It gets better despite the United Nations

The Toronto Star’s Haroon Siddiqui describes how Canada suffered a “humiliating failure” at the United Nations for failing to get that coveted seat on the Security Council:

CAIRO—The sizeable Arab and Muslim bloc at the United Nations did play a big role last month in Canada’s humiliating failure to get elected to the Security Council.

This is the assessment of Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, which represents 22 nations with 280 million people. These states are also members of the Organization of Islamic Conference, which represents 57 nations with 1.4 billion people worldwide.

When Canada failed for the first time in the history of the UN to win a council seat, it was speculated that Europe had voted as a bloc for Portugal, the winner.

Or that many African states may also have done so, because Stephen Harper had reduced foreign aid to parts of that continent.

Or that the Arab-Muslim states, the biggest UN bloc, may have retaliated for Harper abandoning Canada’s long-standing neutrality in the Middle East and making Ottawa an apologist for Israel. Moussa confirmed this in an interview here.

In the latest news from the UN,

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Arab and African nations succeeded Tuesday in getting a U.N. General Assembly panel to delete from a resolution condemning unjustified executions a specific reference to killings due to sexual orientation.

Western delegations expressed disappointment in the human rights committee’s vote to remove the reference to slayings due to sexual orientation from the resolution on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions.

Canada should experience no shame in losing out on the Security Council seat.

In fact, our country is acting to make it better despite the best efforts of the United Nations,

OTTAWA – The cause of gay refugees who flee persecution in Iran only to face harassment in Turkey has caught the attention of the federal immigration minister, who says Canada is willing to facilitate their resettlement here.

Jason Kenney wrote the Canadian office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to urge quick processing of their applications after a story appeared last month in the Toronto Star.

That story centred on Iranian Arsham Parsi, now a Toronto-based advocate whose “Iranian Queer Railroad” project tries to help gay and lesbians in legal limbo in Turkey reach Canada or the United States.

“I can’t imagine more legitimate grounds for protection than folks who are facing potential execution in Iran for their sexuality,” Kenney said in an interview. “These are people who are clearly in need of protection, and Canada has already received a number of gay and lesbian Iranian refugee claimants through the UNHCR, typically through Turkey.”

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  • Constellation1

    At the 2005 G-8 Summit, leaders pledged to increase their aid to Africa. Canada committed to double assistance to Africa from $1.05 billion in 2003-2004 to $2.1 billion by fiscal year 2008-2009, and met that commitment.

  • Liz J

    The voting for the seat at the UN had nothing to do with money, Canada pulls more than her weight in that department. The Climate change file was tossed in as a cover but why not call it what it is, it all stems from a specific racial hatred.

    Calling it a “humiliating failure” is pretty rich. IMO, it’s the exact opposite, our principles are intact.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHG7OC7S2YZT3VX5EGZ43DHVYI Rob Vollman

    What did the UN seat ever do for us anyway?

    And since when are we an Isreal apologist? If anything Harper shifted our stance from anti-Israel to neutrality.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHG7OC7S2YZT3VX5EGZ43DHVYI Rob Vollman

    What did the UN seat ever do for us anyway?

    And since when are we an Isreal apologist? If anything Harper shifted our stance from anti-Israel to neutrality.

  • Anonymous

    Still squeezing the sour grapes, I see.

  • Jon C. Coates

    Over 50% of the population of UN delegations feature people who can only be described as thugs wearing $2,000 suits. There seems to be no limit to the ridiculous things the UN expects us to believe: Saudi Arabia is a guardian of women’s rights, Libia is a fine example of a defender of human rights, among others.

    Perhaps the time has come to abandon the UN and beef up the G20 by adding permanancy, a military arm and thus making a suitable replacement for the UN.

  • Anonymous

    Over 50% of the population of UN delegations feature people who can only be described as thugs wearing $2,000 suits.

    proof? links? (relevance?)

    Perhaps the time has come to abandon the UN and beef up the G20 by adding permanancy, a military arm and thus making a suitable replacement for the UN.

    aka neo-colonialism.

  • finnegan

    OK, say we accept your use of words: What works best for the most, neo-colonialism or thugocracies?

  • real conservative

    Only a socialist is popular at the UN. We didn’t have a chance.

  • Anonymous

    What works best for the most rich – neo-colonialism or thugocracies? Why, both.

    Any particular reason why you don’t think democracy is good enough, for everyone?

  • batb

    I figure that Stephen’s just balancing out a few other sour grapes that get squeezed far too often.

  • batb

    More to the point would be, why isn’t democracy good enough for the UN and Muslim thugs?

  • Anonymous

    OK so what Iran is doing in Lebanon isnt neo-colonialsm?Your duplicity is showing

    I said that where? We can’t have a discussion if you need to make stuff up. Since you asked, I don’t like any country unfairly controlling and exploiting a weaker country.

    You would have to be prety thick inthe head to know that these muslims in other countries are trying to pull the wool over my JEWISH eyes.

    no… I would need to be clairvoyant, cos I don’t have a clue who’s trying to pull what fabric over your eyes.

    Let them continue to speak and embaress themselves in the world forum and stage.
    Then we can pick them apart in forum of democracy.

    A bold statement indeed, for someone without a spell-checker…

  • Anonymous

    Before I respond to that breathtakingly ignorant and misinformed comment, I wonder if you could confirm whether this is your heartfelt opinion, or just a rhetorical feint to draw me out.

    I sure hope it’s the latter.

  • batb

    What does “democracy” mean to you?

  • Anonymous

    Is the UN undemocratic?
    Is neo-colonialsm democratic?
    Are all thugs Muslim? Or are only Muslim thugs of concern to you?

    (And, since no-one can back up Mr Coates’ ridiculous assertion that 50% of the UN delegates are thugs in expensive suite, is it OK if we sh!t-can that statement?)

  • batb

    Are all thugs Muslim?

    Of course not. There’ve been quite a few Liberal thugs on the hustings over the years who aren’t Muslim — and who, in fact, claim to be Catholic.