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Thursday, October 17, 2013

HELEN OF BE-TROY (BETRAY)?

Helen Clark - Prime Minister (Labour Party) of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008. Now the Chief Administrator of the UNDP since 2009. Photo source: wikipedia/UNDP.

We are still waiting for an answer- 
HELEN OF BE-TROY (BETRAY)?
by Sasha Uzunov


Former New Zealand Prime Minister and now the boss of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark was in Sydney, Australia this week to lecture us from her position of “moral superiority” about her new pet project, Sustaining the Rise of the South, but like some who show such courage in doing so, the question is why is Helen Clark so afraid to talk about her contradictory role in being peace activist and war monger?

Clark began as an antiwar activist in the 1960s, especially protesting against the Vietnam War (1962-72).

The Danish Peace Foundation gave her an award in 1986 for her work. But in 2001 as New Zealand’s Prime Minister she sent combat troops into Afghanistan. Even a blind man can see that this a 360 degree turn, a huge contradiction to her long held principles.

Naturally, I wrote to her 5 months ago, 19 May 2013, asking if she would be returning her award as she sent troops to Afghanistan. Her office said she would respond. It's now 5 months later and still no response...

Yet she is able to visit Australia to promote herself as an international do gooder. It would take 5 minutes of her time to respond but she can't find the time, as her staff have said she is busy. Yet she can find time to come to Australia. Remember you the Australian tax payer fund the UN.

Her actions as an anti war activist would have led to many Australian and New Zealand Vietnam veterans to be abused and reviled on their return after completing a tour of duty. Why her dramatic change? Both the New Zealand and Australian public have a right to know.

New Zealand pundit Brian Rudman, writing in the New Zealand Herald, put it:
 “As in the Vietnam War, we're again on the losing side, lured into a war not of our making, by misplaced loyalty to a superpower desperately seeking extra flags to link to its cause.”


Some people would say that Helen Clark as Prime Minister would have to make tough decisions. That’s fine. But with political power comes responsibility. She made the decision, despite being contrary to her confessed anti war principles, but she should return the Danish Peace award. Or if she was willing to protest against Vietnam, she should have resigned as Prime Minister over Afghanistan.

She can’t have her cake and eat it too. We need to call out the do gooders and the politicians, both on the left and right, who “take the high moral ground.”
I learnt long ago that it is not about principle but power for the likes of Helen Clark and her about-face activists or u-turn ideologues

If Joe or Josephine Citizen were to open their mouth on any issue, you can be sure that the elite would hit them over the head with either being fascist or leftist...this is done so the average person can never win... If Helen Clark says its cool to be anti-Vietnam war or any war, then you the average person are pressured into following it. But in 2001 if she decrees that war in Afghanistan is cool... It's called capricious & hypocritical behaviour.

The point with Helen Clark, like many of Australia & New Zealand's cultural elite, both on the left & right wings, is simply a way of showing in an arrogant manner their cultural superiority. It's not the principle...because they change their views, you the average person, are being kept deliberately one step behind them. By the time you come around to their way of thinking, you are already out of date. It's a clever way of keeping control over the "masses" or the great "unwashed." - 

About Face Activists or U-turn ideologues: you just don't know where they really stand and this is deliberate. Others in this group include Lord Robertson, Joschka Fischer, Peter Hain, Mike Rann, and many others.

link to story

Lord Robertson began his career opposed to nuclear weapons but hey that did not stop him from later becoming UK Defence Secretary under British Prime Minister Tony Blair and later NATO Secretary-General.



Joschka Fisher was a militant German leftist who battled against "US imperialism" and in 1973 beat to a pulp a West German Police officer during a violent protest. Later as Germany's Foreign Minister he supported the "US imperialist" war in Afghanistan.


Another ex-British politician Peter Hain in his youth campaigned against apartheid and the Vietnam War but later shouted: "We must not be effete: it's time to fight" in Afghanistan.

According to The Australian newspaper: link:

Born in Britain in 1953, Mike Rann migrated to New Zealand in 1962 with his parents and brother, Christopher. While completing a master of arts in political science at the University of Auckland, he worked as editor of the university newspaper and participated in student politics. He was a member of the New Zealand Greenpeace executive that sent the Greenpeace III to Mururoa Atoll in 1972 to protest against French nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Mr Rann moved to Australia in the mid-1970s and began a career as a politician with the Australian Labor Party (ALP), becoming Premier of South Australia, one of the six states in the Commonwealth of Australia, from 2002 to 2011. As Premier he did an about face and supported uranium mining in his state.

In 2012 he was appointed UK High Commissioner.

Mr Rann was also asked if he felt regret at his actions as a Greenpeace activist in the early 1970s in New Zealand.

Greenpeace was sending boats into French pacific territory with the aim of interrupting nuclear weapons testing. In response the French State Security was provoked into bombing the Rainbow Warrior ship in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand, in 1985. Fernando Perreira, a photographer on board, drowned. Later Mr Rann as Premier of the state of South Australia supported uranium mining. We asked Mr Rann if this ideological about turn meant that the death of Fernando Perreira was in vain. - see link to story

Fernando Perreira - Photographer who drowned when the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was bombed by French intelligence in 1985.

In Australia the custom is when the actions of military officers, politicians or those who run organisations leads to casualties, it is assumed that those who caused the casualties be held accountable.

Rann, like Clark over Vietnam and Afghanistan, does not want to discuss this period in his life.


THE EMAIL PAPER TRAIL - HELEN CLARK

From: sashauzunov@hotmail.com
To: helen.clark@undp.org; undp-newsroom@undp.org; satinder.bindra@undp.org; abdel-rahman.ghandour@undp.org; christina.lonigro@undp.org; mette.fjalland@undp.org; monica.lorensson@undp.org; trygve.olfarnes@undp.org; sarah.jackson-han@undp.org; adam.rogers@undp.org; rebeca.grynspan@undp.org
Subject: FW: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (UNDP)
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:34:49 +1000

Attn Ms Helen Clark
UNDP Administrator
SUBJECT: MEDIA QUERY 

Dear Ms Clark,

It has now been 4 months since I sent you a media query, and no response from you. (19 May 2013)

 On the 7 June 2013 I received a response from your PA acknowledging receipt of my email. You are aware that as a UN Senior Bureaucrat, getting paid Australian taxpayer dollars as well as other countries' contributions, you have an obligation to respond to a question put to you, especially when your job involves in "trying to make the world a better place" and "world peace."

My question was as follows:

Ms Clark, the reason I am writing to you is to ask will you be returning the Danish Peace Foundation Peace Prize you were awarded in 1986? 

As New Zealand Prime Minister (1999-2008) you sent combat troops to the Afghanistan War in contradiction to her long held anti-Vietnam War and overall anti-War principles. During your Prime Ministership you supported military intervention in East Timor and The Solomon Islands.

I look forward to your answer.


Regards

Sasha Uzunov
Independent Film Maker
Melbourne, Australia.
Tel: +61 


My bona fides are available to be viewed at the following links:







From: sashauzunov@hotmail.com
To: helen.clark@undp.org; undp-newsroom@undp.org; satinder.bindra@undp.org; abdel-rahman.ghandour@undp.org; christina.lonigro@undp.org; mette.fjalland@undp.org; monica.lorensson@undp.org; trygve.olfarnes@undp.org; sarah.jackson-han@undp.org; adam.rogers@undp.org; rebeca.grynspan@undp.org
Subject: FW: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (UNDP)
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:26:01 +1000

Dear Ms Clark,

It has been just over 2 months since I put in my media query. I am awaiting a response.

cheers
Sasha Uzunov


From: sashauzunov@hotmail.com
To: helen.clark@undp.org; undp-newsroom@undp.org; satinder.bindra@undp.org; abdel-rahman.ghandour@undp.org; christina.lonigro@undp.org; mette.fjalland@undp.org; monica.lorensson@undp.org; trygve.olfarnes@undp.org; sarah.jackson-han@undp.org; adam.rogers@undp.org; rebeca.grynspan@undp.org
Subject: FW: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (UNDP)
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:07:44 +1000

Attn Ms Helen Clark,

Dear Ms Clark,

It's been a month since my media query. I'm following up for a response to my questions below.

Cheers
Sasha Uzunov
Independent film maker/journalist
Melbourne, Australia


From: sashauzunov@hotmail.com
To: helen.clark@undp.org; undp-newsroom@undp.org; satinder.bindra@undp.org; abdel-rahman.ghandour@undp.org; christina.lonigro@undp.org; mette.fjalland@undp.org; monica.lorensson@undp.org; trygve.olfarnes@undp.org; sarah.jackson-han@undp.org; adam.rogers@undp.org; rebeca.grynspan@undp.org
Subject: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (UNDP)
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:51:50 +1000

Hi Sharon,

Any luck with Ms Clark's response?

cheers
Sasha Uzunov


From: sashauzunov@hotmail.com
To: helen.clark@undp.org
Subject: RE: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (UNDP)
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:29:38 +1000

Thank you Sharon.

I look forward to Ms Clark's response.

cheers
Sasha


From: helen.clark@undp.org
To: sashauzunov@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (UNDP)
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2013 21:02:12 +0000

Dear Ms. Uzunov,

This is to acknowledge you email and request below. Ms. Helen Clark is currently travelling on official mission and we will bring your request to her attention upon her return to New York next week.

With best regards,

Sharon Kinsley
Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Director
UNDP Executive Office of the Administrator

From: Sasha Uzunov [mailto:sashauzunov@hotmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2013 12:39 AM
To: hdr media; William Orme; UNDP Newsroom; Satinder Bindra; Abdel-Rahman Ghandour; Christina LoNigro; Helen Clark; Mette Fjalland; Monica Lorensson; Trygve Olfarnes; Sarah Jackson-Han; Adam Rogers; Rebeca Grynspan; Carolina Azevedo
Subject: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (UNDP)

Attn UNDP

I'm still waiting on a response from Ms Helen Clark over my query below.

cheers
Sasha Uzunov
Independent film maker and freelance photo journalist
Melbourne, Australia
tel: +61 


For media enquiries, please contact: Carolina Azevedo, +1 212 906 6127,carolina.azevedo@undp.org or William Orme, +1 212 906 6763, william.orme@undp.org; or UNDP Newsroom, +1 212 906 5382, undp–newsroom@undp.org.


Subject: 1986 Danish Peace Foundation award to Helen Clark (ex New Zealand Prime Minister)




Attn Ms Helen Clark
UNDP Administrator

Dear Ms Clark,

My name is Sasha Uzunov, an Australian freelance photo-journalist and independent film maker. 

I'm also a former Australian soldier who served in East Timor. As a civilian cameraman I've worked in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

below are some of my previous stories



My bona fides as a film maker:




Ms Clark, the reason I am writing to you is to ask will you be returning Danish Peace Foundation Peace Prize you were  awarded in 1986? 

As New Zealand Prime Minister (1999-2008) you sent combat troops to the Afghanistan War in contradiction to her long held anti-Vietnam War and overall anti-War principles. During your Prime Ministership you supported military intervention in East Timor and The Solomon Islands.

I look forward to your answer.

Regards

Sasha Uzunov
Tel: +61 
Melbourne, Australia




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