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As UN Supported Ghislaine Maxwell Epstein Paid IPI Now Rudd Speaks While Guterres Bans Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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UN GATE / SDNY, Oct 28 -- While Ghislaine Maxwell, now incarcerated for sex trafficking, was filming videos into the United Nations, now deceased Jeffrey Epstein she procured for was working the angles just across First Avenue at a think tank connected to an incoming UN Security Council member that refuses to answer questions: Norway.

  Nor has UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres answered in any way his and the UN's connection to Maxwell, through Amir Dossal Guterres' head of UN Partnerships being one of only five people on the board of Maxwell's Terramar project. Contrast this continuing cover up by Guterres to Kevin Rudd, below.

   Inner City Press while in the UN asked questions about Maxwell and her UN-supported Terramar Project, here. Then, after UNSG Antonio Guterres whose UN Partnerships boss Amir Dossal was on Maxwell's Terramar board, had Inner City Press roughed up and banned, now 825 bans, Inner City Press on July 15, 2019, published this.

  It linked Epstein, then alive in the MCC jail, to UN-affiliate International Peace Institute, who murky moves in Bahrain using UN-paid staff it had previously exposed.

   Now with Epstein dead and Maxwell facing trial, the Norwegian business newspaper DN has dug in this same waters (Epstein - IPI), bringing in Bill Gates, to boot. Inner City Press, crediting DN, asked Norway's Mission and Ambassador Mona Juul (whose husband is implicated) as well as Guterres again. No answers. Impunity.

  Now Kevin Rudd as IPI chair has spoken: "I first joined the International Peace Institute (IPI) Board in June 2014. In June 2018, at the Board’s request, I became Chair... I first learned of contributions from Epstein’s foundations to the IPI in November 2019 through reporting by the Norwegian press. I was blindsided by this. Subsequent searches by IPI staff, made at the request of the Board, have identified donations totaling $650,000 that were received between October 2011 and May 2019. This represented approximately 0.9% of IPI’s total revenue over those years. The source of these donations had not previously been disclosed to the Board, nor to me as Chair.These revelations were deeply disturbing to me and to other members of the Board. IPI was not alone in receiving donations from Epstein foundations; dozens of other US nonprofit organizations and teaching institutions have collectively received more than $30 million of donations from his foundations. Upon learning of the existence of these donations, I convened a meeting of the Board on 4 December 2019, which took two decisions at my initiative. First, the IPI decided to donate an equivalent sum to suitable programs to support victims of human trafficking and sexual assault. This hardline approach contrasts with a number of other institutions that decided to keep some or all of their donations. IPI management is in the process of implementing this Board decision. Second, the IPI adopted a new Gift Acceptance Policy to prevent any future donations unless the donors satisfy a test of good character. On 14 October, again through the Norwegian press, the Board learned that there was a personal loan agreement between Epstein and Terje Rod-Larsen that existed in 2013. Neither the loan, nor its repayment, had been previously disclosed to the Board or to me as Chair. Mr Rod-Larsen has apologised to the Board for what he has described as his grave error of judgment. I am deeply disappointed that the Board has had to learn about so much of this through the media. As a consequence of this latest development, I took action last week to convene an extraordinary Board meeting and requested that Mr Rod-Larsen provide a report to the Board on all these matters. I will be recommending to the Board that an immediate and comprehensive probity review be conducted into the matters raised. I will also recommend an independent accounting review by a Big Four global firm into any financial transactions between Epstein and the IPI. Any significant engagement with someone as odious as Epstein must be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. I have no recollection whatsoever of ever meeting Epstein. I have checked records around a function I attended in New York in late September 2013, when I was still a Member of Parliament, held in honour of the then President of Mongolia. It was a large function at the time of the UN General Assembly attended by UN Secretary-General [and] former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov; Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani; former Norwegian Prime Page 1 Minister Thorbjorn Jagland; US Secretary of State John Kerry; former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband; IPI President Terje Rod-Larsen; businesswoman Ariane Rothschild; former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers; German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle; Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif; and IPI Board Member Mort Zuckerman. IPI records indicate that Epstein was also invited to attend that same function, although I don’t believe we ever met. This is just the guest list, and it cannot be confirmed for certain who was actually there. At that event, which was well before I joined the IPI Board, the Mongolian President asked me to assist on an international advisory board to help guide his democratic government’s program of economic and political development. I was advised that this advisory board was to be facilitated by the IPI. This advisory board had an initial conference call in January 2014. I participated in it and provided advice to the Mongolian President on the future of his country’s mining industry. There were no further meetings of which I am aware. IPI staff have advised me subsequently that Epstein was apparently among the 10 participants of the teleconference. Two years later, I was offered remuneration for my participation in this advisory board but I declined because my involvement, apart from the initial teleconference, was negligible. Other participants may have received remuneration for their participation in the advisory board, although I have been advised by IPI staff that Epstein did not. I was subsequently advised that the funding source for the advisory board was the government of Mongolia. The Board takes these matters exceptionally seriously as demonstrated by the measures above. The Board will make a further statement on these matters once it has met on these matters."

  At least Rudd belatedly is still only partially addressed it. (Full disclosure: Inner City Press exclusively reported Rudd's 11th hour challenge to Guterres, here and partially denied as on IPI, here) which many now hope would have been successful). So when will Guterres quit - or, if he still evades COVID quarantine to go to Boston, stay there? Watch this site.

  Norway is joining the UN Security Council in 2021 - they have already started attending and observing closed consultation.

But its ambassador Mona Juul - the wife of Terje
Rød-Larsen - has like Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric refused to answer any questions from Inner City Press, even while Juul head UN ECOSOC, to which Maxwell's Terranova pitched.

Now UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, whose spokesman Brenden Varma blocks Inner City Press on Twitter for asking, has as Chef de Cabinet "Ms. Mary Skaare, Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN." She also does not answer, and so colludes in the censorship.

Today's UN is corrupt and complicit with child sex trafficking, and arrogant in its refusal to answer questions or even refrain from roughing up and banning Press which asks. Accountability for all this is necessary, and Inner City Press (and apparently DN) will no rest.

 – While the United Nations speaks about press freedom and the UN General Assembly week under new President Zolkan Bozkir of Turkey, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press amid its questions about his finances and failures on Cameroon and in combatting or even just disclosing UN sexual abuse. 

 On September 17, Guterres' spokesman Staphane Dujarric was asked out it. Video here. From the transcript:

 Q: you were talking about press freedoms, a different part of the press. What's the latest with Inner City Press? They've apparently asked to be credentialed, and that's been ignored. They've played an active part in uncovering UN corruption over the years. Where does... where do they stand regarding UN credentialing?      

UN Spokesman Dujarric:  Mr. Lee's status remains unchanged. Okay...       

 Question:  And does that mean that that's going to stay unchanged, meaning he's banned for the next... for this General Assembly?      

Spokesman Dujarric:  Well, I mean, there's no... we're not issuing any new credentials for this General Assembly, because there's really nothing... there are no physical... barely any physical events here. So, there's no... no temporary credentials are being given, anyway.     All right. Thank you very much. I will leave you in the capable hands of Mr. [Brenden] Varma....   

Brenden Varma, for PGA Bozkir, has refused to answer Inner City Press' questions about his backsliding on the one reform from the UN corruption scandal Inner City Press reported on, often exclusively, about PGAs Ashe and Kutesa; Bozkir has an empty "Ethics" page.

Varma then blocked Inner City Press on Twitter. This is today's UN - we'll have more on this issue. Inner City Press should be given the codes to access and ask questions at briefings immediately, like the state media and retirees Guterres and Melissa Fleming prefer and favor.


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