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November 29, 2021

Before Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Cynical UN Filing By Her Family Since UN Was On Her Terranova Board

By Matthew Russell Lee Patreon Song Video Ruling
BBC - Decrypt - LightRead - Honduras - Source

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 22 – Ghislaine Maxwell, charged with sex trafficking and other charges, faces a November 29, 2021 trial
 
  On October 29 and again on November 12, she and the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York filed a flurry of motions in limine, heavily redacted; the Government argued that trial exhibits are not public and will be withheld. Inner City Press opposed and opposes the continued secrecy.

  Likewise, Inner City Press opposes censorship by the UN, which after it asked why UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres' head of Partnerships Amir Dossal was on the board of Maxwell's Terramar Foundation was roughed up and banned from the UN, summary here, Quinn Emanuel lawyers' letter Q&A here.

  Now this: a petition, submitted Monday to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, filed by international criminal lawyers François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle on behalf of Maxwell’s three sisters and three brothers, arguing to Maxwell's partners at the UN that Maxwell’s “abnormally rigorous” lock-up conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn are horrific, and thus unlawful and discriminatory.  The petition asks the UN to call on the US government to release Maxwell pending trial and to urge an independent investigation into her “arbitrary detention.”

This while the UN active covers up its own peacekepers child rapes. This is ghoulish.

  On November 15, Judge Nathan held a conference about jury selection, Inner City Press live tweeted here (and podcast here)

On the morning of November 16, Judge Nathan questioned prospective jurors; Inner City Press live tweeted here (podcast here); Nov 16 afternoon here.

Late on November 16 it emerged that Judge Ali Nathan is being nominated for elevation to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by Senator Chuck Schumer.

She said, "If I am nominated I...will continue to do my day job, which means presiding over this trial until completion and handling the hundreds of other civil and criminal matters on my docket."

So it appears she would complete the Maxwell trial. But any sentencing? Would she follow 2d Circuit Judge Richard J. Sullivan in keeping some SDNY cases? (As noted, Judge Sullivan is still rightly allowing call-in lines to in-person cases, here).

Docketed on November 22: "ORDER as to Ghislaine Maxwell. On November 1, 2021, the Defense noticed eight expert witnesses. Def. Br., Ex. 1 ("Notice"). On November 8, 2021, the Government filed a motion to partially preclude the testimony of two of those experts, Dr. Dietz and Dr. Loftus. Gov't Br., Dkt. No. 424. The Defense filed a response via email on November 12, 2021, to permit the Government the opportunity to propose redactions. In an Opinion and Order temporarily filed under seal, the Court DENIES in part and GRANTS in part the Governments motion to preclude Dr. Dietz's testimony and DENIES in part and GRANTS in part the Governments motion to preclude Dr. Loftus's testimony. It doesso after considering the admissibility of the anticipated testimony under Federal Rule of Evidence 702 and Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharms., Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993). The Court will send the temporarily sealed Opinion & Order to the parties. By November 23, 2021, the parties are ORDERED to inform the Court whether either seeks sealing or limited redactions of the Court's Opinion & Order, justifying any such request by reference to the three-part test articulated by the Second Circuit in Lugosch v. Pyramid Co. of Onondaga, 435 F.3d 110 (2d Cir. 2006). In addition, by that date, the parties are FURTHER ORDERED to file any proposed redactions to the Defenses response brief and/or supporting exhibits on the public docket, again justifying any such request by reference to the Lugosch test (Signed by Judge Alison J. Nathan on 11/21/21)."

  The Doctor Loftus is Elizabeth Loftus, who among her 300 other cases for defendants, while testifying for Harvey Weinstein claimed she had not reviewed anything about the case but then tracked Annabella Sciorra's testimony about Valium. Will the same occur here? Or might it be sealed? Podcast here. Watch this site.

On November 17, jury selection continued with questions of seized phones, jail conditions, and the death of Epstein, Inner City Press live tweeted here (podcast here)

On the afternoon of November 17, it continued, Inner City Press live tweeted here (podcast here)

 Jury (pre) selection ended on the morning of November 18, Inner City Press live tweeted here

Near 5 pm on November 18 this: "ORDER as to Ghislaine Maxwell: IT HEREBY IS ORDERED: 1. That courtroom sketch artists whether in the courtroom or overflow rooms may not draw exact likenesses of the Protected Witnesses; and 2. For avoidance of doubt, courtroom sketch artists may confer with the Court or counsel for either party to determine whether a witness is a Protected Witness. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Alison J. Nathan on 11/18/2021)." We'll have more on this.

  With so much of the case, and so many of the victims, far from Epstein's Manhattan townhouse, in Florida, the Caribbean, New Mexico, the UK and by private jet in Africa, the lack amid COVID of a listen-only call-in line during the trial proper would be all the more unfortunate.

On October 29, after the flurry of redacted motions, Inner City Press filed formal requests with SDNY District Judge Alison J. Nathan, on DocumentCloud here.

  On November 12, while Maxwell and DOJ still redacting and a notice that after 50 people, no more would be admitted even on November 15, Inner City Press filed again. This time, both letters were docketed - appreciated - but denied, letter on CourtListener here.

"ENDORSED LETTER as to Ghislaine Maxwell addressed to Judge Alison J. Nathan from Matthew Russell Lee, dated 10/29/2021, re: timely opposition to blanket requests to seal portions of motions in limine, trial exhibits, public access. ENDORSEMENT: The Court received the attached letters via email. This District no longer permits public access by telephone for in-court criminal proceedings, including trials. The memorandum can be found here. The Courts public access orders for all proceedings in the case can be found here. The Court has implemented a procedure for docketing filings with proposed redactions and is ruling on the proposals as expeditiously as possible. See Dkt. No. 401. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Alison J. Nathan on 11/12/2021)."

  Earlier on November 12, Inner City Press called in to, and reported on, a January 6 case in the District for the District of Columbia - and even other in-person criminal matters in the SDNY. For November 15, only 50 people will be allowed in. Meanwhile, for example, the Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin state court is on YouTube. While engaged and appreciative on the Federal  / SDNY beat, we'll have more on this.

Here was from the October 29 request: Re: US v. Maxwell, 20-cr-330 (AJN), timely opposition to blanket requests to seal portions of motions in limine, trial exhibits, public access

Dear Judge Nathan:    On behalf of Inner City Press and in my personal capacity, I have been covering the above-captioned case. This concerns in the first instance the flurry of motions in limine filed earlier this evening, replete with redactions justified by a conclusory reference to Lugosch v. Pyramid Co. of Onondaga, 435 F.3d 110 (2d Cir. 2006). 

 The Government's Justifications for redaction (Docket No. 399, docketed at 10:06 pm on Friday Oct 29) cites Lugosch then says "The Government also seeks sealing of trial exhibits, which are not public." Inner City Press immediately opposes this.  

 As one example within this motions of limine, the Government has redacted the entirety of its Argument X, even the title and the page number. And as to trial exhibits, see for example Judge Jed S. Rakoff's order in US v. Weigand, 20-cr-188 (JSR), here.

  There, Judge Rakoff ordered the US Attorney's Office to make trial exhibit available to the public at large. While this was done, belatedly, in US v. Parnas, it was refused in the current US v. Cole. It cannot be refused in this case.    Also, Inner City Press understands that the listen-only call-in telephone lines available so far in the case, there may be an attempt to discontinue them. The Court should take judicial notice of continuing COVID-19 issues, including people's understandable concerns about congregating even in so-called overflow rooms. Be aware that the District for the District of Columbia still allows public phone access to all criminal proceedings, even those held in-person. That should happen here. The loss of First Amendment freedoms, even for a short period of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury. Elrod v. Burns, 427 U.S. 347, 373 (1976).     

Inner City Press will cover the trial, and all the comes before and after it; #CourtCaseCast and song I, Song 2, Song 3, and  new(est) song
In UN Only 51 Votes In Election of Correspondents Who Ignored Lawyer Letter Some Get Only 31 Votes

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

UN GATE, Nov 24 – Each day, the current United Nations gets worse. Usually we focus on Secretary General Antonio Guterres moving from concealing his links to UN briber CEFC China Energy to banning the Press that asks, to failures on Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Haiti, Honduras (JOH) & Nigeria (Nnamdi & Igboho).

 But today the UN's partnership in censorship, the United Nations Correspondents Association, has hit a new low. While having lobbied to get independent Press thrown out, and having unprofessionally declined to response in any way to polite letter from a major US law firm asking about UNCA's commitment (if any) to the First Amendment, now UNCa has "elections."

 And, for fifteen seats there were... fifteen candidates. No competition at all, like in North Korea. And at least forty percent of "candidates" are state media, including from Guterres' favorite China.

  On November 24 the results were as follows: only 51 people voted - this, claiming to represent jouranlists all over the world, while selling them out daily. Even with no competition, some "candidates" like that of France 24 got only 31 votes. That's a vote of no confidence.

We'll have more, much more, on this. Because these unopposed candidates, most of them, received the polite law firm letter asking them why they supported or allowed censorship, and they didn't even have the courtesy or professionalism to answer. In any way. Impunity like Guterres, or the Hermit Kingdom.

The letter was received by the UN's Melissa Fleming, Maria Luiza Vioti and Tal Mekel and to each UNCA Executive Board member, to them citing UNCA's stated goals that it has a charter to supposedly uphold. And four months later, no answer. Total corruption and censorship.


What's next? Since the letter, Inner City Press has published exclusive stories not only from the U.S. court systems but about the United Nations, including its agencies UNOPS, UNFPA, UNITAR and UNESCO. (Also credited in AP, Daily Mail, and Nigeria's Sahara Reporters, amid answers from the IMF.)

But none of its written questions have been answered by the UN Spokespeople, and it remains banned from entry to the UN's briefings. This must end.   

 Having asked for a colleagial discussion, and while still offering it, things must turn to the law. UNCA is a New York State non-profit which has not only not abided by its stated goals - it has tortiously interfered with a journalist's right to cover the United Nations.    The United Nations itself propounds Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and has other legal duties that must be addressed by national courts, particularly in the UN's host country... 

Those in receipt of the first, friendly letter: melissa.fleming@un.org, marialuiza.viotti@un.org, mekel@un.org, malu@un.org,  and UNCA
Valeria Robecco, ANSA News Agency, Nabil Abi Saab, Al-Araby, Jianguo Ma, Xinhua News Agency, Edith Lederer, Associated, Giampaolo Pioli, Quotidiano, Linda Fasulo, Ibtisam Azem, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, Ali Barada, France 24 (31 votes) Asharq Al-Awsat; Oscar Bolanos, OMB News, Sherwin Bryce-Pease, SABC South Africa - Alexander Hassanein, The Tokyo Shimbun, Maria Khrenova, TASS, Philippe Rater, Agence France-Presse (39 votes), Kaori Yoshida, Nikkei, Betul Yuruk, Anadolu Agency at president@unca.com, valeria.robecco@gmail.com, nabisaab@gmail.com, mjg222888@gmail.com, elederer@ap.org, giampioli@aol.com, lindafasulo@gmail.com, ibtisam.azem@alaraby.co.uk, abarada@hotmail.com, ombyvozque@gmail.com, s.brycepease@gmail.com, alexander@tokyoshimbun.us, khrenova_m@tass.ru, philippe.rater@afp.com, kaori.yoshida@nex.nikkei.com, byuruk@aa.com.tr

 Three of the 15 are from French media, two from Italy, with various dictatorships represented.

  Newlly "elected" is Carrie Neuton of Le Monde, with 32 votes. She is now responsible for the UNCA board's lack of response to a law firm's letter about their / her role in censorship. Will there be a response?

  We'll have more on this. Watch this site.

November 22, 2021

On UN Sex Abuse in Mali Inner City Press Asks MINUSMA By Zoom Now Guterres By Email

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

UN GATE, Nov 18 – In June 2021 the United Nations published a single line of data about a case of sexual abuse by its personnel or contractors in Mali, without any indication of what was done for the victim or to the perpetrator. 

 Inner City Press, as it does, asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric, Melissa Fleming and others to provide the further information that even under previous UNSG Ban Ki-moon was provided. 

 There was no answer, including to a polite letter to Fleming from the law firm of Quinn Emanuel, asking how Inner City Press can end the retaliatory UN ban on it and enter the UN briefing room to ask this and other questions. Video here.

  On November 18, having received a Zoom invite to attend the press briefing of the UN mission in Mali MINUSMA, Inner City Press Zoomed in and asked, first in the chat and then live, for

"a status report on the case of UN sexual abuse put on the UN's website in June 2021 - what has been done for the victim? What justice has been meted out?"  

 MINUSMA's spokesperson Myriam Dessables to her credit, and unlike Dujarric and others he and Fleming have been able to reach and have ordered to censor, allowed Inner City Press to ask. Video here.

She said she will revert with more information, after first inaccurately - perhaps unknowingly - claiming that the UN website has all the information. It has only a single line. 

 So Inner City Press immediately, as UN/MINUSMA spokesperson Dessables' request, emailed this question to her and Dujarric and Marcia Soares Pinto, Amina J. Mohammed, Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Tal Mekel, Eri Kaneko, Achim Steiner, Farhan Haq, Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez, Fabrizio Hochschild, Daniela Gross and spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay:

"At today's MINUMSA breifing I asked you for a status report on the case of UN sexual abuse put on the UN's website in June 2021 - what has been done for the victim? What justice has been meted out? You said it is on the UN website in all transparency - but there is only one line:  "unspecified... 2021."

Please email me all if-asked information as the UN used to provide under Ban Ki-moon - what was done for the victim, what has been done with the peacekeeper, etc. Thank you in advance - including for your answers on the two military incidents in Mali I asked about."

 The military incident including one of Estonian troop in Mali mistaking UK troops, described as working with MINUMSA, as enemies. Ms. Dessables said she had looked it and the UK troops are with the French "BARKHANE" or another mission, not the UN.

And so we publish that, and will public the answer - or non answer - to the UN sex abuse questions we have posed to Guterres and spokespeople, who continue to Ban Inner City Press. Watch this site. 

November 15, 2021

Belt and Roadkill Is Tale of UN Corruption By China With Dark Comedy, Series Launched

Literary Reflection, Book

NEW YORK CITY, Nov 12 – What is a novel? How long should it be? How corrupt is the United Nations? What is the line between real world injustice and fiction, black comedy?

A just published novella, "Belt and Roadkill," raises these questions.

The corruption of the UN, its documented domination by China as evidenced by two recent real-world bribery prosecutions in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, are the soil or message of the text. But the meta questions about what is a novel(la) is raised by its form and length. (It is available, first on Kindle, here).

Earlier this month Parul Sehgal in The New Yorker bemoaned the democratization of literature, or content, by Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing. But who are the gatekeepers? Who should they be?

The author of Belt and Roadkill, years ago, was on the threshold of elite / elitist publishing, summoned to a venerable firm on Union Square in Manhattan and told that if only the actual names of Citigroup's predatory lenders could be dropped, it might be possible to move forward.

But aren't public figures open to satire, without danger of libel lawsuits?

Aren't those Predatory Benders who foreclose on thousands of homes just targets, like those at the UN who cover up hundreds of rapes by peacekeepers, and ten thousand Haitians killed by cholera, as only two examples?

 Belt and Roadkill does not mention Haiti, even once. It does, however, name-check Cameroon and Western Sahara, Huawei and the January 6, 2021 insurrection, breach or protest, whatever your politics.


Let a hundred flowers bloom, as Mao said before moving to cut them down. There will be more. 

[Belt and Roadkill: A Story of Dis-United Nations, by Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press is on Kindle, and by paperback soon.]


November 8, 2021

UN Self Dealing By Wall St Amid Censorship Lawyer Letter Ignored Conflicted Prizes

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

UN GATE, Nov 6 – Each day, the current United Nations gets worse. Usually we focus on Secretary General Antonio Guterres moving from concealing his links to UN briber CEFC China Energy to banning the Press that asks, to failures on Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Haiti, Honduras (JOH) & Nigeria (Nnamdi & Igboho).

 This year the UN lost a journalist of integrity, Apostolis Zoupaniotis, who retired to return to Greece. Even after the UN in retaliation threw Inner City Press out of its UN office, Apostolis offered the use of his cubicle.

  By contrast the insiders of the UN Correspondents Association, while purporting to praise this journalist among with UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric on three week vacation in Greece, have neither responded to or offered any explanation when a lawyer's letter - to each UNCA Executive Committee member - urged them to have a dialogue about ending the UN's banning and censorship of Inner City Press. No answers - video here.

  Instead they are taking UN system money - from the "Alliance of Civilizations" no less - to give prizes to their own members, at overprice Cipriani by Wall Street on December 8:

"Guterres will be the guest of honor of the evening.  We are also pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 UNCA Awards and the 2021 Dag Hammarskjold Journalism Fellows below.  They're giving prizes to their own James Bays, who worked with Stephane Dujarric to get Inner City Press banned, their own Mauricio Guerrero who first resisted but their censored, Pass Blue, and others to be named.

  Beyond its role under current management as the UN Censorship Alliance, here's a recent pitch: "UNCA is extending an invitation to the online launch of the third annual Hyundai Motor ‘Re:Style 2021’ Sustainable Fashion Collection, introducing 12 fashion items created with discarded wearable materials from vehicles, launching in partnering shops in Seoul and Paris. Hyundai Motor Company will donate all profits from the project to charitable programs of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  Valeria Robecco President, United Nations Correspondents Association." Cars for the environment. Watch this site.

November 1, 2021

In UN of Guterres Preeti Sinha Questions By Inner City Press Still UNanswered So Docs

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

UN GATE, Oct 28 – How corrupt has the UN under Antonio Guterres become? Back in August, Inner City Press in writing asked him and UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric: "On UNCDF, on deadline, what is the UN system's response to this, from a whistleblower? Ms Preeti Sinha the newly appointed UNCDF secretary was the business development officer in a Swiss based organization IHDLIFE SARL until October 2020, before that she handled the Secretariat of the same organization’s another vertical. She ran a small company FFD ventures  SARL but in the appointment news of Preeti Sinha she is projected as the CEO and president of FFD Ventures SARL which has raised millions of dollars to support Covid 19 response and other development work.  But the truth is far less. etc"

  They had not answered, in two months, enjoying impunity. So Inner City Press on October 27 asked again, in a noon briefing it was sent to the WebEx code to by UNICEF but was then muted and "removed." It asked in writing: On UNCDF as Inner City Press asked each of you in August 2021 without any response, AGAIN, "what is the UN system's response to this, from a whistleblower? Ms Preeti Sinha the newly appointed UNCDF secretary was the business development officer in a Swiss based organization IHDLIFE SARL until October 2020, before that she handled the Secretariat of the same organization’s another vertical. She ran a small company FFD ventures  SARL but in the appointment news of Preeti Sinha she is projected as the CEO and president of FFD Ventures SARL which has raised millions of dollars to support Covid 19 response and other development work.  But the truth is far less."

And so now we publish photos, here.

UN Groups Pitch Murky Crypto Coins While SG Guterres Bans Press That Asks UN

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 30 – Asa Saint Clair was questioned for wire fraud by the US authorities at 845 United Nations Plaza in September 2019 for his involvement in a dubious cyber-currency called Igobit, issued through a UN-linked "inter-governmental organization" called the World Sports Alliance.

    Inner City Press, before being banned from the UN by Secretary General amid its questions about his corruption and links to UN briber CEFC China Energy, reported on the World Sports Alliance, including here and here and here, on Burundi.

    On October 23, 2019 Inner City Press now covering the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was the only media in the SDNY Magistrates Court when Asa Saint Clair was brought into the court in shackles. He was arrested in California trying to get on a plane to Madagascar by way of Paris. More on Patreon here.

  Now in October 2021, we present the claimed crypto-currency program of another UN affiliated group, the World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows:

"WAFUNIF has launched a charitable cryptocurrency program, which has been vetted by our compliance department in cooperation with our blockchain technology provider."

  And yes, it is UN affiliated - and under Guterres, Press questions to confirm or deny such things are blocked and refused: "WAFUNIF received the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Associational Accreditation with the Department of Public Information (DPI). And in October 1983, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) accorded it the Consultative Status in the General Category. In September 1987, in recognition of WAFUNIF’s significant contribution to the International Year of Peace, United Nations Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuellar designated it as an Official Peace Messenger, an honor conferred in a special ceremony held at the United Nation Headquarters in New York."

This is the UN under Antonio Guterres, corrupt censor.

October 25, 201

Cameroon Kills 3 Year Old Minex Kimora But UN Guterres Silent As Colludes and Bans Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon FB YouTube
BBC - Decrypt - LightRead - Honduras - Source

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 16 – As more and more civilians have been killed by the Cameroon government of Paul Biya, absentee president for 41 years, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been silent, other than falsely claiming that he got a ceasefire in Cameroon (while he made a deal with Paul Biya, for UN Budget Committee favors).

  Now amid Guterres' false claims and continued banning of Inner City Press with no end in sight (Q&A on law firm letter here), on the morning of October 15, 2021 Inner City Press asked Guterres, spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming and DSG Amina J. Mohammed this: " On Cameroon what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately USG Lacroix on that this week 3-year-old Minex Kimora was on her way to school with her mother in the city of Buea when a Cameroonian gendarme opened fire on their car, shattering her skull, killing the girl instantly."

  More than a day later, no answer. No one they let in asked; Dujarric said grandly he would make sure that announcements of meetings will be in French. And the UN "elected" Cameroon on a so-called clean (dirty) slate to its UN Human Rights Council. Today's UN is corrupt.

Back on December 9, Guterres' envoy Francois Lounceny Fall told the UN Security Council: "On 6 December, Cameroon successfully held its first ever regional elections aimed at finalizing the decentralization process in the country, including the implementation of a special status for the North-West and South-West Regions."

And Guterres and his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refused all of Inner City Press written questions on Cameroon.

  And on the other hand Human Rights Watch, whose Cameroon "expert" blocks Inner City Press, removed it from HRW's Louis Charbonneau's and UNCA's "human rights" presser, here.

When Inner City Press asked about it, Guterres used UN Security to rough up Inner City Press right after it interviewed Monthe, and to ban it from entering the UN, 1308 days and counting.
October 18, 2021

UN Puts Cameroon and Honduras on Human Rights Council, Guterres Colludes Scam Election

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 14 – How corrupt is today's UN system, under Antonio Guterres? Well on October 14 for the UN "Human Rights" Council every election was without any opposition or competition.

And among those elected were Cameroon of Paul Biya, which with Guterres support has been slaughtering Anglophone civilians (to cover it up, Guterres, Melissa Fleming and Stephane Dujarric have banned Inner City Press 1300 days), and Honduras of narco-president Juan Orlando Hernandez. Here's the full line up:

The new members of the Human Rights Council will start the three-year-mandate on 1 January 2022.  The numbers of votes obtained by each Member State:  Benin: 189, Gambia: 186, Cameroon: 179, Somalia: 171 and Eritrea: 144.  India: 184, Kazakhstan: 184, Malaysia: 183, Qatar: 182, United Arab Emirates: 180.  Lithuania: 178, Montenegro: 178  Paraguay: 185, Argentina: 175, Honduras: 172  Finland: 180, Luxembourg: 180, United States of America: 168.

   We'll have more on this.

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October 11, 2021

UN Guterres Who Bans Press Bloviates Praise of Ressa and Muratov Nobel to State Media

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Video Q&A Vlog Pod
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - SDNY/FOIA

UN GATE, Sept 18  – Each day, the current United Nations less accountable. And Inner City Press, banned now for the 1294th day by Secretary General Antonio Guterres continues to report on it, on August 16 publishing a UN internal memo about moving international staff to Kazakhstan. On August 16, 17 and 18 it in writing asking Guterres and his UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming about it - no answer. And no one they let in ask, or seeming had the memo, below.

 Now on October 8, Guterres who bans Inner City Press said this: "I congratulate Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov on being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.  Throughout the world, a free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights — and the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions.  No society can be free and fair without journalists who are able to investigate wrongdoing, bring information to citizens, hold leaders accountable and speak truth to power." Total hypocrisy. Vlog here. Pod here

 The UN has neither responded to or offered any explanation when a lawyer's letter - to UN official Fleming, and Tal Mekel, and to each UNCA Executive Committee member - urged them to have a dialogue about ending the UN's banning and censorship of Inner City Press.

On August 9, an independent (minded) journalist asked Dujarric about the letter, video here,

Spokesman: There has been no change in Mr. Lee's status.     

Question:  Has the letter been answered? Do you plan to answer it?      

Spokesman:  It's been received. Whether or not it's been answered, I don't know yet.

The letter was received by the UN's Melissa Fleming, Maria Luiza Vioti and Tal Mekel and to each UNCA Executive Board member, to them citing UNCA's stated goals that it has a charter to supposedly uphold.

What's next? Since the letter, Inner City Press has published exclusive stories not only from the U.S. court systems but about the United Nations, including its agencies UNOPS, UNFPA, UNITAR and UNESCO. (Also credited in AP, Daily Mail, and Nigeria's Sahara Reporters, amid answers from the IMF.)

But none of its written questions have been answered by the UN Spokespeople, and it remains banned from entry to the UN's briefings. This must end.   

 Having asked for a colleagial discussion, and while still offering it, things must turn to the law. UNCA is a New York State non-profit which has not only not abided by its stated goals - it has tortiously interfered with a journalist's right to cover the United Nations.    The United Nations itself propounds Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and has other legal duties that must be addressed by national courts, particularly in the UN's host country... 

Those in receipt of the first, friendly letter: melissa.fleming@un.org, marialuiza.viotti@un.org, mekel@un.org, malu@un.org,  and UNCA
Valeria Robecco, ANSA News Agency, Nabil Abi Saab, Al-Araby, Jianguo Ma, Xinhua News Agency, Edith Lederer, Associated, Giampaolo Pioli, Quotidiano, Linda Fasulo, Ibtisam Azem, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, Ali Barada, France 24, Asharq Al-Awsat; Oscar Bolanos, OMB News, Sherwin Bryce-Pease, SABC South Africa - Alexander Hassanein, The Tokyo Shimbun, Maria Khrenova, TASS, Philippe Rater, Agence France-Presse, Kaori Yoshida, Nikkei, Betul Yuruk, Anadolu Agency

October 4, 2021

Kenya As UNSC Prez Bans Inner City Press and Takes Only 6 Qs None on Nigeria or UN Rapes

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

UN GATE, Oct 1 –   With Kenya taking over presidency of the UN Security Council on October 1, on September 29 Inner City Press wrote to the Kenyan Mission to the UN to request access to its October 1 press conference by Ambassador Martin Kimani.

 Inner City Press wrote to the Mission and to its listed spokesman, James Ndirangu Waweru.

Two days later, nothing - inconsistent, to say the least, with Kenya's duty as President of the UN Security Council. And at the delayed October 1 Press-less briefing, after a pitch by Raychelle Omamo, the Ambassador took only six questions, all nearly identical but still in clumps of three to allow evasions. Inner City Press live tweeted it here:

It begins: UN Security Council "press" conference by October President Kenya Mission UN   AmbMKimani  - Inner City Press emailed asking for WebEx access (as it has at IMF) & Q's on Afghanistan Burma Cameroon, Yemen Nigeria - no answers. #UNcorruptsEveryone

 Now  @AmbMKimani  says UNSC will go on junket to Niger (no UN mission there) and Mali (failing mission); he quotes an unnamed Ambassador at breakfast this morning trying to "touch reality." The reality at the UN today is censorship

 Now  AmbMKimani  says "UNSC is expected to negotiate a resolution for the mission for a Referendum in #WesternSahara." The UN has been supposed to hold that referendum for decades and never did, took money, had sex abusers running MINURSO here

 Now  @AmbMKimani  claims he will grant interview request. Then why did  @KenyaMissionUN  refuse to even answer on WebEx access to ask about Nigeria Cameroon Yemen? Says he wants Kenyans to know what he's doing. We'll work on that - watch this feed


Now those allowed in the room consent to asking questions in bunches, so that  AmbMKimani  can dodge or ignore any Qs he wants. Tellingly, all three called on first ask the same question. Nothing on Nigeria Cameroon Haiti, Western Sahara much less UN rapes in CAR, most recently by a peacekeeper from Peru

And now it's over -  AmbMKimani  took only six questions, at least four and a half of them on the same topic. The topics that Inner City Press emailed  @KenyaMissionUN  about were not asked about, nor the email answered

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

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

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

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

So it remains up to Kenya and the Kenyan Mission to provide access. We will be covering them closely.

For now: "Here is the UN Security Council program of "work" for October under  @KenyaMissionUN   @AmbMKimani : #WesternSahara 13th, 4th #Haiti (cholera), 18th CAR (UN rapes) - no #Cameroon or #Nigeria, Inner City Press asked why, no answer."

Watch this site. 

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September 27, 2021

As US Sanctions Salvador 5 But No Hondurans UN Guterres With JOH Inner City Press Asks Of

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 21 – With Central America on the agenda of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken June 1-2 in Costa Rica, Inner City Press on May 27 asked Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Julie J. Chung about the Administration's approach to Honduras.  

 Now during the UN General Assembly from which UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press, with no actions by the US Mission to the UN, the US on September 20 announced sanctions of five from El Salvador and two from Guatemala - and NONE from Honduras. Why not?

 Well, one reason is the UN Sec-Gen Guterres has repeatedly covered up for Juan Orlando Hernandez, sending a four person panel to prop him up after dubious election, then refusing to answer Press questions about it. Now on September 21 in New York, Guterres has issued this: "The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, President of Honduras. The Secretary-General and the President discussed efforts undertaken to address the COVID-19 emergency, the impact of recent natural disasters and the implementation of the Comprehensive Development Plan.        New York, 21 September 2021      *****       El Secretario General se reunió con El Excelentísimo Señor Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, Presidente de Honduras. El Secretario General y el Presidente Hernández discutieron sobre los esfuerzos realizados para abordar la emergencia del COVID-19, el impacto de los recientes desastres naturales que afectaron al país, y la implementación del Plan de Desarrollo Integral."  Shameful.

  The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, was repeatedly referred to by DOJ prosecutors as involved in narco-trafficking during the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York trials of his brother, Tony Hernandez (sentenced to life plus 30 years) and Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez.  

 Acting Assistance Secretary Chung told Inner City Press that those leaders who will not tackle corruption will not be U.S. partners. While Inner City Press said thanks for the answer, how will the Administration cordon off its aid from use by the JOH government, which also used Facebook to game elections in the country?  Podcast here.

From the US State Department transcript:

MODERATOR: Let’s go the line Matthew Russell Lee. 

QUESTION: Sure. Thanks a lot and thanks for taking the question. I had wanted to ask specifically about Honduras. There have been a series of cases in the Southern District of New York where the brother of the president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, his brother Tony was convicted of drug trafficking. And in the most recent trial, his name came up repeatedly as “CC-4,” seemingly involved in the trafficking.  So I’m wondering – I know there’s a general concern with corruption and countries being sort of involuntarily subject to drug trafficking, but what’s the State Department’s thought of how to ensure that that aid to Honduras isn’t used by the current government? Or what’s your thinking on this? Thanks a lot. 

MS CHUNG: Yes, well, we take any allegations of criminal activity very seriously. I won’t speak to the specifics of the DOJ case, but combating corruption and impunity, those are really at the center of the President’s priorities in the region and how to address the root causes of irregular migration. So we have said very clearly that any leader unwilling to tackle corruption will not be considered a close U.S. partner, and we take that very seriously. And so we want to have these conversations ongoing with, again, not just the governments but all stakeholders in the region. And we also want to use this opportunity in this multilateral format to see how countries can look for these regional challenges and come up with regional solutions together as well.

  The answer stands in contrast with the United Nations, which after under Antonio Guterres have propped up JOH when he stole the election the last time has refused all of Inner City Press' questions, even in writing, and continues to ban it from entering the UN, now for the 1060th day. Something must change. 

Here's the trip announcement: Ned Price, Department Spokesperson  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel on June 1-2 to San José, Costa Rica, where he will engage with senior leaders from Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as Costa Rican government officials and civil society. ...
Secretary Blinken will then participate in a meeting with senior leaders from member-states of the Central America Integration System (SICA), along with Mexico.  Together, they will advance a collaborative approach to addressing the root causes of migration, including improving democratic governance, security, and economic opportunity for the people of Central America.  He will also meet separately with several of his foreign counterparts to discuss joint efforts to address bilateral and regional issues. Watch this site.

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September 20, 2021

For No-Vax Super Spreader UNGA Now NYC Letter, SG Guterres Thumbs Nose As Bans Press

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

UN GATE, Sept 15 – Since August 3, Inner City Press has each week end asked UN Spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming about the UN's planned "honor system" UN General Assembly week, without vaccination required.

On September 10 in a "press" conference from which he banned Inner City Press, Guterres again promoted his no-vax UNGA week, while saying he'll inject money to the Taliban and dodge a question about the Burma Ambassador targeted for assassination as prosecuted in SDNY court Inner City Press covers while banned from the UN by Guterres.

Inner City Press live tweeted the press-less presser here and below.

  Now New York City has written to Guterres saying that those entering the UNGA Hall would have to be vaccinated, letter here, something banned Inner City Press has asked Guterres in writing about for months. But on September 15 his spokesman Stephane Dujarric confirmed on camera that the UN will NOT be requiring that, and said there will be a vaccination tent. But don't those kick in after two weeks? The UN violates NYC law, just as it killed 10,000 in Haiti with cholera. UN under Guterres is a Super Spreader.

   South Korea, land of Ban Ki-moon and this second Moon: Presidential spokeswoman Park Kyung-mee announces President Moon Jae-in's plan to visit the United States to attend the upcoming U.N. general assembly at the presidential office in Seoul on Sept. 13, 2021. Moon will embark on the five-day trip starting Sept. 19.

 Now this song

UNGA Week Blues
by Matthew Russell Lee, 12 Sept 2021
"The UN of Guterres has its GA week
And UN hypocrisy is hitting its peak
Unvaccinated dictators coming to NYC
Guterres doesn't give a damn about you or me
If you ask about UN bribery he'll have you roughed up" pic.twitter.com/6nXPqRCSBg

— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) September 12, 2021


and analysis:

On September 21, while France's Macron was as of August 13 coming in person, by September 10 he is virtual, as did Chile. Guinea, post-coup, has been dropped from Day 1. Sept 10 list here.
And new PGA Adbulla Shahid's spokesperson Monica Grayley has refused a request for a copy of the speakers list - we'll have more on this.

September 13, 2021

UN Guterres Pitches No-Vax UNGA In Presser He Bans Inner City Press From, No Answers

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Video Q&A