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November 30, 2020

In UN Belief Blinken and Thomas Greenfield Would Collaborate As Censors for Corruption

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

UN GATE / SDNY, Nov 23 - The United Nations, its unaccountable senior leadership and sychophantic press corps all seem pleased by the nomination of perceived supporters to represent the US from January 20 on.

Witness the canned Q&A in the UN noon briefing of November 23, which again banned Inner City Press - and its questions about UN corruption and sexual abuse, Cameroon, Honduras and other UN failures, here.  

Inner City Press before corrupt UNSG Antonio Guterres had it thrown out without due process or appeal covered not only the UN and its "Peacekeeping" missions in Haiti and elsewhere, but also Antony Blinken (here, meeting Prince Zeid) and Linda Thomas-Greenfield (here, after a trip to Somalia; Inner City Press covered the UN Security Council trip to Djibouti).  

 So would it be the case that Blinken and Thomas-Greenfield would cast a blind eye at UN censorship

and lack of accountability, from Cameroon to the banning of the Press that asks? Watch this site.November 23, 2020

Complicit In Saudi Press Murder UN Guterres Bans Press As State Media Obsequious On G20

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 20 – The G-20 meeting by Saudi Arabia's royals, killers of journalist like Jamal Khashhogi, is being used by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to promote himself, for example in a scam November 20 press conference with state media, video here.

After Guterres' distribution of a redacted copy of his pre-summit letter, this was a six question briefing Guterres banned critical Inner City Press from. The questions included Turkish state media asking for praise of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, South African state media coyly asking for criticism of Trump and getting only evasion (Guterres will take money from anyone); Qatar's Al Jazeera asking for a Qatar sound byte, useless ANSA lobbying a softball about "COVAX" and Guterres blathering about mis-information, meaning any criticism of him.

  Before, these stage directions from the UN Correspondents Association, with Xinhua and Saudi funded media on the board:

 "Dear colleagues,  The Secretary-General will hold a press briefing tomorrow, Friday, November 20th at 12:30 PM in the Press Briefing Room S-237 with a limited amount of journalists present with distancing restrictions and the rest will continue to participate virtually on the Webex platform.  Only a maximum of 10 UN correspondents with 6 resident correspondents, 1 non-resident correspondents [sic], and 3 photographers can be safely accommodated. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.  Valeria Robecco President, United Nations Correspondents Association."

Inner City Press on the morning of November 20 asked Guterres, spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Melissa Fleming and others 100+ questions including, on this, "As to SG Guterres's November 20 press conference, (1) how it is legitimate to outsource access to the UN Correspondents Association, which self-servingly decided six "resident correspondents" (some of whom publish nothing), 1 "non resident correspondents" [sic] and three photographers -- does that include or not include the publicly-paid UN Photo staff, or those who purport to both be UN Photo and resident correspondents? On what basis is Inner City Press, which has questions, banned even from posing question(s) by WebEx? How is this not just censorship?"  

  "Everyone accessing UN premises in New York confirms that they have not had    -       Any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days  -       A positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days  -       Close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days."   

 What a scam - Guterres evaded quarantine, and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric briefs maskless daily, give feet above Al Jazeera's Bays who takes off his mask. The UN Censorship Alliance - with Saudi Arabia. Inner City Press will have more on this - watch this site.

November 16, 2020

After UN Beer Party Andrea Padula Assaulted 3 Women Here Is Transcript UN Wants Destroyed

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Order I
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE, Nov 13 – How corrupt is today's United Nations? Even when a proceeding about the growing trend of sexual harassment under Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres is supposed to be public, when the Press comes to cover it, it is denied access. Video here.

 And then his kangaroo court demands that the Press he excludes destroy evidence of UN sexual abuse, or be further banned. This is today's UN.

   The leaked evidence, precisely the type that media is elsewhere celebrated for publishing in cases like Ghislaine Maxwell (to whom the UN is connected through Guterres' Partnerships chief Amir Dossal), includes transcripts. Here now, after yet another day of UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric and "Verify" fraud Melissa Fleming refusing to confirm or deny or answer anything, is from one of the many transcript:

"I am not in a state where I could leave the group because I was too scared that he would follow me out of the group, so I was staying there and seeing where he exactly goes.... He was doing the same thing with another UN staff, her name was [VOLUNTARILY REDACTED BY INNER CITY PRESS], he tried to grab her face, he tried to kiss her and she actually pushed him away... also [VOLUNTARILY REDACTED] of Accenture."

  This after Q&A with a male UN "investigator" implying that is entirely normal in the UN for a known sexual harasser to walk around with twelve pack of beer and... other things. To be continued.  This is what Guterres is covering up by banning the Press that covers it, and now claiming the authority to order the destruction of evidence leaked by whistleblowers.

  Under Guterres, the UN has become functionally a sex trafficking conspiracy, moving "peacekeepers" and staff around to committed sexual abuse for which they are shielded and protected by Guterres, including with censorship.

    On the morning of November 12 Inner City Press in writing asked Dujarric, Fleming, Guterres and others including Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq who deleted or "left" the questions on WhatsApp, "Immediately on the Padula UNDT case I have asked each of you about since November 3 explain on what basis the UN is now demanding censorship of leaked evidence of UN sexual harassment, in a UNDT order no less: "until Mr. Lee has demonstrated to the Tribunal that all illegal recordings have been removed from the public domain and destroyed, it will hold Mr. Lee in contempt of court and prohibit him from attending any of its future public hearings. "  But Inner City Press was banned from the UN by Antonio Guterres before this, for reporting on UN abuses, and its question have not been answered. This one should be - on deadline."

  Now November 13, no answer at all. Today's UN is full of corruption and censorship.

 Now after asking Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming to explain - they have refused - we are publishing the order(s), including here that

"According to media reports, [the United Nations] regards Inner City Press and Mr Lee as personae non grata, and has withdrawn Mr Lee’s media accreditation, as a result of myriad previous instances in which Mr Lee has breached the Organisation’s media guidelines.[reference to footnote omitted] These breaches reportedly included live-streaming a UN function that was designated as private. [reference to footnote omitted] … Mr Lee asserts in the Twitter thread that he was denied entry into the virtual hearing in this case. The tweet includes a video which shows Mr Lee, using the moniker ‘Press-Guest’, in the hearing’s ‘lobby’, awaiting admission by Tribunal officials, and ultimately being denied entry. [reference to annex omitted] The Applicant and Applicant’s counsel recall seeing an entry request under the name of ‘Inner City Press’ during his cross-examination of [the witness]. However, neither Applicant nor his counsel recall seeing ‘Inner City Press’ or ‘PressGuest’ among the participants in the hearing. … The Applicant thus believes that Mr Lee’s assertion is correct: Tribunal officials did not admit Mr Lee or Inner City Press into the hearing. If so, Mr Lee or Inner City Press could only have obtained images from the hearing, including the confidential OIOS witness testimony, from someone who was admitted into the hearing: either a participant or an observer (whether a [United Nations] staff member or member of the public).[reference to footnote omitted] In other words, the information was apparently leaked."

 We've uploaded this Order to DocumentCloud here

and then, and order that Lee is "prohibited from attending any future public hearings of the undersigned Judge until he has demonstrated to the Tribunal that all illegal recordings from the hearing on 4 November 2020 have been removed from the public domain and destroyed."

  Inner City Press has asked Dujarric, Amina J. Mohammed and Fleming how the UN of Guterres can purport to order the destruction of whistleblower evidence of sexual abuse in the UN. No answer.

But Inner City Press was banned from the UN by Antonio Guterres before this, so that Guterres could conceal child rapes by UN peacekeepers and drugging and raping by such staff members as Karim Elkonany, who he never disciplined.

  In this case, Inner City Press every weekday since November 3 has put written questions about the case to UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Melissa Fleming and others - with no answer at all. We are now asking about these orders.

  We'll have more on this, including publishing the UNDT's absurd orders and more. Note that Inner City Press knows full well how to comply with rules in legal reporting - but any tribunal that bans the Press, then demands censorship of material leaked by whistleblowers, deserve more not less coverage.

 On November 3 Inner City Press arrived online to cover a sexual harassment proceeding in the UN Dispute Tribunal. But despite the promise of openness, it was blocked. Still, from exhibits, this live tweeted thread:

This UN staff member Mr. Andrea Padula allegedly  "a. “grabbed [Ms. VC’s] face, leaned forward and attempted to kiss her”; b. “when [Ms. VC] resisted [him] kissing her, [he] forced [Ms. VC’s] down and kissed her c. “grabbed [Ms. MV], held her closely, and attempted to kiss her”

 Those on this UN cover-up call, blocking the Press from an ostensibly public UN sexual harassment hearing, include Morten Michelsen, Omar Josef Shehabi, but ultimately the rape-cover-up-man in chief,  @AntonioGuterres . He has corrupted the entire Organization

 In the supposedly public UN "legal" proceeding that Inner City Press was just denied access to, here is an exhibit being presented - a UN cubicle, with a Patricia Dann sign on it and an apparently inflatable kangaroo. More exhibits from Big Tony Gutters' Animal House UN, presented in ostensibly public legal proceeding that Inner City Press was blocked from - note "Dance floor" - including the UN - and party boys / dirty old men. 

 This one of  @AntonioGuterres ' party boys is named Mr. Andrea Padula (in Iraq, Guterres' Karim Elkorany went further, into drugging and raping a UN contractors) - but here, note the involvement of "Mariuska of Accenture."

Update - the United Nations under  @AntonioGuterres  is spending the public's money to hold sexual harassment dances (and fly rapists like Elkorany in and out of Iraq) - but when the Media tries to cover a public proceeding, access denied. #ImpeachGuterres 202 views 0:00 / 0:27

Turns out this  @AntonioGuterres  party boy Padula "was doing the same thing with another UN staff, her name was Verouschka....  he tried to grab her" - note that the three UNTSO #sexploiters are *still* being paid by the public, despite Guterres' lies

November 9, 2020

UN Women Staff Sent Porn While UN Beer Party Staffer Padula No Answer From Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE, Nov 6 – How corrupt is today's United Nations? Even when a proceeding about the growing trend of sexual harassment under Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres is supposed to be public, when the Press comes to cover it, it is denied access. Video here.

   From November 3 to November 6 Inner City Press each day asked Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming to explain this, and to state what happened in and was done about the case, below. No answers.

  Now Inner City Press can report on another UN Dispute Tribunal case, in which Karkara, "a former Senior Advisor at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (“UN Women”) in New York, at the P-5 level, contests the decision to dismiss him for serious misconduct. UN Women found that the Applicant (a) sexually harassed, exploited and abused two non-UN personnel; (b) committed harassment and abuse of authority against an intern with the United Nations; and (c) misused the United Nations Information Communication and Technology (“ICT”) resources to obtain and distribute pornography to and from his UN Women email account. 2. The Applicant submits that the facts on which the disciplinary measure was based are not established by clear and convincing evidence. The Applicant argues that the victims’ testimonies are not credible and that their allegations were fabricated with the assistance of several individuals who had serious disputes with him. The Applicant also submits that the investigation was biased and ignored exculpatory evidence and several witnesses breached the confidentiality requirement by speaking to the media, thereby undermining the integrity of the investigation. 3. The Respondent submits that based on the credible oral testimony of victims, which are further corroborated by other witnesses’ testimony and text messages and the Global Positioning System (“GPS”) records, the facts on which the disciplinary measure was based are established by clear and convincing evidence. 4. A hearing was held before the Tribunal on 20-22 July 2020 at which nine witnesses and the Applicant gave testimony. 5. For the reasons below, the Tribunal finds that the facts are established by clear and convincing evidence, that they amount to serious misconduct, and that the imposed sanction was proportionate to the offense."

Guterres' UN is corrupt and he is covering it up with censorship. Sources who contacted Inner City Press about what they call expanding sleaze in the UN blamed its spread on "dirty old man" SG Guterres, as one called him. Inner City Press has put the decision online on its DocumentCloud, here. Is this acceptable? Why no answer? Why the cover up?

 On November 3 Inner City Press arrived online to cover a sexual harassment proceeding in the UN Dispute Tribunal. But despite the promise of openness, it was blocked. Still, from exhibits, this live tweeted thread:

This UN staff member Mr. Andrea Padula allegedly  "a. “grabbed [Ms. VC’s] face, leaned forward and attempted to kiss her”; b. “when [Ms. VC] resisted [him] kissing her, [he] forced [Ms. VC’s] down and kissed her c. “grabbed [Ms. MV], held her closely, and attempted to kiss her”

 Those on this UN cover-up call, blocking the Press from an ostensibly public UN sexual harassment hearing, include Morten Michelsen, Omar Josef Shehabi, but ultimately the rape-cover-up-man in chief,  @AntonioGuterres . He has corrupted the entire Organization

 In the supposedly public UN "legal" proceeding that Inner City Press was just denied access to, here is an exhibit being presented - a UN cubicle, with a Patricia Dann sign on it and an apparently inflatable kangaroo. More exhibits from Big Tony Gutters' Animal House UN, presented in ostensibly public legal proceeding that Inner City Press was blocked from - note "Dance floor" - including the UN - and party boys / dirty old men. 

 This one of  @AntonioGuterres ' party boys is named Mr. Andrea Padula (in Iraq, Guterres' Karim Elkorany went further, into drugging and raping a UN contractors) - but here, note the involvement of "Mariuska of Accenture."

Update - the United Nations under  @AntonioGuterres  is spending the public's money to hold sexual harassment dances (and fly rapists like Elkorany in and out of Iraq) - but when the Media tries to cover a public proceeding, access denied. #ImpeachGuterres 202 views 0:00 / 0:27

Turns out this  @AntonioGuterres  party boy Padula "was doing the same thing with another UN staff, her name was Verouschka....  he tried to grab her" - note that the three UNTSO #sexploiters are *still* being paid by the public, despite Guterres' lies

November 2, 2020

UN Warns US Staff Of Nov 3 Election Protests As Guterres Favors Biden Over Trump on Zoom

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE, Oct 30 – The UN is warning its US staff to watching out on and after US election day. Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General who rarely takes questions and even had the Press which asked him about his links to the convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy thrown out of the UN, rolled up in three large SUV vehicles to the publicly-funded mansion he usually lives alone in, just before the COVID-19 pandemic spread in March Video here, & YouTube and Facebook.

 Now on October 30 from the UN - which bans Inner City Press but which gets extensive leaks - this: "SECURITY BROADCAST New York Fri 10/30/2020 12:00 PM 

To: Broadcast - UNHQ NY Secretariat; Broadcast - Agencies, Funds and Programmes The Security and Safety Service hereby reminds that the outcome of the upcoming host country elections could spark both celebrations and spontaneous demonstrations. UNDSS is in contact with our law enforcement counterparts in monitoring the situation where our personnel are located and will provide updates and advice, via security email broadcasts, as appropriate.    In these uncertain times with COVID-19 and the possibility of civil unrest, UN staff and non-staff personnel are encouraged for their own safety to avoid crowds in general.      Should UN staff and non-staff personnel encounter a protest, it is recommended that they follow the general safety advice below:    •        Remain calm and carefully navigate to the edge of the crowd or where it is safest.    •        When possible, move away and seek refuge in a nearby building, or doorway until the crowd passes.  •        When leaving the protest area – walk briskly and avoid running.   •        If you are driving, DO NOT stop your vehicle in the area of the protest. Keep windows and doors locked.   •        Drive carefully through or around the crowd at a low speed and do not honk your horn.  •        Follow the instructions from local authorities.   •        For emergencies, contact local authorities at 911.       Do keep abreast of developments in your area by tuning into the live media reports which are providing real time information."

 On October 19 Guterres bragged that he will travel in two weeks to Massachusetts to meet his semi-estranged wife who lives in Portugal, a country from which quarantine would be required in New York. This is open evasion of quarantine rules - or not open, since it was said in a meeting several disgusted participants invited Inner City Press to observe.

  Perhaps most significantly, Guterres in the meeting expressed open preference in the current US president election saying that if one side wins, "Net Zero Emissions" can be advance, and if the other (Trump) wins, Guterres and the UN will rely on bankers like JPMorgan Chase.

Guterres also spoke about social media platforms - not the censorship of investigative articles but the need to censors more, citing what he called "Social Dilemna" a show he says he is watching on Netflix. We will have more on this.

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Normally, one could ask Guterres' spokespeople to explain. But they refuse to answer questions, even for clarification of Spokesman Stephane Dujarric reference to two, and not one, trips. They are corrupt.

 After his return and faux quarantine for ten days, including maskless men going in and out of his mansion, on August 19 Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that US Secretary of State would be meeting directly with Guterres in the mansion on August 20 at 2 pm, see below.

   Meanwhile Guterres ordered UN headquarters staff to return to New York by September 15 - or two weeks before, so that they (unlike him) can quarantine. See video leaked to Inner City Press, here, including on that Guterres' contempt for the public is spreading.

  On August 20 Inner City Press, though also covering the indictment and arraignment of Steve Bannon in the SDNY courthouse it covers, rushed uptown to see if this blatant violation of quarantine by Guterres would take place. It did: streaming Periscope video here; now on YouTube here. There were many UN staff and security, a waste of public money occasioned only by Guterres' selfishness and arrogance.

October 26, 2020

On UN Day Failing Guterres Invites Killers Like Lankan Rajapaksa As Hides Rapes Bans Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Video
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE, Oct 23 -- Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General who rarely takes questions as he undermines what's left of the UN's credibility and even had the Press which asked him about his links to the convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy thrown out of the UN, rolled up in three large SUV vehicles to the publicly-funded mansion he usually lives alone in, just before the COVID-19 pandemic spread in March Video here, & YouTube and Facebook.

 Now on October 23 - UN Day - Guterres has bragged to staff that "our global survey to mark this anniversary confirmed that the people of the world continue to put their trust in us to prevent conflict, promote human rights, advance justice, protect our planet and uphold the equality of women and men." This as he daily covers up rapes by UN peacekeepers and bans the Press which asks, as he fails on Cameroon and the UN has on other conflicts like in Sri Lanka and as even the Mayor of New York won't meet with UN officials like the PGA.

  For UN Day, as simple one example, the UN invited a speech by Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa, responsible for the Bloodbath on the Beach, which the UN supposedly learned from. The UN75 event is led by a sexual harasser on the 38th floor, as Guterres covers up for UN staffer Elkorany who drugged and rapes women in Iraq and refuses to answer why his own head of Partnerships Amir Dossal was on the board of sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell's Terramar.

  Back on October 19 in a session exposed by Inner City Press - after an invite by a disgusted Ambassador -- Guterres bragged that he will travel in two weeks to Massachusetts to meet his semi-estranged wife who lives in Portugal, a country from which quarantine would be required in New York. This is open evasion of quarantine rules - or not open, since it was said in a meeting several disgusted participants invited Inner City Press to observe.

  Inner City Press asked UN Spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming: "Immediately confirm what SG Guterres said this morning, that he plans to travel to Massachusetts in two weeks and meet his wife coming in from Portugal and explain how his is not evasion of applicable quantantine rules." Hours later, no answer at all. (Contrary to, for example, IMF answers to Inner City Press here.)

And then asked Guterres online, here.

  Perhaps most significantly, Guterres in the meeting expressed open preference in the current US president election saying that if one side wins, "Net Zero Emissions" can be advance, and if the other (Trump) wins, Guterres and the UN will rely on bankers like JPMorgan Chase.

Guterres also spoke about social media platforms - not the censorship of investigative articles but the need to censors more, citing what he called "Social Dilemna" a show he says he is watching on Netflix. We will have more on this.

Normally, one could ask Guterres' spokespeople to explain. But they refuse to answer questions, even for clarification of Spokesman Stephane Dujarric reference to two, and not one, trips. They are corrupt.

 After his return and faux quarantine for ten days, including maskless men going in and out of his mansion, on August 19 Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that US Secretary of State would be meeting directly with Guterres in the mansion on August 20 at 2 pm, see below.

   Meanwhile Guterres ordered UN headquarters staff to return to New York by September 15 - or two weeks before, so that they (unlike him) can quarantine. See video leaked to Inner City Press, here, including on that Guterres' contempt for the public is spreading.

  On August 20 Inner City Press, though also covering the indictment and arraignment of Steve Bannon in the SDNY courthouse it covers, rushed uptown to see if this blatant violation of quarantine by Guterres would take place. It did: streaming Periscope video here; now on YouTube here. There were many UN staff and security, a waste of public money occasioned only by Guterres' selfishness and arrogance.

October 19, 2020

At UN Ivory Coast Majority Against Outtara No Answer From Guterres So Q&A With Bamba

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE / SDNY COURT, Oct 15 – A fight is brewing in the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres, and current UN Security Council President Russia.  

It involved Ivory Coast or Cote d'Ivoire, where octogenarian ruler Ouattara seeks another term.  

 Former Cote d'Ivoire ambassador Bamba called Inner City Press on October 3 and expressed frustration at the UN Security Council. France will support whoever wins and gives it money. Tunisia is in chaos.

  Inner City Press informed the seasoned diplomatic who colonial Guterres was willing to support another octogenarian FrancAfrique asset Paul Biya in Cameroon. "Keep up the fight," he said. 

 Inner City Press has in writing asked Guterres, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric and Deputy Amina J. Mohammed, chief of staff Maria Luisa Viotti and chief censor Melissa Fleming: "On Cote d'Ivoire, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on events and upcoming election in the country - has the Secretariat heard from former Ambassador Bamba, now in NYC? and this: A delegation of African and UN envoys on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" ahead of Ivory Coast's tense presidential election this month as it wrapped up a visit to the capital Abidjan. Envoys from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations met with government officials, the opposition and civil society as calls grow for a postponement of the West African country's October 31 vote."

 As of this writing on October 15, no answer.  On October 15 Inner City Press, invited to the press conference, asked Ambassador Bamba and Herman J. Cohen about the response of the UN. Ambassador Bamba said Cote d'Ivoire has been a failure of the UN, failure to monitor. No follow through the DDR, nor SSR. Cohen suggested the AU could be trusted more.

Inner City Press says Guterres has gutted the UN, siding with octogenarian dictators like Paul Biya in Cameroon. Inner City Press asked a follow up question about France, whose interference in Cote d'Ivoire Inner City Press has long reported on.

Inner City Press will have more on this. Watch this site.

October 12, 2020

Antonio Guterres Botched UN Racism Study Over 50% Has Examples Requiring His Ouster

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE / SDNY COURT, Oct 9 –  While it took Antonio Guterres' tweet about patriachy to push the calls for him to resign into new audiences, many of whom had not even been aware who the UN Secretary General was, it is the hypocrisy that should ensure his needed departure.

This hypocrisy and incompetence, shielded by censorship of Press, extends to matters of race as well.

 Today Inner City Press exclusively publishes findings from the UN racism (UNPAD) survey leaked to it. Over 50% of those surveyed (52%) have experience racism. And here are some examples from the report - Guterres must go --

I have heard colleagues being referred to as monkeys on occasion. • Once a colleague referred to Africans as still living in trees. • I was harassed by my own staff and encouraged by my manager to resign without a proper process. • I found a way to test the racism in my organization by drafting something and asking my European junior to send it – it received praise whereas when I would submit my work myself, I would face negative comments. • A white colleague once asked me “Can you speak English” while mocking my accent.

Many Black colleagues are sent to particularly difficult duty stations – in the deep field as retaliation. • I was told to hand over my duties to a junior White colleague and redeployed to a remote field location. • Blacks receive the most severe punishment. • I witnessed a woman of colour get punished and kicked out ruthlessly for reporting bad procurement practices. • I was transferred to a remote area as punishment because of my race. • The feeling of everyone in the office is that the Westerner has benefitted from senior management’s indulgence and given a second chance while the African has been punished harshly for the same thing. • I face retaliation for reporting wrongdoing – abuse of power and mismanagement of resources. • There is retaliation if you stand up for yourself by damaging your reputation and blacklisting you. • I have been threatened with job termination and retaliated against when I challenged decisions that put me in a compromising position in relation to my professional integrity

It’s very hard to see Africans appointed at HQ level. • Under qualified White candidates are often given jobs over qualified Black ones. • The most important decisions such as the recruitment of an international staff are based on racial criteria. • When a recent recruitment exercise resulted in only Whites being selected, I was told it was because there were no qualified black people

A white colleague refused to report to a Black Supervisor. • The white staff in my office did not accept my leadership and would systematically undermine me. • Whites at a lower grade do not accept Black supervisors (P3/P4 level) and prefer to report to more senior supervisors who tend to be White. • As a team leader, I get described as aggressive and abrasive if I put my foot down. • Gaslighting and general disrespect to local staff

The UN proudly quoted Guterres, on Twitter, "The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys."  

  But this is the same Guterres who in June when Inner City Press, which Guterres has banned from the UN for 798 days and counting, published a video of UN staff in Tel Aviv having groups sex with a prostitute in a UN van, refused to answer about.   

 Then Guterres lied that the driver Juan Carlos Cunillera has been put on leave without pay, even when that wasn't true: he is being paid. 

  During this time, Inner City Press published Guterres' racial survey. It was retracted, but it now being relaunched under the very official who was in charge of the first fiasco, Catherine Pollard (who laughed heartily as Guterres guards pushed Inner City Press out in June 2018). Here it is:

Subject: SG letter to Staff Members on Task Force on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for All in the United Nations
Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

 Dear Colleagues,   I write to inform you that I have established a Task Force on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for All in the United Nations for one year. This is a continuation of my efforts to strengthen my campaign of dialogue and action on eradicating this scourge from the Organization.   The Task Force is mandated with identifying the extent of personal, interpersonal, structural and institutional racism in the Organization and its impact on mandate delivery. On this basis, the Task Force is required to devise a long-term Strategic Action Plan for my consideration on how to end racism and racial discrimination in the United Nations, propose measures to promote diversity and inclusion and on how to develop policies and tools to create a safe environment in which racism can be reported and addressed promptly without fear of reprisal.   The Task Force will be chaired by the Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance and will comprise a diverse group of senior level staff and a staff representative from the Staff-Management Committee. During the execution of its mandate, the Task Force will also engage with other key stakeholders and experts on racism and racial discrimination.   Based on the legitimate concerns raised by staff on the content of the recent Survey on Racism, I requested its suspension to allow for necessary revisions in order to address the issues raised by staff. On this note, the Task Force is also mandated with directing and overseeing the Survey process prior to its relaunch.   As we move forward in earnest to address the issue of racism and racial discrimination in the Organization, I would like to take this opportunity to urge you to continue to hold deeper and honest dialogues on the issue of race and ethnicity, deliberately and harmoniously, and with great sensitivity and awareness.   Since assuming office, I have placed the issue of diversity and inclusion at the heart of my reform agenda. As we make progress in addressing gender equality and geographic representation in the Organization, I count on you all once again to give the same zeal to my efforts of ensuring a United Nations where every race, colour, gender, religion, creed or sexual orientation finds a sense of belonging and safety and is granted an equal opportunity to participate in the activities of the Organization at all levels.   Yours sincerely, António Guterres."

Fraud.

 Last week another UN staffer, Karim Elkorany, was arrested and arraigned in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of New York for drugging and raping women in Iraq where he was a UN communications strategist. 

   Guterres has refused to answer Inner City Press' written questions about why, once the UN was informed Elkorany's drugging and raping, he was allowed to simply leave Iraq and set up shop in New Jersey. 

 This same "repatriation" is the only punishment Guterres mete out to UN Peacekeepers accused of raping children, most but not all of these girls and some as young as five, in the DR Congo and Central African Republic and Haiti.

Then, unlike even his predecessor Ban Ki-moon, Guterres through his spokesman Stephane Dujarric refuses to provide basic if-asked information about the cases.  Inner City Press has also published leaked audio about Guterres ordering the end of a probe of sexual harassment by one of his cronies, audio here.

 Also in the SDNY is the higher profile sex trafficking case of Ghislaine Maxwell, on whose Terramar Project board of directors Guterres' head of "UN Partnerships" Amir Dossal was one of only five members. Guterres has refused to answer or act on this as well.

   So alongside his talk of patriarchy, Antonio Guterres sits atop what could be described as an international sex trafficking conspiracy, misusing the UN's and his own legal immunity and having roughed up and banning the Press which asks about it.

  The UN being the UN, with full impunity, will probably double down and have propagandist Melissa Fleming, funded by IKEA and Pierre Omidyar, claim that Guterres being under fire for saying patriarch makes him a hero. But he is a hypocrite.

October 5, 2020

As Law Professors and OSI Sue Trump For ICC Free Speech They Ignore UN Press Censorship

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE / SDNY COURT, Oct 3 –    A group of law professors, represented by a Washington lobbyist firm, has sued on the theory that their First Amendment rights to support the UN-affiliated International Criminal Court have been impaired. Fine. Interesting.  

But the parties should be aware: the UN is no friend of free speech.   

 Under current Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the UN roughed up and has banned Inner City Press 823 days now, for its questions about Guterres' failures on Cameroon (a France-supported mass killing event not taken up by the ICC) and his undisclosed links to convicted UN bribers at CEFC China Energy. Video here, background here. 

 Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric - a US as well as French citizen - helped organize the rough up then initially promised on camera to at least answer Inner City Press' request questions, here. He has since stopped, and said "Mr. Lee's status remains unchanged."

 With that unacted on, and Guterres' head of media accreditation Melissa Fleming - a US citizen - denying Inner City Press' application for re-accreditation last months without even giving a reason, the ICC / Trump complaint says:

“The executive order and the regulations impermissibly restrict plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech by prohibiting them from providing the speech-based services and assistance described above, including with respect to ICC investigations and prosecutions that the United States supports. The executive order and the regulations also lack the clarity required by the Fifth Amendment as to which acts subject a person to enforcement or designation, or which persons they cover.”   Yeah.  

The plaintiffs' lawyers are Shrutih Ramlochan-Tewarie and Nicholas Marcus Renzler of Foley Hoag LLP. The plaintiffs are The Open Society Justice Initiative, Diane Marie Amann, Milena Sterio, Margaret deGuzman and Gabor Rona.    Are these professors, and Foley Hoag, really for free speech with regards to the UN and ICC? So far, it seems not.

Their case is Open Society Justice Initiative et al v. Trump et al, 1:20-cv-08121 (Failla)

September 28, 2020

UN of Guterres Blocks From UN Website IP of Inner City Press After UNCA Says Do Not Leak

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

UN GATE, Sept 24 – While the United Nations speaks about press freedom and the upcoming UN General Assembly week under new President Zolkan Bozkir of Turkey, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press amid its questions about his finances and failures on Cameroon and in combatting or even just disclosing UN sexual abuse. 

Complicit in all this is the UN Correspondents Association.

 On September 17, Guterres' spokesman Staphane Dujarric was publicly asked about Guterres' ban on Inner City Press, and said "Mr. Lee's status remains uncharged. Video here.

  But then something changed. On September 19 and still as of this writing on September 20, the IP address Inner City Press uses was blocked from the UN's website. Video here. The UN sites worked when checked from another's laptop. So can the UN use public money to block Internet access to their "transparency" page by media which ask and criticize them about it?

  Certainly the UN Censorship Alliance / UNCA will not try to stop the UN's descent under Guterres.

   On September 23, the UNCA Executive Committee of Reuters, France 24, Xinhua, AFP and others -- list of those most responsible for this censorship of Press here -- issued this, forwarded to Inner City Press by several of their disgusted members: "Dear colleagues,   The UNCA Executive Committee deplores the situation that transpired in reference to the email from U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric on the background briefing by Assistant Secretary-General Volker Turk on the Secretary-General’s upcoming speeches that was sent last Friday.   This behavior directly compromises the work of colleagues who respect and abide by the code of conduct outlined in the media guidelines when receiving accreditation as a United Nations Correspondent and will inevitably affect access to such briefings for all of us moving forward.   We strongly advise that all colleagues reporting at the United Nations continue to conduct themselves in a professional manner and adhere to the ethical standards and the code of conduct as expected.   Thank you for your attention and cooperation.   On behalf of the UNCA Executive Committee,   Valeria Robecco President, United Nations Correspondents Association."

[Note: This seems to obliquely refer to this video

  Let's review: first this UN Censorship Alliance tried to suck up to Guterres by supporting the ouster of independent Press. Then when some of their members, as they should, leaked - UNCA supported blocking Press access to the UN's websites. This organization is a travesty.

Also: Inner City Press deals with and respects embargoes all the time - at the IMF, State Department, in the courts. But even organizations with lame representatives on the UNCA board agree, when one is not party to an embargo agreement, one is not bound. UNCA has supported ouster of media that actually covers the UN, in favor of retirees and state media. UNCA is anti-press, anti press freedom.

On September 20, as Guterres' UN blocks Inner City Press not only on Twitter but from its publicly funded websites, a strange message from UNCA bigwig Ali Barada of whom we've previously reported " Ali Barada of An-Nahar,  filed a complaint against Inner City Press with the "Special Investigations Unit" of the UN Department of Safety and Security.    The only basis? What Inner City Press said when Barada bragged that he immediately deleted without opening Inner City Press' email requesting to see the "information available on request" listed in the report Barada signed off on - and which was then sent anonymously to the government against Inner City Press.    In fact, while all Inner City Press responded with was a run of the mill host country insult, Barada cited his involvement with a "terrorist" group, as a reason Inner City Press shouldn't express its opinion.  Update: And on Friday, July 6, Inner City Press had to spend two and a half hours with UN Security responding to Barada's frivolous and pretextual complaint."
 
  There's been more since - watch this site.

Watch this site.

Brenden Varma, for PGA Bozkir, has refused to answer Inner City Press' questions about his backsliding on the one reform from the UN corruption scandal Inner City Press reported on, often exclusively, about PGAs Ashe and Kutesa; Bozkir has an empty "Ethics" page.

Varma then blocked Inner City Press on Twitter. This is today's UN - we'll have more on this issue. Inner City Press should be given the codes to access and ask questions at briefings immediately, like the state media and retirees Guterres and Melissa Fleming prefer and favor.

September 21, 2020

UN General Assembly of 4 Day Old Speeches For 100 Tired State Media But No Inner City Press

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