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Mini - Interview with Thailand in ASEAN on Unethical Labor

What are the difficulties of fighting unethical labor in your country specifically?

By South China Morning Post at 3:28 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Combating Unethical Labor Must be Handled in Hand with Maintaining the Economy

ASEAN debates how to reduce the number of unethical laborers in international corporations, and an important point that comes up is how the economy of countries will be affected by this regulation. Countries like China want to tackle this problem but struggle to take aggressive actions due to the effect it would have on an economy heavily dependent on international corporations. It is disheartening to know that such a large part of the economy depends on inhumane work. However, it isn’t realistic to expect countries to immediately dismantle this structure.

By South China Morning Post at 3:26 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The Cabinet’s Carnival Is Coming Up. Here’s What You Should Know.

The Cabinet has decided to allow the IRA into their carnival.

By Buzzfeed News at 3:24 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Pushes for Education in Fight Against Unethical Labor

Unethical labor is prevalent all around the world, especially in large international corporations. Due to its nature, it’s important that countries work to reduce the number of laborers who live in these situations. Yet, it is difficult to balance that duty with the economic duties that tie governments to private international corporations. As countries discuss how to combat unethical labor, a solution that many are pushing for is education.

By South China Morning Post at 3:24 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: The IRA Is Harsh, But At Least They Are Honest

An IRA representative agreed to a peace talk, but they are not open to compromising.

By Buzzfeed News at 3:23 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

An Interview With The Secretary Of State For Industry & The Interim Prime Minister

I pull them aside for an interview on their recent Document of Committee (DOC) on the

By Buzzfeed News at 3:21 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

As Debate Falters Between the two Parties, War Looms Closer than Ever

As debate grinds to a stalemate in the final session of the Joint Crisis Committee (the issue of opium proving to be a difficult topic to compromise on), the prospect of war seems to be becoming more progressively more likely.

By The Economist at 3:19 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UNCTAD covers a topic in record time

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, already a fast-paced committee, seems to have gone light-speed as they speed through E-commerce regulations and digital privacy. This seems to be unintentional: the 1st topic was perceived to be much more important by the delegates, leading to the committee to focus on it much more. A member of the Dias, Marko, an incredibly attractive and charismatic man, says that he is “impressed and astounded” by the speed of the committee, with the resolution passing, from the beginning of the topic to the unanimous vote for the resolution, being one hour and 10 minutes.

By Fox News at 3:16 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Ethicality is not Short Term

Concluding many long hours of debate the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)

By Agence France Presse at 3:13 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The riveting discussion of breakfast food in the CSTD because food is obviously technology

The most important topic of discussion just came up in the CSTD… the best breakfast food. Though the reporter of The Onion has a horrible habit of just chugging coffee for breakfast (, lunch, and dinner), the CSTD delegates seem to have more refined palettes. Their sentiments are expressed below, unfortunately their positions were not recorded, so this shall be a fun matching game:

By The Onion at 3:13 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UNSC: A Committee of Hypocrites

The UNSC takes a stab at the great nation of Venezuela.

By TeleSUR at 3:13 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Protecting Corporations instead of Civilians

Today, the CSTD passed a resolution with the mission of protecting consumers from the harms of technology corporations. While the committee has gone through much discussion about the specifics of the topic, they fail to address the true issue of protecting consumers.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 3:12 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Hypnotic choruses to drone out the mundane nature of tech monopolies

With less than an hour left in committee, the CSTD has fallen into an unfortunate cycle of how to handle the finances of their technological monopolies. Discussions and disagreements regarding their data uses, market sharing, and various other establishments of software data use. The Onion is reminded of their discussion with TruthOut the day before regarding the CSTD’s discussions on AI in warfare and fears some sort of unsolicited intervention from the represented government. When Japan mentioned changing the wording of one of the clauses to “strongly recommends,” the committee hypnotically agreed and returned to their complaint riddled typing on their shared document. Despite being in the last hour of the conference, it seems technological difficulties are ever-persisting as they were over 24 hours ago. In the attempt to control the flow of overlapping speeches, the United States made the fruitless effort to guide some of the committee to use the chat feature, but the committee ignored his requests.

By The Onion at 3:10 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The Great Compromise of 2020: UNSC’s Collaboration and Clover

The UN Security Council has come to a compromise.

By TeleSUR at 3:10 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Lets Save Play Time for Later

When entering into their last committee session of the day, you would think that ASEAN would be better able to navigate through their use of technology and the chamber. In one session the dias kept on making break out rooms due to them being “deleted”.

By Agence France Presse at 3:09 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN: Unproductive or Ultracareful?

As we are nearing the end of this conference, the delegates of the ASEAN committee are pouring their thoughts into working papers and draft resolutions to conclude this committee session on a high note! Sky News had the opportunity to join each bloc in their unmoderated caucus. The first bloc that shared their view included several countries such as, Laos, China, Viet Nam, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea.

By SkyNews at 3:05 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

How The Draft Resolution Was Passed: UN-HABITAT

Approximately halfway through the sixth and final committee session of King County Model United Nations 2020, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme introduced the Draft Resolution 1.0 Fixed Upper Slums Organization, written by the USA and China. The resolution’s purpose is to combat urban slums and homelessness across the world.

By BBC at 2:58 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The Crisis in Venezuela: a Chat With the Russian Federation

I recently got the chance to sit down with a representative of the Russian Federation who participated in a UNSC committee on political instability in Venezuela. We discussed the situation and how the UNSC is working to address. Below is a transcript of our interview that’s been edited for brevity.

By Truthout at 2:55 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UN-HABITAT SET TO RATIFY DRAFT RESOLUTION, IS IT ENOUGH?

After intense and thorough debate, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme has unified into a single bloc and there is no opposition from any member-states. They are close to voting on the draft resolution “Fixing Upper Slum Organization (FUSO) 1.0,” which will attempt to ensure access to adequate housing for urban slum-dwellers. The draft resolution is sponsored by China and the United States, and features five signatories.

By BBC at 2:55 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

A Dais Gone Mad?

I can assure you, entering the CSTD committee is a unique Model UN experience.

By Agence France Presse at 2:55 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

CSTD Working Hard to Expand and Regulate Technology Monopolies

Despite entering their 6th hour of debate the Commission on Science and Technology for Development began their second session of the day with excitement and small-talk.

By Agence France Presse at 2:51 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

CSTD Battles Over Regulations of Tech

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development continues to debate about how to properly protect consumers from the harms of technology corporations. The discussion seems to be split between developing nations who want to start increasing the presence of technology in their countries and developed countries who aim to strengthen existing regulations. This clear divide has led to conflict in the committee, and the CSTD has only now started to draft a resolution in its final session together.

By Southern Poverty Law at 2:44 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Cabinet kidnaps more than half of the secretariat

In an unsurprising turn of events, the director Luke Jouflas left his incredible dais Jess and Charlize to help wreak havoc in the Cabinet alongside all of the Internal Secretariat and various other extraneous members of KINGMUN 2020. While banishing their delegates to a breakout room where they mind numbingly typed their DOCs, the staff prepared some exciting announcements, ranging from the IRA Ambassador asking the Cabinet out on a date, to theQqueen of England expressing her positive sentiments towards the carnival and festivities the Cabinet had engaged in. Despite moving to an online platform, the Cabinet found a way to channel the crisisesque valour of Cabinet.

By The Onion at 2:28 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Cabinet kidnaps more than half of the secretariat

In an unsurprising turn of events, the director Luke Jouflas left his incredible dais Jess and Charlize to help wreak havoc in the Cabinet alongside all of the Internal Secretariat and various other extraneous members of KINGMUN 2020. While banishing their delegates to a breakout room where they mind numbingly typed their DOCs, the staff prepared some exciting announcements, ranging from the IRA Ambassador asking the Cabinet out on a date, to theQqueen of England expressing her positive sentiments towards the carnival and festivities the Cabinet had engaged in. Despite moving to an online platform, the Cabinet found a way to channel the crisisesque valour of Cabinet.

By The Onion at 2:28 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: If Britain and China want to sign a treaty, one of them must lose on Opium

As the last session of the Joint-Crisis Committee begins, the biggest sticking point is the issue of opium. The Chinese Minister of Revenue reminded the British of opium’s harmful effects, bringing up how it was extremely addictive and easy to overdose on.

By Jakarta Post at 2:25 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Apple or Microsoft? the battle of the empires we hold so near and dear

After escaping to a breakout room where they were not restricted to the constraints of ChairMUN, the committee vigorously debated whether Apple and Microsoft were viable companies to discuss. When told Apple was a good agency, the United States negated all statements pressing that Microsoft was oh so much better. The idea that Apple had grown to encompass so many facets of a company was laughable to this delegate as Microsoft was truly a kingdom. The delegates discussed how, despite all of the emphasis on price controls, Apple and Microsoft have never had controls on their forever growing and expanding empire. Delegates quickly transitioned to passionate speeches within their unmod about the nature of each of these companies and began to interrupt one another to try to assert their dominance in expressing their statements. Unfortunately, just as the delegates began to engage in heated debate on the nature of these two technological empires, the secretariat stepped in to conduct dais reviews exiling the dais from the breakout room with tense vibes.

By The Onion at 2:21 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

repetitive echos of price controls and regulations on tech monopolies

Perhaps as a sort of blessing, at the beginning of the final CSTD committee session of KINGMUN 2020, Japan motioned for a moderated caucus on the events of the committee on their second topic. They stated that technological monopolies, which we can assume must be their topic, can be beneficial and have detriments making their statement seem somewhat zerosome to our reporters. After, Kenya spoke up regarding their confusion on why there were two resolutions when everyone was seemingly in agreement on the issues. Among some sentiments, there were speeches stating how each delegate was “proud of the work of the committee” and was “looking forward to continuing to brainstorm ideas.” While each delegate droned on about their repetitive recapping, the United States proposed a roundtable through their wise words: “each disagreement we have is just confusion” resulting in a lighthearted chuckle from the CSTD dais. Each country’s statements are summarized below:

By The Onion at 2:09 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Exposing the Atrocities Committed by Labor Companies

The impressive group of delegates in the ASEAN committee are well on their way in deep discussion for their second topic of this conference: Unethical Labor in International Corporations. The delegates have made immense progress and are already drafting working papers to enforce the ideas they have suggested.

By Sky News at 2:00 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: When does improving quality of life in urban slums become gentrification?

The UN-Habitat is currently discussing a plan to ensure access to adequate housing in urban slums. Previous articles have outlined this plan in more detail, but it focuses on providing affordable housing, improving amenities and infrastructure in slums, helping heal weakened economies, and establishing an intergovernmental organization to ensure countries are enforcing policies.

By TruthOut at 1:54 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Perspective and Profile: Representative from Dent & Co. in the Opium War

As debate continued to intensify in the British side of the Opium war, a curious figure stuck out. Even though the Master General of Ordnance had reassured me that the war really wasn’t advancing quickly—despite the late Governor of Macau’s plans to speed things up a bit—one could not deny the tension and urgency in the air. New plans were being drafted about how to get the most economically out of the war, and quickly, the once-demure Representative from Dent & Co. had something to say. The representative was quick to refute the pro-prosperity statements of the Master General and of his colleagues. At first, I was confused—the representative was supposed to be all for wealth. But soon, I realized that they were not arguing to protect the Chinese economy, but rather, they were arguing not to “obliviate” trading opportunities for Britain (Representative from Dent & Co.). This comment was met with some objection, and soon, the Representative had become a one-of-a-kind, adamant, and brave figure in the conversation. It was the comments that aim to protect a government from greed that set them apart, and I believe the representative will continue to be an amicable figure in the committee.

By TeleSUR at 1:47 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Profile and Perspective – China in UNCTAD

As debate began rolling for UNCTAD, I got the chance to pull the delegate from China to the side for a conversation. They were considerably more vocal than all of the other member nations in the committee, so, a private chat with them seemed like the best way to figure out the ins-and-outs of the committee. To get the inside scoop on their role in the committee, I wasted no time getting the conversation started. UNCTAD was running out of time, and it showed in how rushed China seemed.

By TeleSUR at 1:44 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion - China, in all committees, is using its power for tyranny across the world

CTSD, UN-HABITAT, UNSC - what do all of these committees have in common? One delegation is overstepping their role - the People's Republic of China. Some of the main principles of the United Nations - diplomacy, restraint, and collaboration - have been completely thrown out as China continues their campaign of tyranny. In the United Nations Security Council, China has not compromised at all during yesterday's sessions, and seems to have continued the trend, according to the Jakarta Post. In CTSD, China frequently used its influence against the direction of the committee, stifling debate and collaboration.

By Fox News at 1:43 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Cut Problems off From the Root: ASEAN fails to keep their citizens welfare in mind

Countries within the ASEAN are involved in spirited debate about the subject of child labor, unethical jobs, and immoral standards to make living wages. Debate has explored many topics ranging from increasing education standards to government involvement. They are actively looking for ways to prevent the spread of fast fashion and unethical jobs, purely from the standpoint of countries.

By CNN at 1:40 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Britain should accept the treaty NOW

Britain may have initiated the smuggling and gotten a massive amount of people addicted to opium, but they may be falling off their podium now. China has proposed a treaty that means (among other terms) that Britain has to stop illegal importation and accept drug searches.

By The Jakarta Post at 1:40 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UN-HABITAT’s comprehensive solution to increasing welfare in urban slums

The United Nations Human Settlement Programme is close to unanimously approving a comprehensive package guaranteeing a better future for those living in urban slums, spearheaded by the United States and with significant collaboration with China. The resolution takes a multifaceted approach to dealing with such an important issue, and aids the urban poor by creating a cost-effective and efficient system of healing weakened economies, creating life-saving amenities, and creating an IGO to enforce it all.

By Fox News at 1:39 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

China Solidifies Possible Ways to Defeat Britain

The conflicts that have become known as the opium wars have very deep roots. Opium first found its way into China in the seventh century. This escalated into a full out smuggling trade, with attacks from both sides. Not only are there trade problems, with China blocking British trade completely, but there are opium issues as well. As the imperial commissioner put it, Britain is in a state of complete disarray.

By The Jakarta Post at 1:38 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: Talking Tough: If China wants Britain to concede, they should be nicer.

Halfway through the Joint Crisis Committee’s fifth session, debate shifted abruptly. An hour after presenting their treaty to the British, the frustrated Chinese began to criticize the British Empire in an attempt to convince them they desperately needed to agree to their concessions.

By The Economist at 1:34 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

An Interview with The Leader of The Canton Cohong

During session 2 with JCC, I interviewed the Leader of The Canton Cohong, who oversees trade with Britain. She has been very vocal and unafraid to call Britain out directly.

By The Jakarta Post at 1:34 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: ASEAN Is More Put Together Than My Life

ASEAN continues productive debate on their second topic and is moving along efficiently.

By Buzzfeed News at 1:26 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Starts Topic B And Here’s What The Countries’ Stances Are

Explore what select countries think about unethical labor in international corporations.

By Buzzfeed News at 1:23 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UN-HABITAT: Ambitious or Miscalculated?

The UN-HABITAT has announced that they plan to pass a resolution that will tackle the complex problem of building equitable and sustainable housing for people living in urban slums. This resolution addresses a multitude of issues including repairing economies, establishing massive international government organizations, and defining what affordable housing means worldwide. The resolution looks at the problem of urban slum housing and further expands from there to address even more serious issues that vulnerable people face. The question is, is the resolution rightfully ambitious, or it is just a vague bundle of hastily put together ideas?

By Southern Poverty Law at 1:19 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The Sun Sets on the British Empire

Britain’s Cabinet is moving along with their plans for resolving some of the issues in their nation. Margaret Thatcher is dead, but her capitalist spirit is alive and well in the members of the Cabinet. Secretary of State for Industry essentially the late Thatcher’s loyal servant. The Secretary founded Thatcherism with the aforementioned, only to receive no credit for it. But, nonetheless, they continue to spout pro-free market propaganda, even going as far as to assert that “private ownership of businesses creates an environment of more risk and reward and generates more wealth”, without acknowledging the negative effect that this capitalism measure has had on Britain’s economy. The Cabinet even sought to improve the economy with their ‘Business Boost!’ plan after an economic slump due to poor central planning. This plan foolishly sought to improve their economy with inflation, which apparently did not turn out well for them in the long run. Interim Prime Minister also admits that there’s “less capital in small business”, meaning that this Thatcherism ideology barely even works.

By TeleSUR at 1:16 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

A Firm Hand: The Cabinet Attacks Terrorism

Through years of imperialistic ventures, colonization, and naval expansion, Britain has consistently prided itself on civility, innovation, and humanity. However, The Cabinet has to tackle an issue with meretricious brute, masked under a guise of composure. To set the scene: dealing with the Irish Republican Army—an army dedicated to ending Britain’s rule in Northern Ireland, the IRA for short—whose approach to freedom is through terrorist attacks on Britain’s citizens (Interim Prime Minister). Naturally, this is becoming a pain in the neck for Britain to deal with. They need to effectively silence pleas and violent doctrines of the group while avoiding future conflicts. The IRA, however, wants the British out, no matter the cost. How the British respond to this, moreover, is up for the Cabinet to decide. So, a few members of the committee are tasked with rebuttal. The new Interim Prime Minister, formerly the Home Secretary; Lord Privy Seal; Secretary of State for Industry; and the Foreign Secretary sit down to chat about resolution and solution.

By TeleSUR at 1:02 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Governments Should Focus on Consumer Rights

In a world that is growing more reliant on technology, it is only right that the UN look into how to regulate such monopolies. However, some of the criticisms that come from the CSTD committee are extreme. Germany believes that, “ it was a mistake to allow Facebook to acquire Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp a couple of years later”. The Central African Republic fears that, since, “only Google has been introduced... and not much of other tech companies, this will affect the economy.” These are very strong statements that look to be anti-business growth. It seems wrong to regulate how these businesses grow.

By South China Morning Post at 12:54 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Funding fuels fear, but it doesn’t have to

As debate on intergovernmental organizations continues, one main sticking point has emerged: how will such an organization be funded?

By The Economist at 12:50 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

IGOs provide hope for a better future, in more ways than one

Despite starting off slow with only seven delegates present in committee, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT), soon found themselves embroiled in a discussion on the potential creation of an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) that can work with the United Nations to oversee the construction of housing to replace urban slums. The delegate of China, who suggested the solution, also added that the IGO would monitor the construction of the housing to ensure it followed safety guidelines.

By The Economist at 12:50 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

In CSTD, There is Agreement on the Nature of Technology Monopolies

As delegates move on to the new topic of technology monopolies and their effects on consumers, there seems to be a consensus between all the countries that although the technology is beneficial for lives and economy, monopolies must be regulated and restricted. The concerns range from smaller businesses who might compete with these monopolies to the consumers of these monopolies. For example, Iran has insisted that monopolies “respect consumer rights” especially since there have been situations where Apple has disrespected Iranian consumers' wishes. And, Kenya worries that, “they stop innovation and control prices”, two things that are extremely hurtful for a growing economy.

By South China Morning Post at 12:47 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Britain Scoffs at China’s Olive Branch

In the first hour of the JCC’s penultimate session, the Chinese seem to be gaining the upper hand. While the British grapple with figuring out how to deal with protests in Ireland and a rebellion in India, the Chinese have drafted and presented a treaty to the British that aims to end the trade blockade. In the treaty, Britain would have to agree to cease all importation of opium into China, and return Hong Kong to the Chinese. In return, the Chinese will open up a second port to the Chinese, and reopen trade with the British in items other than silver.

By The Economist at 12:27 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

In Cabinet Another Political DOC Passes

The Political Document of Committee (DOC) has been adopted by the late Margaret Thatcher's cabinet. The DOC was written by the Foreign Secretary, Lord Privy Seal, Interim PM, and the Secretary of State for Industry. This means that peace talks with the IRA will be held in the near future with the goal of mitigating IRA aggression and as a consequence, British military presence in Northern Ireland will decrease.

By BBC at 12:26 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The “Morale Boost” DOC Will Not Work

The Cabinet of the late Margaret Thatcher has drafted a Document of Committee with the intent of raising community morale and reducing religious tensions between Protestants and Roman Catholics by holding two carnivals in Belfast and London respectively. The carnivals will be held in three weeks and will be open to everyone, and the draft includes a prohibition of religious discussion “to avoid tensions.” Twelve British police officers will be charged with patrolling the carnival in case of an IRA attack.

By BBC at 12:26 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

OPINION: Tech Monopolies Encourage Research & Innovation

The CSTD committee is engaged in a heated debate on the regulations that need to be placed on technological monopolies. However, if monopolies are overly restricted by governmental policies, does that take away its power in encouraging research and innovation?

By Sky News at 12:24 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

China popped off

With their first resolution safely tucked away in the UNSC archives, the committee rapidly progresses to the arbitrary Topic B, which might have been something related to the validity of the Venezuelan government or political instability… something like that. While the “I forgot to put my hand down”s persisted, there were quite a many interesting viewpoints presented on the Venezuelan government. Estonia, for one, suggested that the Venezuelan president “be outed” while China, surprisingly, suggested humanitarian aid. China seems to have had a change of heart as they talked of avoiding an unnecessary war. After a quick vote in the UNSC, it was found that four nations supported Maduro while eight supported Guardo. Recognizing these sentiments, it seems that the best way for the UNSC to move forward would be to exile Maduro from the face of the Earth atop one of the nukes in possession of the nations and graciously accept Guardo as the rightful leader. In fact, China spoke about the need to take quick action on this issue of leadership and move forward with combatting the instability throughout the region. Recognizing the “clear cut division” Viet Nam brought up, it would be most effective to just move forward with this reporter’s plan.

By The Onion at 12:11 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Barrios and Barriers: UN-Habitat Plan on Urban Slum Housing

The UN Humane Settlement Program is currently working on a resolution to provide access to adequate housing in urban slums around the globe. Their hope is to improve quality of life for lower class residents of large cities. This is a difficult task, but they’ve developed a thorough plan, marking a strong start to change.

By Truthout at 12:06 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Education Might Be the best idea

Unethical jobs are a facet of society that is often ignored and overlooked. Fast fashion companies, as well as name brand companies have been known to use cheap labor to create their products. Companies found guilty of this offense include Nike, Adidas, H&M, Levi Strauss, and Disney.

By CNN at 12:03 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Interview with Kenya: CSTD

I had the opportunity to interview Kenya, a developing country, about the topic of AI warfare, in the committee of. I was particularly interested by their stance on the topic of artificial intelligence as a force. As a developing country I was expecting them to not be entirely in support of global AI warfare, especially with the power it would be giving.

By CNN at 11:57 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Technological Monopolies – Overly Controlling or Immensely Helpful?

The CSTD committee is moving into voting bloc after an eventful day of debate centered on the topic of the development of artificial intelligence in war technology. The resolution passed with flying colors as the committee unanimously voted in favor for the resolution.

By Sky News at 11:57 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

An Ambitious Resolution in UN-HABITAT

The topic of ensuring access to adequate housing in urban slums has created much discussion in the UN-HABITAT, sparking talk for ambitious solutions including global guidelines for affordable housing and efforts to heal fractured economies around the world.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 11:46 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

AI on the new frontier

Hoorah!

By CNN at 11:44 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

BREAKING NEWS: director of UNSC is incapable of copy and pasting

At 11:15 AM, after hours and hours of debate, the UNSC was plagued with another issue. The director, the glorious chief of staff of PACMUN 2020 (Luke) Jouflas was paralyzed in fear while editing the one (1) resolution the UNSC had prepared. The United State typed in the wording they preferred at the top of the paper, and Jouflas highlighted and unhighlighted the sentence multiple times saying “they are beyond my technological capabilities” while the rest of the dais chorused support for their unfortunate director. After trying to move the text multiple times for almost 20 minutes, he finally moved the clause when the committee erupted in applause.

By The Onion at 11:41 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: Benefits of UNCTAD Plan using MIcrofinance to Rebuild Post-war Economies

The UNCTAD is currently developing a plan to aid post-war economies around the globe. They hope to alleviate the global recession caused by COVID-19. One central point of their plan is developing a relief fund using 0.01% of the member nations’ GDP. At this time, 25% of the fund’s money will go to aiding refugees and internally displaced people, and the remaining 75% will go to microfinancing small businesses in post- war-economies.

By Truthout at 11:38 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

It is Humane to Torture/Intimidate the IRA

With the unfortunate death of the Prime Minister that SkyNews reported on yesterday, a new figure of power was desired within the cabinet. While the death of the PM is questionable as one of the DOCs is called “Ding Dong the Witch is Not Dead,” the Lord Privy Seal seems to have made himself the leader of the group. During a 2.5 minute extension of a GM (gentlemen’s mod(erated) caucus), the Lord Privy Seal took over debate, going on a ramble about the need for more prisons and how everyone had to be shoved into said prisons. After these faithful 150 seconds, a delegate mentioned how the GM was running out of time thus reminding the Director to do his job. Thus, he asked delegates to type “prisons” and “intimidation” into the chat. One can only wonder what that means, reporters worry for the well-being of the Director.

By The Onion at 11:37 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UNSC in danger of not passing resolution due to a shortage of signatories

After a day riddled with technological issues yesterday, it seems that the UNSC has miraculously written a resolution, but they have been plagued with only four (4) signatories instead of the minimum of five (5). Moments later, the list of signatories miraculously disappeared. This reporter wishes the committee the best of luck and hopes you all do the same. They will definitely need it as the director “added some grammatical errors” to the paper… a bit suspicious. What more, the director told reporters, Sunday, that “this is the UNSC. We don’t pass resolutions. We just argue and veto,” so some corruption and foul play is definitely afoot.

By The Onion at 11:36 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UN-Habitat: China Urges focus on Personalized Solutions

[IPC]: What are the different bloc positions being reflected in your committee?

By Agence France Presse at 11:33 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: An Achilles’ Heel: UNCTAD’s War on Perspective

As the UN Conference on Trade and Development settles on the issue of post-war development, there is an indisputable fatal flaw in their plans. The conference has decided to model their plan in response to the novel COVID-19, citing that it is similar to “a ‘war’ both developed and developing countries are fighting” (Delegate from China). However, this surely is an interesting way to approach post-war economic development. War and a pandemic are very different.

By TeleSUR at 11:33 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

"Margaret Thatcher is kinda my idol and I love her"

Our reporters had the pleasure and privilege to speak with the Interim Prime Minister of Great Britain after the unfaithful death of the beloved Margaret Thatcher. The weight on his shoulders seemed to be overbearing and painstaking.

By The Onion at 11:32 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Interview Session 4

During their time with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Economist was very pleased to have the opportunity to talk with the delegate of Thailand, one of the sponsors of Working Paper Bob:

By The Economist at 11:32 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Failing at Their Goal and Destroying Civilian Lives

In order to maintain their goal of creating peace in Ireland, the Cabinet has attempted to take major steps with their military involvement. However, the Cabinet’s decisions have not been successful. All of the actions taken by the committee have either had major backlash or did absolutely nothing. Even though they deployed troops in order to maintain peace, their other poorly executed plan to infiltrate a resistance group in Ireland led to even more violence in the region. When they tried to build more prisons to keep Irish resistance members from plotting against the British, a massive hunger strike against the British emerged amongst prisoners. It seems like every action the British take has been unsuccessful. But who is bearing the brunt of the failures? It is, of course, the Irish.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 11:31 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Godspeed: Resolution Writing in UNCTAD

On its second day of meeting, the UN Conference on Trade and Development is in full swing, inching closer and closer to a solution for effectively dealing with post-war economies. Yesterday, they left a few strings attached—primarily, they left two questions. The delegate from Iraq said it best: “First, how are we going to track [how a nation spends their money] , and number two, how are we going to help countries who don’t want NGOs”. The problem with NGOs (Non-governmental organizations) is simple; through the support of developing nations and working-class people, NGOs have unknowingly caused a lot of social instability. Now the committee must determine how to convince developing nations that receiving aid from NGOs isn’t malicious in intent. They have yet to solve the outstanding issues from yesterday’s rendezvous, but they’re getting closer and closer by the minute.

By TeleSUR at 11:29 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UNSC Is Caught in Deadlock (Opinion)

As the second day of conference starts, UNSC continues to discuss Topic B, which revolves around Russia and Ukraine’s ongoing territorial tensions. A draft resolution has been introduced, proposing a referendum, trade ties and UN Peacekeeping. But the main concern expressed by delegates is that China could veto it as one of the five permanent members of the UNSC.

By The Jakarta Post at 11:19 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UNSC Working on Draft Resolution with Potential Backup

The United Nations Security Council, comprising 5 permanent members and 10 temporary members. The permanent member countries, China, the USA, the UK, the Russian Federation, and France. They have the power to veto a resolution, meaning the stakes may be higher than a committee in which every nation has equal power.

By The Jakarta Post at 11:18 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The British are not working hard enough

When I was a child, I had to walk uphill both ways to get to school. When I got my first job, I had to work for 14 hours a day - and didn't complain about it! Why is Britain, in classic millennial style, suddenly in debt and not fighting? This is obvious laziness on their part, and they seriously need to work more to win the war.

By Fox News at 11:18 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

As the Opium War rages on, monetary chaos ensues

The Opium War is raging within China, the British are taking an offensive in Formosa and Afghanistan, while China is fighting or planning to fight in Bengal and India. For years, Britain had sold and given Chinese residents opium, a highly addictive drug. As tensions between China and Britain grew, a war broke out, giving us this complicated situation we are in now. Fox News had access to both the Chinese and British war rooms, in which we heard many new or innovative battle tactics.

By Fox News at 11:17 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Cannot Get Too Excited (OPINION)

Indonesia’s position on a global scale is not clearly defined. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, in a committee like ASEAN, Indonesia and less developed countries in general are often pushed aside to accommodate bigger countries like China.

By The Jakarta Post at 11:17 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Is Crunched For Time, but Not Crunched Enough (OPINION)

To some, it may be surprising how little aggression there is within ASEAN over public transportation, especially when it has historically had many difficulties in acting as unified nations. There is very little polarization, at least in the third session, and the many different nations all acknowledge and agree that there are differences.

By The Jakarta Post at 11:16 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Clueless or Just Carless?

The UN Habitat morning committee session to discuss Ensuring Adequate Housing in Urban Slums began with the secondary speakers list, in which the Delegation of China gave an irrelevant speech for topic A,despite the committee not having yet finished discussion topic B which concerns the Urban Slums the committee has been discussing for over a day. Afterwards, the Delegation of China expressed the need to explain themselves, yet found itself embarrassing the integrity of the committee even more, stating that they were “just not paying attention”.

By Agence France Presse at 11:15 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Diving Deeper into Urban Slums, UN Habitat Searching for Solutions

When reentering their second day of conferences. UN Habitat resumed discussing the topic of Ensuring Access to Adequate Housing in Urban Slums.

By Agence France Presse at 11:12 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Human Rights Atrocities Committed By Both Sides

Early into the fourth committee session, a shocking announcement was made. While in Afghanistan, the British had killed thousands of civilians and attacked and burned rural villages. This shocking development left the committee quiet, some shaken by the immorality, and others perhaps wondering how this could be used politically. The latter were even more surprised at the next announcement一Chinese soldiers had been seen burning the villages of and killing civilians who acted favorably towards the British. Fighting has broken out in Northern India and Bengal, Afghanistan, the Chinese provinces of Macau and Liangguang. This conflict is doing little to convince either side of backing down, but rather killing thousands of innocent people who do not wish to engage with the military force of either side.

By BBC at 11:10 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Tries to Put Aside Difficulties and Moves Towards Resolution

ASEAN is notorious for trying to countries with completely different goals and pasts in one committee. Countries like China easily dominate many discussions, while there are also countries like Myanmar, which is considered a least developed country. The committee is currently discussing public transportation (specifically infrastructure issues).

By The Jakarta Post at 11:08 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Navigates Towards a Resolution

The delegates of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations took the express lane to resolving their first topic: Increasing Public Transportation Infrastructure. The sole working paper, titled “Bob,” was headed by the delegates of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam. It aims to allow countries to request funding in order to build more transportation infrastructure in the countries of Southeast Asia. During the two unmods, discussions of funding and China’s Belt and Road Initiative dominated the virtual committee room as well as questions of whether summits needed funding and who exactly was a sponsor. After unmods full of edits and clarifications, a moderated caucus was motioned for to hear delegate’s final thoughts on the working paper. Delegates praised the working paper for how it absorbed the various ideas and input of all delegates. Laos applauded the resolution for having a variety of solutions that worked for the various nations of ASEAN, rather than go for a one size fits all approach. Papua New Guinea showed their support of the addition of tying law enforcement with infrastructure, as well as for the provisions that were made to ensure more developed nations would not have too much influence over other nations. China ended out the moderated caucus, reminding delegates of how despite the division over environmental and economic issues in the first moderated caucuses, everyone was able to compromise and create a cohesive working paper that covered the needs of all the nations of ASEAN. Working Paper Bob passed unanimously at the end of committee, and the delegates of ASEAN switched gears into discussing their second topic. If the successful resolution of their first topic is any indication, the debate for the next topic is likely to yield a positive result as well.

By The Economist at 11:01 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: Diplomacy Prevails! Why smaller committees lead to consensus.

While most Model United Nations conferences host a wide selection of committee sizes,

By The Economist at 10:58 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: Attendance For UN-Habitat Is Low, But Their Idea Are Plentiful

The attendance for UN-Habitat hit an all-time low today, but they have plenty of ideas to craft an effective resolution.

By Buzzfeed News at 10:57 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

A Series Of Events In UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat has been hit with some bad luck this morning.

By Buzzfeed News at 10:53 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Prime Minister Dead, what happens next?

The assassination of British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher has left Britain in shock and mourning the great loss. Nonetheless, the members of the Cabinet continued valiantly, to act against the savagery demonstrated by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

By Agence France Presse at 10:48 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

In UNSC, Countries Hope to Pass Ukraine Resolution

In UNSC, Countries Hope to Pass Ukraine Resolution

By South China Morning Post at 10:47 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

One-On-One With The Fiery Viceroy of Liangguang

A BBC Reporter was able to speak exclusively with the Viceroy of Liangguang, an impassioned diplomat from JCC Bloc 1.

By BBC at 10:41 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Delegate of the US from UN-Habitat explains working paper for affordable housing

We recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with the delegate of the US in the UN-Habitat committee, as delegates move towards writing working papers and draft resolutions. The delegate of the US provided a more in-depth perspective into how the committee is functioning as one bloc and working towards writing one resolution.

By Sky News at 10:36 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

OPINION: ships don't lie, they never do

While the discussions in the Cabinet are rather mundane and calm (they almost put our reporters to sleep), some underlying tensions seemed to be present. Despite talking about prisons and torture, some delegates turned discussions around to vote on a DOC known as “ships don’t lie, more British citizens don’t die.” While behind the scenes, delegates are sucked into a mind-numbing void of aggressive/fevered typing, when together, they agree on issues and wish to provide funding to the naval vessels of the UK government. I think it seems likely for the UK to act in this kind of way. They only care about their image, they told the UN that they were gentle and friendly people while they began an hour long discussion of the best means of torture as soon as the UN left. The corruption within this cabinet is worrying and some actions of the members suggest that many must be taking their own interests as priority when planning for action to be taken. The British, or at least some of the British, seem to be coming for the world and we should all be very scared.

By The Onion at 10:25 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The British Empire Should Have Been More Careful

When a frustrated British Empire first began producing and trading opium in China, the plan was

By BBC at 10:23 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

OPINION - UNSC: Hypocritical, Out of Touch, and Irrational

As the UNSC drafts a momentous resolution that aims to stop the conflict in Ukraine, their methods of peacekeeping come into question.

By Southern Poverty Law at 10:18 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

PROFILE - Vietnam in the UNSC

While discussing the conflict in Ukraine, Vietnam was a strong activist for the passing of a UNSC resolution which could potentially bring peace to Ukraine. Shortly before voting on the resolution, the Southern Poverty Law Center interviewed the delegate from Vietnam about the humanitarian aspects of this resolution.

By Southern Poverty Law at 10:14 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UNCTAD Says COVID-19 is a Global War We’re All Fighting

Today marks the second day of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) where the member nations are tackling the issue of rebuilding postwar economies. This conference was carried out remotely due to COVID-19, the pandemic that is wrecking economies across the globe. The practice of social distancing is vital for containing COVID-19, but that means closing all non-essential businesses, leaving people in the hospitality and service industry out of work. Unemployment rates have soared and nations are being left economically devastated. This crisis is severe, and the UNCTAD is classifying it as the war all countries are fighting.

By Truthout at 10:12 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Eco-cities: Effective or Expensive?

In the ever-evolving discussion centered on providing adequate housing for slum dwellers, the delegates of the US and China engaged in a fascinating debate about the use of eco-cities. Upon the proposition made by the US delegate about core housing, the delegate of China offered an alternate solution: the incorporation of eco-cities. Reporters agree with the US in viewing the eco-cities as an expensive, inefficient plan, but China has stated otherwise.

By Sky News at 10:05 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The redbull-drinking, muffin-eating Vancouver: and other Cabinet adventures

Bright and early Sunday morning, Margret Thatcher's Cabinet had quite a rocky start where their six delegates in the waiting room quickly went down to four (and then three and then two and then…). After these number issues were figured out and the ministers were admitted into the (Zoom) room, the Director, Mr. John Van Monday, chugged a Redbull to start off his cabinet’s discussions. It seems yesterday the Cabinet got around to drafting some peculiar OIC/DOC (orders in council/documents of the committee), one of which mentioned the issue of the “ENRAGED” soldiers. After moving into a perpetual moderated caucus, the first speech discussed how the delegate “[does] not know what to do about the crisis” in a worrying rant. Moments later, the Secretary of State for Industry gave a motivational and riveting speech on how the Cabinet should do what is best for Great Britain.

By The Onion at 9:54 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Funding and Amenities for Slum Dwellers

As debate reopens in the UN-Habitat, conversation resumes on the topics of solidifying methods to financially support any reform for adequate housing. In attempts to reduce the large population currently residing in urban slums, the US delegate initially recognized that the rates of urban slum living are largely due to a “lack of incentive for the poor.” Therefore, the US delegate proposed the integration of guidelines in any current draft resolutions being developed. For example, she suggested solutions including subsidizing costs and community-managed funds.

By Sky News at 9:47 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Interview with the Secretary of State For Industry

What are your thoughts on the PM's death?

By South China Morning Post at 9:37 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

In Fighting the IRA, the British Government Risks Creating More Violence

As Britain figures out how to combat the IRA (Irish Republican Army), their approaches seem incredibly violent for a home-grown resistance. The ministers have talked about anti-IRA propaganda, air strikes, killing the IRA leaders, mobilizing military and other forceful options to quell the IRA. We cannot talk about this issue without ignoring the violence that the IRA themselves have perpetuated. They have caused bombings, riots, assassinations, and killings. Yet, what the British government is debating to do is not much better.

By South China Morning Post at 9:35 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Britain Will Need An Immense Amount of Strength

The death of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher combined with the escalating violence between the IRA and the British government will be Britain’s greatest obstacle to its success as a global power. If it shows that it cannot subdue rebellion within its own borders, other countries are even less likely to fear it. Despite the British Empire still being a relatively recent memory, other countries like the United States are rising on the world floor. If they are unable to show that they can’t stand together in this moment of weakness, it makes them vulnerable.

By South China Morning Post at 9:33 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Margaret Thatcher Dies in IRA Bombing

In a tragic turn of events, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been assassinated by the IRA in a hotel bombing in Brighton. 5 people were killed, among them Sir Anthony Berry and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This is one of the many violent events caused by the conflict between the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and the British government.

By South China Morning Post at 9:30 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The Final Goal: Analyzing the Philippines

I had the chance to pull the Delegate from the Philippines aside for a chat. We dove deep.

By TeleSUR at 9:29 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: The Great British Drug Trade - Hopefully All Dogs Go to Heaven

The sun never sets on the British Empire, they say, but this statement is beginning to become antiquated. Very soon, the British might be plunged into the dark. The British are currently engaged in a war (when aren’t they?) against the Qing Empire in Southeastern China, where the British have been establishing a lucrative opium trade. The Chinese, obviously displeased with their citizens being struck down with deadly addictions, have been fighting back using soup kitchens, rehabilitation centers, and guns.

By Truthout at 9:25 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Cabinet - The Secretary of State of Industry - Profile

The Secretary of State of Industry has been extremely vocal when discussing issues relevant to the IRA. The Secretary of State of Industry is very much conservative, and believes in military action which “is effective but not necessarily expensive”. Moreover, he has demonstrated herself to be humble by realizing he is unfit to take on the role of a Prime Minister, recalling that a couple years prior he caused controversy in the public’s eye. Consequently, he recognized the Home Secretary's leadership abilities, which he demonstrated even before the untimely death of Margret Thatcher. Easily recognized as a patriot, the Secretary of State of Industry takes into consideration the needs of her country whilst making her decisions. Thus, this becomes glaringly evident through the unanimous support which the cabinet presented towards her proposal for individuals to support the change in leadership. Taking down the Irish Republican Army, whom he labels IRA Terrorists is one of her utmost priorities. Nonetheless, as a devoted Jew, he recognized his lack of a common ground with the notably Christian Irish communities which backed the Irish Republican Army. Regardless of his religious beliefs, or past action, the Cabinet remains dedicated and loyal to the opinions which the Secretary presents. Thus demonstrating the continuous excellence which the Secretary has presented throughout his terms in the political environment.

By Agence France Presse at 9:24 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

(Opinion) Running In Circles

An issue of utmost importance has been put into the hands of the member states of the UNCATD. Countries afflicted by the side effects of war, and ones that are still developing are in need of assistance to stay afloat economically and socially.

By CNN at 9:23 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: Too Big of an Ego?

With the passing of the British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher, the cabinet skipped past any mourning and began discussing further action against the IRA.

By Agence France Presse at 9:21 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Profile: China

During the meeting of the UNCATD today, I had the opportunity to interview China about assisting the economies of developing countries or ones afflicted by post-war problems. Most delegates strongly voiced their support of NGOs used to educate, assist, and fund the developing countries but the Chinese government had a unique opinion on the best solution for this set of issues.

By CNN at 9:21 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

OPINION - Drunk Soldiers and TWO MILLION Burning Brothels? What is wrong with the British?

It seems like disaster follows of British everywhere they go. As British military forces move into Asia, damages from the nationwide opium addiction to the destruction of millions of buildings follow them. The British are destroying everything in sight for the meager goal of gaining territory for their own selfish gain. In this evolving situation, the British are miserably failing at their goal of taking over Asia while destroying the lives of native people.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 9:19 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion - Abolish the UNSC

The United Nations Security council has frequently worked against the wishes of the

By Fox News at 9:17 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion- Ukraine doesn't deserve the terms of the UNSC resolution

Time and time again, Ukraine has been disrespectful to America and its allies, frequently

By Fox at 9:16 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Profile- The United States, choosing to side with caution in UNSC

The US, under the current administration, has had a significant decrease of their

By Fox News at 9:14 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

As the day ends, UNSC grinds to a halt

The United Nations Security Council has slowed down as the day has gone on, with

By Fox News at 9:13 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Britain’s Temper Tantrum: The Loss of Macau

As I write, the British are scrambling to regain control of Macau, the land they lost after the assassination of the Governor of Macau. China quickly took advantage of this opportunity, taking over Macau, being both swift and cunning. The British side didn’t know how to cope with this, and the recovery got lost in petty arguments about how to best spread their capitalist regime in China. However, it soon became too late when the Chinese-occupied nation garnered enough anti-British sentiment to set opium warehouses on fire and destroy essentially tons of money.

By TeleSUR at 9:12 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Money, Money, Money: The Failure of Imperialism in the Opium War

While sitting in with the British side of the Opium War, I asked about the politics of the war. I had heard enough about the economic implications, but not enough about the political influence of a win in this war. However, the committee reassured me that this war is fighting over money. The Master General of Ordnance advised that this war was just about money. It was about showing British economic superiority and the wealth of the empire. Just about money.

By TeleSUR at 9:10 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Breaking News: The Fall of Macau

TeleSUR sat in on the meetings of the British side of the Opium War. Debates were escalating—while we started off with peaceful, steady debate about their victory at the Battle of Formosa and their next steps. They’ve angered the Netherlands, and intimidated potential trade partners with their hostility. The Master General of Ordnance talked about fortifying Singapore to achieve their objective, only to take that back in favor of pursuing Indian soil to expand their military.

By TeleSUR at 9:06 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: UNCTAD Needs To Figure Out Tariffs Fast

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding tariffs, and if UNCTAD wants to make a resolution they’ll need to figure it out. And soon.

By Buzzfeed News at 9:01 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: UNCTAD Is In Dire Need Of An Opt-In/Opt-Out System

UNCTAD is busy arguing over the use of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their resolution, and it’s clear that they need to consider an opt-in/opt-out system.

By Buzzfeed News at 8:57 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

OPINION - Poverty, Infrastructure, and the Environment

As the committee session progressed in the ASEAN, countries came to a dilemma whether to prioritize building public transportation infrastructure or prioritize minimizing environmental impacts like climate change.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 4:17 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Al Technology in Militaries is Too Large of a Risk

Already, governments around the world control a vast amount of data collected through large technology corporations like Google and Apple. Being able to utilize this database and knowledge in the defense sector would destroy private rights as we know. The possibilities are limitless.

By South China Morning Post at 3:40 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

(Not OPINION) FACT: the Radiant ASEAN Dais > Water

Papua New Guinea mentioned water and its relation to transportation. I truly believe water is a very important point of discussion. One cannot survive without water just like one cannot survive without the incredible ASEAN dias. Though transportation and all that jazz is important, it is perhaps more important to talk about how very incredible Maya Dallman, Shreya Nambi, and Neeka Ghazanfarpour are perhaps the chillest and most on track dias I have witnessed today. I can say with complete certainty, the radiant ASEAN dias & gt; water.

By The Onion at 2:55 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UN-HABITAT: China’s Thoughts On Housing Issues

A BBC Reporter had the chance to talk one-on-one with the delegate representing China in the

By BBC at 2:50 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

OPINION: Transportation Goes Places

A concern on collaboration and communication has come up within the members of ASEAN. I believe it is difficult to hear the voices of everyone in the committee as, after every statement, it seems that either China or Indonesia (more often than not Indonesia) is intervening and making snide comments. Recognizing the Philippines' point regarding transparency, it seems that not every comment is being recognized. The Onion finds that it is most important for each nation’s voice to be heard regarding this issue. Indonesia spoke for almost 30 minutes on how even developed countries have dire needs and began interrupting Malaysia after their spiel. When some of the developing nations tried to speak up about their concerns, they were silenced by the bigger, developed nations. There seems to be some level of corruption and supremacy within these discussions, for the idea of having transportation in countries where it does not yet exist is more important than “countries that struggle with traffic” as Thailand brought up. Thailand designated themself as the scribe and possible leader(?) and often drowned out other opinions. What are your thoughts?

By The Onion at 2:48 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Ending Housing Discrimination In Slums: Job Of UN-HABITAT Or Individual Countries?

Housing discrimination in poverty-stricken areas is a pervasive threat to the homeless, unemployed minorities, and people commonly subject to prejudice. When asked if ending housing discrimination should be the job of UN-HABITAT or the responsibility of individual countries, most of the committee agreed that it should be up to the governments of individual countries to introduce legislation designed to prevent housing bias.

By BBC at 2:43 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

The Unacceptable Actions of the IRA

Sky News had the privilege of interviewing the Secretary for State on Industry about her views on current Cabinet discussions. On the topic of using military action, the secretary stated, “The optimal approach would be to use military action that would be effective but unnecessarily expensive.” This sentiment was definitely shared by the other Cabinet members as well. Additionally, we asked the secretary her views on the Home Secretary being appointed as the temporary head of state for Britain. She expressed her clear support and added, “He had the most Cabinet power before Ms. Thatcher’s untimely death.” The secretary went on to say, “I personally would not vie to be Prime Minister.”

By Sky News at 2:31 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

British Approach to Opium Crisis

Opium sales have skyrocketed in Britain as they continue flooding the Chinese economy with the drug in exchange for luxury goods, including silk and tea. Unfortunately for the British, the Chinese government is enforcing harsh restrictions and bans on opium sales as more and more of their population succumb to addiction. The British are now in a difficult position as maintaining opium sales with China is crucial to the success of their economy.

By Sky News at 2:20 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

The British Are Coming, and They’re Ruining Everything!

In South East China a conflict is raging. The British Empire is trying to sink its claws into the lucrative trade in the South China Sea. Their wares? Opium. For those who don’t know, opium is a highly addictive narcotic drug that can get unsuspecting people hooked with a dependence that they can’t beat. The British have been exporting opium to ports in Southeastern China, where the drugs are brought to opium dens and innocent Chinese citizens become addicted. These addicts need more opium, and the British get to sell them more opium. This is a cruel practice that prioritizes financial gain over human lives.

By TruthOut at 2:02 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Cabinet Appoints New Leader in the Face of Prime Minister’s Death

The Prime Minister is now dead! The Cabinet grapples to find a replacement and engages in heated discussion as they enter the third committee session of the day. With the Irish Republican Army split into the PIRA and INLA, both against British control, terrorizing Northern Ireland and its people, the Cabinet is scrambling to pass Documents of the Committee to combat the terrorism.

By Sky News at 1:57 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: The Failure of the Free Market

It did not take long to realize that the menagerie of nations in ASEAN were really not all that different. Despite the obvious reason that they were all similar, their Southeast Asian origin, they were strikingly similar in who they were attempting to appease. China was the top gun at the round table, a King Arthur of sorts. They had pulled Excalibur out of the stone, and oh, did they flash that gilded sword of wealth in face of the other nations. China’s wealth, even after the pitfalls of Maoism, can obviously be attributed to strong central planning. This is something that the other nations lacked. Compare China to a nation like Japan. Although Japan has a free market economy, they were awfully silent during debate. Japan’s influence is nothing compared to that of China’s, who practically has the committee kissing their feet, fanning them with palm leaves, and shining their crown on its platform.

By TeleSUR at 1:50 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN - progress or takeover?

Though having a rather slow start, ASEAN seems to be in full motion discussing funding and transportation. Each delegate is making passionate speeches on the importance of taking things slowly and taking humanitarian approaches. While there were quite a many technical difficulties, ASEAN did not let this disrupt their fruitful discussion unlike other committees which shall not be named. It seems that ASEAN has “divided” into one group regarding discussions on the economic and environmental impacts of transportation infrastructure which is rather counterintuitive. For the most part, discussions seem to be quite stable and everyone is in agreement despite the majorly conflicting viewpoints that would very obviously be present.

By The Onion at 1:46 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

2nd Feature - UN Habitat

UN- Habitat has been set to first address the issue of Ensuring Access to Adequate Housing in Urban Slums. The delegate of China’s motion for a moderated caucus on the topic of past actions taken by the different countries was the first to pass, moving the debate away from choosing topics.

By The Jakarta Post at 1:44 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UNCTAD Discusses Supporting The Working Class In War-Torn Countries

Towards the end of the second committee session, China proposed a Moderated Caucus on “Optimal Working Class Support.” Delegates discussed the most effective ways of assisting the working class, ensuring they have “food on the table,” and combating corruption by helping to implement a better distribution of wealth.

By BCC at 1:39 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UNSC Discuss Russian Intervention In Ukraine

About an hour into the committee session, the delegates of UNSC entered a moderated caucus on Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine. The debate surrounding Russia’s actions was intense, and included serious accusations against Russia, discourse on recognition of the Crimea as Russian territory, and talks of military action.

By BBC at 1:37 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Morality of Opium Sales

As more and more of the Chinese population get addicted as a result of the increasing importation of opium into their country, Chinese officials are scrambling to reemerge from the damage caused by widespread addiction. However, the British are in an equally difficult position as they rely on opium as their sole factor for success in economic transactions with China.

By Sky News at 1:33 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Profile: Russia in UNSC’s Stance On Peacekeepers

UNSC is currently debating on the conflict in Ukraine. Resolutions are in the works, but this often leads to disagreement between countries. The committee has become split between countries who want peacekeepers in the resolution and those who don’t.

By Buzzfeed News at 1:33 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: Tunisia In UNSC Should Not Have Compromised On Peacekeepers

Tunisia should’ve stayed strong to their country’s belief in no military action.

By Buzzfeed News at 1:30 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UNSC Has Their First Unmoderated Caucus

As blocs are slowly beginning to form in UNSC, the countries engaged in their first unmoderated caucus. I joined France, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Estonia, US, Russia, and Vietnam in their breakout room where they began to discuss a draft resolution.

By Buzzfeed News at 1:27 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

CSTD Struggles to Find Common Ground

As the CSTD moves into its second committee session on the topic of, the delegates continue to struggle with some of the same problems that seem to have appeared in the previous session as well. Military AI is not a black and white topic. While it is seen by some as an example of the massive differences in nations’ resources, for others it has the potential to counteract terrorism. There are some countries who cannot even think about implementing more AI or spending more on war. Outside of military use, artificial intelligence could be used in other fields like transportation and healthcare.

By Jakarta Post at 1:26 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Developed Countries are Too Optimistic about AI in Developing Countries (OPINION)

Tensions between developed and developing countries are rampant in any UN discussion. There are disparities on social and economic levels that simply cannot be ignored. There is an enormous gap between advancing technologies. For nations that are struggling to even maintain housing or feed their citizens, artificial technologies are often pushed to the side. When countries that are already ahead in technological development do not address this, it only exacerbates these issues. During the Commission on Science and Technology for Development’s second session, the committee must take into account every nation if it wants to reach a resolution because each country has such distinctly different problems. While some face war, others face poverty, and still others face governmental corruption.

By Jakarta Post at 1:25 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UNSC Must Come Together to Find a Resolution

The United Nations Security Council is split into two. However, the lines that divide them are not as thick as they seem. UNSC has split into two blocs and to be successful in finding a resolution it is key that these ideas are merged.

By CNN at 1:21 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: China is the new USSR

During the past committee session in ASEAN, one country stood out in its need to dominate: China. Seemingly unphased by the mass of other nations arguing against it, China stays insistent. Encouraging and committing to working with southeast Asian nations, China is actively expanding their sphere of influence in the same fashion as USSR with the Warsaw pact: woo the nations with large promises of roads and infrastructure, and force them into submission when they realize that they will receive nothing. In ASEAN, China is magnifying this ideology to the maximum.

By Fox News at 1:20 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Fluctuating Focuses on Social Classes for Post-War Recovery

It is always a tragedy to experience the devastating effects of war on all countries. Any large-scale violent conflict always leaves a huge impact, one of collapse and ruin, that takes immense effort to rebuild and recover from. One of the most challenging aspect of post-war recovery, is the reestablishing of damaged economies.

By Sky News at 1:17 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Can NGOs Save War-Torn Economies?

In the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, delegates discussed how to recuperate the economies of countries severely affected by international conflict. Among other things, the idea of working extensively with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to work more directly in war-torn countries. It seems that, guided by the UNCTAD, NGOs could be an excellent way of improving financial conditions in war-damaged countries. The delegate of Pakistan noted that ‘the use of NGOs were wildly successful in Pakistan,” and went on to urge her fellow delegates to follow in Pakistan’s footsteps. Canada called NGOs extremely important for rebuilding the economies of these nations. There is a plethora of NGOs that could provide substantial aid to civilians struggling in countries affected by war, whether they are veterans or ordinary citizens who have suffered financial turmoil following conflict in their country. One member-state mentioned that NGOs can also bring attention to rural areas that have fallen into severe poverty but aren’t being addressed because of their isolation. Following the division of Yugoslavia, NGOs were essential in rebuilding, relocating, and reforming the newly formed nations to ensure that they could be self-sufficient. Those countries, especially the Balkans, have not had a perfect history, but without NGOs they would be in a far worse position. The delegate of Iraq questioned how NGOs will cultivate financial convalescence, how the UNCTAD would raise awareness for them, and the long-term effectiveness of NGOs. In response, China explained that there are NGOs dedicated to improving economic conditions by working directly with civilians in less wealthy countries across the world, notably Oxfam International, UNRWA, and Action Aid. The general consensus was that NGO’s would be a comprehensive and effective way to kickstart economic growth and provide temporary relief, and more long-term solutions would be implemented in a UNCTAD resolution to ensure that war-damaged countries will be able to support themselves.

By BBC at 1:17 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

In ASEAN, a heated debate on infrastructure

The Association of South East Asian Nations has certainly had a very heated debate this session, centering on the lack of mass transit within ASEAN. Thailand, Indonesia, China, and Vietnam seem to have a large quarrel over the use of roads as a mechanism for solving the lack of public transit within the poorer Southeast Asian nations, with China arguing for building roads and rail before creating mass rapid transit, with Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam believing that the future holds a rail and bus-based transportation network.

By Fox News at 1:16 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Peace is the Priority According to UNSC Council on the Conflict in Ukraine

The United Nations Security Council is meeting now to discuss how to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, which began in 2014 between Ukraine and Pro-Russian separatist forces. There have been reliable accounts of the Russian government funneling arms to the Pro-Russian forces, though the Russian Federation has refused to comment. Though there hasn’t been much conflict recently, the situation could easily erupt into violence.

By Truthout at 1:10 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

NGOs, Yes or No?

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime,” so started the discussion in non-governmental organizations by Guatemala, quoting the famous fish proverb.

By The Economist at 1:08 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Corruption and Turbulence in ASEAN

Mid-way through the first topic of debate, it seems ASEAN is deep in. Tensions are cultivating, solutions are meeting their genesis, and hopes are being realized. Conversations have amounted to actual goals, potential resolutions, and complex approaches. However, a growing problem has amounted in the committee: funding.

By TeleSUR at 1:07 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

China’s Quick Fix Taking Longer than Expected

Tensions within Bloc 1 began to rise as the Viceroy of Liangguang and Imperial Commissioner pressed their agendas to deal with opium addiction.

By Agence France Presse at 1:03 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Will Wars be the End of it, or Just Another Way to Spend It?

Halfway through the second session of JCC Block 1, the Chief Superintendent of Trade from the British Empire, threatening China that by denying British Opium trade, they are risking the use of military force upon and that China may increase its opium addiction.

By Agence France Presse at 1:02 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Countries Focus on AI Warfare Imbalance and Dependency

Surrounding the conversation around the growing usage of AI and technology in militaries, there is an imbalance between countries that have and countries that don’t have the capabilities to develop it. Countries such as the US and Germany are looking to solve this gap with partners in Kenya and Pakistan. However, developing countries look to this help uneasily due to fears that they won’t be able to become independent.

By South China Morning Post at 12:53 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Bears, Bugs and Bees

Since reentering debate, it appears as though JCC Block 1 has been allowing its participants to lead themselves into self-sabotage. Rather than building a force to be reckoned with, the dais was left reminding the committee that buying 500 troops is like having mosquitoes pester you, and yet in the end they do nothing. It seems to be that Block 1 spends more time naming its directives than planning the contents within it.

By Agence France Presse at 12:52 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

INTERVIEW: A Tale of 2 Million Brothels

Reporters were able to get an exclusive on how JCC Bloc 2 felt about recent events.

By The Onion at 12:41 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

The little bean that was vibin’ a bit too hard, it was impossible how hard he was vibin’

When reconsidering how much of an impact recent events have had on our lives, we must look at this lil guy and ponder how great it is that he is having a wonderful time. Why must we complain about life if he can be doing so, so well? KINGMUN is such a fun time and I honestly feel like this bean right here. He is in the ideal state of bean (haha get it?). We should all be the lil guy and find the best way to vibe in life. Come on.

By The Onion at 12:36 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

FEATURE - Imperial British Government Pushes into Asia with Military Action

In a committee session filled with clash and argumentation, delegates in support of the British Government voiced their opinions on expansion into Asia and how to proceed with military action.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 12:27 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Delegates Need To Stop Speaking Out Of Turn And Follow UBT Procedure, Director Is Infuriated

Expressing frustration that delegates were speaking out of turn and speaking for longer than they should, the Dais semi-condescendingly explained how exactly a Q&A session would work with someone who claimed that the other bloc was going to be depicted moments after leader Ordnance claimed that “the direction [the committee would be] moving in is force, force, force. No negotiations.” The Advisor to the Malay State spoke about some kind of sacrifice to express faithfulness to the opposition. Within seconds, director of JCC Bloc 2 and founder of the incredible Universal Basic Training (UBT), Nils Berzins, had to remind delegates to wait until they were called on. He told reporters Saturday that delegates often spoke out of turn without asking questions and neglected to follow basic crisis procedures. When asked how this lack of proper sentiment made him feel, he responded with a passionate “It INFURIATES ME. The inner precipices of my soul scream with disappointment.” It seems that these delegates have acted in such a manner that their director’s ability to spell has been negatively impacted. While delegates tried to find ways to resolve their conditions within China, the Dais fruitlessly tried to maintain professionalism and encourage the same. The rowdy delegates yelled at one another and posted the other bloc’s directives in their chat. Reporters believe that it is in the best interest of everyone that they be wary around Bloc 2 because no one can predict what will happen next.

By The Onion at 12:23 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Combine both Short and Long-Term Solutions - Stop Wasting Time!

War is undoubtedly a harsh and brutal occurrence in any context. Violence is a human atrocity in all aspects and wreaks havoc on everyone involved. One of the major detrimental consquences of war is the damage it causes on economies of several countries.

By Sky News at 12:21 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Opinion: Singapore Needs To Help Out The Struggling Countries Of ASEAN

Singapore has well-developed transportation infrastructure unlike many other countries in ASEAN.

By Buzzfeed News at 12:12 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

China’s First Approaches on the Opium War

In the midst of their land being overrun by opium addiction, China is taking steps to fight back against the British suppliers. A radical view has been taken when it comes to this Opium War. The Viceroy of the Liangguang Province of China is in strong support of a violent undertaking, they believe that the “British are undermining our authority and poisoning our people”.

By CNN at 12:08 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Opium War? What’s that?

When opium was presented to the world during the 7th century, it was purely medicinal and nothing more. In the last century, the course of opium has changed and it is now a highly addictive substance.

By CNN at 12:02 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Finance Issues Strike In Southeast Asia As They Try To Solve Their Transportation Infrastructure Issues

Countries in Southeast Asia are in dire need of modern transportation, but they are faced with the issue of funding.

By Buzzfeed News at 12:00 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Ordnance? More Like Opiumance...

The General of Ordnance wants to introduce opium to the people of Macau. This delegate seems like the lead commander of Bloc 2 of the JCC’s operations, but The Onion doubts his ability to lead effectively… interesting choice on Bloc 2’s part. At one point he stated, in the middle of one of his speeches, “screw it, let’s just use direct force.” The Onion is a bit worried about these military strategies, we doubt this will end well. While the delegates are using direct force to seize what we can only assume is territory, the dias spoke about the boredom of soldiers, the crumbling economy, and how “soldiers are doing very unpleasant things throughout Calcuta.” One can only ponder what that is supposed to mean.

By The Onion at 11:58 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Debate Has Commenced

Debate in ASEAN has kicked off, and now they are faced with the difficult decision between Topic A and Topic B.

By Buzzfeed News at 11:57 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Western Europe cannot be trusted as leaders of innovation.

All too frequently throughout history, Europe has been portrayed as a force of good: from the dramatic frescoes of Michelangelo to the scientific knowledge at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), EU member nations have enjoyed significant attention as the leaders of the first world - and that’s stifling innovation.

By Fox News at 11:54 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

The Alphabet or Something More...?

After much confusion and many technical issues, the UNSC figured out ways to start discussing humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Side note, France finally figured out how to raise his hand! Proud of him! While Russia argued that Ukraine did not need assistance, the US blamed Russia for “affecting the polls.” It seemed almost astounding how any progress was being made with all these conflicting viewpoints, loud speakers, and just general vibe of the committee. The Onion was very doubtful that anything would happen since people seemed to not care about what was going on during committee and discussing their own things. The Onion sincerely believes not much can be said about the state of the UNSC since they seemed to care more about letters and using the raising of hands as an excuse out of speaking than they did about the issues being debated. Not to mention France’s ego, but we will not go there. Regarding Ukraine, The Onion truly believes that Russia is at fault not only because of the facts but because even its ally, Vietnam said there was some tampering. What do you think?

By The Onion at 11:49 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UNHABITAT: The End Game

Russia’s admirable approach to Urban housing is one that needs to be considered by the remainder of the UNHABITAT committee. While all other nations are discussing the difficulties they have had in mitigating this issue in the first place, Russia only asserts its need for improvement inside it’s borders. It’s left leaning economy has ensured quick government intervention in the issue at hand. They approached it like this: they designed one type of apartment building, a simply duplicated it around the entire nation (Delegate from Russia). This made it extremely affordable to fix this issue of housing. While the other capitalist nations leave the repairs to the damaged system in the hands of the wealthiest, the most corrupt, social democracies take it up to the government to serve the people, as they should. The United States simply cannot compare—their housing crisis, albeit not what it used to be, has been shaped by years of capitalism, political lobbying, and corrupt government that put effective, clean, and safe housing options in the hands of the richest. Maybe the nation should follow after Russia’s example, just as other great nations such Venezuela have, to put government support behind people once again.

By TeleSUR at 11:48 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UNHABITAT: A Snapshot

UNHABITAT continues to develop, getting to the point of an Unmoderated Caucus. During this open conversation, delegates get to focus on the issue that they feel are the most important. TeleSUR got to sit in with a chat with the United States, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the Russian Federation. This metaphorical cup of coffee was enough to get a glimpse inside the delegate’s minds. The United States, of course, was quick to bring up economic influence. The delegate talked about potential solutions, focusing on the impact of tariffs and what other nations were to do with the funds generated from those tariffs. The other nations replied, albeit timidly. I brought up China’s comment on the social aspects of urban slums. Originally, I was met with silence. A pause in the conversation, silence that spoke volumes. This silence could be attributed to cognitive calculations, a loss of words, or a quick cover that would help them answer a question that they have rarely considered. However, the bald eagle, the USA that is, was quick to jump right into conversation.

By TeleSUR at 11:47 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

UNHABITAT: The Route to Resolution

The UNHABITAT Committee has come to a slow, yet steady start in their debate. While unforthcoming, the beliefs of the delegates are evidently strong and tenacious. Debate opened as usual, with delegates quick to introduce their nations perspective into prioritization of debate topics. The two topics at hand, waste management and urban slums, affect all nations in the committee differently, and consequently, disproportionately. The United States, the bald eagle leering over the round table, ready for its prey, was quick to assert the importance of urban slums—even though the United States is not nearly as affected by urban slums as nations like India. The United State’s last major crisis with urban slums ended in the 1960s. India, who remained reticent in the first rounds of debate, has a housing crisis that has its officials on the front lines. However, with a fourth of your nations people in slums, it is difficult to remain silent for long (statistic from Delegate from India). India jumped into debate after urban slums had been given priority, despite the valiant efforts of China, who is less affected by urban slums and more affected by waste management. But, nonetheless, the issue of urban slums started the steady crawl towards a resolution.

By TeleSUR at 11:44 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

In CTSD, America is respected as a leader in artificial intelligence.

All too frequently, with previous administrations in the White House, America has been treated as the laughingstock of the world, being forced into horrible treaties such as the Paris Climate Accords and the Iran deal. With Trump at its helm, America is finally working for the good of its citizens, working for the implementation of cutting-edge technology in the US military - both ethically and effectively.

By Fox News at 11:43 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Discusses Economic Sustainability While Increasing Public Transportation Infrastructure

As the ASEAN continued its discussion into economic sustainability, the delegates heavily discussed how to make developing public transportation economical possible in their respective countries.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 11:39 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

ASEAN Takes Steps to Address Need for Equitable Public Transportation Infrastructure

In the ASEAN’s first committee meeting, countries voted to open a discussion regarding the development of public transportation in Asia.

By Southern Poverty Law Center at 11:37 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Transportation in Asia. A want or a necessity?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has chosen to entertain the topic of transportation [Topic A] over the topic of unethical labor [Topic B] in today’s first committee session. Many countries bring up the reasoning that if they had better transportation, the people would be able to hold better jobs and better education. Therefore the economy would be better overall. Many have also brought up the idea that any sort of transportation infrastructure needs to be helpful and not harmful due to climate change. Although this topic is important and needs to be addressed, the lack of support for a more ethical problem is concerning. China was one of the few countries that supported Topic B, China stated, “China is a country in which most of its rural population is paid an unlivable wage of $2 an hour. As it is affected by [unethical labor], China is looking to stop the growth of unethical labor by large corporations while also preserving countries' economies.” China’s priority of helping its population affected by poverty and unethical labor is one that other countries should take as an example. As China stated, stopping the growth of unethical labor is incredibly important in helping create a safe country. The delegation of Laos also expressed a need to debate Topic B over Topic A. Laos expressed that they have a human trafficking issue, making Topic B more pressing and urgent than Topic A. When talking in terms of roads or human trafficking the importance one over the other is clear to most, but it is not clear to most Asian countries in today’s debate.

By The Blaze at 11:36 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Can Humanitarian Aid Alone Solve The Conflict In Ukraine?

The delegates of the United Nations Security Council have presented impassioned speeches and embarked in thoughtful discussion on the pertinent issue of the conflict in Ukraine. Calls for humanitarian aid were frequent, and the delegate of Vietnam made it clear that foreign aid would not be overlooked. But should humanitarian aid be the number one priority?

By BBC at 11:35 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

How to End a Six-Year War: To truly help the besieged citizens, the best solution is to end the war.

It has been six years since Russian-backed separatists declared independence from the Ukrainian government in the Eastern Donbass region of the country. Since then, little change has been seen in a slow moving war, the main impact being the destruction of property and infrastructure in the region and the loss of approximately 10,000 lives.

By The Economist at 11:32 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Housing in Urban Slums, a priority for UN Habitat

UN Habitat began its 2020 conference in a nearly unanimous agreement to discuss Ensuring Access to Adequate Housing in Urban slums.

By Agence France Presse at 11:27 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

United Nations Security Council Ponders a Solution for Ukraine

After years of war, separatists in Eastern Ukraine may soon see some movement in the direction they have been pushing for the past six years. In the first session of the United Nations Security Council, delegates delved into a discussion on the possibility of granting semi-autonomy to the Eastern Donbass region of Ukraine. Semi-autonomy would allow eastern Ukrainians to create new ties with the Russian Federation, while remaining a part of Ukraine, similar to Greenland’s relationship with Denmark. Countries such as the United States, Estonia, and France were all ardent supporters of the solution, believing it would be the best solution for all involved. Others were more skeptical, and suggested gauging the opinion of Eastern Ukrainain citizens.

By The Economist at 11:26 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Britain Moves to Increase Military Presence Around China

In the tense diplomatic situation between China and Britain concerning opium and trade, Britain has made another move. They have purchased 60 tier-2 ships and gained 250,000 trained soldier units. Afterwards, some of those ships have been moved to the East Indies. It is currently unclear whether they will be sent to China for attack.

By South China Morning Post at 11:16 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Exclusive Interview With Viet Nam from the UNSC

We took it upon ourselves to discuss the state of the UNSC and everything throughout the committee:

By The Onion at 11:15 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Security Council Begins Debate on the War in Ukraine

In a United Nations body well known for struggling to find consensus, the first half hour of the UNSC’s debate was marked by a near-unanimous agreement of the scale of the humanitarian conflict in Ukraine’s Eastern Donbass region and the urgent need for aid to the struggling citizens. The exception was the Russian Federation, who denied the existence of any humanitarian crisis and insisted they were simply aiding the people of East Ukraine in their desire to join Russia. The delegates then, to the disappointment of Russia, chose to launch into a moderated caucus on the subject of Russian intervention in the Donbass region.

By The Economist at 11:14 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

It's Never Been About the Opium

Britain’s push to bring opium to China seems like an exploitative way to bring down the Qing dynasty. If its citizens all become addicted to the drug, there won’t be much resistance to a British takeover. Yet, taking over China via opium is not the end goal. Rather the British want to increase trade, a justifiable want for a growing empire.

By South China Morning Post at 11:14 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

"Is It Possible that I Accidentally Raised My Hand... How Do I Lower My Hand”

In an unsurprising turn of events, it seems that no one is willing to actually be productive in the UNSC. The Zoom call rang with jokes from the Director regarding the competency of his Chair and a hurried "is it possible that I accidentally raised my hand... how do I lower my hand" from the Russian Federation when he was prompted to speak. It is beyond astounding how it seemed that technical issues were discussed in more detail than the actual issues. What is more, despite discussing “the hand raising feature” for almost 20 minutes, France physically raised his hand, completely neglecting the existence of a hand-raising feature. Every time the Dais called on a speaker, each person said “[they] forgot to lower their hand,” ridiculous. The Onion editors were reminded of the outlandish “I’m stretching” students use in school.

By The Onion at 10:51 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Commission on Science and Technology for Development Begins Talks on Use of Artificial Intelligence in War Technology

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) met earlier today to discuss two pertinent issues: the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in war technology and the consumer harm from technology monopolies. The committee agreed to focus on artificial intelligence and how it is used in war technology. The general consensus was that AI is a useful tool in warfare, but countries need to agree on ethics and regulation.

By Truthout at 10:49 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

The UNSC Cares More about the Alphabet than they Do about Actual Issues

While the United Nations Security Council should be discussing topics of importance, the committee seemed to just be discussing the difference between the arbitrary topic A and topic B. Why would anyone care about A and B, it is absolutely ridiculous. Indonesia yelled about how A was apparently more important despite it not making sense. The Zoom call rang with the unreasonably loud sounds of Indonesia’s speech about how topic A was so important while the committee ultimately voted to move into B. The dias claimed that B was “the meat and potatoes,” so it evidently had some importance, but its importance was not explained. The UNSC’s productivity has proved to be a topic of concern and not much progress seems to be happening. While they should have been debating about how to keep the world safe, there were constant issues with who should be speaking. We need peace and security, but the UNSC has been debating for hours and hours about A and B. Absolutely unreasonable. We should be worried about how well our international community when organizations like the UNSC care more about letters than they do about international issues. The UNSC spent a resounding 20 minutes trying to figure out the logistics of voting. Are these the people we want in the position of handling our international relations? Not to mention the loud DING!s and the inability to actually vote throughout the committee session… horrendous.

By The Onion at 10:49 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

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