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May 14, 2007

The Latest UN Funnies

by Kevin Boyd

The United Nations, in a show of solidarity with the free and prosperous nations of the world, and showing a commitment to reform has elected Zimbabwe to head the agency’s Commission on Sustainable Development.

The 53-member Commission on Sustainable Development voted 26-21 with three abstentions on the new chair, said Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, vice chair of the commission. The chair traditionally rotates among regions of the world and it is Africa’s choice this year. The government of Zimbabwe has nominated Francis Nhema, the minister of environment and tourism, to chair the commission.

President Robert Mugabe, an 83-year-old who has ruled Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980, has been criticized by the West and domestic opponents for repression, corruption, acute food shortages and gross economic mismanagement that has driven inflation above 2,000 percent — the highest in the world. Mugabe has acknowledged that police used violent methods against opposition supporters.

So seizing farmland, ruining your nation’s economy, and starving your people gets you put in charge of the Commission on Sustainable Development. I’m guessing North Korea or Saudi Arabia are available to chair the Human Rights Commission.

And people still take this organization seriously….

h/t: QandO

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  • trumpetbob15

    How dare you criticize Mugabe? Don’t you know his country would be perfect if it weren’t for those capitalist pigs in the West?

    Ok, enough of the communist propeganda. Is this really any surprise? Just like any government program, the United Nations is the antithesis of everything is was meant to be when it was created after the West beat the National Socialist Party of Germany and then entered the Cold War with Communists. No surprise then that the United Nations is now run by socialists and communists.

  • trumpetbob15

    Dang, I thought that would show as sarcasm in the first paragraph. Yes, that is sarcasm and not meant to be serious.

  • mike

    trumpetbob, I find the tag works well in that kind of a situation. :-p

  • mike

    trumpetbob, I find that the < sarcasm > tag works well in that kind of a situation.

  • tarran

    I guess it all hinges on whether their decrees are backed by men with guns. If they are not, we can ignore them and get on with our lives. If they are, then we are in trouble.

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