Originally posted by KazetNagorraUS cuts Unesco funds over vote for Palestinian seat
...it seems this was also a case of political posturing, seeing as how Unesco's interests are not really served by having a large part of its (US-supplied) budget cut.
"The United States is cancelling funding for the UN cultural body Unesco after it voted to grant full membership to the Palestinians.
The motion was passed by a substantial majority, despite strong opposition from the United States and Israel.
A US state department spokeswoman said a payment of some $60m (£37m) due next month would not be made.
Membership dues paid by the US account for about a fifth of the organisation's annual budget.
This is the first UN agency the Palestinians have sought to join since submitting their bid for recognition to the Security Council in September.
The UN Security Council will vote next month on whether to grant the Palestinians full UN membership."