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September 25, 2023

At UNGA India and Pakistan Clash as Iran Trashes Israel and Japan the Solomon Islands

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Sept 22 – As the UN General Assembly without France or the UK claimed to get underway on Saturday, September 16, 2023 in a temporary building wastefully built on its North Lawn, across First Avenue there was a Burmese rally.

   Inner City Press, banned from the UN by pro-China UNSG Antonio Guterres, covered it. Video here.  

  On Friday, September 22, finally on day 4 some rights of reply, though only four. India trashed Pakistan, which returned the favor. Iran shot back at Israel, and Japan dunked on the Solomon Islands, which apparently wasn't present. The UN and UNGA are in decay.

SG Antonio Guterres' UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric refused dozens of written questions from Inner City Press about the junta's plot to kill Kyaw Moe Tun, as prosecuted in the SDNY court Inner City Press covers daily since being thrown out of the UN by Guterres, and kept out by his Melissa Fleming. 

 Fleming, as reported, refused to response to a June 19 application by Inner City Press to enter and cover this UNGA, and then a pro bono law firm letter.

She will, however, apparently still give a speech this week it costs $800 or $2000 to attend.

Today's UN is totally corrupt.

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September 18, 2023

By UNGA Burmese Vainly Asks Credentials for Kyaw Moe Tun But China on UN Committee

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Sept 16 – As the UN General Assembly without France or the UK claimed to get underway on Saturday, in a temporary building wastefully built on its North Lawn, across First Avenue there was a Burmese rally.

   Inner City Press, banned from the UN by pro-China UNSG Antonio Guterres, covered it. Video here.  

The rally urged the UN to credential NUG's Kyaw Moe Tun. But of course they won't: China is on the UN Credentials Committee.

And Guterres' UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric refused dozens of written questions from Inner City Press about the junta's plot to kill Kyaw Moe Tun, as prosecuted in the SDNY court Inner City Press covers daily since being thrown out of the UN by Guterres, and kept out by his Melissa Fleming. 

 Fleming, as reported, refused to response to a June 19 application by Inner City Press to enter and cover this UNGA, and then a pro bono law firm letter.

She will, however, give a speech this week it costs $800 or $2000 to attend.

Today's UN is totally corrupt.

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September 11, 2023

UN Guterres Flies & Lies With China's Li about Reform while Banning Press from Dying UNGA

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Sept 7 – The annual ritual of the UN General Assembly week is getting more and more wan under Antonio Guterres.

  This as he this week spends public money flying and lying from Kenya to Indonesia to Cuba. In Stop 2, Jakarta, on September 7 this telling read-out: Guterres "met with H.E. Mr. Li Qiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China. The Secretary-General thanked Premier Li for China’s steadfast contribution to the United Nations and its activities" - and to himself.   "The Secretary-General expressed readiness to strengthen cooperation with China in all the pillars of United Nations activity" - this from a man called racist by his staff, and who has colluded with and use dictators across the Continent, from Paul Biya in Cameroon to Bongo in Gabo.

In 2023 not only Xi of China and Russia's Putin for obvious reasons isn't coming - even French president Macron, and the UK's not-for-long prime minister are blowing it off.

That's four out of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council, those who on paper benefit most from the decaying UN, not bother to come. Guterres is lying about reform, including of the "international financial architecture."

Only Biden is coming - and the US is the country watching as Guterres hands post after post to China, while concealing his financial links to its convicted bribery firm CEFC China Energy, and banning Inner City Press which uncovered and asked about it. 

 The schedule released on September 1 still listed the "head of state" of Gabon, Ali Bongo, who pleading for (and receiving Guterres' useless) support to keep his family in power for another year after fifty.

Inner City Press on June 19 applied to Guterres' censoring sidekick Melissa Fleming for access to UNGA week, which she gives to countless blood-splattered state media of Saudi Arabia, Iran and even Cameroon.

No answers, even as the supposed September 1 deadline passed. The UN's time has passed. Watch this site.

September 4, 2023

Amid Gabon Coup New UNGA Speakers List Still Lists Their Head of State on Sept 21

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Sept 1 – The Bongo family, which has ruled French colony Gabon for more than 50 years, was deposed by a coup d'etat by the military on August 30, 2023.

 The day before, Inner City Press asked the UN and the US Mission to the UN about the opposition's complaints about Bongo's staged re-election, with the Internet cut. No answer.  

On August 30 after the coup, the UN Security Council presided over by the US canceled its morning meeting - on North Korea and Mali no less - without saying why. 

  Gabon is one of the 15 members of the UN Security Council.

And on September 1, the new UNGA speakers list still had Gabon's "head of state" on September 21, list here.

 Inside the UN, the spokesman for SG Antonio Guterres, who has often glad-handed with Bongo as with Paul Biya of Cameroon and others, was more than half an hour late to the briefing (he bans Inner City Press from). FrancAfrique got his tongue?  

Inner City Press on June 19 applied to UN MALU's Melissa Fleming to enter the UN and cover September's UNGA. Even as of August 30, no answer. A totally corrupt organization. Watch this site.


Albania Takes Over UNSC For Sept Hoxha Virtue Signals While Refusing Press Questions

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Sept 1 – Albania took over the UN Security Council presidency on September 1, 2023 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

 On September 1 Albanian Ambassador Ferit Hoxha took questions largely from state media, hardly any mentions of the coups in Niger and Gabon, and the killing of anti-UN protesters in the DRC. Video here.

Hoxha said the UN "needs Master Card and Google." Cha-ching.

  Inner City Press had and has put questions to Hoxha's Albanian Mission about each of these, about the failure of UN Peacekeeping in Mali and Antonio Guterres banning Inner City Press.

 Inner City Press back on June 19 applied to enter to cover the UNGA "High Level" week that Hoxha gushed about. We will not rest - and even while banned, will cover this month.

 And beyond acquiescence in censorship, Hoxha and the Albanian Mission are silent on UN corruption (Guterres omitting SDNY convicted CEFC China Energy's link to his finance, through Gulbenkian), and UN rapes by peacekeepers.

 Inner City Press on June 19 applied to the UN for access, as it gives 100s, to cover the UNGA week. Inner City Press has a NYC Press Pass and writes about the UN. From Albania and Hoxha, nothing.

August 28, 2023

UN Guterres on 3 Week Vacation Protests Fez Coverage While Dujarric Refuses Press Qs

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Aug 20 –   UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has disappeared for weeks, most recently silent about the missiles fired at Chernihiv in Urkaine.  

  When Inner City Press, which Guterres has banned from the UN, asks his spokesman Stephane Dujarric such questions as how much Guterres' many vacations cost the global taxpayers, Dujarric refuses to answer.   But selectively he had reached out to a media in Algeria, claiming that if they had asked, it would have answered:

the spokesman for the Secretary General of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric. "I am writing to you, following the publication of your article concerning the holidays of Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations", indicated the spokesperson in a precision stressing that he was "saddened to see that the article relayed totally false information. He claimed that “these facts could very easily have been verified by a simple email or phone call to the United Nations. Unfortunately, the tone of the article leaves little room for doubt as to the journalist's intentions and bias vis-à-vis the Secretary General”. Stéphane Dujarric specifies in this regard that "the secretary-general is indeed on vacation, but his holidays take place in Portugal as well as in the United States, and in no case in Fez". The spokesperson for the Secretary General of the United Nations also specifies that "if the photos published were indeed taken in Fez, they were taken in November 2022, during the participation of the Secretary General in the Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations of United Nations. There too, these are public facts and very easily verifiable”.  

So we're asking: where in the US? And at what cost? And why no response of any kind to Inner City Press' June 19, 2023 application to enter and cover UNGA high level week in September? Guterres is a censor. 


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August 21, 2023

Past UN Official Stelzer Replies on Suspension from Anti Corruption Group UNlike Guterres

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Aug 19 –  How corrupt is the United Nations? Well, as we reported on July 31, 2023, former UN Assistant Thomas Stelzer irregular payment to whom Inner City Press asked the UN Spokesperson about until it was thrown out of the UN, has now been suspended as head of the International Anti-Corruption Academy for, what else, corruption. 

  The suspension, confirmed by Stelzer himself, is about private trips that were declared as professional and incorrectly charged expenses. In addition, earmarked funds are said not to have been used for the intended projects. The public prosecutor's office in Wiener Neustadt confirmed on request that they were examining an initial suspicion.  

  Inner City Press, before ouster orchestrated by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric asked then UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky, "what are the specifics of working at the UN without a contract? It said that Mr. Stelzer is being paid as, almost as a consultant, although he is an ASG, at least on paper. 

  Nesirky, still employed by the UN in Vienna, replied, Well, I don’t think right here and now I would want to get into individual personnel cases. I don’t think that is appropriate. 

Now by contrast to the UN of Antonio Guterres and Stephane Dujarric, refusing to answer this and other questions, this from Stelzer: "Dear Matthew Russel Lee,  Just becoming aware that I have returned to Inner City Press. I appreciate your efforts to enhance transparency. This is what I have been pursuing all my life.  Regarding the anonymous allegations brought against me as Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, I have informed friends and colleagues (transparently and pro-actively). For your information, I am copying that message into this mail.  In the meantime, I have responded in writing to all anonymous allegations, which I believe are completely false and also without criminal relevance.  I am confident that my explanation will disprove all allegations, that the State Prosecutor‘s Office will discontinue the investigation and that I will be able to return to my job to continue offering technical assistance and capacity building to practitioners in the fight against corruption.  With my best regards. Thomas Stelzer

 Inner City Press has been banned from the UN, and no response yet to its June 19, 2023 application to re-enter and cover the September 2023 UNGA week. Is that appropriate? Watch this site. 

August 14, 2023

Amid Aid Blockades UN Guterres Canned Statements Are All Skau Offers Lachin as Niger

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Aug 8 – Today's United Nation has become a self-important bystander to carnage, convinced that its own canned statements are having some impact. They are not.
 
  On August 7, the UN's so-called Resident Coordinator in or to Armenia Nanna Skau when asked what steps the UN was taking in the face of a blockade of the Lachin corridor mere read out a canned statement by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which itself had been read out by his spokesman Farhan Haq who refused Press questions.

It was reported that in Kornidzor village by Nagorno-Karabakh "to the remark that since June 15, no humanitarian cargo, including medicine, has entered Nagorno-Karabakh, and asked whether there were any other effective steps that will make it possible to send humanitarian cargo to Nagorno-Karabakh, Skau responded that unfortunately, at the moment, she cannot say more than the aforesaid statement that was issued last night and was made public today at 5am. She added that they expect this statement to lead to positive results." Why?

Meanwhile, Guterres named "Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov of Azerbaijan as the UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia, with the host government’s approval." This guy has appeared beside Haq, in briefing from which Guterres bans the Press. This is today's UN.

  Amid the coup in Niger, the UN Resident Coordinator Louise Aubin has been out of the country, location undisclosed.

 On July 27, Inner City Press in writing asked SG Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric to immediately state where this UN official is. Dujarric, who along with Melissa Fleming has banned Inner City Press from entering to ask, did not answer. Nor did Aubin.

  This echoes other Guterres cronies going MIA - Inger Anderson, for example, as head of UNEP left Nairobi during the COVID pandemic.

Inner City Press has applied to re-enter to cover the upcoming UNGA Week, watch this site.

August 7, 2023

Amid Niger Coup UN Guterres Crony Louise Aubin still MIA while Press Banned from Santos

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Aug 1– Amid the coup in Niger, the UN Resident Coordinator Louise Aubin has been out of the country, location undisclosed.

 On July 27, Inner City Press in writing asked SG Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric to immediately state where this UN official is. Dujarric, who along with Melissa Fleming has banned Inner City Press from entering to ask, did not answer. Nor did Aubin.

  Instead, ill-informed deputy Nicole Kouassi was streamed into the largely UN Press Briefing Room on July 28. She said that she and UN Niger are not in contact with military. No one let in by the UN asked where Guterres' resident coordinator is. 

  This echoes other Guterres cronies going MIA - Inger Anderson, for example, as head of UNEP left Nairobi during the COVID pandemic.

 It happens all the time, and the UN apparently only lets in those who won't ask about it. So too for an August 1 "press" conference, from which the Press is banned: "1 pm   Press Briefing Room, S-237   Hybrid Press Briefing by Leonardo Santos Simão, Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Head of United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), virtually, on situation in Niger." No provision for non-insiders to ask questions, which it is now clear is possible. The UN censors

Inner City Press has applied to re-enter to cover the upcoming UNGA Week, watch this site.

July 31, 2023

Amid Niger Coup UN Guterres Crony Louise Aubin Out of Country, UN No Talks with Army

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, July 28– Amid the coup in Niger, the UN Resident Coordinator Louise Aubin has been out of the country, location undisclosed.

 On July 27, Inner City Press in writing asked SG Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric to immediately state where this UN official is. Dujarric, who along with Melissa Fleming has banned Inner City Press from entering to ask, did not answer. Nor did Aubin.

  Instead, ill-informed deputy Nicole Kouassi was streamed into the largely UN Press Briefing Room on July 28. She said that she and UN Niger are not in contact with military. No one let in by the UN asked where Guterres' resident coordinator is. 

  This echoes other Guterres cronies going MIA - Inger Anderson, for example, as head of UNEP left Nairobi during the COVID pandemic.

 It happens all the time, and the UN apparently only lets in those who won't ask about it. Inner City Press has applied to re-enter to cover the upcoming UNGA Week, watch this site.

July 24, 2023

UN Guterres Conducts Scam  Survey on Sex Abuse As Covers It Up and Banning Press

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, July 21–   While UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres conceals information about sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, refusing to provide in response to Press requests as even Ban Ki-moon did information about the mounting number of cases, he is conducting a survey. 

This while he has so far refused to respond to this.

 Guterres' official Christian Saunders, who oversaw the physical ouster of Inner City Press from the UN on July 3, 2018 (video here), has sent all UN personnel this message:

OSCSEA launched the UN-wide 2023 survey on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse     

  Dear colleagues,     Since 2016, the Office of the Special Coordinator on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OSCSEA) conducts an annual system-wide survey on facts and perceptions of United Nations personnel pertaining to issues related to sexual exploitation and abuse.  

  To recall that, in line with the Secretary-General’s bulletin (ST/SGB/2003/13) on “Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse”,:     ·         “sexual exploitation” is any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.  ·          “sexual abuse” is the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.  

  Your contribution would be much helpful to contribute to determining where challenges persist and how to improve the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse!     Last year, 200 of you, from 64 locations, shared your experience and perspective on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA)."

And Guterres and his cronies covered up UN sexual abuse

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IMF Concerned at Kenya Protests, IMF Spox Tells Inenr City Press While UN Refuses to Answer, Corrupt

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

NYC, July 13 – When the International Monetary Fund held its embargoed media briefing on July 13, 2023, Inner City Press asked spokesperson Julie Kozack about Kenya - the deadly protests and IMF program, and President William Ruto's critique of the IMF - and about crypto and DAOs in the Marshall Islands and elsewhere. Video here.

  IMF Spokesperson Kozack expressed concern about  the protests; she said Kenya would be taken up by the IMF Board next week. In response to the Ruto question, she ticked off IMF actions from Ukraine to climate.By contrast the UN of Antonio Guterres and Melissa Fleming refuses to answer Inner City Press' questions about Kenya, where the Un spends a lot of public money on an office. We'll have more on this.


July 10, 2023

2d Leak About UN Rape in War Office Shows Patten Stealing VIP Treats for Son on Vacation

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

Exclusive, July 3 – UN peacekeepers' rapes of those they are supposed to protect have escalated under current Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

His spokesman Stephane Dujarric refuses to answer Inner City Press questions about it, for example on June 8, 2023, see below.

  Meanwhile the UN's "Sexual Violence on Conflict" office, which does nothing about the UN peacekeepers' sexual abuse of those they are ostensibly protecting, is caught on a scandal triggered by a Pramilla Patten interview. From the case submitted to UN's flaccid internal oversight, among the leaks to Inner City Press has been Patten's internal email about Ukraine, which on June 22, 2023 we put online here.

  Now with the UN in full cover up mode we have more: the internal complaint about Patten, among other things, writing self-serving official letters to UN Resident Coordinators to score VIP airport treatment and UN vehicles for her personal trips and vacations and, in typical UN (Guterres-like) nepotism, for her son. See complaint exclusively published by Inner City Press here.

July 3, 2023

UN Staff Arrested Smuggling Cocaine After UNTSO Van Sex Exposed by Inner City Press

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, June 27 – In 2020 Inner City Press exclusively first published video of UN Security staff having sex in a van in Tel Aviv.

At first the UN denied it, then tried to source it to friendlier media. Now will the same happened with the three UN staff from Fiji arrested trying to bring "liquid cocaine" into Israel from Jordan?

"Israel Police detained three United Nations employees on Sunday on suspicion of trying to smuggle liquid cocaine into Israel from Jordan, disguised as a component of perfume-making kits.  Customs officers who inspected luggage belonging to the detainees, who work in Syria near the border with Israel, were suspicious about the kits, which the travelers described as used for making perfumes.  The kits, which contained multiple bottles with liquids, prompted a police sniffing dog to react in a way that substantiated the suspicions, according to a joint statement from police and the Tax Authority."

  On June 27, Farhan Haq dodged in the briefing room, and refused all of Inner City Press' written questions.

  With Inner City Press still banned from the UN by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in the face of this application to enter and cover UNGA 2023 - Inner City Press is first reporting two June 21 decisions the UN's corrupt "justice" system, from which Inner City Press is banned even from virtual coverage, because it refused an unlawful order to destroy evidence of UN abuse:

From the Millan ruling: "131. As to the second issue, Mr. Cunillera, who drove the car in the same event of the Applicant, was disciplined only by a written censure, with loss of two steps and deferment, for a period of two years of eligibility for salary increment, in accordance with staff rule 10.2(a)(i), (ii) and (iii). 

 132. The Tribunal is of the view that the imposition on Mr. Cunillera of a less severe sanction is justified by the fact that his role in the events was fundamentally different; the United Nations vehicle was not assigned to him and in his care when F01 was allowed to travel in it, and Mr. Cunillera tried to stop the event as inappropriate, while the Applicant was, as simply put by the Respondent, the main actor in the affair, as clearly shown in the video-clip."

    "The main actor"?  Wasn't it Antoine,  not Millan?

 From the Antoine judgement, which we've put on DocumentCloud here

 "130. As to the second issue, Mr. Cunillera, who drove the car in the same event of the Applicant, was disciplined only by a written censure, with loss of two steps and deferment, for a period of two years of eligibility for salary increment, in accordance with staff rule 10.2(a)(i), (ii) and (iii).   131. The Tribunal is of the view that the imposition on Mr. Cunillera of a less severe  sanction is justified by the fact that his role in the events was fundamentally different; the United Nations vehicle was not assigned to him and in his care when F01 was allowed to travel in it, and Mr. Cunillera tried to stop the event as inappropriate, while the Applicant was, as simply put by the Respondent, the main actor in the affair, as clearly shown in the video-clip."

 So in the UNTSO cases the UN Tribunal just copy and pasted the section of the judgement pronouncing Antoine as the main actor into Millan's judgement saying HE was the main actor.  Sloppy work - but typical of the rot and cover up under Guterres.   Inner City Press has applied to re-enter to ask.

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June 26, 2023

Amid UN Press Freedom Claims Application by Inner City Press to Enter Will Be Litmus Test

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, June 19 –  On World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations of Antonio Guterres claimed to be in support of journalists being able to do their work without hinderance.

  But UN Global Communications chief Melissa Fleming put out a video of Guterres equating what he (and she) characterize as disinformation as the threat to press freedom, Guterres has banned Inner City Press from entering the UN since 2018, when it exposed the omission of links to bribery firm CEFC China Energy from his financial disclosure. 

On June 19, 2023, Inner City Press submitted an application to cover the UN General Assembly, letter here.

 Law firm Quinn Emanuel, on a pro bono basis, wrote to Fleming and the UN Correspondents Association (with state media of China on its board of directors) seeking a dialogue to reinstate Inner City Press.

There has been no answer to an appeal to Guterres head of security Gilles Michaud.   

But now, the application. Watch this site.

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June 19, 2023

As UN Guterres Bans Press He Bloviates About Disinformation Launching Empty Policy Briefs

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, June 12 –  On World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations of Antonio Guterres and Melissa Fleming was more hypocritical than usual.  

  While UN Global Communications chief  Fleming put out a video of Guterres equating what he (and she) characterize as disinformation as the threat to press freedom, Guterres has banned Inner City Press from entering the UN since 2018, when it exposed the omission of links to bribery firm CEFC China Energy from his financial disclosure. 

On June 12, Guterres while plopped down in the propagandist-only UN Press Briefing Room "launched" his proposal to blue wash dictators' censorship efforts as a war on disinformation - which he defines as anything critical of the UN or, even more so, of him. Video with commentary here. His Melissa Fleming carries it out.

  Fleming, who has refused to answer a polite pro bono letter from the Quinn Emanuel law firm seeking a dialogue to end her ban of Inner City Press, was intoning, as echoed by another paid UN system communications staffer, "We're creating at the ⁦ UN ⁩ a central capacity to monitor and …rapidly react when mis- and dis information and hate speech threaten not just our people, our operations, but also the issues and causes we're working on," -Melissa Fleming."

  What is the accountability for this "central capacity" that, without explaining or answering, has the Press roughed up and banned?

 Law firm Quinn Emanuel, on a pro bono basis, wrote to Fleming and the UN Correspondents Association (with state media of China on its board of directors) seeking a dialogue to reinstate Inner City Press.

There has been no answer, nor to an appeal to Guterres head of security Gilles Michaud.   

 Still, ill-informed media run the Guterres video without commentary. Disinformation, indeed.

June 12, 2023

UN Guterres Covers Up Rapes in DRC and Haiti While Bragging of Sending 11 Tanzanian Home

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, June 9 – UN peacekeepers' rapes of those they are supposed to protect have escalated under current Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

His spokesman Stephane Dujarric refuses to answer Press questions about it, for example on June 8:

"June 8-1: Immediately provide all if-asked information on the new UN sex abused cases cynically data dumped June 7 at 12:02 pm, involving UN "peacekeepers" from South Africa, Malawi and Guatemala including child rape, what if anything has been done for the victims - and why while Ban Ki-moon provided Press with such info, each of you has refused, UN rape after UN rape."

   While leaving that unanswered, on June 9 Dujarric among other self-congratulatory press releases said "an update from our Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) based in Bangui, which announced the decision by the Secretariat to repatriate a unit of 60 Tanzanian military personnel, who were deployed at a temporary operating base in the western part of the country. This follows serious allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against these peacekeepers." 

But what about the many other charges, on which Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refuse to answer?

Those present at the June 9 UN noon briefing did not ask a single question about the UN rapes. Later one of Dujarric's state media cronies wrote up a puff piece to make the UN look good.

 But these are crimes, a systematic trafficking of sex offenders to failed states where they continue their abuse - and Guterres is at the top of the pyramid, complicit. 

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June 5, 2023

After Inner City Press Scoop on UNTSO Sex in UN Van Haq Lies To AFP About Accountability

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video, Patreon Doc
Germany - Honduras - UN Q - Tel Aviv Austria

UN GATE, June 1 – The United Nations claims to have a zero tolerance for sexual exploitation by its staff and peacekeepers, but routinely covers up their abuses including the rape of children, withholding basic information which was provided to the Press under Ban Ki-moon but not now under Antonio Guterres. 

  Inner City Press previously expanded its exclusive reporting into UNTSO's scandal of public sex in the UN van, with information from UN whistleblowers in Jerusalem and New York: "the men in the UNTSO car have been charged with transporting a passenger who was not authorized and also for not co-operating with the investigation."

On April 14, 2022, hearing from whistleblowers again, Inner City Press emailed Guterres et al., "On deadline, on the UNTSO public sex video Inner City Press first published and each of you dissembled about, now state the UN employment and payment status of each accused staffer.,"

  Dujarric did not answer, but in the noon briefing said two have been "separated" and one remains on the payroll. He would not say which one, calling it confidential. He laundered it through friendly Al Jazeera, which didn't even remember what country it happened in (even though it was Israel).

Jump cut to June 1, 2023 when Agence France Presse tried to help save the UN's bacon, "fact checking" that the video, that typically it refused to credit, was NOT in Africa. And so it's OK? Haq, misidentified by AFP "Fact Check" as Aziz, lied like Dujarric that there had been accountability. This is the scam "Verify" of Melissa Fleming - lie to protect the UN, and pretend it is fact checking. We'll have more on this.

Alongside the cover-up by Antonio Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming, who refuse Inner City Press' written questions and ban it from entering to ask in-person, as state media and retirees are allowed to do (but don't ask about this), delay under UN due process rules for sex abusers but not journalists:

"The Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management may seek  further information from any relevant source. Any new additional information  received by the Assistant Secretary-General must be provided to the staff member  for a further response. The staff member shall be given two weeks to respond to  such additional information. The staff member may request, in writing, additional  time to respond."

 Meanwhile, the Press which asks about this thrown out without due process, and no response even to polite letter from Quinn Emanuel law firm, video here. We'll have more on all this.

May 29, 2023

UN Rot Typified by Volker Turk Silent on Uighurs As He Shills for Corporate Donations

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

UN GATE, May 24 – The United Nations has hit a new low, after its now-gone human rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet withheld her report on Xinjiang until the very hour she left, after whitewashing China's genocide against the Uighurs for her whole term.

 To replace Bachelet, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres tapped his crony, Volker Turk formerly of UNHCR then a Guterres promoter. (Inner City Press back on July 2 predicted this pro-China move, here).

On May 24, 2023 Turk gave a speech asking for corporate donations to his Office - or, if he is like his Boss Guterres, to himself - by giving examples of what he'd do with it. The words "Uighur" or "Xinjiang" were of course nowhere in the pitch. The lone mention of China was about "civic space;" more space was devoted to the US. And Qatar? Like Cameroon and Haiti, not mentioned. The crony doesn't fall far from the tree.

In November 2022, Volker Turk was entirely silence on Qatar and human rights, including the 7000 migrant workers they killed building stadia for the FIFA World Cup. Some human rights commissioner.

This comes after Qatar welcomed Volker Turk's appointment (photo here), and paid for a large room at the UN in Geneva.

Qatar already bought Antonio Guterres in New York, where its state media Al Jazeera - now with its UN correspondents and alumni singing for the supper defending the corrupt World Cup - worked with Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric to get Inner City Press thrown out, here

On human rights, Inner City Press previously asked Volker Turk about the slaughter in Cameroon of Anglophones by the army of Paul Biya - and he'd never heard of it. Story here.

 When Inner City Press published video (here) of Turk's answers about Gramsci, Inner City Press was then blocked from the UN's web site. So he is a cover up man and a censor. Anyone who had put up with Guterres reign of censorship and corruption has no human rights credibility or chops.


To UN Stakeout Ghana Invites Inner City Press But It Is Banned By SG Guterres & Dujarric

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, May 24 –    The UN Security Council among its Permanent members has no African country. But there are three elected members.

One of them, Ghana, on May 24 announced that with the other two (Mozambique and Gabon) it will hold a press stakeout "to highlight Africa's approach towards convergence by the Council leading to negotiations on the financing of AU-led Peace Support Operations."

   The stakeout will be inside the UN - from which Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming ban Inner City Press, after its questions about Guterres' finances.

Inner City Press has appealed, but UN Security chief Gilles Michaud hasn't deigned to answer. So how can Inner City Press attend?

 Here is the invite, and to whom and how it was sent:  From: Solomon Korbieh <skorbieh@yahoo.com>

Date: Wed, May 24, 2023 at 6:44 PM Subject: MEDIA STAKEOUT BY GABON, GHANA AND MOZAMBIQUE ON 25TH MAY(TOMORROW), 2023 AT 10.45AM

To: Stephane Dujarric <dujarric@un.org>, Farhan Haq <haqf@un.org>, melissa.fleming@un.org <melissa.fleming@un.org>, AG <ag@un.org>, Marcia Soares Pinto <soarespinto@un.org>, David Kaye <dkaye@law.uci.edu>, Amina Mohammed <amina.mohammed@un.org>, Janos Tisovszky <tisovszky@un.org>, Eihab Omaish <omaish@un.org>, Tal Mekel <mekel@un.org>, Keishamaza Rukikaire <rukikaire@un.org>, seda.pumpyanskaya@un.org <seda.pumpyanskaya@un.org>, corbeta@un.org <corbeta@un.org>, Eri Kaneko <kaneko@un.org>, achim.steiner@undp.org <achim.steiner@undp.org>, abaza@un.org <abaza@un.org>, opga@un.org <opga@un.org>, Brenden Varma <varmab@un.org>, Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez <sotonino@un.org>, MALU <malu@un.org>, Monica Grayley <Grayley@un.org>, tremblay@un.org <tremblay@un.org>, Paulina Kubiak <kubiakp@un.org>, courtenay.rattray@un.org <courtenay.rattray@un.org>, awada@un.org <awada@un.org>, siwen.qian@un.org <siwen.qian@un.org>, coutrix@un.org <coutrix@un.org>, Matthew R. Lee

Cc: funca, ghanaperm@aol.com <ghanaperm@aol.com>, info@ghanamissionun.org <info@ghanamissionun.org>, Felix Boateng <felix.boateng@mfa.gov.gh>, Bismark Anyanah <bismarkanyanah@yahoo.com>  

Dear Mr. Dujarric,  This is to inform you that Gabon, Ghana and Mozambique (A3)  would have a MEDIA STAKEOUT tomorrow, 25th May 2023 at 10.45 am at the Security Council Press Area.  

As you may be aware, the Security Council is scheduled to have a briefing on the Secretary-General's Report on Financing of African Union Peace Support Operations (AUPSO) at 11.00 am. The media stakeout by the A3 seeks to highlight Africa's approach towards convergence by the Council leading to negotiations on the financing of AU-led Peace Support Operations.

 Best regards.

 Solomon Korbieh Minister Plenipotentiary/Spokesperson Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations 19 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017 

  On Thursday, 3 November 2022 at 11:52:37 GMT-4, Matthew R. Lee  wrote:   Still banned from UN, for being roughed up on 3 July 2018 while covering the UN Budget Committee meetings I am entitled to cover under MALU Access Guidelines and as applied to all other non resident correspondents). Why is Inner City Press, despite the Quinn Emanual law firm's pro bono letter to Melissa Fleming more than a year ago, still banned from entering to ask these questions?   These written question are posed and responses requested pursuant to the until-now broken commitment the the UN will "continue to answer e-mailed questions from Mr Lee" InnerCityPress: here
May 22, 2023

UN Fraudster Cary Yan Gets 42 Months As Judge Notes He Bribed Francis Lorenzo

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY / UN GATE, May 16 – Chinese businessman and fraudster Cary Yan was the subject of a Federal indictment unsealed on September 2, 2022, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.   

Using a UN-affiliated non-governmental organization, Yan paid bribes in New York to officers of the Marshall Islands and others. Indictment on Inner City Press' DocumentCloud here.

  In 2018, Inner City Press from inside the UN reported on Cary Yan's suspicious activities, (including video here, and bribe-bought promotion by UNCA here) as it was reporting on the parallel UN bribery by Patrick Ho of Ye Jianming's NGO CEFC China Energy.

On December 1, 2022, Yan and his co-defendant pled guilty. Inner City Press was there - thread:

[Plea agreement on Inner City Press' DocumentCloud here]

Guilty plea is accepted by the judge. Sentencing set for late Feb but could be earlier since parents' visa running out.

On March 9, Yan asked to delay his sentencing from March 28 to May 16.

On March 10, it was granted: "Set/Reset Hearings as to Cary Yan: Sentencing set for 5/16/2023 at 11:00 AM before Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald."

Just before sentencing, Yan in a redacted sentencing submission asked for time served. The US says it wants 57 months.

It got 42 months - with 37 of them already served. Inner City Press was there, thread here:

Now at sentencing of UN-linked fraudster Cary Yan. He wants time served. "The Founder" and enablers still in UN have not been prosecuted

Defense: Cary Yan went to college in Beijing and wants to advise NGOs. He has given a lot of money. Fraud as "anti poverty work" - very UN.

 Defense: The Bureau of Prisons or US Marshals lost Cary Yan's manuscript. [What, could it be another expose or how-to manual of corruption in the UN of  Antonio Guterres , pay to play?]

Defense: He wanted to help people in the Marshall Islands

 Judge: Didn't Mr Yan bribe Mr Lorenzo? [That's Francis Lorenzo, who's back in the UN, he's in a book Inner City Press is shepherding toward publication. UN corruption is expanding]

 Yan's lawyer: US wants 57 months, Probation wants 42. But Cary merits less - time served. The Roger Ng case was different. [What of Ng Lap Seng, who bought UN PGA , whose office under  Csaba Korosi still bans Inner City Press from his UN Civil Society Town Halls

 AUSA: WOGC (scam  NGO Inner City Press exposed before  Antonio Guterres  banned the Press from the UN) was all about money. 57 months wouldn't even be the highest FCPA sentence this year.

Judge has taken a break. Here's Cary Yan in the UN, video here

Cary Yan has less hair now, two lawyers and interpreter. Where's the blonde go? Judge is back. Yan [in Chinese] I will be honest

 Judge: Mr Yan is not a public official... The Deputy Ambassador of the Dominican Republic Francis Lorenzo-- AUSA: We gave Lorenzo a 5K1 [cooperator's] letter. [Ng Lap Seng got 48 months.  UN PGA  John Ashe died under his own barbell]

Judge: Yan has had 4 heart surguries. He will be deported. I sentence him to 42 months.

[37 already served, so five more at MDC then deportation - to Marshal Islands, whose passport he bought? And can return to the US?]

More detail on Substack here

On February 2, for her February 16 sentencing, Zhou asked for time served.

On February 9, the US also asked for time served for Zhou - in a sentencing submission that references Francis Lorenzo, already free and back in the UN, and "the Founder," whom Inner City Press exposed before being thrown out of the UN and whom the US has never charged.

On February 15, Zhou got just that: time served. "JUDGMENT IN A CRIMINAL CASE as to Gina Zhou (2). The defendant pleaded guilty to count One. Counts 2-5 are dismissed on the motion of the United States. IMPRISONMENT: Time served. The defendant should receive full credit for the time served since her arrest in Thailand on November 16, 2020. ASSESSMENT: $100.00 due immediately. (Signed by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on 2/16/2023)."

After Inner City Press' initial report, Yan retained Jonathan Bolz, who also represented Patrick Ho. Word is Yan was extradited in from Thailand and will be presented before the assigned District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, who also presided over sentencing to 15 years of UN rapist Karim Elkorany.

On September 2, 2022, after finding the just-unsealed Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) indictment of Yan and Gina Zhou in the docket at the SDNY court which it now covers, still banned from the UN, Inner City Press emailed Guterres, his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric, Eri Kaneko and Melissa Fleming questions about the UN's role in the bribery by the NGOs, including the United Nations International Organization for Sustainable Development and the World Organization of Governance and  Competitiveness, WOGC. No answer.

May 15, 2023

UN Western Sahara Sex Scandal Ripped Off by Colum Lynch from Inner City Press 2021 Scoop

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, May 11 – How corrupt are United Nations officials and the correspondents who cover (up for) them today? 

 On May 9, a long-time UN insider named Colum Lynch, who has bounced from the Washington Post to Foreign Policy and beyond, ran a belatedly rip-off piece about the UN Mission in Western Sahara, based off "a political problem... cited in news reports about the disputed territory."  

  While Lynch, as is his M.O., refused to name or credit the "news reports," he named and used the problem: "a Russian national named Alexander Ivanko, was involved in a romantic relationship with a local Moroccan woman."  

 There is a major problem: Inner City Press in 2021 first published this information, and has remained banned by the UN until this day. For example, Inner City Press in December 2021 published, available then as now in Google:

"Inner City Press has been contacted by UN whistleblowers outraged at what they say is already a pro-Morocco scandal at MINURO under - literally - Ivanko. They tell Inner City Press, none of whose questions the UN will answer even to confirm or deny, that Ivanko has struck up a predatory relationship with a Moroccan woman who was recruited into MINURSO by now-rewarded predator Colin Stewart.

Inner City Press on the morning of December 20 put this question and another - about UNRWA and Afghanistan - to all UN spokespeople... Inner City Press has the victim's name but, as it does in the current US v. Ghislaine Maxwell case on which Guterres refuses to answer why he had a representative, Amir Dossal, on Maxwell's Terramar project board, it is not publish the name - in the case of the UN, for now). The whistleblowers also telling recount that given his lack of commitment to decolonization, Guterres told Grandi - subject now of an Afghanistan and UNRWA scoop - to keep UNHCR's Western Sahara work "sleeping" for now. Forever, as things stand. The UN under Guterres is less and less accountable, less and less transparent."

  Its press corpse, too. Colum Lynch has previously ripped off Inner City Press, while it was still in the UN.

And when UNSG Antonio Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric - quoted as "Mister" by Lynch - had Inner City Press roughed up and thrown out of the UN, it was covered by the Columbia Journalism Review and The Independent, for example, but not a word from Lynch or Foreign Policy or his other employers. 

 Lynch also lets off the hook and covers up for many others in (and left out) of this story. But that's a story for another day. We cover the SDNY now, most recently Carroll v. Trump (booklet here) - but this type of journalistic theft and collusion cannot and will not go unremarked.

Inner City Press has appealed to re-enter the UN and will not rest. Watch this site. 

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May 8, 2023

On World Press Freedom Day UN Guterres Lies while Banning Independent Media Exposing Him

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, May 3 –  On World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations of Antonio Guterres is more hypocritical than usual.  

  While UN Global Communications chief Melissa Fleming put out a video of Guterres equating what he (and she) characterize as disinformation as the threat to press freedom, Guterres has banned Inner City Press from entering the UN since 2018, when it exposed the omission of links to bribery firm CEFC China Energy from his financial disclosure. 

 Law firm Quinn Emanuel, on a pro bono basis, wrote to Fleming and the UN Correspondents Association (with state media of China on its board of directors) seeking a dialogue to reinstate Inner City Press.

There has been no answer, nor to an appeal to Guterres head of security Gilles Michaud.   

 Still, ill-informed media run the Guterres video without commentary. Disinformation, indeed. 

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May 1, 2023

UN Daniela Bas Hired Relatives & Moonlighted as Life Coach Staff Tell Banned Inner City Press

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, April 28 – In the UN of Antonio Guterres, there is scandal after scandal, each one covered up and/or ignored by the state media and scribes they let in, while banning the Press.

From the e-mail bag this week, while Spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refused all of Inner City Press' questions:

Dear Matthew Russell Lee: Tell the Daniela Bas story. This director of social affairs got fired from DESA for corruption and is running a huge consultancy firm now. The UN didn't bother to explain to anyone why she was fired.

We know very little. Over the weekend we were told that she was not coming in again (but she was in the office on Friday) and that John Wilmoth will be the acting director.

She was known to be very corrupt. She appointed her brother and her sister in law's company to do diversity training at the UN. She was accused of racism. She tried to get in people that were her friends and family and not qualified. She made statements about no-one being able to fire her because she is in a wheelchair.

In the end, she was apparently fired because she took paid contracts, in addition to her job, to do life coaching through an NGO.  She now runs a company where she prides herself on her history with the UN. Proudly announcing that she 'was a senior director' at DESA.

Despite the fact that she should have left with her tail between her legs, she walks proud and tall. The UN has not said a word to any of the staff. Nothing. Zilch. Her staff were left in the dark, stunned when she left.  Not sure whether you're going to get any more information but many, many, many of us are waiting to see what you print. Good luck."

  Well, the UN despite Dujarric's on camera promise to answer Inner City Press' written questions doesn't. Daneila Bas who smiled answering Inner City Press' questions until it was thrown out did nothing after. But we continue to report. Watch this site.

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April 24, 2023

Guterres Subject to US FISA Warrant As He Serves CCP Like Police Station EDNY Indicted

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, April 17 – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres accommodates and supports not only China but Russia, leaks (allegedly by Jack Teixeira of the Massachusetts Air National Guard) now confirm that even the US Administration knows.

  But there are more than leaks: "some of Guterres’s conversations, the documents indicate, were collected under the FISA law."

 While reporting from inside the UN, Inner City Press exposed Guterres concealing his links to convicted UN bribery firm CEFC China Energy.

  Guterres responded by having Inner City Press roughed up by UN Security and banned ever since.  On April 17, 2023, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric refused Inner City Press' written questions, even as it covered the illegal Chinese government "police station" on East Broadway in Manhattan.

  Guterres SHOULD be subject to a warrant, and not only for surveillance.

 Inner City Press has reported on Guterres' connivance with China (and its convicted bribery arm CEFC China Energy), before Guterres banned it from the UN where his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refuses its written questions on these and other topics. 

 Also exposed is Guterres deputy Amina J. Mohammed, trashing Kenya's Ruto.  Amina Mohammed says that Kenya's president, William Ruto, is "ruthless" and that she "doesn't trust him."

  She was previously exposed as backdating CITES certificates for endangered rosewood from Nigeria and Cameroon to China, and colluded in Guterres' ban on Inner City Press. Now what?

  Inner City Press has appealed its ban, to UN Security boss Gilles Michaud as PGA President Csaba Korosi's spokesperson Paulina Kubiak directed. Still, no answer.

More on Substack here.

April 17, 2023

Guterres Weak on Ukraine as Deputy Biased on Kenya Leaks Show as USUN Allows Press Ban

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, April 13 – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres accommodates and supports not only China but Russia, leaks (allegedly by Jack Teixeira of the Massachusetts Air National Guard) now confirm that even the US Administration knows.

"Guterres emphasized his efforts to improve Russia's ability to export," the leak says, "even if that involves sanctioned Russian entities or individuals... [Guterres is] undermining broader efforts to hold Moscow accountable for its actions in Ukraine."  

But why does the US Administration continue to publicly praise Guterres, and allow him to ban media he doesn't like, as he helps Russia sell its ammonia and China control more and more of the UN? 

 Inner City Press has reported on Guterres' connivance with China (and its convicted bribery arm CEFC China Energy), before Guterres banned it from the UN where his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refuses its written questions on these and other topics. 

 Also exposed is Guterres deputy Amina J. Mohammed, trashing Kenya's Ruto.  Amina Mohammed says that Kenya's president, William Ruto, is "ruthless" and that she "doesn't trust him."

  She was previously exposed as backdating CITES certificates for endangered rosewood from Nigeria and Cameroon to China, and colluded in Guterres' ban on Inner City Press. Now what?

  Inner City Press has appealed its ban, to UN Security boss Gilles Michaud as PGA President Csaba Korosi's spokesperson Paulina Kubiak directed. Still, no answer.

More on Substack here.

April 10, 2023

On UNRWA Corruption Inner City Press Asked UN Now Also Damning ESCWA Leaked Email

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

UN GATE EXCLUSIVE, April 3 – How corrupt is today's United Nations, under Antonio Guterres?

Well, consider UNRWA, under Philippe Lazzarini. Inner City Press for two days has asked Guterres' spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming -- the second day cc-ing Lazzarini himself - about complaints and evidence that whistleblowers have provided to Inner City Press about what is formally knowns as the United Nations