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UN gets a telephone country code for disaster relief

According to a post by Alec Saunders, the United Nations has been given its own country code — you know, the thing that confuses Americans get wrong when we have to call another country. “Tomorrow, Voxbone will announce an agreement with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to implement country code +888 on behalf of UN agencies engaged in rendering assistance to nations or regions affected by natural disasters.” Here’s Alec’s explanation, based on a conversation with Voxbone CEO Rodrigue Ullens:

In cases of humanitarian need, where telephone systems may be inoperable because of natural disaster, the first teams on the ground would deploy a local GSM antenna, connected via satellite to the rest of the world. Then Voxbone would simply forward calls to the +888 country code via satellite to the local GSM station on the ground. The impact is that UN inter-agency, intra-agency, and external users will be able to dial a +888 number assigned to a relief agency from anywhere in the world, and be immediately connected to that relief agency in the field, in whatever country being served. Not only that, the numbers need never change. Relief staff will be reachable on the same numbers in whatever location they are currently assigned.

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  1. We Pay Our Enemies
    From 2000 to 2009 the US, in grants and credits, gave the Middle East $78,006,000
    In 2008 the figure was $10,787,000,000

    In 2008 the US gave $131,724,000,000 to the world, of that the Middle East (Census Bureau Chart was not more specific) got $33,486,000,000

    We are a giving nation. These numbers do not reflect the private donations, UN monies, IMF funding, or income from other sources. Why are we giving so much aid to countries that already have national resources that are highly sought commodities? That is to say, oil is the highly sought commodity.

    Let’s look at some of these numbers in closer detail. In 2008 based on Census Bureau data the amounts of military and foreign economic aid (Table 1298) (NOP-Non OPEC Oil Producer);
    China $103,000,000 DAC Not found
    Algeria $13,000,000 OIC OPEC DAC 60 billion dollars in 2008 oil revenues
    Angola $58,000,000 OPEC DAC 60.1 billion
    Ecuador $52,000,000 OPEC DAC 8.7 billion
    Iran $7,000,000 OIC OPEC DAC 73 billion
    Jordan $833,000,000 OIC DAC
    Kazakhstan $112,000,000 OIC DAC 140 billion
    Kuwait 0 OPEC 70.3 billion
    Libya $10,000,000 OIC OPEC DAC 50.3 billion
    Malaysia $53,000,000 OIC NOP DAC 60.1 billion
    Mali $140,000,000 OIC DAC
    Mauritania $240,000,000 OIC DAC
    Morocco $696,000,000 OIC NOP DAC
    Mozambique $799,000,000 OIC DAC
    Niger $50,000,000 OIC DAC
    Nigeria $485,000,000 OIC OPEC DAC 61.6 billion
    Oman $23,000,000 OIC DAC
    Pakistan $963,000,000 OIC DAC
    Qatar 0 OIC OPEC 33.5 billion
    Saudi Arabia $1,000,000 OIC OPEC 253.3 billion
    Senegal $78,000,000 OIC DAC
    Sierra Leone $12,000,000 OIC DAC
    Somalia $351,000,000 OIC DAC
    Sudan $1,196,000,000 OIC DAC
    Surinam $2,000,000 OIC DAC
    Syria $36,000,000 OIC DAC
    Tajikistan $70,000,000 OIC NOP DAC
    Togo $4,000,000 OIC DAC
    Tonga $2,000,000 OIC DAC
    Tunisia $11,000,000 OIC DAC
    Turkey $21,000,000 OIC DAC
    Turkmenistan $23,000,000 OIC DAC
    Uganda $456,000,000 OIC DAC
    UAE $1,000,000 OIC OPEC 80.9
    Uzbekistan $14,000,000 OIC
    Venezuela $19,000,000 OPEC DAC 53 billion dollars in 2008 oil revenues
    Yemen $37,000,000 OIC DAC

    The OIC has a permanent delegation to the United Nations, and describes itself as the second largest international organization after the United Nations.

    The member states of the OIC are also UN members. Doesn’t this create a situation in which some states are represented twice while other member states are represented only once?

    Most OIC member countries are non-democratic. This translates to anti-US

    On August 5, 1990, 45 foreign ministers of the OIC adopted the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam to serve as guidance for the member states in the matters of human rights in as much as they are compatible with the Sharia, or Quranic Law.

    Article 24 states, “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’ah.” and Article 25 follows that with “The Islamic Shari’ah is the only source of reference for the explanation or clarification of any of the articles of this Declaration.”

    Contradictions between OIC’s and other U.N. member’s understanding of terrorism has stymied efforts at the U.N. to produce a comprehensive convention on international terrorism.

    In 2008 we, the United States, provided to OIC members $6,739,000,000.
    OIC states that are also OPEC earned a total of $4,635,000,000 in oil revenue.

    We are also providing assistance to these states to bring them into the global market, ostensibly so that all can benefit.

    OPEC/OIC states have received $11,734,000,000 US Tax Dollars.

    Some of the states listed above are located in West Africa. A region that is described by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies describes as a source of growing terrorism and related threats.

    Worst of the Worst FPM cross referenced with Hillary’s State Department Reports
    Sudan torture, rape, child sexual abuse, restrictions on speech, extrajudicial killings, obstruction of humanitarian aid, restrictions on movement, religion and gatherings, the government bombs and burns civilian areas, trafficking in persons, and the list goes on. Now, if a US contractor or military member is found to be paying for the trafficking of persons they will be brought up on charges and jailed. Why is it alright for the State Department to pay any country that continues this?

    Turkmenistan inability to change their government; reports of torture and mistreatment of detainees; incommunicado and prolonged detention; arbitrary arrest and detention; denial of due process and fair trial; arbitrary interference with privacy, home, and correspondence; restrictions on freedom of speech, press, assembly, and association; restrictions on religious freedom, including continued harassment of religious minority group members; restrictions on freedom of movement for some citizens; violence against women; and restrictions on free association of workers.

    Uzbekistan The United States is concerned by the Uzbek Supreme Court’s decision to close the Human Rights Watch Office in Tashkent. International NGOs such as Human Rights Watch have an important function to play around the world, and we regret that Human Rights Watch will not be able to do so in Uzbekistan. … The government tightly controlled the mass media and treated criticism of the regime as a crime.

    Iran Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life, Disappearance, rape, murder, torture, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, denial of fair trial, no due process, confiscation of property (sounds like eminent domain),

    China Look into the archive list to the side as I have already begun their profile due to being part of the UNSC.

    Libya They were bad enough and weak enough for the UN to call military action against them a good thing.

    Syria The security forces committed arbitrary or unlawful killings, caused politically motivated disappearances, and tortured and physically abused prisoners and detainees with impunity …The government violated citizens’ privacy rights. The government imposed severe restrictions on civil liberties: freedoms of speech and press, including Internet and academic freedom; freedoms of assembly and of association, including severe restrictions on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and freedoms of religion and movement. An atmosphere of corruption pervaded the government. Violence and societal discrimination against women continued, as did sexual exploitation, increasingly of Iraqi refugees, including minors. The government discriminated against minorities, particularly Kurds, and severely restricted workers’ rights.

    Egypt Well, now that they are under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, I think things are going from bad to worse

    Venezuela The following human rights problems were reported by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the media, and in some cases the government itself: unlawful killings, including summary executions of criminal suspects; widespread criminal kidnappings for ransom; prison violence and harsh prison conditions; inadequate juvenile detention centers; arbitrary arrests and detentions; corruption and impunity in police forces; corruption, inefficiency, and politicization in a judicial system

    UgandaAgain, I have already begun a profile on Uganda as part of the UNSC

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