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Post  polka23dot on Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:20 am

When anyone tries to take the floor of the United Nations Human Rights Council and reveal the truth about abusive states, the abusers press their buzzers and demand that the truth-teller be stopped from speaking. Expecting the UNHRC to carry out a fair, balanced or accurate investigation of anything involving the State of Israel is rather like expecting the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to carry out investigations into persecution of Christians in Muslim countries. The impact of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its many backers in Africa and elsewhere has led to a cynical failure on the part of the UN, the world leading human rights body, to address the greatest rights abuses of the modern age. North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, Cuba, Nigeria or other of the world's great tyrannies are never criticized. source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4573/united-nations-human-rights-council

The UN got into the peacekeeping business in a big way after 1991, and failed spectacularly. You'd never know this from reading UN press releases. Even before the Cold War ended, the UN had decades of experience in issuing glowing press releases to cover up yet another boondoggle... The UN developed a pretty slick routine for peacekeeping. In most cases their peacekeepers came in after the fighting was over and peace was breaking out anyway. This was because a major problem with the UN was that they were very reluctant to get involved in any fighting ("peacemaking"), even if such action would save many lives. There were any number of bureaucratic maneuvers the UN could employ, without even bothering the members for a vote, to avoid a possibly dangerous peacekeeping situation. There is a practical, or at least political, reason for this. Many UN members are tyrannies, who regularly kill their own people in large numbers. If the UN should suddenly get active about taking care of situations where thugs are killing innocent civilians, many UN members would be highly qualified targets. Thus the UN peacekeepers must be very peaceful, even if atrocities are committed in the vicinity of the peacekeepers. Once the UN peacekeepers are in the field, a major concern is minimizing bad news getting out about misbehavior among the peacekeepers. The UN pays a rate that is below what professional troops from the West get but above what professional and conscript armies in less affluent nations get. As a result, the UN takes what it can get, usually from less affluent nations. Many contributing nations are not keen to send their best troops, so the ones who show up for peacekeeping are a mixed bag. Some of them are poorly trained, led, and disciplined. These guys get into trouble, with women, with looting, and with stealing from the UN. Officials from the UN prefer to keep all the embezzlement to themselves as that makes it harder for the media to get hard evidence. The UN peacemaking programs emphasize looking good over actually accomplishing anything. This is why most UN peacekeeping operations later turn out to be more smoke and mirrors than anything of substance. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htun/articles/20130301.aspx

Sudan — whose leader is wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Court — will chair the humanitarian affairs segment of its annual session. source: http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/2013/02/27/outrage-over-uns-sudan-election-discredits-prior-apologetics/

Among the countries to win seats on the UN Human Rights Council are China, Russia, Algeria, Cuba, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173950#.UoUfGuKKbSg

Currently the UN is spending about $7.5 billion a year to keep about 100,000 peacekeepers in service... Most of the money is going to a few large peacekeeping operations. Three of the largest (Congo, Darfur and south Sudan) get over half the cash. Africa has the largest number of "failed states" on the planet and, as such, is most in need of outside security assistance. The Middle East is also a source of much unrest. But there the problem isn't a lack of government, just bad government. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htun/articles/20131121.aspx

Arab oil states have been throwing their money around for decades in the UN, to get nations to go along with meaningless resolutions condemning Israel... Arab oil money has also been spent to lobby potential allies throughout the West. This has worked quite well in Europe, less well in the Americas. Money talks at the UN and there are many states willing to sell their support if the price is right. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/israel/articles/20150127.aspx

United Nations Human Rights Council membership in 2017: Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, China, Cuba, Iraq, Qatar, Burundi, and Bangladesh. source: https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/01/02/un-human-rights-council-welcomes-saudi-arabia-to-its-ranks/
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