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  1. 1. MUNITY XLII The Hague International Model United NationsFriday, january 29, 2010 Volume 18, Issue IVBy: Divya Sharan Hammering Out A Perfect Chair “Sometimes I find my Chairsare factually wrong.” “My Chair doesn’t know therules!” “I raised my placard a milliontimes, but my Chair still won’trecognize me!” These are just some of thesentiments that delegates invarious committees expressedwhen asked to offer construc-tive criticism about theirChairs. Perhaps not the re-sponse that the Chairs would Karina Dukalskahave hoped for from the del- Two Chairs in Disarmament 2 hard at workegates, but Ms Dubock was of main unbiased during debate that the delegates in the com- sense of humour so that thea different opinion about the and give all delegates an equal mittee may have. Such a chair committee doesn’t get rest-Chairs saying, “they get bet- opportunity to speak. If a team gives delegates confidence and less.” Ian Nightingale, delegateter and better every year” and of student officers works to- helps make debate flow. Ms. of UNCHR in Special Confer-that she was “pleased with the gether well and keeps a list of Dubock added that “a Chair ence 2 from John BurroughsChairs this year.” who has spoken and who has should show no arrogance and School, agreed saying “laugh- Ms. Dubock further added not, then every delegate can instead should encourage del- ing is an important part of de-that the workshop run by Mr. get a chance to speak when he egates in their committees.” bating.”Ouriel Reshef from the Ameri- or she raises his or her placard. Speaking about making dele- With these three qualities,can School of Paris was “very The delegate of Syria in Human gates comfortable, Ms. Dubock an average Chair can becomesuccessful.” The workshop, Rights Committee, Sagar Khe- said that “the Chair should put a good Chair, perhaps even anshe said, doesn’t simply teach mani, from the International non-native English speakers at excellent Chair. These charac-the Chairs about general pro- School Manila, agrees that ease during debate when they teristics are what the delegatescedure, but also teaches them “there is absolutely no need are nervous.” look for in their Chairs. Per-the importance of bonding as for a Chair to constantly pick The final quality of a good haps, if Chairs are able to in-a team and about other quali- on the same delegate in the in- Chair is being flexible to the corporate these three qualitiesties that make a good student terest of debate, because even delegates’ needs, depending into the manner in which theyofficer. Delegates in different delegates who are not fully on the situation. Ms. Dubock conduct debate, the delegatescommittees seemed to agree pertinent to the topic can often termed this being “quietly au- too will respond by displayingwith the THIMUN Board’s contribute to discussion.” thoritative.” Harriet Barham, only those qualities that Chairslist of qualities in good student The second quality of a good delegate of Ecuador in GA 4 look for in delegates. We willofficers. Chair is knowing the proce- from École International Le leave the final judgment on Ms. Dubock said the first dures well. A Chair who is well Verseau, remarked that “a good how the Chairs performed upquality of a good Chair is im- informed about debating pro- chair needs to be firm and ul- to you.partiality. A Chair should re- cedures can quell the qualms timately also needs to have a IN THIS ISSUE: To Censor or not to Censor: Inside MUNITY: Party Time: Both sides of a delicate and A look at exactly what All the details of tonight’s thorny issue 2 happens in the Press Room all dance 13 day 6
  2. 2. Issue IV January 29, 2010PAGE 2 EDITORIAL Munity XLII To Censor or Not to Censor Staff PRO By: Bavo Stevens CON By: Patricia Kim In an age where freedom of expres- “The suppression of ideas and infor- 2E Van Blankenburgstraat 119 sion has come to epitomize democracy, mation that certain people find objec- 2517HC Den Haag, The Netherlands censorship has become a form of sacri- tionable or dangerous.” The previous lege. It has become synonymous with phrase written by the American Li- Editors-in-Chief the loss of our freedom, and we value brary Association sounds like a com- Kuan Yu Shen nothing more than our freedom. Sadly, mon notion from a communist regime Andria Varnavides many of us have failed to recognize the or a wartime slogan. However, there is positive role that censorship can play a certain degree of truth as suppression Text-Editors in our society, most importantly cen- still exists all over the world in newspa- Mari-Ana Narbon sorship of the media. pers, books, politics, business, and the Jessia Gao Censorship does not mean that one’s media. Alejandra Paton freedom of expression is banned; it This is called censorship. It’s a deadly merely avoids the corruption of peo- method used against free-willed peo- Reporters ple’s moral values, especially those of ple that is even more dangerous than Divya Sharan children. Children of impressionable guns or knives. Censorship is espe- Victoria Uwemedimo ages are constantly exposed to forms cially effective when applied to mass Patricia Kim of media with excessive violence and media since the public is most influ- Bavo Stevens pornographic material. By censoring enced by it. People have no choice but Aditya Naganath these kinds of information in the me- to believe what they see; what they see Liske Bruinsma dia, we can ensure that children do not is what the media want them to. Vera Bloemen Genevieve Snider learn about things that could be harm- ful to themselves or others, since they “People have no Tugce Koseoglu are too young to judge for themselves what is appropriate or inappropriate. choice but to be- Layout SeoHyun Sarah Bae While it is the responsibility of the child’s guardians to keeps such forms lieve what they Spencer Jackson Jennifer Sun of media away from children, there is no way that we can assure the responsi- see” Mara Wendebourg bility of these guardians. It is therefore Who controls the censorship? Who important that we censor the media for decides on what should be shown to Photographers the sake our children’s moral upbring- the public? Usually it is the large cor- Eric Lawton ing. porations that hold powerful authority Sophia Palenberg Furthermore, censorship of the me- or governments that give themselves Karina Dukalska dia means that information cannot be the right to filter information. Censor- misrepresented. Censorship prevents ship would not be much of a problem Intern advertisements from publicizing exag- if the authorities based their censoring Brianna Felegi gerated claims about their products. standards on morals and human rights. We no longer see ads about tonics that Problems and issues pertaining to the Adviser cure everything from arthritis to brain expurgation of ideas arise because the Mr. Andrew Newman tumors and this, thankfully, means standards are corrupted with power, that people aren’t deceived into buying money, and contracts. these. However, the misrepresentation Unfortunately, it is almost impos- of information can go beyond adver- sible to avoid editing in today’s society. Opinions expressed by tisements. People cannot misrepresent For every liberal who declares freedom MUNITY are not necessarily certain ideologies to make their own of speech and press, there will always those of the newspaper, The seem more favorable when there is cen- Hague International Model be a conservative who argues against sorship. vulgar information or images thrown United Nations, its affilliates, sponsors, or participants, but rather those of the individual “We no longer out into the public. Yet as Potter Stewart, a former asso- writers formed from their observation of the conference see ads about ciate justice of the U.S. Supreme court, said, “Censorship reflects a society’s with research. Commentary and response referring to tonics that cure lack of confidence. It is a hallmark of authoritarian regime.” everything from the articles are welcomed. If censorship is inevitable, it should MUNITY reserves the right to withhold or edit submissions. be the people who censor certain con- arthritis to brain tent themselves, rather than relying upon censorship abused by the govern- tumors” ment.
  3. 3. January 29, 2010 Issue IVFOCUS PAGE 3By: Victoria Uwemedimo GA1 Embarks On a Quest for Peace First Committee of the Gen- which make the eradication of Test Ban Treaty as the only An- towards peace. When attackederal Assembly (GA1) works to- nuclear weaponry so difficult nex II states in the Middle East and criticised, the delegate con-wards peace. Their main topic, are the very reasons why such yet to ratify”. This particular ceded that the resolution “hadDisarmament and International regulation is fundamental. A resolution passed and thus dis- its imperfections”. However,Security, includes issues such as resolution debated yesterday played the committee’s desire to he insisted that such potentialthe establishment of a nuclear- in the GA1 contained several achieve peace, as well as a will- flaws would neither hinder rec-weapon-free zone in the region clauses and sub-clauses which ingness to begin putting more onciliation nor wreak “havoc”,of the Middle East and develop- would permit the struggle of pressure on countries which but instead would lead to fur-ments in the field of information ther debates and discussionsand telecommunications in thecontext of international securi- “The tensions which make and, ultimately, peace.ty. The former topic is especiallyrelevant as it pertains to the cur- the eradication of nuclearrent and controversial tensionsin the Middle East, particularly weaponry so difficult arethose between Iran and Israelas well as a potentially destabi- the very reasons why suchlising Middle Eastern nucleararms race. regulation is fundamental. “ Given the tensions raging in finding a peaceful balance in make the nuclear arms race pos-the Middle East, and the global the Middle East to be facili- sible.implications of any country un- tated. Notably, the resolution Issues also being debatedleashing the devastating force “suggests [that] all member in yesterday’s GA1 included aof a nuclear weapon, the whole states of the region to declare zone of peace and cooperationworld has a key interest in work- their support for the creation of the South Atlantic, where theing towards a nuclear free Mid- of a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone zealous, eager delegate of Alge-dle Eastern zone. This objective in the Middle East” and “urges ria spoke in favour of a resolu-might sound unrealistic, even Egypt, Iran and Israel to ratify tion. The resolution, in Algeria’sutopian. However, the tensions the Comprehensive Nuclear opinion, was key in working Eric LawtonBy: Jessica Gao It’s Payback Time in GA2 Yesterday, General Assembly ing countries. relatively low interest rates. same goods produced in devel-2 (GA2) started with debate Over the past three and a half Some debt crises are often oping countries, further strain-upon a resolution concerning decades, the countries with caused by domestic difficulties, ing their ability to repay fellowexternal debt and the develop- the sixty lowest incomes in the like depreciation of currency nations.ment towards a durable solution world have increased their ex- or a fall in demand for exports Debt figures are relativelyto the debt problems of develop- ternal debt from $25 billion to which they are heavily depen- insignificant to the developed over $500 billion. For develop- dent on, as well as the refinanc- countries, and the issue of debt ing countries, ensuring eco- ing of loans, which causes the cancellation for the develop- nomic progress and growth is imposition of new debts to re- ing countries is raised. This already a difficult task and the pay old ones. also poses the problem of de- burden of external debt poses Debt spins in a vicious, in- pendence; developed countries yet another obstacle to their ad- creasing cycle. Because of this, may misuse future loans and vancement. spending on developmental ne- expect the debt to be canceled. There are many reasons be- cessities, such as health and ed- With the complexity of the hind the large sums of exter- ucation systems, is postponed, issue at hand, all resolutions nal debts developing countries stunting economic develop- on the topic have failed so far. owe developed countries today. ment. This is exacerbated by When asked why, Deputy Chair Many have had debt imposed the unfair advantage developed Ashley Gangell explained, on them upon gaining indepen- countries already have in trade “The delegates are unable to dence. Others borrowed money situations, especially in agricul- agree on how the issue should from developed countries dur- ture, where goods are heavily be resolved. They all just seem ing the 1960s and 1970s, when subsidized and protected by the to want to bash each other up certain richer Western coun- government. This results in the about it.” Eric Lawton tries like the United States had loss of competitiveness for the
  4. 4. Issue IV January 29, 2010PAGE 4 FOCUS Acceptance is All We’re Asking ForBy: Liske Bruinsma comprehensive implementation pening. Not only is it important the United States of America The Humanitarian, Social of and follow-up to the Declara- that we accept the minorities spoke passionately for over halfand Cultural committee, also tion of Commitment on HIV/ with their individual traits, but an hour on her resolution forknown as the General Assem- AIDS. we should also encourage them HIV/AIDS before opening her-bly Third Committee (GA 3), The GA 3 also extensively dis- to develop their capabilities self up to points of information,has dealt with a great variety of cussed the effective promotion within their own language and followed by Singapore, who rantopics over the past week. Im- of the Declaration on the rights unique culture, seeing as every to the floor to share his opinionportant issues such as prevent- of persons belonging to national human being deserves his or her with his fellow the spread of malaria in de- or ethnic, religious and linguis- dignity, and discrimination of a When asked how the weekveloping countries, particularly tic minorities. By implement- minorities goes against the basic was going, Judith van de Weter-in Africa, have been discussed ing and effectively promoting human rights that every person ing, President Chair in theintently in the committee. The this declaration, we can prevent ought to have. When discussed GA 3, said: “Our delegates aredelegates strive to put together a wars such as the ongoing Israel- in this committee, however, the perfect; they are really calm Palestinian Conflict, from hap- delegates struggled to find an but also very active.” She also effective and productive way to confessed that the chairs were promote this declaration, which forced to seek aid from one of explains why the resolution did the delegations after finding out not pass. that the computer was in Chi- When asked how the commit- nese and the Deputy Chair, the tee has been doing over the past only one who could read Chi- week, the delegate of France nese, had just left. stated: “Everything is okay. The So, taken as a whole, the Gen- debates about HIV/AIDS are eral Assembly Third Commit- going great and they’re inter- tee has worked hard over the esting if you know your issue past week to successfully find well”. That goes to show, del- solutions to pressing issues, and egates; a good debate is based their chairs are very proud of on good research. Furthermore, them!Karina Dukalska Somali, Palestine and Cyprus: GA4 UnveiledBy: Mari-Ana Narbon stable government for decades. The power has been divided In this year’s General Assem- between two main groups: thebly, sub-committee four, one Transitional Federal Govern-of the issues being discussed is ment and the Islamic Courts ofthe controversial topic of the Union. The Transitional Fed-creation of a stable Somali gov- eral Government, who has theernment in order to guarantee support of the United Nations,economic and social security is working on gaining control ofin the country and the region. the country, while the IslamicDelegates were urged to find Courts of Union also battles forsolutions that remediate this control. The constant war and amatter as this is one of the most lack of government have desta-important problems faced in Photographer name bilized the economic and social Karina DukalskaAfrica and the world today. Re- security of the country and the are productive and the issues lot of debate since there are twogarding this issue, the President region. Another pressing prob- at hand are very interesting.” strong opposing sides,” said theChair of this committee, Cem lem in Somalia is the constant Concerning the other issues, he delegate of Kuwait, Keun HeeUcan from the American Col- attacks of pirates. This hurts the said that “Cyprus and Palestine Kim, from the Association oflege Institute in Izmir, stated economy and the well-being of are really important issues that Korean Schools.that “Somalia is an important its citizens. Furthermore, these should be discussed.” One of With this in mind, MUNITYpart of our agenda. There were conflicts put the population in the resolutions debated yester- would like to congratulate thefive resolutions made about this continuous danger. day was Resolution 180 on the GA4 committee for its greatissue, and the debate has been When asked about the qual- assistance to Palestinian refu- take on the issues as well as thereally intense.” ity of debate, President Chair gees. “Its main focus is on the creative and helpful solutions The Somali government is Cem Ucan expressed that “it is Israeli-Palestine conflict and presented for these very impor-characterized by civil wars. not as heated as last year, but it is how it can end peacefully. It is a tant matters.As a result, there has been no still good because the delegates good resolution that involves a
  5. 5. January 29, 2010 Issue IVFOCUS PAGE 5 GA5 Shows Importance of Possibility harder to pass a resolution, but The atmosphere of GA5 was at the same time allowing only serious and the tone heavy, yet for the better resolutions to diplomatic. Although there pass. Amendments were made were no funny anecdotes or one after another and endless metaphors made in speeches, points of information dismissed several delegates displayed unnecessary or repetitive sub- their enthusiasm with clever clauses, at the same time intro- comments relative to finance. ducing new ideas Throughout the conference, In fact, only one resolution has GA5 showed continuous mo- passed in the past four days. The tivation to seek realistic pos- delegate of Niger was the main sibilities concerning monetary submitter of the approved reso- issues. Sophia Palenberg lution pertaining to the issue “In MUN conferences, theBy: Patricia Kim ing Administration and Bud- on financing the International GA5 is the only committee getary. Criminal Tribunal for Former which encourages a thorough Unlike other Model UN con- This year, GA5 deals with Yugoslavia. The resolution has debate on the sources, alloca-ferences that only have one or financing the International two main targets: increasing the tion and implementation oftwo General Assembly forums, Criminal Tribunal for the For- efficiency and awareness, and monetary and non-monetaryTHIMUN has provided stu- mer Yugoslavia, the work of decreasing the overall cost of resources,” said Luc Noordhol-dents with access to all six Gen- humanitarian organizations in the Tribunal. Two other resolu- land de Jong, one of the Deputyeral Assembly committees that areas of conflict, and the Unit- tions were merged together to Chairs of GA5. “It focuses oneach deal with specific themes. ed Nations Observer Mission create better reasoning, and the how to make the ideas from theGeneral Assembly 5’s (GA5) in Georgia. Overall, delegates meticulous debate presented by other General Assemblies pos-four issues pertain primarily to have illustrated a thorough in- the delegates polished up the re- sible and feasible in the modernfinance, the forum’s theme be- terest in the debates, making it maining problems. world.” GA6 Overview: Battling Cyber Crime With Legal SuperpowersBy: Alejandra Paton just beginning to be tapped Throughout the conference, Sometimes, though, a little into; there are no international “the quality of debate has been quirk breaks the tedium. When Walking into the General or domestic laws governing the interestingly passionate and the delegate of UNICEF intro-Assembly 6th Committee was concept and therefore the pos- engaging, with delegates so duced yet another amendmenta sobering sight. Delegates sibilities remain wide open. The desperately wanting to take the – and ten others motioned towere attentively taking notes issue of cyber security is burn- floor that they sent me pleading stop him – there was a momentas ChairpersonSaad Ishtiaq,“... battle of the ing in everyone’s notes, angry notes, and even of open laughter. The correction mind, and legal a lollipop!” commented the read: “To replace ‘Internationalfrom the Interna- 21st century; action must be Chairperson. It was amazing to Court of Criminals’ by ‘Inter-tional School ofPanama, dictated one waged on taken in order to prevent catastro- see how engaged the delegates were during the session; clearly, national Criminal Court’”, and surprisingly, it passed unani-a freshly intro-duced amend- an entirely new phe. this committee means business. mously! This year, thement concerning platform: the General Assem-the issue of cyberwarfare. internet.” bly 6th has debat- ed the creation of The motive be- a legal framework for the issuehind this cyberspace arms-race of cyber warfare. Stepping backis information; the ability to from the insulated nature ofdefend, capture, dominate and other committees, GA6 focusesmanipulate your own intelli- on setting legal guidelines thatgence as well as your adversary’s lie at the core of the internation-is a lucrative prospect. This is al legal apparatus. Constructingthe battle of the 21st century; a global policy and establishingone waged on an entirely new international law is enough toplatform: the internet. Cyber make even the toughest UN of-warfare is an unregulated field ficial break a sweat! Sophia Palenberg
  6. 6. Issue IV January 29, 2010PAGE 6 CONFERENCE Behind the Scenes: MUNITYBy: Victoria Uwemedimo ing time constraints, we are all 3. What sort of criteria are complete and sent to the printer here because we want to be here you looking for in an appli- by 5.30. We have the longest The MUNITY press room and we truly love every second cant? hours of most attendees of theis a place which transforms of it. I’m looking for students who conference. Exciting as we havethroughout the day. Photogra- Here is an interview with Mr have a background in M.U.N, been in touch with each otherphers, layout artists and report- Newman, MUN Director and primarily students who are over the Internet in prepara-ers trickle in in the morning, the MUNITY Coordinator: editors for yearbooks or stu- tion of the conference and theblowing our hands to try to dent newspapers, at their own friendships created in the ex-shake off the cold clinging to 1. How important is the schools, students who are in- citement of the press room areus. Our morning ritual consists MUNITY to THIMUN? terns in local newspapers and lasting. Passionate because ev-of desperately trying to sell the Extremely important. It gives students who are looking to eryone really cares about the as-day’s issue of the newspaper in the opportunity for young peo- study Journalism on a univer- signment given.the freezing temperatures of ple and aspiring journalists who sity level. Also, we are alwaysThe Hague, ambushing people, have a background in MUN to looking for layout artists, es- 5. What is the best thingbombarding them with orders use their skills to report on this pecially those who are familiar about the whole MUNITY ex-to pay us one euro and trying conference. with the program InDesign. But perience?to come up with new marketing we don’t overlook students who I think MUNITY allowstechniques, such as “Get your them to see the bigger pictureMUNITY here! One for one of the conference, access alleuro, two for two euros!”. None- rooms most of the times, havetheless, as MUNITY reporter their finger on the heartbeat ofBavo Stevens admits, “It’s worth all that is happening and shar-it!”. There is an element of truth ing that with all the that the cold begins to wear MUNITY gives the studentsoff after a while, thawed by the an incredible opportunity tofew genuine thanks we get and decide for themselves whetherthe admiration, gratitude and they want to pursue this later ontruth which lie therein. or not, to have a make or break After our ‘morning ritual’, situation in which they can findthe rest of the day ensues, with out if journalism really is forpeople coming in and out of the Eric Lawton room asking to use thecomputer or the printer, withthe whole team typing frantical- “...we are all here because we love the 6. Who has a harder job: press and those debating or those atly with intense concentration, want to be here and we truly just want MUNITY?with editors running aroundand graciously answering nev- love every second of it.” to see the We have longer hours, start- confer- ing to sell newspapers at 8.00er-ending questions. As the day 2. How does the applica- ence from a different perspec- am till the deadline at 5.30 pm,grows older, we grow more ex- tion process for the MUNITY tive than a delegate. hardly having a break, trying tohausted and more stressed, un- work? find that perfect quote in an in-til finally our articles are done Just as with all student offi- 4. What do you think of the terview with someone as high asand the reporters sit around idly cers. The application is due in atmosphere in the MUNITY the Princess to someone takingwhile the layout team works September and I read over sixty Press Room? coats or selling French fries.urgently on finishing the next applications for roughly thirty Stressful in that we have a realday’s newspaper. Yet despite the positions. deadline and all work has to befatigue, pressure and demand- Sophia Palenberg Karina Dukalska
  7. 7. January 29, 2010 Issue IVCONFERENCE PAGE 7 Delegates Greatly Appreciate Their MUN Directors By: Genna Snider None of us would be here ifit wasn’t for our delegations’directors. They take the timeout of their busy schedules tohaul us all to The Hague for aweek in the middle of the schoolyear, often leaving their ownclasses to fend for themselveswith a substitute teacher. Somedirectors organize trips to Am-sterdam for the free Wednes-day afternoon, dinner out inThe Hague, nights out with ourfriends and fellow delegates.Ms. Jangochian from The Eng-lish School says that she orga-nized “delegation dinners and atour of Amsterdam on Sunday”when their delegation arrived Sophia Palenbergin the Netherlands. They stay sure none of us sneak out to go some – not letting you stay out fering viewpoints from theup late to make sure we make to each other’s rooms. So by the later, and checking in on you in students at THIMUN” and heit back to the hotels in time for end of the week, the directors your commission to make sure “truly believes that the real UNcurfew and also make sure that are exhausted, and deserve a big you are there and not skipping, and legislatures should alwaysdelegates are home safe at their thank you from each and every they are doing it for your own look at students resolutions”.host-homes; they spend sleep- delegate. good. They are legally responsi- THIMUN Advisory Boardless nights with one ear on the While many of you may think ble for you this week and the di- is made up of MUN directors,hotel room door so they can be that your director is bother- rectors have to avoid problems such as Mr. Kollar who in ad- and they have to be prepared for dition to their responsibility of anything whether it is a bloody chaperoning their delegations, nose or a drunken delegate. Di- help coordinate all the forums rectors are here for your benefit; here at the conference. they only want you to learn as While we wouldn’t be at THI- much as possible and take as MUN without our directors, much away from this confer- this is a student-led conference ence as you can. Ms. Herding and the directors take a back from the Benenden School in seat role and let the students Kent, UK, was quoted saying lobby, debate, speak etc. In the “this is a very professional con- off-conference hours, direc- ference that takes a lot of com- tors aid delegates writing their mitment and voluntary work resolutions, practicing public from the directors”. The direc- speaking with the delegates and tors aren’t forced to be here, but helping them become the best they are taking the time to be delegate they can be. here and make your MUN ex- Hopefully this article will perience that much better make many of you realize that One director, Alexander Kish these directors aren’t here to from the American Interna- be a nuisance; they are here to tional School of Budapest, has make sure that each and every participated in THIMUN for delegate gains maximum ben- nineteen years, and one of his efit from this conference. So own former-students is now make sure to thank your direc- a director here at THIMUN. tors for all their hard work this Ms. Dubock complimented Mr. week; you owe it all to them for Kish and commented that “he is being here! a very dedicated man and is re- ally going to be missed by many here”. Mr. Kish will “really miss Sophia Palenberg the energy and the unique, dif-
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  10. 10. Issue IV January 29, 2010PAGE 10 CONFERENCE Special Conference Deals with Good Governance and Interesting Similes By: Liske Bruinsma This year’s Special Confer-ence will be dealing with GoodGovernance, striving for trans-parency and equity in govern-ment (SCGG). The complexityof the topic may sound intimi-dating, however, it is of greatimportance, and for that exactreason it was chosen to be dis-cussed at this year’s THIMUN.Divided into two sub-commis-sions, the special conferencedealt with many topics such asthe promotion of a democraticand equitable international or-der in sub-commission two, andensuring integrity, indepen-dence and authority of legal sys-tems in sub-commission one. Sophia Palenberg In sub-commission one, three Delegates of the Special Conference prepare for another round of debate in Amazon.resolutions have passed, includ- actions, Germany confessed: “I ing the fostering of national dia- ed to show his brightly coloureding one resolution on transpar- did think of a few new similes, logue, democracy and reconcili- socks with a huge variety of co-ency and integrity of all govern- such as: ‘This resolution is like ation amongst the civil society lours to the whole committee.mental institution. According a person, it has many flaws, but and governmental actors. The To finish off - Special Confer-to the president, Sehoon Joo, that’s what makes it perfect’” As delegate of France stated: “It ence’s ‘quote of the day’: “Could“there are a lot of constructive a consequence of his speeches, has been going great. When we the house please come to order!amendments being submitted! Germany is no longer recog- think about worthy-to-mention Nothing is funny in the house!”At times there is some joyful nized by the chairs. On the moments, [we think of] all of by Junichi Fukuoka, Assistantlaughter, some strong points other hand, Bulgaria believes he USA’s speeches, because they President sub-commission one.are made, but whenever the “spoke so passionately he made are extremely entertaining anddelegate of Germany took the people cry.” also intelligent.” In one of hisfloor, nothing went right, due In sub-commission two, speeches, the United States ofto his inappropriate simile…” delegates have been both con- America said: “This resolutionWhen asked about his peculiar structive and destructive. Three is as silly as the colour pattern resolutions have passed, includ- on my socks”, he then proceed- Real Life Conflicts Close to Home By: Mari-Ana Narbon case, Mico Stanisic, minister actions, Another of the many of the Serbian Ministry of In- which isadvantages THIMUN dele- ternational Affairs, and Stojan history ingates have when coming to the Zupljanin, chief of the Regional the mak-conference in The Hague is how Security Service Centre and ad- ing.close to “home” some of the is- visor on internal affairs to thesues being debated are in real President of Republika Srpska, As one islife. One of these is the Interna- are being tried on crimes against present intional Criminal Court, located humanity, which include perse- the trial,just across the World Forum. It cutions on political, racial or re- the most ligious grounds, extermination, impressive Eric Lawtonis governed by the Rome Stat- THIMUN members visited the International Criminal Courtute, and it is the first permanent, and others. When asked about factor is thetreaty based international crim- the trial, Antonis Rocopos, del- way it pre- since it is of major gravity toinal court established to punish egate of Nepal from the English cedes. “I was really impressed solve these issues.the most serious crimes that School, said that “[I] was scared by the level of perfection pres- So, if you are planningconcern the entire international about the security measures. It ent. There are three judges for on visiting the Internationalcommunity. was intimidating; it took like 15 one case, and the criminals are Criminal Court, be sure to be as One of the cases hap- minutes to get inside.” It is, by defended by two lawyers,” said polite as possible and pay closepening right now is on the In- far, an impacting experience to Antonis Rocopos after his visit. attention to how real life con-ternational Court Tribunal for witness how people that have Being quiet, attentive and re- flicts are solved.the Former Yugoslavia. In this done a lot of damage are finally spectful are some of the things facing the consequences of their the visitors are expected to do,
  11. 11. January 29, 2010 Issue IVENTERTAINMENT PAGE 11 Post-THIMUN: Are You Ready for School? By: Alejandra Paton Travelling to Europe and ex-ploring the Netherlands– thatsounds like a lovely vacation!Delegates from all over the worldhopped on planes and arrived foran extended stay in Den Haag.After busy days of debating, theyhave been touring, shopping,and socializing since day one –quite a shift from the tedious,blank walls of a classroom andall that day-to-day learning thattakes place in school. Some view THIMUN as atime to have fun and enjoy thenightlife of a city without havingto worry about deadlines, essaysand grades. For most, though,the work has never stopped. Be-ing a strong delegate requires Alejandra Patonresearching every day, writingand merging resolutions, and completed before heading back of labor. Unfortunately it’s very conversation being shouted ondiscussing issues with fellow to school after THIMUN “My short-lived, and the realization the tram, right next by my ear,delegates and allied countries; teachers don’t understand what has slowly started to dawn on about workload and returning tothese delegates gather in groups hard work THIMUN is. They al- them. You’re going home. “In a school during the morning com-in hotel lobbies, on couches and ways give more work when peo- couple of days I will be back to mute. “Next week is hell week.”in their own rooms, intensely ple travel.” said Bavo Stevens, a reality!” exclaimed Sebastian groaned J.P. Caroll, delegate ofdiscussing amongst themselves. MUNITY reporter from ACS Naranjo, delegate of UNDP Palestine from the International There is also the stress of de- Amman. from the International School of School of Brussels. Those exactbating from nine in the morning It’s something of a dream – Panama. thoughts will be in the minds ofto five in the afternoon, on top especially for IB students- for Everyone seems to dread many come the post-THIMUNof the demands of homework whom THIMUN represents a heading back to school. I had the weekend!and assignments that need to be parting of the thunderous clouds privilege of listening to an entire What will we miss most about THIMUN?By: Tugce Koseoglu 15% 15% When MUNITY asked thedelegates what they are going tomiss about THIMUN the most, Debatesthe answers were very similar. 10%Expectedly, there are many del- The Peopleegates who will miss the intensedebates they have participated The Citiesin. According to others, the par-ticipants love to socialize. Many Nightlifeof the delegates stated that they THIMUN Staffare going to miss the intimate 38%bonds they have formed with 22%each other in THIMUN. TheStudent Officers and AdminStaff are also going to be missed out of the academic circle and miss these beautiful cities. warmth of the World Forum.a lot by the delegates. Some of gaining new friendships were There were times that MUNITY wishes the partici-the participants answered that memorable experiences for were pretty icy as delegates be- pants safe travels to their homesthey are going to miss the night delegates. In addition to social- gan lobbying and debating, but and hopes that a warm smilelife they have experienced here. izing, the delegates loved The overall we’ve fotgotten what paints their faces when theyObviously, meeting with people Hague and Amsterdam and we miss most about home as look back at the conference. stated that they are going to we form new friendships in the
  12. 12. Issue IV January 29, 2010PAGE 12 CONFERENCE Live for Today, Plan for Tomorrow and Party Tonight!By: Vera Bloemen Ta ke Anyway, we held a little poll, your suits asking your plans for your lastoff, put your party clothes on night here in The Hague.and get ready to rumble! 87% of the delegates we Ending the THIMUN week asked said they were plan-with an overwhelming, breath- ning to at least stop by. Fromtaking, spectacular and mag- the people not going, we gotnificent party has been a THI- excuses like someone havingMUN tradition for a long time “a very important chess tour-and, as always, the party will nament”, plus some schoolstake place here, in the basement aren’t allowed to go to theof the WFCC. The party starts party, because of the alcoholat 20:00 (doors close at 21:30) being served.and, unfortunately, finishes by The delegates’ expectations was even a very special some- ting in front of me…”24:00. for the dance were varied and one who wanted to “kidnap the Well, we wish you all good As always, music is arranged pretty high. For example: “A lot DJ and take over the party!” luck with it all and hope you’llby Ohio Music Service, and of hot boys dancing their &$#@ As for bringing dates to the have an amazing party. See youthey will play two different mu- off for us girls”, “Fun!” and there party, some of you were very there!sic styles in the two different even was somebody who ex- picky: “A hot girl with long black Finally, please remember torooms in the basement. pected “A lot of new philosophi- bring your badge, proof of age hair, almond-shaped green eyes Beer, wine and soft drinks will cal insights”. As for aims and and a short skirt”. On the other and party ticket, as you won’tbe served, however it is not al- goals for the dance, most of the hand, some of you were a little be allowed in without a badgelowed for anyone to bring alco- delegates will be aiming to just more “desperate”: “Anyone that AND party ticket… And thathol to the party, nor will smok- have a lot of fun. Interestingly, a wants to go with me”. We also would be just unfortunate,ing (of any substance…) be lot of you were also planning to got some personal answers: wouldn’t it?tolerated in the building. There “hit the bar”, “to put those biol- “DSG David Ollivier de Leth,will be strict surveillance and ogy lessons into practice” and a he’s sweet!”, “Jelmer (Equatori-consequences when caught, so member of our very own press al Guinea) from HRC2 with thebe on your best behavior – at team said: “Can’t tell you – it cute hairdo” and “The girl sit-least just for tonight!  wouldn’t be appropriate”. There Roller Coaster at the Environment CommissionBy: Aditya Naganath James Ellis, the delegate of tion in question, concerned the pass through the advisory panel lution. Austria and MicronesiaMicronesia of Kings College, effects of the global financial before it was being debated in had reworded the resolutionChester, had a bumpier ride crisis on the environment. El- committee. after the meeting; as it is, hethan he expected before his res- lis had formed a bloc with the had lost interest in the matter atolution was passed. The resolu- United Kingdom and Austria, That’s when chaos struck! In hand and didn’t want to create and the three the middle of the heated debate, more trouble. While this was had initially the United Kingdom charged favorable to Ellis, such an action decided to Ellis and his Austrian ally with a would still need a two third ma- work togeth- plagiarized resolution. He then jority in the Commission and er to draft a proceeded to evade questions due to the existing accusations resolution. by absconding, leaving the En- of plagiarism, James was wary of However, due vironmental Commission in ut- majority opinion. to conflicting ter commotion. This was soon views and in- followed by a motion by the The vote proved to be nail creasing dis- UK’s to table Ellis’ resolution. biting with Ellis acquiring a sent amongst two third majority by only two the trio, the Upset by the unfolding votes! However, after these (to United King- events, Ellis met with Deputy him) scary and unexpected dom decided Secretary General Lara Non- events, Ellis was able to breathe to leave Ellis’ ninger and the President of his easy as his resolution was finally bloc. Not a Commission, providing them passed in Commission. terribly major with evidence of the originality blow to El- of his resolution. Following the lis, who man- meeting, the UK representative aged to see decided to revert to his original Eric Lawton his resolution stand and ’untable’ Ellis’ reso-
  13. 13. January 29, 2010 Issue IVCONFERENCE PAGE 13 by Jessica Gao Teddy MUNY Reproduced! Sophia Palenberg Munity-Online Munity-Online The teddy family is growing at MUN pin, the two teddy bearsTHIMUN! proudly represent the humani- tarian efforts put in by all the Since the start of the con- THIMUN delegates who haveference, the raffle for Teddy purchased raffle tickets at theMUNY, organized by Chair stand on the second floor of theof the THIMUN Board Ms. World Forum.Dubock, has already raised 800Euros and counting. The aim of the raffle is to raise money for the relief efforts of Due to the success of the raffle the devastating earthquake thatsales, Ms. Dubock has decided struck Haiti a little more thanto increase the chance of win- two weeks ago. All proceeds ofning the teddy bear. There will the raffle will be used to aid thebe three prizes at the end of the citizens of Haiti.week--Tenny MUNY, Mini-MUNTy and Baby MUNY. Please continue to show your support by purchasing a raffle The two new members of the ticket for 50 cents at the mer-teddy family are slightly smaller chandise stand!than Teddy MUNY, as theirnames suggest. However, they The three THIMUN teddyare jsut as adorable as the prede- bears epitomize the ultimatecessor, Teddy MUNY. mission of the United Nations: the struggle for a better world Embellished with a THI- and a brighter tomorrow! Sophia Palenberg An apology from a delegate “The delegation of Niger would like to apologize for inappropriate notepaper they have been using. It was a case of irony gone awry, based on an official UN survey that classified Niger as the least de- sirable country to live in based on its HID and other factors. We are very sorry, it was not our intention to insult any delegates or repre- sentatives of Niger.” Eric Lawton
  14. 14. Issue IV January 29, 2010PAGE 14 CONFERENCE THIMUN Nationality Survey 2010 The XLII Annual Session of The Hague International Model United Nations is still the largest High School Model United Nations Conference in the world, with a total of 3,600 students and teachers taking part. The total number of students is 3,200. The national representations were as follows: Germany 327 United Kingdom 172 Netherlands 202 United States 637 The other students came from: Algeria 1 Czech Republic 2 Israel 8 Oman 2 Sudan 13 Angola 2 Denmark 10 Italy 86 Pakistan 14 Sweden 11 Argentina 5 Dominican Rep. 6 Japan 32 Panama 12 Switzerland 9 Australia 33 Ecuador 11 Jordan 27 Peru 3 Syria 1 Austria 4 Egypt 37 Kazakhstan 4 Philippines 12 Taiwan3 Azerbaijan 2 Eritrea 1 Kenya 19 Poland 6 Tanzania 1 Bangladesh 2 Estonia 1 Korea, Rep. of 68 Portugal 12 Thailand 2 Belgium 59 Ethiopia 1 Kuwait 11 Qatar 6 Trinidad and T 1 Benin 1 Finland 19 Latvia 1 Romania 1 Turkey 126 Brazil 20 France 130 Lebanon 7 Russian Fed 12 Ukraine 4 Bulgaria 2 Gambia 1 Liberia 1 Saudi Arabia 4 Uruguay 1 Cameroon 1 Georgia 2 Libya 3 Senegal 1 Venezuela 12 Canada 90 Ghana 1 Malaysia 12 Seychelles 1 Viet Nam 1 Cape Verde 1 Greece 103 Mexico 6 Sierra Leone 1 Zimbabwe 2 Chile 1 Guatamala 1 Morocco 4 Singapore 29 China 61 Hungary 3 Nepal 1 Slovakia 2 Colombia 2 India 62 New Zealand 21 Slovenia 1 Costa Rica 2 Indonesia 18 Nicaragua 1 South Africa 6 Croatia 2 Iran 3 Nigeria 4 Spain 77 Cyprus 23 Ireland 35 Norway 29 Sri Lanka 3 There were 369 teachers and officials, of whom 168 were men and 201 were women: 108 Americans, 57 British, 34 Germans and 18 Dutch. The other national origins are as follows: Australia 12 Egypt 2 Italy 6 New Zealand 3 South Africa 2 Austria 2 Finland 3 Japan 2 Norway 3 Spain 6 Belgium 3 France 11 Jordan 6 Pakistan 1 Switzerland 2 Canada 17 Greece 17 Kenya 2 Panama 1 Turkey 11 China 7 India 5 Korea, Rep. Of 1 Portugal 1 Cyprus 3 Indonesia 1 Lebanon 2 Singapore 5 Ecuador 2 Ireland 6 Mexico 1 Slovakia 1 Admin Staff Keeps THIMUN Chaos Organized By: Bavo Stevens Delegates are the face of TY reporters!] they are the preparing for their positions THIMUN. They are the people who work behind the as Admin staff in November. picture that comes to every- scenes to ensure that this Nathanial Bulovas, from body’s mind when we think conference goes smoothly, ASH, told MUNITY press about THIMUN, and their and without them, there that he had devoted his standard is what we use to would have no organized lunch breaks during these evaluate its success. Had chaos. last two weeks for his Ad- there been no delegates, When it comes to lob- min position training. Ad- there would have been no bying and debating, the min staff Kelly Smith and THIMUN. Yet, while the amount of work that the Julian Janssen from ASH, delegates unquestionably do Admin staff has can be said said that their positions re- play an important role, the to be less than that of the quired them to know every- Admin staff plays an equal- delegates, their jobs aren’t thing from dress code to the ly important one. Despite as easy as many of us would safety procedures needed in the fact that they have been like to believe. The students the case of an emergency. often called ‘note-passers’, at the American School of Sophia Palenberg [admittedly even by MUNI- The Hague (ASH) started Continued on page 15
  15. 15. January 29, 2010 Issue IVENTERTAINMENT PAGE 15 Admin Staff Keeps THIMUN Chaos Organized (continued) student at BSN, said that he could not think of many students from They went on to tell us that at the end of their training, they were his school that didn’t particularly enjoy participating in THIMUN.required to take a test to prove that they were sufficiently prepared What some of the readers might not know is that many of Adminto be Admin staff Despite the amount of work that the ASH stu- staff needed to have good academic records before they partici-dents had to endure, they are happy that they volunteered as Admin pate in this conference. Kelly Smith said that ASH required gradesstaff, telling us that THIMUN had provided them with a rewarding above 75 percent and teacher recommendations for each of herexperience. classes before she could miss a week of school for THIMUN. Other Not all Admin staff, however, volunteered for their position. The schools had similar requirements; Thuy Nguyen, a student at thestudents at the British School in the Netherlands (BSN), for ex- International School of The Hague, said that her grades needed toample, have to participate in THIMUN during their junior year. be high enough to miss a week of school but still be prepared for herHaving no real option over the matter, Billy Baric, Admin staff and International Baccalaureate exams. Funny notes by delegates! From: The Commonwealth of Australia From: The Democratic Republic of Congo To: The Honorable Delegate of the UK To: Indonesia You have guts to go up there after wasting the Haven’t decided (whether to vote for or houses’ time like you have. Love, Australia against the resolution) cos I don’t know hat it’s talking about, due to the music idea. What songs are you listening to? I’m on sleepy music to encourage sleepy time. From: Cote d’Ivoire To: Poland My friend was just about to destroy the USA calling them imperialist swines and since the delegate of USA is a ginger, he was gna call him a fiery carrot-top devil ;p From: The Democratic Republic of Congo To: Egypt Hey Egypt, what was ur name again? Sorry bout last night, the delegate of DRC was out From: Cote d’Ivoire of it and apologizes if she said anything weird To: Madagascar on the street. Lol. Btw you are a really good How are you today? I am currently peeling of the all speaker!! ( and what country is the guy to your nighter I pulled yesterday. I am so tired. I want to go right?) to Madagascar. Hahaha. Are you going out tonight? From: Romania To: Bulgaria Nice speech, you had all the female delegates around all excited/ sad because you didn’t wear a bow tie this morning.
  16. 16. Issue IV January 27, 2010 29,PAGE 16 PHOTOS THIMUN is Fashionable! Karina Dukalska Sophia Palenberg Karina Dukalska Sophia Palenberg l sk a uka i na D Kar Sophia Palenberg Karina Dukalska Karina Dukalska