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UNCA Prez Offers Hamptons Rental for $90,000 a Month, UN Links?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 5 -- The scandal caused by the screening inside the UN of the Sri Lanka government propaganda film "Lies Agreed To" under the banner of the UN Correspondents Association, after UNCA President Giampaolo Pioli had accepted rent money from Palitha Kohona, who later as Sri Lankan Ambassador asked Pioli for the screening, centers like so many New York stories on one thing.

  Real estate.

   Pioli's spin, now through his lawyer's letter threatening to sue Inner City Press for money, is that Kohona "rented an apartment from a real estate company owned by Mr. Pioli's family."

   While Pioli has refused to provide the information to Inner City Press, beyond bragging that he rents out "twelve apartments," he has elsewhere called it a "small family real estate company" that rents through "an agent."

   He has claimed to Inner City Press that the properties are rented out "through a broker," allegedly relieving him of any duty to ensure that he is not receiving money from people who request legitimizing access to the UN through him and UNCA, or whom he ostensibly covered objectively for his other job or hobby, with Poligrafici Editoriale Group.

  But even the most preliminary research finds that the properties are not through brokers but directly advertised to (the most affluent of) the public, for example a Hampton Bays home publicly described and hyped as

"ultra luxurious home was totally renovated in 2010 using the finest Italian materials and Italian artisans. Equally at home on the Amalfi Coast, you'll think you're in Italy, but you'll be on prestigious Red Creek Road in the heart of the Hamptons" with a rental price of "$80,000 - $90,000/month."

   This is some "small family real estate company." The house, as advertised publicly in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, the UK and  Italy-- only 72,000 Euros -- is at 90 Red Creek Road. Tax records for 2012 list Pioli as owner; the real estate ads were sent out to the global jet set on May 4, 2012.

   Meanwhile the flawed "Board of Examination" appointed by Pioli and his Big Media supporters (or puppet masters, even weekend guests) finalized a report without accepting evidence from Inner City Press and without looking into this.
  Earlier on July 5 Pioli's Secretary Barbara Plett of the
BBC, which previously used Inner City Press' January 2012 cocaine in the UN mailroom exclusive without giving any credit to Inner City Press -- while crediting derivative quotes garnered by AFP and AP -- issued an email to all UNCA members, despite the Board having ignored requests for information it says is "available on request," that "the Executive Committee will make a decision on a date to submit the report and recommendations to the UNCA General Meeting."

  Inner City Press remains on this Executive Committee, to which it was elected before seeing what this UNCA is really about. This "decision" must be made at an Executive Committee meeting, and in full knowledge of how this UNCA process does not comply with New York State and other applicable law.

   Since Pioli, while seeking to expel Inner City Press for "unethical" behavior which seems to consist of reporting on conflicts of interest at the UN, has shown a willingness not only to make campaign contributions to politicians he writes about, but also to not recuse himself but rather grant favors and access to the UN to people he has collected rent from, it is more than reasonable to inquire:

  To whom has Pioli rented his "twelve apartments"? Who has paid the $80,000 a month for this Hamptons "ultra luxurious home... using the finest Italian materials and Italian artisans"?

   And are there any connections to the UN? Or, separately as a matter of ethics, to the entities Pioli covers for his other job or hobby, with Poligrafici Editoriale Group and its Quotidiano Nazionale, La Nazione, Il Resto de Carlino, Il Giorno and

Pioli's workmanship is truly something to behold. This series will continue: watch this site.

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