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Pro-EU socialist set to take helm at UN

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 Malevolent    3,448

The UN has been a bulldog with rubber teeth for a very long time.  They have drifted so far away from their original mandate and intent it is simply laughable. They are now just a tool in the hands of the Elite doing their bidding.





Antonio Guterres. Picture: EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

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Likely new UN head Guterres a tireless champion for refugees

LISBON — Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, nominated on Thursday to be the next UN secretary-general, is a self-described man of action who earned his stripes as the world body’s refugee chief, tirelessly pressing rich nations to do more.

An engineer by training, Guterres fought unflaggingly for migrants’ rights for more than a decade as UN high commissioner for refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

He repeatedly warned that millions of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere would turn to Europe if nations such as Turkey and Jordan did not receive more help to cope with their refugee populations. Wealthy countries had to take in more, he said.

"When people say they cannot receive Syrian refugees because they are Muslims, those who say it are supporting terrorist organisations and allowing them to be much more effective in recruiting people," he said in December just before he stepped down as UN refugee chief.

Guterres’s two terms at the helm of the UN agency were marked by a reform of its internal structures, which reduced the number of staff at its Geneva headquarters by a third. The overhaul boosted the agency’s capacity to respond to international crises by deploying more staff closer to hot spots.

Former Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva said earlier in 2016 that Guterres had "left a legacy" at the refugee agency "that means today he is a respected voice and all the world listens to him".

Frequently touted as a possible candidate for president of Portugal, Guterres said he declined to run because he would rather play ball than be a referee. "I like action, being on the ground, I like things that force me to permanently intervene," he added in a Portuguese TV interview in January.  <snip>


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