Reviewing DU at the UN

The UN First Committee overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging member states to re-examine the health hazards posed by the use of uranium weapons.


UN First Committee Passes DU Resolution in Landslide Vote

Late last night the UN First Committee passed, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution highlighting concerns over the military use of uranium.

1 November 2007 – ICBUW

The resolution entitled ‘Effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium’ was passed by 122 votes to six at the UN First Committee in New York; with 35 abstentions.

Guess who abstained? Yup! Canada! Doesn’t that just make you feel warm all over? Our gutless UnNew Government of Canada sitting on the fence on an issue that’s harming humans for many generations to come

Oh, and our neighbour to the south voted against it. Abstaining would at least keep them happy with Harpy for a while.

ETA links to some of POGGE’s DU posts:

Adding injury to injury
Blowback revisited

7 thoughts on “Reviewing DU at the UN

  1. Same here. Frankly, I was surprised that Canada didn’t vote against it given that their recent track record at the UN is to mimic the US on every vote. Still, it is a far cry from the nation we once were.

  2. Other than Maher Arar (which, it can be argued, was a grandfathered Grit scandal) is there any international affairs issue in which the Stephen Harper Party has openly defied our Southern overlords?

    Even Mulroney strayed from the reservation now and then (at least to maintain the appearance of sovereignty.)

  3. Van Jordan is fantastic! Thank you! I love learning about poets new to me. This part really resonates:

    Q: …What do you think about poetry’s role in collective memory, of drawing out voices that were erased through sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination?

    A: I think those voices are beating hearts beneath the floorboards. They clearly exist, but many want — and, more accurately, really hope — that they will just go away. Poetry has a long tradition of chronicling the history and culture of society. In this way, I suppose these voices are working in this tradition.

    “[B]eating hearts beneath the floorboards” is an eerie image. I love it.

  4. You are most welcome. šŸ™‚

    I loved this:

    Most people have a limited view of what can be said in a poem, which allows for underestimation. People expect rhymed iambic pentameter about unrequited love, and you offer them another truth in blank verse. This is a powerful tool in these instances. Poems can say what needs to be said in our lives, the things we rarely have the courage to say to one another. Often when we don’t know what should be said, we simply quote poems anyway.

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