This ‘Pact’ is a complicated disgrace: the way it has been formulated, the way it has been reported (not!), the way it has been debated in our Parliament (not!) and the way it will influence our lives. To make the most important point first, the outcry used everywhere by those who love this Pact: it is not legally binding anyway, so why not sign it – whereupon the opponents keep saying: if it’s not legally binding, why sign it? Obfuscation by TPTB reigns supreme …

INTRODUCTION

Have you heard of the “Marrakesh Pact”? If you are a regular consumer of our wonderful British MSM, you might think this about a hot holiday destination for the next summer,  hotels offering a package deal.

If you regularly scan the “alt” news sites, you may have heard that this is a UN proposal, to be signed next month by all UN members, to ‘regulate’ Migration, but will have wondered why we have heard nothing about it either from our government or in our MSM. This isn’t strange because as usual, since the online national papers from across the Channel – from Le Monde to the ‘Neue Züricher Zeitung’ – only reported in October that Austria would not sign our MSM followed suite.

So – what is it about? And why are some countries not signing up to it?

Of course, the actual text was not precisely disseminated – one had to dig for it. Here is the text of the final draft:

GLOBAL COMPACT FOR SAFE, ORDERLY AND REGULAR MIGRATION

Why, you might ask when you see that title, is such a ‘Compact’ a bad thing? Surely we’re all good people and want to help? Surely it’s high time to deal with migration? And refugees? Well, yes – and you might also ask why our MSM didn’t see fit to report on this, given that our Government is poised to sign it next month in Marrakesh.

These are valid questions, especially since one of the top Nations to undersign this pact is Germany which was deeply involved in negotiating this Pact.

In contrast to here in the UK, there the debate has been kicked off with a vengeance since Austria’s chancellor Mr Kurz declared his country would not sign. Suddenly people learned that the USA and Australia had withdrawn already … and that was in July this year: summer holidays, heatwave: people surely had other things on their minds, thought our Establishment, so why waste air time and pixels. Better not to stir things up, especially as people might ask inconvenient questions, such as how did this Compact come about? Were there negotiations, and why was that not reported?

There are thus three aspects to the story of the disgrace that is this Compact. One is the history of it, of how it came about, which I’ll look at in Part I. The other two aspects are the way the governments involved and their handmaidens, the MSM, have kept us informed, and the actual text itself. I’ll address those points in Part II, published tomorrow.

A BRIEF LOOK BACK AT THE CREATION OF THE GLOBAL COMPACT

First, take a look at the IOM – the International Organization for Migration. Here is their ‘mission statement’, and here you’ll find a bit on its history. Like many organisations founded on noble ideas, it evolved and became the unashamed promoter of migration from poor countries to the rich it is today. From the map provided in the wiki page it looks as if only Antarctica is not a member.

On the basis of the work of the IOM and under its auspices, other countries organised themselves, mostly as NGOs, and received financial help from humanitarian billionaires. It is fair to say that the IOM has encouraged economic migration for some time. In the wake of 2015 (we all remember what happened …), the UN General Assembly decided to take action:

“In September 2016 the General Assembly decided, through the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.The process to develop this global compact started in April 2017. The pages in this section detail 18 months of consultation and negotiation, and provide the relevant documentation for each of the events. On 13 July 2018 UN Member States finalized the text for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Text available in all official languages). The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration  will be held on 10 – 11 December in Marrakech, Morocco.” (Source).

Other agencies also got involved, e.g. the UN’s Refugee agency UNHCR stepped up to the plate, as did a group calling itself “Rabat Process – European-African Dialogue on Migration and Development”.

The UNHCR submitted their final draft (read it here) on the “Global Compact” on June 26th 2018. The “Rabat Process” on the 2nd of May 2018 – you can read their proposals, and the list of participants here.

When the final draft of this ‘Global Compact’ was on the table in July this year, President Trump withdrew the USA’s participation. So did Australia. This is the list so far of countries who will not sign this Global Compact, a.k.a Marrakesh Treaty:

United States, China, Japan, Canada, Australia, Austria, Poland, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, Israel and South Korea. Bulgaria is the latest state to announce its withdrawal. Other countries may well join this list. Estonia is debating it and so are the Swiss. Both countries’ parliamentarians believe this decision should be made in their Parliaments and not done behind closed doors by their governments.

However, Brussels is all for it. France will sign, opposition notwithstanding. And so will Germany. However, because of Austria’s withdrawal, publicly announced by Chancellor Mr Kurz, the German MSM had to report on this Pact – and were suddenly overwhelmed with comments from irate readers as to why they hadn’t reported on this sooner. Then the AfD insisted on a debate in the Bundestag, which followed the usual spectacle of the rest of the German Parliamentarians ganging up on them and declaring that all opposition to this fine treaty was pure neonazism. It didn’t help – the floodgates opened and the text was handed around …

[To be continued in Part II tomorrow – don’t miss it!]

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