World: The Cost of Talk

Talk is not cheap at the United Nations, which is usually in hock up to its earphones because delinquent members fail to pay their dues. Year after year, the U.S. picks up the check for more than one-third of the U.N.'s total costs. Of this year's regular $64 million assessments, the U.S. was assigned $22.3 million, has already paid all of it.

In addition the U.S. has paid or pledged $77.5 million toward the U.N. Congo operation, $7.9 million toward the Middle East force. Against a grand total of $181.1 million U.S. contributions (including technical assistance and relief), Russia has paid or...

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