U.S. Pulls All Funding for UNESCO After Sweeping Vote to Support Palestinian Membership

(Multimedia) In an emotional—and largely symbolic—move, the United Nations cultural organization known as UNESCO overwhelmingly voted to grant membership to the Palestinians, despite opposition from the United States and Israel. Now the United States says it will cancel a $60 million payment due in November to the U.N. body. Membership dues paid by the U.S. account for about a fifth of UNESCO's annual budget. The U.S. is also threatening to veto any Palestinian ... Full Story »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Nov. 2, 2011

And what we’re seeing there is really a classic example of the one percent, where most of our interests do not lie, controlling the 99 percent, the one percent being Israel and its supporters in the United States saying that the U.S. should take an incredibly drastic position, ending its support of UNESCO, which of course eventually will mean the U.S. will lose its vote in UNESCO, and potentially, similarly, in other U.N. agencies along the way. —- OK, the only tensions that it creates—the only thing it does is it upsets Israel, and it triggers this law that you said—that will require you to stop funding UNESCO. Is there anything else? There’s nothing that changes on the ground, is there? —- …both of which require really drastic consequences, not particularly that harm the Palestinians themselves, but that harm the U.S. role in the world, that harm the United Nations.

Sometimes it seems that (through their extremely powerful lobby) Israel is more our master then our ally.

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