Would you trust the UN to control the Internet?


Everything the UN does turns to custard, except profligate waste and spending money, they are world champions at that.

Now there is a proposal for the UN to take over control of the internet.

It may not have intended to, precisely, but the United Nations just took sides in the Internet’s most brutal culture war.

On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.

But the United Nations then goes on to propose radical, proactive policy changes for both governments and social networks, effectively projecting a whole new vision for how the Internet could work.

Under U.S. law — the law that, not coincidentally, governs most of the world’s largest online platforms — intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook generally can’t be held responsible for what people do on them. But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only “license” those who agree to do so.

“The respect for and security of girls and women must at all times be front and center,” the report reads, not only for those “producing and providing the content,” but also everyone with any role in shaping the “technical backbone and enabling environment of our digital society.”

How that would actually work, we don’t know; the report is light on concrete, actionable policy. But it repeatedly suggests both that social networks need to opt-in to stronger anti-harassment regimes and that governments need to enforce them proactively.

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I really don’t know what to make of this


Credit: AAP

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly set to adopt a Syrian orphan.

The pair are already parents to three adopted children – Maddox from Cambodia, Zahara from Ethiopia and Pax from Vietnam – as well as three biological children, daughter Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.

But following a recent trip to Syria in her capacity as UN ambassador, Angelina is said to have decided to once again extend her “rainbow family” by adopting a refuguee. Read more »

Would you support a Rape support centre headed by a rapist?

If you wouldn’t support a Rape support centre headed by a rapist why on earth would you or any country support the United Nations?

In the topsy turvey world we live in we now have an organisation dedicated to human rights headed by a country that is famous for its human rights abuses. This is the same Islamic country that has taken exactly ZERO Muslim refugees but from its position of power as the head of the Human Rights Panel will be telling Christian countries not only to adhere to quotas set by them but will be telling them that they are not allowed to take only Christians. Yes, the country that helps no one will be telling other nations who are helping at great personal cost to their countries’ safety and economy that they are not allowed to pick and choose who they help!

It’s a sad comment on our world that oil continues to trump basic human rights principles.”

– UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer

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UN has solved the refugee crisis: it’s re-labelled them as migrants

It is always good to check out any change in language.  One of the biggies is when global warming turned into climate change.   We have another major shift on our hands as the UN and the Media Party realises their “refugee” approach doesn’t stack up.  Refugees are now migrants.  Problem solved.

Hungary has come under mounting criticism as regional neighbours joined the UN in blasting its use of water cannon and tear gas against migrants as “unacceptable” and “unbecoming”.

Greece, Croatia and Serbia, all of whom are under mounting pressure as Europe struggles with its biggest migration crisis since World War II, had harsh words for Budapest’s treatment of migrants at its southern border on Wednesday (local time).

But Hungary brushed off the criticism, with Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto describing the world’s reading of the events as “bizarre and shocking”.

Hours after the clashes, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was personally “shocked” to see how the refugees and migrants were being treated.

“It’s not acceptable,” he said.

Since when is a sovereign nation to be criticised for protecting itself, its citizens, its interests from an invasion of unwanted people?    Read more »

John Key buckles under pressure, as he does

Political parties – including the government’s allies ACT, United Future and the Maori Party – are calling for the refugee quota to be lifted in response to the growing crisis in Europe as people flee the conflict in Syria.

The quota of 750 refugees a year was set 28 years ago and is scheduled to be reviewed next year, but Mr Key suggested on Thursday action could be taken sooner.

“We’re not ruling out looking at whether there’s more we can possibly do earlier,” he told reporters.

“But we would want to get good advice that meant if we were to make any decisions, we could back that up with the level of support and assurances that we give other refugees who come to New Zealand.

“We’d also want to be absolutely sure that was the right thing to do.”

The hard “No” is now a “No… for now, with conditions, maybe”.   Read more »

“Climate change refugees” run to UN to bully NZ

Climate Change Refugees.  Give me strength.

A family seeking to be the world’s first climate change refugees are pleading to be allowed to stay in New Zealand while the United Nations considers their case.

Ioane Teitiota and Angua Erika and their three New Zealand-born children have lost claims for refugee status due to global warming.


Mr Teitiota has been battling deportation to Kiribati since 2011, when he overstayed his visa.

He argued his family faced indirect persecution from man-made climate change, which has caused rising sea levels, contaminated water, destruction of crops, tidal surges, and extreme weather.

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UN intern faked his predicament, admits it to lefty website

All the media were a flutter about David Hyde, the poor fool who accepted an unpaid internship in Geneva working for the UN and then whinged like a hooker who hasn’t been paid when he couldn’t find accommodation.

Turns out the publicity was a scam, a little stunt by this fool in order to garner sympathy and score some free accommodation for him and his equally bludgy girlfriend.

With attitudes like that they just have to be lefties…the fact he wanted to work for the UN suggests that, but so too is his choice of outlet to fess up…the enablers of Julian Assange and the traitor Edward Snowden.

A young unpaid Kiwi intern at the United Nations who caused an uproar after he was reportedly living in a tent has admitted to arranging a publicity stunt.

David Hyde, 22, was offered somewhere to stay after Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve photographed him in his suit in front of the tent he was camping in on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Today Mr Hyde told The Intercept website he and his girlfriend had planned ahead to alert media to his living arrangement.

“I looked up some studios and room shares to see the sorts of prices I would be paying in Geneva and it was clear that it would be too expensive for me,” Mr Hyde told The Intercept.    Read more »

How much spent on an apartment? Haven’t these guys heard of AirBnB?

Murray McCully’s department is out of control.

MFaT has blown more than $11 million on an apartment for our ambassador to the UN.

Hells teeth even at New York prices that is a whole lot of hootenanny gone a begging when it would have been cheaper to rent.

The Government has shelled out almost $11 million on a luxury New York apartment for our man at the United Nations.

Gerard van Bohemen, who was previously deputy secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and responsible for multilateral and legal affairs, was appointed New Zealand’s new permanent representative at the United Nations in February.

The US$7.9 million pied-a-terre in Manhattan’s Zeckendorf Development’s 50 United Nations Plaza lists the buyer as “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of New Zealand”.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the apartment in New York had been bought as the residence for the Head of Mission.

He said it cost $10,975,228.

“This follows a decision to sell the old residence, which is now on the market.”

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‘Worst year’ yet for Syrian civilians and Labour doesn’t care

It has been the worst year yet int he 4 year civil war in Syria. The scale of the humanitarian disaster is immense.

But Labour won’t lift a finger to help. they think we need to teach Syrians and Iraqis how to farm cows and grow crops…missing the point that Syria has been the hub of the fertile crescent for longer than people have lived in New Zealand.

The international agencies – including Save the Children and Oxfam – are criticising the UN Security Council for failing to alleviate the suffering of millions of people in Syria.

They said it had been the “worst year” for civilians as the conflict enters its fifth year.

Save the Children is calling on the New Zealand Government to use its seat on the UN Security Council to push for an end to the Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people.

Its New Zealand chief executive, Heather Hayden, said now was the perfect chance for this country to influence the international community.

New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United Nations Jim McLay said last month the UN should focus on the Syrian conflict, especially helping with access to medical aid and addressing the indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including through the use of barrel bombs.

The report condemns the world’s most powerful countries for not having the will to enforce their own UN resolutions on the free flow of humanitarian aid to the victims.

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Abbott’s on a blinder

Tony Abbott has got really, really lucky

First he gets to bash refugees and human rights wankers:

Australians are “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said after a report found Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers breaches an international anti-torture convention.

Mr Abbott’s criticism of the UN follows his attack last month of Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs, in which he called the report she commissioned on children in detention a “political stitch-up”.

The United Nations report, by the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, finds Australia is violating the rights of asylum seekers on multiple fronts under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez found the detention of children, escalating violence in offshore processing centres, and the detention and proposed deportation of two groups of Sri Lankan and Tamil asylum seekers were in breach of Australia’s international obligations.

The report, which will be tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, has been rejected outright by the government.

In extraordinary comments on Monday afternoon, Mr Abbott attacked the UN and said its representatives would “have a lot more credibility if they were to give some credit to the Australian government” for stopping boat arrivals.

“I really think Australians are sick of being lectured to by the United Nations, particularly, particularly given that we have stopped the boats, and by stopping the boats, we have ended the deaths at sea,” Mr Abbott said.

“The most humanitarian, the most decent, the most compassionate thing you can do is stop these boats because hundreds, we think about 1200 in fact, drowned at sea during the flourishing of the people smuggling trade under the former government.”

Mr Abbott said the best thing the government could do to “uphold the universal decencies of mankind” was to stop boat arrivals.

“And that’s exactly what we’ve done,” he said.

“I think the UN’s representatives would have a lot more credibility if they were to give some credit to the Australian government for what we’ve been able to achieve in this area.”

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