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June 17, 2024

In Corrupt UN of Guterres Refugee Center in Budapest Roiled by Charges against Clements

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 10 – How corrupt is today's UN under Antonio Guterres? Well, just as Guterres ignored whistleblowers' complaints through Inner City Press about UNFPA Kanem, now UNHCR:

UNHCRwhistleblower to Matthew Russell Lee

Dear Matthew,  We would like to seek your support and that of Inner City Press to report on our profound concern regarding the severe mismanagement and detrimental work environment prevailing at UNHCR's Global Learning and Development Centre (GLDC) in Budapest.

The primary cause of this crisis is attributed to Ms. Catty Bennet-Satler, Director of Human Resources, and Ms. Kelly Clements, Deputy High Commissioner, whose persistent poor judgment and ineffective leadership have fostered an extremely toxic work environment characterized by mistrust, rumors, and sabotage. 

Instances of blatant racism against individuals of African descent and other minorities have gone unaddressed, despite numerous attempts by both local and international staff to bring these matters to attention. Among the most appalling reports are whispers of comments suggesting a takeover by Muslims and gays, highlighting the pervasive discrimination within the Centre. 

With the upcoming official announcement that the Centre will be abolished and replaced with a small Section due to the financial crisis, we believe such turmoil could have been avoided with more effective management by Geneva-based leadership.

We also believe the financial crisis is being used as an excuse to eliminate a problem location without taking the appropriate course of actions to protect employees. What really saddens us is the fact that the DHC herself never cared to show her face when the announcement was made, confirming her utter lack of respect for Budapest-based employees 

Given these issues, it is evident that both the Director of Human Resources and the Deputy High Commissioner have failed to meet the needs of their staff and are now attempting to evade responsibility for the deteriorating situation.

Internally, our group of concerned colleagues has been communicating with the Ethics, IGO, and Ombuds teams without resolution.  Concerned Colleagues

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June 10, 2024

In Corrupt UN of Guterres Staff Tell OIOS of UNFPA Natalia Kanem Abuses Nothing Done

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, June 5 – How corrupt is the UN of Antonio Guterres? Well, Guterres had roughed up and banned the lone Press which questioned his financial disclosures omitting briber CEFC China Energy. Now this:

Hello Inner City Press, Please see the email trail below, and the serious ethical issues about Ms. Natalia Kanem that has been brought to the attention of UN investigators. It does not appear that anything is being done about it. We are bringing this mail trail to your attention, because it appears that the senior leadership of the UN is trying to cover up for their colleague. They should in the minimum know that staff will be unwilling to witness/testify forthrightly with the Executive Director still in place. We are counting on you to do the job of the watchdog

[That's what we do - bring it on]

From: OIOS Hotline
Dear Sir or Madame,  This is in response to the message below to the Investigations Division, Office of Internal Oversight Services (ID/OIOS).  Your report will be reviewed carefully by ID/OIOS, and a decision will be made as to the most appropriate method of addressing the information that you provided. In that review process, we will determine whether our office or another office is more suitable to address the matter you have raised.  For future reference this matter has been recorded as case number OIOS/0519/24.  Thank you and best regards.  ID/OIOS    

1. Who is/was engaged in the possible act(s) of misconduct?  Provide name, title and any other relevant details.  First Name: Natalia Last Name: Kanem Title: Executive Director of UNFPA

 Dear OIOS Officials, We are writing to express our grave concerns regarding several instances of misconduct by Mrs. Natalia Kanem, the Executive Director of UNFPA... Among the individuals impacted, Ms. Dawn Minott, Mrs. Kanem's former Special Assistant, stands out. Ms. Minott's experience of harassment, bullying, and intimidation by Mrs. Kanem compelled her to take over six months of mental health sick leave. Additionally, Mrs. Kanem's former Personal Assistant, Ms. Ada Cardenas was forced into early retirement due to similar issues. An investigation will shed light on the veracity of these allegations and provide a platform for affected individuals, such as Ms. Minott, Ms. Cardenas and several others, to testify and seek redress.

2. Conflict of Interest: Concerns have been raised regarding contracts awarded without due process, to Mrs. Kanem's son, Mr. Mandela Gregoire, without proper disclosure of their relationship, raising questions about nepotism and favoritism.

Mandela is a Cinematographer whose website flaunts a UN Laisser Passez. He also has UNFPA on his clientele list, along with records of documentaries that he has produced for the United Nations one of which is titled ‘Improving Girls Success Rates in Schools in Tanzania’, produced in 2015 while his mother, Mrs. Kanem was the UNFPA Representative in the country.

4. Sexual Abuse and Harassment: Reports suggest that Mrs. Kanem has engaged in sexual advances towards staff members and retaliated against those who rebuffed her... Examples of these friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Kanem who have benefited from contracts and grants from UNFPA of recent are Ms. Susan Davis, Ms. Leila Hessini and Mr. Djibril Diallo... Mrs. Kanem participated in the Walter Rodney Symposium in Atlanta in March, an event unrelated to UNFPA's mandate. Ms. Kanem also created a mission out of the inauguration  ceremony of Helen Gayle as the 11th President of Spelman College in Atlanta in April 2023. A look should be taken at Mrs. Kanem’s frequent travels to Dakar, ostensibly for official purposes but the real reason of which is that she has an holiday home in the country.

Mrs. Kanem compelled UNFPA to host a reception, at the organization's expense, in honor of her friend, Ms. Julia Bunting, in June 2023, upon her departure from Population Council.... It has come to our attention that Mrs. Kanem's husband reportedly hosted a private event in far away Australia, conveniently coinciding with her official mission there.

  Inner City Press will have more on this - and on Guterres' corrupt banning of the Press. Watch this site.

June 3, 2024

UNSC Rubber Stamp Election As UN Fails from Gaza to Ukraine Now Pakistan and Somalia Join

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, May 28 – Mozambique took over the UN Security Council presidency on May 1, 2024 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

  Mozambique four weeks later has accomplished almost nothing. It is set to be replaced - by Somalia. Also slated for uncontested election are Pakistan, Panama, Denmark and Greece. The "election" is set for June 6. Will any of these be better?

On April 20, Inner City Press wrote to the Mozambique Mission: This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access Mozambique's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your  Ambassador Pedro Comissário Afonso on May 1.

Then Inner City Press asked UN Spox Stephane Dujarric and the Mission, "On Mozambique itself.

Still no answer from the Mozambique mission, four weeks later, as the Council fails worldwide and UNSG Antonio Guterres bans the Press. A fish rots from the head.

 Watch this site.

 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, is covering the Trump trial and writes about the UN.


UN Lawyer de Serpa Soares Thumbed Nose at Law in Haiti and Press Freedom Out June 10

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, May 28 –  How corrupt and lawless is the United Nations?

Consider Antonio Guterres' outcoming chief of "Legal" affairs, Miguel de Serpa Soares.

He oversaw the ouster of Inner City Press first from its longtime UN work space, then from the UN as a whole.

His response to a pro bono legal letter was to assert unlimited immunity, including no coverage of the UN by the First Amendment or any binding free press principles.

   He also put in writing the UN's contempt for accountability for bringing cholera to Haiti, killing over 10,000 people. 

  His position is open for bidding / purchase, until June 10. Any actual lawyer would have to belatedly answer the pending letters of Quinn Emanuel and Duane Morris for a dialogue on restoring the Press to the UN. Watch this site.

May 27, 2024

In Corrupt UN of Guterres CCP Spinner of Uighur Genocide Gets UN ILO Bangkok Job

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 24 –   How corrupt is the United Nations under Antonio Guterres?

Well, CCP spinner Xiaoyan Qian has been made Director of the UN ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific. As recently as 2022 she slammed "groundless position against China, asking China to stop the so-called and non-existing discriminative practices against Uyghur populations." Yeah, non-existent. Rewarded in the UN of Guterres, who hid his links to CCP briber CEFC by banning Inner City Press which asked and exposed omissions in his public financial statement.

Back in March 2023 amid an "informal" meeting of the UN Security Council about human rights in North Korea, China blocked any broadcast of the meeting on the Internet.  

If a tree falls in Antonio Guterres' dark forest and its makes no sound, did it fall? Or should it?

  This comes as UNSG Antonio Guterres bans Inner City Press from entering the UN to ask these questions, as it did even under Ban Ki-moon, and the US Mission does nothing about that, despite receiving this letter.

May 20, 2024

UNSG Guterres Covered For Sex Abuse Onana Now To Promote Him While Still Banning Press

By Matthew Russell Lee

UN GATE, May 12 –  Before one of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' trips to the Central African Republic, where he covers up UN sexual abuse, Inner City Press asked him about that abuse, and about the UN's inaction on mass killings in neighboring Cameroon. Guterres purported to answer on the former, and "didn't hear" the 15-second question on Cameroon. (Then Guterres' Department of Global Communications  two days later threatened Inner City Press' accreditation, see below.)

  On October 24, 2017 once Guterres was in CAR, Inner City Press asked deputy spokesman Farhan Haq if Guterres in CAR would meet with Mr. Renner Onana, named as a bad actor in the independent panel of experts' report on its sexual abuse in CAR. Video here. On November 3, Inner City Press asked Guterres' Victims' Rights Advocate Jane Connors about the report and Onana. She never answered on Onana, and emphasized that the panel's report was not a UN report. She said her work is forward looking, apparently with nothing in it for the many victims ignored and covered up in the wake of the UN scandal involving fired whistleblower Anders Kompass and promoted coverer-up Renner Onana.

So on October 25, 2017 - still not yet thrown out of the by by Antonio "Cover Up" Guterres, Inner City Press asked Haq again, noting it had found online a photo of Renner Onana, with a promotion, greeting Fabrizio Hochschild, a main adviser to Guterres. Haq said he was still checking - this just after he'd said Guterres is working on freedom of information - and that Onana might still be employed by the UN but on leave. How hard was it to find out? Either the UN for some reason can't find out, or doesn't want to say. Because when Inner City Press asked again on October 26, still no answer. Video here. From the October 26 transcript; UN's October 27 transcript

  Now in May 2024, Onana - still getting paid taxpayers' money by Antonio Guterres, is the subject of a formal staff complaint for abuse, and Onana is reportedly about to receive yet another promotion as COS (D2) MINUSCA - in the Central African Republic where Antonio Guterres ever more effectively covers up child rapes, banning the Press that asks. Watch this site.

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May 13, 2024

After UNOPS Corruption Exposed by Inner City Press Vanshelboim UN Appeal June 3 Deadline

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

UN GATE, May 8 – In the United Nations under Antonio Guterres, there is nothing but failure and excuses and fundraising on crises like Ukraine, Gaza, Burma, Haiti and Cameroon. 

There is impunity for sexual abuse by peacekeepers and UN staff like Juan Carlos Cunillera, just "along for the ride" during the UN sex-in-the-van exposed by Inner City Press. 

But now as we looked at and asked about Guterres' omission of his links to UN briber CEFC China Energy, leading to him banning the Press (and Melissa Fleming continuing the ban, not even answering a law firm's pro bono letter), on April 17, 2022 we published on other officials - including long time UNOPS operative Vitaly Vanshelboim (whom Inner City Press covered in connection with UNOPS gag orders before being banned from UN by corrupt Guterres.)

We noted  that Vanshelboim's skeeze in the S3i scam of UNOPS's Grete Faremo.

  While others then noted for example that a long time member of the UN Correspondents Association Gloria Starr Kins played a role in hooking up the fraud, they don't mention UNCA and their role in banning the Press.

Now, there is or might be some openness, of the UN circus:

 The Applicant, a former staff member of the United Nations Office for Project Services (“UNOPS”), contests the decision to impose on him the disciplinary measures of dismissal and a fine of twelve month’s net base salary. He also contests the decision to recover from him the amount of USD63,626,806 and to withhold the release of the PF.4 form (“separation notification”) to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (“UNJSPF”) until such indebtedness is fully recovered... By email dated 24 November 2023, the Tribunal asked the parties to confirm their availability to virtually attend a Case Management Discussion (“CMD”) between 11 and 15 December 2023.

Then, after Inner City Press on December 4 published the above, the UN changed Vanshelboim's proceeding, which portend more waste of the public's funds, to "closed to the public."

And now, after the non-public proceeding, more passing of the buck: Judge Sun Xiangzhuang has assigned "the following Judges to the Three-Judge Panel to adjudicate the matter of Vanshelboim UNDT/GVA/2023/020: Judge Sun Xiangzhuang, Presiding Judge Joelle Adda Judge Sean Wallace." This is Antonio Guterres' UN: totally corrupt.

On February 1, 2024, this: "Missing documentation 11. In response to Order No. 168 (GVA/2023), the Applicant requested on 29 December 2023 that the Tribunal order the Respondent to produce the Financial Report and Board of Auditors Report for the period ending on 31 December 2020 (A/76/5/ Add. 11). According to him, the report confirms that UNOPS created a bad debt provision for its joint investments and that the cancellation of the S3i initiative was a political decision unrelated to the Applicant’s relations with Mr. David Kendrick. To support this position, the Applicant filed excerpts of said report as Annex 17. 12. The Tribunal notes, however, that document A/76/5/Add.11 is available to the public" - the horrors!

Now in May 2024, this: "16. After much discussion, the parties agreed on the following: a. The Applicant concedes that he engaged without prior approval in undisclosed outside activities that involved financial arrangements with the Kendrick entities, that he failed to report these activities as required, and that said activities could be perceived as a conflict of interest; b. The parties do not agree on the quantification of the financial arrangements between the Applicant and the Kendrick entities, but agree that any divergence in this respect is immaterial and irrelevant to the merits of this case; and c. The parties do not anticipate an evidentiary hearing and request that the matter be determined based on the written submissions and evidence on record.   c. The parties shall confirm the availability of the witnesses to attend a hearing on the merits, as per paras. 18 to 21 above, by Monday, 3 June 2024; d. The Applicant shall inform the Tribunal the amount of his pension fund benefit by Monday, 3 June 2024."


Watch this site - and Vanshelboim, here:

Two (2) residential properties, Ukraine
Two (2) residential properties, jointly owned, USA
Annuity, ING, USA
Investment fund, Citi Bank, USA
Investment fund, Danske Invest, jointly owned, Denmark

So while Citibank ("Citi Bank") still does business in Russia, what are the statuses of Vanshelboim's Ukraine properties? Either way, no friend of Press freedom.

  We'll have more on this.


After Inner City Press Reports Sierra Leone UN Mission Decay Now Unpaid Lawyers Withdraw

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 8 – Sierra Leone's Mission to the United Nations has been sued for "posing an immediate danger [with] mold and vermin infestation." Inner City Press first reported the case on May 21, 2021 and it has since been picked up.

The Sierra Leonean Mission is at 245 East 49th Street, right near the United Nations which also poses dangers, in its impunity.  Inner City Press live stream here.

Now Inner City Press reports, in May 2024, that Sierra Leone stopped paying or communicating with its lawyers at Foley Hoag, who on May 8 withdrew, see below.

  Then from Freetown, this: "The Commissioner explained that the investigations revealed that an initial Two Million Five Hundred and Sixty US Dollars (USD 2,560,000.00) was approved for the refurbishment of the building around 2012. He said a Procurement Unit was formed in New York during the stewardship of the then Ambassador Vandi Minah to ensure that procedures were complied with. This followed quotations received from newspapers in the US to invite bidders and bids were received with the highest being Eighteen Thousand US Dollars (USD 18,000) from the New York Times and the lowest was One thousand one hundred and fifty-five US Dollars( USD 1,155.00) from Sunday Metro.  ..Yet the Government of Sierra Leone signed the contract represented by the then Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Adikalie Foday Sumah,” he said.  Commissioner Kaifala said immediately after the signing of the contract, the sum of One Million US Dollars ($1,000,000.00) was remitted into the mission’s building account in Citi Bank in New York... The Commissioner said the the ACC had concluded therefore that the transactions surrounding the contract are fraudulent and did not follow due process, thus all involving parties will be held accountable. It is in this regard he stated that the Commission, during the course of the investigations, interrogated a number of persons of interest, including former Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Alie Kabba, former Minister of Development Dr. Francis Kaikai, the Accountant General Richard Solomon Ralph Williams, former Ministers of Foreign Affairs Nabeela Tunis and Dr Samura Kamara, former Director General of the Ministry and current and former Heads of Chancery, among others. He said, based on the investigations, not less than six people, including the contractor, will be indicted by the Commission for their various roles in the misappropriation of funds, which has caused an embarrassment to the country, as the State has been sued by neighbors of the country’s UN House in New York as result of this project."

And now, a request to add two more parties to the lawsuit. Sierra Leone's Mission to the corrupt UN is due October 4. Watch this site.

  On June 4, not the Mission but contractor Empire Group NYC, LCC made a number of proposals, including cleaning up the Mission's debris. The cover letter says, "as soon as the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United [Nations] appears in the case, the Court should schedule a prompt return date for its response to the OTSC issued by the Court."

On July 26 an emergency hearing was sought as Sierra Leone's UN mission and its contractors refuse to comply with an order, for example: "Remove all debris from inside the Mission that pose an ongoing fire hazard... The Mission's lawyers have refused to take additional photographs or any any inspection of the Mission on purported grounds of Sierra Leone's national security."

And the response on July 27 confirmed: "The Mission has imposed certain restrictions on access to and documentation from within the Mission, as referenced in the Plaintiffs' Letter, citing national security grounds." Sounds like the corrupt UN-world of Guterres, still banning Press.

So does this invocation of impunity: on August 20, Sierra Leone's lobbying firm put in a letter that argues that its decrepit, nuisance "diplomatic premises are inviolable as a matter of federal and international law." Tony's law - beat up the press, kill with cholera, leave garbage everywhere, and cite immunity. Will it work?

  After Inner City Press exclusively reported on this case, and was contacted by media in Sierra Leone, now the Foreign Ministry has issued a two page press release saying it has been directed to our media report, and calling it misleading and inaccurate.

 While unlike the even more corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres, who rather than respond to questions using UN Security to rough up and ban the Press that asks them, the Ministry has spoken, it does not stand up. Just consider the photos of how they left the site of their "Chancery."

And they do not specify what they say the US State Department did not do. (Inner City Press got answers from the State Department on May 27, here, but has not yet asked about this, since it didn't know of the Ministries response until May 28).

 The pickers-upper also note that Sierra Leone's government transferred some $3.2 million to their UN Mission in New York, including "5-Sep-19 FT1924808290 Outward Swift Payment 9,329,999,975.14," the spending of which remains unclear given the conditions of the "Chancery." There's also the IMF's March 15, 2021 OK-ing of $50.37 million to Sierra Leone under its Rapid Credit Facility. We aim to have more on this. Watch this site.

 Next door neighbors have sued the Mission in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which Inner City Press while banned from the UN by Antonio Guterres now covers daily.

  The complaint identifies Sierra Leonean diplomats' "failure to follow basic fire-prevention protocols... creating an opportunity for flying debris, fire and other dangers."  

The SDNY docket reflects that, of the complaint, "service was accept by Fatima (F/B 40-49 years old, 5'4" tall, 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes) who advised at the time of service that she is authorized to accept on behalf of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the UN." 

  On May 27, the SDNY's Deputy Clerk certified serving the country's foreign minister, pursuant to the Provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 28 USC 1608(a)(3).

  On November 29, 2021, Sierra Leone's law firm wrote to Judge Ramos that they would like to move to dismiss based on the total immunity of Sierre Leone, no matter what it does.This is the international system / racket under Antonio Guterres.

On June 27, 2022 with the case still going, the Harvey's wrote to Judge Ramos that "a significant rat infestation has invaded the Harvey's home from the headquarters." UNHQ?

On July 1, 2022, Judge Ramos denied Sierra Leone's motion to dismiss: "MOTION to Dismiss filed by Permanent Mission of The Republic of Sierra Leone to the United Nations. The Mission's motion to dismiss is DENIED. The Harvey's motion for contempt and sanctions is DENIED in large part, and the motion for a preliminary injunction is DENIED. The parties are directed to appear for a status conference on July 15, 2022."

In October 2022, Sierra Leone wrote it to "clarify" that it would not even be attending the October 26 status conference, since it got a stay pending appeal to the Second Circuit on the issue of diplomatic immunity. How dangerous could the building get? Judge Ramos conferred with those who did attend, and directed that a proposed case management plan be submitted by October 28.

Jump cut to May 8, 2024 - Judge Ramos granted the request for Foley Hoag to drop Sierra Leone as a client - the firm said Sierra Leone was not paying, and had not even communicated in ten months. Dysfunction? Impunity? Or both? This is today's UN World of SG Antonio Guterres.

Letter to withdraw for non payment on Patreon here

 Inner City Press will be following this case, and others of impunity.
May 6, 2024

As UN Fails from Gaza to Ukraine and Haiti UNSC Taken Over by Mozambique Bans Press

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, May 1 – Mozambique gets the UN Security Council presidency on May 1, 2024 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

On April 20, Inner City Press wrote to the Mozambique Mission: This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access Mozambique's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your  Ambassador Pedro Comissário Afonso on May 1.

Then Inner City Press asked UN Spox Stephane Dujarric and the Mission, "On Mozambique itself, for answer before or at 12:30 - request is in, for WebEx access - what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres - and Mozambique - on that Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP) Claims Burning Over 230 Christian Houses In Series Of Attacks In Country's Nampula Province, Conducts 'Preaching Tour' In Muslim Villages In Country's North."

Still no answer from the Mozambique mission, as the Council fails worldwide and UNSG Antonio Guterres bans the Press.

 Watch this site.

 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 Japan and its UN Mission, nothing.

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April 29, 2023

In Corrupt UN of Guterres Khare and Pollard Hear Of But Ignore Conflicts of Interest so Press

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, April 13 – How corrupt is today's UN? Conflicts of interest multiply, and those at the top ignore whistleblowers' complaint. So they write to Inner City, which UNSG Antonio Guterres has banned. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric refuses to answer written questions, so we publish:

"Dear Mr. Khare This is a confidential report of misconduct regarding Ms. Amy Weesner, (Senior Programme Manager / Operations Lead - Triangular Partnerships Programme (TPP/DSA/DOS), P-5, Index Number 948313, DOB 4 September 1975) submitted to you as the responsible officer in compliance with Staff Rule 1.2 (c) and Section 2.1 (a) (v) and Section 4 of ST/AI/2017/1. You know very well what Ms. Weesner has done in violation of the staff rules and regulations. 

However, in part. Ms. Weesner failed to declare serious conflicts of interest that existed between at least November 2017 and September 2021 in that she initiated and engaged in a sexual relationship with her FRO/SRO while married to another former staff member Paul Van Essche [Inner City Press previously covered his PHP, -Editor's note] who was fired for resume fraud. Ms. Weesner has benefited as a result of numerous conflicts of interest and was knowingly the beneficiary of favorable performance evaluations and preferential treatment in recruitment exercises, including receiving a promotion (Staff regulation 1.2(m), Staff rule 1.2(q)) .  

In addition, Ms. Weesner continued to engage in the sexual relationship on the proviso that her FRO/SRO also not disclose the relationship in violation of their responsibilities (Staff rule 1.2(k))

I must highlight the importance of consistency in staff discipline.  Ms. Weesner cannot expect her own misconduct to be blindly ignored by the Administration just because she is a woman who has used sexual favors to advance her career ambitions and then act as a poor victim once she had received the promotion she sought. I am submitting this confidential report anonymously at this time because I am fearful of retaliation.   I have provided enough information for you to investigate and establish the facts, most of which are already in your files and other investigation reports.

  We will have more on this - banned as we are from even entering the UN - watch this site.

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April 22, 2024

UN Corruption in Somalia Detailed by Staff Whistleblower But Guterres Does Nothing

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 13 – How corrupt is today's UN? Its staff in places like Somalia write in to Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his officials about misdeeds in their Missions, and nothing happens. Then they write to Inner City Press, which Guterres and Melissa Fleming have banned from entering the UN to ask questions. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric refuses to answer written questions, so we publish:

"We are writing to report the daily frauds and misuse of power of Ms. Qurat Ul Ain Sadozai, newly appointed Director of UNSOS and UNSOM D2 in Somalia, following a short transition period as D1, Chief Supply Chain Management, in the same mission, UNSOS, without any certification, professional competence and minimum knowledge on the subject...

In the new position as Director she is totally useless and continues her practice with the Somali Institutions. Her arrogant and abusive behavior is so blatant and obvious that she has been proud to deny Staff to attend mosque prayer on Fridays and others in Nairobi to go to Church on Sunday, calling them into meetings and bullying them. She is such a good Muslim that she used to go and drink at his place. She used Ugandan Colleague Juliet Kabuleeta who falsely reported against Mr. Harjit for sexual harassment. In exchange, Ms. Kabuleeta was sent on assignment to Mali  and from there was promoted as Chief Rations Officer back in UNSOS... Particularly now when she has to deal with the" Italian job"… 

Her protegees who have been helping her with the supply chain activities: Mr. Favio Mevoli is on the way to be D1, Chief Supply Chain Management, former post of Ms. Qurat and to comply with the well-established tradition that D1 are allowed to recruit their wives or mistresses, the same as done by Mr. Mevoli with his wife Letitia Carriero Property Management FS6. Obviously, there is no conflict of interest... this is the style of Ms. Qurat.  Very shady.

 It has been a long time that she has been acting like this and nobody seems to care about the fact that her husband is the Chief of Intelligence in the Pakistan Army.  Normally, it is a matter that should have been carefully evaluated in the UN but instead not.  Most probably because he is  old  and not so effective as an Intelligence Officer considering that his wife has an intimate relationship with Mr. Juan Palafox from Spain, Chief Engineering, newly promoted to D1 thanks to his performance and integration as she started using gowns and this should be rewarded.

 Previously Ms. Qurat entered into the UN thanks to a Somali Representative in NY to whom she had a relationship.  Qurat's father also has  connections with Somali political parties and she knows all government people.     Thanks to her family insights, she used to work with an NGO and then she came through a very strange kidnapping story. We all think it was a staged kidnapping and she was photographed smiling. Very strange….   

  Considering that our Mission will close within a year, and most of us will lose our jobs, we are scared that instead Ms. Qurat and her companions and boyfriend will continue the same abuses somewhere else.  We wonder if Mr. Khare . Ms. Di Carlo and Mr. Lacroix  will take actions as Somalia is another UN Mission run by bad people and incompetent.    We will have more on this - banned as we are from even entering the UN - watch this site.


April 15, 2024

UN Corruption UNOPS to Brindisi UNanswered by Fleming nor Rattray nor Serpa Soares

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, April 11 How corrupt is today's UN under Antonio Guterres? Well, even those few UN officials bounced for corruption are simply re-hired, and no one answers why.

Inner City Press today publishes this, from a whistleblower:

In June 2015 a UNOPS P3 IT officer working at UNGSC- SGITT, Valencia, was informed that his appointment was terminated for misconduct, after submitting a fraudulent insurance claim. Here

Yet, in December 2018, the former UNOPS officer was rehired at UNGSC- SGITT, this time in Brindisi, on a higher and stabler position, P4 within the Secretariat.  Three years later, in August 2021, he was “charged with serious misconduct for submitting false information in his job application” and was fired again from UN in April 2022. here

 How could this occur? A former employee from the UN system fired for misconduct, then hired again in the UN system;  who authorised the rehiring?  The UN HR Portal provides: “The head of department/office/mission makes the selection decision for positions up to and including the D-1 level on the basis of the recommendation by the hiring manager. “ 

Can UNGSC-SGITT management claim being unaware of the past of the ex-UNOPS officer? 

The UN Dispute Tribunal sentence was pronounced in 2016, two years before the former UNOPS staff was offered a position with UNGSC.   The previous position was also with UNGSC - SGITT, whose management is the same as in 2015. 

The SGITT head holds this position since 2010. Both the ex-UN employee fired twice for misconduct and the SGITT chief are from Canada, and both worked for the Canadian Forces: one between1989 and 1998 and the SGITT chief until 1994 Michel Bergeron  

   No explanation, from Guterres, Courtenay Rattray, nor lawyer Serpa Soares nor Melissa Fleming, neither of whom have answered letters from pro bono law firms about applying free press principles (including Article 19) to the UN, and readmitting Inner City Press. We'll have more on this.

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April 8, 2024

Malta Takes Over UNSC For April No Answer on Gaza or Daphne Despite Press Questions

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, April 1 – Malta took over the UN Security Council presidency on April 1, 2024 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

On March 29, Inner City Press wrote to the Maltese Mission: This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access Japan's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your Ambassador Vanessa Frazier on April 1, 2024.

I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about Gaza, UNRWA and the coups in Gabon and Niger, Japan, North Korea and the conflicts in Sudan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya, and the revelations of El Pollo now in SDNY - and on ongoing cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers on many of which Inner City Press first reported. Also, the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Days later, no answer from the Malta mission. Notably, in the April 1 presser Inner City Press was banned from, Frazier said Malta is committed to transparency. Right.

 Watch this site.

 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 Malta and its UN Mission, nothing.

Watch this site. 

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April 1, 2024

After Mali Demanded UN Peacekeepers Leave SG Antonio Guterres Abandons Local Staff

By Matthew Russell Lee

UN GATE, March 27  – In Mali when protesters were teargassed and at least two killed, there was not a word from the Security Council or even for usually robo-tweeting UNSG Antonio Guterres, who had Inner City Press roughed up and banned since, video here.

  The UN Mission was thrown out of Mali. Inner City Press applied to re-enter UNHQ to ask. No answer.

 Now we publish this:

"Dear Matthew, Just to let you know about our situation in Mali. The sad part is that the same people in the magic circus of the DMS will be safe. For most of us nothing. Everything was corrupted here and this the result thanks to our lovely and transparent hierarchy.

 Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 Subject: The death of MINUSMA and consequences To: Antonio Guterres [etc: whole list]

Dear Excellency Secretary General,  We are writing to you as our last resort to get fair treatment from the UN in our Country, Mali.  The Mission, in view of the closure,  has done something only for Internationals and only for those who were close to the DMS, Mr. Anton Antchev and his girlfriend the DSRSG Ms. Daniela Kroslak.  These International Staff  will not have problems finding a job after MINUSMA and even their relatives, already safely employed,  and crooked friends. This is a well unwritten but effective rule in DOS. 

Privileges and nepotism have been a constant trend in MINUSMA and finally went to the head of our Government who kicked out the UN who was supposed to help us and not to increase corruption.  We were not expecting anything good from Mr. Antchev, Godfathers/ mothers  in DOS and his friends, considering that he was the one who publicly offended us on various occasions, requested us not to board the UN A/C and was then PNG from our Country.  If he would have been removed by USG Mr. Khare, instead of looking for his reinstatement,  maybe we would have had more respect for the UN but currently we have none. In the Mission and in the public society. 

As Mr. Khare considers him efficient but for us he is just a deficient, speaking in a kind of undermined English which is understandable perhaps only in his Country or  with his similar felonies. Such an arrogant and ignorant person.  Therefore, we would be glad if Mr. Khare could send him out asap and let us have a fair person to whom we can discuss our future and compensations for the loss of our jobs.

 Unfortunately, we all know Mr. Antchev, being a golden boy of Mr. Khare, will be reassigned somewhere else to continue damages, promoting his wife and girlfriends.  We are tired of being treated as second hand laborers and this is the message we send to all our Brothers and Sisters in Africa.  If you see anything wrong in your Mission, do not accept it. Raise your voice, write, let your community know what is going on.  If not, you will pay the same price as us.  First humiliated, and then left without a job and any form of compensation.

 Thank God at least the UN cancer is over in Mali."

from the UN? No answer

March 25, 2024

On Gaza US Double Talk Cynical China and Russia Veto as Guyana Wants UNRWA Funds

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, March 22 – After the US Mission to the UN, complicit in Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres' cover-ups and censorship of Press, announced it would veto Algeria's Gaza ceasefire resolution, on February 19 it emerged the US will have its own draft.

And on March 22 the US Mission's ambiguous draft was vetoed by China and Russia. Algeria also voted against it, and Guyana abstained, wanting more words about and money to UNRWA.

  In the midst of the war in Gaza, with the UN failing as on Ukraine, the tragic corruptions was mirrored in farce at the UN Correspondents Association garish ball on December 15, 2023.

They charged their members, including Iran and China state media, $150 - and much more to others.

The event has previously charged Chinese businessmen like convicted Ng Lap Seng money for photos with the UN Secretary General. Who paid this time?

Jump cut to February 2024, when UNCA published the ballot for its Executive Committee "election." A clean slate, everyone elected. This includes, now, two representatives of China state media.

  In fine CCP fashion, UNCA after publication of the above blocked on X / Twitter, photo here - in the name of the officers, reps of AP, NPR, France 24 and Le Monde. UN Corruption Associates.

The UN continues to ban all journalists from Taiwan, and to ban Inner City Press with Melissa Fleming and now Ian Phillips formerly of AP refusing to answer pro bono law firms' letters seeking the application of free press principles to the UN. We'll have more on this.

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March 18, 2024

UN Fails Amid Resignation of Henry of Haiti Where UN Took Cholera Japan UNSC Useless

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, March 11 – Japan gets the UN Security Council presidency on March 1, 2024 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

Now in just another failure of the UN in March, Ariel Henry of Haiti has resigned, without the UN having confirmed or had any impact, after bringing cholera to Haiti and killing 10,000 plus.

On February 29, Inner City Press wrote to the Japanese Mission: This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access Japan's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your Ambassador Yamazaki on March 1, 2024.

I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about Gaza, UNRWA and the coups in Gabon and Niger, Japan, North Korea and the conflicts in Sudan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya, and the revelations of El Pollo now in SDNY - and on ongoing cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers on many of which Inner City Press first reported

By day's end, no answer from the Japan mission. Only this: "I am seconded to UNDP now. I will be checking emails intermittently, but may delay in response, and please send at below address for any urgent matters.  Thank you.  Shinobu Yamaguchi." No answer from below address - or Blue Book address.

 Watch this site.

 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 Japan and its UN Mission, nothing.

Watch this site. 

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March 11, 2024

New Book on Guilty Verdicts of JOH Honduras Ex President Narco Drama by Inner City Press, Still Asks UN about Guterres Backing up JOH's 2d Stolen Election

by Matthew Russell Lee, Substack

LITERARY COURTHOUSE, March 8 – In the closing arguments on March 6, AUSA Tarlow said that narco trafficking had grown under JOH. On March 7, out of the hearing of the jury and for then the Press, JOH's lawyer Stabile said he'd heard different overnight.

  From who?

  The defendant's wife he said.

  Was this just a play for a mistrial?

Judge Castel concluded it was, and denied Stabile's motion, Order on Patreon here.

Later on March 8, the verdict, here- now a book

1:18 pm Eastern - Inner City Press heard through sources that there's a verdict in US v. JOH

Now 1:26 pm- Judge Castel: Please take the verdict. Clerk: Count 1, Has the government proven 5 or more kilos: Foreman: Yes 

Clerk: Count 2, does it involve machine guns? Foreman: Yes. Clerk: Count 3, how do you find? Foreman: Guilty [on all three] - and destructive device. [JOH GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS CULPABLE DE TODOS LOS CARGOS

And now, "Narco Drama: The trial of Honduras' JOH," here. Some: The former president of Honduras demanded a new lawyer. His first one, he said he could no longer pay. Anyway the man was getting sick, and had been picked in the first instance by a rabbi who was reporting to the Drug Enforcement Agency. So Juan Orlando Hernandez spoke to the judge, first in open court, then obscured by white noise at the sidebar. Kurt Wheelock knew he had to write

   Inner City Press has repeatedly asked the UN - from Secretary General Antonio Guterres, through Melissa Fleming to Stephane Dujarric - to state the outcome of Guterres' three person pane sent to Honduras after JOH stole his second election. No answer at all, and Inner City Press remains banned. Today's UN is totally corrupt.

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March 4, 2024

Japan Takes Over UNSC For March No Answer on Gaza or North Korea Despite Press Questions

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Feb 29 – Japan gets the UN Security Council presidency on March 1, 2024 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

On February 29, Inner City Press wrote to the Japanese Mission: This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access Japan's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your Ambassador Yamazaki on March 1, 2024.

I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about Gaza, UNRWA and the coups in Gabon and Niger, Japan, North Korea and the conflicts in Sudan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya, and the revelations of El Pollo now in SDNY - and on ongoing cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers on many of which Inner City Press first reported

Please note that Inner City Press and I participate in the WebEx briefings of, for example, the IMF: March 31, 2022 and since with new IMF spokesperson Sept 28, 2023: MS. KOZACK:  Matthew Lee, let's start with you. Sure. QUESTIONER: Thanks a lot. Matthew Lee, Inner Press. Thanks for taking the question. I have two coups and crypto, but I'll go in different order... I saw the program with Burkina Faso, and so I'm just wondering what's the status of the IMF's discussions with and programs with other coup governments like in Niger, Mali and now Gabon and Guinea.

By day's end, no answer from the Japan mission. Only this: "I am seconded to UNDP now. I will be checking emails intermittently, but may delay in response, and please send at below address for any urgent matters.  Thank you.  Shinobu Yamaguchi." No answer from below address - or Blue Book address.

 Watch this site.

 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.

February 26, 2024

As UN Guterres Covers Terror Role of UNRWA He Bans Inner City Press Which Exposes It

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Feb 22 – For months Inner City Press has asked the UN and its media people, including Stephane Dujarric and News and Media chief Ian Phillips, about evidence that UNRWA workers took part in the October 7 attacks. No answers at all - censorship.

  A year ago, Inner City Press reported the corruption in UNRWA, by name:

"Dear Matthew Russell Lee / Inner City Press: We are a group of UNRWA staff who are witnessing daily violations and abuses and are unable to do anything about it due to bullying and fear of retaliation by the senior management.   We have several documented cases of abuse and fraud by senior directors who are protected by the commissioner general.    We saw your reporting, so:


 Brian Baker, a national of the UK and a former UNICEF staff member, was moved out of Gaza a few years back for his problems with the community.  He was interviewed in Jan 2019 for a P5 position of chief security.  The Panel found him unsuitable and opted for another candidate of an Egyptian nationality. 

Less than a year later, Brian was appointed as a Director of Security and Risk management with a fraud process orchestrated by the Director of Human Resources Antonino Brusa who is a friend and a former colleague of Brian Baker. 

 So who didn't know about the tunnels? We'll have more in this series.

Does the UN corrupt everyone that goes to work for it?

Given the inflated salaries it pays its officials, the UN can collect and try to buttress its credibility with for example name-brand journalists. But what freedoms do they give up, and how low do they go?  

In 2023 the UN hired Ian Phillips, once the Associated Press' head of (get this) journalist safety. His LinkedIn profile, after moving to the UN, states that his "role includes advisory and policy work, with particular focus on press freedom."  

So Inner City Press, having been roughed up by UN Security and then banned from entering or getting even its written questions asked, last week wrote to Ian Phillips at the UN - and through his LinkedIn profile:

Hello Mr. Phillips. I am asking you to look into this and ensure that the UN Media and Accreditation Unit fairly process, and rule on, my pending application for (re) accreditation.   Two separate law firms have written the UN pro bono on my behalf, without answer." 

   No answer at all.

In the past weeks, we've sent our daily press questions to Mr. Phillips as well, since he's the head of the UN's "News and Media Division." Questions about Gaza and the Secretary General's finances. And no answers at all.  

 So again:  Does the UN corrupt everyone that goes to work for it? We will continue to report on this.


February 19, 2024

Amid Gaza Guterres Partied with China State Media Lowest Turnout as UNCA Blocks Press

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Feb 9 – In the midst of the war in Gaza, with the UN failing as on Ukraine, the tragic corruptions was mirrored in farce at the UN Correspondents Association garish ball on December 15.

They charged their members, including Iran and China state media, $150 - and much more to others.

The event has previously charged Chinese businessmen like convicted Ng Lap Seng money for photos with the UN Secretary General. Who paid this time?

Jump cut to February 2024, when UNCA published the ballot for its Executive Committee "election." In fine UN fashion there are no more candidates then spots: a clean slate, everyone will be elected. This includes, now, two representatives of China state media.

  In fine CCP fashion, UNCA after publication of the above blocked on X / Twitter, photo here - in the name of the officers, reps of AP, NPR, France 24 and Le Monde.

On February 9, the desultory results: an all time low "turnout" of 45, and some "winners" receive less than half of those votes, despite there being no competition.

The UN continues to ban all journalists from Taiwan, and to ban Inner City Press with Melissa Fleming and now Ian Phillips formerly of AP refusing to answer pro bono law firms' letters seeking the application of free press principles to the UN. We'll have more on this.

February 12, 2024

As UN Guterres Spins Terror Role of UNRWA Taps Colonna to Cover up as Ian Phillips Lies

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Feb 5 – For weeks Inner City Press has asked the UN and its media people, including Stephane Dujarric and News and Media chief Ian Phillips, about evidence that UNRWA workers took part in the October 7 attacks. No answers at all - censorship.

Now after SG Antonio Guterres' belated and begrudging acknowledgment, the UN assigned its OIOS to cover up, as it has done before, see here.

Then to complete the cover up, Guterres named Colonna. Inner City Press immediately in writing asked his spokesperson: "state how SG Guterres selected  Catherine Colonna, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, who will work with three research organizations: the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden, the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights - and summarize / provide copies of all communications with these on this topic (UNRWA) before SG Guterres selected them." No answer, and no one they let in asked.

Tellingly, even of Guterres cries poor to 35 member states, UNRWA is still hiring, with applications for post until through Feb 7, posted five days ago. No answers.

Does the UN corrupt everyone that goes to work for it?

Given the inflated salaries it pays its officials, the UN can collect and try to buttress its credibility with for example name-brand journalists. But what freedoms do they give up, and how low do they go?  

In 2023 the UN hired Ian Phillips, once the Associated Press' head of (get this) journalist safety. His LinkedIn profile, after moving to the UN, states that his "role includes advisory and policy work, with particular focus on press freedom."  

So Inner City Press, having been roughed up by UN Security and then banned from entering or getting even its written questions asked, last week wrote to Ian Phillips at the UN - and through his LinkedIn profile:

Hello Mr. Phillips. I am asking you to look into this and ensure that the UN Media and Accreditation Unit fairly process, and rule on, my pending application for (re) accreditation.   Two separate law firms have written the UN pro bono on my behalf, without answer." 

   No answer at all.
February 5, 2024

Guyana Takes Over UNSC For February But Ukraine Not Mentioned as Press Banned

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Feb 1 – Guyana tooks over the UN Security Council presidency on February 1, 2024 - while Inner City Press remains banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

On the morning of January 31, Inner City Press wrote to the Guyana Mission: This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access Guyana's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your Ambassador Carolyn Rodrigues-Birketton February 1, 2024.

I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about Gaza, UNRWA and the coups in Gabon and Niger, Guyana's situation with Venezuela and the conflicts in Sudan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya, and the revelations of El Pollo now in SDNY - and on ongoing cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers on many of which Inner City Press first reported

Please note that Inner City Press and I participate in the WebEx briefings of, for example, the IMF: March 31, 2022 and since with new IMF spokesperson Sept 28, 2023

  By the end of February 1, no answer from the Guyana mission. The Ambassador held a comical press conference, nothing on Ukraine, broken audio, nothing but best wishes and wishful thinking. Watch this site.

 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 Ecuador and its UN Mission, nothing.

Watch this site.

January 29, 2024

As UN of Guterres Admits Staff in Terror Attack of Oct 7 OIOS to Cover Up Spox Phillips Lies

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Jan 26 – For weeks Inner City Press has asked the UN and its media people, including Stephane Dujarric and News and Media chief Ian Phillips, about evidence that UNRWA workers took part in the October 7 attacks. No answers at all - censorship.

Now after SG Antonio Guterres' belated and begrudging acknowledgment, the UN has assigned its OIOS to cover up, as it has done before, see here.

Does the UN corrupt everyone that goes to work for it?

Given the inflated salaries it pays its officials, the UN can collect and try to buttress its credibility with for example name-brand journalists. But what freedoms do they give up, and how low do they go?  

In 2023 the UN hired Ian Phillips, once the Associated Press' head of (get this) journalist safety. His LinkedIn profile, after moving to the UN, states that his "role includes advisory and policy work, with particular focus on press freedom."  

So Inner City Press, having been roughed up by UN Security and then banned from entering or getting even its written questions asked, last week wrote to Ian Phillips at the UN - and through his LinkedIn profile:

Hello Mr. Phillips. I am asking you to look into this and ensure that the UN Media and Accreditation Unit fairly process, and rule on, my pending application for (re) accreditation.   Two separate law firms have written the UN pro bono on my behalf, without answer." 

   No answer at all. Is the money too good? Does journalist safety and free press only count when it is not the UN doing the roughing up, and the censoring?

In the past few days, we've sent our daily press questions to Mr. Phillips as well, since he's the head of the UN's "News and Media Division." Questions about Gaza and the Secretary General's finances. And no answers at all.  

 So again:  Does the UN corrupt everyone that goes to work for it? We will continue to report on this.

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January 22, 2024

UN PGA Francis Funded Only by China + 8 Heads There with Fake Minister as Adviser

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Jan 16 – When Dennis Francis took over at President of the UN General Assembly, his spokesperson Monica Grayley directed the press to his website.

But days later on September 11, 2023 under "Transparency," there were only two pages, both of which said "No posts."  Now there are only ten funders of his office: Qatar, Kuwait, China and Saudi Arabia; then Morocco, Azerbaijan and Oman, then in smaller amounts Italy, Guterres' Portugal, and South Korea for air fare. That's it.

On January 16, 2024 Monica Grayley, who has refused to answer written questions from the Press, announced Francis will travel to one of his ten funders, China, after the G77 and China in Uganda.  Cha-ching!

Today's UN is a joke: Francis has belated put online a PDF of staffers - but NOT of who pays them, a minimal reform announced after PGA Ashe's indictment. It includes "Mr. Ralph A. Kader Special Adviser to the PGA (Strategic Engagements and Resource Mobilization)."

  Among other things, Ralph Kader has been listed (and paid) as the "foreign minister" of the fake country of Monte de Agrella, which Inner City Press exposed before being thrown out by SG Antonio Guterres and still banned.

Inner City Press must be re-admitted to ask. Corruption.


After UNOPS Corruption Exposed by Inner City Press Buck Passing on Vanshelboim UN Appeal

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

UN GATE, Jan 14 – In the United Nations under Antonio Guterres, there is nothing but failure and excuses and fundraising on crises like Ukraine, Gaza, Burma, Haiti and Cameroon. 

There is impunity for sexual abuse by peacekeepers and UN staff like Juan Carlos Cunillera, just "along for the ride" during the UN sex-in-the-van exposed by Inner City Press. 

But now as we looked at and asked about Guterres' omission of his links to UN briber CEFC China Energy, leading to him banning the Press (and Melissa Fleming continuing the ban, not even answering a law firm's pro bono letter), on April 17, 2022 we published on other officials - including long time UNOPS operative Vitaly Vanshelboim (whom Inner City Press covered in connection with UNOPS gag orders before being banned from UN by corrupt Guterres.)

We noted  that Vanshelboim's skeeze in the S3i scam of UNOPS's Grete Faremo.

  While others then noted for example that a long time member of the UN Correspondents Association Gloria Starr Kins played a role in hooking up the fraud, they don't mention UNCA and their role in banning the Press.

Now, there is or might be some openness, of the UN circus:

 The Applicant, a former staff member of the United Nations Office for Project Services (“UNOPS”), contests the decision to impose on him the disciplinary measures of dismissal and a fine of twelve month’s net base salary. He also contests the decision to recover from him the amount of USD63,626,806 and to withhold the release of the PF.4 form (“separation notification”) to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (“UNJSPF”) until such indebtedness is fully recovered... By email dated 24 November 2023, the Tribunal asked the parties to confirm their availability to virtually attend a Case Management Discussion (“CMD”) between 11 and 15 December 2023.

Then, after Inner City Press on December 4 published the above, the UN changed Vanshelboim's proceeding, which portend more waste of the public's funds, to "closed to the public."

And now, after the non-public proceeding, more passing of the buck: Judge Sun Xiangzhuang has assigned "the following Judges to the Three-Judge Panel to adjudicate the matter of Vanshelboim UNDT/GVA/2023/020: Judge Sun Xiangzhuang, Presiding Judge Joelle Adda Judge Sean Wallace." This is Antonio Guterres' UN: totally corrupt.

Watch this site - and Vanshelboim, here:

Two (2) residential properties, Ukraine
Two (2) residential properties, jointly owned, USA
Annuity, ING, USA
Investment fund, Citi Bank, USA
Investment fund, Danske Invest, jointly owned, Denmark

So while Citibank ("Citi Bank") still does business in Russia, what are the statuses of Vanshelboim's Ukraine properties? Either way, no friend of Press freedom.

  We'll have more on this.
January 15, 2024

UN Censorship Redux as Florencia Soto Nino Takes Public Money To Cover Up Corruption

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

UN GATE, Jan 8 – The UN has been corrupted by Antonio Guterres as Secretary General. He arrived and immediately refused to answer, even pretended not to hear, questions by Inner City Press, about Cameroon and his own link to CEFC China Energy.

  Then he had his spokesman Stephane Dujarric get Inner City Press roughed up by UN Security Ronald E. Dobbins and others as it covered one of Guterres' speeches, here, and the UN Budget Committee, video here.  

Guterres' designated censor Melissa Fleming, who uses public money for a vanity podcast, has kept Inner City Press banned  even from UN briefings on WebEx / Teams / Zoom of the kind it asks questions on at the IMF and attends at WHO. The UN is corrupt.

 Dujarric promised on camera that Inner City Press' written questions would be answered, here - but then stopped, and blocked Inner City Press on Twitter, and on WhatsApp on which he claimed to take questions.

  Guterres' Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq deleted or leaves Inner City Press' questions as soon as he gets them on WhatsApp.  

 Associate Spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino Martinez has joined Dujarric in blocking Inner City Press on WhatsApp. But on Jan 8, 2024 she was the spokesperson in charge - she was again taking public money. Despite that, she neither answered nor even acknowledged receiving written Press questions about UN rapes, and Gaza and Somaliland.

No answers at all. So who is Florencia Soto Nino?  

  She has no problem trying to promote herself. On Medium she describes her bike ride from Brooklyn to the UN; she puts a photograph with Guterres on Tumblr.

On Twitter she calls herself a "Digital strategist & communicator at  @UN" -- while having less then 800 followers. 

  One of her few public quotes is "to take the necessary precautions to ensure no sensitive content is public,” U.N. Spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez said."

How much has she taken in public funds during this time, while refusing to answer a single question? Watch this site.

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January 8, 2024

France Taking Over UNSC For January No Answers UN Peaceeping Rapes Despite Press Q

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Jan 2 – France took over the UN Security Council presidency on January 1, 2024 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

On December 29, Inner City Press wrote to the French mission and its listed spokesperson Alexis Mojaisky: "This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access France's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your Ambassador Nicholas de Riviere on January 2, 2024. I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about Gaza and Darfur, as well as the coups in Gabon and Niger and the conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya - and on ongoing cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers on many of which Inner City Press first reported... Inner City Press and I participate in the WebEx briefings of, for example, the IMF, e.g. on  Sept 28, 2023: MS. KOZACK:  Matthew Lee, let's start with you. Sure. QUESTIONER: Thanks a lot. Matthew Lee, Inner Press. I saw the program with Burkina Faso, and so I'm just wondering what's the status of the IMF's discussions with and programs with other coup governments like in Niger, Mali and now Gabon."

With the IMF taking my questions by WebEx, how can your Mission not do the same?"

Mojaisky (auto) replied, "En congés, de retour le 2 janvier. Je vous remercie de contacter en cas de besoin Arnaud Balner (Chancellerie) ou Izabela Wiewior (Presse).  On holidays, I will be back on January 2nd. Please contact Arnaud Balner or Izabela Wiewior if needed.  Jestem na urlopie i wrócę 2 stycznia. W razie jakichkolwiek pytań prosimy o kontakt z Arnaudem Balnerem (Kancelaria) lub Izabelą Wiewior (Prasa)."

But even re-sent to them, neither of those two replied - although Balner (auto) replied "A partir du 2 janvier, en cas d'urgence, merci de vous adresser à Alexis Mojaisky ou Lucie Stepanyan" (the latter also did not reply.)

On January 2, Nicolas De Riviere took questions from China and other state media.

 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 France and its UN Mission, nothing.

Watch this site. 

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January 1, 2024

Brazil Ends 2 Years on UNSC Blocking Press on X and Refusing Written Questions on El Pollo

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Dec 29 – Brazil took over the UN Security Council presidency on October 1, 2023 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

  Inner City Press thought banned reported on Brazil's October 2 press conference, below. On October 7 amid Gaza - Israel, Inner City Press heard that Brazil claimed it has taking the lead to schedule a Sunday UNSC meeting. Nothing in email - and it emerged that the Brazil Mission has *blocked* Inner City Press on X, photo here

  Now at the end of December, after two years failing on the Council and being hypocrites, the Brazilian team faces out, punching below their weight, and still blocking the Press. From Ambassador Sérgio França Danese through Fabio Coelho to Angelica Silva, no answers. For an ostensibly major country, its two years on the UNSC are an embarrassment.

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December 25, 2023

On Gaza UNSC Kabuki Theater US Abstains on Toothless Resolution With Press Banned by SG

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Dec 22 –  Amid Gaza the UN Security Council's failure has exceeded two months (and much longer on Ukraine). On December 19, 20 and 21 votes were postponed until finally US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, at a stakeout with the Press banned, said in its current form the US would support a resolution. But without impact or integrity: this USUN lets the UN ban US-based Press.

And on December 22 it happened - a bid to amend the US draft was vetoed by the US, which then abstained on the draft that, it would appear, will have not impact on the ground. Inner City Press video here. Now censor Guterres will brag about it.

   Talk about phoning it in. Today's UN is corrupt. 

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December 18, 2023

Amid Gaza Guterres Parties with Sharon Stone With UNCA Murky Businessmen in Shadows

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Dec 15 – In the midst of the war in Gaza, with the UN failing as on Ukraine, the tragic corruptions was mirrored in farce at the UN Correspondents Association garish ball on December 15.

They charged their members, including Iran and China state media, $150 - and much more to others.

The event has previously charged Chinese businessmen like convicted Ng Lap Seng money for photos with the UN Secretary General. Who paid this time?

It's hard to know - it seems Casa Cipriani sometimes outlaws photos, just as Guterres first banned Inner City Press from his photo ops -- too many details - then the UN as a whole.

Still, at least two attendees put it out and it was disgusting, given the context.

Outside, Inner City Press live streamed as Guterres slipped in through the back door; then Melissa Fleming refused to say why she has ignored pro bono law firms letters to her about the First Amendment and Press freedom. Let them eat cake.

They claimed Sharon Stone was getting a "UN" award and refused to clarify. Everything is for sale - today's UN and its UN Censorship Alliance are corrupt. 

   Meanwhile UNCA beyond being complicit in the ouster and ban of Inner City Press from the UN played an active role, with UNCA members complaining to and through their point of contact Stephane Dujarric, who emerged from the Casa in a tux. A symbiosis of sleaze and censorship. We'll have more on this.

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December 11, 2023

Gaza Resolution Fails in UNSC Thomas Greenfield Out UN Guterres Monetizes Art 99

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Dec 8 – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres bragged about invoking "Article 99" on December 6 about Gaza, while banning Inner City Press which has asked about his failures there and in Ukraine, Ethiopia and Cameroon.  

Immediately, Guterres worked to monetize the move. According to an official Saudi Arabia read-out, Guterres called their foreign minister to brag about the "speech" (it was a letter) invoking Article 99.

  The Saudi readout says they congratulated him - "appreciation and great support" - like the time MBS gave a huge check to stay quiet about his bombing of Yemen. This is not diplomacy: this is sale of office.

  But the Gaza resolution - with no mention of Hamas in it - failed on October 9, with US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield not present but veto cast, and UK abstaining. Gabon then said passage would have meant a ceasefire. Really? US "actions" are meaningless; Guterres cannot even let the Press in. Totally corrupt.

In the UN, predictably the choir - the correspondents Guterres lets in and for whom he is set to raise funds on December 15 in a ghoulish Casa Cipriani gala - sung his praises.

  But consider: the Nazi UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim also grandly invoked Article 99 during his tenure.

And why didn't Guterres do so, if body count is his standard, in conflicts with higher casualties? His standard is finger in the wind, keeping living in the Sutton Place mansion, banning Inner City Press that asks.

His spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming do not answer written questions on this; Fleming has refused to answer two pro bono law firm letters about ending censorship. Today's UN is corrupt

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December 4, 2023

Ecuador Takes Over UNSC For December Scam on Corruption No El Pollo Answers Press Ban

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Dec 1 – Ecuador took the UN Security Council presidency on December 1, 2023 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

  New president Daniel Noboa, described as a banana heir, appointed as his ambassador José de la Gasca, described as an expert in criminal law. It could come in handy at the UN, where PGA John Ashe was indicted, and convicted Ghislaine Maxwell held a press conference and more. But under de la Gasca, no answers to the Press so far.

  Announced on December 1, Ecuador will hold a session on transnational crime (while refusing questions on Venezuela's El Pollo), chaired by FM Maria Gabriela Sommerfeld with two corrupt briefers including Ghada Fathi Waly.

On November 29, Inner City Press wrote to the Ecuadorian Mission: This is a timely request that you allow Inner City Press to enter and cover, and/or provide the WebEx  pass code(s) to access Ecuador's UNSC Presidency press briefing by your Ambassador on December 1, 2023.

I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about Gaza and the coups in Gabon and Niger and the conflicts in Sudan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya, and the revelations of El Pollo now in SDNY - and on ongoing cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers on many of which Inner City Press first reported.

Two days later, no answer from the Ecuador mission. A press conference barely 20 minutes long, half speech, could easily has allowed Inner City Press' questions but didn't. Watch this site.

 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 Ecuador and its UN Mission, nothing.

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November 27, 2023

Eager to Purge the Internet of Anti UN Info USG Melissa Fleming Polls Staff on Hate Speech

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Nov 24 – As the United Nations, having failed on Ukraine and largely on Gaza, increasingly focus on issues like trying to censor the Internet of any anti-UN content, the organization this month is surveying its own staff.

Disgusted histleblowers sent it to Inner City Press, banned from even entering the UN by Department of Global Communications boss Melissa Fleming:

Global Staff Survey on Information Environments     How often do you use social media?  What do you view as a reliable source of information?  Do you see negative impacts of potentially harmful information on your work? 

 The survey aims to shed light on how information is spreading; and if and how potentially harmful information is impacting our work, our priorities, and the communities we serve.  The survey’s findings will help support the UN’s work on information integrity – to make digital and information environments safer and more inclusive for all.  The results will also feed into the development of the global code of conduct on information integrity, which will be published in June 2024 ahead of the Summit of the Future.


 Potentially harmful information includes hate speech against people or communities OR misleading or false information.   This information might be circulating online (websites, social networks, messaging apps), via news media (radio, TV, newspapers), via speeches by politicians or community leaders, or via posters and pamphlets.   Where do you encounter potentially harmful information the most? (Select one choice)  I don't experience potentially harmful information  Social Networks (e.g. Douyin, Facebook, Instagram, Kuaishou, LinkedIn, Tiktok, Twitter/X, VKontakte, WeChat, Weibo, Youtube, other)  Messaging Apps (e.g. Facebook Messenger, iMessage, KakaoTalk, Line, Signal, Snapchat, Telegram, QQ, Viber, WhatsApp, other)  Broadcast media (e.g. radio, television)  Podcasts  

  And what will USG Fleming, who has refused to answer a pro bono law firm's letter to her about lifting her lawless ban on Inner City Press, do with the information she collects and cherry picks? Watch this site

November 20, 2023

On Gaza UN Guterres Cares Only for Himself in CNN Self Justification Dismissing Yemen Death

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Nov 12 – Amid Gaza the UN Security Council's failure continued on Friday, November 10. On November 12, UNSG Antonio Guterres on CNN - to defend himself. He complained: "when this is commented by the Israeli government or the ambassador, whatever, they put the first part of the sentence."

He was dismissive of the Saudi bombing of children on Yemen which he covered up at the time: "If you remember, the polemics about the uproar about the Saudi bombardments in Yemen. 600 people in one year." Yeah, polemics.

 Meanwhile, despite a Friday morning protest at the publicly-funded mansion UNSG Antonio Guterres lives in on Sutton Place, not a single one of the correspondents let into his spokesman Stephane Dujarric's scam "press briefing" asked for a response to the protest. Not one.

 Inner City Press was banned from the "press" briefing, even by WebEx, and its written questions were not answered.

  After the first round of speeches in the UNSC Friday, there were no replies, and at the stakeout outside the Council, from which Inner City Press is banned by Guterres and Melissa Fleming, no questions at all. A fish rots from the head. Today's UN is corrupt. 

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November 13, 2023

On UNRWA Inner City Press Asked UN As ESCWA Staff Complained to SG Now Extended

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

UN GATE EXCLUSIVE, Nov 8 – 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 Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

  No response at all, while Dujarric laughs and services state media and his partners in censorship, with whom he worked to target and now ban Inner City Press, as he promotes a "press" conference about Gaza by these corruptos

 Consider ESCWA, on which Guterres has refused to answer Press questions after receiving (along with his equally censoring cronies) this from ESCWA staff:

From: ESCWA UNRWA Staff  Data: April 11, 2023 Subject: Appeal from ESCWA Staff To: ag@un.org Cc: Lopez22@un.org, rola.dashti@un.org, makhmudov@un.org, pollardc@un.org, mounir.tabet@un.org, ndiyae@un.org, armstronge@un.org, courtenay.rattray@un.org, Noun@un.org, Ali.aldabag@un.org 

Secretary-General,    We, a group of ESCWA staff, fear retaliation from the ESCWA Executive Secretary, Ms. Rola Dashti, and are sending you this email anonymously since the Ethics Office and OIOS have failed to take action and protect us.  Today, the Executive Secretary (supported by the ASG/OHR, Ms. Martha Helena Lopez, and the EOSG) has requested the processing of the resignation of Mr. Ahmad Dik, Director of Resources Management and Services Development Division, effective 14 April 2023 (in 3 days from now) which was approved personally by your ASG for OHR Ms. Martha Helena Lopez following a deal between her and the Executive Secretary of ESCWA who visited UNHQ for this purpose a few weeks ago.  An OIOS investigation has established that Mr. Ahmad Dik committed sexual harassment, misconduct, and fraud. Instead of being dismissed, he was put on special leave with full pay for a year, and now he is being rewarded with a resignation without a single disciplinary measure issued against him. He is also negotiating the payment of his three months of annual leave.  We, the ESCWA staff, are shocked that the Office of the Secretary-General and the ASG for OHR, ms. Martha Helena Lopez would approve such a course of action instead of enforcing the accountability framework and dismissing Mr. Dik. We ask that you hold your ASG, OHR, accountable for her lack of integrity and for facilitating the reward of sexual predators and thieves.  Mr. Ahmad Dik and Mr. Akmal Makhmudov (Chief, People Management Central) have been facilitators of the Executive Secretary’s wrongdoings for the past three years. Mr. Dik and the Executive Secretary have promised Mr. Makhmudov a promotion from the P-4 to the P-5 in return for him facilitating and approving the appointment of several of the ES’s relatives and the irregular promotion of several of Mr. Dik’s cronies, such as Ms. Hanadi Baltagi and Ms. Carla Ziade. The Chief of HR, Mr. Akmal Makhmudov, approved all these appointments and promotions. The ESCWA staff are all aware of this situation.   In addition, Mr. Makhmudov and Mr. Dik have previously engaged in intimidation of staff at ESCWA to prevent them from reporting misconduct to UNHQ. Several ESCWA staff have reported such misconduct, and an OIOS investigation has occurred. Unfortunately, instead of enforcing accountability, your office is doing the opposite: encouraging the wrongdoers and sexual harassers to continue their misconduct and get rewarded for it.  Mr. Dik should be dismissed and terminated for misconduct instead of being allowed to resign in compliance with the rules and regulations of the United Nations.  Mr. Makhmudov, who aided the ES and Mr. Dik, should be investigated for all his misconduct and cover-up schemes during the last three years and prevented from continuing his duties as Chief of HR.  We ask you, as Secretary-General, to remove the Executive Secretary of ESCWA from office as she has lost the trust of all ESCWA staff whom she keeps retaliating against.  This toxic culture must end now."

Guterres' response? To extend here. More failure on Gaza.

So here's some of the UNRWA story, with more to come -

Here is the letter, freely available on Inner City Press' DocumentCloud here

That is today's UN, with Inner City Press still banned from entering to ask these questions in person, and its December 5, 2022 appeal not even responded to. Totally corrupt.

November 6, 2023

Failing on Gaza Guterres' UN Wastes Public Money on CulturePulse Creating AI Clones

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 4 – While the UN fails on Gaza in the real world, it is wasting public money paying a for-profit AI company to invade the privacy of each and every resident of the Strip and West Bank, as well as Israel.  

For-profit CulturePulse has bragged of the "contract they signed with the UN in August to develop a first-of-its-kind AI model [to] analyze the Israel-Palestinian conflict... the model has replicated every single person virtually each imbued with demographics, religious beliefs, and moral values that echo their real-world counterparts." 

 Inner City Press, banned from the UN by SG Antonio Guterres, in writing has repeatedly asked UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming who authorized the UN to do this, how CulturePass was selected and how much they are being paid.

  No answer - Dujarric claims Inner City Press is out due to "danger" but can't answer written questions, or allow WebEx access. Totally corrupt.

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October 30, 2023

On Gaza in UNGA Canada Amendment Fails So No Hamas as Bob Rae Blocks Press as Guterres

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Oct 27 – On October 7 amid Gaza - Israel, Inner City Press heard that Brazil claimed it has taking the lead to schedule a Sunday UN Security Council meeting. Nothing in email - and it emerged that the Brazil Mission has *blocked* Inner City Press on X, photo here

  On October 17 despite UNSC and UN censorship, Inner City Press reported on Brazil's doomed draft. And on October 18, as predicted, it failed, with the US vetoing, and Russia and the UK abstaining.

On October 25, another double failure, with a China and Russia double veto of the US draft, and nine abstentions on Russia's. Mansour praised Guterres, whose arrogance (he won't respond to calls to resign from a single member state, echo of Boutros) is becoming wider known- as he bans Press.

On October 26 in a UNGA meeting chaired by Dennis Francis, who refuses Press questions on his funding by Qatar, China, Saudi, Kuwait and now Morocco, Iran said the US will "not be spared from this fire." Then he strolled back to the hotel on 43rd Street.

To the pending GA resolution, Canada has a proposed amendment on Hamas - while Canadian ambassador Bob Rae blocks Inner City Press on X.

On October 27, the Canada amendment failed, 88-55-23.  The Jordan resolution, without the Hamas language passed amid applause, 120-14-45. A fish rots from the head.

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October 23, 2023

Amid Gaza UNSC Fails under Brazil Blocking Press on X US Veto UK and Russia Abstain

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Oct 18 – Brazil took over the UN Security Council presidency on October 1, 2023 - while Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, despite its June 19 application.

  Inner City Press thought banned reported on Brazil's October 2 press conference, below. On October 7 amid Gaza - Israel, Inner City Press heard that Brazil claimed it has taking the lead to schedule a Sunday UNSC meeting. Nothing in email - and it emerged that the Brazil Mission has *blocked* Inner City Press on X, photo here

  On October 17 despite UNSC and UN censorship, Inner City Press reported on Brazil's doomed draft, and the Russian proposed amendments thereto and predicted: Nothing will be accomplished in the UN full of censorship, corrupted by Guterres, a fish rots from the head. Inner City Press had an application to enter, and lawyers' letter, pending.

And on October 18, as predicted, it failed, with the US vetoing, and Russia and the UK abstaining.

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October 16, 2023

On Gaza UNSG Guterres Fake Tears for Media While Banning Press on Hold with Jake Sullivan

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Oct 13 –  The UN system is failing on Gaza and Ukraine, the Uighurs and Cameroon. And while it's mostly the fault of SG Antonio Guterres, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric as well as his his drab appointee as human rights designee Volker Turk are also to blame.

On October 13 Guterres read statements on his way and and, two hours later, out of the Security Council, while getting played by Russia. Guterres pretended to care about attacks on the media, while himself banning Inner City Press for asking about his finances. China came out and supported him, as he has supported them since purchase. The UK said they hadn't had long enough with the poison-pill draft resolution. A circus of failure.

 On October 12 it was said that this UN Spokesman had announced Israel's dictum to move south from North Gaza, and the UN's response. But try as one might, there was nothing on the UN's or Spokesperson's website, and nothing was sent out by his office for reporters who signed up. It was whispered to the insiders - mostly state media, heavy with China and Qatar - with whom Dujarric surrounds himself. A corrupt failure.


Totally corrupt - and no answer from the UN to Inner City Press June 19, 2023 application to enter and over this travesty. Watch this site.

October 9, 2023

Amid Gaza Israel UN PGA Silent Qatar Saudi Funds with Fake Minister as Adviser, Press Ban

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Oct 7 – When Dennis Francis took over at President of the UN General Assembly, his spokesperson Monica Grayley directed the press to his website.

But days later on September 11, under "Transparency," there were only two pages, both of which said "No posts."  Now there are only four funders of his office: Qatar, Kuwait, China and Saudi Arabia.

And on October 7, long after others had issued their statements on Gaza and Israel, absolutely nothing from UN PGA Dennis Francis' many spokespeople, who normally send out several canned statements a day. Meanwhile defenders of the UN will be calling for and hyping up a meeting of the GA, once the Security Council (set to meet on October 8) fails. Watch this site.

Today's UN is a joke: Francis has belated put online a PDF of staffers - but NOT of who pays them, a minimal reform announced after PGA Ashe's indictment. It includes "Mr. Ralph A. Kader Special Adviser to the PGA (Strategic Engagements and Resource Mobilization)."

  Among other things, Ralph Kader has been listed (and paid) as the "foreign minister" of the fake country of Monte de Agrella, which Inner City Press exposed before being thrown out by SG Antonio Guterres and still banned.

Inner City Press must be re-admitted to ask. Corruption.

October 2, 2023

UN PGA Adviser Is FM of Fake Country Monte de Agrella as Corruption Worsens Press Banned

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, Sept 28 – When Dennis Francis took over at President of the General Assembly, his spokesperson Monica Grayley directed the press to his website.

But days later on September 11, under "Transparency," there were only two pages, both of which said "No posts."  Now 40% owned by China.

This week Francis has belated put online a PDF of staffers - but NOT of who pays them, a minimal reform announced after PGA Ashe's indictment. It includes "Mr. Ralph A. Kader Special Adviser to the PGA (Strategic Engagements and Resource Mobilization)."

  Among other things, Ralph Kader has been listed (and paid) as the "foreign minister" of the fake country of Monte de Agrella, which Inner City Press exposed before being thrown out by SG Antonio Guterres and still banned.

Inner City Press must be re-admitted to ask. Corruption.

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