for example about the slaughter in Cameroon; it has Colombia on January 13 but nothing on Honduras, recently exposed as a narco-state in a trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York which Inner City Press now covers as well as the UN, from the UN Gate.

  There are no fewer than four meetings on Syria, but Libya where Turkey has voted to send forces and where the UN has been exposed as helping militias is put off until the 29th. Yemen is on the 16th, West Africa (pro strongman SRSG Chambas) on the 8th and, interestingly, a debate on ASEAN on the 23rd. We'll have more on this.

 And the UN of SG Antonio Guterres, wasting public money for example on Guterres' now three week junket away from New York, didn't even manage to update to Security Council's website at the turn of the year. At 7 pm on January 1, the UN web site still listed as current members: "Côte d’Ivoire , Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait (2019) Peru (2019) Poland (2019)." Photo here.

 Even Wikipedia had, nineteen hours before, added Estonia, Eastern European Group, Niger, African Group, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC), Tunisia, African Group and  Vietnam." As Inner City Press reported, Guterres gave the UNSC website to the photographer husbands of USG DiCarlo's chief of staff, here.

Inner City Press, which covered in person these five's performance from January through June of 2018 before being roughed up and banned by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres with no reaction by the five, despite claims of commitment to press freedom and even UN transparency, has continued to cover them.

    Kuwait, for example, which has gotten its KUNA to inflate its performance, phoned it in on African issues including praising Paul Biya, dictator of Cameroon.

   Its Permanent Representative, a pleasure enough man, when Inner City Press standing at the Delegates Entrance raised the issue of its expulsion and ban by Guterres, replied that if the UN Correspondents Association with state media like Xinhua on its Executive Committee was colluding with Guterres there was nothing to be done. One, this is weak for a member state. Two, it confirms how disgusting the UN has become under Guterres.

So what were the achievements, again? We'll continue to cover this and the UNSC, even while the censor Guterres and his Melissa Fleming maintain their ban on the Press. Viet Nam takes over January 1, 2020.  


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