• WTO Press Conference: Everything You Need to Know and Why

    Posted by A Collaboration Between: Dayna Mieles of African News Agency, Lawrence Lobdell of Sputnik, and Allis on 3/15/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Tensions seem to be rising between the world delegations in WTO. China and the United States continue to point fingers, as when asked who initiated the Trade War, vehement rebukes were exchanged. Fortunately, when these two nations were asked what policies they would be in support of to incite compromise, the United States responded by confirming that if China were to comply to The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) as well as remove agricultural tariffs put into place against them, that they would be more than willing to remove steel and aluminum tariffs in place against China. However, the delegation of China did not have a response to this question, which may be a concern for countries within ASEAN due to a risk of the continuation of this economic conflict.

    This statement also ties in with a question presented on the topic of the Clean-Slate Policy, which calls for all tariffs put into effect subsequent to Donald J. Trump’s inauguration to be disregarded. With increasing fears about the Trade War, and even a seemingly outlandish prediction of WWIII by the delegation of the United Kingdom, Yomiuri Shimbun asked if giving in to this Clean-Slate Policy would mean catering to the economic superpower of China. The United States gave an honest response indicating that they are open to the idea of the Clean-Slate Policy pending further discussions of how it might benefit both countries.

    One of the major issues revolving around the trade war is Protectionism. Protectionism is where a country tariffs another country’s exports in order to increase their stature/power in the global economy. Protectionism is a clear violation of the Marrakesh Agreement, signed in 1994, which strictly prohibits the use of protectionism. The delegate from Sweden mentions the bloc they call TRADE, which is currently working to create a system called Currency Action Prevention Plan (CAPP). CAPP’s purpose is to set a limit on the amount of tariffs a country can place.  While this may only be an idea, Sweden does believe that CAPP can solve the problem caused by the Trade War.

    When asked if supporting China will negatively affect the world economy Honduras believed “supporting China would negatively affect the world economy because of China’s infringement on I.P laws and intellectual property will ultimately lead to the downfall of the world economy with each nation that complies with China in trade.” For those unaware of what the delegation of Honduras means when addressing I.P laws, 70% of the software used in China, valued at around $8.7 billion dollars, is pirated. The amount of revenue lost to the U.S because of this is estimated to be as high as $600 billion. China is also the source of 87% of the counterfeit goods being seized upon entry in the United States.

    The press then asked how supporting the trade war has affected the trade deficit, the U.S responded saying “our first tariffs that we imposed globally has definitely helped our trade deficit with China. I don’t think them retaliating or us retaliating due to that has done any good for anyone.” China then chimed in saying, “this delegation believes that this trade war and the tariffs have made the trade deficit worse because now underdeveloped nations that trade with the U.S cannot afford to do business with the U.S because they are suffering from the trade war.” The international deficit increased from $50.3 billion in November 2018 to $59.8 billion in December 2018 due to a global increase in imports and a decrease in exports. The previously published November deficit was reported at $49.3 billion. With trends showing the deficit only increasing due to the trade war, the UN needs to act quickly and come up with a resolution to this very pressing issue.  

    Besides the continuous banter between the US and China, developing and smaller countries had their comments to add on the Trade War. During the press conference, the question was asked to the smaller countries: do you believe that the trade war is a competition between the US and China; to prove who is the ultimate world power? The delegate from the small, developing country of Cameroon seem to have plenty of thoughts on the matter: “Yes, it is and I feel that the smaller countries are not accounted for as the US and China are being vey petty with each other. ” Hopefully the US and China can see pass their “pettiness”, and work towards a way to solve the deficits, and poverty that is occurring in many countries around the world.

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  • The US China Trade War: What is it Good For?

    Posted by El Pais, The New York Times, The Guardian on 3/14/2019

    The debate in the world trade organization has begun, and it still seems that much knowledge is lacking regarding who started the war, whether or not direct country targeting is being implemented, what it means for the global economy, and what types of solutions can be found that will benefit both parties.

    The nagging question of “who started this trade war” is revisited at the press conference. The United States and China fight to answer first, with the delegate of the US coming out on top being able to represent their nation first. “It has to be China” the United States claims. The US continues to describe how they may have placed the first tariff; however, this decision was not directed to China.

    China is quick to defend themselves claiming “Trump's main comments targeted the trade war.” This led to the increase in tariffs against the United States dragging on the question as to who has started this war.

    Through this disaster of a trade war between the United States and China, many tariffs have arisen that create an idea that they are targeting the other country directly. China had set tariffs on agriculture that targeted the United  States. This has set the idea that China is targeting the U.S. through their tariffs that set, though China has stated that, “No we are not targeting them, it is just retaliation for what they have been doing.”

    China feels that they are defending themselves from the tariffs from the United States that have stunted their economy. China believes “there are many solutions we have that won’t hurt the U.S. and will get rid of all the tariffs that are damaging all the nations’ economies.” Through this trade war, many conflicts have arisen in their economies that could lead to more damage.
    When asked whether a solution could be found that would benefit both parties, as well as reduce or even eliminate tariffs, the delegation of the United States stated, “I feel as though the Clean Slate Protocol isn’t necessarily a terrible idea, in fact, the United States was considering a variation on that…”

    Later, the United States said that they would only consider removing their tariffs on steel and aluminum if China removed their harsh agricultural tariffs.

    The trade war is affecting both countries, but why has this monstrosity of a trading terror occurred in the first place? The United States backs up the idea of how this all began as an economic move to enact tariffs, then led to the clashing views of the world leaders to cause the continuation of the conflict.

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  • Burning Questions from your 2019 Secretariat

    Posted by Sydney Hunter and Olivia Kulevich on 3/14/2019 10:00:00 AM

    First, we are going to acknowledge our SENIORS

    Meara plans to attend SUNY Binghamton majoring in Biology or Biomedical Engineering.

    Braydon is currently between New Paltz and Brockport and plans to major in Environmental Science or Geochemical Science.

    Angela is attending SUNY Oneonta, majoring in Biology.

    Leona has not yet decided because she is still waiting for one acceptance letter to Fashion Institute of Technology so if accepted she will be going there, She plans to major in Advertising and Marketing Communications.  

    Katie will be at Harvard University as a Government major.

    Ian is debating between three schools right now. Virginia Tech, George Washington University, and George Mason University, He will major in biochemistry or chemistry.

    Maddie is also waiting to hear from the Fashion Institute of Technology. If she doesn’t go there it will be something to do with business but if FIT it’ll be Advertising and Marketing Communications.

    Sydney is currently undecided between Marist College and Siena College, She plans to major in Political Science and International Relations.

    Erin will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh as a Childhood Education (grades 1-6) major.

    Kendra plans to attend St.Lawrence University, aiming to become a Physical Therapist.

    Olivia’s college decision is to be determined (she will probably end up in Massachusetts), wishes to pursue a degree in English Studies.

    Jack P will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall. He is currently Undecided.

    Aidan H will be at SUNY Polytechnic Institute as a Computer/Electrical Engineering major

    • What interested you in Model UN?

    - Angela:  I liked that it was current topics and to be honest, the only reason I started was because I was in Borrie’s Honors class. And then I fell in love with it.

    - Jack S:    My friends told me about and they said, “Hey give it a shot, it’s not that hard and you don’t have to do that much and then we went to HMUN I was like “that’s not true” but I did it anyway and I had a lot of fun. And you don’t really need an award because the experience itself is an award.

    -Leona: At first, it was mostly because my friends were doing it so I figured I should just do it but once I got into it I ended up really liking it and it really just showed me what was going on in the world and how I need to recognize that.

    -Maddie: Pretty much my brother said he enjoyed it. And basically, my parents told me I had to do it.

    -Braydon: The speaking and going up there and being something you're not. In a way. I found that kind of appealing to me like I could put on a mask and play it that way.

    • What are you looking forward to for this year’s conference?

    -Meara: I am excited about the different committees we have this year and we have taken a lot of risks since last year. We have a historical committee the Nuremberg Trials 1945, I think that's going to be super interesting because normally we focus on modern topics. The Arab League is also very exciting, similar to the Japanese Politburo of last year except we are doing a committee that actually exists. And we are also excited about the United Nations Environmental Program which is a more narrowed approach to ECOSOC, which focuses directly on how nations can aid our world's environment.

    -Jack G:  To finally be able to run a committee by myself because Logan will be walking around our two other rooms for some reason.

    -Katie:  This is my first year being a chairperson and getting to see that side of it and not be a delegate. I’m excited to see and manage everyone else having that experience for the first time.

    -Ian: The ability to discuss a specific topic near and dear to my heart because I have family in Venezuela. So the situation affects me personally.

    -Kendra: I’m excited for my last ever conference and to experience debate as the director.

    • Tell us an embarrassing story from your years of MUN.

    -Ryan:*Thinks for twenty minutes* At HMUN, I had sushi at 11:50 pm, I got so sick that I was in the bathroom for like 8 hours the next day.

    -Logan:   When I was in seventh grade, I actually thought that all of the crises they put out were real. So I was like freakin’ out. I was like what the heck is going on.

    -Ian: Can I tell two?

        Sydney- Sure. Go for it.

          So both were while moderating in Legal last year. I voice cracked calling Uzbekistan. Second was saying I was going to debate and instead of saying using the gavel I said I will hammer you down.

    -Erin: In 10th grade, I was a delegate in HRC. When I went up to speak for the first time I was very nervous and after I got done a girl sent me a note saying that my dress was ripped on the backside. Of course, it made my face turn red and I quickly left the room. Luckily, I knew a teacher that had a sewing kit so I was able to stitch it up in the bathroom.

    -Aidan R: None, been a G since day one.

    • What is one thing you wish you would have been told before starting UN?

    -Olivia: I would have appreciated a pep talk that encouraged me to be confident and diligent. Blocking out the intimidation of others, believing in yourself and working hard is key to success at MUN Conferences. As wisely proclaimed by the legend Tom Haverford, ”you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot”.

    -Cody: Be more prepared because I know I went in a lot not prepared and was doing research during the conference

    -Sydney:: I wish someone would have told me not to procrastinate so much. With UN and in life. I have a horrible habit of procrastinating but I mean, all my work gets done & done well, so, is it a win or a loss?

    • What is a tip for delegates you have?

    - Ben: Be yourself and don’t be afraid to get out there early.

    -Deren: You’re in a pool of sharks and don’t think out loud.

    -Jack P: Relax kid, don’t take it too seriously. You’re going to crush it.

    -Aidan H: Write things before you speak on the first day.

    • Is a hot dog a sandwich?

    An argument for:

    -Erin: Yes, The definition of a sandwich according to a quick google search is “an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal.” So technically, a hot dog has to be a sandwich because it is meat in between two pieces of bread.

    An argument against:

    - Ryan: No, A sandwich has two pieces of bread one on the top and one on the bottom a hot dog is one continuous piece of bread like that’s not how that works. A sub is a sandwich because it is two pieces of bread even though it’s cut in half. A hot dog just doesn’t work like that.

      For: 7

    Against: 13       This motion clearly FAILS.

    • How about pineapple on pizza?

    -Angela: Pretty good as long as the pineapple chunks aren’t too big.

    -Sydney: Honestly, it’s not that bad. Not my first choice but I mean, not horrible.

    -Jack S: It’s your choice, not mine.

    -Logan: People who put pineapple on their pizza deserve to not be in UN.

    -Jack G: Do it dawg.

    -Meara: Yes, I love pineapple on pizza. I think you get the salty of the ham and the sweet of the pineapple in a glorious ratatouille of pizza.  

    -Leona: *disgusted throwing up noise*

    -Ryan: Uh, that’s disgusting. But mushrooms on pizza aren’t bad.

    -Katie: It is the best way to eat pizza.

    -Ben: That’s very very gross. It’s a disgrace to pizza.

    -Braydon: I like it

    -Ian: Disgusting

    -Maddie: Really disgusting

    - Cody: That’s awful

    -Erin: Pineapple on pizza is a disgrace. Would you put a strawberry or a blueberry on pizza? No! Fruit does not belong with meat, sauce, cheese, etc.

    -Kendra: Pineapple on pizza is one of this Earth's finest delicacies

    -Aidan R: People should be free to do what they please at every level. That includes pizza

    -Olivia: I mean different strokes for different folks I guess.

    -Deren: I do not care.

    -Jack P: Put it on there, it’s rockin’. I like feta cheese on my pizza, have you ever had the feta and spinach pizza from Alekas?

    -Aidan H: Yes

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  • Digging Our Own Graves

    Posted by Yomiuri Shimbun, Allison Lapoint on 3/14/2019 4:15:00 PM

    Upon sitting in on the World Trade Organization (WTO), it has become increasingly disappointing as realization strikes: as of today, it seems that no solution will be found. Most concerning is that neither of the two culprits of the Trade War seem inclined to discuss the problem at hand, nor solutions. China, as expected, continues to play victim while the United States disappointingly forgets its Japanese allies and expresses only concerns for themselves.

    The United States had only spoken twice this morning, and one of those times was only to rebut China on its victim mentality. When speaking with Angela Wayman, the Chair, she did not express many concerns on the United States’ inactivity within the committee. She believes that the delegation of the U.S. is withholding statements currently because it is “biding its time and planning a strategy.” More comically, she adds that this delegation is taking a more Mike Pence approach rather than one of Donald J. Trump. However, it is important to note that if they do not start speaking policy soon, than compromise may be neglected.

    Furthermore, a stalemate seems to have frozen the WTO in its tracks. The delegates are unwilling to speak on important topics such as currency manipulation, which affects countries globally. Delegates are also disregarding topics that the Chair has presented on the Dispute List.

    Instead, there seems to be an overwhelming focus on the role of developing nations in the global economy. The delegation of China is claiming to be an advocate for these smaller voices, but it seems to be the fable of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. China, being one of the largest and most aggressive economies seems to piggyback off the work supplied by smaller nations while limiting their navigation within international economies.

    The delegation of South Korea has displayed promise in many forward-thinking notions. He condemns those arguing for the expansion of the WTO’s powers, as larger nations within this committee may create corruption and biased solutions. Instead, he suggests, in the most constructive contribution to the discussion today, that proper tariffs on larger nations can be utilized to increase the avenues in which developing countries have in the economy.

    As the first and only step towards compromise that has been witnessed today, it is hopeful that this idea presented by the delegation of South Korea will spur profitable conversations within the WTO. It is in our best interests to do so, as if no solutions are found by the end of this conference, it can be said that many world economies will be consumed by the Chinese superpower.

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  • Can Water Pollution Really be Solved?

    Posted by El Pais, Erin Lawliss on 3/14/2019 3:00:00 PM

    The UN Environmental Programme has been challenged with the task of finding a solution for a sustainable aquatic environment. Many countries have agreed that it is an issue that needs to be addressed and a way to help reduce or prevent further expansion of this pollution.

    Many studies have shown that there are many different types of pollution that affect the way humans continue to live their daily lives. Water and air pollution are the two main concerns of many people today. The UNEP is trying to sustain a solution that will help reduce or eliminate the amount of water pollution around the world. This will require nations to work together as one force to tackle this issue.

    Countries such as Portugal and Poland are willing to work with any country who has a reasonable solution or fix to this issue. Many other countries understand water pollution will not be resolved in a couple of years and that it will take more like a decade to be close to being gone or fully controlled.

    Not only is the way the pollution is going to be taken care of an issue, but the cost of clean it will set back some countries’ solutions. Japan has donated money to other countries to find a solution they are not capable of manufacturing themselves. They may not be seeing the solution directly, but they are creating funding to make a solution possible. Some countries, like Venezuela, are already in an economic crisis are not able to spend any money on anything else outside of what they need as a country. The water pollution issue has affected Angola the most due to their dependence on fishing as the primary support for their economy. The nations that rely on aquatic life and water resources are being affected the most by set back from pollution.

    The UK and other countries have joined together to create a #cleanseascampaign as an organization to foster the clearing the pollution in the oceans and to help promote ideas to create a cleaner ecosystem. Other countries like Thailand has the Plastic Bottle Cap Act to try to reduce the amount of plastic that circulates the world.

    The main issue that countries are developing is where the borders are for each country that are responsible for which area. If a developing country is surrounded by water they have more water that they have to clean, yet they can’t due to financial issues. In Ganana beaches are what most of the coasts are made up of, yet they are not beautiful due to the amount of garbage that is accumulating over the many miles of land.

    The UNEP has been working very hard to come up with a resolution that will help the countries most affected by the unsanitary water. The main question is how will they develop something that satisfies all nations  and is still succesfull. Will it be through reusable bags, changing the production of how plastic is made, changing where plastic products go after they are done being used, or will it be through biodegradable materials? The UNEP will hopefully be able to come to a resolution quickly before any more damage is done.

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  • A Page's Pain: A Sestina Poem

    Posted by The Guardian, Lila King on 3/14/2019

    A hand shoots up and raises

    Holding onto a singular note.

    As I rise up, my feet aching,

    I am reminded of the horror

    Of finding the notes recipient country.

    I understand the heat of the competition.

     

    As I hustle, remembering the competition

    To the note as the other page raises.

    I make it first to the anxious country

    Prepared to deliver their important note.

    Only to come across the horror

    Of unreadable handwriting, my eyes aching.

     

    As I begin to understand, the aching

    Peaks as I am now my own competition.

    Once again anticipated the horror

    As another paper raises.

    I rush to obtain the new note

    Sent to yet another country.

     

    I am destined to find the targeted country.

    Only to view the aching

    Look upon the delegate whose note

    I still hold due to fierce competition.

    As my adrenaline raises

    I am able to put aside my horror.

     

    Alas, I have ridden my horror

    Beginning to find the desired country.

    Another memorandum raises

    Yet due to the building, aching

    Stress I have gained from this competition,

    I let the other page obtain this note.

     

    I receive the last committee note,

    Understanding all of the horror

    Will only benefit the competition.

    I now easily find this country

    As they too face the aching

    Of receiving every message that raises.

     

    There will never be a note for every country,

    Yet the horror of being omitted continues aching;

    Leading to heated competition that only raises.

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  • Refugees and Effigies, A Narrative

    Posted by Yomiuri Shimbun, Allison Lapoint on 3/14/2019

    We return to our homeland in hordes. Like a herd of animals, we trod through the dust, hiding our faces as the particles lift from the sand and attack our faces. We do not mind this assault from the dirt; we have been made accustomed to much greater offenses. We have watched and suffered as our families and our friends have been stripped away from the evil within our own religion. We have watched as the western world used this as propaganda and twisted what was once peaceful and made it something of hate. This is not what we want. We want only to have amity.

    We have been promised by our own delegation who is representing us in the United Nations that we will have a place to come home to, a place of safety and of refuge. But these do not exist. We left the United States knowing that we would be persecuted and unwelcome, only to return to our own homes in Syria to find that we are aliens there as well. Nothing is left in this desolate place. We are alone.

    Our leaders fight for the rehabilitation of those who committed these atrocious crimes while watching their own people suffer. How will they ever assimilate into our society when we cannot assimilate ourselves? Our leaders in the Arab League believe that they are in the Nuremberg Trials, where it is the evil that takes precedence. The government has turned its back on their own people, and we are the ones who will perpetually suffer. We will live in poverty and distrust for our neighbors. Nothing will ever return to normal. We will never return to our homes because there are no buildings left for us to abide.

    The Syrian people are nothing but an example of the League. They have already proven to be willing to let innocent soldiers die defending us while the ones who truly suffer remain on the battlefront to watch. We are nothing but a burning effigy. We are nothing but an image used to bolster a political game. We are nothing but the continuing rot that has led to the death of our country.





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  • Rumor Divides Countries Fighting for Rights

    Posted by African News Agency, Dayna Mieles on 3/14/2019

    In the political committee, debate and corruption are not the only items on the rise. Tensions between Venezuela and the USA are beginning due to the pending question: Is Venezuela actually corrupt?

     

    During an interview, I asked the delegate from Venezuela himself, about the claim he made, about Venezuela not being a corrupt country during the beginning of the conference. He stated “Western and European countries like to put their own opinions in our government. Countries such as the US come up with their own ideas on why our country is corrupt. I feel as if countries such as the US or European countries try to limit us to get cheaper oil from us since we are one of the richest oil nations in the world.” He continued on to say that their president was fairly elected by the people and was going to be assassinated by the neighboring country of Columbia. Venezuela is currently starting to form blocs in an attempt to spread their non-corrupt ideas.

     

    While Venezuela claims to be free of corruption, the US had a completely different view. During an interview, I asked the delegate from the US on her thoughts about Venezuela’s claim of being corruption free. Her outlook on the matter was very different: “I feel that is totally untrue. They are very corrupt, and they need to have accountability before they can fix anything in their nation.” The US is currently taking the education route on solving corruption as a whole.

     

    While both nations are aiming to help developing nations resolve corruption, how will blocs form with rumored corruption? How will a resolution be created when tensions are on the rise between the two countries, fighting for the same thing?

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  • An Obvious Division Has Formed Among the Nations in the Security Council

    Posted by New York Times, Jack Rice on 3/14/2019

    A rift has formed among the delegates of the United Nations Security Council, and differing opinions have led to tensions among the committee members.

    Delegates from multiple nations have begun discussing the economic crisis currently occurring in Venezuela. As the committee progresses toward an all-encompassing solution, a well pronounced set of “alliances” has formed, and it seems that the committee is divided at a rough halfway point.

    The Delegation of the United States has proposed the most radical approach from the committee, suggesting the use of military force to change the leadership of the nation. President Donald Trump himself recently stated that a military coup “could be effective” in changing the government of Venezuela. The delegate representing the United States even went so far as to say, “…we simply want to strip Maduro of his power. If a peaceful solution cannot be found, we will use military force.”

    With the US’s proposal being so extreme, it is easy to see why many countries have instead proposed much more gentle solutions to the current situation. China, for example, has been attempting to reduce the extreme inflation the controversial nation is suffering from by providing financial aid to the country of Venezuela, and funding work programs within the nation.

    While China is more concerned about Venezuela’s economy, many Latin American nations, such as Peru, are much more concerned with the growing refugee crisis. As many citizens of Venezuela are without work and unable to buy the basic necessities, such as food and toilet paper, they have fled the nation into bordering nations such as Peru and Colombia.

    While all nations involved desire a resolution to this conflict, the division, mentioned earlier, comes into play when one considers the lengths nations are willing to go to create reform. Several nations have rallied behind the United States, believing whole-heartedly that a drastic, possibly military-driven, change needs to occur to the nation.

    With these nations having opinions that are as different as they are, it is clear that this controversial issue will be a catalyst for strong debate and firm opposition from delegates for the remainder of the conference. Nevertheless, nations are working toward a solution that will allow the views of all nations involved to be seen and accounted for.

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  • A Line Drawn In The Sand

    Posted by The Guardian, Lila King on 3/14/2019

    Already debate has sprung into action within the Arab League. Delegates begin the discussion with the topic of funding terrorist groups; soon trickling down into the idea of whether or not the United States has the right to intervene with terrorist issues and corrupt governments or not. Although some nations have views that the US has intentions only for themselves and will not help other nations,  many point out to better one's nation, aid from anyone may have to be given. To quote the delegate from Kuwait: “The biggest threat to the Arab League is ourselves.”

    Corruption and terrorism, two topics nations wish not to face. Kuwait accepted aid from the United States when these subjects became a reality. Now as a stable nation, Kuwait wants to help others saying “We are willing to aid other countries, but the countries need to work together and accept aid.” There is no shame in accepting help as Kuwait is proof; the United States may just be the nation to assist in battling terrorist groups.

     

    The suggestion of compromises is one Kuwait fully supports. Although not all nations believe in accepting assistance from the United States, as the Palestinian Authority points out “This is the Arab League, not the Arab League plus the United States”, many can agree that communication leading to a compromise would be beneficial to all. Not every nation may appreciate the outcome of a solution but as the delegate from Kuwait explains “Increasing discussion more about how to fix the issues at hand will lead to compromises to help the league as a whole”.

     

    Although the idea of corruption and the terrorist attacks still loom over nations within the Arab League, Kuwait is against many that believe the United States is only detrimental to the suffering nations. Relief from these pains within the nations is beneficial either way, and all of the nations agree that these terrorist offenses need to come to a halt.

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  • What's Happening in the Nuremberg Trials (1945)

    Posted by Sputnik, Lawrence Lobdell on 3/14/2019

    One of the most secretive councils in all of NCMUN this year has to be the Nuremberg Trials. With no video or photography allowed and not really having any expectations in what I would see going in, I was excited to witness why everything in there remains so secretive. When I entered, I was greeted by a divided room. On one side sat the prosecution, set to convict Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders. On the other sat the defense; a group of lawyers and witnesses set to show the tribunal that the Nazi party was innocent of all charges.

     

    The prosecution started the trials with their opening remarks. To summarize: Nazi’s are evil. A very controversial take, I know. They spoke on the complete destruction of basic human rights committed by the Nazi party during World War II and how these acts were inexcusable.     

    Then the defense made their opening remarks with a very emotion-filled testimony by Adolf Hitler. Hitler said that the actions he took were solely to better the nation and remove them from the economic crisis that they were put into Post World War I. Friedrich Hefmann then addressed the tribunal saying that the actions were out of fear that if he didn’t follow orders, he would have been killed. Albert Speer also gave a spoke saying that he was unaware of the atrocities occurring. He then spoke about how these actions were perpetrated  to get Germany out of their economic slum and asked the tribunal, “what would you have done if it were your people?”

     

    With witnesses to question and evidence to present, the Nuremberg Trials are going to be something to pay attention to.  

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  • Penniless, Plastics, and The Protection of Marine Life

    Posted by African News Agency, Dayna Mieles on 3/14/2019 8:00:00 PM

    While the process of working papers have begun, the UNEP is still discussing ways to improve marine life; mostly by abating the use of plastics. According to Ocean Unite, “About 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the sea every year” (Ocean Unite) and with global consumption on the rise, “nearly 400 million tonnes a year by 2025” (Ocean Unite). Delegates are coming up with many solutions to help the marine life flourish, but one of the biggest issues halting their work is the lack of funding in countries. I had the chance to speak with two outspoken delegates who are working hard with other countries to combat the lack of money and reduction of plastics.

    First, I had the liberty of speaking with the USA and discuss the idea of Marine Protected Areas, and what they would do to help marine life. During the interview, she stated, “ we are going to have an area in the ocean, and it’s going to be advisable that the fisheries are the ones who set this up. Even almost making it a rule that fisheries must have a marine protected area for every square mile they fish in; just to preserve the biodiversity in that area and make sure that the ecosystem is safe and unharmed.”  When asked about where funding would come from for the ideas, the delegate mentioned, how countries should help funding and the cleaning of the oceans and pay the cleaning crews who would do this, along with organizations such as the Ocean Clean Up Project, whose job is to directly clean out the oceans. The USA also mentioned that plastics should not be completely cut out of society, but should indeed be reduced. The USA is currently working with many other delegates in a bloc they call POP, which involves the UK, Canada, DPRK, and many other countries. They are focusing on education mainly to farmers, ocean acidification, effects of corporations and waste management.

    Next, I met with the delegate from Kuwait who had a strong opinion on plastics in the water and the use of biodegradable plastics: “Kuwait believes that biodegradable plastics are very good for the environment, but also because they produce a lot of petroleum, we believe that recycling plastics instead of cutting them out entirely because seventy percent of households use plastics.” Kuwait also mentioned the use of plastic turbines, which goes along with the current of the oceans and collects plastic. She also mentioned that these turbines can be placed on land to collect whatever the tide brings in.  When asked about funding, the delegate mentioned the use of organizations such as Oceania and Blue Vision to help fund for the plastics and turbines. Kuwait is currently working with Guatemala, Kenya, Mozambique, Thailand and Madagascar on a working paper. Their main focus is on cleaning and reducing oil spills.

    While the two blocs share some similar solutions, the committee can go either way. Who knows, maybe, in the end, the papers will merge to create one valuable resolution that solves all of the issues mentioned during the debate.





    Works Cited

    “MARINE PLASTIC POLLUTION.” Ocean Unite, Virgin Unite, 2019, www.oceanunite.org/issues/marine-plastic-pollution/.

     

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  • BREAKING: Crisis in Political

    Posted by Yomiuri Shimbun, Allison LaPoint on 3/14/2019 5:00:00 PM

     

    Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, a fugitive from the law for charges of crimes against humanity and murder, interrupted Political Committee proceedings today shortly after the lunch recess. Fujimori left the Chair flabbergasted as he stole the microphone to plead for an appeal. Desperate, Fujimori claimed that the charges against him were merely propaganda by the corrupt Peruvian government and not of his doing.

    The delegate of Peru was not able to create a response as they were quickly cut off by Fujimori, who only restated his innocence. He claims that no charges can be made against him, as there is an “absence of proof.”

    As Security never arrived, Fujimori was able to escape authorities and return to his life on the run. The reason for this failure on part of Security is being investigated.

    Meanwhile, the crisis was not discussed subsequent to its occurrence, as the delegates of the committee returned to a discussion of education. It is not sure if the crisis will be discussed in the future. This is concerning to the press, as the allowance of such blatant expressions of corruption in government may adversely influence other nations.

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  • BREAKING: Hostage Situation Erupts in Arab League

    Posted by Yomiuri Shimbun, Allison LaPoint on 3/14/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Delegates within the Arab League were deep in discussion of oil security when an ISIS militant interrupted. Holding a blade to an Egyptian soldier, his threat was clear:

    Egypt will remove its 2000 troops from Saudi Arabian land and oil fields or this soldier will be executed.

    Immediately after the militant’s escape with the hostage, a flurry of panicked debate broke out. Most countries within the Arab League were in agreeance that in order to handle this hostage situation, it was pertinent to take precautions and to not make rash actions. They must not give in to ISIS.

    The delegation of Egypt made an official statement saying, “We are not here to negotiate… Egypt will not remove any of its 2000 troops from this land.”

    This ignited a fiery response from the delegation of Palestinian Authority. He stated that while we do need a forum of negotiation, we, in no form, should advocate for further military actions, as it would only encourage further hostility with the terrorist group.

    How this situation will end is not yet clear, but it is hopeful of many delegates that negotiations will be successful.

     

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  • Blank Carnations: A Reflection on Legal Committee

    Posted by Yomuiri Shimbun, Allison LaPoint on 3/14/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Flowers: a symbol of beauty, life, peace, and love. Love… a strange word, one of many colors. Love is diverse, and love can mean many things. Carnations share these qualities. I see around me flags of the many colors of love, and each individual is waiting to purchase these flowers to express one’s own interpretation of this emotion for others.

    Why is it that one perception of love is superior to another?

    There are pink carnations and blue… and to many, they may only be exchanged within one another. But why is it that blue cannot intermingle with blue? Or pink with pink? The gardens of Japan are beautiful with the colors of all flowers, but the gardens of those Arab countries are wilted and dead. They do not want to see the colors. They wish for us to enjoy only blank carnations.

    For too long I have been forced to find satisfaction in the monotony of these blank flowers. My desire to publicly display my own white carnations with the blue,  pink, and purple I feel inside has been suppressed. But this is will happen no longer.

    With the help of delegates who see and support the beauty that can be found in a plethora of hues, we will take the deceased, blank carnations and create fertilizer. Together, we will create a garden. Together, our garden will be painted the colors of the rainbow; this same rainbow is the color of whose flag we are fighting for.




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  • Investigation Reveals Previous News was Not Entirely Correct

    Posted by The New York Times, Jack Rice on 3/14/2019

    The New York Times would like to formally apologize for, as well as retract the article previously published with the headline “Western Nations Attack NAZI Party of Germany with Outlandish Claims.”

    After an investigation regarding the reliability and bias of many articles, including the one stated, it appears that certain elements of said article were falsified, and areas that were not falsified were heavily biased in favor of the Nazi party.

    What appears to have happened is that a large amount of funding was received from the political party, and that money was what ensured the bias. The New York Times would like to extend the sincerest apology, and would like the public to know that the people responsible for the problem have been replaced since.

    The New York Times would also like to ensure the public that situations such as these will be avoided at all costs in the future, and we are working to maintain our reputation as the most accurate source in news. We hope that this blemish from our past will not affect your views of us going forward.

    Additionally, all digital copies of the article have been removed from the New York Times’ official website, and all physical copies of the article have been recalled for shredding.

    We thank you all for your understanding of the situation that is involved, and we look forward to creating accessible news for years to come

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  • Western Nations Attack the Nazi Party of Germany with Outlandish Claims

    Posted by The New York Times, Jack Rice on 3/14/2019

    High ranking members of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party have come under trial following the events of WWII. Members of the prosecution are damaging the reputation of countless heroes of the war, and criminalizing them, simply for doing what was in the interest of their nation.

    Officers of the German military have come under fire due to the “war crimes” they have committed during the conflict of WWII. The prosecution has claimed that these individuals violated the international laws of war, and violated the rights of citizens everywhere.

    These claims are easily discredited, however, as the men in the firing line were not only following orders from the higher-ranking individuals within the nation of Germany but were doing so in order to benefit their nation, above all others, which is simply how it should be.

    And while there is no doubt that these men committed harsh acts against their enemies, that is simply what happens in times of war. It is imperative that strong, fast, and devastating attacks take place, in order to ensure that your nation is a victor, especially when dealing with the barbarians of the west.

    With that in mind, who’s to say that what these fine men did was wrong. They were simply doing what was right to their nation, and the opinions and laws of other nations should not be considered when determining whether these men were right or wrong. They should be weighed on their own nations beliefs.

    With this being said, it is clear that these men were not, in fact, wrong, but right. They did what needed to be done, despite the gritty reality of the situation that they were faced with. It is essential that these men are acquitted, and their reputations restored to reflect the good men that they were.  


    With funding provided by:

    The National Socialist German Worker’s Party

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  • WTO Guest Speaker Warns of Second Depression and 3rd World War

    Posted by Sputnik, Lawrence Lobdell on 3/14/2019

    A Turn-around Business Consultant visited the World Trade Organization today to warn feuding countries of what may come. The guest speaker told members of the organization to be mindful of how their decisions may affect the world. The speaker reminded the delegates of the last time countries were arguing over trade in this manner led to the first World War and the subsequent worldwide economic depression.

    The speaker made a diagram of strengths and weaknesses of the council and asked delegates to fill in what they thought. No delegate was able to name any strengths that the WTO had and were able to name multiple weaknesses including “the inability to come to conclusions” and “the inability to carry out resolutions.”

    With tensions rising in there regarding the trade War between the U.S and China, it will be interesting to see what will come of the WTO’s meetings.

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  • Will Venezuela Be Able to Compromise with Another Country and Possibly Get Themselves out of Their Economic Situation?

    Posted by El Pais, Erin Lawliss on 3/14/2019

    As the Venezuelan economy continues to collapse each day other nations are trying to help them. Some of Venezuela’s allies have tried to help, but can’t produce enough to get the economy stable.

    Venezuela contains oil, which is a huge natural resource that could help the economy; however, Venezuela doesn’t see it that way. Venezuela looks past their potential if they were to only work with countries like Equatorial Guinea who has oil that could be mixed with oil from Venezuela to create the wanted quality.

    Nothing can be done right now due to the sanctions that are set in place which prevent nations from being able to provide aid for each other. For example, one of the sanctions stops Venezuela from selling oil and is putting them into a deeper economic crisis.

    Russia and Equatorial Guinea believe in investing in the agriculture of Venezuela. Russia intends to help Equatorial Guinea and Venezuela combine their oils to have a desirable concentration. Equatorial Guinea has oil that is too light to sell efficiently by itself, and Venezuela has oil that is too heavy and can’t sell it. If these two nations work together, they could create an economic income for Venezuela.

    The United States and Germany would like to set up temporary sanctions that will allow Venezuela to sell goods but it would be limited. Venezuela could turn into a capitalist economy through these small productions and could begin to climb the economy safely.  The United States and Germany believe that Venezuela needs to realize their value and when they do it will be a step towards a better economy.

    Venezuela and China want to create a Venezuela Wealth Fund and the economic reform system delegates referred to as OSS. These programs will serve as funds for Venezuela that will hopefully increase their economy. This would only work if the other nations would lift their sanctions on Venezuela’s goods and purchase products.  The OSS would be an aid for Venezuela and not the OSS organization . Other countries would buy the oil that Venezuela produces and the OSS would take care of the buying and selling process. Although Venezuela has a lot of oil, it has no buyers.

    Can Venezuela gain enough trust from other countries to take down their sanctions? Can the other countries find a way to work with Venezuela to sell and work together to help the economy for Venezuela? Will all the nations be able to see that there is an issue they ALL must cooperate in finding a solution too?

    Venezuela would like to find a solution but wants to keep the government the same way it has been running, which is causing many issues for the citizens. Other nations that want to help want to change the government to assist the citizens and the economy at the same time.

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  • Religion or Rights

    Posted by The Guardian, Lila King on 3/14/2019

    Although ruthless, the delegate of the United Arab Emirates is pushing for nonviolence. Following the rooted beliefs of Islam that carry heavily weighted importance within the country, the UAE has ways of tackling the topic of LGBTQ+ rights while still respecting and upholding the ideology of Islam.

    Many nations are faced with how to “deal” with members of the LGBTQ+ group. The UAE recognizes that “moderate change is the only way and is the safest way,” feeling that any other way would cause distress within the nations.  The UAE has Islamic core beliefs that these LGBTQ+ members should be murdered yet the delegate wants to relay the message that the nation is trying to wean off of this ideology in change for fees or slight imprisonments.

    This change will not happen overnight, seeing that the Islamic faith is deeply embedded within the UAE. Slow change will be made with the delegate stating, “only this part of it is being modified as we still prohibit same-sex marriage.” Nations have the ability to change but a major value to consider is religious sovereignty.

    Maintaining core values may be a must for some nations, but the UAE is showing a way to change while upholding these values is probable. To some countries, nonviolent actions against LGBTQ+ members may seem outlandish or not enough, but for the UAE this is a step in a progressive direction.

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  • Voting leads to Tensions in Arab League

    Posted by African News Agency, Dayna Mieles on 3/15/2019 1:00:00 PM

    In the Arab League, tensions are running high due to the passage of a directive with the main focus of getting support from the US. After the assassination of the Syrian president Assad, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been working vigorously with Syria to pass a directive which would stop turmoil from happening in their nation.  Countries such as Tunisia, Qatar, and Iraq were firmly against the use of US support, taking the stance that the US is only going to help for their benefit, and for the fact that nations would be held accountable for what happens to US troops.

    During the voting procedure, Syria enforced that action needed to be taken before something happened to the two nations. Saudi Arabia and Egypt both explain the significance of foreign powers, especially from the US, and how it would help nations during a time of crisis. The directive also stated how foreign aid would only be temporary, which they recommended a ten year period.  Regardless of the lack of support from countries in the league, the law passed fifteen to five.

    While debate became heated after the passage of the first directive, the countries decided to put their agitation for each other aside long enough to vote on the second directive. The second directive focused on the reconstruction of media outlets, the removal of extremist websites, and a rehabilitation program that uses education to strengthen one’s understanding of Islamic theology. Countries who originally weren’t in support with Saudi Arabia and Egypt’s directive finally came together to a passing vote of eighteen to two. The two votes abstained and not a complete disagree.

    While tensions are running high, anything can happen at any time. Assassinations, terrorist attacks are just a few possibilities that may occur due to the passage of US support. The League is currently trying to find solutions to remove weapons from ISIS, but will they be able to find common ground when the US is now implemented in countries of the league?

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  • UNEP Begins Finalizing Resolutions and Preparing for the Ultimate Solution to Ocean Pollution

    Posted by The New York Times, Jack Rice on 3/15/2019 1:00:00 PM

    The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is nearing the end of its debate, as the two main blocs are in the final moments of creating their proposed resolutions.

    After long debates regarding StormX netting (a device used to capture plastics before they can enter larger bodies of water), algae blooms, oil spills, and much more, the debate has finally entered its final stages, and it seems that a final solution will be found before the end of committee tomorrow.

    While there are no doubt differences between the solutions proposed, they both work to end the problem at hand, pollution of the oceans. They simply go about solving the problem in different ways. With one paper focusing more on short-term solutions that will solve the problem quickly, and the other focusing more on improving sustainable development and ensuring that this problem is settled once and for all.

    In addition to the discrepancies in the timeline, the question of whether or not to use biodegradable plastics has appeared. With some arguing for their use, and others saying that they do not degrade fast enough to be effective, each paper reflects their nations views on these materials.

    With these differences aside, each bloc has a very similar set of ideas, all focusing on ending this problem. Members of both parties understand the issue and are solving the problem. It will be interesting to see how the two blocs overcome their differences and unite their papers.

    With debate coming to a close, the New York Times is dedicated to providing information to our readers, and would urge you to watch for a report on the final determination of the committee.

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  • Syria Declares Nuclear War on Themselves in Political Council

    Posted by Sputnik, Lawrence Lobdell on 3/15/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Political Committee got extremely heated today as the debate continued over political corruption.

    Of course, my motherland Russia does not have to worry about this terrible issue because there is no corruption under our fearless leader, President Vladimir Putin.

    The conversation in the committee moved to managing corrupt citizens. Delegates of Serbia, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, and Syria all took an extremely radical position on the topic.

    “The Citizens are corrupt. Get rid of the citizens” is the standpoint of the delegation of Serbia. Liberia pushed to “jail corrupt citizens. [They] don’t really have a solution to figure out which are corrupt and which aren’t but *shoulder shrug*.” Bhutan shared the opinion of “if you can’t separate the corrupt from the noncorrupt just take them all out.” Saudi Arabia too took the podium to voice their opinion. “The punishment for corrupt citizens should be based off the only law, Sharia Law. Death by stoning,” said the delegate from Saudi Arabia.

    Then the delegation of Syria took the stand. Syria, having been in a conflict with a group of radicals using chemical warfare to keep them suppressed, said: “Syria will now be upping the ante and moving from chemical warfare on its citizens to nuclear warfare.”

    When Syria was asked to further their stance on this issue, Syria responded saying, “Today marks the 8th anniversary of our civil war and the only foreseeable way to end it, is nuclear warfare” and “we just gotta end it.”

    Delegations were shocked by this threat. China took the stand saying, “I think Syria was breathing in the same chemicals as their corrupt citizens.” This very aggressive tactic to wiping out corruption did have its supporters though.

    When asked what they thought on Syria’s position, the delegation of Saudi Arabia said, “Ingenious. If the problem is the people protesting, get rid of the people. Truly genius.”

    Syria to go to nuclear war with themselves is a bold strategy in protecting their people from corruption, but I, personally, respect it. These bold tactics are just what we, as a global community, need to stop these dangerous threats. Everyone knows the quickest and easiest way to stop any threat is to use nuclear weapons. It’s a good thing that our supreme leader, President Vladimir Putin, is so good at conflict resolution that we never had to go as far as the vastly inferior Syria. That’s not an opinion. I don’t use opinion when reporting the news because the Sputnik is the most fact-based newspaper. Period.

    For more on the Syrian Nuclear War stay tuned to Sputnik and stay classy.

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  • LGBTQ+ vs. the Qur’an

    Posted by El Pais, Erin Lawliss on 3/15/2019 9:00:00 AM

    The question of whether an LGBTQ+ community should be allowed to be citizens is a significant debate. Many countries believe that it is a right that humans have and that they can love and show who they love no matter what. Other nations show that in their books of belief like the Qur'an, or the Catholic Bible it is against the law.

    The Qur’an states that “ If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, leave them alone.” This is saying that if two men are homosexual,they are to be punished, but if they repent or feel remorse for their affections then they will be forgiven and all will be okay.

    The delegation of Egypt has stated that people should “open the bible, not the borders,” and is strictly against the LGBTQ+ community. Egypt would like the people to look at their laws of belief and not what the surrounding nations believe.

    The Qur’an says that “verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents, that they may become companions of the blazing fire”.  Egypt doesn’t want to be a part of “his blazing fire” or war could occur over this issue.

    Although, countries such as Egypt and other middle eastern nations, they do not believe that going to war over this matter will be a solution. Instead, they would like a peaceful resolution that will accompany their beliefs but also not destroy the nation entirely.

    Through this hard and challenging debate, countries are being torn apart and are rebelling against their governments to try to make a change. Some nations will continue to use force until a resolution can be made that will accompany all the nations involved.

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  • “Thank You For Being a Friend”

    Posted by The Guardian, Lila King on 3/15/2019

    “Dude you totally have to give me an interview!” A phrase reporters within Press Corps have heard at least seven times by the second day. “Yeah sure I will see what I can do,” is the typical reply, knowing very well they most likely will not make it to that delegates committee.

    As friends quickly hear you are able to make articles about different committees in NCMUN, they assume one should be about them, and you know what they say about assuming…

    Maybe one friend is lucky enough, the ones who are proving themselves in discussions or leading blocs. But once you interview that one friend, others begin to question why you haven’t interviewed them yet. There is a pause, not wanting to hurt the friends feeling, “I’m not sure, I’ve been very busy with other topics, I’m sorry,” you say.

    Then, the question of why you were in their committee arises. You have to explain you went in a direction that they would not have been able to talk about. A saddened look takes over your friends face, but you know you can’t interview everyone.

    Although our job is to gather discussion for our articles, we simply cannot get to every delegate. So please, for the reports sanity, do not ask for an interview. I am still your friend, I promise.

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  • The United States + the Arab League After All?

    Posted by The Guardian, Lila King on 3/15/2019

    Following the assassination of Bashar al-Assad, resulting in a crisis in the Arab League committee, Syria is faced with questioning what’s next for their country. Condolences from all nations within the league have been sent, but is it enough?

    Unstable is how the delegate of Syria described themselves before an opportunity appeared; this fighting chance would be to accept aid from the United States. Syria states “as a nation we are susceptible to ISIS,” a route the nation does not want to take. Refusing to side with ISIS, Syria accepts.

    The United States makes a guest appearance and reveals the details of the agreement made. There is to be 10,000 US troops that will be under control of the Arab League to aid their countries. Air and marine support shall also be given with the willingness to send more aid if needed; pointing out that the troops will be withdrawn once they are no longer required.

    This comes to a shock to some as Algeria expresses: “we have no reason to trust the United States.” Yet Syria is thankful they are now able to fight succumbing to ISIS with the help of the US. With one final comment, the delegate of Syria wishes that other nations will “look at Syria as an example and not let this happen to Saudi Arabia.”

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  • Assassination or Martyrdom?

    Posted by Yomiuri Shimbun, Allison Lapoint on 3/15/2019

    Yet another crisis erupted in the Arab League, as tensions between terrorist groups and these nations’ leaders continue to grow. The president of Syria, Bashar al-Asaad, has been successfully assassinated by a terrorist group out of Hamas. Fears are growing, as these rebels now have an avenue to gaining power over the Syrian government.

    As the country is still in shock, the delegation of Syria has no current stance on this occurrence. However, many other delegations in the Arab League have expressed their official opinions on this matter.

    All delegations made official apologies for the delegation of Syria and her country. A block surrounding Saudi Arabia supports the notion that while it was not the desired way to incite change in the corrupt nation of Syria, this is a way for change to come. The delegation of Saudi Arabia commented on the evil-doings of Asaad and how negotiations must be held with the rebels. This seems to be a common theme within the Arab League.

    However, opposite opinions were also vocalized. Delegations such as Yemen and Qatar expressed the need for defensive action to take place immediately.

    It is unsure the future of Syria’s leadership and the citizens of this nation. Whether or not the death of Asaad is of benefit or harm to this Arab nation is yet to be determined. Keep an eye out for an article from The Guardian for further information on this crisis and Syria’s stance on the matter.

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  • New Syrian President leads to Speculation

    Posted by African News Agency, Danya Mieles on 3/15/2019

    While debate continues on the disagreement of US troops, a new story has risen.  Syria has sought out help from Russia in an attempt to combat the growth of ISIS. As a result of seeking help, Syria now has a new president the cousin of the former Syrian president, Maher Assad. The Russian ambassador spoke briefly to the delegates, but a few key notes struck a spot with the countries. First, the ambassador stated how Russia will be sending funds, along with military support. More importantly, the Russian Ambassador noted that Syria and Russia would countries who were against US support after the first directive. When the Russian Ambassador was then asked by Egypt on whether the election held for the new leader was fair, or with corruption present, the Russian Ambassador blew off the question by saying that he will not be discussing the matters of the election.

    While most of the delegates understood the reasons why Syria accepted help from Russia, many countries expressed their disapproval. Algeria stated during a moderated caucus that she understands Syria’s reasons for seeking help, but she believes that foreign powers make the Arab League vulnerable. Countries like Lebanon, Camaros, and Jordan all stated that the acceptance is Syria’s problem.

    Despite countries saying it was Syria’s choice, countries like Iraq and Tunisia took a very different route on the matter. Iraq stated how if Syria, also bringing up Saudi Arabia and Egypt once again, wanted help they should’ve gone to the Arab League; not seek out the use of foreign world powers. Tunisia then went to crack the joke of calling the Arab League, “The World League”  since they are now accepting help from other powers. He also continued by saying that if Syria wanted to have foreign aid, then leave the League out of it.

    After the countless refutes during the round robin, the delegate from Syria finally had the chance to speak for herself. She said that Syria had no choice in the matter, and if they didn’t accept help from Russia, they would be taken over by ISIS. She continued to say that the Arab League did not come to help Syria during their time of need, so they had to take matters into their own hands.  She also strongly agreed with the delegates who stated that Syria should take care of Syria.

    Who knows what will come from this new alliance between Russia and Syria. Will the Arab League be able to see past the use of foreign support? Or will they be stuck in a stalemate, while ISIS reigns on?

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  • Updating on the Updaters

    Posted by The Guardian, Lila King on 3/14/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Rushing out of the committee room they will hardly see, the members of the Press Corps are assigned to specific committees throughout the first day. With only six members, the Press Corps works hard day and night to bring NCMUN news, politics and all other notable events.

    The group of reporters begin the day with the African News Agency in Political, the New York Times in Security Council, El Pais in UNEP, Yomiuri Shimbun in WTO, Sputnik in the Nuremberg Trials and myself in the Arab League. Excited to jump into their first articles, these delegates search around for their first committees, starting their NCMUN experience. Although sitting in and listening to the debates is thoroughly enjoyable, the deadline of 1:30 P.M. looms over the delegates heads.

    Once the first article is submitted, a wave of calm washes over, proving the delegates are capable and deserve to be in Press Corps. These articles will now be edited by the directors of the committee while the delegates hurry off to a new area. This time the reporters understand what they are looking for and the types of delegates they would prefer to interview. The 8:00 P.M deadline is now a far off thought for the hard-working journalists.

    Working late into the night the delegates will be able to see their hard work in the NCMUN Times the next morning. Anxiously waiting to see which article is published.

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  • Pushing for Powers

    Posted by The Guardian, Lila King on 3/14/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Vote after vote; ideas are being shot down as the crisis of Maduro V Guaido continues within Security Council. Nations have split within the room showing their support for the differing authorities. Before the debate heats up once again, the delegates joke about how they should all just get along.

    As their faces become stone cold, the joking dissipating, the delegate of Venezuela becomes threateningly passionate over the fact that forces need to be removed from their nation. Venezuela ruling that the best action to take would be to “immediately withdraw all foreign forces within their nation.” With such striking demands, delegates within the committee cannot come to an agreement.

    Laughs fly as the page begins to stick paper to his nose; relieving heavy tension within the committee. Soon the delegates snap back into debate, voting on two directives by Venezuela and China, and China and France. The delegate of Venezuela goes out of their way to have their directive voted on clause by clause. Out of eight clauses, only number two passes; at least all of the nations can agree that they are in an international crisis. The directive written by China and France also failed.

    Once more they break into an unmoderated caucus wishing they could all agree on a hilariously ridiculous solution and call themselves heroes to their nations. A compromise begins to unfold as the delegates understand resolving this crisis would be beneficial to all.

    Venezuela comes out on top stating, “there was an agreement that once the hostages were returned, military forces were to be removed, and Maduro would remain in power.” An immense victory for Venezuela seeing this was their goal all along.

    After a long day in Security Council, the delegates came out of day two smiling and laughing while thinking of new ideas for tomorrow. Some may not have succeeded in passing their views, yet they are all thrilled to have such a passionate committee.

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