UN at 70: "Foxes in Charge of Global Chicken Coup"?
The United Nations Charter was signed on June 26, 1945 -- 70 years ago this Friday -- in San Francisco. [Note: IPA has a new online calendar -- a tool for journalists and others: accuracy.org/calendar.]
The Charter states: "All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state..."
JAMES PAUL, email@example.com
Paul was executive director of Global Policy Forum, a think tank that monitors the UN. He just wrote a two-part piece "The UN Disappoints on its Seventieth Anniversary," the first part of which will be published today by Inter Press Service.
He said today: "From time to time, it has seemed that the UN might have a breakout moment, that it might take the lead in a transition to what used to be called 'global governance' -- more participatory, more just, more peaceful. But it never happened -- certainly not in the 'post Cold War' world dominated by the United States and its Western 'allies.' The UN effort to control transnational corporations collapsed by the mid-1990s, initiatives to make the Security Council more responsive to international law failed, the promising global conferences came mostly to naught. Washington forced Kofi Annan to purge his senior staff and toe the line, once the Iraq War was well under way. The White House crudely forced out UN ambassadors that did not conform to its wishes. And Congress threatened to pull the plug on funding. The foxes were in charge of the global chicken coop.
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