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The UN and its Security Council: Time for change

March 11, 2010

Over six months ago, I wrote on this blog that I am yet to understand why most supposed media experts, communicators, political scientists and diplomats turn to misuse the appellation international community. I said so because most often, the supposed powerful countries team up with their allies and want to call those who defy them as, defiling the international community and unfortunately, this is always largely relayed by the media and the so-called global media.

Nevertheless, when one enters into the politics of media and editorial policies, then one may understand why some media prefer the line they chose to take. The United Nations General Assembly, which has almost 200 members, is the only body whose decision warrants the appellation “international community” and such a decision can only be that of the majority.

It therefore beats one’s imagination and that of several other critics why some countries grouped under what is referred to as the Security Council with veto powers, claim to take decisions and want to impose them on the real international community.

On the contrary, members of the same body have violated the so-called international community and aggressed others with devastating consequences we have now. Radicalism, terror, fear, hatred, hunger, strife for the aggressed, contrasting to booming economic activities for the aggressors. These are the characteristics of the work of the permanent members of the Security Council and their allies.

The speech of the Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi during the 64 General Assembly of the UN held in New York in September 2009 and calling for the radical modification of the UN Security Council among other praiseworthy demands is worth taking seriously. Praising such a speech and calling for a real revolution does not mean one condones his overstay in power or support radical religious beliefs because mixing the two while commenting on the speech of Gaddafi may lead us to a wrong direction or conclusion.

SECURITY COUNCIL AGAINST DEVELOPMENT and PEACE

The promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and freedom and the granting of so-called veto rights to some countries grouped under what is called permanent members of the UN Security council is in itself disturbing.

Members of this group have used their power either to block sanctions on some states and this has had serious repercussions on human rights, democracy and freedom. Others have used it to impose sanctions on non-ally states and this has similar consequences.

We cannot therefore compare development, democracy, human rights to veto power because they are at parallels. While nations support development in their states and ally-states, they use veto powers to block the take off of other nations.

Some may want to argue that the members of the Security Council are among the wealthiest and bear a heavy financial burden on the UN, but again ask yourself who are the highest debtors of the UN and those benefiting from the bureaucracies and the white-collar administrative positions of the same institutions. As far as democracy is concerned, veto power is a nonstarter.

To enhance world peace and development, I think the veto power and/or permanent member stuff of the UN should be scrapped and no nation and its ally or allies should claim to speak for the international community when they do not represent it.

AFRICA MUST WAKE UP

Unfortunately, most African leaders are a bunch of cowards working in dispersed ranks and each ruler following the commands of the seen and unseen neo-colonial countries. That is why some maintain a rather useless quiet diplomacy and most meet their colonial and imperialist mentor off camera and often dance according to the tune of these mentors.

African countries must stand as a strong force against all such of oppression and work together like the European Union for better development of the continent. Inasmuch African leaders would only be interested in stashing wealth in foreign banks and countries, the continent cannot take off and it will take a serious revolution to root off these bunches of failures.

 

The worst thing that ever happened to humankind in my opinion was not even the holocaust, but the colonisation and notably, of the African continent. I am not in any way undermining the holocaust but the abuses and massacres caused directly and indirectly because of the colonisation are terrible. Despite the hundreds of millions killed during slave trade and colonial era, millions continue to die under neo-colonial regimes in the continent.

This is not blame game but just identifying where the real problem is. Inasmuch as we drive to improve very section of the continent be it in the technological, scientific, agricultural, economic, social and political spheres, the fight against neo-colonialism in all its form must be ruthless.

The audacity of hope is believing in yourself, in positive change, and challenging the current status quo. Attaining our dreams is using our position be it as president or, a street sweeper diligently and considering it as a mean to an end. My dream is not becoming president. It is having an influence in the life of people in what I do, write or say.

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I hear America and its allies running behind other leaders for crimes against humanity.
Good and fine but what amounts to a crime against humanity?
What did the Europeans particularly The British as champions,the French And the Spanish do to us AFRICANS during the slave trade era?
THese monsters have never been blame for such acts and have never shown any remorse but are in the front line to define and even prescribe sanctions for crimes against humanity.
Mr.America is at the front line as world police and leads the way but has refused to be part of the international criminal court... for fear of beeing tried and convicted for its own crimes.
It is about time the West comes to a realisation that the rest of the world can now see and see even better than the can.
BALANCE IS A MUST .

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