UN Steals Money to Offend the Senses


The U.N. Human Rights Council, frequently accused of coddling some of the world’s most repressive governments, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds.

In a ceremony attended by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo told the press that his 16,000-square-foot ceiling artwork reminded him of “an image of the world dripping toward the sky” — but it reminded critics of money slipping out of relief coffers.

“In Spain there’s a controversy because they took money out of the foreign aid budget — took money from starving children in Africa — and spent it on colorful stalactites,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch.

Even more pathetic is the “artwork” itself, although it does tend to nicely exemplify the essentially corrupt nature of the UN itself. Maybe that’s work $23 million…

And then there’s this:

Spanish taxpayers paid for most of the sprawling sculpture, which has been compared to the Sistine Chapel, but around $633,000 came from Spain’s budget for overseas development aid.

Forget the fact that some of the money was taking from the “overseas development aid.” That’s just money stolen from the productive to give to the non-productive. Nothing new there.

But comparing this putrid mess of colored bird shit with the Sistine Chapel? That’s just downright evil.

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