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Friends of Hillary Clinton Influencing U.N. Agenda on Children

Wednesday, 08 May 2002 12:00 AM

UNICEF was created to help child victims of World War II. But under Bellamy, a former Democratic member of the New York State Senate and president of the New York City Council, the group has tangled frequently with pro-family and pro-life advocates.

The Vatican in 1996 suspended contributions to UNICEF, citing the group's involvement in promoting abortion and its inability to account for money it received. The Vatican said it felt "duty-bound to warn the Catholic faithful and others of the shift in UNICEF activities."

In a Nov. 4, 1999, release, UNICEF even seemed to lament the end of Soviet-style communism, saying that children were "paying a price for freedom" because the fall of the Berlin Wall had resulted in "contracting economies, fraying social welfare nets and the spread of armed conflict" in Europe and the old Soviet Union.

Bellamy, who became UNICEF executive director in 1995, cooperated closely with Hillary Clinton. They appeared together at a 1998 education conference convened by UNICEF and various federal agencies.

Kati Marton, who achieved some notoriety as a journalist and author, quietly assumed her post in January of this year. She has stepped forward to promote the U.N. Special Session on Children with appearances on shows such as "The News with Brian Williams" on MSNBC.

She has also been serving on an advisory committee of Human Rights Watch, a group that frequently opposes the positions of the Bush administration in global affairs.

Human Rights Watch favors the U.N. treaty creating the International Criminal Court and has strongly criticized the Bush administration's decision to "unsign" the document. It also favors U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Mine Ban Treaty, and a U.N. treaty to regulate or ban traffic in small arms.

The group has attacked the Bush administration's handling of the summit and the conference document. "The U.S. has tried to sideline the Convention on the Rights of the Child as the global standard for protecting the rights of children," complained Jo Becker of Human Rights Watch. "It is also seeking to roll back previous agreements to provide adolescents with sexual and reproductive health education and services."

Marton is married to former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who was a member of the Clinton administration. Marton also called Hillary Clinton a "pioneer" in the "women's rights" field.

Marton's own feminist credentials were described by Mrs. Clinton at a June 2000 event in New York designed to commemorate the 1995 U.N. women's conference in Beijing. Mrs. Clinton, the honored guest, gave a speech in which she thanked Marton for converting Holbrooke to "feminism."

Marton is scheduled to be the May 16 keynote speaker at a luncheon of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Michigan, a group that promotes abortion. In advertising the appearance, the organization describes Marton as holding "the highly visible and important position" of U.N. "Chief of Outreach," although her position is officially described as a spokesperson or "advocate" of children's rights.

Her most recent book, "Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped Our Recent History," describes how Hillary Clinton influenced Bill Clinton's presidency and how Laura Bush influences George W. Bush.

In an Oct. 8, 2001, Newsweek article, Marton suggested that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 would transform Laura Bush's role as first lady from that of a "traditional" woman into that of an Eleanor Roosevelt-type figure. FDR's wife founded the United Nations Association and personally appeared as a U.S. representative at the world body.

On March 8 of this year, Laura Bush visited the U. N. to support women's rights on International Women's Day. Appearing with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, she said, "I'm so glad to be here at the United Nations on this International Women's Day, a day that has been marked with pride and promise since 1975 -- International Women's Year."

Marton wrote the book, "A Death in Jerusalem," and was described as one of Peter Jennings' "reliable Middle East sources" by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Marton and Jennings married, had a son together, and were divorced. Jennings is now working on his fourth marriage, and Marton is Holbrooke's third wife.

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