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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.

Watch this site. 

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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 Inner City Press covers daily since being thrown out of the UN by Guterres, and kept out by his Melissa Fleming. 

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

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

Today's UN is totally corrupt.

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September 18, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today's UN is totally corrupt.

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September 11, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 4, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 28, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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


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August 21, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 14, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 7, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 31, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

July 24, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Guterres and his cronies covered up UN sexual abuse

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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


July 10, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

July 3, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 26, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

But now, the application. Watch this site.

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June 19, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 12, 2023

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

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 5, 2023

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