United Nations: Paper Torch

Suspicious fires at UNESCO

If timing is truly everything, a series of fires at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last week was right on schedule. Relations between the U.N. agency and the U.S. have deteriorated steadily over what the U.S. has felt to be a consistent anti-Western bias on UNESCO's part. Citing waste, mismanagement and abuse of UNESCO's $374.4 million budget, 25% of which the U.S. provides, President Reagan announced in December that the U.S. would pull out of the agency by the end of this year unless UNESCO's performance changed substantially. To...

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