After forcibly blocking and even removing members of the press from the taxpayer-funded conclave in Moscow, the United Nations World Health Organization voted in secret this week to support a planetary tax regime for tobacco products. The controversial measure demands that national governments around the world drastically increase taxes on cigarettes. More than a few analysts, though, suggested that the move was a mere stepping stone on the road toward global taxes paid directly to the dictator-dominated UN “health” agency or other self-styled global “authorities” — a plot pushed by globalists for decades using any conceivable pretext that would unleash unfathomable consequences on humanity.
Even before the secret session on tobacco began in Russia, controversy surrounding it was already making headlines. Particularly outrageous to critics was the WHO panel’s vote to hold the gathering in secret by banning journalists and the public from attending. A credentialed journalist with the Washington Times was escorted from the room by guards before the WHO operatives passed what he described as the “world’s first ever global tax — an outrageous scheme requiring nearly 180 countries to apply a minimum tax on tobacco products.” Planetary regulations for tobacco-free “e-cigarettes” were also discussed.
Of course, the WHO’s totalitarian resolutions and behavior should hardly be surprising. Consider that the UN agency recently selected the brutal Communist dictatorship enslaving the people of Cuba to lead its disgraced decision-making body. Despite taxpayers around the world forking over an estimated $20 million for the half-baked session in Moscow, neither the public nor the media were allowed to attend. Among those who vocally protested allowing outsiders to attend the WHO session was a former “health director” for Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
“It’s a chilling and disturbing attack on the freedom of the press — especially given the impact decisions made at the convention will have on people throughout the world,” observed Times columnist Drew Johnson, reporting from Moscow after being threatened with arrest by police if he refused to leave. “It’s no wonder the convention’s delegates voted to ban the public. They obviously don’t want the world to see all the bad decisions they’re making.”
It is hardly the first time tentacles of the UN, widely ridiculed as the “dictators club,” have come under fire for attacks on free speech, transparency, and freedom of the press. Just this summer, The New American reported that the scandal-plagued chief of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was exposed threatening journalists with criminal penalties for reporting official allegations made in formal complaints against him by his own subordinates. Critics said such totalitarian behavior — along with sending sensitive U.S. technology to dictators, retaliating against whistleblowers, and other assorted scandals — was outrageous and unacceptable.
In the United States, meanwhile, outrage about the WHO’s tyrannical anti-free press antics was also growing louder after the news made headlines. “If the WHO wants to push for significant policy changes in sovereign, free countries, they should expect to provide transparency to media and the people of those countries,” wrote National Taxpayers Union Communication Manager Douglas Kellogg, adding that taxpayers affected by its decisions were funding the UN agency and deserved to know what it was doing. “Unfortunately it is not surprising to see the WHO take this approach.”
At the meeting, it appears that the WHO’s member regimes stopped short of imposing their sought-after mandatory minimum tax of 70 percent on tobacco around the world — a radical plan that was being considered at the closed-door session and which the UN “health” body continues to promote on its website. However, in a unanimous vote, delegates to the WHO’s so-called “Framework Convention on Tobacco Control” decided to support “guidelines” for national governments calling for much higher taxes on cigarettes under the guise of curbing smoking while stuffing government coffers with humanity’s wealth.