UNESCO fails to protect Palmyra as a World Heritage Site

Does UNESCO have a pro-Islamic agenda?  Let’s examine the events in Palmyra and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain.

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Palmyra, the Grande Colonnade. Photo by Jerzy Strzelecki - Wikipedia.
Palmyra, the Grande Colonnade


Who needs UNESCO? — which stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The recent beheading of Khaled al-Asaad, a renowned antiquities scholar in Syria is yet another heartbreaking loss of an innocent life taken by ISIS. Khaled al-Asaad had devoted his life to the preservation of Palmyra, in Syria. His brutal execution, while trying to protect precious antiquities, was followed by the news of the destruction of this ancient archeological site, at the hands of ISIS jihadists.

What is also disturbing is that archeological locations like Palmyra, known as the ‘Venice of the Sands’– have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO– one of the many international organizations that are part of the United Nations. But where are the folks at UNESCO when you need them?

UNESCO is supposed to help operate and oversee the protection of its World Heritage Sites, pursuant to a document titled, Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention. This document outlines all the steps required for the operational status and protection of these sites. But UNESCO,  like most socialist programs run by the United Nations, failed to protect Palmyra, one of its most treasured sites.  So much for its “World Heritage Convention.”

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba
Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba

This brings me to another site, which is in danger of being turned into a “shared space” for Islamic prayer: the Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain. This treasure of Christianity is another World Heritage Site which is struggling to retain its Roman Catholic authenticity and sacred value.

The protection of the Roman Catholic heritage of this cathedral depends on the measures taken by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Córdoba — and not on UNESCO’s so-called “protection”– since UNESCO is more interested in the “world”– than it is in the authentic Roman Catholic identity of the cathedral.

In fact, in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Cathedral of Córdoba is listed as the “Mosque of Córdoba.”  See item 22 under Spain (Historic Center of Córdoba) and in “Notes.”  This is because UNESCO refuses to acknowledge that the original site was a Roman Catholic Church which was desecrated and usurped by the Moors, and turned into a Mosque during their occupation of Spain.

Which brings us to the main question: does UNESCO have a pro-Islamic agenda? Hmm…

I am also including below an article about the history of the Cathedral of Córdoba, for the benefit of my readers.

Personally, I don’t see the purpose of  turning a nation’s historic site into a UNESCO “World Heritage” site– when UNESCO and the United Nations are unable to protect them with their “peacekeeping” forces– nor through any measures taken by the farcical United Nations Security Council– which currently includes non-permanent members such as Venezuela— and in the past even Cuba! There isn’t a rogue state in this world that the United Nations and its minions haven’t embraced.

While ISIS plowed through the Syrian desert– brutally murdering innocent people and destroying everything in sight, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was holding a session in Bonn in July of this year, where they issued the following charming Bonn Declaration— which I’m sure ISIS jihadists are respectfully perusing! 

It is my opinion that UNESCO is speaking out of both sides of its mouth. On one hand it is issuing “declarations” condemning what ISIS is doing in the name of Islam— but on the other hand they are refusing to acknowledge the true Roman Catholic identity of the Cathedral of Córdoba, by calling it the “Mosque of Córdoba.”

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “if we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.” We are heading straight into hell, and without strong moral leadership in Washington not only will more innocent people die– but the world’s cultural patrimony will disappear along with Western Civilization— while politically correct / socialist entities like the United Nations UNESCO gather in their well-appointed boardrooms issuing declarations.

Khaled al-Asaad died alone, beheaded. His body was hung upside down from a column. He died in Palmyra protecting the antiquities that he loved– but where was UNESCO?

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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Please read my commentary  (published during Holy Week 2014) about the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba– and the danger it faces of becoming a “shared space” for Islamic prayer.

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THE GATES OF HELL: The Massacre at Planned Parenthood

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

THE GATES OF HELL - The Massacre at Planned Parenthood - The three latest undercover videos by The Center for Medical Progress - by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

I remain confident that the conscience of many has been shaken by the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s massacre of babies. The hellish images and statements made by those involved in murdering babies and selling their body parts must lead to a moral, ethical, legal and medical environment that will recognize that abortion has always been a crime– otherwise, we have no future as a nation.

The value of a baby’s life cannot be nuanced by medical discussions and interpretations– nor by the opinions of misguided legal “experts.”  Every baby’s life is precious.

Abortion has always been and continues to be a crime and a sin against God.

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It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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The devil is in the details…

I have always held the firm opinion that the defense of innocent human life cannot be nuanced. I have stated this in my writings and as a tenet of public policy during my campaign for the United States Senate (on the ballot 2012 – Florida).

During the past few days I have become concerned over the wording of the Dublin Declaration, which I had included as a reference in my commentary titled, “To my readers: URGENT (16 August 2015).

It is my opinion that the Dublin Declaration does not clarify the critical issue of “procured abortion”—that is, inducing a baby who will not survive or has little chance of survival outside the mother’s womb.

I must clarify, for the sake of justice and fairness, that the more than one thousand individuals who have signed the Dublin Declaration—including some members of the Committee on Excellence in Maternal Healthcare (the select panel of writers and original signators of the Dublin Declaration) may not be aware of what, in my opinion, is the critical need for the Dublin Declaration to clearly define what it means by “necessary medical treatments” and how this ambiguity may leave the door open for spurious justifications of procured abortions—which are abortions per se.

Regardless of their good intentions, unless the crafters of the Dublin Declaration make it clear that delivering a premature baby who cannot or may not survive outside the mother’s womb (procured abortion) is never a reasonable nor permissible pretext for “necessary medical treatment”—then their declaration could lead less informed individuals to accept procured abortions as an acceptable pro-life option.

My concerns over the Dublin Declaration are also based on a statement by Dr. Eoghan de Faoite, who is one of the members of the select panel which wrote and signed the declaration.

Dr. de Faoite’s statement, which I quote below, was made on January 10, 2013 during a Joint Committee on Health and Children Debate held at the Houses of the Oireachtas (Ireland’s National Parliament) in Dublin:

“Irish obstetricians and other specialists will always intervene to save the life of a mother when she has a life-threatening complication of pregnancy. This practice of intervening, which includes premature delivery of the baby even when the baby has little of [sic] no chance of surviving, is permitted in Ireland today. It is permitted under Irish law and by the Medical Council’s ethical guidelines and is within pro-life principles.”

Dr. de Foite’s statement in the Irish Parliament is of great significance and concern, as one of the original drafters and signators of the Dublin Declaration.

Dianne N. Irving, PhD, as Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics at The Catholic University of America, published an excellent analysis titled, Abortion: Correct Application of Natural Law Theory, which is the theory of natural person known as the principle of double effect. The proper application of this principle is the crucial factor in decisions made during extreme medical conditions involving a pregnancy.

I encourage my readers to pay careful attention to her analysis (which I provide in the reference section below)– in connection with the issue of procured abortions.

Furthermore, the correct application of the principle of double effect is in observance with Roman Catholic teaching (I am a Roman Catholic) and is centered on the fact that knowledge and intent are critical for medical practitioners involved in a woman’s pregnancy. As such, it is not reasonable nor acceptable for a medical practitioner to carry out a procured abortion as “necessary medical treatment” knowing that the “baby has little or no chance of surviving.” The Roman Catholic Church is explicit on her rejection of procured abortions.

When it comes to procured abortions, the following expressions come to mind, “the devil is in the details” and “words have consequences” (or the consequences of words left unsaid, in the case of the Dublin Declaration) —because while the subject of procured abortions may at first appear small inside the house of horrors where abortions are performed— this does not mean that we should ignore the ambiguity of “necessary medical treatments.” The fact is that ambiguity leaves the door open for abortion advocates who are aggressively looking for loopholes, i.e., procured abortions.

A single loophole can bring an end to precious innocent and helpless lives, that later end up cut into pieces and sold to the highest bidder at Planned Parenthood.

This is the reason why a uniform and authentic pro-life position cannot be ambiguous nor nuance the value of a baby’s life.

It’s time to lift the fog…. someone has to say the truth.

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I encourage my readers to gain more insight into the critical matter of procured abortions through the reference section provided below.

Abortion: Correct Application of Natural Law Theory, by Dianne N. Irving, PhD

Abortion, Doctors and the Law



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To my readers: URGENT

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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During the course of the next year you will be approaching a monumental decision, as you make your choice for the next president of the United States. Our government has reached such a dangerous stage– that it will take tremendous unity and strength to turn things around– with a leader who truly understands our priorities.

But the unity and strength of our nation cannot be based solely on the economy– as important as it is, particularly for those who are suffering financially. There’s something much more urgent than that– without which, nothing else can be accomplished: the value and defense of innocent human life as the foundation of a civilized society.

The public use and abuse of the term “pro-life”

The erosion of what it means to be pro-life must be urgently addressed.

At the beginning of the pro-life movement it was clearly established that the life of an unborn baby is sacred, regardless of the circumstances. Tragically, the pro-life movement was hijacked by some political activists and opportunists who have used it for financial gain– and in doing so have compromised the lives of millions of innocent babies who have been killed in abortion mills for decades. This is how the idea of “exceptions” in abortion started– which is nothing but a pretext for political expediency. Fortunately, there are still some organizations which remain steadfast to the original meaning of pro-life without exceptions.

It is time that we bring back uniformity and authenticity to the pro-life narrative– by exposing and explaining the falsehoods behind the “exceptions” pretext in abortion. I am convinced that if you take the time to read the information provided in the reference section below, you will be well-equipped to address the presidential candidate of your choice with critical information regarding abortion.

I am a woman of deep religious faith and place myself and my efforts in the hands of Almighty God. But if you are reading this as an agnostic or as an atheist– and feel that the existence of God is inconclusive, you are still bound to humanity, through all times and in all circumstances.

Great things have been achieved when the indomitable human spirit is allowed to soar for the good of others in a civilized society. The human mind and spirit lead to innovation and ways to create a better future. As such, every innocent human life counts. Imagine what we could have achieved in the United States alone if millions of lives had not been lost to abortion– a loss which now exceeds the population of the United Kingdom.

This monumental loss of human potential is our greatest enemy. Ultimately, it is the deep understanding and appreciation of this human potential that leads many to God.

To ignore the urgent need for the defense of innocent human life is to deny the value of our own existence.

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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Abortion: Correct Application of Natural Law Theory, by Dianne N. Irving, PhD

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ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: Obama threatens the poor and surrenders to communists

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Obama’s transformation of America looks more like a boat floating straight into hell.

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Obama hugs Cecile, the lioness of Planned Parenthood. According to Obama, if states defund Planned Parenthood– then they will not get Medicaid for the poor.

Not only did the POTUS surrender to the communists in Havana today– but now he is threatening to cut off funding for Medicaid, a program which provides medical services for the poor. His threat is aimed at states that are trying to defund Planned Parenthood’s Death Camps– where babies are dismembered and their body parts are sold to the highest bidder.

I wonder how long it will take Americans to admit that they have been taken over by the socialist strategy– which is now unfolding at full speed. Obama is pushing his agenda with the help and determination of carefully selected operatives who are solidifying his socialist transformation. These operatives are embedded in every nook and cranny of the federal government.

The Wall Street Journal reported on 12 August 2015, “States warned over ending Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood” 


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a unit of HHS, has notified Alabama and Louisiana, which have taken action to terminate their Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood, that they may be in conflict with federal law, HHS said. The agency said that, by restricting providers, women could lose access to critical preventive care, such as cancer screenings.

HHS said it provided both states with guidance it released in a June 2011 memo, which says states aren’t permitted to exclude providers from Medicaid solely on the basis of the range of medical services they provide. The memo says states may exclude providers under certain circumstances, such as when providers commit fraud or certain criminal acts.

If federal and state officials can’t resolve the matter informally, states can request a hearing. If that, too, fails to result in a settlement, CMS can cut federal Medicaid funds to the state if it is found to be in violation.

Camilo Cienfuegos - Cuban rebel who fought alongside Fidel Castro
Camilo Cienfuegos – Cuban rebel who fought alongside Fidel Castro

The communist rebels who took over Cuba did so over half a century ago with

Ernest Moniz, US Sec. of Energy
Ernest Moniz, US Sec. of Energy

long hair, filthy beards and farcical military uniforms, claiming “social justice.”

America’s “social justice” revolution is being led today by shorthaired “progressives”– except for climate change enthusiast, Ernest Moniz, who is the current Secretary of Energy– and who appears to love his long page boy hairdo!!

But the end goal is the same: creating chaos and confusion in our society (both moral and financial) in order to step in with government “solutions” aimed at choking our freedom, by controlling every aspect of the population– including who gets to live and who must die. In Cuba over 60% of pregnancies end up in abortion– and the communist regime pays for them. Cuba has one of the highest abortion and infanticide rates in the world. This is how the Castro regime justifies Cuba’s false “low infant mortality rate.”

Why should you be surprised that Obama is hugging Cecile, the President of Planned Parenthood? He wants “social justice!”

Why should you be surprised that Obama has surrendered to communist Cuba? He wants “social justice!”

… and guess what? The Cuban government, which claims that the Cuban people are lacking in basic human services and food because of the US Embargo– has enough money to pay for sex change operations, also known as “gender reassignment.”

… and guess what else? Just like Cuba, California (a true model of socialist activism) now uses taxpayer funds to pay for sex change operations of inmates in the state’s prison system.

Communists and “progressives” survive through constant lies and by promoting moral chaos in our society– and it’s all done on your nickel.

Part of this chaos is Obama’s latest ultimatum– which should send chills down the backs of the poor who need access to Medicaid, with his attempt to hitch the financing of their medical care to the blood bath at Planned Parenthood.

Welcome to “social justice!”

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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AN ACT OF COWARDICE: U.S. Diplomatic Relations with Communist Cuba

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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I am listening to Secretary of State John Kerry’s poor pronunciation in Spanish as he addresses the Cuban people in Havana during the opening of the American Embassy in the communist island prison. A Cuban woman stands in the crowd wearing a red Che Guevara tee shirt and waves a Cuban flag.

In case you don’t know, Che Guevara was a blood-thirsty communist responsible for ordering the execution of thousands of innocent Cubans during the beginning of Castro’s takeover of the island. The dissemination and glamorizing of his image on everything from coffee mugs to tee shirts is one of the most evil and deceitful communist marketing ploys of modern times.

Barack Obama and his troupe of socialist operatives have managed to not only humiliate the United States in the eyes of history– but are also attempting to erase Castro’s murderous communist history of more than half a century.

As John Kerry stands with the beautiful azure Caribbean Sea in the background I ask myself how he can ignore the Cuban people who are behind prison bars for peacefully expressing their views about Castro’s tyrannical government. I ask myself, how he can stand there and ignore that a few hours ago the Cuban government did another ruthless roundup of peaceful political dissenters.

Now Kerry is speaking about lifting the embargo, which he explained only the U.S. Congress can lift– a step which the Obama administration strongly favors. Ah yes, the U.S. Embargo against Cuba’s Communist regime– which exists only on paper– because the amount of goods and aid that the U.S. provides Cuba each year is breathtaking.

The entire world does business with Cuba.  The entire world! So the truth is that Cuba has had an incredible flow of commerce which has ended in the hands of the communist military government– and is used to line the pockets of military and government officials– while oppressing and starving the people of Cuba.

Kerry thanked those who brought about this diplomatic abomination– most notably Barack Obama, Raul Castro and “the Holy Father.”

Isn’t it interesting that socialists love Pope Francis? But of course, Francis’s narrative has been rich in laudable statements for Marxists, Sustainable Development (U.N. International socialism), climate change– in other words, Pope Francis is crowning the socialist modernism that Vatican II envisioned.

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Meanwhile, Castro’s government remains defiant as a communist nation– going as far as to state that the United States owes Cuba millions of dollars! Imagine that, a communist government which stole and confiscated private property– and destroyed the Cuban economy along with the hard-work and livelihood of thousands of Cubans– is now demanding money from Americans!

Kerry quoted José Martí (Cuba’s most famous national hero and a prominent literary figure in the Spanish language) with the words, “everything that divides men is a sin against humanity.”

Indeed the division between Cuba and the rest of humanity runs deep. The deaths of thousands of Cubans whose bodies lie in the watery graves of the Strait of Florida are silent witnesses of this division– along with those who have been imprisoned, tortured, executed and thrown into unmarked graves, like members of my family.

Yes, the communist sin against humanity continues in Cuba. I was born and raised under Castro’s tyranny– and I will not cease to denounce the diplomatic abomination that has taken place today.

I urge my readers to do the same.

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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IGNORANT TALK SHOW HOSTS: Stop your uninformed discussions on abortion!

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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It is offensive and frankly dangerous to those who are trying to learn the truth about abortion– when they are misled through the massive misinformation being spread about this grave and urgent issue by some cable, television and radio talk show hosts– who are mostly entertainers looking after ratings and their pocketbooks.

The babies being torn into pieces through abortion deserve better!

The only authentic pro-life position is one which makes NO exceptions. You do not have the right to choose who gets to live and who must die. That is what the Nazis did. That is what the communists continue to practice in Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, China, North Korea– and everywhere that the United Nations (an international socialist organization) has injected itself with its Malthusian population control agenda.

Abortion is murder. Period. Abortion is the killing of an innocent and defenseless human being. Planned Parenthood’s practice of cutting babies into pieces is savagery– whether their tissue and body parts are sold or not. Period.

Let’s stop the confusion and misinformation being spread by some cable, television and radio talk show hosts. Please read the following information:

A TAKE-NO-PRISONERS APPROACH: A Lesson for the Florida Family Policy Council.

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