January/February 2005

Upside down: The United Nations at 60

NI (No.375)


2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
Please go in! A basketball drama from Zimbabwe photographed by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.

5 View from the South
Why did scrap metal in a Delhi junkyard start exploding, killing some workers? Urvashi Butalia investigates the mystery and finds the world's wars are affecting lives far removed from the battleground.

6 Currents
Indigenous Botswanans' case goes global; epidemic of attacks on Iraqi women; Uruguay's leftist landslide.
PLUS: Big Bad World Dreaming of Dubya, by Polyp.
PLUS: Wordpower - the language of international organizations.
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

9 Upside down
Start with the prevailing disposition of power, trim your principles to fit, and you end up with an organization stood on its head. David Ransom spells out the consequences.

13 The United Nations system
A route map around the labyrinth.

14 Saving humanity from hell
It never was the UN's job to make heaven on earth. Shashi Tharoor defends the organization against misguided missiles.

17 In memory of Srebrenica
Ten years after the massacre, when the UN stood by, Fatima Hassan remembers.

18 The sky's no limit
Adam Ma'anit sinks into the murky world of carbon trading.


22 Grimm rewards
Ian Williams reckons that reform might work in mysterious ways.

24 Missing - the Millennium Development Goals

26 Bluewash
Kenny Bruno follows the road from environmental "greenwash" to the UN's Global Compact with corporate power.

28 Cradle to grave
The UN does not have a clean slate in Iraq. Felicity Arbuthnot recalls an embargo that even banned funeral shrouds.

30 Humane development
It's possible to make space for a radical project even inside the belly of the beast. Mark Engler tells the story of the Human Development Report.

32 A brief history of the UN

34 Cosmopolis
David Ransom makes a plea for common humanity.

36 The Jumbo NI Prize Crossword
With a Jumbo prize to match.

37 Mixed Media

40 Country Profile -Argentina


NI-Japan (No.63)


Upside down: The United Nations at 60
This year the UN turns 60. It has come a long way since its beginnings in the San Fransisco Opera House....or has it? Indeed some of the UN's worst problems seem to have been built in right from its inception. This month NI gives us a detailed critique of the UN from a number of different perspectives, and looks at what changes are necessary to fulfil the UN's goals of peace on Earth and respect for all human beings.

<This month's article>
-Translation of "Upside down" (NI p9-12)
-Translation of "What the UN means to..." (NI p11&23)

<Reporting from Japan>
-NI-Japan asked a random selection of people in Japan what the UN means to them...
-America's Cheer Squad: Japan in the United nations
---by Kawabe Ichiro

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Argentina" (p40)

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