The physical control board took control of the puerto Rican cabinet following the lack of fiscal responsibility and allegations of corruption. Five members of the cabinet were arrested following the allegations made against them and were replaced by members of the physical control board. The cabinet has been stripped of most of it’s powers specifically budgetary decision! We must wait now to see how the cabinet responds and strikes back!
The Crisis staff has been working extremely hard to present delegates on each committee with interesting crises. While these topics have made discussion fast-paced and kept delegates on their toes, it would be disastrous if they occurred in real life. Here is a snapshot of nine things that would occur if HMUN crises actually happened:
- The citizens of France and Germany would no longer be a part of the European Union and alongside be exposed to nuclear radiations from a nuclear reactor meltdown.
- The Qatari Royal family would have embezzled twenty million dollars to fund ISIS and banned Al Jazeera from the Qatari borders.
- There would be a major spread of a drug resistant bacteria in Mozambique, which would most likely have spread to other regions.
- Satellites would have crashed into each other, creating not only a large number of space debris but also potentially shutting down the entire GPS system on earth.
- Donald Trump would have injured himself after falling down the stairs of his private plane.
- Violent riots would have occurred in Eastern Europe regarding abortion provisions
- Nigeria would be the host of the 2020 Olympics.
- The United States would have set up a nuclear power plant on the surface of the moon.
- The premier of China would have admitted that the Taiwanese government is more efficient than the Chinese government.
“World Conference on Women.” Words displayed on the screen in front of Room Back Bay A triggered my curiosity as I strolled my way through the busy, crowded hallway on the Second Floor last night. Carefully, I pushed open the wooden doors ahead of me and tiptoed in, only to find myself in the middle of a heated discussion on Topic Area A of the World Conference on Women: The Legality of the Commercial Sex Industry.
The delegation of the United States argued for the importance of working paper 1.5, a working paper that would be accessible to the varying policies of different governments. Describing other working papers as being “only specific to one policy and one aspect of the problem, such as criminalization, legalization, etc,” U.S. called attention to working paper 1.5 again, urging for its significance on resolving the existing problems prevalent in the sex industry. In agreement with the U.S., the delegation of Belgium was in strong support of working paper 1.5, which would undertake existing problems of the legalization of the sex industry, particularly the protection of sex workers, the enforcement of laws in countries, availability of contraceptives, and the issues of sexually transmitted diseases.
The delegation of Iran, on the other hand, disagreed. Suggesting working paper 1.1 would be the only paper that “suggests effective solutions to the key problem, sexual trafficking,” Iran emphasized on the necessity of establishing organizations to support victims who suffer from STDs, as well as a close-knit collaboration between nations on an international level to combat the issue of sex trafficking.
Following Iran’s strong support of working paper 1.1, the delegation of Myanmar introduced working paper 1.2 after its successful merge with working paper 1.3. The delegation of Myanmar claimed “it is hard for find jobs for prostitutes,” urging the importance of implementing a rewarding system between nations.
Throughout this committee session, the World Conference on Women had an array of underlying dissents within nations on the issue of the legality of the commercial sexual industry. The passing of working-paper seemed difficult in a short time with five different working-papers on the table and delegates’ inclination to focus on one aspect of the issue that concern them the most. Nevertheless, the merging of several working papers shed light on potential consensus and a faster dynamic within the committee in the future.
When I opened the door and entered the Grand Ballroom, in which the largest committee in the conference, DISEC, is located, I was sure I’d hear riveting debate regarding either military intervention or failing states. However, what I walked in to was not in fact an intellectual conversation amongst delegates, but rather the Dias standing at the podium accepting suggestions from delegates for activities to occupy the committee on Sunday. A few of the proposals included a rap battle between two moderators, reciting the Bee Movie in a German Accent, acting out the Bee Movie, a very large game of musical chairs between the DISEC delegates, giving Instagram shout outs, and having a “Dias version of American Idol”. I sure would not mind stopping in on DISEC tomorrow to observe which interesting activity was decided upon.
While these suggestions were quite amusing to listen in on, eventually the committee was delivered the working papers they had been waiting for, and had to continue doing actual work. As a reading session commenced, I decided to leave rather than watch a room of 300+ delegates flip through numerous pages of possible resolutions, as fun as that would have been.
When I exited the Grand Ballroom, I glanced at the map in my Delegate Handbook to consider which committee I could report on next; but, as I walked further into the main lobby of the third floor, I overheard music and faint singing. Intrigued, I strode across the room to find the source of the music, and found it to be the Constitution Ballroom-the room in which the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee was situated. When I pulled open the ballroom doors, I was greeted by the song “Grenade” by Bruno Mars and a female delegate singing along in front of the room. Up on the projector, which usually displays country lists or the current happenings of the committee, a YouTube tab was displayed instead, with a lyric video for “Grenade” playing which the delegate was following along to. When she was finished singing, her performance was recognized by applause from the rest of the room.
More brave delegates took the mic, singing “Burn” from the Hamilton Mixtape, “When We Were Young” by Adele, “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen (during the singing of the last two songs mentioned, almost the entire room joined in), and a Spanish song that was unknown to me but very well known by the Spanish-speaking population in the committee. The karaoke session left the entire room smiling, and enjoyment was evident on every delegate’s face. Midway through the session, the Dias assured onlookers in the room that the committee was “waiting for working papers, not just wasting time”.
While I walked in to each of these committees, I was hoping to find quality, intellectual content which I could gather a story on; though, I have to say, I was much more pleased with what I found instead.
After the election of President Nixon to his second Presidential term, many questions have been asked whether or not the cabinet will remain divided or unite for the betterment and the welfare of the American people. After a recent statement by Henry Kissinger however, this debate has only become more heated.
While addressing his fellow cabinet members, he made a pitch to address the growing concerns of liberal pundits and citizens, regarding both the continuation of the deliverance of civil rights expansion as well as the growing crusade by many organizations to achieve greater equality across the board. In addition we were informed that the cabinet was discussing perhaps stepping back on recent promises to expand military operations and shift to a more volunteer-based system in regards to the physical makeup of the military, a reversal of the current draft system dealing with the conflict in Vietnam. This news is very agreeable to all Americans as it would ensure that American lives will not be wasted fighting for some political cause that much of the nation views as misplaced and mishandled.
While the majority of the cabinet, including the White House Communications Director Mr. Herbert Klein, supported recent shifts in the policy of the Nixon administration to address growing concerns by all Americans both domestically and abroad, there were also voices of dissension such as Mr. Henry Kissinger who stated that the cabinet and Administration “cannot liberalize ourselves to appeal to their voter base”. This being in reference to the recent changes to the Administration’s shift in policy. Any further information regarding this issue will be released with most haste.
The United Nations Office on Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was surprised by a crises this morning. The acclaimed Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson asked for the committee help on a video, informing that the satellite USA-266 (lunched just under a year ago) is in a collision course and out of control with partner USA-248, lunched two years ago. Dr. deGrasse Tyson urged the committee about issues, highlighting the fact that “without a full constellation of active GPS satellites, services in almost every related sector are lost”.
As GPS boosts our productivities and make the people lives more connected and practical, US Air Force, NASA and privates enterprises are doing everything they can to save and protect this technology, tough the collision is almost certain and is just a matter of time. there are 31 GPS satellites in the Medium-Earth Orbit, around 20,000 kilometers up and it is only needed 24 of them operating to have full Global Positioning System. The collision would be life changing.
UNOOSA seemed worried about the crises. However, as it was said by the delegate of Democratic Republic of Congo, the resolutions and working papers were all almost complete and satisfactory for the situation. “A couple more clauses should be enough for us to solve the issue”, he said.
Including the satellites problem, the resolutions are trying to define terms like “space objects”, develop and systematize taxes for Debris cleanup, advance in the scientific divulgation of the topic, standardized the dispatch of space objects.
On this very night, the Nixon Administration celebrated perhaps its best evening. With the 1972 having been incredibly heated and intense from all sides on the issues of race, poverty, conflict and American values. After a seemingly divided campaign it appears as though the Nixon Administration will be in power for four more years.
After an incredibly tense election cycle in which the Nixon cabinet seemed very much so divided on strategy, a series of campaign videos were released along the way which seemingly united all Americans behind a set of values the cabinet viewed fit for the American public to demonstrate. Within the halls of the White House, Nixon’s cabinet scrambled in order to produce quality campaign advertisements with incredible pace. With time seemingly speeding up around these turbulent times, the cabinet was able to keep a cool head and produce campaign videos which many voters seemed quite pleased with. One reporter was even told by a voter that those advertisements were the deciding factor in his ballot decision.
With the ads themselves focusing on topics such as the how to rebuild a fractured nation and how to make America a nation built upon values again. The cabinet also orchestrated part of their efforts to reaching out to the true struggling voter bloc in this election, the liberal voters of whom have fought both on the streets and in the halls of the Supreme Court to have their plight heard, of which include both the African American voters and the Female voters of whom have seemingly been forgotten throughout these past tumultuous months. The cabinet went to great lengths to highlight Nixon’s creation of the EPA and other organizations which placed the will of the American people above petty politics. However, what the cabinet failed to mention, and something we will gladly mention is that thanks to the work and dedication of true liberals in Congress to keep our environment safe and secure for generations to come. We would like to commend Nixon though, on such an esteemed executive order.
With Nixon taking the stage to address his supporters on the evening of his win. The gentleman seemed quite resolute and composed. However, as soon as Mr. Nixon took to the stage, a whole new persona emerged as he began to thank the American people for their continued support. We must add though, this Nixon coming up to address the people of America was not quite as reserved and careful as he typically has been, with his calls for the crowd to stand up again and keep cheering after he had already dismissed them to their seats. However, all was left out on stage tonight as Nixon himself stated that he was so proud to be “elected for four more years to God’s greatest gift to this planet”. To this exclamation by President Nixon, the crowd became absolutely enamored with the man whom they had put into power.
However, all was not wholly innocent or celebratory as the President decided to call out illegitimate actions by the leadership of the Democratic Party in places such as Chicago where “those illegal votes” as Nixon put it, seemingly were tools by the establishment to ensure that their policy, not those drafted and admired by the public, were put into place. The President was quick to silence any dissension in his speech and spoke about unity saying that now
“We can continue making America great again!”
The President ended his celebration with a familiar sign towards the American public, the Peace sign. As he left the stage, he shook the hands and accepted congratulations from both his staffers and the members of his cabinet who are no doubt excited to be back to business as usual now that the electoral tides have seemingly settled down.
The SPECPOL (Special, Political and Decolonization Committee) met one more time this Friday night to continue their discussion about colonization in of outer space.
Many developed countries agreed to send help to developing countries, especially in cases of asteroid extraction crises. The committee then propose colonizing other planets, developing a monetary fund and a new organization to control, and encouraging the privatization of space. Although working papers and speeches were made supporting these ideas, many delegations found the discussion on space colonization unfair on the part of developed countries because environmental concerns on Earth are more pressing.
“There are developing and colonized countries supporting imperialists counties when the topic is exploration and colonization of outer space, which is absurd. by doing this, they are ignoring our world and the sustainability of it. They are all just trying to find a ‘escape valve’ to all these problems and make profit over it”. The statement by the Equatorial Guinea represent the indignation of some delegates about some actions taking place in the committee. He also said that the developed countries are using the poorest ones to develop their own spatial race.
Bolivia, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa wish to found an international organization to regulate and inspect outer space exploration under international jurisdiction.
However, while these discussions were taking place, Donald J. Trump himself showed up in the committee room talking about the USA delegation plan of building a nuclear power plant on lunar land. He also declared that all the profits used in the construction, transportation and storage of the necessary materials will all be provided by particular enterprises. Giving that, at the end, the United States president mentioned that there was no need for the people to pay taxes or duties for these projects.
Yet the announcement generated turmoil and unease. some delegations claimed that the United States was trying to take nuclear weapons to the moon, infringing on UN laws. Others think that was at least disrespectful for a president to come to a committee to say the USA would not be paying for the program. A few groups are also afraid of facing a probable future nuclear war that can devastate both the Earth and the Moon territory.
The International Atomic Energy Agency was struck with a crisis when the nuclear reactor between the borders of Germany and France had a meltdown. This threatens the populations of both nations and possibly more if not contained soon. With the risk of a potential hazard and Iran’s nuclear threat, will the committee be able to come to a consensus and prevent future peril?
Political instability continues to shake the members of the President Nixon’s Cabinet. This time, several protestors were able to get past security in The White House in order to call out for justice upon the poor handling of government in regards to the bombing of the United States Embassy in Baghdad.
The bombing of Baghdad resulted in the killing of 50 Americans and the disappearance of 13 other fellow patriots. The impact of the attack was highly dangerous for the already wavering state of public opinion regarding the draft and war campaigns of the government, as no official word of The White House has been made yet and the President Richard Nixon has left the public without a single public statement.
Members of the Administration will continue to expect high levels of public disturbances due to the fact that economic decline and growth of unemployment rates persist in the nation.