UNESCO Farewell

Citing anti-Western bias, the U.S. pulls out

A year ago the U.S. formally served notice that it would resign from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) unless the Paris-based group streamlined its bloated bureaucracy and righted its anti-Western tilt. Last week, asserting that "an unacceptable gap clearly remains," Washington made good its threat. Gregory Newell, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, announced that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO at the end of this month. He said that the U.S. was pulling out because the organization continued to exhibit "an endemic hostility toward the institutions of a...

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