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A Proclamation from the United Nations
Today, the GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCLAIMS 2008 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES, this document blares. You might be wondering the motivation for this flighty little expenditure on the part of the United Nations. (Besides the truth that folks with free money often make flighty little expenditures.) That’s an understandable curiosity. There are so many possibilities: increasing the guarantee of collective security, the curtailment of imperial Islam, the breakdown of tariff and non-tariff barriers so as to increase the amount of wealth in the world. Riches, liberalism, democracy, whisky, sexy!
Actually, the year was proclaimed to be the year of languages for reasons of “diversity and global understanding.”
That’s silly. Every year that people speak is the year of languages. (And every year that people speak, one or two languages move closer to becoming global.) And the job of this global regime we erected after the Second World War was specifically to pass judgment on certain nations—the bad ones—and specifically not to tolerate or to understand them. I suppose the UN stands in breach of contract. Or charter.
Let us see what else the General Assembly accomplished on a gray Manhattan day. Here’s something interesting, from the very same report linked above. The Assembly acted on a recommendation from “the Special Political and Decolonization Committee” (the fourth iteration of that committee, we’re told) and without even voting—what unity! what comity!—adopted the resolution entitled “Comprehensive review of a strategy to eliminate future sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations peacekeeping operations.” If you’d like more details, look up document A/61/409/Add.1.
As a financial stakeholder in the UN, you may want to know what it means to adopt a recommendation to review a strategy towards eliminating future sexual exploitation in United Nations peacekeeping operations. Alas I won’t be able to help you with understanding that. As a mean, shout-y, John Bolton type, I can divine only one way to end the problem of United Nations peacekeepers raping all the women of the villages they’re supposed to be protecting. My idea has to do with jailing all the ones who do it, and probably harming them. But where’s the cultural understanding in that?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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