UNESCO is about as good as it gets in the world of UN Specialized Agencies, responsible for designating and protecting world heritage sites, running literacy for the poorest people on Earth, supporting potable water programs, protecting fragile and endangered ecosystems, running disaster preparedness plans for all to use, protecting indigenous knowledge, protecting the free press, and digitizing the world's libraries.
Today, the US resigned from UNESCO, citing "anti-Israel bias." UNESCO has designated the old city of Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage Site.
Though the State Department requested to still be a non-member observer state in order to advocate for these ideas, the US will no longer be supporting or actively participating in any of these global programs.
The US Has Withdrawn from a UN Agency that Teaches Kids to Read and Protects Ruins
“Test counts inflated, death tolls deflated, metrics shifted.”
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From designer Nate Shirley, a “personal hygiene product intended for cleaning your ears. It uses disposable spiral cleaning heads that spin at a constant speed.” I wish he would Kickstart it! Image: Nate Shirley
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Apple AirPods have become the default earbuds beloved by millions. Unfortunately, they also cost $159, so it’s no surprise that since they were first introduced in 2016, companies have battled to produce comparable headphones at a lower price. The UK-designed and engineered Veho STIX true wireless earphones may have cracked that particular problem, striking a […]
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