Explaining the United Nations


Alberto Portugheis – TRANSCEND Media Service

London, 15 January 2021

UNO (United Nations Organization) and DNW (Democratic World Federalists)

A letter written by a citizen of Kashmir I read recently, addressed to the United Nations Secretary General, urging him to ensure an end to the Kashmir conflict, prompts me to write this piece. The writer stated the end of the conflict was necessary “if war was to be avoided, not only between India and Pakistan, but a war that would extend to various countries”.

I am always saddened and worried when I see how, after 75 years, so many people, including those in Peace and Human Rights Organizations, still believe, after 75 years, UN’s mission is to create peace.

If that was the case, the very first UN Secretary General would have ordered the Universal Abolition of Militarism, no more construction of war planes and war ships, no more bombs, rockets, torpedoes, no more Armed Forces.

The first thing we have to ask ourselves is ’why no Secretary General has ever demanded the abolition of Militarism?’ the answer is simple and lies in the meaning of his title of the appointee. He is not the United Nations President, with the authority to make universal decisions and impose his orders in the world. He is the ‘Secretary’; as such, he has to follow, to obey the orders given by his bosses: the countries that engage him and pay his salary.

I shall illustrate what I mean with the example at hand, Kashmir. It is a disputed territory because this is what the United Nations decided, same as the conflict they initiated in the Middle East with the creation of Israel. The Vietnam War, the division of Korea, the Cambodia, Biafra and Rwanda genocides or civil wars everywhere, were all first discussed and agreed within the United Nations.

In order to facilitate the work of the Secretary General, his main bosses formed a War Think Tank called Security Council. These five nations – USA, UK, France, Russia and China – agreed how to divide the world in two main blocks and then how to subdivide them. To ensure the subdivision works, they invite collaborative member countries to join the main team. According to how ‘collaborative’ the guest country is, the invitation is for one or two years.

I could expand much more, but I think I said enough for those curious to understand why Peace and Security never come.  The UN try as hard as they can to increase the number of disputed territories in the world. Contrary to what most people think, UN are doing everything in their power to give us World War III. This is why the UN Security Council has chosen as permanent members the 5 nuclear powers I mentioned above.

We must remember the first important Nuclear Research Centre was built by the United Nations. They chose Geneva, Switzerland, the location of the UN European Headquarters, to monitor nuclear progress. The Centre itself does not produce nuclear weapons but imparts its knowledge to all countries that wish to prepare for nuclear war.

Remember, the UN is determined to last for as long as the planet lasts. This can only be achieved by human, religious, nationalistic and military conflicts, that is: war.

This brings me to the America based Movement Democratic World Federalists, who based on the words ‘United Nations’, propose a one World or Universal Government, claiming a federal system of world government will end all wars, war crimes against humanity and all will be well, living in a ‘liveable healthful global environment’.

Theoretically it sounds an excellent idea, but, it looks as if DWF have not stopped to think about abolishing Militarism for good, or asked themselves “in a peaceful world why do we need weapons, explosives, missiles and military vehicles?”

We only have to consider for a moment the vast number of civil wars we have had in our violent history and the number of civil conflicts still raging today.

Wars do not happen because of enemy countries. Enemy countries are created so that we can have wars. Societies within countries are divided for the creation of civil wars.

We cannot silence forever an orchestra by telling them not to play. We may stop the music temporarily, but later, the music will play again. If we wish the music to stop and never recur, we must remove and destroy the instruments, stop their manufacturing and teaching people how to play them.

Common sense.

Addendum: Also ask yourselves how, after 75 years of United Nations,

1 – their Agency for education UNESCO, has produced so many illiterate people and standards of education, worldwide have deteriorated

2 – why does the High Commission for Human Rights happily oversee Human Rights abuses the world over, and offers rewards to Human Rights abusers

3 – how come in 75 years, the UN High Commission for Refugees, or Refugee Agency, to give it its commercial name, has produced 60 million refugees?

4 – Why so many decades of the UN Food Agency, FAO, have not made hunger disappear, but on the contrary, more people die from starvation today?

And I shall not comment on the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the International Court of Justice, because my blood will start to boil!


Alberto Portugheis is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. By profession a concert pianist and pedagogue, he is an active peace campaigner, whose anti-military stance earned him a nomination for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. As a result, Portugheis wrote Dear Ahed…..The Game of War and a Path to Peace – a book that has received critical acclaim.  Another successful book followed: $$$$$s In Their Hearts. In 2015 he founded the Movement HUFUD-Humanity United For Universal Demilitarisation, which has many followers worldwide.  In 2018 HUFUD Latin America was born, based in Bogotá, Colombia. In Portugheis’ writings, speeches, thoughts, ideas and reflections transpire his desire “to make people think” and not take for granted what they read or hear, “no matter where.”

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