OK - so I used a little literary licence with that title, but in actual fact, if the United Nations gets its way, some of the writers at Magic City Morning Star News could well be blocked from publishing their material on line.
A few days ago at 'The Hill - Global Affairs Blog' Brendan Sasso published an article entitled: House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet in which he pointed out that House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet. He points out that 'the proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet'. He quotes Larry Strickling, the head of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration who said that "the measure would expose the Internet to 'top-down regulation' where it's really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders aren't." Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also criticized the proposal earlier this month saying that China and Russia are "not exactly bastions of Internet freedom."
The proposal could come up as early as December this year, and it is something of which we all need to be both aware and wary.
I live in The People's Republic of China where 'Facebook' is no longer allowed, and, from what I have been told, my 'SKYPE' ability which came with my new computer may soon be nullified. When a country can 'turn on or off' the internet to suit its 'Socio-Political' agenda, the people are not really 'free'. But this proposal is not about 'A Country', it is about the United Nations.
In 'Against the globalistas', John R. Bolton's review (published May 14, 2012) of John Fonte's latest work: 'Sovereignty or Submission : Will Americans Rule Themselves or Be Ruled by Others?' (at amazon) it is stated that "numerous U.N. bodies (such as the United Nations Human Rights Council) have been used to criticize and harass the United States in recent years".
The issue under debate in the article is that of global-governance, an issue at the heart of Tom DeWeese's writing at Magic City Morning Star News on Agenda 21.
Bolton's Review points out that 'global governance advocates focus less on countries like Iran, Cuba, and North Korea than on the United States' and the reason is that "The United States is the main threat to global governance, with its antiquated attachment to its Constitution rather than to multilateral human rights treaties and institutions."
One statement he makes about the American people could be equally applied to the issue of United Nations control of the Internet as it is to the issue of global- governance:
Since most Americans already believe they have too little control over government, the notion of giving up any authority to unfamiliar peoples and governments whose tangible interests likely bear little relation to our own is decidedly unappealing.
Concerning United Nations bodies, Bolton points out that these United Nations bodies that Fonte talks about, "seek to exploit both international law and domestic U.S. law to limit, constrain, and intimidate the United States and its political and military leaders from robustly defending our national interests abroad ...By threatening U.S. officials with prosecution for alleged war crimes or human rights abuses, asserting jurisdiction over them when they travel abroad, for example, the globalistas seek to impose their version of international law over our own constitutional authorities".
It might be hip or politically correct to be condescending toward 'conspiracy theorists' and 'doomsdayers', but these two recent articles ought to be enough to scare the pants off of any average citizen.
As I said, I live in Communist China and love it here and I do believe that there is a lot to be said for some of the internet and media policy enforced by the government here, but if I want to get free of it I can always go home. If the United Nations gets its way, going home might not make any difference, and when it comes to the internet, if the United Nations decided to get it's knickers in a knot about anything I may have inadvertantly said on purpose that did not reflect well on the United nations, then they could just 'pull the plug on me' so to speak.
Come on now! Don't be mean! Supporting the United Nations proposal just to shut me up is hardly justifiable.
And now for the Latest News from the United Nations:
Robert Mugabe asked to be UN 'leader for tourism'
Improbable as it seems, the Zimbabwean president, who is widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy, has been endorsed as a champion of efforts to boost global holidaymaking.
Here are some of the articles I have written that involve the United Nations and I am sure that you will find links there to others.
R.P. BenDedek at Kingscalendar and Magic City
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R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls.