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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 9 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 1011th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates.  But as of April 9, while on a junket to his native Turkey as well as payers Qatar and Azerbaijan, Bozkir hadn't even conveyed the names of opponents to UNSC President Viet Nam, video here.

On April 9, Bozkir's deputy spokesperson - being paid by the UK? - Amy Quantrill refused to answer written questions from Inner City Press. In the briefing room, to blue wash questions, she said just look on Twitter to see how says they're opposing Guterres. What a joke. Inner City Press has asked her:

"Did PGA pass the letters and CVs of "prospective candidates" to UNSC Prez Viet Nam before his trip to Turkey etc?  Who pays each member of the PGA Office staff?  Who pays you, Deputy Spokesperson?  On deadline."

 That today's UN won't even answer these basic questions, how it (mis) uses public funds, says it all.

  But throughout February and now March 2021, Bozkir refused to circulate the letter of UN staffer candidate Arora Akanksha.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, continues to dance around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.  Since then, four weeks of dodging and blockage, now of six or more.

 On April 5, much as Inner City Press has been publishing statements by all known candidates, one correctly greeted another thusly: "Dear Emma,  Please count on me! Guterres is not only a Danger to the UN; he is a Danger to our U.S. National Security and a Danger to our Entire Humanity... He has to Go Now!" Song.

  Meanwhile Viet Nam, the UN Security Council president for five days now, told WFUNA on April 5 that PGA Volkan Bozkir has not even spoken with it about the backlog of blocked candidacies. Today's UN is corrupt.

It is not only Bozkir and his censoring spokesman Brenden Varma who cover up the names of those running. Even the friendly Blue opposition refuses to name names, all the while offering praise of rape-denying Guterres. Inner City Press submitted this question, twice, to their panelists:

"How can this be considered a legitimate election when there is nowhere to file legal challenges, for example to the 'unwritten rule' that candidates should have endorsement of a member states? And about Guterres abusing the power of incumbency, using UN Spokesman Dujarric as his campaign spokesman, and spending the public's money to campaign? -Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press, banned from the UN 1003 days and counting by Guterres."

  And while taking half-baked questions, from a Mr. Gomez, about WFUNA, the above question they refused to read out much less answer. The panelists who got it: Kristen Saloomey of AJE whose James Bays worked with Stephane Dujarric to get Inner City Press banned,Dulcie Leimbach, Stephanie Fillion and Sonah Lee-Lassiter. Every day is a new day, but this is why the UN remains corrupt.


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