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Liz Truss Slips In & To Head to Kabuki UNGA As UK on Ukraine Burma & Cameroon No Answers

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
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UN GATE, Sept 5 – With BoJo out, in the United Kingdom Liz Truss is in, while the UK at UN refuses questions ranging Ukraine and Cameroon to the British Museum's looting Cambodian artifacts.

  Next up: the circus of kabuki theater UN General Assembly week, to be covered from the inside only by scribes who live in New York City's tri-state area or in DC. Call it the Royal Scam.

   Previously amid UN censorship of Press, on March 31, 2022 before the United Kingdom takes over the UN Security Security Council presidency for April Inner City Press wrote to their Mission and Ambassador Barbara Woodward and spokesperson Mungo Woodifield:

"This is a timely request that you send Inner City Press the pass code(s) to access your UNSC Presidency press briefing on April 1, 2022. I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about the conflicts in Ukraine, Cameroon, Yemen, DRC  and Libya - and on recent cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers on  Inner City Press first reported - Inner City Press is asking to be provided with access / the passwords to your UK mission's stakeouts and press conferences this month as UNSC President.

Given your stated focus on the rule of law, you should ensure due process (and access) for Press covering the UN.  Please note that Inner City Press and I participate in the WebEx briefings of, for example, the IMF:today March 31, 2022, here  and previously sent to your mission:   And Oct 19:

As you all have now moved the Council back into its Chamber, either way I would also like to ask you to instruct MALU  / USG-DGC Fleming to allow me to enter to cover it, for Inner City Press.   Please immediately confirm receipt, and provide the passcode or state why not.  Thank you in advance  Matthew Russell Lee, Esq., Inner City Press Past (and future?) Office at UN: Room S-303, UN HQ, NY NY 10017."

  Five days later, nothing at all. So Inner City Press asked more, in an email to Mungo Woodifield. Jaclyn Licht, Sorcha Lowry, Isabella Olex and Barbara Woodward:

 "With no response from any of you to Inner City Press' request for WebEx access to ask questions of Ambassador Woodward - despite Inner City Press actively reporting on the work on the UNSC, with three stories this weekend alone - this request is hereby reiterated before 1 pm as well as this request on deadline for your / Ambassador Woodward's answer to these questions put to UN Spokesperson:  On Burma, immediately explained why SG Guterres' rep Heyser has again said that Aung Hlaing should be spoken with, triggering outrage against her (and Guterres) by many Burmese.

 On Nigeria what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately DSG Amina J. Mohammad on that a Nigerian atheist accused of blasphemy against Islam has appeared at a high court in the northern Nigerian state of Kano. 

 On China, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately USG Fleming on that CGTN Australian journalist Cheng Lei is on trial in China for allegedly leaking Chinese state secrets 

On Haiti, on which the IMF spokesperson answered Inner City Press by WebEx on March 31, 2022 (while each of you refuse WebEx access to Inner City Press to ask these questions, and answer none of them), on deadline what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that  One day after at least one person was killed and two planes were set ablaze during widespread demonstrations across Haiti, the southern region’s police chief has been replaced." And Ukraine - no answers.

Then a pathetic Press-less press conference, live tweeted here.

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