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    Default The Inter-Parliamentary Union.

    Founded in 1889 and with almost as many member countries as the United Nations (173 members including Ireland plus 11 Associate members compared to 193 in the UN) the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has representatives from countries with over 6.5 of the 7 billion people alive today.
    It owes its origin to the vision of two men. English trade Union organiser William Randal Cremer the first individual winer of the Nobel Peace prise in 1903 and Frenchman Frédéric Passy who was joint winner of the first Noble Peace Prize in 1901. Andrew Carnegie the Scottish industrialist and philanthropist donated much money to put the young organisation on a sound financial footing.

    The goal of the IPU is to promote democracy, peace, international cooperation and understanding and resolving conflict through dialog.

    It also promotes the participation of Women in politics and have, this year, produced a very informative map which shows Ireland at joint 80th out of 193 countrys surveyed.

    Map can be downloaded here:

    Here is some more about the history of the IPU:

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union was created in 1889, in an era when there were no established means for governments, parliaments or MPs to work together internationally.

    It took two 19th century men of vision—Englishman William Randal Cremer and Frenchman Frédéric Passy—to lay the foundations for all that has followed. They set up an association of MPs which has been transformed into the thriving global organization of today.

    The men were from vastly different social backgrounds, but were united in their belief in solving international disputes through peaceful means. Lifelong, tireless campaigners for peace, both went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize—along with six other IPU figures.
    Above and much more interesting information is to be found on their web site here:

    The IPU is currently engaged in its 137th international assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    President Putin opened the assembly with an excellent speech. Turn on captions (cc) for sub-titles.


    You may have noticed that the USA is not a member of the IPU. Well it was, in fact it was an early and active member but it left in 1999 over a dispute about its contribution of 1 million dollars per year. Doesn't seem like a lot of money really.

    It is odd how American lawmakers in 1999 could not justify spending a million dollars annually on an institution that it was a founding member of that spoke to its avowed ideals. Meanwhile, they soon had little trouble justifying spending tens of billions annually year in and year out prosecuting (highly unsuccessful) misadventures in promoting democracy in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.
    From here:

    AND.....while trying to get the other side of the argument as to why the US is not a member I looked up the conservative site "The Heritage Foundation" who promised to tell "why-the-united-states-should-not-join-the-inter-parliamentary-union".

    But I suppose they just could not come up with any reason. Click link for a chuckle:

    I don't think it is just me who never heard about the IPU, and if it is just me expect this comment to be erased pretty damm quick
    Why it gets such little attention and news coverage is a mystery to me, especially as we are members. It certainly seems to be a forward looking organisation founded for good reasons by people of vision.

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union deserves more publicity than it gets.

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    Default Re: The Inter-Parliamentary Union.

    Well the goodwill and high ideals did not last long. Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Kuwait's representative blows a fuse when Israeli delegation start to address the meeting.

    A delegation of Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday stormed out of an international gathering of parliamentarians after facing a tongue lashing, heckling and resolutions critical of Jerusalem at the annual meeting.

    Likud MK Sharren Haskel, Yesh Atid MK Haim Jelin, Zionist Union MKs Yossi Yonah and Nachman Shai, and Knesset Secretary Yardena Meller-Horowitz complained about mistreatment at the Inter-Parliament Union assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia, including being heckled while trying to speak at the event.
    Above from a Times Of Israel report here:

    With comments from the public like "The hate is becoming more pronounced and open. Wars are coming which will see the end of the Arab/Muslim states. They just don't know it, or refuse to accept it. But, it is written....and shall be."

    Same as seen from the Middle East Monitor perspective with such comments as "Out of midle east you dirty pigs Jew's go back were you came from Europe russia the west is your home. you dont even look midelestern":


    Stronger moderating from the chair is needed if the IPU is going to fulfill its potential as a civilized forum where parliamentarians from normally hostile states can meet and seek understanding.
    The IPU's lack of hard power should make civilized discussion easier, but that wont happen while boorish multi-millionaires like Al-Ghanim are allowed play to the prejudices of the crowd.

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