Posts tagged international civil service
It remains one of the few places where drinking in the style of a cast member of “Mad Men” is not only accepted but expected.
Diplomat Calls for End to Drunkenness at U.N. - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)
We need someone to page through the UN’s Flickr page and create a Tumblr titled “Drunk Diplomats of the UN.” Now. (via shortformblog)
Revolutiontrainee: This American diplomat is obviously green behind the ears. If anyone thinks, for a MINUTE, any international policy-making is done without the aid of alcohol, you are a fool. I’m not saying I condone this practise; I’m just sharing the facts.
Fact: booze gets deals done.
How else do you think these diplomats get the courage to phone their capitals to reveal what was lost from the latest deal brokered a la the drink?!
I’ve just been to the library and was distracted for about 15 mins in the legal section of the ‘nook’ reserved for the UN and human rights literature.
Just like so many bitter medicines, it’s difficult to consume this critically engaging, performanced-based, normative literature knowing that THOUSANDS of academics, civil servants, state delegates working for international cooperation and peace has been perverted by a few who seised an opportunity during crisis in the name of nationalism and other bigotries, see Stephen Gill (2012) Global Crises and the Crisis of Global Leadership.
More than 140 countries have passed counterterrorism laws since the attacks of September 11, 2001, often with little regard for due process and other basic rights.
While every government has a responsibility to protect its population from attack, many have used the new measures to prosecute journalists, protesters, opposition politicians, and religious or ethnic groups under the guise of counterterrorism.