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IF THE U.N. IS SO WONDERFUL, WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY WARS?

The United States has long borne the bulk of the operating budgets of the United Nations organization through dues and voluntary contributions. The U.N. has also extracted more than money from us – it has led directly to the United States becoming the “policeman” of the world. Since WWII we have shed American blood in Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and are now fighting in Libya, all without a constitutional declaration of war. Most of those wars were not based on U.S. security reasons or interests but were instead based on U.N. Resolutions.

The United Nations, which was sold to a war-weary world in 1945 as an organization that would end war and was man’s best hope for a peaceful world, has failed miserably. Especially in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid:

*  From 1945 to 1949 there were 13 wars, conflicts, insurgencies and civil wars with U.S. involvement in two.

* From 1950 to 1959 there were 16 wars, civil wars, invasions, revolutions, insurgencies, uprisings, retribution operations and crises with U.S. involvement in two.

* From1960 to 1969 there were 41 wars, civil wars, crises, invasions, rebellions, confrontations, conflicts, revolutions and incidents with U.S. involvement in five.

* From 1970 to 1979 there were 30 similar actions with U.S. involvement in two.

* From 1980 to 1989 there were 27 similar actions with U.S. involvement in two.

* From 1990 to 2002 there were 63 similar actions with U.S. involvement in two.

* From 2003 to 2011 there were 47 similar actions with U.S. involvement in four.
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America has paid in blood for many of the U.N. wars (or police actions). All told, more than 600,000 U.S. soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen have been killed or wounded on behalf of the U.N.

U.S. War Casualties (killed and wounded) since the U.N. came into existence:
Korea                        128,650
USSR cold war                   44
China cold war                    16
Vietnam War              211,254
Lebanon                                7
Bay of Pigs                            4
Dominican Republic           213
Iran                                     12
1986 bombing of Libya         2
Gulf War                        1,231
Kosovo                               22
Afghanistan                   12,035
Iraq                              36,395
               TOTAL      609,883
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As horrific as these numbers are, they pale in comparison to the human suffering imposed on citizens world-wide who have been slaughtered or were allowed to be slaughtered by their own governments. Known as genocide, or murder by government, about 38 MILLION humans were slaughtered while the United Nations stood by, issuing worthless resolutions condemning the acts.

Our “trading partner,” Communist China, from 1949 through 1976 murdered between 20 and 35 MILLION of its own people – a genocide of monumental proportions.

Genocide claimed between 100,000 and 200,000 Mayan and other Indians and “political enemies” in Guatamala.

About 300,000 Christians and “political enemies” of Uganda were claimed by genocide between 1971 and 1979.

The Khmer Rouge slaughtered TWO MILLION “educated persons” and political enemies in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.

And in 1994 the entire world watched in horror as the genocide of 800,000 Tutsi Tribesmen unfolded in Rwanda.
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But have no fear, our valiant and gallant United Nations wrote several binding resolutions and imposed trade sanctions. The only “teeth” the U.N. has to enforce its resolutions and sanctions is spearheaded by the United States military.

The United States is seemingly always first in line to provide hurricane, flood and tsunami relief and we have shipped untold quantities of food to countries stricken by drought. Yet we continue to donate billions of dollars for the United Nations’ so-called humanitarian relief fund. Why?

The United Nations is the front organization for a one world order, or more appropriately, a world dictatorship under the leadership of the U.N. Former President George H.W. Bush confirmed that FACT with the following comments:

In a Sept. 11, 1990 televised address the elder Bush said, “Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective – a new world order – can emerge …. We are now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders.”

In a Jan. 9, 1991 press conference, Bush again referred to the United Nations and the new
world order in the same sentence when he said: “(The Gulf Crisis) has to do with a new world order. And that new world order is only going to be enhanced if, this newly activated peace-keeping function of the United Nations proves to be effective.”

The power and might of the U.S. military proved that the “peacekeeping” function of the U.N. is indeed, effective. The question we must all answer is: Are we willing to participate in enslaving the entire human race through “peacekeeping” missions at the bequest of the United Nations? Or are we going to remain faithful to the precepts embodied in our own Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Are we going to be a tool for dominion and military conquest or are we going to renounce the U.N., defend liberty and justice for our brothers and sisters throughout the world and let freedom reign?

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WE CAN CUT BILLION$ FROM U.S. BUDGET BY ELIMINATING THE UNITED NATIONS

The $14 trillion U.S. debt has American taxpayers asking, how did this happen? Where’s the money? Taxpayer money, that is – American money spent by federal politicians and bureaucrats with little or no oversight or review.

Let’s explore one prime example of total waste: the United Nations.

The United States pays 22 percent of the U.N. Operating “core or regular” Budget. But there are dozens of other ratholes built into the U.N. that suck up American dollars. For instance: Peacekeeping, the Tax Equalization Fund, the High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Program and other voluntary contributions.

The U.S. paid $5.2 billion for the U.N.s’ regular budget and the U.N. requested an additional $9.4 billion in “extra-budgetary” or voluntary funding for other projects. The U.S. contribution to that fund is hard to pin down since it is a variable.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees grew its budget by about 90 percent between 2008 and 2010, to $3.3 billion. The U.S. share of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in 2010 was $712 million, bigger than the next eight contributors combined.

Even though it is not planning on helping any more refugees than it did in 2009, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the world body’s front-line humanitarian agency, has increased its planned spending to a little over $3 billion for next year — a 36 percent hike.

The spending increase for 2010 comes atop another whopping increase of 38.4 percent this year, a total jump of 88.2 percent. The combined hikes mean that UNHCR has virtually doubled its budget since 2008 — and intends to keep spending at roughly similar levels in 2011, unless additional refugee emergencies drive the price tag still higher.
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IT GETS WORSE

Along the way, the agency hopes to add an additional 3,000 people to its payroll, raising the total number of staff from 4,824 in 2009 to 7,782 in 2010. Virtually all of these new positions, the agency says, will be located in the field, where UNHR does its relief work, rather than in its administrative headquarters. UNHCR will be a lot more expensive, but it claims it will also be a lot more efficient.

The spending spiral for UNHCR, which is funded by voluntary pledges, is bound to mean that the U.S., by far the refugee agency’s biggest funder, will be writing even bigger checks — as it’s already doing. So far this year, the U.S. had contributed about $639.8 million to UNHCR — up by about $129.6 million over 2008.

To put that number in perspective, the hike in the U.S. contribution this year was bigger than the full contribution for the entire period of the next largest funder of UNHCR, the European Commission, which had kicked in $120.4 million. Indeed, U.S. funding for UNHCR in 2009 has been substantially more than that of the next eight contributors combined.

But even if the U.S. payout for 2010 stays proportionately in line with the contribution so far for 2009, the U.S. would be shelling out another $230.9 million extra — bringing the total to about $870.7 million. That number would be about 250 percent of what the U.S. was contributing to UNHCR just five years ago.
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In an unbelievable turn of events, an exclusive article series by Fox News the week of April 20, 2011, revealed the U.S. has actually OVERPAID its financial obligations to the U.N. by millions of dollars, possibly even billions if anyone is capable of finding his way through the jumble of interlocking agencies, bureaus and programs.

Even so, supporters of congressional belt-tightening are hailing the U.N. spending reduction as an important first move in restraining the steep climb in U.S. spending to support the global organization, where the U.S. is far and away the biggest contributor—and also an important restraint on the Obama Administration’s open-handed generosity.

How generous? The U.N. savings figures offer an interesting example, especially in peacekeeping, where the U.S. already picks up $2.1 billion– 27 percent of a tab that is expected to reach $7.8 billion– in the 12 months ending in June, 2011.

About $156.8 million of the congressional cutbacks are actually the return of overpayments made to current peacekeeping accounts. Another $86 million is money due back to the U.S. from peacekeeping operations that have already gone out of business. The remainder of that sub-total comes from U.S. overpayments for U.N. peacekeeping stockpiles that are largely kept in Brindisi, Italy.

The peacekeeping surpluses are not the only wads of loose cash that the U.S. has allowed to accumulate in its U.N. accounts. The Obama Administration last summer was suddenly able to allow the use of $100 million, part of the surplus in another U.N. account, to upgrade security at the U.N. headquarters complex in New York City, currently under renovation. We were only liable for about $20 million of that upgrade, but the Obama administration decided to pick up the entire tab. That money should be immediately returned to U.S. taxpayers.
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When the percentages the U.N. operates on were instituted the U.S. was the world’s leading economy. That is no longer true and the U.N.‘s budget figures should reflect that fact. China, for example, which held foreign exchange reserves of $2.62 trillion in December, 2010, contributes 4 percent to U.N. peacekeeping, vs. 27 percent for the U.S. India, with a quarter-trillion in foreign exchange reserves, contributes 0.1 percent. Saudi Arabia, you know, the country we buy part of our oil from, contributes less than 0.5 percent—the same level as near bankrupt Ireland.

The same goes for the “regular” U.N. Secretariat budget, where China pays a little more than 3 percent, vs. the U.S. 22 percent, India pays 0.5 percent, Russia pays 1.6 percent, and Saudi Arabia 0.83 percent (this time, ahead of Ireland, which is just under 0.5 percent.)

If we stay in the U.N., and I really think we should get out, the budget assessments in all areas must be changed. Let the bulk of the funding for the U.N. come from Russia, China, India, the Arab states and Japan.

One last thing. The U.S. contributes military muscle for peacekeeping on the American taxpayer’s seemingly endless credit card while China, Japan, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia contribute no troops at all.

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OBAMA EMBRACES DEATH PANELS

While everyone else was focused on Barack Obama bashing Paul Ryan, I noticed that he took full ownership of death panels yesterday (April 13, 2011). Naturally, Obama did not call them death panels. He called them “an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers.” But his description hits dead on with what his death panels will do.

According to Barack Obama yesterday, the death panels “will look at all the evidence and recommend the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending while protecting access to the services seniors need.”

We already know what they’ll recommend as “the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending”. Barack Obama’s own advisers have told us. They will prioritize giving health care to healthier people and let sicker people die. At end of life, they will deny people life sustaining treatment because, after all, they’re going to die anyway. Note his phrasing: “protecting access to the services seniors need.” Dying people, according to Obama’s advisers, need hospice not hope. They certainly do not need expensive treatments that may buy them time to see the birth of a new grandchild or other reasons.

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SLASH THE BUDGET – STOP FOREIGN AID

Speaker of the House John Boehner, is either lying or is horribly un-fit for public office when he claims he can only find $33 billion to cut from the proposed $1.6 trillion budget. What a crock.

Armed with nothing but a computer and calculator I found nearly $30 billion that could easily be cut, in addition to the $33 billion Congress is planning to cut. The details of what I located horrified me. Allow me to share my research with you.

How many people realize that in spite of the billions we have borrowed from Communist China, we are GIVING them more that $12.8 million in foreign aid? How many realize we are planning to GIVE Russia more than $64.6 million in foreign aid? The reality is we are going to GIVE $20,298,242,000 (that’s $20 + billion) to foreign countries with no strings attached. These are not loans, they are outright gifts.

We here in America are losing our homes to foreclosure and are facing enormous job cuts due to our industries leaving for foreign shores. Government taxation policies are not friendly to business. Yet we are giving aid to foreign slave-masters who are holding their own citizens in bondage and keeping Americans from full employment.

Mexico is exporting drugs, gangs and illegal immigrants to the United States in droves. We are planning to give Mexico $333,910,000 in foreign aid. Columbia is the source of tons of cocaine being used to hook our people, but have no fear, the idiots in Washington are going to give Columbia $400,208,000 in foreign aid.


Venezuela’s dictator, Hugo Chavez has on several occasions screamed insults to America. He once said: “I hereby accuse the North American empire (the U.S.) of being the biggest menace to our planet.” He also said: “I’m ready right now with the Venezuelan central bank…to move $5 billion (of Venezuelan reserves), to a South American bank.” Our response? We give him about $5 million in foreign aid every year. My question is, why are we giving him anything? After all, he is holding billions of dollars in “reserve.”

We all know that Cuba is a military dictatorship. Why then are we GIVING Castro $20 million in 2012 in foreign aid? Why are we propping up dictatorships with our money? More than 54,000 Americans gave their lives to keep Vietnam from falling to Communism. Yet, now that Vietnam is Communist we are sending them more than $125 million to prop up that evil regime. Why?

The United Nations stood by, issuing resolutions, while the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 took place. That genocide resulted in the slaughter of an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 people. The tiny East African nation is now controlled by President Paul Kagame, who rules with an iron fist. The U.S. is now supporting his dictatorship with approximately $248 million a year in foreign aid. I again ask; why?

That is only foreign aid. We are also pumping billions more in military aid and more millions into financial support to the United Nations. And there is more. Because our leaders jump every time the U.N. says to jump, we paid dues to the world in the blood of our finest young men and women.

Korea – 54,246 dead, 103,240 wounded or maimed, 4,439 POWs who never returned:
Vietnam – 58,253 killed, 53,203 wounded or maimed, 509 POWs:
Operation Desert Storm – 269 killed, 357 wounded or maimed:
Somalia – 18 killed, 70 wounded:
Afghanistan – 409 killed, 2,605 wounded:
Iraq – 4,211 killed, 30,871 wounded.

Total U.S. casualties (dead and wounded) during “peacekeeping” missions since WWII:
117,406 killed, 225,689 wounded.

I think we’ve paid enough dues to the U.N. We’ve paid enough to arm and care for the rest of the world. We are not giving them our tax dollars. We are giving them money we have borrowed and we have paid in blood. Enough is enough. It is time to cut off all foreign aid and military aid at least until our own deficit is repaid and maybe forever.

Scroll down to read the entire list of 108 nations set to receive foreign aid in 2012.

The U.S. Government website http://gbk.eads.usaidallnet.gov/ indicates that total U.S. foreign loans and direct aid in the form of grants for 2012 comes to $50 billion. Somewhere along the line about $30 billion more is hidden from public view. At least I couldn’t find it.

2012 FOREIGN AID REQUESTS

THE AMERICAS

Mexico                                    $333,910,000
Guatemala                                 $99,725,000
Honduras                                  $67,960,000
Cuba                                         $20,000,000
Nicaragua                                  $25,336,000
Costa Rica                                     $715,000
Panama                                       $2,790,000
Ecuador                                     $32,040,000
Columbia                                 $400,208,000
Peru                                         $111,109,000
Bolivia                                        $32,710,000
Chili                                              $1,300,000
Argentina                                      $1,650,000
Uruguay                                           $980,000
Brazil                                           $18,250,000
Suriname                                           $250,000
Guyana                                         $13,850,000
Venezuela                                       $5,000,000
Haiti                                            $405,349,000
Jamaica                                         $11,613,000
Dominican Republic                       $36,401,000
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             Sub-total                      $1,167,783,000
EUROPE

Poland                                             $37,200,000
Romania                                          $14,800,000
Hungary                                             $2,000,000
Czech Republic                                  $8,000,000
Lithuania                                            $3,850,000
Latvia                                                 $3,650,000
Estonia                                               $3,650,000
Belarus                                             $11,000,000
Slovak Republic                                  $2,165,000
Greece                                                  $100,000
Croatia                                               $4,850,000
Slovenia                                              $1,200,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina                    $50,250,000
Serbia                                               $39,250,000
Bulgaria                                             $10,700,000
Moldovia                                          $23,400,000
Montenegro                                        $6,340,000
Kosovo                                            $67,450,000
Albania                                             $22,650,000
Macedonia                                        $19,250,000
Portugal                                                 $100,000
Cyprus                                                $3,500,000
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                        Sub-total                 $335,405,000

 MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Turkey                                                $5,650,000
Iraq                                              $2,350,145,000
Jordan                                             $675,700,000
Lebanon                                          $232,360,000
Israel                                            $3,075,000,000
Oman                                                $12,650,000
Yemen                                             $120,160,000
Egypt                                            $1,557,250,000
Sudan                                               $518,257,000
Libya                                             $1,650,000,000
Tunisia                                                  $6,750,000
Burkina Faso                                       $21,300,000
Algeria                                                  $2,870,000
Morocco                                             $43,654,000
Mauritania                                             $5,680,000
Mali                                                  $171,772,000
Niger                                                  $15,025,000
Chad                                                     $6,580,000
Ethopia                                              $608,301,000
Nigeria                                               $660,453,000
Senegal                                              $119,860,000
Somalia                                                $81,371,000
Central African Republic                            $125,000
Cameroon                                            $13,035,000
Benin                                                    $29,100,000
Togo                                                          $140,000
Ghana                                                 $204,543,000
Cote d’Ivoire                                       $142,480,000
Liberia                                                 $211,401,000
Sierra Leone                                          $22,724,000
Kenya                                                  $751,400,000
Guinea                                                   $13,600,000
Gabon                                                         $400,000
Republic of Congo                                       $125,000
Democratic Repub. of Congo                $261,892,000
Uganda                                                 $527,774,000
Rwanda                                                $248,383,000
Barundi                                                   $37,621,000
Zambia                                                  $400,770,000
Madagascar                                            $78,800,000
Angola                                                    $72,858,000
Malawi                                                  $201,630,000
Mozambique                                          $402,571,000
Zimbabwe                                              $109,975,000
Nambia                                                   $99,650,000
Botswana                                                $71,890,000
South Africa                                          $561,936,000
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                                Sub-total           $11,015,622,000

ASIA AND WESTERN PACIFIC

Russia                                                       $64,635,000
Kazakhstan                                               $21,385,000

Georgia                                                     $87,607,000
Armenia                                                    $44,300,000
Azerbaijan                                                 $21,365,000
Afghanistan                                           $3,213,380,000
Pakistan                                                $2,965,029,000
Turkmenistan                                            $10,275,000
Uzbekistan                                                 $11,830,000

India                                                         $142,600,000
Nepal                                                         $93,889,000
Kyrgyz Republic                                         $46,625,000
Tajikistan                                                    $45,025,000
China                                                          $12,850,000
Bangladesh                                                $266,118,000
Burma                                                         $37,200,000
Mongolia                                                     $10,550,000
Thailand                                                       $13,151,000
Laos                                                              $9,208,000
Cambodia                                                    $87,760,000
Vietnam                                                     $125,356,000

Indonesia                                                   $253,175,000
Sri Lanka                                                     $22,239,000
Malaysia                                                        $2,450,000
Papua New Guinea                                        $7,500,000
Philippines                                                  $163,680,000
Taiwan                                                              $250,000
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                    Sub-total          $7,779,432,000 ($7.8 billion)
                    Totals:
                    Americas                            $1,167,783,000 ($1.168 billion)
                    Europe                                  $335,405,000 ($335.5 million)
                    Middle East and Africa        $11,015,622,000 ($11.02 billion)
                   Asia and Pacific Islands           $7,779,432,000 ($7.8 billion)
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                    GRAND TOTAL                   $20,298,242,000 ($20.3 billion)
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Here is the entire list of 63 nations which received FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING in 2006. This is the most current information I could find. Remember, foreign military financing is different from Foreign Aid.

International missions, such as the United Nations, come with high price. Check out a few of the U.N. back dues here.

Link to a 2005 report outlining how the United States supports repressive, often socialist or communist regimes by giving and selling arms. How many billions have we given away? We may never know. CLICK HERE for the report.

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U.S. FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING

United States Foreign Military Financing (FMF) which is separate from foreign aid was slightly more than $4.4 billion in 2006. Scroll down to read the list of 63 nations receiving military aid.

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1. Israel                            $2,257,020,000
2. Egypt                            $1,287,000,000
3. Pakistan                           $297,000,000
4. Jordan                              $207,900,000
5. Columbia                            $89,100,000
6. Poland                                $29,700,000
7. Philippines                           $29,700,000
8. Bahrain                                $15,590,000
9. Turkey                                $14,850,000
10. Oman                               $13,860,000
11. Romania                           $12,870,000
12. Morocco                           $12,380,000
13. Georgia                             $11,880,000
14. Ukraine                             $10,890,000
15. El Salvador                         $9,000,000
16. Bulgaria                              $9,000,000

17. Bosnia and Herzegovina      $8,910,000
18. Yemen                                $8,410,000
19. Tunisia                                $8,410,000
20. Latvia                                  $5,940,000
21. Lithuania                              $4,460,000
22. Estonia                                $4,450,000
23. Slovakia                              $3,960,000
24. Macedonia                          $3,960,000
25. Djibouti                               $3,960,000
26. Azerbaijan                           $3,960,000
27. Armenia                               $3,960,000
28. Czech Republic                    $3,960,000
29. Lebanon                               $3,710,000
30. Kazakhstan                          $3,460,000
31. Albania                                 $3,460,000
32. Mongolia                              $2,970,000
33. Hungary                                $2,470,000
34. Liberia                                  $1,980,000
35. Ethiopia                                $1,980,000
36. Kyrgyzstan                           $1,880,000
37. Thailand                                $1,490,000
38. Sri Lanka                                 $990,000
39. Panama                                    $990,000
40. Nigeria                                     $990,000
41. Indonesia                                 $990,000
42. East Timor                               $990,000
43. Cambodia                                $990,000
44. Bangladesh                               $990,000
45. Haiti                                         $990,000
46. Dominican Republic                  $990,000
47. East. Caribbean                        $910,000
48. Honduras                                  $890,000
49. Nicaragua                                 $590,000
50. Jamaica                                    $590,000

51. Chili                                         $590,000
52. Tajikistan                                 $490,000
53. Senegal                                    $490,000
54. Moldova                                  $490,000
55. Ghana                                      $490,000
56. Slovenia                                   $490,000
57. Fiji                                           $490,000
58. Turkmenistan                            $300,000
59. Tonga                                       $250,000
60. Belize                                       $200,000
61. Suriname                                  $100,000
62. Guyana                                     $100,000
63. Bahamas                                   $100,000
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                          TOTAL       $4,409,190,000 ($4.40919 billion)


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THE HIGH PRICE OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE UNITED NATIONS

International missions, such as the United Nations, come with high price. In addition to the financial burden on U.S. taxpayers, we have lost a great deal of our sovereignty and have become the “police force” for the world. The United States acknowledges being at least $241 million in arrears on dues payments to international organizations with missions ranging from global peacekeeping to the enforcement of fair labor standards. The debt is projected to grow in 2010 to $478 million. Current arrears include:

U.N. Peacekeeping Mission                            $159 million
U.N. regular dues                                           $51.2 million
U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization          $9.9 million
U.N. International Labor Organization              $8.7 million
U.N. Educational, Scientific and
    Educational Organization (UNESCO)           $7.7 million
U.N. Organization for Economic Cooperation
   and Development (OECD)                            $4.5 million

TOTAL  $241,000,000
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