Friday, May 23, 2008

Misers No More?

Cross posted at Reject the UN

Saudi Arabia Pledges $500 Million to the World Food Program

Two weeks after a FOX News investigation showed oil-rich Saudia Arabia had donated nothing this year to help the United Nations World Food Program feed the world's hungry, the globe's number one oil exporter is finally opening its checkbook.

How nice. All it took was 2 weeks of begging by the world. Please Mr. Arab with the Money give some to the starving of the world. And now they want to be considered a wonderful nation for this "generosity".

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Friday the "landmark" 500-million-dollar contribution by Saudi Arabia to the world body's food agency to help fight the global food crisis.

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"Landmark" $500 million contribution? And what did the US give? $1.6 Billion. That's Billion with a 'B'. 5 times as much as the nearest contributor.

The OPEC total amounts to roughly one minute and 10 seconds worth of the organization’s estimated $674 billion in annual oil revenues in 2007 — revenues that will be vastly exceeded in 2008 with the continuing spiral in world oil prices.

The only other major oil exporter who made the WFP list of 2008 donors was the United Arab Emirates, which kicked in $50,000. UAE oil revenues in 2007 were $63 billion.

By contrast, the poverty-stricken African republic of Burkina Faso is listed as donating more than $600,000, and Bangladesh, perennial home of many of the world’s hungriest people, is listed as donating nearly $5.8 million.

The starving people donate $6.4 million and OPEC donates $1.5 million. Somethings just don't add up, does it.That's all the nations of OPEC, some of the richest in the world. You know: Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

And guess what? They don't pay the most in UN dues either. Actually they pay very little dues. I wonder how they get away with that? Is it because the majority of members of OPEC are all members of the Arab League? That nice League with the following members: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt. Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. A nice bunch. They vote in a bloc, never voting against a fellow member. And they have a wonderful Charter filled with wonderful ideas in it. They don't need the UN, they can have their own little Lovefest without the rest of the world.

Actually the time has come to leave the UN. And you can do your part to convince our lawmakers.

There is now a petition of Withdraw the United States from the UN. By clicking on the lovely flag below, you too can give your voice to it. It is easy to do and takes only a few minutes.

There is no place at the UN for the US and the US is tired of paying for the UN.

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