11-07-2016 at 07:56 am - Kevin Mooney - Posted in: International, Regulation, Taxes, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Tobacco, Transparency, United Nations, World Health Organization - 0 Comment


This article originally appeared in The Washington Examiner on November 1, 2016

Calling all media with an interest in healthcare policy, international relations and government accountability: The taxpayer-funded World Health Organization is holding a meeting in New Delhi next week that could have significant public policy ramifications. But you're not invited. Neither are members of the public who foot the bill for WHO's activities and other critical stakeholders who provide critical insight into pressing questions on the intersection of healthcare and law enforcement. So, what gives? Why such secrecy?

10-25-2016 at 08:35 am - Anthony McAuliffe - Posted in: Americans for Tax Reform, Property Rights Alliance, Taxes, United Nations - 0 Comment


Anthony McAuliffe is an associate with the Property Rights Alliance and Americans for Tax Reform. This piece originally appeared here on the ATR website.

The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) released a report recommending that all countries levy a steep excise tax on soft drinks of at least 20 percent. The proposal represents a dangerous new precedent whereby international organizations will encroach on national sovereignty by telling nations how to tax their own citizens. The recommendations further represent a restriction of choice on global citizens, as well as an ineffective way to combat the global issue of obesity.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a new report detailing the public funding of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the United Nation’s (UN) tobacco-control agency. The report (linked here), titled The World Health Organization in Intensive Care, lays out the massive amount of taxpayer money that is going to further some of the anti-freedom, anti-intellectual property activities of the United Nations. The United States funds the UN and the WHO and those organizations continue to express ideas and engage in policies that are contrary to the values and principles that America stands for when it comes to press-freedom, transparency, and intellectual property.

Click 'read more' below to see the full press release

07-13-2016 at 07:30 am - Michi Iljazi - Posted in: Plain Packaging, Regulation, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Tobacco, Transparency, United Nations, World Health Organization - 0 Comment


The United States (US) government spends a great deal of taxpayer money on things that the public doesn’t want or need. There are also examples of taxpayer money being wasted on things that go beyond our borders, like funding the United Nations (UN).  The UN receives approximately $8 billion every year from US taxpayers with $3 billion of that used for peacekeeping efforts, which is the main function of the United Nations. The other $5 billion goes to fund other various activities including the World Health Organization (WHO), an organization lacking in transparency and common sense. The latest mind-numbing misadventure that the WHO is pursuing is their current effort to get people to stop smoking in Syria.  As Syrian rebels try to overthrow a dictatorial regime that is committing war atrocities, the WHO is focusing their efforts in Syria to push plain packaging on tobacco.

05-03-2016 at 07:10 am - Drew Johnson - Posted in: Drew Johnson, Free Speech, International, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Tobacco, United Nations, World Health Organization - 0 Comment


This article appeared in The Daily Caller on April 29, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, marks the United Nations’ annual World Press Freedom Day. The event is intended to celebrate the media’s vital role in a free society and encourage a free press in countries where that right is under attack. Unfortunately, however, the UN has no business hosting such an event. The organization has proven disturbingly hypocritical on the issue of press freedom, frequently engaging in extraordinary measures to silence the media and stifle the press’ ability to cover UN proceedings.


Beginning next week in Moscow, the World Health Organization’s COP6 (the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties) will be held in Moscow, Russian Federation from October 13-18. There are many issues that will be on the agenda for this international event, but there are some issues in particular that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) will be keeping a close watch on to see what develops out of the meeting.  One issue in particular is taxation, as there are those who may be seeking to introduce new taxes or have a ‘harmonizing’ of tax rates beyond sovereign borders. Keeping that in mind, TPA signed onto an International Coalition Letter expressing direct opposition to any of those types of proposals that may come from the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Click 'read more' below to read the full letter


Taxpayers and consumers won an important victory as the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) [COP5] finished their meeting without raising tobacco taxes.  The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has long been critical and concerned about tobacco taxes pushed by the WHO and led an international effort to stop these taxes.  The WHO, an agency of the United Nations, proposed a $.05, $.03, or $.01 cent tax on tobacco products, depending on the wealth of the country where the products are being sold.   This tax increase was aggressively pursued with no regard to the potential economic impacts of such a policy.  According to the WHO, “Do not allow concerns about employment impact to prevent tobacco tax increases,” and “Do not allow concerns about the inflationary impact of higher tobacco taxes to deter tax increases.”  Click here to see TPA’s work and read the petition that was circulated. TPA Senior Fellow Drew Johnson has been in Seoul, South Korea, reporting on the meeting.  The following is an account of Drew’s work (click here for a previous blog posting from Drew on the meeting).

On Tuesday, the United Nations gave Americans yet another reason not to trust their tax dollars, policy decisions or military forces with the increasingly outlandish international organization.  The World Health Organization – the UN’s public health policy arm – kicked the public and the media out of a discussion of a proposed international tobacco tax during its biennial tobacco control meeting.   The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which is meeting this week in the South Korean capital of Seoul, began on a high note. The convention’s member countries on Monday ratified an agreement to fight smuggled and pirated tobacco products.  That goodwill was quickly destroyed when delegates of the member countries of the conference stripped the media of the ability to cover the meeting and escorted public onlookers from the premises. The decision to meet behind closed doors occurred when a discussion began about efforts to decrease tobacco use by increasing the price of tobacco products.  As the session began, the session’s chairwoman expressed concern that there was a “large presence” of tobacco growers and industry representatives in the public gallery. That would be unsurprising since the discussion has a significant impact on the livelihood of the tens of millions of people employed by tobacco farming and production. The countries then agreed to make the rest of the meeting private.

Trick or Treat

Every Halloween children and adults alike get their fair share of tricks and treats.  The government doesn’t wait until the end of October to shower taxpayers with tricks or treats; it shares these treats or tricks all year long.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the tricks and treats from this past year.  This year’s tricks include:  non-profit environmental organizations receiving tax dollars, The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), government funded broadband, and a tax increase proposed by the World Health Organization.  Treats include:  the selling of wireless spectrum, The Department of Treasury trying to recoup money from a failed energy company, and the passage of enhanced whistleblower protection in the House of Representatives.  These are not the only tricks or treats by the government, but the folks at TPA were concerned that if we showed you too many tricks you may not be able to sleep at night, and it was really difficult finding many treats with a debt of $16 trillion and a Congress (especially the Senate) that refuses to cut spending.


06-29-2012 at 11:02 am - David Williams - Posted in: United Nations, Regulation, Internet, David Williams - 0 Comment
Last week the internet was abuzz with the idea that some countries were proposing that the U.N. should take over management of the Internet.   Later this year in Dubai, at a meeting of the International Telecommunications Union, the technology arm of the U.N., a plan will be debated that would allow this  international body to take over some control of the Internet.   According to the Associated Press on June 23, 2102, “Secret negotiations among dozens of countries preparing for a United Nations summit could lead to changes in a global treaty that would diminish the Internet's role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information.”  Allowing the U.N. or some member countries to manage the Internet could result in a myriad of problems.   As people often quip, if something is not broken, there is no need to fix it.  As Ariel Rabkin told The Weekly Standard in 2009, “The management of the Domain Name System has been largely apolitical, and most of the disputes that have arisen have been of interest only to insiders and the technology industry.   IANA [Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, operated on behalf of the Commerce Department] has concerned itself with fairly narrow questions like ‘Should we allow names ending in .info?"’ Commercial questions about ownership of names, like other property disputes, are settled in national courts.’”   Rabkin as noted that allowing international government bodies to manage the internet could result in more problems like such as “Domain names presenting political questions.   Which side in a civil war should control Pakistan's Internet domain. . . ” and the “Control of Internet names could become a lever to impose restrictions on Internet content.”

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