UN experts slamming UK for ‘normalising white supremacism’ is a projection of America’s divisive identity politics

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Instead of an organisation promoting peace and harmony across the globe, the UN has shown it sees the world through the prism of intersectionality, by projecting American woke imperialism to accuse the UK of systemic racism.

Over the years I have learned that reports that bear the imprimatur of the UN are likely to circulate self-serving mendacious propaganda rather than anything approximating an objective account.

So, I am not surprised that so-called United Nations human rights experts have published what the New York Times described as a “devastating critique” of the UK’s government’s recent report on race.

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As far as the UN’s jumped-up experts are concerned Britain is the land of white supremacy. They accuse the authors of the government’s race report of normalising white supremacy and failing to acknowledge Britain’s “atrocities of the past.”

The UN panel of experts stated that in “2021, it is stunning to read a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into fact, twisting data and misapplying statistics and studies into conclusory findings and ad hominem attacks on people of African descent.”

The authors insist that Britain is institutionally racist and they condemn the rejection of this account of life in British society as equivalent to a grave cultural crime. They claim: “This attempt to normalise white supremacy despite considerable research and evidence of institutional racism is an unfortunate sidestepping of the opportunity to acknowledge the atrocities of the past and the contributions of all in order to move forward.”

What the UN panel is really getting at is that unless you confess to being irredeemably racist and take the knee you are a white supremacy denier.

As someone who has written several books on racism, I am aware that prejudice and discrimination still continues to play a role in society. However, the claim that Britain is institutionally racist is absurd. Whatever the weakness of the government’s report it provides compelling evidence about the significant decline of the influence of race in the life chances of people.

The report of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent serves as a paradigmatic example of woke advocacy masquerading as expertise. The five members of the panel led by human rights attorney, Dominique Day, possess no expertise about the situation in Britain. They are professional NGO operatives who feel empowered to hold forth on anything to do with people of African descent. It is far from clear who appointed them and why they were chosen. In other words who made them the Gods, whose verdict the world needs to take seriously? 

In recent months the UN’s woke imperialism has been reinforced by the election of Joe Biden as the president of the United States. Predictably, one of the first things that Biden’s UN ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated was that if the US is going to join the UN’s Human Rights Council, we must acknowledge “our own failures,” since “White supremacy is weaved into our founding documents and principles.” 

It looks as if the Biden administration will attempt to globalise its values through the UN and insist that the world acknowledge its white sin and adopt the ritual of taking the knee at least three times a day. 

It is in many ways tragic that the institutions associated with the UN have become vehicles for promoting American identity politics. The world needs an international institution that the people of all nations could respect. Sadly the authority of the UN is being misused by campaigning organisations who are in the business of scoring points. 

I still remember an absurd report published last year that drew on ‘data’ from UNESCO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This international report claimed that the UK is one of the worst countries in the world for respecting children’s rights! It ranked the UK 169th out of 182 nations, behind Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Iraq.

Things are far from perfect for children in the UK. But you don’t need a Ph.D. in the social sciences to know that on balance British children are no better or no worse off than just about anywhere in Europe.

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The claim that children in the UK are worse off than in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Iraq is about as credible as the verdict that Britain is institutional racist by the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

It is tragic that the noble ideals that inspired the founding of the United Nations have become corrupted by some of their agencies who appear to be more interested in settling scores than in promoting the cause of humanity.

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Sudan extends lockdown in Khartoum state to June 29

June 17, 2020 / 7:31 PM / Updated an hour agoSudan extends lockdown in Khartoum state to June 29

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan has extended a lockdown in the state of Khartoum to June 29 as it tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, its Security and Defence Council said on Wednesday.

Khartoum state, including the capital, is the Arab African country’s most populous.

Curfew hours will remain unchanged, from 3 p.m. until 6 a.m., the council said in a statement issued after approving the recommendations of its Supreme Committee for Health Emergencies.

Sudan will start a process to bring back stranded expatriates through flights and border crossings starting from Sunday, the statement said.

Those who do not have medical certificates proving that they are not carrying the virus will be transferred to quarantine centres until being tested, it added.

Last week, Sudan extended the closure of airports to international and internal scheduled commercial flights until June 28.‮ ‬[nL8N2DR0EL]

The country had reported 7,435 coronavirus cases as of Saturday, including 468 deaths.

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan resume talks on Blue Nile dam

June 9, 2020 / 8:21 PM / Updated an hour agoEgypt, Ethiopia, Sudan resume talks on Blue Nile dam

KHARTOUM/CAIRO (Reuters) – Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia on Tuesday resumed talks on the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam after the failure of a U.S-led mediation effort earlier this year, a Sudanese official said.

The three countries have been at odds over the filling and operation of the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), under construction near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan on the Blue Nile, which flows into the Nile river.

The three countries had been expected to sign an agreement in Washington in February but Ethiopia skipped the meeting and only Egypt initialled the deal.

Sudan’s irrigation minister, Yasser Abbas, told reporters after a virtual meeting hosted by Khartoum with his counterparts from Egypt and Ethiopia that more meetings will be held this week at ambassadorial level.

“We hope to continue in this spirit in the coming days to reach an agreement on the outstanding issues,” he said.

There was no immediate reaction from Ethiopia.

Egypt’s presidency had welcomed the talks in a statement issued on Tuesday before the meeting, saying they were a test of whether there was political will to reach a deal.

The dam is the centrepiece in Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter, but has sparked downstream concerns in Cairo that Egypt’s already scarce supplies of Nile waters, on which its population of more than 100 million people is almost entirely dependent, would be further restricted.

Sudan appoints first ambassador to U.S. for decades

May 4, 2020 / 6:25 PM / Updated 2 hours agoSudan appoints first ambassador to U.S. for decades

KHARTOUM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sudan has appointed its first ambassador to the United States for almost a quarter of a century, its foreign ministry said on Monday, in a move to normalize relations after decades of antagonism.

Both countries pledged to improve ties after the fall of veteran Islamist ruler Omar al-Bashir in an uprising a year ago.

The Sudanese foreign ministry said it had chosen Noureldin Sati, a veteran diplomat, as ambassador in Washington and that U.S. authorities had approved his nomination.

A State Department representative declined to provide any insight on plans to appoint its own ambassador to Sudan and said it did not have specific information on the timing for that, but called the December decision to exchange ambassadors “a historic step.”

Both countries had for almost a quarter of century appointed only charge d’affaires, a diplomatic rank under an ambassador, to run their embassies in Washington and Khartoum.

In December, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two countries would exchange ambassadors. The U.S. ambassador would be nominated by President Donald Trump and needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that Bashir’s Islamist government was supporting Islamist militant groups, leaving Sudan ineligible for badly needed debt relief and financing from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Last year, a senior State Department official said the United States might remove Sudan from the list but the U.S. Congress needed to ratify such a move.

The State Department representative declined to comment on internal U.S. government deliberations on where the talks are about Sudan being removed from the list but added that the two countries remain engaged in active discussions.

“Compensation for the victims of terrorism remains a priority for the U.S. government. The United States and Sudan continue to engage regarding certain terrorism-related claims,” the spokesperson said.

Sudan imposes lockdown on capital after 10 new coronavirus cases

April 13, 2020 / 4:12 PM / Updated an hour agoSudan imposes lockdown on capital after 10 new coronavirus cases

FILE PHOTO: Customers queue to buy bread at a bakery in Khartoum, Sudan February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan will impose a lockdown on the capital Khartoum for three weeks after 10 more cases of the new coronavirus were discovered on Monday, its information minister said.

The lockdown in the country’s most populous city will start on Saturday, Faisal Saleh told Reuters. In total, 29 coronavirus cases have been discovered in Sudan, with four deaths, the health ministry said in a statement.

Sudan has already imposed a nationwide curfew, closed its airports and halted all long-haul bus trips between cities.

On Saturday, the health minister told Reuters authorities urgently need $120 million to fight the virus, which causes respiratory disease COVID-19, saying current capacity for beds with ventilators was just in the “hundreds”.

Sudan’s health system was neglected during the 30-year rule of Omar al-Bashir, who was toppled a year ago, analysts say.

Oddisee – Rights & Wrongs (feat. Olivier St. Louis) (The Iceberg Album)

[Verse One: Olivier St. Louis]
Two halves sittin’ on a one sided saw
Roundabouts is how we get round it all
It ain’t enough to have fair space between you and the hierarchy
Wanna fight for some equality
But what about if you the boss
And the boss always pays the cost
How you feel about your pocket, now
You could never have it all and make everyone feel 10 feet tall The rise and the fall must occur to all

[Hook: Olivier St. Louis]
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong (x2)

[Verse Two: Oddisee]
I would kill to save life
Do you see a hero or you’d rather read me rights
My neighborhood is getting nice
Safe to walk at night
I can’t afford to pay the price
Sudan we eat a lot of lamb
Latins like the chicken but what’s better over rice
I think I’m giving out advice
But all you hear is judgement on the way you live your life Paper that we read not the same
Yours framing me for the blame
Mine see you cause all the shame
We can’t agree on a thing
We are both beyond the games
But we still play
Should I fear what’s on the way
Bigger gear push on the breaks
One man’s heart is another man’s brain
Forever then the question will remain

[Hook: Olivier St. Louis]
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong (x2)

Czarface – All In Together Now (A Fistful Of Peril Album)

[Verse 1: Inspectah Deck]
I don’t do it like everyone else
Check our pro, boy
The flow grab your soul like the devil himself
Always knew that I was headed for wealth
Young gun salute, the triple O, so the presence is felt
And this is for my diehard day ones
Who came from the same place I came from
Where you get your name from?
I earn my stripes, I write that
E, turn the flame type of shit that will burn for life, yeah
It’s levels to this here, your’s under mine
Cool J with the flow, ladies love the shine
I’m hotter than Sudan in the summertime
Verbal mind, now you must be out your fucking mind
Right, living it up, make the honnies hot
Boss, I listen up when the money talk
And never paid a thought to the dummy talk
Funny talk, that’s hating what you love me for

[Hook: Inspectah Deck]
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now

[Verse 2: Esoteric]
You lack the minerals and vitamins native to my environment
I’m on the new level, true rebel, vibin’ it
I’m loyal, I’m royal, and boy, it’s a requirement
I’m more savage than below average, you don’t have it
New wins for the team, and that’s a no [?]
Pro status don’t met us, but crack your whole carriage
And I’m allowing the proud legally swing
The crown that I wear’s a cow beef with the king
I’m technologically advanced, leaving a slang
Genius intellect, flexing on the demons to cling
I’m daily deadly, but I don’t know who gave it away
It’s safe to say that it’s my victims, pray for my prey
Something is ain’t fun, the work is A1
I had a dangerous name since day one like James Gunn
But I ain’t licking wounds, cause I know where the pain’s from
So if you need a pic, you just allow me to paint one

[Hook: Inspectah Deck]
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now