Trump Pulls US Out Of UN Human Rights Agency

UNESCO’s mission statement: “Contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.”

The Associated Press reports:

U.S. officials have told the Associated Press that the United States is pulling out of UNESCO, after repeated criticism of resolutions by the U.N. cultural agency that the Trump administration sees as anti-Israel.

The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after the agency voted to include the Palestinian Authority as a member in 2011, but the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office at the agency’s Paris headquarters and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes.

The withdrawal was confirmed Thursday by U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to be publicly named discussing the decision. It comes as UNESCO is voting to choose a new director. Senior American officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, have issued repeated denunciations of UNESCO.

UNESCO director Irina Bokova reacts:

After receiving official notification by the United States Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, as UNESCO Director-General, I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO.

Universality is critical to UNESCO’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity.

In 2011, when payment of membership contributions was suspended at the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, I said I was convinced UNESCO had never mattered as much for the United States, or the United States for UNESCO.

This is all the more true today, when the rise of violent extremism and terrorism calls for new long-term responses for peace and security, to counter racism and antisemitism, to fight ignorance and discrimination.

I believe UNESCO’s work to advance literacy and quality education is shared by the American people. I believe UNESCO’s action to harness new technologies to enhance learning is shared by the American people.

I believe UNESCO’s action to enhance scientific cooperation, for ocean sustainability, is shared by the American people. I believe UNESCO’s action to promote freedom of expression, to defend the safety of journalists, is shared by the American people.

  • mr wonderful

    IMPEACH
    THIS
    MOTHERFUCKER
    ALREADY

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Today’s “what the fuck is wrong with guy?” moment #2.

    • mr wonderful

      And it’s just 10 am

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        9 here.

        • Silver Badger

          8:20 in Denver.

          • jmax

            West Coast? Your turn.

        • kanehau

          4:53 AM here in Hawaii.

    • The_Wretched

      #3 will be the EO repeal (modify? poisoning?) of the ACA.

      • Bad Tom

        You are correct, sir.

  • DesertSun59

    Dr. Johan Galtung’s prediction about our demise by 2020 is still completely on target.

    • Frostbite

      Do we really have to wait so long? #Endthemadnessnow

  • Rocco

    And the beat goes on…President Doofus continues his efforts to destroy our country.

  • bkmn

    Is he getting daily instructions from Putin on how to destabilize the entire world?

    • grada3784

      As he hugs his ankles for some Putin love.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • Xuuths

      Something’s fishy with that . . .

  • grada3784

    Education, Science and Culture? What’s there for Trump and the GOP to like?

  • Tawreos

    Why is Israel more important that education, scientific and cultural reforms?

    • mr wonderful

      Because Jesus.

      • Silver Badger

        White Jesus, maybe.

        • Todd20036

          So, Ben Carson is SOL?

          • Silver Badger

            From what I’ve seen, White Jesus is only interested in straight, white, christianish people.

          • jmax

            Unless White Jesus is also a Klingon.

      • another_steve

        Bingo. Trump’s fundamentalist base views Israel as a runway for Air Jesus when boyfriend comes in for a landing on Planet Earth again.

        As far as his base’s “love” for Israel – the base is the most rabidly anti-Semitic group on the planet today.

        They hate Jews. The murderers of God, you see.

        • Todd20036

          And collectively, Jews hate Twitler. We recognize the Nazi, fascist leanings.

          • Bad Tom

            Jews are not alone in this.

        • jmax

          My RWNJ father always says the US needs to protect and defend Israel because they are God’s Chosen People and anyone who turns against them will be destroyed and yada yada yada. Then in the next breath he will refer to someone who he believes is taking advantage of him as a greedy Jew. The cognitive dissonance hurts my brain.

          • Tawreos

            It really is too bad that the person supplying the cognitive dissonance never feels the pain from it.

          • jmax

            That would take empathy and self-awareness, two things Dad is woefully short on.

          • another_steve

            Christians like your dad view us Jews as ‘chosen’ because their god chose us to bring his boy into the world and to subsequently slaughter him so that Eve’s sin in the garden could be forgiven.

            Or something truly meshuga like that.

          • jmax

            Yeah. Had that silly shit pounded into my brain through my formative years growing up in a fundy Baptist household.

        • thatotherjean

          But they need them, so that Jesus can come back, like their twisted Theology says. After that, they can convert, or die.

    • ColdCountry

      Since when does Dump care about the Jews?

      • Tawreos

        He doesn’t, the evangelicals do. And they only care about it enough to try to get someone to rebuild the temple so they can kick off Armageddon and bring about the end of the world.

        • ColdCountry

          I don’t get it. They want to be raptured, or whatever, go for it, but leave the rest of us alone.

          • Karl Dubhe

            The rest of us need to die in order for them to be raptured, If I understand their insanity…

            You’d think, as they worship an all powerful god, that they’d be wise enough to let their god do all of the work. It’s all powerful for a reason, isn’t it?

          • Tawreos

            They have been waiting for him to do something for 2,000 + years. So it is time to jumpstart the plan.

          • jmax

            I thought all us sinners would be left behind on Earth after the Rapture to party with Satan and his minions. I was so looking forward to that.

          • Karl Dubhe

            There are almost as many versions of the ‘end time’ as their are versions of Christianity.

            Make something up, call it ‘godly’, then profit-sy are in your future. If you can live life as a religious ‘leader’.

          • jmax

            Aside from the fact that there is no mention of a “Rapture” anywhere in the Bible.

          • Karl Dubhe

            You say that like it matters what is written in the bible. 🙂

            To them or us.

          • jerry

            Their end-times fantasy, with an all-powerful Anti-Christ, a Rapture, etc., began around 1850…the fear of hell and Satan just wasn’t working any more. And they’ve considerably added to the fantasy in recent years, such as the “Left Behind” books/movies. No, it’s not in the Bible.

          • thatotherjean

            If I understand Fred Clark’s deconstruction of the “Left Behind” books, over at Slacktivist, belief in the Rapture is based on a cobbled-together version of stuff from Daniel and Revelation–and it pretty much requires that you look at it sideways and squint.

          • jerry

            It’s sort of like “24 beers in a case, 24 hours in a day…coincidence? I think not.” Most actual biblical scholars think the “Beast” of Revelations was referring to Nero…and all the “Tribulation” fantasies are really stretching the imagination for anything actually in their Bible. The sole purpose of this was, again, a scare tactic for modern times, because the old and worn-out fiery hell just wasn’t working any more. It’s an update on the medieval witches and demons stories from the Catholic Church.

            And the “cobbled-together version” is what Christians have done from the beginning: When you actually read the gospels, none of the stories they preach, such as the nativity or death/resurrection, actually exist. They have to take a verse here, one there, another from over there to cobble together their narrative.

          • thatotherjean

            And there are, to be fair, a bunch of Christian denominations who think the idea of the Rapture is nuts. Most of them, in truth. Belief in the Rapture is a fundamentalist idea, and it’s largely confined to the US.

          • Craig Howell

            Never give up! Keep Hope alive!

          • Bad Tom

            They think they understand the secret code that unlocks their destiny. They really want to turn that key.

            I’m not joking.

          • ColdCountry

            Fuck that! And if their god was all powerful, why… oh, never mind….

          • David Walker

            It can’t be ALL powerful because it’s constantly begging for money through its true prophets and anointed minions.

          • Karl Dubhe

            It could be that they’re all worshiping different all powerful gods. Each of which are in a struggle that makes the others impotent.

            So, they’re gods who take viagra but still can’t get hard. 😕

          • David Walker

            At least they don’t have to worry about the 4-hour time limit.

          • Craig Howell

            If I ever get a 4-hour erection, I’m not calling a doctor, I’m calling a press conference!

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          armageddon real estate

        • CanuckDon

          Likely the world’s largest mystery…how evangelicals can be so pro-Israel and hateful of Jews at the same time.

          • Tawreos

            Not really, they need the land that Israel occupies, but the Jews killed christ so fuck them

          • jmax
          • jerry

            Blame the RCC on that account…in the 4th Century, they had to make Jesus not Jewish and not anti-Rome in order to sell their religion in the failing empire. They also had to make him a divinity with miracles comparable to all the pagan gods that Rome and her territories had previously worshiped.

          • jmax

            Gee, they never taught us that in Sunday school.

        • AW

          They need to get on rebuilding that temple. But they need to all be there and there needs to be “kool-aid” there. And that “kool-aid” is the same that the Heaven’s Gate people drank. But ALL OF THEM need to be there.

    • Todd20036

      As a Jew, I’m not buying this excuse. At all.

    • Do Something Nice

      Article 12 of the Republican Code of Assholeness: It is more important to appease right-wing extremists than to express humanity.

    • Scott MB

      Because the bible, that is all the education anyone needs. Isreal is the “chosen one” you know like Neo from The Matrix. They will lead us all to the kingdom when jeebus returns. So if we play nice with them we all get to go with them.

      That is at least what bullshit they are telling dumbfuck.

    • Berdawn Hutchinson

      Ask Obama? He directed the state dept to stop paying for membership

    • Marty Hodas

      Why can’t UNESCO pursue its mission without being bigoted, hateful racists?

    • Strepsi

      The largest contributer to any party, last 2 elections:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Adelson

      There may not be a worldwide conspiracy as anti-semites claim, but there are definitely a few VERY wealthy Jewish donors who do not brook any criticism of Israel.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Not much of a difference since Bannon left, eh? Everything Trump does still seems made to order by him.

  • Elagabalus

    Another day, another embarrassment.

    • MichaelJ

      Unfortunately, what gets done every day by Trump and his sycophants has far greater impact than making us embarrassed.

    • medaka

      Might as well melt the motherfucking Liberty Bell down into bullets and sell them to Walmart MAGAts.

      • Todd20036

        Shhh. DOn’t give Twitler any ideas.

  • geoffalnutt

    Please. Trumb is simply advancing Putin’s agenda. Putin is striving for DISUNITY among nations. Pull out of all accords and treaties. Must isolate the US, make it the world’s enemy. America will then be much easier to destroy and conquer.

    • Uncle Mark

      If Putin can make America the world’s pariah…as well as throwing his adversary into chaos, then Putin can continue the expansion of his empire without American alliances interfering. (It’s not so much about conquering America. He needs to render his largest adversary inert to attain his goals.)

  • Bluto
  • medaka

    Jesus Goddamn Motherfucking Christ.

  • Silver Badger

    What is it going to take to get rid of this fucking moron?

    • medaka

      Answering that would get many of us banned.

      • Silver Badger

        Even asking would get me banned from a lot of sites.

    • HozillaSmallpox

      I normally would say “an act of Congress”

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Mother Nature is our only chance, I’m afraid.

    • Todd20036

      Take him down, take him out. Take him away.
      I don’t care which.

    • Uncle Mark

      I was thinking that maybe we could build a Trump-sized roach motel. Tell him it has the best golf course and chocolate cake

    • Adam King

      Any means necessary.

  • Tatonka

    *primal scream*

  • crewman

    educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights

    These are all threats to the power of to religious dominionists, fascists, dictators, and other right-leaning extremists.

  • Jmdintpa

    im not sure if i myself am ready for whats about to come to this country but we need to start accepting the fact we are headed for strife. wrap your head around it. prepare for violence. prepare to defend yourself. this motherfucker is not going to stop until the constitution is suspended and we have not rights at all. if you think i am being extreme stop and look at what is going on and who is doing it. this country is a powder keg and it is going to explode.

  • Friday

    Science, education, culture, human rights, peace, dignity. All things Christofascists hate. Go figure. They thrive on hatred and violence.

    • shellback

      … and ignorance.

  • Nax

    And it’s just after 10AM in the eastern time zone.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      9 Central, so it’s even worse for me!

      • Silver Badger

        8:20 Mountain time.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          7:21 Pacific

          • Mike French

            Manana in BCS, MX

  • Octoberfurst

    Well we’ve already abandoned the Paris Accord and now we are pulling out of a human rights agency. Frankly it doesn’t surprise me in the least. The idiot Trump will do anything to make this world a shittier place.

  • Bryan

    Still Bannon’s chaos-maker.

  • Friday

    Sounds like Trump’s feeling particularly impotent today.

  • Mike

    Human rights? Culture? Science? That’s socialist Democrat talk.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Every
    Fucking
    Day

    • pj

      so sick of it. we will be living in caves soon.

      • Silver Badger

        The lucky few of us.

        • Bad Tom

          I would argue unlucky few.

          • Silver Badger

            Where there’s life there’s hope.

  • BeaverTales

    He hasn’t been in office for a full year and the world is wrecked.

    If we’re lucky, all that tanning will give him a horrible and painful disease, and awaken some sympathy in him. It won’t come close to the suffering he is inflicting around the globe.

    • danolgb

      Maybe certain “progressives” shouldn’t have been attacking Hillary especially when it was clear she was our nominee. (Like April 2016.)

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      The disease already exists.
      It’s in his brain.

    • Uncle Mark

      I often wonder how much of breathing in his bad spray tan has caused him irreparable brain-damage, but then again I’m reminded that he was brain-damaged from the get-go

  • Jacob

    money money money MONEY

  • PickyPecker
    • David L. Caster

      The least informed, and simple minded political thinkers too. The shortsighted, greedy, and the just plain ignorant are drawn to Trumpism like flies to excitement.

      • Adam King

        The rich Russians and Republicans installed him illegally on the premise that he’d steal from the American people and enrich them further with the loot.

      • Miji

        You mean excrement? I’ve never noticed flies being drawn to excitement, but maybe I haven’t taken the proper time to understand their inner feelings and motivations.

        • David L. Caster

          Yes, fixed. I can’t see the phone screen in the morning until my eyes wake up a bit more.

          • jixter

            You’re actually correct, in a way, Dave; excrement would have to be exciting, in some manner, for flies to be attracted to it, wouldn’t it? If it was boring, wouldn’t they all just yawn and fly on by?

          • David L. Caster

            I can just imagine them saying to themselves, “Oh, goody, how nice, fresh poo onto which I will lay eggs, my kids are gonna love it!”

    • The_Wretched

      Like flies to feces. They are some of the poorest thinkers I know.

      • orion dumptee

        like flies to feces….so are” The Days of Our Lives’..under trump

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      That’s rhetorical, right?

    • Kruhn

      Culture, Science, Education? We don’t need those stinking things. We love stupid people!/s

  • Halou

    And after Trump finally departs and the next real president of the US applies to rejoin the international community they are going to have to come up with a compromise, and the rest of the world will not be as tolerant or forgiving as they were the first time around. The concessions that America will have to make and remain committed to will be painful. And all this because King Donald’s feelings were hurt one time.

  • Halou
  • TimCA

    The whole reason given by the Trump administration as to why we’re pulling out is the purported treatment of Israel. But my understanding is that Israel still remains a member.

    Huh?

    • Halou

      I think Trump will reconsider his decision if UNESCO promised to designate the Mar-a-Lago resort a world heritage site, meaning it’s maintenance is paid for partially by the UN. Trump loves it when other people pay for his shit, but only racial minorities are lazy ingrates. /s

    • Adam King

      And withdrawing from it makes it more anti-Israel, not less.

  • Gene Perry

    Whack-job isolationist.

    • jerry

      That’s exactly what the original “America First” committee wanted, up until the outbreak of WWII. Isolationist, and “don’t listen to the Jews, that Hitler guy really isn’t that bad…we should take some pointers from him”.

  • Thorn Spike

    Another day, another international embarrassment.

    • thatotherjean

      You have to wonder how much he actually owes Russia, to screw over his own country to this extent. Whatever Putin wanted from him, he appears to be getting it, in spades.

      • William

        Putin wants unrest worldwide, treaties voided, alliances destroyed. While all that goes on, he gets to be crowned Tsar of the New USSR.

  • Silver Badger

    As compassionate human beings, we must recognize the this man is crazy. As such, he should be pitied. We must remove him from office and see that he gets help. For his own good and the good of the world.

    • djcoastermark

      He gets no pity from me, just disgust. I do agree that for the good of the world, he needs to be removed. I really could care less what happens to him though. My compassion lies with the rest of his innocent victims in this country and world.

    • Adam King

      As a compassionate human being, I hate him and hope he sees the inside of a grave as soon as possible.

  • dcurlee

    For all those gay republicans that voted for him. Let me give you a big ole fuck you

  • Paula

    This great for Texas! Now they can get rid of that pesky UNESCO World Heritage designation for the Alamo and start fracking on the grounds. /s 😣😣😣😩😩😩

    • jmax

      I read that as UNESCOW. It still made sense oddly enough.

  • The_Wretched

    Pulling out of organizations and institutions is the country level equivalent of lawlessness. Trump is driving us into a failed State status.

    • billbear1961

      failed, isolated, soon hated

      • thatotherjean

        Just like his BFF Putin wants. With the US out of the way, what can’t he do?

    • canoebum

      The election of 2016 confirmed we are a failed state. We don’t control our own elections and there are no standards to enter the highest offices of the government. America is dead. The hoard of deplorables and prissy progressives who couldn’t bother to vote for Hillary because (gasp!) she spoke to bankers, killed it. RIP America.

      • Tread

        I’m just so over their excuses and lies. The whole “weak candidate” started by RWNJ has been pervasive. It’s insidious how big a lie this is. And gross that’s it’s continuously used to smear what would have been one of our greatest presidents.

      • ultragreen

        The United States has been in a state of decline for the past 40 years. Bill Clinton didn’t reverse the lurch toward fascism and worsening economic inequality, Hillary Clinton would not have reversed this process either. This is a very deep malaise that the leadership of neither major party is capable of addressing.

        • boatboy_srq

          All you’re really saying is that US citizens of color or of other Otherness cannot stop the Great White XtianFascist Machine.

          This BSDI bvllshyte has got to stop.

        • canoebum

          Sorry, not buying the “both-sides are the same” bullshit. We have in this regime a complete failure of leadership on a massive scale. Mr. Obama did a good job of pulling us up from the disaster of the last GOP administration, its deregulation, malfeasance and incompetence. All countries have their ups and downs, but the GOP has shown itself to be uniquely incompetent. All they know how to do is throw rocks and break things. They never actually build anything, except the national debt. The country could recover quite well if we could pry the poisonous fingers of the GOP off the levers of power.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Once again, Trump takes his ball and goes home.

    Jesus, what is it gonna take for you guys to dethrone this fucking moron?

    • GayOldLady

      What’s it going to take for the U.S. GOP dominated Congress to “dethrone” this moron, should be your question. Ordinary citizens are doing everything in our power to stop him short of storming the Bastille.

    • billbear1961

      massive and relentless protests for which they have no REAL leadership

      • Câl

        Massive and relentless protests in some way are better if they have no real leadership. They cannot be stopped once the leader is arrested, “disappears” or is compromised by some past indiscretion, and show the very real rage of the people. They are unpredictable (and prone to counter-productive violence), slow and yet the most effective in the long run: I am thinking of the Indian independence movement, the mothers marches in Argentina, the ousting of various Communist leaders in 1989 and the Arab Spring (in Algeria at least).

        • billbear1961

          We watched Occupy lose focus and fall apart without effective leadership.

          Still, whatever it takes to get them off the ground, they’d better start SOON. The Establishment MUST see that the people WILL defend this democracy.

    • Girlgoon

      We don’t have the votes necessary for impeachment until we get a few more republican senators to break ranks with the obstructionist throwback party.

  • HAAAAAAA
    • Halou

      The leader of the free world.

  • JWC

    Donny is a dangerous man

  • Dagoril

    Lucky for us we have Jared & Ivanka’s moderating influence on him. Otherwise he might start doing really crazy scary things!

    /s

  • marshlc

    Well, I’d love to blame all this on Trump, but the reality is that the US has been distancing itself from the UN, and from many other international groups and treaties about anything but trade, for years.

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    America continues its slide into a pariah nation. The world is rapidly moving past us while we stagnate and or regress on everything.

    • Câl

      It’s OK, the slide is slowing- you just passed Haiti and NK and are just about at the bottom of the heap!

  • Girlgoon

    King Kong sized toddler Trump continues his wonton destruction of civilization, infuriated by having had his milk and cookie taken away for refusing to take a nap.

    • Robincho

      I prefer risotto destruction to wonton destruction. Chacun à son goût…

      • boatboy_srq

        That’s such a dim sum waste.

      • Girlgoon

        Not sure if the island Kong is from had wonton soup but figured it was Asian enough to draw a tongue in cheek reference to the culture he is from.

  • pleasebereasonable1

    Truth be told, with russia, china, uganda and saudi arabia as members, I’m not that upset.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      So I guess we just sit back an empower them?

      • thatotherjean

        Indeed–at least UNESCO is–was–a place we can talk to them, and work together toward something besides mutual destruction.

        • pleasebereasonable1

          Fine it they were actually listening. How’s that working with Russia? Women can drive now in Saudi…..but I sure that had more to do with domestic pressure than with international pressure.

      • pleasebereasonable1

        THEY HAVE NO REAL POWER. IT is the UN.

    • boatboy_srq

      You’re absolutely right.

      Perhaps we should no longer tolerate those nations’ continued existence on the planet.

      /s

      • pleasebereasonable1

        Clearly I’m not suggesting a bombing campaign. But in all honesty, how useful and effective can a human rights organization be when the members and even chairmen are literally the biggest human rights abusers? At some point you’ve got to call it what is it, a farce, and either continue to participate in that farce or wash your hands of it. Stepping away from it at this point doesn’t make too upset. Don’t think for one minute tho that I think donny’s departure is based upon any real concern for human rights.

        • boatboy_srq

          Explain, then, how any negotiating body can apply pressure to human rights abusers (or any other national roguishness) WITHOUT those nations at the table.

          The ENTIRE FVCKING POINT of these institutions is to get everyone at the table so change can be encouraged and international pressure applied. Stepping away simply says that you’re not interested in the subject, not that you’re unconvinced that progress can be made with the nations represented.

          • pleasebereasonable1

            At some point one has to decide if talking to a wall is going to bring about the desired result.

          • boatboy_srq

            Thr only alternatives are isolation/ostracization and open warfare. There are too many other nations (including the US) willing to continue doing business with those nations for the former to be effective. So unless you ARE advocating for a bombing campaign, all you are suggesting is that some other nation do the heavy lifting of applying pressure because the US is not interested.

          • pleasebereasonable1

            “There are too many other nations”

            Let them. Nobody is lifting anything. Fags still being killed all over the world. Women still being escorted around in gigantic sacks. Sorry if I’m not as pollyanna as you. If you can’t get the countries who claim to believe in human rights to come together and actually take concrete steps to actually try to ensure these backward countries change their evil ways then why even bother? Better to try a different approach (not advocating a military approach). IMO

          • BobSF_94117

            Washing our hands of it all and walking away. That’ll sure make things better.

          • boatboy_srq

            So, abdication of any influence in the process is your prescription.

            Remember that next time you shop for just about anything (China), use a computer or smartphone (China/Russia/Uganda from rare earths for components to hardware assembly to software, all three have large stakes), or fill your gas tank (Russia/Saudi Arabia). As long as their products are still distributed and profitable, sitting out the discussionswhile still buying their sh!t is more accepting than staying snd arguing.

            Not, mind you, that the current US maladministration is likely to take a different side from these four in particular.

            But unless the withdrawal from these bodies comes with teeth then it’s worse than pointless. And we have already seen that isolation doesn’t work nearly as well as we would like – DPRK is still selling foodstuffs to China and weapons to Africa, for example.

            Not pollyannaish; practical. Because the alternatives are impractical/unworkable/counterproductive or monstrous.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Thank you.

  • ultragreen

    The Obama administration already terminated US funding for UNESCO. So what Trump is doing is largely symbolic. Nonetheless, officially withdrawing from UNESCO will appeal to Trump’s base (to the few who even know what UNESCO is).

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Trump wants the UN to leave Manhattan so he can get the deal to redevelop the property.

  • Edmund Allin

    Out of UNESCO? The administrator of world heritage sites, tangible and intangible; the memory of the world; the UN sponsor of free speech, literacy and education? I cannot imagine a more anodyne UN agency, unless not approving everything Israel wishes is a political stance.

    • Marty Hodas

      UNESCO is racist, so fuck ’em.

      • Edmund Allin

        How so?

        • Marty Hodas

          Racism against Jews is still racism.

          • Edmund Allin

            Proof?

          • Marty Hodas
          • Edmund Allin

            If UNESCO is so anti-Israel, why haven’t the Israelis left?

          • Marty Hodas

            Israel to join US in quitting Unesco
            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41598991

          • Marty Hodas
          • Marty Hodas
          • Edmund Allin

            What’s so racist about that document? The US and Israel are the only countries in the world to stick their heads in the sand about the occupied Palestinian territories. A power grab – necessary though it might be for survival – is still illegal.

          • pleasebereasonable1

            On a more philosophical note, can opposition to the actions of a THE Jewish Nation be had without that opposition being inherently/definitionally anti-semitic?

          • Marty Hodas

            Of course. But if someone criticizes only Israel for shit that other countries do, it’s a pretty safe bet that the criticism comes from racism against Jews. Take the so-called occupied territories. Losers, freaks and retards often weep uncontrollably at the thought of Israel’s “cruelty” against the Arabs. But you never hear then say a word about the Turkish occupation of Cyprus.

          • pleasebereasonable1

            The US doesn’t give aid to Turkey like they do Israel. Folks tend to think about things less when their $ aren’t going towards it.

          • Marty Hodas

            Foreign aid is a minuscule part of the US budget. And a lot of what Israel gets comes back to the US via arms sales. Nevertheless, over the years Turkey has received a ton of aid from the US. Not as much as Israel has received, but still a lot.

          • Edmund Allin

            Leaving aside the fact that the Turks and Greeks on that island don’t periodically shell each other, there are quite a number of UN resolutions on this subject. Is the UN anti-Turkish? Will the US leave the UN as a result?

            The fact that a vote goes against a country at the UN is not proof of racism. In fact there’s hardly any country of consequence that has not been censured by the UN or humiliated in a vote.

            We were, for example, three months ago.

            https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/un-vote-backing-chagos-islands-a-blow-for-uk

          • pleasebereasonable1

            So then opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. Racist?

          • BobSF_94117

            People don’t say much about the Turkish “occupation” of Cyprus because it is a U.N.-enforced division which will result in the legal partition of Cyprus, something long overdue for the West Bank. Something tells me neither you nor Israel would particularly like that result.

          • Marty Hodas

            I don’t think you got your facts straight. Turkey invaded, occupied and ethnically cleansed part of Cyprus in 1974. Turkey still occupies it. And the anti-Israel folks say nothing.

          • BobSF_94117

            Uh… a lot has happened since 1974, with international and UN-sponsored involvement from other countries. I don’t think Israel would like that kind of situation very much. Do you?

          • Marty Hodas

            There are plenty of international organizations, watchdog groups, UN observers in Israel already. You’re missing the point. Turkey invaded, occupied, ethnically cleansed about 40% of Cyprus. Cyprus was a fully sovereign state with UN membership when all this went down. Turkey STILL occupies about 40% of Cyprus. Why aren’t the Israel-bashers on the left at all concerned about the situation in Cyprus? Yet they are so passionate in their opposition to Israel. Makes you wonder.

          • BobSF_94117

            The U.N. does not patrol the borders of the West Bank. I wish they did. I really, really wish they did.

          • Edmund Allin

            Of course one can be politically against some of the actions of the State of Israel and not be anti-semitic. There are plenty of Jews in the diaspora who are less than thrilled by some of Israel’s actions. However, for anyone else, well – especially considering history – one must be very careful, especially as either one can feed the other.

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  • FelineMama

    This wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact the Puerto Rico Female Mayor has asked UNESCO for help? OH,HELL YES!!! This cold hearted jerk has got to go!!! What a vindictive SOB I’ve ever seen. As potus none the less

  • ghostofjanetflaneur

    Reagan pulled US out of UNESCO too. I went there looking for a job and that’s when they informed me. American staff were in fact leaving and UNESCO wasn’t hiring any new ones.

    I don’t know when US rejoined.

  • DonnaLee

    Again W is the better man and, in this case, was acting like a real politician. I just can’t believe how I’ve gotten to admire decency in someone more this year.

  • wmforr

    Human rights? Isn’t that against American values?