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May 10, 2021

Antonio Guterres Holds 1-Man Debate To Steal 2d Term As UNSG Blocking All Opponents

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

UN GATE, May 7 – While blocking at least seven opponents from even having their applications circulated, Antonio Guterres on May 7 held a ghoulish one-man "debate" on the road to stealing a second five-year term as UN Secretary General. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here:

In UN Inner City Press is banned from for 1040th day by this corrupt UN$G  @AntonioGuterres , he is holding a ghoulish one-man "debate" to steal a 2d five year term. He just said "surge of diplomacy" when he's failed on #Cameroon #Yemen #Honduras.Thread follows

1st speaker cites "transparent and open process" - when all seven timely opponents to Guterres have had their applications blocked and not circulated, and the Press which asks about Guterres' links to convicted UN bribers is banned

 2d Speaker shows how far "Accountability, Coherence & Transparency" group has fallen. They have allowed Guterres and  @UN_PGA   @Volkan_Bozkir  to block all opponents to Guterres, no CVs circulated. They have colluded in his censorship, too

3d Speaker is #ElSalvador, where Bukele just fired the judges to extend his power. In the UN there *are* not judges - they can just throw the applications of opposition candidates into the garbage can. Guterres' negative examples include censorship and hypocrisy

Now  @AntonioGuterres  says he has proposed 12 possible envoys on #WesternSahara, none accepted. Inner City Press: this is Guterres' failure and lack of will, and his colonial proclivities as shown in #Cameroon. No one has asked about Hochschild, Guterres #MeToo

 This  @OlofBSkoog  was on the UN Security Council when  @AntonioGuterres  has Inner City Press roughed up and banned. When asked about it, he said, "What can I do?" Has still done nothing on it at  @EUatUN . If these states cannot stop SG censoring, #UNisUseless

 Now another big supporter of Big Tony - they are emboldened by  @AntonioGuterres  unaccountable use of force against the Press, and went (much) further.


In fairness,  @BelgiumUN  just asked (albeit vaguely) about sexual harassment.  Inner City Press: Say the name! Fabrizio Hochschild! Why did  @AntonioGuterres  cover up for him? And order Inner City Press to destroy evidence of Padula's abuses after exposed in UNDT?

Now  @AntonioGuterres  thanks #SaudiArabia for its "flexibility" - on what, respecting the "physical integrity" of journalists? #BirdsOfaFeather

 Another big supporter of Big Tony  @AntonioGuterres , Equatorial Guinea. Another old leader holding on, who also mis-treats journalists.

First real question, given  @AntonioGuterres ' terrible record of the past four and a half years: NGO asks about the massive increase under Guterres in UN sexual abuse cases, with no accountable. Asks, what will Guterres do? Answer: Nothing. Only cover up.

Here it is: #Cameroon's Tommo Monthe, who bragged to Inner City Press that while he was chair of the UN Budget Committee and met with  @AntonioGuterres , his president Biya's mass killing of Anglophones never came up, offers support to Guterres to finish. #Genocide

 The  @UN_PGA  @Zolkan_Bozkir, who has blocked all opponents to  @AntonioGuterres , claimed he had to stop at 1 pm. But now at 1:01 pm he gives floor to #Qatar. #MoneyTalks #UNforSale #GuterresForSale

Lying to the end,  @AntonioGuterres  ends it with 10 countries not allowed to speak, he says "all questions will be answered"- while he has banned Inner City Press 1040 days and his  @UN_Spokesperson  refuses all of its written questions, lying

May 3, 2021

To UN Opposing Guterres Inner City Press Filed to PGA, Before 1-Man Debate Talk of Arteaga

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 29 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 1032nd day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates.  Having failed six times, now a 7th:

"Ms. Arteaga is an Ecuadorian politician, writer, lawyer and social activist. She was the first female President and Vice-President of Ecuador.  Previous Minister of Education and Vice-minister of Culture, General Secretary of Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)." Will Bozkir, Guterres, Vietnam, China and the US block her, as the other six? And if not, could any head of state, even a(nother) dictator, run and debate Guterres, while no one else could? There are many fake opponents. The UN could only be fixed from outside.

  But throughout February, March and now April 2021, Bozkir refused to circulate any letters or CVs. Guterres will do anything for a 2d term.

Including giving out jobs, during the campaign, to people who were supposed to oversee him. With all due respect, it is a conflict of interest. On April 26, "United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Courtenay Rattray of Jamaica as High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States...  Currently Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations in New York, Mr. Rattray also serves as Co-chair of the Group of Friends of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Financing; Children and the SDGs; as well as the Group of Friends of Decent Work.  He has served as Chairperson of several key initiatives, including the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD52) in 2019, Co-facilitator for the Conclusions and Recommendations of the 2018 Financing for Development Forum...  Prior to his current position, he was Ambassador of Jamaica to the People’s Republic of China in Beijing (2008-2013)." We'll have more on this - Inner City Press is still banned from the UN, no answers to questions, we will not cease.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, continues to dance around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.

April 26, 2021

UN Delays Next Normal to Sept As Bans Press So Guterres Can Try to Steal a 2d Term, Corrupt

By Matthew Russell Lee Exclusive Patreon Song
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 23 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 1025th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates. He didn't; Inner City Press applied. Now it is among six opponents blocks.

And now, in late April, here is Guterres' mumbo jumbo pushing the return to September, by which time he hopes to have a 2d term in hand:

"Thu 4/22/2021 4:57 PM Dear New York-based Colleagues,    I am writing to provide an update on our phased return to the premises in New York.  We currently remain in Phase 2 of our return, which sets maximum occupancy limits with current Host Government physical distancing restrictions.    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause massive disruption globally, and in every facet of people’s lives.  While the situation in New York continues to be of concern, there are signs of hope.  Recent key indicators of the pandemic in the city point to improvement compared to my last update in February.  Yet, with COVID-19 still spreading and the effects of the variants unknown, we must remain vigilant and continue to apply all the safety measures we have put in place.    The roll-out of the vaccination programme in New York has allowed many personnel and their families to be vaccinated, thus protecting themselves and their communities.  While COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary and not a requirement for return to the physical workplace, I encourage all of you and your families to receive the vaccine, so that we can recover better together from this pandemic.      In February, I mentioned the commencement of the planning and design of the post COVID-19 Next Normal for Headquarters.  The cross-functional project team recently submitted to me a comprehensive set of recommendations.  I have requested some further work, including the conduct of a staff survey, before finalizing the plan.  I encourage all of you to complete the survey when you receive it.    Our transition from Phase 2 to the Next Normal will be gradual and based on a constant risk assessment that will also take into account and adapt to New York City and State regulations and the easing of restrictions.  Please note that the previously-issued policy guidance on who is required to return to the workplace at Headquarters for Phase 2 remains in effect, though updated guidance will be circulated shortly.  Personnel required to be present in-person include those required to perform essential on-site functions and who are not in high-risk groups.     In addition, those expressing a preference to work on site are welcome to do so, as we are still well under the maximum occupancy limits and can safely accommodate more staff at this time.  That said, you will still need to get approval from your entity focal point to be on the premises, as we must ensure that the required six-foot distancing is maintained on individual floors.  Managers should also continue to exercise flexibility, understanding and care when discussing options with their personnel.    Considerations regarding how best to bring about the gradual increase of presence in the workplace are ongoing.  The New York Occupational Safety and Health Committee will continue to develop options for this transition, and will hold a town hall meeting in May to share these options and address your questions and concerns.     I would like to assure you that the extensive physical risk mitigation measures in place throughout our premises in New York have been effective and have led to a decrease in risk levels to low.  Maximum occupancy limits for proper physical distancing and other safety measures, such as the requirement to wear a face covering, will remain in effect for as long as needed to support the safety and health of all United Nations personnel.    I understand that many of you would like to make plans for the coming months, including those related to childcare, vacations and other logistics.  Although we do not yet know for certain when we will enter our Next Normal, it is not expected to be before September.  You should therefore feel comfortable to plan accordingly.    I am deeply aware of the impact the prolonged pandemic is having on mental health and well-being, which we continue to address.      I would like to, once again, express my thanks to you.  I must commend the dedication and commitment of all of you, and of our essential front-line colleagues in particular who have been present on site since the start of the pandemic, to ensure the continuation of our work here at Headquarters in New York and around the world.     Yours sincerely,    António Guterres."

Corrupt.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, continues to dance around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.  Since then, four weeks of dodging and blockage, now of four. And this:

Pakistan supports Guterres, here. Apparently, Paul Biya's Cameroon and other states like that of narco Juan Orlando Hernandez are asked to be more quiet with their support for their favorite dictator supporter, Antonio Guterres, for now. Watch this site.

April 19, 2021

To UN vs Guterres Inner City Press Filed to PGA Now He Won't Confer with SC Prez Due To Guterres

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 16 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 1014th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates.

 But his censoring spokesman Brenden Varma on April 16 said when Bozkir meets UNSC President Viet Nam on April 19, they will NOT even discuss circulating the names of opponents -- because corrupt Guterres has decided to attend the meeting. The UN has turned into a travesty of democracy.

As of April 9, while on an autocracy tour to his native Turkey as well as payers Qatar and Azerbaijan, Bozkir hadn't even conveyed the names of opponents to UNSC President Viet Nam, video here. Now he's back - but will quarantine, it seems, after his junket.

On April 9, Bozkir's deputy spokesperson - being paid by the UK? - Amy Quantrill refused to answer written questions from Inner City Press. In the briefing room, to blue wash questions, she said just look on Twitter to see how says they're opposing Guterres.

On April 10, Inner City Press searched Twitter for "UNSG candidates." Here. The first result was from 2016; the second and third, from Inner City Press in 2021. Ironically, the fourth (here) was from 2016, of ten candidates - but the UN_PGA account now links to Volkan Bozkir, who is blocking all candidates except Guterres.

On April 12, Quantrill blandly stated that there is one candidate, and six "applicants." No justification for not circulating the applicants was offered, and the state media correspondents allowed in did not ask for one. This is today's UN.

April 12, 2021

To UN vs Guterres Inner City Press Filed to PGA Whose Spox Quantrill Refuses Questions

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 9 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 1011th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates.  But as of April 9, while on a junket to his native Turkey as well as payers Qatar and Azerbaijan, Bozkir hadn't even conveyed the names of opponents to UNSC President Viet Nam, video here.

On April 9, Bozkir's deputy spokesperson - being paid by the UK? - Amy Quantrill refused to answer written questions from Inner City Press. In the briefing room, to blue wash questions, she said just look on Twitter to see how says they're opposing Guterres. What a joke. Inner City Press has asked her:

"Did PGA pass the letters and CVs of "prospective candidates" to UNSC Prez Viet Nam before his trip to Turkey etc?  Who pays each member of the PGA Office staff?  Who pays you, Deputy Spokesperson?  On deadline."

 That today's UN won't even answer these basic questions, how it (mis) uses public funds, says it all.

April 5, 2021

To UN Opposing Guterres Inner City Press Filed to PGA As Even Blue Washers Take a Pass on Q

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 1 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 1003rd day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates. 

  But throughout February and now March 2021, Bozkir refused to circulate the letter of UN staffer candidate Arora Akanksha.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, continues to dance around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.  Since then, four weeks of dodging and blockage, now of six or more.

But it is not only Bozkir and his censoring spokesman Brenden Varma who cover up the names of those running. Even the friendly Blue opposition refuses to name names, all the while offering praise of rape-denying Guterres. Inner City Press submitted this question, twice, to their panelists:

"How can this be considered a legitimate election when there is nowhere to file legal challenges, for example to the 'unwritten rule' that candidates should have endorsement of a member states? And about Guterres abusing the power of incumbency, using UN Spokesman Dujarric as his campaign spokesman, and spending the public's money to campaign? -Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press, banned from the UN 1003 days and counting by Guterres."

  And while taking half-baked questions, from a Mr. Gomez, about WFUNA, the above question they refused to read out much less answer. The panelists who got it: Kristen Saloomey of AJE whose James Bays worked with Stephane Dujarric to get Inner City Press banned,Dulcie Leimbach, Stephanie Fillion and Sonah Lee-Lassiter. Every day is a new day, but this is why the UN remains corrupt.

March 29, 2021

As Blinken Zooms To UN Questions of SG Candidates Blocked & Cameroon Posed by Press

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

UN GATE / SDNY, March 26 – With US Secretary of State Antony Blinken headed to the United Nations on March 29, if only virtually, on March 26 Inner City Press asked Department of State Bureau of International Organization Affairs Senior Bureau Official Erica Barks-Ruggles two questions about the UN.

  First, Inner City Press asked why the US Mission has declined, during its now-waning UN Security Council presidency, to circulate to the other member states the at least four names of opponents to Antonio Guterres for the position of UN Secretary General.  

 The Office of the President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir - a man who complained that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio would not meet with him, which Inner City Press linked to Bozkir's previous bigoted statements it has reported on - has repeatedly said he shared the four names with US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. 

  But none have been circulated, despite the fact that the applicable UNGA resolution does not require, as Guterres and his supporters are trying to imply, that only candidates submitted by and beholden to a member state get circulated.

     Erica Barks-Ruggles replied that the Secretary General issue would be on Secretary Blinken's agenda during his virtual visit.

Inner City Press would ask a follow up, but despite being accredited at the IMF, and in-house Press at the SDNY court, the UN under Guterres does not allow Inner City Press in to its briefings, even by WebEx. For that reason, and in full disclosure, it is one of the four. We will have more on this.

   Inner City Press also asked if the Biden Administration sees any UN role in addressing the ongoing mass killings in the Anglophone areas of Cameroon.

 Erica Barks-Ruggles apologized for not having more, noting that the UN Security Council has not taken up Cameroon.

Inner City Press might well have asked the same about Honduras, whose president Juan Orlando Hernandez was just showed up in the SDNY as linked to narco-trafficking.

Here's the transcript:

MS PORTER:  I think it’s safe to move along.  We will go to the line of Matthew Russell Lee.  QUESTION:  Great, thanks a lot.  Thanks for taking the question.  One of the controversies right now in the UN is this – if Antonio Guterres is up for re-election, and the question is whether there will be other candidates.  There are at least four candidates who have provided names and CVs, but they haven’t been circulated to the member-states both by the president of the General Assembly you mentioned and even by the U.S. mission this month, the president of the Security Council.  I wanted to know what’s the administration’s – I mean, does that seem right?  Is that something that the Secretary’s going to discuss?  And what’s the mission’s thinking on not having circulated names during this month? 

And one other thing, it’s something that the UN has – the council has not worked on, but does the administration think that there’s a UN role in dealing with the ongoing kind of mass killings in the Anglophone areas of Cameroon?  The issue has been going on for some years and the Council has had a few AOBs, but never actually met on or done anything on.  Thanks a lot. 

AMBASSADOR BARKS-RUGGLES:  On the secretary-general race, we, of course, as members of the Council and permanent members of the Council, will be very much engaged in this process.  We obviously work closely with the current secretary-general and will look forward to that strong and constructive relationship continuing, and I think that that’s – that will be part of the discussions that Secretary Blinken will have with the secretary-general.  But I’m not going to get into the details of diplomatic discussions.  On Cameroon, I’m sorry.  I don’t have anything for you on that at this point.  It has not been discussed in the Security Council up to this point

We'll have more on this as well. Watch this site.
March 22, 2021

To UN Opposing Guterres Inner City Press Filed to PGA Spox Varma Cites UNwritten Rules

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 20 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 991th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates. 

  But throughout February and now March 2021, Bozkir refused to circulate the letter of UN staffer candidate Arora Akanksha.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, continues to dance around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.  

 Now in March, from inside the UN, this: "the website on the process still shows only one candidate, Guterres. One applicant is Arora Akanksha; another may be Matthew Russell Lee, according to his Twitter account; neither person has a national endorsement, which could prevent them from being considered official candidates."

  There is no written rule on that. The UN is lawless, promoting continued rule by a corrupt censor, Antonio Guterres.

Later in March: "SPOKESPERSON FIELDS QUESTIONS ON SECRETARY-GENERAL SELECTION & APPOINTMENT PROCESS  Asked to comment on whether the next Secretary-General should be a woman, the Spokesperson said that, as the President had already said, that was a matter for Member States. Replying to a further question on the Secretary-General selection and appointment process, the Spokesperson said that, if Member States presented candidates, those names would be circulated to all Member States, as per the joint letter on this topic from the Presidents of the General Assembly and Security Council, and then made public." Again, that is not the rule. These people are corrupt.

March 15, 2021

After UN Guterres Banned Honduras Q By Inner City Press His Rep Does Selfies With Military

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon, Thread Video
Honduras - The Source - The Root - etc

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 12 – The hypocrisy of the UN of Antonio Guterres and the corruption of a president he partners with, Juan Orlando Herandez, was reported on by Inner City Press on October 18, 2019 with the SDNY guilty verdicts against presidential brother Tony Hernandez.

  Now in March 2021, with Inner City Press banned for its questions from the UN by Guterres, he has made it even more corrupt during the trial of Geovanny Fuentes-Ramirez, who also paid bribes to JOH (and others).
 
  Guterres' Italian representative in Honduras, Alice H. Shackelford, on the very day that Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga was testifying about bribing JOH and working with the Honduran military to move cocaine, tweeted a photo of herself with a Honduras military figure, here.

  Mrs. Sheckelford has no excuse: the UN has bragged that she has a law degree from the University of Padova.

It is shocking, but entirely typical of how low Guterres has brought the UN while now seeking to steal a second five-year term. See here.

We'll have more on this.

March 8, 2021

UN Guterres Gets 2d Complaint of Dujarric Lying of Spying For CCP Banned Press Pursues

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 4 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 974th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  On March 3 Guterres received a formal complaint about his spokesman Stephane Dujarric, for the latter lying about the UN providing the names of dissidents to the Chinese Community Party:

"Secretary-General, I am writing to ask that you immediately place under investigation your spokesperson, Mr. Stéphane Dujarric, for deliberately lying to the press as part of a broader cover-up of the policy of the UN Human Rights Office of providing the Chinese delegation with advance information on precisely which dissidents plan to interact with UN human rights mechanisms...

 On March 4, Dujarric while refusing all written questions from Inner City Press read into his "record" a canned statement of further denial.

  As Emma Reilly puts it, That was a lie. She has written again, and Inner City Press is publishing this:

"Dear Stéphane,  You are knowingly lying about me. Furthermore, you are directly contradicting the UN's court position. There is no argument on the facts. The UN position, in court, is that the list is somehow public and the request cannot be resisted. The only security assessment ever conducted was security of Chinese diplomats from the activists. The activists testified on my behalf.   The judge had written his judgements, that's why he had to be removed.  I look forward to your public correction."

  Note: even for directly UN Security guard Ronald E. Dobbins to rough up Inner City Press and break its computer, no apology from Dujarric. A fish rots from the head:  Guterres himself hid his links to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy, and then banned Inner City Press which asked and asks about it. In today's UN, with the Dispute Tribunal ordering the destruction of evidence, for example, there is nowhere to turn. Needed is the ouster of Guterres.

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates. 

  But for nearly the entirety of February 2021, Bozkir has refused to circulate the letter of UN staffer candidate Arora Akanksha.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, dances around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.  

 Also to the President of the Security Council for February, Barbara Woodward of the UK Mission, along with a formal request for confirmation of receipt.

By 5 pm on February 26, nothing. Absolutely corrupt. Dereliction of duty. But we will not rest. Watch this site.

March 1, 2021

To UN In Opposition to Guterres 2d Term Inner City Press Feb 26 Wrote to PGA & UK Derelicts

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 26 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 969th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates. 

  But for nearly the entirety of February 2021, Bozkir has refused to circulate the letter of UN staffer candidate Arora Akanksha.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, dances around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.  

 Also to the President of the Security Council for February, Barbara Woodward of the UK Mission, along with a formal request for confirmation of receipt.

By 5 pm on February 26, nothing. Absolutely corrupt. Dereliction of duty. But we will not rest. Watch this site.


February 22, 2021

As UN Guterres Lusts For 2d Term Abuses Incumbency Amid Silence from PGA & UKUN

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

UN GATE, Feb 12 – The moves by Antonio Guterres to try to get five more years in the UN Mansion on Sutton Place by further selling out human rights, banning the Press which asks questions about genocide in Cameroon, peacekeepers' rapes and Chinese bribes at the UN continue.

 But in his lust for an unmerited second term as UNSG, Guterres on February 5 got fellow censor UK PR Barbara Woodward and Turkish strongman PGA Volkan Bozkir to issue a letter kicking off what he hopes to be a rigged process. Woodward even gushed about openness, while her UK Mission refuses to answer written questions from Inner City Press, including about Guterres' shameful cover up of sexual abuse by his crony Fabrizio Hochschild.

 On February 8, a first of what should be many challengers, leading over the hill corrupt-o Guterres to withdraw. First out the box: Arora Akanksha. She's worked at the UNFPA, so she should know just how low Guterres has taken the UN system.

  Inner City Press first reported her campaign on February 8, and on the morning of February 9 asked Guterres and his spokespeople Melissa Fleming and Stephane Dujarric, "What are SG Guterres' response to the candidacy for SG of Arora Akanksha, who says "not enough has been done other than reshuffling of the bureaucracy and recycling ineffective leaders with new titles and nameplates.  What ails the UN is a failure of leadership"?

No answer at all - but two days later on February 11 Dujarric told his pro-Guterres insiders, "António Guterres is a candidate for the selection process. It's not for him to comment on other people who may want to come forward. This is a process run by Member States... I speak for the incumbent candidate."

 Yeah - who is misusing incumbency to try to extend his corrupt reign, for example here. Here's video.

Inner City Press asked not only Guterres and his spokespeople about it, but also PGA Zolkan Bozkir and his spokesman Brendan Varma, and UNSC President Barbara Woodward, who promised "openness." Nothing, no answer - collusion.

February 15, 2021

As UN Guterres Lusts For 2d Term Abuses Incumbency Amid Silence from PGA & UKUN

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

UN GATE, Feb 12 – The moves by Antonio Guterres to try to get five more years in the UN Mansion on Sutton Place by further selling out human rights, banning the Press which asks questions about genocide in Cameroon, peacekeepers' rapes and Chinese bribes at the UN continue.

 But in his lust for an unmerited second term as UNSG, Guterres on February 5 got fellow censor UK PR Barbara Woodward and Turkish strongman PGA Volkan Bozkir to issue a letter kicking off what he hopes to be a rigged process. Woodward even gushed about openness, while her UK Mission refuses to answer written questions from Inner City Press, including about Guterres' shameful cover up of sexual abuse by his crony Fabrizio Hochschild.

 On February 8, a first of what should be many challengers, leading over the hill corrupt-o Guterres to withdraw. First out the box: Arora Akanksha. She's worked at the UNFPA, so she should know just how low Guterres has taken the UN system.

  Inner City Press first reported her campaign on February 8, and on the morning of February 9 asked Guterres and his spokespeople Melissa Fleming and Stephane Dujarric, "What are SG Guterres' response to the candidacy for SG of Arora Akanksha, who says "not enough has been done other than reshuffling of the bureaucracy and recycling ineffective leaders with new titles and nameplates.  What ails the UN is a failure of leadership"?

No answer at all - but two days later on February 11 Dujarric told his pro-Guterres insiders, "António Guterres is a candidate for the selection process. It's not for him to comment on other people who may want to come forward. This is a process run by Member States... I speak for the incumbent candidate."

 Yeah - who is misusing incumbency to try to extend his corrupt reign, for example here. Here's video.

February 8, 2021

UNDT Told Inner City Press To Destroy Evidence of UN Sex Abuse Now Padula Name Disappears Under Guterres

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

UN GATE, Feb 4 – How corrupt and unaccountable is today's United Nations?

 Well, in November 2020 Inner City Press went to attend and report on a UN Dispute Tribunal proceeding about a case of sexual harassment in the UN, a proceeding which was announced as open to the public, as US court cases are. 

 But when Inner City Press signed in and gave its name, it was excluded. Later, when it obtained and published evidenc presented in the case, a UN Dispute Tribunal judge ordered it to destroy the evidence or be banned from all future proceedings. 

 This while UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres falsely claims to have zero tolerance for sexual harassment and abuse, while himself banning Inner City Press from UN briefings now for 948 days. 

  Now in the case Inner City Press was ordered to destroy evidence of who-done-it, even the UNDT has found Padula guilty - but has insisted that he be anonymized, that is, covered up for. The shameful order is here, and recites for example that the person - Padula - covered up for

.“grabbed [AA’s] face, held her closely, leaned forward and attempted to kiss her”; b. “when [AA] resisted [the Applicant] kissing her, [he] forced [AA’s] head down and kissed her on the forehead”;  c. “grabbed [BB’s] face, held her closely, leaned forward and attempted to kiss her”; d. “tried to move physically close to [AA] and [BB] while dancing, despite their attempts to keep [him] at a distance”; e. “attempted to grab [CC’s] face; when she blocked her face with her hands, [the Applicant] grabbed her hands and tried to pull them apart; when she resisted, [he] fell on her forcefully”; and f. “took and pulled [CC’s] hands to try to get her to dance, despite her resistance”.

  But in Guterres' UN they do not want the public to know who did this - and the Press which exclusively published and name and evidence is banned and its written questions not answered. On the morning of February 4, 12 hours before publishing this when no answer was received from Guterres, Dujarric, Fleming, Amina J. Mohammed et al., Inner City Press in writing asked this: "what are SG Guterres comments and more importantly action on the UN Dispute Tribunal on Feb 3 confirming sexual charges against Padula - while having told Inner City Press to destroy all evidence or remain bannned, and maintaining Padula's name sealed, confirming the cover-up culture under Guterres?"

 The UN claims it has to protect the identity of Padula (and will NOT report him to NYPD for any criminal offense) because they have to protect the identity of the VICTIMS - it's like Guterres' rationale for covering up genocide and mass killing, for example in Cameroon.

  Inner City Press is even banned from submitting questions by WebEx, on which the International Monetary Fund for example answers its questions, as it did on February 4 about the Burma coupl. The only difference is Guterres and his corruption.

   On December 21 Inner City Press filed a formal appeal with the UN Appeals Tribunal, full filing here on DocumentCloud.

February 1, 2021

UNSG Guterres Lies On Hochschild Of Whom He Knew in 2019 from Banned Inner City Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive CJR  Video

UN GATE, Jan 28 – How corrupt and hypocritical is the United Nations of Secretary General Antonio Guterres? He covered up for two years on seuxal harassment by his friend Fabrizio Hochschild, as banned Inner City Press asked him about it in writing. Then on January 28 Guterres lied and said he'd only found out days before. Video here.

 This lie came in a Press-less press conference. State media of Turkey, Qatar, as well as Reuters and the NYT, helped Guterres by not asking about the belated suspension of Hochschild. But when it was asked as the penultimate question, before Guterres went to jump the vaccination line in The Bronx, Guterres outright lied as to when he knew. He also expressed nothing for the victims, only a hope for due process for his crony.  We'll have more on this.

So much so that while Guterres claims zero tolerance and to be a feminist, he twice rewarded and covered up sexual misconduct in his own office. Inner City Press before May 2019 reported the #MeToo abuses of Fabrizio Hochschild, and asked Guterres in writing about them, with no answer. It published audio leaked to it; its exclusive was picked up here for example.

Now on January 28, this: "UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that the head of the Organization, Antonio Guterres, took " very seriously any allegation of harassment, abuse of power, discrimination or sexual harassment ”. After " allegations of possible prohibited conduct against Fabrizio Hochschild were brought to his attention ", a suspension of functions was decided during an internal investigation. Once achieved, " the secretary general will act quickly and take appropriate action on the basis of the findings, " added the spokesperson."

 But AFP sources it to a pro-Guterres in-house publication which said Guterres gets a "B" from feminists. What a joke - it is Guterres who should be ousted, for censorship to cover up rapes, by Karim Elkorany (UN staff in Iraq) and Peacekeepers in DRC and CAR. We'll have more on this.

January 25, 2021

UNSG Guterres Rewards Sexual Harassment As Gives Hochschild Tech Post Staff Tell Inner City Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive CJR  Video

UN GATE, Jan 22 – How corrupt and hypocritical is the United Nations of Secretary General Antonio Guterres? So much so that while Guterres claims zero tolerance and to be a feminist, now he has again  rewarded and covered up sexual misconduct in his own office. In a musical chairs personnel move on April 18, 2019, a day after he continued his now 934 day censorship of the Press, Guterres named as his new Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination one Volker Türk, who when Inner City Press asked him about refugees chased by Paul Biya's Cameroon army into Nigeria seemed not to know about it. Guterres, as we have reported, not only took a golden statue from Biya, but went silent on the killings since Cameroon was chair of the UN Budget Committee. But it's worse: Turk took the position from Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond of Chile "who was appointed as Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary." This promotion was, ghoulishly, Guterres rewarding what multiple staff say was Hochschild's relationship with another junior staff member.

Now on January 22 with the failed 75th anniversary complete with the censorship of critical views, now Guterres is recycling this abuser as his chief of technology, while still refusing all questions from Inner City Press - which was answered on Jan 22 by Andrew Yang, and by the IMF and others. Guterres and those around him are corrupt.

One of the staff members tells Inner City Press it in these words: "his promotion to USG was because the SG wanted him out of his office after he was caught having an affair with a junior staff member. In terms of power play this is a reward for sexual harassment." Talk about MeToo - the faux feminist Guterres covers up and rewards such behavior. And later on April 18 Ms. Nahla Valji, Senior Gender Adviser, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, was bragging about Guterres and feminism. What hypocrisy. We'll have more on this - while Guterres and his spokespeople refuse to answer any of Inner City Press' written questions, we still have sources, many sources.

   In the midst of Inner City Press' questioning in 2018 about Guterres' links to now convicted UN bribery Patrick Ho's China Energy Fund Committee and Guterres' failures on Cameroon and elsewhere, his UN Security twice roughed up Inner City Press on June 22 and July 3, 2018.

January 18, 2021

UK Ambassador Letter Citing Inner City Press Scoops Stonewalled By UNESCO Like Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, Jan 14 – From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres, who is now running for a second mandate, the whole UN system has been totally corrupted, especially UNESCO. The Paris based UN agency is in turmoil after the exposure of a number of administrative transgressions by Inner City Press, which articles led to internal investigations. 

   Yet, advocating for governing control measures by member states yields results, as revealed in the letter by the ambassador of the UK to UNESCO, Matthew Lodge, who denunciated the lack of transparency and financial accountability in the administration of the French DG Audrey Azoulay. This letter was motivated by the article of Inner City Press about the misappropriation of public funds in large proportions (see copy of the UK Ambassador’s letter here). 

   In his letter, the UK ambassador pointed out that the embezzlement allegations that had been rejected at the outset with condescension by Nicholas Jeffreys ADG/ADM and Nikolas Kacyanides Dir/Cabinet, were factual information that and “the Inner City Press allegations of financial impropriety and breach of rules” proved to be “a confirmed financial fraud”. This is the first time when an influent member state of UNESCO, and a member of the Security Council P5, is confirming in writing the veracity of the arraignments by Inner City Press. From the UN? No answer.

January 11, 2021

As UNSC Prez Tunisia Bans Cameroon Qs For Guterres But Will 5 New Members Do Better?

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

UN GATE, Jan 4  – In the United Nations from which SG Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press 916 days for asking about his complicity in the killing of civilians in Cameroon, poisoning them in Haiti with cholera and COVID in South Sudan, and their mass imprisonment by China in Xinjiang, on January 4 Inner City Press wrote to the Mission of Tunisia, as incoming UN Security Council president, with questions including about Ethiopia, Western Sahara, Haiti, Yemen and Cameroon.

 Inner City Press specifically asked to be provided the WebEx codes to be able to ask its questions. No answer.

 But three hours later when Tunisia's Ambassador Tarek Labed took questions, his spokesperson took them in groups of four -- without protest from the increasingly pathetic UNCA UN press corpse -- allowing Labed to evade even the questions that were asked.

No one allowed in asked about Cameroon, just the way Guterres wants it. The answer is clearly no. This is shameful. But will the five incoming UNSC members - India, Ireland, Mexico, Kenya and Norway - do their jobs of openness to the Press and public? We will be asking.

  For now Inner City Press, which will report all month about the UNSC with or seemingly without any Tunisia or Labed access, posted the Program of Work here and notes for example "Wester Africa" - that would / should include Cameroon - on January 11, Yemen on January 14, League of Arab States on January 18, Syria on January 20, Colombia on January 21, and January 26 on the Middle East. Labed said two meetings will be in person - this as Guterres violated COVID quarantine rules. Today's UN is corrupt.

   Inner City Press streamed some of the Press-less presser, here.
 Among those "given the floor" by Tunisia, while banning Inner City Press, were state media from Pakistan, a retiree of a decade, and others.

When Guterres' spokes- / hatchetman Stephane Dujarric holds his noon briefings this month while refusing all questions from Inner City Press despite an on camera promise. And Tunisia and Labed? We'll report.

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January 4, 2021
UNSG Antonio Guterres Flew to Lisbon To Politicize Religious Order In Bid For 2d Term

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Song I Song II