U.N. – Elects Iran to Women’s Rights Commission.

Wait?…What??..!!??

The United Nations last week elected Iran to its “Commission on the Status of Women” (CSW).

Yes – Iran:

“According to the UN’s CSW website:

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

I guess the UN is looking for Iran, which arrests women’s rights campaingers, female journalists and their relatives to help shape global standards.

The same Iran that leads the world in executions.

GENEVA, April 25, The United Nations has elected the Islamic Republic of Iran and more than a dozen other repressive regimes to top committees charged with protecting women’s rights and overseeing the work of human rights organizations.

Despite the sharp condemnation of Iran’s human rights record by UN chief Ban Ki-moon — who recently reported how women in Iran are “subject to discrimination, entrenched both in law and in practice” and how “women’s rights activists continue to face arrest and persecution” —  the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York elected Iran to a four-year term on its 45-nation Commission on the Status of Women, the principal intergovernmental body dedicated to protecting women’s rights.

Equitorial Guinea was among other dictatorships also named to the global gender equality panel.

Meanwhile, in a separate vote, the UN additionally rewarded Iran by making the regime a member of its powerful 19-nation Committee on NGOs, a coveted position because it allows governments to silence criticism by acting as the gatekeeper and overseer of all human rights groups that seek to work inside the world body.

Other egregious human rights abusers elected to the influential panel include Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, slave-holding Mauritania, Russia, and Sudan, whose leader, President Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the ICC for genocide. All were deemed “not free” in the 2014 annual survey by Freedom House.

Burundi, Guinea, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Turkey, Venezuela, flagged as problematic and only “partly free” by Freedom House, were also elected.

http://www.unwatch.org/cms.asp?id=5560158&campaign_id=63111

 Wow, just wow.

Note: the U.S could have objected, but did not do so:

The Obama administration on Wednesday criticized Iran’s election to the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – but neither the U.S. nor any other delegation objected when given the opportunity to do so, thus allowing Iran to get the seat “by acclamation”.

https://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/us-doesnt-object-so-iran-gets-seat-un-womens-rights-body

This is the same U.N. that claims to be protecting our climate.

 

ENERGY PRICE$ : Up Up Up

Energy – we all need it in order to be a safe, healthy, and productive society.

As predicted –we are ALL going to have to pay a lot more for it very soon.

From today’s L.A. Times: …”in California alone could jump 47% over the next 16 years “

U.S. electricity prices may be going up for good

Experts warn of a growing fragility as coal-fired plants are shut down, nuclear power is reduced and consumers switch to renewable energy.

One recent study predicts the cost of electricity in California alone could jump 47% over the next 16 years, in part because of the state’s shift toward more expensive renewable energy.

“We are now in an era of rising electricity prices,” said Philip Moeller, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who said the steady reduction in generating capacity across the nation means that prices are headed up. “If you take enough supply out of the system, the price is going to increase.”

In fact, the price of electricity has already been rising over the last decade, jumping by double digits in many states, even after accounting for inflation. In California, residential electricity prices shot up 30% between 2006 and 2012, adjusted for inflation, according to Energy Department figures. Experts in the state’s energy markets project the price could jump an additional 47% over the next 15 years.

More here:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-power-prices-20140426,0,6329274.story#ixzz300HcQDZv