In an exclusive report:
May 25, 2010
By George Russell
The United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in battered Haiti is one of the most expensive in the world — and it’s about to get even more so. One of the reasons being given this time is the need to add support for the U.N.’s special envoy to Haiti, former President Bill Clinton.
Just exactly how much more expensive, however, the U.N. is not prepared to say. It now claims the situation is too “fluid” for the world organization even to produce a detailed budget covering the next six months — half the period normally covered in its normal financial calculations.
Nevertheless, in a back-of-the-envelope estimate that he has sent to the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is asking for $380.4 million to cover the period from July 1 to December 31 of this year.
That would be $760.8 million at an annualized rate — roughly double what the U.N. allocated for the mission in its first full year of operations, starting in 2004.
In a terse, six-page submission to the U.N. General Assembly, Ban says a “comprehensive and integrated planning effort” is still required to add up the real budget figures for Haiti the 2010-2011 period. (U.N. budgets for peacekeeping run from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.)
But even so, his sketchy six-month total would be $28.4 million higher, on an annualized basis, than the record-breaking $732.4 million budget for the 12 months that end June 30.
That budget included a 20 percent overall hike to account for emergency operations in the wake of Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.
And if history is any guide, it will soon grow even further, after the “comprehensive and integrated planning effort” that Ban promises. Traditionally, peacekeeping budgets — as do most other U.N. budgets — expand in the period between preliminary estimates and later, more detailed accounting.
Among other things, the latest peacekeeping estimate includes more than $800,000 that the Haiti mission is spending as its share to support the efforts of the U.N.’s special envoy in Haiti, former President Bill Clinton.
According to a spokesman for U.N. peacekeeping, Clinton’s expanded role will include taking the lead over “international coordination efforts. He will also “provide strategic guidance to the U.N.’s involvement in the recovery and relief efforts that have now become a key focus” of the peacekeepers.
Ironically enough, the latest Haiti budget estimate is the organization’s effort to show that the U.N. is tightening its belt in the wake of its post-earthquake, even as the number of soldiers, police and U.N. civilian staffers has surged to some 15,000.
In response to questions from Fox News, a U.N. peacekeeping spokesman replied that the bigger post-earthquake numbers were “one-off requirements and they were not intended to be a permanent requirement.”
But there are signs of fudging. In a few brief paragraphs justifying its seat-of-the-pants estimates, Ban’s submission says the much smaller numbers for support costs for the mission take into account “standard” reimbursements for troops and police, but “exclude, at this stage, direct costs such as rotational travel,” which presumably includes mandatory R and R for the forces in place — which was included in its last budget — as well as future troop and police replacement.
It is time to kiss off the U.N.
By Dr. Laurie Roth Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The U.N. is mostly anti Semitic, anti American and anti Sovereignty. They are universalistic, controlling, greedy and masters at redistributing wealth. Even with the largely socialist, Islamic push, directing the focus and decisions of the UN, we still give them 3 billion a year with all the money we don’t have. Are we dumber than posts?
There are numerous take over and money making schemes the UN continues to develop and build, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Hillary and other progressives in congress have long wanted this one, which would shred parent’s rights, making them submit to UN, international protocol. Spanking would be a crime and parents would no longer be raising their kids with their own rules.
We also are seeing the continued push for the Law of the Sea Treaty, where the UN would control rules on the water ways of the world.
Soros Supports Reducing Us Sovereignty
Soros Has Argued “The Sovereignty Of States Must Be Subordinated To International Law And International Institutions.” “Soros identifies a problem: ‘Our global open society lacks the institutions and mechanisms necessary for its preservation.’ The solution? ‘Some global system of political decision-making’ in which ‘the sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and international institutions’ when ‘collective interests’ are at stake.” (Matthew Rees, “Saving Capitalism From Soros,” The Ottawa Citizen, 12/9/98)
“In The Crisis Of Global Capitalism (1998) And Open Society (2000), [Soros] Argued That A Vision Of ‘Open Society Idealism’ Must Supersede Traditional State Sovereignty If Globalization Is To Benefit All.” (Carlin Romano, “George Soros Offers A Plan To Help Poor Via Globalization,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/24/02)
Maurice Strong’s unprecedented rise to power + Earth Charter and the Earth Council Alliance
What is the EARTH CHARTER?
The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.
The Earth Charter is centrally concerned with the transition to sustainable ways of living and sustainable human development. Ecological integrity is one major theme. However, the Earth Charter recognizes that the goals of ecological protection, the eradication of poverty, equitable economic development, respect for human rights, democracy, and peace are interdependent and indivisible. It provides, therefore, a new, inclusive, integrated ethical framework to guide the transition to a sustainable future.
The Earth Charter is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. The Earth Charter project began as a United Nations initiative, but it was carried forward and completed by a global civil society initiative. The Earth Charter was finalized and then launched as a people’s charter in 2000 by the Earth Charter Commission, an independent international entity.
In the light of this legitimacy, an increasing number of international lawyers recognize that the Earth Charter is acquiring the status of a soft law document. Soft law documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are considered to be morally, but not legally, binding on state governments that agree to endorse and adopt them, and they often form the basis for the development of hard law.
We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
The entire charter can be read at:
In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international legally binding instrument on environment and development.
GET RID OF THE UNITED NATIONS ON U.S. SOIL!
Vote OUT Sen. Barbara Boxer; the queen mouthpiece for the United Nations.
QUESTION WITH BOLDNESS! SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR!
JUST NO LONGER SILENT.