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How Did UNESCO Get So Politicized?

The U.S. isn't the only country to criticize—and leave—the cultural organization.
Source: Francois Mori / AP

The United States will formally withdraw from UNESCO, the State Department announced Thursday, citing concerns over the UN cultural agency’s perceived anti-Israel bias. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also cited the U.S.’s mounting dues owed to UNESCO—now over —as reason for its departure. She the decision “was not taken lightly” and that the

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