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August 8, 2022

UN Had Viktor Bout Fly Belgians To Somalia To Urinate on Corpses Now Silent on Trade

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
Books - Guardian - NY Mag - Brutal Kangaroo

SDNY, August 5 – The United Nations used for now imprisoned arms trafficker Viktor Bout to move Pakistani "peacekeeper" to East Timor, and Belgians to Somalia where they urinated on corpses, is now silent on the impending trade of Bout for Brittney Griner.

On the morning of August 5, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, in writing, "What are the comments and action if any of the offered and impending trade of arms trafficker Viktor Bout, given his role in West Africa, Colombia and elsewhere for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in SDNY court?"  

Twelve hours later, nothing, despite an on-camera promise to answer Inner City Press' written questions after having it thrown out of and banned from the UN, by Melissa Fleming, the censorship chief of SG Antonio Guterres.   The UN is totally corrupt, as are some others - watch this site.

One thing about the Wikileaks data-dumps was that they often resurfaced, made relevant again by current events.

  As Kurt Wheelock began digging through the more than 300 references to Wikileaks in US Federal court cases, he came across the State Department memo about bribes paid to witnesses against Viktor Bout in Thailand.  

  Now in 2022 there was talk of Bout being traded by the Administration for WNBA player Brittney Griner.  

The leaked memo: "Classified By: Ambassador Eric G. John, reason: 1.4 (b) and (d).    1. (S) Summary: The Ambassador on March 4 pressed Thai Deputy  Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban to ensure retraction or  rebuttal of false court testimony in the extradition  proceedings of Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, which  resume March 6.  Suthep said Prime Minister Abhisit had  previously discussed the matter with him, and he would  investigate and take appropriate action."

   Bout was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, before then-Judge Shira A. Scheindlin.

  She shot down Bout's argument as being "based on two 'secret United States State Department cables which [were] leaked to Wikileaks' that reveal 'a multi-pronged effort to seek a successful reversal [of the Thai lower court’s denial of extradition] during the appeals process.' However, far from any impropriety, the cables merely demonstrate the State Department’s view that Bout was “a high priority for the United States," etc.

   Now, with the SDNY prosecutors raring to ask for a lengthy sentence for Joshua Schulte, those above them were said to mull freeing the merchant of death.

  They'd made a movie about Bout, with Nicholas Cage. But no movie, barely a podcast, about Joshua Schulte.

  There was, however, as of July 16 a blues, here. And as of July 13, a booklet - now with eight typos fixed (better late than never). 

   One thing not corrected but amplified: while some set a strangely high standard for "who is a whistleblower," not unlike "who is a journalist," Kurt with experience as both thought: having covered the United Nations, showing abuses of power and immunity with the help of staff whistleblowers who can not only be fired but also deported from NY if they are found out, conclude a person doesn't need to confess in order to be whistleblower.

  Some were comfortably setting a requirment of voluntary martyrdom. But some martyrdom's are unintentional, ineffable. The search continued.

 This might be a new project, a follow-up to Brutal Kangaroo.

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As UN Kills Congolese It Says They Were Stealing Rice As Guterres Censors From Vacation

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC - Honduras - CIA Trial Book - NY Mag

UN GATE, July 27 – After UN troops in Eastern Congo shot civilians, on July 27 in a UN briefing the Press was banned from UN official Khassim Diagne said that those shots were "looters," defined as those making off with bags of rice.

  That is, under UNSG Antonio Guterres, the UN had moved from killing Haitian with cholera to shooting Congolese who are hungry, and serving up justifications to state media in ill-attended briefings from which Guterres and his media accreditation official Melissa Fleming ban Inner City Press.  

 The justification of shooting civilains was coordinated on July 27 by deputy spokesman Farhan Haq. Lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric, like Guterres, remained on vacation while the UN kills civilians in the Congo.

Inner City Press will have more on this. It has asked each of the above named about the killings, about UN corruption and censorship, and to respond to these: protester Jack Sinzahera said: "We have our own police that will look after our security and property. We don't want anything to do with Monusco." and "They are tear-gassing us because we came to say that Monusco does not help us," protester Anselme Musimbwa said "They've been in Congo for 22 years and nothing works;" and 

On DRC, immediately confirm or deny: At least five people have died during protests against a UN peacekeeping force in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Local media have reported that they were shot by the peacekeepers.  The UN mission, known as Monusco, has not responded to these reports. - on deadline.  No answers.

Today's UN is corrupt.

July 25, 2022

UN Guterres 1st Covered Up Ukraine Invasion then Claimed Credit for Food Now Odesa Bomb

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

UN GATE / SDNY, July 23 – As he slowly kills the UN, Antonio Guterres has misplayed Ukraine at every stage.

He assured that there would be no invasion, then through Melissa Fleming's Department of Global Communications ordered UN officials to not call it an invasion or a war.

After behind chided, below, he tried to get back in the game through food.

  From an undeserved vacation, he flew to Istanbul and bloviated that "the initiative we just signed opens a path for significant volumes of commercial food exports from three key Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea – Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny."

  Through deputy spokesman Farhan Haq - lead and longtime spokesman Stephane Dujarric was also on vacation - he refused to make his deal with Russia public.

Now on July 23, this: "The Secretary-General unequivocally condemns reported strikes today in the Ukrainian port of Odesa.      Yesterday, all parties made clear commitments on the global stage to ensure the safe movement of Ukrainian grain and related products to global markets."

Not so clear. Once again, predictably and some would say intentionally, Guterres got played. Because he's spend six years (so far) calling Putin papacito. Week 21 song here; Week 22 song (on Odesa) here.

Previously: at the United Nations under Antonio Guterres fails on Ukriane, belatedly some former UN officials wrote to Guterres, (too) gently chiding him for presiding over the UN's morphing into the a League of Nations, useless and now defunct. 

 On April 15 they wrote: "As former staff members of the UN system, we, the undersigned... implore you to intensify your personal efforts, deploying all capabilities at your disposal and acting upon lessons learnt from previous conflicts, for the cessation of hostilities." 

  Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Guterres, has reviewed the signatories, see one below and Dimitry Dovgopoly we've asked about. UN associate Spokesperson Eri Kaneko, refusing to answer, on April 22 announced: "The Secretary-General will visit Moscow, in the Russian Federation, on April [26th].    He will have a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary-General will be received by President Vladimir Putin."

Kaneko actually said April 25, but they later fixed it. But the Russian government says only that Guterres will meet Lavrov. As Inner City Press noted, maybe only if Guterres is obsequious with Lavrov as usual will he get face time with Putin, his papacito.

Hours later, the UN put this out, trying to mirror the "received by" language but not explaining why Russia doensn't mention Putin - nor that he is being used to normalize the slaughter. Guterres is the worst SG ever - and that's saying something.

On April 26 cowering under Sergey Lavrov when asked of US expulsion of Russian spies including a UN staff member, Guterres said, "we believe that it is very important that all Member States, including the Russian Federation, have a normal treatment of their visa requirements. It is essential to have the full participation of all countries in UN procedures. And we will be keeping a very strong position with the host country in order to guarantee that we move swiftly in that direction." Guterres lazed around on genocide but expulsion of spies? He's all over it. Then he met Putin, long table video here.

July 18, 2022

To Head Up UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Saunders Is Picked By Guterres After Overseeing Ouster of Press

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

UN GATE / SDNY, July 15 –  The United Nations has a growing record of rapes by its peacekeepers, including of children, under Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Inner City Press has reported on the escalation in UN rapes, even after Guterres had it thrown out of the UN and banned since. 

 On July 15, Guterres named a new head of UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Christian Saunders. It is no coincidence. Saunders oversaw the physical ouster of Inner City Press from the UN on July 3, 2018, as it covered the murky deal-making around the UN's $6 billion budget, video here.


  (Since the ouster and ban, Guterres' head of Media Acceditation Melissa Fleming has refused to respond, including to a polite letter from pro bono law firm Quinn Emanuel, here.)

  The July 15 announcement was made by UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq (lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric is on vacation) - and none of the few correspondents in the day's noon briefing asked anything about it.

The UN is dying, entirely unaccountable. Watch this site.  

July 11, 2022

For UN Human Rights Another Guterres Crony Volker Turk UNaware of Cameroon, A Censor

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 2 – The United Nations has hit a new low, after its supposed human rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet whitewashing China's genocide against the Uighurs during a stage-managed trip to the country. 

 Now to replace Bachelet, loudly rumored is another Antonio Guterres crony, Volker Turk formerly of UNHCR then a Guterres promoter. On human rights, Inner City Press asked him 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.

As to Bachelet, at the end, in a press conference dominated by scripted questions from Chinese state media in response to which she read from prepared notes, she said she was unable to access what is happening in Xinjiang.

On June 13, Bachelet having served China said she was now leaving. And Guterres praised her: "She has moved the needle in an extremely challenging political context." Yes - she moved his UN's needle even more pro-China. And did nothing about Guterres' ban on Press. Defund the UN.

 Some say they are surprised by this outcome. But a fish rots from the head. The head of the UN system is Antonio Guterres, and the reasons for his silence on China's abuses is more sinister.   

Before being selected - by China, which like Russia could have vetoed him - Guterres took money from the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. The China Energy Fund Committee, whose Patrick Ho was convicted of UN bribery involving UN President of the General Assembly, offered top dollar for Gulbenkian's oil company.

   Guterres omitted the money he took from Gulbenkian from his financial disclosure form.

And after Inner City Press, which had aggressively reported on Guterres' predecessor Ban Ki-moon from inside the UN, asked about it, Guterres had Inner City Press roughed up and banned from the UN ever since. Very Xi. 

   In the run up to Bachelet's trip, Inner City Press put written questions repeatedly to Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who daily takes three of more questions in his noon briefing from Chinese state media. But to Inner City Press, no answer.  

Likewise, when pro bono law firm Quinn Emanuel wrote to Guterres' head of media accreditation Melissa Fleming asking for Inner City Press to be allowed to re-enter the UN and ask its questions, she refused to response, as did the supposed UN Correspondents Association, on whose Executive Committee China has a permanent seat.

  So how is it surprising the the UN covers up for China? 

 But where if the US Administration and US Mission to the UN under Linda Thomas-Greenfield on this? They praise the UN and their work there, amid all the failures and censorship.

 There is no accountability mechanism for today's UN. Defund and decamp. Watch this site - and this book by Inner City Press, "Belt and Roadkill." (Also, Genocide Games of Guterres)

July 4, 2022

Brazil As UNSC President Was Asked of Dom Phillips Murder No Answer & No Press Access

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

UN GATE, July 1–   With Brazil taking over presidency of the UN Security Council on July 1, 2022 on June 30 Inner City Press wrote to the Brazilian Mission to the UN to request in advance access to its July 1 press conference by Ambassador Ronaldo Costa Filho.

Inner City Press asked asked the Brazilian Mission, and the UN, about the murders in Brazil of journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous rights leader Bruno Pereira. No answer at all.

Instead, Ronaldo Costa Filho took questions from Chinese state media, about food and climate change. On this, he said the IPCC says the connection between climate change and conflict is very weak. No one said anything. He said he wouldn't promise to doany stakeouts. To this has the UN sunk. Here's the program of work. We will keep asking, and we will report on it.

 Inner City Press wrote to the Brazil Mission including distri.delbrasonu@itamaraty.gov.br and fabio.coelho@itamaraty.gov.br: "This is a timely request that you send Inner City Press the pass code(s) to access your UNSC Presidency Program of Work press briefing, as you've announced on Twitter (I notice your Mission follows @InnerCityPress, along with 149,999 others, on Twitter).

Please confirm receipt of this email and provide the WebEx codes or other way to access, immediately. I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about the conflicts in Ukraine, Haiti, Sudan, DRC, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya - and on recent cases of sexual abuse and exploitatoin by UN peacekeepers on  Inner City Press first reported - Inner City Press is asking to be provided with access / the passwords to your Brazil mission's stakeouts and press conferences this month with Ronaldo Costa Filho as UNSC President. Given your stated focus on the rule of law, you should ensure due process (and access) for Press covering the UN.  Please note that Inner City Press and I participate in the WebEx briefings of, for example, the IMF on March 31, 2022, here

      As you all have now moved the Council back into its Chamber, either way I would also like to ask you to instruct MALU  / USG-DGC Melissa Fleming to allow me to enter to cover it, for Inner City Press. She has not responded to this letter (your Brazil mission should)    Please immediately confirm receipt, and provide the passcode or state why not.

But by the morning of July 1, nothing.

Inconsistent, to say the least, with Brazil's duty as President of the UN Security Council.  Inner City Press covered the UN and UNSC under Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon then was thrown out under Antonio Guterres after asking him directly about [, among other things including Cameroon,] the omission from his financial disclosure covering 2016 of his link, through Lisbon's Gulbenkian Foundation which paid him money, to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy.

This was and is a legitimate journalistic question however Inner City Press has been banned by Guterres and his USG Melissa Fleming. 

There is no commitment by the UN Secretariat to even respond to a polite law firm letter seeking access to Inner City Press, see video. See also Press Freedom Tracker and The Independent (UK)

The Brazilian Mission and Brazil have a duty to not collude in censorship, and to take questions from media. Inner City Press is permitted (in fact, invited) to put WebEx questions to the IMF briefings, see below, and is accredited at the SDNY Federal court here in New York. 

So it is up to Brazil and the Brazilian Mission to provide access.

Watch this site. 

June 27, 2022

UN Bans Press Reporting on Whistleblowers as Guterres Uses AJE Softballs BBC Phoning it in

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

UN GATE, June 21 – The UN's retaliation is not limited to banning Inner City Press that Secretary General Antonio Guterres doesn't like - he also fired and penalizes UN staff who dare speak out about the Organization's abuses.  

 On June 16, a week before a documentary on the topic that includes leaked audio first published by Inner City Press, Inner City Press asked UN Spokespeople Stephane Dujarric, Farhan Haq and Melissa Fleming:

"What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the BBC piece about UN whistleblowers being retaliated against, set for worldwide view on June 21 but presumably already in the SG's awareness? See this."

 No answer from the UN. Instead, they arranged for a colloquy about a useless "hot line" with pro-UN Qatar state media, which asked about Guterres now acting on these "new" cases of sexual misconduct. But the hands down the pants happened long ago, and was exposed by Inner City Press - and the audio used without credit in the documentary shows Guterres covered it up.

 While Team Guterres has not answered Inner City Press, on June 20 BBC World tweeted, "The BBC was handed a secret recording of Ben Swanson, staff had come to him in tears describing how an assistant secretary general had put his hand down her trousers."

HANDED? Inner City Press exclusively published the audio long ago on SoundCloud here. It has asked the BBC about it, and why its correspondents so rare ask about UN wrongdoing including banning Press, in which some of them have colluded.

BBC's arch response: "Reference CAS-7209948-F6D6K3  Dear Matthew,  Many thanks for contacting us about ‘The Whistleblowers: Inside the UN’, and our reporting around this story.  We’ve discussed your complaint with the programme team. An audio clip featuring Ben Swanson, director of the investigations division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) at the UN, was given to us...we don’t see any need to credit this further.  We hope this helps to clarify matters and wish you all the best,  BBC Complaints Team  www.bbc.co.uk/complaints   Please note: this email is sent from an unmonitored address so please don’t reply. If necessary please contact us through our webform (please include your case reference number)." Not even a "previously published by Inner City Press." And BBC did not even bother to send anyone to the June 21 noon briefing to ask.

  One BBC correspondent at the UN (still on BBC TV) protested when Inner City Press reported the anti-Tamil comments of one of the UK's UN Relief Chiefs, saying, You cost us access. Another, still on BBC Radio, took part in the UN Correspondents Association push to oust Inner City Press for reporting that UNCA's president Giampaolo Pioi took rent money from a Sri Lankan war criminal then gave his government's genocide denial film an UNCA screening.

June 20, 2022

UN Bachelet Quits After Whitewashes Uighurs As China Purchase of SG Guterres Pays Off

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 13 – The United Nations has hit a new low, with its supposed human rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet whitewashing China's genocide against the Uighurs during a stage-managed trip to the country. 

At the end, in a press conference dominated by scripted questions from Chinese state media in response to which she read from prepared notes, she said she was unable to access what is happening in Xinjiang.

On June 13, Bachelet having served China said she was now leaving. And Guterres praised her: "She has moved the needle in an extremely challenging political context." Yes - she moved his UN's needle even more pro-China. And did nothing about Guterres' ban on Press. Defund the UN.

 Some say they are surprised by this outcome. But a fish rots from the head. The head of the UN system is Antonio Guterres, and the reasons for his silence on China's abuses is more sinister.   

Before being selected - by China, which like Russia could have vetoed him - Guterres took money from the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. The China Energy Fund Committee, whose Patrick Ho was convicted of UN bribery involving UN President of the General Assembly, offered top dollar for Gulbenkian's oil company.

   Guterres omitted the money he took from Gulbenkian from his financial disclosure form.

And after Inner City Press, which had aggressively reported on Guterres' predecessor Ban Ki-moon from inside the UN, asked about it, Guterres had Inner City Press roughed up and banned from the UN ever since. Very Xi. 

   In the run up to Bachelet's trip, Inner City Press put written questions repeatedly to Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who daily takes three of more questions in his noon briefing from Chinese state media. But to Inner City Press, no answer.  

Likewise, when pro bono law firm Quinn Emanuel wrote to Guterres' head of media accreditation Melissa Fleming asking for Inner City Press to be allowed to re-enter the UN and ask its questions, she refused to response, as did the supposed UN Correspondents Association, on whose Executive Committee China has a permanent seat.

  So how is it surprising the the UN covers up for China? 

 But where if the US Administration and US Mission to the UN under Linda Thomas-Greenfield on this? They praise the UN and their work there, amid all the failures and censorship.

 There is no accountability mechanism for today's UN. Defund and decamp. Watch this site - and this book by Inner City Press, "Belt and Roadkill." (Also, Genocide Games of Guterres)

June 13, 2022

As North Korea Fires More Missiles US Insists China Will Cooperate As If UN Is Not Failing

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

UN GATE / SDNY, June 7 – North Korea is on a roll, firing missiles in disregard of resolutions of the toothless UN Security Council.

  On June 7, US Department of State Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (and simultaneously ambassador to Indonesia) Sung Kim held a press call on which he insisted that North Korea is an "area for cooperation" with China.

When asked what the US will do if or when North Korea does a real nuclear test, Sung Kim said the response would have a UN Security Council aspect. What, with another double veto?

This was Sung Kim's second such call in two months; on April 6 he spoke about a US draft resolution on North Korea as if it had a chance in the failed UN Security Council.

But of course it didn't. Double veto. Why pretend?  

    On April 5, Ukraine's Zelenskyy correctly said that the UN and its Security Council have failed on Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Libya, and called for it to be dissolved (like the League of Nations). Video & commentary here.

He could have added: North Korea.

   While some say that at least the UN is reporting on North Korea, for example on crypto-currency thefts and sanctions, these reports are routinely blocked or undermine by UNSG Anotonio Guterres' good friend China. The UN is a failure, and bans the Press that asks. Inner City Press, banned, has gotten no response or even explanation from UN official Melissa Fleming, even to a pro bono letter from the Quinn Enamuel law firm. This letter was provide to the State Department's Laurel Rapp, and the US Mission - still nothing.  We'll have more on this.

June 6, 2022

Albania Ferit Hoxha Services China and Turkey State Media As UNSC Prez Banning Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Video
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

UN GATE, June 1–   With Albania taking over presidency of the UN Security Council on June 1, on May 31 Inner City Press wrote to the Albanian Mission to the UN to request access to its June 1 12:30 pm  press conference by Ambassador Ferit Hoxha. The Mission and its spokesperson Anila Ajvazi did not answer by 12:30. Inner City Press live tweeted here:

It begins: Now Albania PR  Hoxha intones about  Press Freedom  while his  Mission won't even answer written questions from Inner City Press (unlike the IMF, for example)

Ferit Hoxha is today servicing state media from China, Azerbaijan, Saudi  

Now  Albania Mission hands first question to Italian media, which again asks about... Italy.  Hoxha  says, Grazie! For the softball question? What is his answer about the recently data dumped cases of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers?

More parochial games -  Hoxha gives 3d question to, what else, a reporter in from Albania, to ask a softball qeustion about Kosovo. Ferit Hoxha is reading from notes. Can't take real Press questions?

Now the spokesperson, who has refused to answer Inner City Press' written questions from yesterday, hands a question to China state CCTV.  Hoxha has said nothing on China genocide against Uighurs, Bachelet's  whitewash trip

 Now yet another state media question picked by  spox for Hoxha : Turkey state media asks him about Turkey's "dispute" with Sweden and Finland joining NATO without arresting all Gulenists. None of Inner City Press' emailed questions have been answered.

In fairness - and because with or without any even handed treatment by Albania's Mission we will be covering the UNSC in June, here is their program of work, including Yemen (14th), Ukraine (6th), CAR (22nd), Mali (13the) and DRC (29th).

 Inner City Press wrote to the Albania Mission at mission.newyork at mfa.gov.al and  OfficeofthePR.Albania and mfa.gov.al and to its listed spokesman anila.ajvazi and mfa.gov.al, apparently MIA: "This is a timely request that you send Inner City Press the pass code(s) to access your UNSC Presidency press briefing on June 1, 2022. I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about the conflicts in Ukraine, Haiti, Sudan, DRC, Cameroon, Yemen and Libya - and on recent cases of sexual abuse and exploitatoin by UN peacekeepers on  Inner City Press first reported - Inner City Press is asking to be provided with access / the passwords to your Albania mission's stakeouts and press conferences this month as UNSC President...  I would also like to ask you to instruct MALU  / USG-DGC Melissa Fleming to allow me to enter to cover it, for Inner City Press. She has not responded to this letter (your Albania mission should)   Please immediately confirm receipt, and provide the passcode or state why not."

But by June 1 at 12:30 pm, nothing.

Inconsistent, to say the least, with Albania's duty as President of the UN Security Council.  Inner City Press covered the UN and UNSC under Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon then was thrown out under Antonio Guterres after asking him directly about [, among other things including Cameroon,] the omission from his financial disclosure covering 2016 of his link, through Lisbon's Gulbenkian Foundation which paid him money, to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy.

This was and is a legitimate journalistic question however Inner City Press has been banned by Guterres and his USG Melissa Fleming. 

There is no commitment by the UN Secretariat to even respond to a polite law firm letter seeking access to Inner City Press, see video. See also Press Freedom Tracker and The Independent (UK)

The Albanian Mission and Albania have a duty to not collude in censorship, and to take questions from media. Inner City Press is permitted (in fact, invited) to put WebEx questions to the IMF briefings, see below, and is accredited at the SDNY Federal court here in New York. 

So it is up to Albania and the Albanian Mission to provide access.

Watch this site. 

May 30, 2022

As UN Bachelet Whitewashes the Uighurs China Purchase of SG Guterres Pays off in Lisbon Link

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 28 – The United Nations has hit a new low, with its supposed human rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet whitewashing China's genocide against the Uighurs during a stage-managed trip to the country. 

At the end, in a press conference dominated by scripted questions from Chinese state media in response to which she read from prepared notes, she said she was unable to access what is happening in Xinjiang. Defund the UN. 

 Some say they are surprised by this outcome. But a fish rots from the head. The head of the UN system is Antonio Guterres, and the reasons for his silence on China's abuses is more sinister.   

Before being selected - by China, which like Russia could have vetoed him - Guterres took money from the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. The China Energy Fund Committee, whose Patrick Ho was convicted of UN bribery involving UN President of the General Assembly, offered top dollar for Gulbenkian's oil company.

   Guterres omitted the money he took from Gulbenkian from his financial disclosure form.

And after Inner City Press, which had aggressively reported on Guterres' predecessor Ban Ki-moon from inside the UN, asked about it, Guterres had Inner City Press roughed up and banned from the UN ever since. Very Xi. 

   In the run up to Bachelet's trip, Inner City Press put written questions repeatedly to Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who daily takes three of more questions in his noon briefing from Chinese state media. But to Inner City Press, no answer.  

Likewise, when pro bono law firm Quinn Emanuel wrote to Guterres' head of media accreditation Melissa Fleming asking for Inner City Press to be allowed to re-enter the UN and ask its questions, she refused to response, as did the supposed UN Correspondents Association, on whose Executive Committee China has a permanent seat.

  So how is it surprising the the UN covers up for China? 

 But where if the US Administration and US Mission to the UN under Linda Thomas-Greenfield on this? They praise the UN and their work there, amid all the failures and censorship.

 There is no accountability mechanism for today's UN. Defund and decamp. Watch this site - and this book by Inner City Press, "Belt and Roadkill." (Also, Genocide Games of Guterres)

May 23, 2022

As US Blocks Access to NGOs Dalton Refuses Press Qs Like China and SG Guterres the Censor

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

UN GATE / SDNY, May 20 – It was World Press Freedom Day, and in the UN which has no First Amendment there was press conference on May 3 by the US Mission to the UN. Inner City Press  asked, the previous week, to attend - but as the press conference began, no answer.

So Inner City Press live tweeted it, here and below.

  Nineteen days into is May UNSC Presidency, the US Mission hit new lows. In the NGO Committee, where usually the blocking of groups is by China and now Turkey, the US representative used unexplained questions to block groups, for example one from India, asking about a Swami. See here.

 Maybe there is a good explanation - but if the US Mission to the UN won't even answer questions on it from US-based Inner City Press, they are just censors. The Mission has done nothing on this. And see Inner City Press May 19 tweets here & here (US)

Early on the morning of May 20, Inner City Press asked a number of people at the US Mission, including specifically the Mission's spokesperson Olivia Dalton at DaltonOA[at] state [dot] gov, this: "This is a Press question on deadline for the US Mission's explanation of why it is blocking / delaying via question, just as China does, applicant NGOs in the UN Committee, including but not limited to on May 19 the Ohio-based Hindu group and the "BRICS" NGO -  

and for an explanation why USUN and Amb. Thomas-Greenfield have done nothing about the UN's ongoing ban on US-based Inner City Press entering to ask questions as before. Here is the letter the Quinn Emanuel law firm sent on my behalf, pro bono, to USG Melissa Fleming and each UNCA board members   - there has been no response. There should be, from you. Today. On deadline.

 Matthew Russell Lee, Esq., Inner City Press  Past (and future?) Office at UN: Room S-303, UN HQ, NY NY 10017[For now SDNY] May 19, 2022 Inner City Press Q&A

  But there was not answer, not from 9 am to 5 pm when the NGO Committee turned to an absurd round of Q&A, including again by the US Mission which will not answer. Video here. Inner City Press insisted they must answer, and act to end the UN's ban on US-based Press.
May 16, 2022

UN of Guterres Sells Out Shireen Abu Akleh As SC Cites Civilians Like Uighurs P3 Complicit

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

UN GATE / SDNY, May 13 –   How corrupt and misreported is the UN Security Council?

After the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh there was a draft UNSC statement which would have condemned violations or abuses against journalists. 

 Typically China broke silence to block it.

With no public comments by the US, or UAE, or French of UK Missions - all of which have been complicit in banning Press from the UN -- it was switched for China to protecting journalists "as civilians."  

What - like the Uighur civilians China mass incarcerates? The migrant laborers the UAE mistreats? The Anglophones killed in Cameroon with France's complicity? The African asylum seekers the UK sends to Rwanda?

The president of the Security Council in May is the US, whose Linda Thomas-Greenfield has spend much of the month traveling and who has yet to address the banning of US-based Inner City Press from the UN by Antonio Guterres - and the UN's Melissa Fleming's refusal to even answer the polite letter of pro bono law firm Quinn Enamuel.  So, we call B.S.  Watch this site

May 9, 2022

Seeking Free Press Return to UN Quinn Emanuel Wrote to Sec Gen UNCA and USUN

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

UN GATE / SDNY, May 5 –   While in the United Nations there is a flurry of statements about World Press Freedom Day, there has been no answer to questions about Secretary General Antonio Guterres' ouster and banning of Inner City Press which exposed the omission in his financial disclosure of a link to UN bribery firm CEFC China.  

Inner City Press these days daily covers the Federal courts, where it covered the trial that convicted on bribery charges Patrick Ho of CEFC China Energy, which sought to buy the oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation which paid Guterres. 

  But on July 3, 2018 Inner City Press was inside the UN, as an accredited journalist, putting questions to the Ambassador of Cameroon about his claims that Guterres in his 38th floor office never asking him about his government's killing of Anglophones, only about favors he could do while Cameroon was chair of the UN Budget Committee.

Inner City Press was roughed up and ousted, and had been banned since. 

 In July 2021 the law firm of Quinn Emanuel, pro bono, wrote on behalf of Inner City Press to Guterres' head of media accreditation Melissa Fleming, and to each executive committee member of the United Nations Correspondents Assocation, seeking a dialogue to get Inner City Press back into the UN.  

There was no answer from these, who have all virtue-signaled about press freedom and WPFD since. Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric was asked about the Quinn Emanuel letter and confirmed receipt, saying he didn't know if it would be responded to. Video. It hasn't been.

   Late in 2021 Quinn Emanuel sent a copy of the letter to the US State Department, through Laurel Rapp, asking the Department and US Mission to the UN and its Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to ensure Inner City Press' re-entry into the UN.

No answer, nor to Inner City Press' direct request the the USUN Mission for access to ask questions on May 3, 2022.   So now we publish the letter, on DocumentCloud, here. And we will have more, much more, on this. Watch this site. 

May 2, 2022

On UN Guterres Bluewashing Bucha Tour He Calls Question Inaudible Then Trashes It

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

UN GATE / SDNY, April 28 – As the United Nations under Antonio Guterres fails on Ukriane, now belatedly some former UN officials have written to Guterres, (too) gently chiding him for presiding over the UN's morphing into the a League of Nations, useless and now defunct. 

 On April 15 they wrote: "As former staff members of the UN system, we, the undersigned... mplore you to intensify your personal efforts, deploying all capabilities at your disposal and acting upon lessons learnt from previous conflicts, for the cessation of hostilities." 

  Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Guterres, has reviewed the signatories, see one below and Dimitry Dovgopoly we've asked about. UN associate Spokesperson Eri Kaneko, refusing to answer, on April 22 announced: "The Secretary-General will visit Moscow, in the Russian Federation, on April [26th].    He will have a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary-General will be received by President Vladimir Putin."

Kaneko actually said April 25, but they later fixed it. But the Russian government says only that Guterres will meet Lavrov. As Inner City Press noted, maybe only if Guterres is obsequious with Lavrov as usual will he get face time with Putin, his papacito.

Hours later, the UN put this out, trying to mirror the "received by" language but not explaining why Russia doensn't mention Putin - nor that he is being used to normalize the slaughter. Guterres is the worst SG ever - and that's saying something.

On April 26 cowering under Sergey Lavrov when asked of US expulsion of Russian spies including a UN staff member, Guterres said, "we believe that it is very important that all Member States, including the Russian Federation, have a normal treatment of their visa requirements. It is essential to have the full participation of all countries in UN procedures. And we will be keeping a very strong position with the host country in order to guarantee that we move swiftly in that direction." Guterres lazed around on genocide but expulsion of spies? He's all over it. Then he met Putin, long table video here.

On April 28 the UN put out this transcript from Kyev, intentionally making a question Guterres didn't like "inaudible," then his dissing of the question(er) -- "Question: [inaudible]         Secretary-General: That's exactly what you want, is for me to say things that would not facilitate the work that we are doing at the present moment, which is to guarantee that that happens. I cannot admit that it will not happen. If it will not happen, I will take the right decisions at the right moment." Guterres only makes decisions for himself, and has banned the Press to not answer it questions, today on two new UN rapes.

Back on April 24 Igor Zhovkva, Zelensky's top diplomatic advisor said, "This is not good idea to travel to Moscow. We did not understand his intention to travel to Moscow and to talk to President Putin. Any peace talks are good if they end with a result," Zhovkva said. "I really doubt if those peace talks organized by Secretary-General of the UN will end up with any result." He added, "UN is lagging behind in Ukraine in terms of humanitarian support to my country. So it would be good if UN Secretary-General would concentrate on these things as well."

US Antony Blinken, leaving Kyiv, was asked: "Secretary Blinken, I understand you may have spoken with the UN secretary-general about his upcoming visit.  What is the strategy for engaging – for his engagement or for (inaudible) engagement with Moscow and Kyiv to see if (inaudible)?"

Blinken said: "I spoke to the UN secretary-general on Friday and he is heading to Moscow early this week, and our expectation is that he’s going to carry a very strong and clear message to Vladimir Putin, which is the need to end this war now – the need for a ceasefire; the need for humanitarian corridors, for aid to get in, for people to be able to get out; the need for Russia to stop its brutalization of Ukraine.  It’s a clear, direct message that he should be carrying on behalf of virtually the entire international community."

First, the UN never have a read out of, or even mentioned, this call. Today's UN spokespeople, who ban Inner City Press which asks, are liars.

Second, If Blinken really believes Guterres will "carry a strong message," he is not paying attention. And his State Department, whose Lauren Rapp was to convey the request of law firm Quinn Emanuel about UN censorship of Press but has done nothing, takes over the UNSC in May. We will have much more on this.
Watch this site.

 As to the letter that belatedly raised Guterres from his corrupt slumber, into corrupt "action," here's a signer: Flavia Pansieri, implicated in the UN's cover up of the rape of children in the Central African Republic by (French) UN Peacekeepers. Inner City Press asked about this - before Guterres had it roughed and banned. And what of the signatories done about that? We'll have more on this.

  Guterres couldn't or wouldn't resolve or reduce even a smaller conflict like Cameroon's Paul Biya killing the Anglophones. But who are these former UN officials? We'll have more on this. 

They wrote, "we are horrified at the alternative, the UN becoming increasingly irrelevant and, eventually, succumbing to the fate of its predecessor, the League of Nations."  

 Today's UN is worse that the League of Nations, which never had personnel raping children in Africa and Haiti and then flying home with impunity, while the head man and his censor (here, Melissa Fleming) ban the Press that asks what is being done for the Organization's victims. Banned Inner City Press will have more on this, as well. 

April 25, 2022

As UN Guterres Fails on Ukraine Now Brags He'll Be Received By Putin Then Zelenskyy

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

UN GATE / SDNY, April 22 – As the United Nations under Antonio Guterres fails on Ukriane, now belatedly some former UN officials have written to Guterres, (too) gently chiding him for presiding over the UN's morphing into the a League of Nations, useless and now defunct. 

 On April 15 they wrote: "As former staff members of the UN system, we, the undersigned... mplore you to intensify your personal efforts, deploying all capabilities at your disposal and acting upon lessons learnt from previous conflicts, for the cessation of hostilities." 

  Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Guterres, has reviewed the signatories, see one below and Dimitry Dovgopoly we've asked about. UN associate Spokesperson Eri Kaneko, refusing to answer, on April 22 announced: "The Secretary-General will visit Moscow, in the Russian Federation, on April [26th].    He will have a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary-General will be received by President Vladimir Putin."

Kaneko actually said April 25, but they later fixed it. But the Russian government says only that Guterres will meet Lavrov. As Inner City Press noted, maybe only if Guterres is obsequious with Lavrov as usual will he get face time with Putin, his papacito.

Hours later, the UN put this out, trying to mirror the "received by" language but not explaining why Russia doensn't mention Putin - nor that he is being used to normalize the slaughter. Guterres is the worst SG ever - and that's saying something. Watch this site.

 As to the letter that belatedly raised Guterres from his corrupt slumber, into corrupt "action," here's a signer: Flavia Pansieri, implicated in the UN's cover up of the rape of children in the Central African Republic by (French) UN Peacekeepers. Inner City Press asked about this - before Guterres had it roughed and banned. And what of the signatories done about that? We'll have more on this.

  Guterres couldn't or wouldn't resolve or reduce even a smaller conflict like Cameroon's Paul Biya killing the Anglophones. But who are these former UN officials? We'll have more on this. 

They wrote, "we are horrified at the alternative, the UN becoming increasingly irrelevant and, eventually, succumbing to the fate of its predecessor, the League of Nations."  

 Today's UN is worse that the League of Nations, which never had personnel raping children in Africa and Haiti and then flying home with impunity, while the head man and his censor (here, Melissa Fleming) ban the Press that asks what is being done for the Organization's victims. Banned Inner City Pres