At UN, Nicaraguan Priest Takes Helm and Swings
Left, New Cold War at the Movies, Georgia Story Re-Told in UN Basement
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
September 16 -- A priest has taken
the reins of the UN General Assembly, and Tuesday he preached peace and
But Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann at his post-preach press
Inner City Press asked the first question about what he will do to
what's been called the New Cold War, said that there are many more
issues than Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Georgia, the ones Inner City Press
from this summer.
d'Escoto said, do you know how many people have been killed there? He
Lancet, as he had to journalists throughout the week. When asked by
reporter if he equated Russia in Georgia with the U.S. in Iraq, as wars
aggression, d'Escoto touched his hearing aid and said he hadn't heard
the question if Georgia's entry into South Ossetia was an aggression
against the UN Charter. Of course, he said.
Far from holding both sides to account, Father
d'Escoto is a partisan on
the other side. Other questions are sure to arise
Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann looks up and the
left for his message
reaction - formation was on display in the UN's basement, an hour
d'Escoto's speech. The Russian mission to the UN screened films of
in South Ossetia, one of them a Russia Today TV piece entitled
Mothers." The voice-over excused the views of the corpses of Georgia
soldiers being spat on, and the burning of ethnic Georgian's houses.
Georgia's presentations, given more prominent coverage on CNN and
were equally one-sided, it surprised many that the Russian films were
in the UN. Apparently its a privilege of being a Permanent Member of
Security Council. The new Cold War at the movies, one could call it.
diplomat told Inner City Press that "the Europeans" had called his
mission to say they would not come to the film screening, just as they
go to a Georgian equivalent. Then again, if they have television sets
in New York, they've seen the Georgian story.
press conference, d'Escoto spoke about Gandhi and Dorothy Day, the
the Catholic Worker movement. The Catholic Workers are pacifists, they
protested the Russians as they protested the Americans. D'Escoto does
ascribe to this idea. It will be, if nothing else, an interesting year. Many questions should be asked.
Watch this site, and this (UN) debate.
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