US cuts funding for UNESCO after Palestinian vote (in Debates)


Duke November 1 2011 1:09 AM EDT

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45101938/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/



Way to go to paint yourself in the corner alone.

QBRanger November 1 2011 10:21 AM EDT

+100 Obama

QBOddBird November 1 2011 10:27 AM EDT

But the jubilation was quickly pierced by reality: The United States said it wouldn't make a $60 million payment to fill out its contributions for this year and would suspend all future funding.

While the U.S. has cut off funding ラ which typically amounts to $80 million annually ラ Washington has said it will remain a member, though if it fails to pay its dues for two years, it will lose its vote.

Give or take 20 million.

Kefeck [BlackSmith] November 1 2011 10:37 AM EDT

Pretty sure the U.N is just a joke at this point.

Keep in mind Israel has received the largest annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative recipient of aid since World War II of any country. And even still receives a ton of military assistance.

Now what's all that funding for? To maintain control of the Gaza strip and Palestine of course.

Now does this mean the U.N recognizes Palestine as it's own sovereign nation? I'm not entirely sure what the requirements are to be recognized into the group UNESCO.

Even funnier The U.S accounts for 20% of UNESCO's funding?

What a slap in the U.S's face, lol ...

AdminTitan November 1 2011 10:44 AM EDT

Pretty sure the U.N is just a joke at this point.

Yes indeed.

Even funnier The U.S accounts for 20% of UNESCO's funding?

22% actually :P

Demigod November 1 2011 10:51 AM EDT

The member-countries who voted yes or abstained knew the long-standing rule that allowing Palestine in before a peace-agreement would mean the loss of critical funds. As far as I'm concerned, UNESCO decided to forgo 22% of its own funds, likely banking that the US will resume making payments next year. They forced the issue here. If I ever decide to shoot myself in the foot, let's not blame the gun.

DERPA [Red Permanent Assurance] November 1 2011 4:11 PM EDT

The UN has been a joke for decades.
We're 1 of 5 permanent security council seats keeping millions during a global impact recession for at least a year. Not a bad deal.
The United States pulled out of UNESCO under President Ronald Reagan
That why the +100? ;) Under GUNESCO you may not exceed +5 in GP distribution.

Lochnivar November 1 2011 5:41 PM EDT

The United States pulled out of UNESCO under President Ronald Reagan, rejoining two decades later under President George W. Bush.

So does that mean that Bush Jr gets a -100?

Ah well, it's their own money and they can darn well do with it what they please. (maybe with this reduction in funds the UN won't be able to roam the US country-side in black SUVs and choppers anymore!)

Smart move by Obama, there's an election next year and he can't risk coming off as pro-science.

Duke November 1 2011 6:08 PM EDT

IF the USA want to remove itself from every international body like the UNESCO UN or major treaty. Nobody will cry over you guy leaving but do so completely not just want its in your interest.

The USA have fail on is resposibility of a super power since the korean war. Change of leadership is happening since 20 year.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 1 2011 6:44 PM EDT

what country are you from duke?

DERPA [Red Permanent Assurance] November 1 2011 7:08 PM EDT

America has been the best of the superpowers even with the countless faults. This stance of US leaving the UN entirely is quite insane.

AdminTitan November 1 2011 7:30 PM EDT

what country are you from duke?

I think Canada, I believe Quebec to be specific.
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