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Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of April 30, 2003
BUSH SEEKS $90 MILLION INCREASE IN U.S. TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES TO THE UNITED NATIONS
"Despite the refusal of the United Nations Security Council to enforce its own resolutions calling for disarmament of Iraq, the administration is standing by the budget request it made in January to pay for a $90 million increase in the annual U.S. dues to the United Nations.
"The budget proposal submitted to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests an appropriation of $322 million for UN dues [sic] in Fiscal Year 04. Thats up from the $232 million in 03, according to the OMB. (The U.S. is assessed dues amounting to 22% of the overall UN budget each year.)" Source: John Gizzi, Human Events, 4/7/03, p. 6
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of October 31, 2001
HERITAGE FOUNDATION URGES U.S. TO PREPAY "DUES" ASSESSED BY U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Brett D. Schaefer, Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Center for International Trade and Economics at The Heritage Foundation urges "As Congress works in conference to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003 (S. 1401 and H.R. 1646) and the respective versions of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (H.R. 2500), it has an opportunity to buttress its relationship with the United Nations by returning to the practice of authorizing and appropriating Americas United Nations assessment before the year it is due.
"Each year, the United Nations approves a budget that is paid for by the member states according to a scale of assessments. The U.S. assessment for 2002, for example, will be 22 percent of the U.N. regular budget. Assessments of U.N. members are due in full 30 days after the billing date of January 1, although payments are not technically considered to be in arrears if they are made within the calendar year in which they are due." (Executive Memorandum, 10/4/01)
PRO-PEDOPHILE ACTIVISTS ALSO ADMITTED TO UNESCO
"Anti-Family Moves at UN: The UN Economic and Social Council the same group that recently booted the U.S. off the UN Human Rights Commission now seems poised to admit the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). ILGA was rejected by the UN several years ago because of its ties to the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), a group that advocates pedophilia. In contrast, the UN has been drawing out applications from pro-family groups like FRC and a British evangelical organization to receive NGO status for years." Source: Family Research Councils Washington Update, 5/16/01
U.N. PEACEKEEPING CAMPAIGNS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL WARS
Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.) writes (Texas Straight Talk, 5/14/01) concerning amendments to the State Department spending bill requiring reinstatement of the U.S. on the U.N. Human Rights Commission before Congress pays part of the nearly one billion dollars in back dues "owed" the U.N., saying "Unfortunately, the measure is largely symbolic, as it is unlikely to survive in the Senate."
CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL DEFENDS THE CONSTITUTION
"I proposed two substantive amendments to the State Department bill, both of which were rejected without debate and without a vote. One would have eliminated US funding for UN peacekeeping missions; the other would have eliminated US funding for worldwide abortion and family planning. These proposals were ignored because Congress does not want to address the real issue of whether we should continue to participate in an organization that serves no national interest and threatens our national sovereignty."
U.S. MUST SECEDE FROM U.N. WHILE WITHDRAWAL IS ALLOWED
"A sovereign nation cannot wage war at the behest of an international body, and our Constitution expressly reserves warmaking authority to Congress. This most serious power cannot be delegated, as no treaty can supersede the legislative function of Congress. Regardless of the Orwellian doublespeak, UN peacekeeping actions are indeed wars. The UN sends our young soldiers to fight under its command in wars that dont involve us. It uses our young soldiers to fight for causes deemed legitimate by international bureaucrats. It escalates deadly conflicts in places like Kosovo and Somalia by inevitably favoring one warring faction over another. More than anything, the UN violates our sovereignty by using our military might in undeclared, unconstitutional wars. My amendment could have eliminated UN war funding and restored proper command over our armed forces. Yet Congress refuses to recognize the problem and end our participation in UN military adventurism."
CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT AGAINST U.N. CRIMINAL COURT
"Undeclared wars are only one of many threats to our sovereignty posed by the UN. The recently proposed International Criminal Court seeks to subject U.S. citizens to the jurisdiction of an unconstitutional world tribunal. Our soldiers are especially at risk, as wartime actions later could be prosecuted as crimes of aggression or crimes against humanity. One amendment to the State Department bill makes a weak attempt to protect soldiers from prosecution, but the validity of the tribunal itself is not challenged. What about rights guaranteed to American citizens under the Constitution, such as due process, jury trials, the right against self-incrimination, and the prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures? The conflict between our national laws and a global court is clear. I introduced legislation earlier this year that would rescind U.S. approval of the ICC treaty (signed by a Clinton administration official), yet again Congress sidesteps the issue rather than address the central question of whether the Constitution permits American citizens to be brought before an international court."
KILL THE U.N. OCTOPUS DONT JUST WRESTLE WITH ITS TENTACLES
"The UN unquestionably intends to exert more and more control over both our foreign and domestic policy. The UN wants to tax us, involve us in wars, determine our labor, environmental, and gun policies, and subject us to the jurisdiction of its courts. We cannot ignore this threat to our national sovereignty any longer. Congress must be held accountable whenever it unconstitutionally cedes more of its authority and our freedom to global bureaucrats."
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of October 15, 2000
MICHAEL NEW'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS SET ASIDE BY POLITICIZED JUDICIARY
Julie Foster reports (WorldNetDaily, 10/19/00) that "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ended its 2000 regular term without rendering an opinion on the case of Army Specialist Michael New, who was court-martialed and given a bad-conduct discharge for refusing to wear a U.N. uniform and submit to the command of a foreign officer.
"While serving stationed in Germany in 1995, New was among a few hundred troops President Clinton sent to Macedonia on a peacekeeping mission dispatched by the United Nations. The soldier chose not to obey what he calls an illegal order to remove his American military uniform patch in favor of the insignia and blue beret of the United Nations, saying he would not serve a foreign power.
"Consequently, New was slapped with a court-martial charging he had refused to obey a 'lawful' order. ...
"Oral arguments were heard by a five-member panel of civilian judges on Feb. 4, and expectations were for a quick decision. However, the court concluded its 2000 session on Sept. 30 without making a decision on the case. ..."
JUSTICE DEFERRED IS JUSTICE DENIED
"Retired Army Judge Advocate General Lt. Col. Henry Hamilton, who represents New in the military courts, said he has heard speculation that the court is waiting until after the election to make a decision on New's appeal. Should the appeal be granted, New's conviction would be re-evaluated in light of his evidence that the order to obey the U.N. command was unlawful. In other words, his successful appeal would effectively be putting U.N. authority on trial.
"'Some have speculated, and I decline to speculate, that substantial disagreement among the five judges or through lengthy and unusually convoluted legal reasoning, an attempt is being made to justify the army's constitutional error, which was taking away from the military jury one of the elements of the defense on the lawfulness of the order,' Hamilton said, adding that he believes a decision will be rendered in late fall or early winter. ...
"New, a native Texan who has been extremely reserved in his communications with the news media, gave WorldNetDaily this statement: 'It truly stuns me that a court-martial takes three days and an appeal 5 years. ..."
IF NEW WINS, KOFI ANNAN LOSES
"The question of whether American military personnel should submit to the United Nations has caused a firestorm among advocates for a global governing system and supporters of American sovereignty. But if U.N. Secretary General Kofi A. Annan of Ghana gets his way, every major country will have a set of troops dedicated to the United Nations. ...
"New's case has direct impact on the United States' participation in such a military force, as it questions the constitutionality of U.S. soldiers subjecting themselves to the rule of a foreign authority -- a direct violation of the oath taken by all U.S. military personnel."
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of March 31, 1999
GOP SPEAKER HASTERT BECOMES LOBBYIST FOR U.N. FUNDING
When Dennis Hastert was a mere member of the U.S. House of Representatives, prior to his selection as Speaker, his one vote which distinguished him as more conservative than other top Republicans was his support for Roscoe Bartlett's motion to reject paying off the phony debt claims which the United Nations has made on the U.S. Treasury.
Unfortunately, now that Congressman Hastert is Speaker Hastert, he is walking the pro-U.N. path trod by Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, Bob Dole, and other GOP Congressional leaders past and present.
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of April 30, 1998
ASHCROFT, HELMS, SMITH, AND 46 OTHER GOP SENATORS VOTE TO PAY PHONY U.N. DEBT AND TO CONTINUE SUBSIDIES TO U.N. POPULATION FUND
On April 28, the U.S. Senate approved sweeping legislation to pay $819 million in claimed back dues to the United Nations.
HELMS ADMITS THAT SO-CALLED "PRO-LIFE" LANGUAGE WILL HAVE LITTLE PRACTICAL IMPACT
Senator Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), who favors sending the money to the U.N. in return for the Clinton Administration accepting some of his ideas about State Department reorganization, acknowledges the irrelevance of the supposedly pro-life provisions in the bill saying, "What did Ronald Reagan's Mexico City policy do? It forbade any expenditure of U.S. taxpayer money going to any organizations that performed abortions abroad....The provision in this conference report does not do what the Mexico City policy did. As much as I wish it were otherwise, section 1816 will not cut off funding to organizations that perform abortions as required under President Reagan's original Mexico City policy. All section 1816 does is simply prohibit population control groups from using American taxpayers' money which they will receive under current law anyhow to lobby foreign countries to overturn their laws pertaining to abortion." (Source: Conference Report on H.R. 1757, 4/28/98)
A BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE U.N., EMPTY SYMBOLISM FOR CONSERVATIVES
Supposedly this was a pro-life vote, but, in fact, the correct pro-life vote would have been to deny all funds to the pro-abortion United Nations and to the population control advocacy and activist organizations which collaborate with it.
Once again, the Republican Party has abandoned principle to score meaningless political points against Bill Clinton, foolishly asserting that rhetorical limits on subsidies to pro-abortion groups somehow override the stupidity of giving those groups (including the U.N. itself) any money at all.
IT IS NOT PRO-LIFE TO SUBSIDIZE THE PRO-ABORTION UNITED NATIONS
The 49 Republicans who voted (Roll Call No. 105, 4/28/98) to pay the phony debt to the U.N. and give another $25 million to the U.N. Population Fund were: Abraham (Mich.), Allard (Colo.), Ashcroft (Mo.), Bennett (Utah), Bond (Mo.), Brownback (Kans.), Burns (Mont.), Campbell (Colo.), Coats (Ind.), Cochran (Miss.), Coverdell (Ga.), Craig (Ida.), D'Amato (N.Y.), DeWine (Ohio), Domenici (N.M.), Enzi (Wyo.), Faircloth (N.C.), Frist (Tenn.), Gorton (Wash.), Gramm (Tex.), Grams (Minn.), Grassley (Iowa), Gregg (N.H.), Hagel (Neb.), Hatch (Utah), Helms (N.C.), Hutchinson (Ark.), Hutchison (Tex.), Inhofe (Okla.), Kempthorne (Ida.), Kyl (Ariz.), Lott (Miss.), Lugar (Ind.), Mack (Fla.), McCain (Ariz.), McConnell (Ky.), Murkowski (Alaska), Nickles (Okla.), Roberts (Kans.), Santorum (Pa.), Sessions (Ala.), Shelby (Ala.), Smith (N.H.), Smith (Ore.), Stevens (Alaska), Thomas (Wyo.), Thompson (Tenn.), Thurmond (S.C.), and Warner (Va.).
PRO-LIFE PRINCIPLES SOLD FOR A MESS OF POTTAGE
Judie Brown, Chairman of the American Life League, observes in her April 17 Communiqué (p. 2) that the reconstructed "Mexico City policy" is a sham. "New language passed by the U.S. House of Representatives includes a waiver that would affect only those organizations that violate the abortion laws of a foreign country, or lobby to legalize abortion. It would not affect groups that are involved in performing abortions."
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of April 30, 1998
EVERY DOLLAR AMERICA SENDS TO THE UNITED NATIONS PROMOTES ANTI-CHRISTIAN ACTIONS, INCLUDING ABORTION
The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute has pointed out (Friday Fax, May 1, 1998) that "The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a four-day Round Table on Adolescent Reproductive Health and Rights in New York from April 14-17. Actress Jane Fonda, wife of communications tycoon Ted Turner who last year pledge US$1-billion to the UN, was one of the featured speakers....
"By UN definition, reproductive health services include provision of abortion and artificial contraception...."
SEPARATING THE NEXT GENERATION FROM GOD, FAMILY, AND COUNTRY
"Other participants at the UNFPA roundtable agreed on the importance of allowing adolescents unimpeded access to reproductive health services. They also stressed the importance of launching propaganda campaigns against religious and social groups opposed to this anti-family approach. We know from our own experience and our research that adolescents want to take responsibility for their own lives, including their sexuality and their reproductive health, commented Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director of the UNFPA. Sadik acknowledged that legal, religious and social barriers remain which limit children's free access to reproductive health services. Consequently, the main battle in most countries now is to concentrate policy makers' attention on the urgency of the issue, to make resources available, and to remove the conceptual barriers still in the minds of many service providers."
PLANNED PARENTHOOD DRIVES THE AGENDA
"Dr. Pramilla Senanayake, Assistant Secretary-General of International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world's largest and wealthiest abortion provider, participated also. Adolescent reproductive health is a basic human right, Senanayake argued. The real challenge is to relinquish our control over young people and to work with them to implement their rights.
"The round table was the first of four being held as part of the five-year review of the implementation of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development's Programme of Action...."
OPPOSITION TO ABORTION IS DEFINED AS "FORCED PREGNANCY"
"The 54th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (CHR) passed a resolution this week condemning what is termed forced pregnancy. The 56-member commission is concluding its six-week annual session today, and will report its findings to the UN Economic and Social Council this summer....
"The concept of forced pregnancy first appeared in UN debates in the context of the Bosnian conflict where it was reported that women were forcibly impregnated and had their babies taken from them. In recent years there has been an aggressive effort among UN feminists to expand this term to mean the lack of liberal abortion laws, and to insert this new meaning into key UN documents.
"In a private meeting in Geneva last week, the Women's Caucus (of feminist NGOs) said they will refrain from using the term abortion in future UN documents and speeches since the term is so controversial. Instead, they will use forced pregnancy or enforced pregnancy, terms which are harder to define and thus conceal the real agenda...."
CLINTON'S "FREE TRADE OF THE AMERICAS" CONFERENCE USED TO PUSH ABORTION
"Using coded language that is familiar to experienced UN observers, the Summit of the Americas that just finished its work in Santiago, Chile, has called for the elimination of abortion laws in the American nations.
"In the Santiago Plan of Action, under a section called Eradication of Poverty and Discrimination, the heads of state of the 34 American democracies said governments will examine the existing laws and their implementation in order to identify obstacles limiting the full participation of women in the political, economic, social and cultural life of our countries. Conservative abortion laws are widely understood to be just such an obstacle, pro-life activists warn." (Source: Friday Fax, April 24, 1998)
IT'S AS MUCH ABOUT "FREE LOVE" AS IT IS ABOUT "FREE TRADE"
According to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a United Nations NGO, Bill Clinton was in Santiago to push for a key component of the proposed NAFTA-like accord with 34 Latin American countries: more sex education, more government population control programs, and more homosexual agitprop under the guise of AIDS education.
IT'S NOT "AN AMERICAN AGENDA" WHICH BILL AND HILLARY ARE PEDDLING
"In March, the Chilean legislature hosted a meeting that some considered to have been a preparatory committee conference for the pro-abortion advocates who attended the summit.
"Called the Interparliamentary Meeting on Education in Population, Adolescents, and Reproductive Health, the gathering drew representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), as well as representatives of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which is the world's richest abortion provider."
"TRADING" IN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AS A "HUMAN RIGHT"
"At that closed-door meeting, national legislators reported on their countries' advancement in the areas of sex education and reproductive health for children. One report lamented that it is difficult for parents to accept the rights and the sexual activity of adolescents. Another urged that, within AIDS education, something called for in the previous summit in Miami, it is important...to incorporate the new focus where it concerns adolescents, youth, gender, and reproductive rights as human rights.
"As a result of the Miami summit, financial commitments with possible strings attached to reproductive health have already begun pouring into Latin America. Hillary Clinton attended the Sixth Conference of Wives of Heads of State and Government held in La Paz, Bolivia", where various U.S. foreign aid commitments were made. Source: The Wanderer, 4/30/98, p. 1
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