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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 29 – 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 1000th 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 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, five weeks of dodging and blockage, now of six:

From: unhurtdignity Date: Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 6:57 PM Subject: UN Secretary-General Female Candidate - Fátima Nouinou To: Matthew R. Lee I would like to inform you that I am a Candidate from Turkey for the Position of the United Nations Secretary-General in 2022. I decided to run in April 2019, I spent 2020 doing research and preparing my work plan, and I started my campaign in 2021. By now, I have submitted my Nomination requests to my Citizenship Country Turkey, my Origin Country Spain and my Residence Country USA.  I have also submitted my Nomination requests to the President of the General Assembly and the five Permanent Members of the Security Council, as well as Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Canada while I am in the process of sending my Nomination requests to the rest of the Security Council Members and other Member States then the Regional Organizations.  I have received a letter from the Chef de Cabinet of the King of Spain supporting my UNSG Candidacy and submitting it to the Spanish Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation...

I have heard that Member States may consider the extension of Mr. Guterres’ term. If this happens, it would be a Global Holocaust. 1- Why is SG Guterres quiet about Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Missions? 2- Why is DSG quiet about the kidnapping of Nigerian Girls while she is from Nigeria?3- Why does Mr. Guterres want to extend his term while he has done nothing to solve political conflicts in Myanmar, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Western Sahara, Xinjiang and Mozambique? Neither did he move a finger to talk about the rape of children in Peacekeeping? Should you require to interview me or write about me, I will be more than happy to join.  Please accept my sincere regards,  Fátima Nouinou Candidate for UN Secretary-General in 2022

  Note: One of the reasons Inner City Press filed was to ensure that actual opponents to Guterres, who know of and will raise his abuses, would be in.

On March 26, Inner City Press asked US State Department Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles this:

MS PORTER:  We will go to the line of Matthew Russell Lee. 

QUESTION:  One of the controversies right now in the UN is this – if Antonio Guterres is up for re-election, and the question is whether there will be other candidates.  There are at least four candidates who have provided names and CVs, but they haven’t been circulated to the member-states both by the president of the General Assembly you mentioned and even by the U.S. mission this month, the president of the Security Council.  I wanted to know what’s the administration’s – I mean, does that seem right?  Is that something that the Secretary’s going to discuss?  And what’s the mission’s thinking on not having circulated names during this month?  And one other thing, it’s something that the UN has – the council has not worked on, but does the administration think that there’s a UN role in dealing with the ongoing kind of mass killings in the Anglophone areas of Cameroon?  The issue has been going on for some years and the Council has had a few AOBs, but never actually met on or done anything on. 

AMBASSADOR BARKS-RUGGLES:   On the secretary-general race, we, of course, as members of the Council and permanent members of the Council, will be very much engaged in this process.  We obviously work closely with the current secretary-general and will look forward to that strong and constructive relationship continuing, and I think that that’s – that will be part of the discussions that Secretary Blinken will have with the secretary-general.  But I’m not going to get into the details of diplomatic discussions.  On Cameroon, I’m sorry.  I don’t have anything for you on that at this point.  It has not been discussed in the Security Council up to this point.

We'll have more on this.

  On March 25, Bozkir's spokesman Brenden Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, announced that "there is only one candidate" and that he will hold a North Korea-like one-man debate on May 7. Debate? This is corruption. We will have more on this. Watch this site.


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