United Nations

Omnishambles Woodhouse says our refugee vetting is just fine. Oh crap…

It’s not just that we are expecting them to screen suicide bombers and sleeper cells, but also other practical problems such as men with multiple wives.  

It’s all very well to say they are screened by the UN, but it would be a lot smarter to just not leave these sorts of decisions up to a Minister that said dairy farming was low risk, but worm farming can kill you.

The weekend attacks in France don’t mean Syrian refugees coming to New Zealand need further screening, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

About 100 Syrian refugees are due to arrive in January, the first group of the 750 that the government has agreed to accept.

The attacks in France are reported to have been planned in Syria and carried out by terrorists who had been in Syria.

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The Greens want us to oppose Australia’s bid for a seat on the UNHRC

The Green Party want us to oppose Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Most of their reasoning is on the basis that Australia is treating detainees poorly.

NZ UN Monitor says this is wrong and explains why we should be supporting Australia not boycotting them.

The New Zealand government was urged to speak out against alleged Australian human rights breaches during the standard four-yearly periodic United Nations review of Australia’s human rights record held at the UN earlier this week. At the same time, New Zealand’s Green Party also urged the government not to support Australia’s upcoming bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The Green Party is wrong on this issue. New Zealand should welcome and unequivocally support Australia’s bid for a seat on the UNHRC, even while does in fact speak up at the UN in relation to Australia’s human rights record.

Australia’s human rights record at home, and reputation for seeking to uphold international human rights, is far superior to, and cannot possibly be compared with, that of other UNHRC members such as Saudi Arabia, a country that beheaded more people than Islamic State this year, or Togo and Ethiopia, countries that restrict the press and punish homosexuals, or Burundi, where an authoritarian government restricts freedom of speech, or UAE, where political dissidents are tortured, or Kyrgyzstan, where there is impunity for violence against LGBT citizens, or Laos, where the government mocked a damning UN review, or Pakistan, where extrajudicial killings and discrimination against minority religions are common, or even Ecuador, where news reports are interrupted by government censors, and Venezuela, where government corruption is rampant.

Having Australia on the UNHRC will provide a counterbalance to these more concerning and hypocritical state appointments.

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Our double standard terror policies


Shalom Kiwi reports on our double standards when it comes to terrorist attacks.

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a strong, principled speech against extremism in July. In it, he said that if one says “‘violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter’ – then you too are part of the problem.”

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, was quick to condemn the recent terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey, calling it an abhorrent attack on innocent people and declaring that “we stand with the people and government of Turkey in their fight against terrorism in all its forms.”

Given our solidarity with Turkey, why is it that New Zealand has, so far, failed to similarly condemn any of the dozens of recent terror attacks in Israel over the past month, including the killing of parents in front of their children, the stabbing of elderly, firebombing of children, and a shooting at a bus station.   Read more »

UN staff hail Palestinian terror attacks on social media

UNRWA has always been part of the problem, never the solution.

Now their staff have been busted hailing terrorist attacks on social media.

Palestinian employees of a UN refugee agency are inciting Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis from social media accounts on which they explicitly identify as United Nations workers, a report from a UN watchdog published Friday charged.

UN Watch chief Hillel Neuer said his organization’s report was submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, to UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl and to US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. The US, according to the United Nations monitoring group, is the largest funder of UNRWA with $400 million annually.

In the report, Neuer cites nine UNRWA employees and presents screenshots of what the group says are inciteful posts from their Facebook pages that call for the murder of Jews, or promote conspiracy theories claiming terrorists killed by Israeli security forces were innocent.

Among the purported employees cited in the report is Hani al Ramahi, who identifies as a project support assistant at UNRWA. He posted a violent image on his Facebook on October 8 in which a keffiyeh-clad man stares down the camera, holding a knife with a blade bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag and dripping with blood. “Stab Zionist dogs,“ reads the caption.

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Oh hell, what will the left wing say now?

The left wing like to bang on about poverty all the time.

They talk about children in poverty, a newspaper runs campaigns on it pimping the poor. But most sensible Kiwis know that we actually don’t really have poverty in NZ.

And it seems that extreme poverty world wide is disappearing.

The World Bank has said that for the first time less than 10 percent of the world’s population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015.

The bank said it was using a new income figure of $1.90 per day to define extreme poverty, up from $1.25.

It forecasts the proportion of the world’s population in this category to fall from 12.8 percent in 2012 to 9.6 percent.    Read more »

I wonder who’s busy trying to get himself a job at the UN?

John Key is tone deaf at the moment and pandering to wombles at the UN…is he setting up his exit strategy?

Prime Minister John Key will not rule out taking in more Syrian refugees if required after delivering a speech about the plight of those refugees at the United Nations.

In his speech to the General Assembly, Mr Key criticised the Security Council for failing to act in the of the greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

Speaking afterward, he said he did not believe he was being hypocritical by preaching about the refugee crisis when New Zealand’s own contribution was to take 750 out of the millions of refugees.

He said New Zealand was doing “the best we can” across a range of areas but did not rule out doing more if it was necessary.

“I’m not going to rule out there could ever be more people taken on an emergency basis”.

“The advice we’ve had is that by taking the extra 250-odd each year we are starting to stretch the system a bit but as we’ve seen this is a fast moving situation.

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Is that before or after they fix climate change?

Good grief the Pope is insufferable.

He can’t even stop pedophilia amongst his priests but he has declared at the UN that he and the world’s leaders are going to end poverty.

World leaders have pledged to end extreme poverty in 15 years, launching an ambitious UN development agenda that sets priorities for trillions of dollars in spending.

The 17 goals and 169 targets aim to end poverty, ensure healthy lives, promote education and combat climate change, at a cost of between US$3.5 and US$5 trillion per year until 2030.

The new UN agenda will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs) that expire this year, but its objectives are much more ambitious in scope.

Critics say the goals lack precise definition and point to a history of grand pledges at the UN – without necessarily following through on them.   Read more »

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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Face of the day



Today’s face of the day is Australian and former Judge Sir Harry Gibbs. Sir Harry is deceased but his words are still poignant and relevant today.

On a facebook page that I follow called Stop the Mosque in Bendigo they wrote that…

GIBBS NAILED IT—Either we are a Sovereign nation—or not.
The UN Human Rights legislation makes Councils accept mosques.
UN gave religion “human rights” status—and we got 18C offence legislation
We must accept refugees as signatories to the UN Refugee Convention.
Agenda 2030 is being released tomorrow.
Climate Change summit will hook us in even more.
Australia is a sovereign nation—we should NOT be in the UN.

-facebook page Stop the Mosque in Bendigo

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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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