Opinion | Larry Lee: We don’t listen to our experts

January 25, 2018

By Larry Lee

Dr. Steve Edwards is the real deal. With 43 years in the education field, he knows of what he speaks. He runs a consulting firm in Virginia and has done work in 49 states and 55 counties. Clients include the United Nations and the World Bank. The author of five books, he has also taught at two major universities.

As he says, “I have been in the profession long enough to figure out what does not work.”

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A bipartisan vote to stand with Israel

January 9, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

The United States has no stronger ally than Israel. Our relationship has always been strong, both economically and militarily. Israel plays an especially important role in helping us combat radical Islamic terrorism in the Middle East.

In other words, Israel serves as a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity in a very dangerous part of the world. That is why support for Israel has always been a bipartisan priority shared by Democrats and Republicans. Read More

House condemns UN Resolution

January 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Thursday, January 5, 2017, the US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution, House Resolution 11, condemning and calling for the United Nations to repeal Security Council Resolution 2334, which declared Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem invalid and that all the land outside of the 1967 borders as belonging to a future Palestinian State.

Since 1972, the United States has vetoed 42 anti-Israel resolutions. Straying from previous US foreign policy, President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United States Samantha Power chose to abstain, rather than veto, Security Council Resolution 2334. Read More

Rogers re-introduces legislation to leave the United Nations

January 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC—Tuesday, January 2, 2017, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) re-introduced his legislation for the United States to leave the United Nations.

On the opening day of the 115th Congress, Rogers stated, “My first act of the new Congress was to reintroduce my bill to end the United States’ involvement in the United Nations.

“I am excited to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives in the new 115th Congress,” Rogers went on to say. “With President-elect Donald J. Trump coming into office later this month, we have the exciting opportunity to shape an agenda that repeals Obamacare, cuts regulations, provides real tax relief for hard working families, and protects the rights of the unborn.” Read More

Alabama elected officials react to Sec. Kerry Speech on Israel

December 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry (D) sharply attacked the settlement policies of the nation of Israel and demanded that they surrender territories the United Nations claims they have improperly occupied to the Palestinian State.

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement, “Supporting Israel has always been a bipartisan issue, but the Obama Administration seems intent on changing that. Peace in the region isn’t going to come from the United States or the United Nations telling Israel or Palestine what to do. Any solution must come from those actually involved. This kind of ‘I know best’ speech from the Obama Administration is a fitting summary for how they have governed the last eight years.” Read More

Obama’s Israel policy draws criticism from some

December 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 26, 2016, State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) criticized the decision by outgoing President Barack H. Obama (D) to refuse to veto a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel on Christmas Eve. Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the, “United States abstained in the passage of Resolution 2334 against Israel. The Resolution condemns Israel from building settlements in lands it has occupied since 1967. As a permanent member of UN, the United States could have vetoed the resolution but chose to abstain which is the same as an approval given the veto power of the US.

A similar resolution was vetoed in 2011.” Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the United States has used their veto power 42 times to protect Israel. The Resolution states that “territory occupied since 1967, including “East Jerusalem, has no legal validity.” Also “it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regards to Jerusalem”. In other words, it wont even recognize that the Wailing Wall is to be in Jewish hands. The Resolution states that the occupation is “ in violation of international humanitarian law”, and also states “ has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law.” Wadsworth (who is an attorney as well as a state legislator) warned that, “The effect of resolution could be that citizens or businesses in those areas could be subjected to litigation in some courts. The undoing of this resolution is very difficult.

The other permanent members of UN who voted for it could veto any remedial measure.” The President of Christians in Defense of Israel, Mat Staver said in a statement, “In the last 27 days of his term Obama dishonored America’s strong support of Israel, insulted Jews and Christians by his shameful act on Hanukkah and the eve of Christmas, and shook his fist at the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This pitiful and toothless resolution of the UN Security Council will accomplish nothing but focus our resolve to clip the wings of this albatross that has long outlived its usefulness. America should defund this bureaucratic theater of the absurd.” US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in his own statement: “For eight long years, the Obama administration has worked systematically to undermine the nation of Israel. They actively worked to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu, and illegally used US taxpayer funds to do so. Never has there been a more anti-Israel Administration, and today’s United Nations vote is the culmination of their systemic agenda to weaken Israel and strengthen its enemies. “I agree with the senior Israeli government official who said today: ‘President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN….The U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tailwind for terror and boycotts.’”

Sen. Cruz said, “Every Obama foreign policy official should be ashamed of today’s UN resolution, and any official who disagrees with or hopes to avoid the anti-Israel legacy of this Administration should resign on principle today. I also emphatically second the call of my colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham that the consequences of this disgraceful UN resolution should be severe. I look forward to working with Sen. Graham, and with the incoming Administration of President-elect Trump, to significantly reduce or even eliminate U.S. funding of the United Nations, and also to seriously reconsider financial support for the nations that supported this resolution.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes on Sunday told CNN that Israel had “solid information” of Obama’s alleged involvement in pushing the resolution. “We have ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and sources in the Arab world,” Keyes said.” The White House has denied having any involvement in the resolution. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said, “We did not draft this resolution; we did not introduce this resolution. We made this decision when it came up for a vote,” but because of the U.S.’s opposition to settlement activity, it “could not in good conscience veto” the resolution.” On Tuesday Israel announced plans to build 5,600 new homes in East Jerusalem in open defiance of the new resolution.


(Original reporting by the Daily Wire and CNN contributed to this report)


Sessions Says that Obama Administration Refuses to Attend Hearing on Refugee Program

September 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) criticized the State Department for their refusal to attend a Congressional hearing on the Refugee Admissions Program.

Senator Sessions said in a statement, “Despite having sufficient notice of a statutorily required hearing regarding its plans for the Refugee Admissions Program in Fiscal Year 2017, the Obama Administration has once again elected to subordinate both its relationship with Congress and the legitimate concerns of the American people to advance the agenda of the United Nations. The Department of State claims that not one official is available to appear at tomorrow’s scheduled hearing due to this week’s United Nations General Assembly and Summit for Refugees and Migrants.”
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Foreign Affairs Committee Adopts Brooks UN Reporting Amendment

June 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 26 U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R from Huntsville) said in a statement that the House Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a Brooks amendment that would give more transparency in how much money the United States Government spends at the United Nations.

Congressman Brooks said, “Today the Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously adopted my amendment to the Department of State Authorities Act, which provides much needed transparency within the United Nations (UN). The measure ensures Congress is a good steward of taxpayer dollars, by requiring the Office of Management and Budget to report back the total contributions made by the United States to the UN. We must be strategic in our funding as Congress debates where to focus limited resources in a world of heightened unrest. I hope this legislation will move forward to the House floor.”
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Zeigler Critical of United Nations Investigation

December 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, December 14, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) released a statement critical of a UN Report which was lammed Alabama after a visit to the State.

According to Zeigler, the three-member UN investigative team calling themselves “rapporteurs” conducted investigations in Alabama, Texas, and Oregon earlier this month. The group released a preliminary report last Friday, Dec. 11, critical of Alabama laws and called for making the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “binding” on all states. The report also criticized teaching abstinence in sex education, restrictions on access to abortions, and prosecution of prostitutes.
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Rogers Introduces Legislation to Get US Out of United Nations

June 23, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) has sponsored the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, HR1205, which would end American involvement in the United Nations. 

US Representative Rogers said in a statement, “Across East Alabama, many of you may agree with me that the United States’ participation with the United Nations should end immediately. The UN continues to prove it’s an inefficient bureaucracy and a complete waste of American tax dollars.”

Rep. Rogers continued, “Although the United States makes up almost a quarter of the UN’s annual budget, the UN has attempted a number of actions that attack our rights as US citizens.  To name a few, these initiatives  include actions like, the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would subject our country to internationally-based environmental mandates, costing American businesses more money, or the UN’s work to re-establish an international regulation regime on global warming which would heavily target our fossil fuels.”

Representative Rogers wrote in his statement, “The UN has also offered a potential Arms Trade Treaty which would threaten our Second Amendment rights and impose regulations on our gun manufacturers, who are already facing regulations and pressure from the Obama Administration.”

Rep. Rogers wrote, “Lastly, the UN does not support Israel and voted to grant the Palestinian Authority ‘non-member state’ permanent observer status.  Anyone who is not a friend to our ally Israel, is not a friend to the United States.  Because of these actions among others, I introduced HR1205, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015.  My legislation would end our country’s participation in the UN and any organizations affiliated with them.”

Congressman Rogers explained, “Why should the American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that works against America’s interests around the world?  The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and get out of the United Nations.”

The legislation has been co-sponsored by:  Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Rep. John J. Duncan (R-Tennessee), Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-Georgia), and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas).

The Rogers bill ends membership of the United States in the United Nations.

Specifically, HR1205:

Ends the “American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015.” 

Would repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945.

Order the President to, “Terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations, and in any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.”

Close the United States Mission to the United Nations. 

Repeal the United Nations Headquarters Agreement Act.

Bar the use of any US funds for any specialized agency, commission or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations, except for what is needed to facilitate termination of United States membership and withdrawal of United States personnel and equipment. 

Terminate the use of US funds for any United States contribution to any United Nations military or peacekeeping operation or force.

Bar members of the Armed Forces of the United States from serving under the command of the United Nations.

Would order the withdrawal of United Nations presence in facilities of the government of the United States and repeal their diplomatic immunity.

Repeal United States membership and participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Repeal the United Nations Environment Program Participation Act of 1973. 

Repeal of United States participation in the World Health Organization. 

Repeal American involvement in any conventions and agreements with the United Nations and any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.

Any remaining functions of such conventions and agreements would not be carried out; but would not affect the rights of employees of the US government from being rehired with United States Government after service with an international organization.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


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