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delegates say goodbye

“Whoever they are, and whatever they do, they can use MUN”

Post THIMUN I Depression: it’s deadly

one’s days are filled with formally clad delegates discussing current events t is easy to get lost in and arguing over resoluTHIMUN life. Dur- tions, admins hurriedly ing the five days that passing on messages comprise the conference, or guarding doors, and Sophia Hengelbrok JFK BERLIN

chairs issuing orders. It is all too simple to forget that one will soon have to leave the THIMUN life, finish high school and enter the professional world. The experience

gained during THIMUN week influence THIMUN alumni and often change the course of their lives. continued on page 2

faces of the future

Just as The Hague plague infects many THIMUN participants, so does this deeper altogether darker illness.

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or many delegates THIMUN is the highlight of their year; the week when their passion and interest can come together to create an explosion of clauses, points of information, and powerful speeches. But how do they feel when it’s all over, when they are no longer addressed by the name of their country, and they don’t have a team of Ad-

min on hand to deliver their notes for them? Within THIMUN participants, this feeling of emptiness and insignificance is known as PTD- Post THIMUN Depression. It will affect the large majority of delegates who will walk out the doors of the World Forum Centre this afternoon, thus once more becoming regular school pupils. continued on page 4 AIS/Tamara Bastaki

delegates come together

On the steps of the World Forum, THIMUN participants represent the union of cultures, the diversity of backgrounds, and the collaboration that aims to make the world a better place.

A Guide to the Rooms of THIMUN VICKI LIU John Burroughs With over 3,000 people carefully separated into rooms throughout the World Forum, it can only be expected that personalities of each room would soon de-

velop. These characteristics tend to be universal—repeating over and over throughout a short stroll through the Forum. However, as one delegate remarked, although the stereotypes about each room are very visible, the people are all the same.

Cancelled Catastrophe Max Enthoven JFK BERLIN

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e are facing the end of the world. If we do the Mayans’ bidding, the 21st of December will be the cataclysmic day on which all life on this earth will be eradicated.

It is safe to say that the vast majority of people are of the conviction that this theory is bogus. Yet an apocalypse seems to loom ahead, as the West’s economy is toppling due to the indecisiveness of politicians in both North America and Europe. This incertitude sparked the Oc-

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- Intense - Mostly male, and mostly ambassadors - Extremely cut-throat, tends to favor putting down resolutions rather than cooperating to work on them cupy Wall Street movement in New York City; if it will persuade Obama and Congress to make a change remains to be seen, yet demonstrators might continue to seek economic justice. Obama must focus on domestic issues with a debt of fifteen trillion US dollars, yet Iran and North Korea still constitute a certain external

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threat. At the same time the political stagnation in the United States is inevitable, and could pose a relegation danger into the lower ranks of rated nations. Obama might win a second term, yet Republican Mitt Romney might take his office in the White House. continued on page 11


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conference news THIMUN Veterans

Editors in Chief Caroline Ludeman Isabelle Stillman Text Editors SeoHyun Bae Hannah Hemperly Yasemin Parlar Lily Rivkin Reporters Laura Antuna Anna Bradley-Webb Sekheena Deslorieux Mariana Domingues Leila Elabbady Maximilian Enthoven Dina Farag Sophia Hengelbrok Vicky Liu Isla McDougall Alexandra Miller Aury Naranjo Allison Shapiro Charlotte Smith

“Whoever they are, and whatever they do, they can use MUN” continued from page 1

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aking part in an MUN club, class or conference can spark an interest in politics that many former attendees choose to further at a university level. International Business, Political Science, International Relations, and International Development are all popular courses of study amongst THIMUN veterans. Many of these university students continue their love for MUN during University as well. Caroline Greenfield and Aisha Babalakin are both THIMUN alumni who are taking part in the North American Invitational Model United Nations next month. Sebastian Naranjo currently takes part in the MUN Club at Nottingham University in China after having attended THIMUN in The Hague for three years in a row.

According to John Gateley from the Anatolia College in Greece, many alumni of the conference have gone on to study at Harvard, Yale, Oxford and other top schools in the US and UK. He describes their memories of THIMUN as being, “a wonderful experience and a stepping stone, not only for CV’s for university but for dealing with people.” Beyond influencing the choices former participants make at university, THIMUN can benefit people at a personal level, something confirmed by previous conference attendee and current journalist for the Independent on Sunday, Oliver Poznanski. “THIMUN was great, a truly inspiring experience that has marked me […] in more ways that I could adequately convey via a quick email. It got me over my fear

of public speaking (I was even afraid squeak out my country’s name during role call), it gave me a deeper insight into UN decision-making processes, demonstrated the need to listen and bite my tongue[…] The experience propelled me to participate in the Oxford and New York MUNs and work for the Red Cross (for which I am currently studying for the exam).” Director Peter Parker from the Academia Cotopaxi in Ecuador, agrees with Poznanski on THIMUN aiding students with developing themselves as individuals. He believes that THIMUN furthers the development of interpersonal skills, self-reliance, and ability to come to a consensus, problem solving and public speaking. Many former delegates

also return home and begin contributing to their communities as a result of their experiences at THIMUN. Karin Hoevermann, a THIMUN director from the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, lists an architect among the former students she has taken to THIMUN. This list also includes an environmentalist currently working in Bolivia, a student volunteering in Peru during her gap year, and a businessman who commutes between Cairo and Berlin, involving himself with the Egyptian freedom fighters there. Hoevermann believes that these former students are defined by their success in what they do all over the world, and, “whatever they do, they carry a conscience about being a member of the global community.”

Layout Rebecca McDonald Nicole Novey Tyler Payne James Roh Photographers Tamara Bastaki Maggie Bliss Tomas Clarkson Leah Cumming Anna Soer This year’s seniors, next year’s veterans

TRIVIA: Are You Up for the Challenge? (Answers on page 12)

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1. In Which Country Will You Find The Bay Of Pigs? 2. Addis Ababa Is The Capital Of Which African Country? 3. Which County Is Glastonbury In? 4. What Is An Anthracite? 5. “In Which Century Was The Canal Du Midi Opened, Connecting The Atlantic To The Mediterranean Sea ?” 6. What Scale Is Used To Measure The Intensity Of An Earthquake? 7. In what country is Mandalay? 8. Name the capital of Argentina.? 9. Where Is Sugar Loaf Mountain? 10. What was the capital of Ethiopia?


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conference news Exploring the Personalities of THIMUN

Getting to know MUNEY Bear

A guide to the rooms of THIMUN VICKY LIU John Burroughs School

GA4: •filled with very small nations GA1: •extremely cut-throat, tends to favor putting down resolutions rather than cooperating to work on them •intense •mostly male, and mostly ambassadors

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UNITY: Tell me about yourself. MUNEY: I am a polar bear from The Hague. I was adopted by Linda Dubock in 2010 when she saw me lonely in a shop window and wanted to give me a home! When she told the shop-keeper how she wanted to raffle me off for the earthquake in Haiti that same year, he gave me to her for free! I was won in the raffle by John Burroughs School in St. Louis and it was then that my adventures began! They take me all around the world and I get a new home each time we travel to conferences.

Squirtle the Turtle, Delphina the Dolphin and my grandson, MUNEY III.

MUNITY: Have you ever participated in a conference? MUNEY: In THIMUN Qatar, I was a delegate for the very first time and I loved to debate global issues! In other conferences when I’m not debating, I love to watch the people that come from all over the world to work with each other to bring about peace while making friends. It’s also always nice to see delegates buying raffle tickets for the THIMUN charity. Last year some of my friends were in the raffle for the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, and they MUNITY: What do you like got brand new homes! to do in your spare time? MUNEY: I really like to MUNITY: How can we help travel around the world with you today? John Burroughs. I’ve been MUNEY: I would love it if you to all kinds of THIMUN and everybody else could buy conferences – three in The a raffle ticket to give homes to Hague, one in Qatar, as well my friends from the seas and as SLAMUN in St. Louis, oceans, Squirtle and Delphina, Missouri. I also love spending along with MUNEY III. time with my new friends, Buying a raffle-ticket means giving money to Greenpeace, an organization that is saving our planet! One ticket is only €0.50 and is easy to find in the 2nd floor where all the THIMUN merchandise is sold. Please buy one and get your chance to take home one of my friends! AIS KUWAIT / Tamara Bastaki

The ever-cheery MUNEY

GA3: •extremely serious • big egos •too many girls •cut-throat Environmental Commission: •nice Special Conference: •good-looking girls •tend to be emotionally attached to their resolutions

GA6: •a lot of flirty gazing •very flirty admins Security Council: •smelly •hardcore •very nerdy GA2: •nice, funny chairs •usually at Madness

Human Rights Commission: •good-looking girls •nice and laid-back •hot chairs Outside of World Forum: ECOSOC: •relaxed and fun Disarmament Committee: •mostly male •overload of testosterone locked in a tiny basement •constantly arguing

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conference news THIMUN Emotions Run Hot and Cold

Post THIMUN depression ISLA MCDOUGALL BENENDEN SCHOOL continued from page 1

When you have been surrounded by 3500 bright young people who all display the same enthusiasm and interest as you, returning back to school can feel mundane. At THIMUN every day is different, the debate is fast, and most importantly, the banter is unrivalled. On the contrary, at school the main focus is to complete the curriculum in order to pass the exams that you

need to pass, each day goes by unnoticed, and lessons seem to last forever. Daniel Henry, representing the Netherlands, from the British School in the Netherlands, poetically describes how returning to normality after the conference is like, “waking up from a dream and trying to fall back into the wonderful dream”. He continues to explain that in order to deal with this he reminisces about his “unforgettable experience that will have hopefully developed [him] as a person”.

Raoul Herbert, representing Tunisia, from the American International School of Johannesburg, complains that returning home where the people are “lame” is horrible, and explains that he automatically uses the third person when he talks to people; something that takes a lot of delegates a while to get out of their system. The only remedy for PTD, he claims, is to get back out there and “go to another conference as soon as possible”. Participants will also miss meeting and debat-

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ing people who come from all around the world. Delegates state that going back to school where you see the same old faces and are fed information all day long is awful. Sarah O’Brien from the Institute Notre Dame, seems to cling onto the phenomenon that is note passing in MUN; in order to deal with the disappointment of returning, she writes stories about how she feels, so that it is “out on bits of paper”. Lots of other delegates describe how sad and de-

pressing returning from THIMUN is; mainly because they will not see their new friends from the conference until next year, possibly never again if they do not return to THIMUN. Delegates also grow fond of the cobbled streets of Den Haag and taking the tram to get around. One delegate seems to dread the time when he can no longer pretend to be a sophisticated grown-up by waking up early, putting on a suit, and going into ‘work’ early. Nevertheless, there is light at the end of the

tunnel, with one delegate anticipating all of the stories that he will be able to tell his friends and family when he gets home. Furthermore, at home delegates are sheltered from the consistent attacking of people’s resolutions, thus giving them time to regain strength and faith in their own resolution writing abilities. Yes, THIMUN XLIV will end this afternoon, but the experiences and knowledge gained by all participants in this year’s conference will remain with them for years to come.


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conference news In Sickness and In Health

My Hague plague YASEMIN PARLAR and AURY NARANJO LIS and IS PANAMA

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achoo! I need to get a tissue. Was it in the front pocket? What is all this stuff? I should really clean this purse out. Oh, here it is. Hachoo hachoo! Now, everyone’s looking at me. “Bless you. “Thank you.” Alright, Mika, just pretend like you’re working. “Do you have *ehm* note paper *ehm*?” What is happening to my voice?! *Cough* Shoot, I’m getting sick. Oh, not today. We were going to go out. Wait a second, this sounds familiar. Could this be that Hague Plague Mr Muner was talking about? I should go to the hotel after lunch and rest. *Cough*Yeah, I really need some sleep. It’s good that I wore a scarf today. “Here’s your coat. Is there anything else?” “No, thank you, *cough cough* that’s all.” Oh, it’s freezing! Why is there so much wind?! I’m not used to this. Wow, I can see my breath. And it’s raining?! Back at home it would never be like this. 1: 23. My bus comes in two minutes. IT IS SO COLD! Here

it comes. Splash. SERIOUSLY?! I’m soaked. Today is not my day. I still have some tissue left in my bag. Where is it… where is it? Here it is. Wait. Wait. Where’s the bus?! Did it leave already? Are you kidding me?! It splashed me AND left without me? What is wrong with these buses?! Maybe I should just walk. I think it’s that way, or maybe that… You know what, I’ll just follow the tram tracks! Tap. Tap. Tap. This is torture. I should’ve listened to Mr Muner. Why did I wear heals? --*Cough cough* Oh, I wish I could stay in this bed forever. It’s so warm. Come on, Mika, you have to go. You’re in The Hague! Wow, head rush. Alright, the shoes. Got the scarf, the gloves. Ready to go. Oh, wait! Forgot the restaurant’s address. Here it is. Hope I didn’t forget anything else. Hachoo! “You made it! You’re still alive!” “Barely…” *sniff* Clink. Clank. Munch. Munch. Oh this pasta is so good but it’s making me thirsty! Gulp. Was I even drinking coke? Oh no, I just took that person’s drink. I don’t even know who he is. That is GROSS. It’s so dim and crowded in here. Well, at least I didn’t use his fork. Ugh.

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an you imagine a MUN without notes, without door staff, without breaks, without chairs, without alphabetical order changes or without resolutions given out? All of these vital duties are run by the Admin staff. They really are the glue that holds this conference together. Their co-ordination makes the conference run smoothly. There is one leader for most forums at THIMUN, and MUNITY was lucky to catch the Head Admin of Human Right Sub-Commission 2, Tim Pavwels, who, in his everyday life, attends the British School of the Netherlands. Pavwels has been preparing for the conference for four months. This is his first THIMUN, a daunting experience, and he has gained a world of knowledge since Tuesday. Each morning he arrives at 8am, and sets up the commission for the day ahead. He replaces all the signs that have been damaged, and he is “requested by the chairs” to give out resolutions. Throughout the day, he assigns roles, carries notes, screens notes and rearranges the alphabetical order so AIS KUWAIT/ Tamara Bastaki each person gets a chance to be at the front. Pavwels loves getting to organise Pavwels is all smiles on the penultithe commission. It’s up to Pavwels to mate day of the conference

relations: THIMUN pickup lines •Are you the delegate of China because I’m China get your number? •Will you moderate my caucus? •I motion to table the chair. •The delegate would like to know your position on the floor. IS PANAMA / Nicole Novey

THIMUN gets sick

Brushed teeth. PJ’s on. Lights off. 21:06. Man, that’s early. Whatever, it’s time I get some sleep. What a terrible day! Got sick. Missed the bus. Walked home soaking wet. Drank some guy’s coke! It really wasn’t my day, but it was an adventure. I still loved it just the way it was.

•I’m Russian to ask you out •Are you the delegate of Jamaica? Because Jamaican me crazy. •I Ecuador you. •UN I are meant to be. •Kenya meet me later?

A day in the life of the Head of Admin CHARLOTTE SMITH ACS HILLINGDON

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chose whether your notes get screened, but don’t worry, he says it’s only around four per day that are too risky. Pavwels hasn’t participated in THIMUN in any other role, but he doesn’t think he would change that fact. “Being a delegate doesn’t really appeal to me. It won’t help my future career;”Pavwels added that he is an aspiring biologist. So what is the difference between being a regular admin and being a head? First of all, Pavwels gets fewer breaks than everyone else and is consistently making sure everyone is working together. He needs to keep his team organized and in order, particularly towards the tiring end of the day. During debate he will always be in the room, helping with the note process, instead of other duties such as door duty. The most stressful part of his job is putting all the chairs in alphabetical order, especially when the two Human Rights commissions are combined. As the conference is coming to a close, it is important to thank all the people behind the scenes who kept THIMUN sticking together from start to end. We would just be a bunch of kids in suits without them.

•Call me a panelist because I approve of you. •I am not imMUNe to your charm •Belize let me hold you. •You’re my point of personal inquiry. •I’m czeching you out. •I like Djibouti. •I’m your point of personal privilege. •Hey, wanna merge? •If I could rearrange the word “THIMUN” I would put U and I together. •Let’s have an international affair. •If THIMUN is all about foreign exchange, let’s exchange some digits. •Motion for a one-on-one unmoderated caucus. And if those don´t work... •But really, I’m desperate; will you please go out with me?


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conference news THIMUN Action

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he first committee of the General Assembly was in debate on the issue of the removal of weapons of mass destruction in

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sessments of the state of nuclear weapons. He also addressed the posiLatin America. The del- tive aspects of nuclear egate from Cuba spoke power, while expressing about the importance of his hope that the comtransparency in this is- mittee would include sue, and the importance ways to incorporate nuof having impartial as- clear energy for peaceful purposes.

he second committee of the General Assembly spent much of Thursday morning in heated debate about the issue of natural and man-made disaster relief. During a speech by the delegate of Morocco, delegates were quick to make points of personal privilege to the chairs when she began to speak too loudly. She responded by telling them to “act like delegates” and to focus on her points rather than her voice level. Because

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he third committee of the General Assembly was in debate on an amendment to a clause addressing the polarizing issue of legalizing prostitution. The delegates were in agreement that prostitution was a practice that objectified women and

of the controversial nature of the issue, the vote was so close that the Chairs entertained a motion to divide the house. The motion proceeded to fail by a small margin. The Chairs reminded the house that they had already failed three resolutions and needed at least one to debate in Plenary. Despite this discouraging start, however, Deputy Chair Emily Jürgens was optimistic, saying that the delegates were “very enthusiastic.”

that should be discouraged; however, they were divided in their strategies towards this end. One delegate spoke about the need to legalize prostitution in order to make it safer for prostitutes, who may be afraid to report sexual abuse or violence when their profession is

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he fourth committee of the General Assembly debated the issue of self-determination for the people of Guam, an issue that many believed was among the most vital of all the THIMUN issues

at stake. The United States of America mainsubmitted a resolution that would allow Guam to choose its own course of action and the future of its government. This resolution was strongly supported by the dele-

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Opening speeches

illegal, and allow them to get the medical and psychological help they may need. Others argued that legalizing prostitution would de-stigmatize it, and encourage others to become prostitutes and discourage current prostitutes from looking for other jobs.

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he fifth committee of the General Assembly debated the issue of the Western Saharan people, who are currently under the government of the Kingdom of Morocco. The Moroccan delegate gave an impassioned speech in which he argued that these people did not constitute a plebiscite, and that to consider aiding them in gaining independence was dis-

he sixth committee of the General Assembly spent much of Thursday morning debating the question of the responsibility of states for internationally wrongful acts. The group was engaged in a strong debate on a resolution main-submit-

gate of the World Bank, who made a passionate speech urging all to vote for it. Debate was at times difficult because of the noise levels outside their room, but the GA-4 still managed to be productive. respectful to Morocco’s right to national sovereignty. Another delegate countered that to refuse to allow them plebiscite status was to deny their right to self-determination, but Morocco remained unconvinced. Committee Deputy Chair Rebecca Katzy said they had had a “very heated debate about all of our issues”, and called this debate “interesting and diverse.”

ted by the delegate of Angola, who reminded the delegates that this was among the most important issues at stake in the conference in that it precedes even the United Nations itself. The Chair Essam El Messiri was pleased with the quality of his committee’s participa-

tion. It has been “a captivating display of our delegates’ intellectual capacity and their willingness to shape a better world,” he said, adding that despite the great differences between nations’ views they have succeeded in passing “comprehensive resolutions.”

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It’s time for action: the Security Council

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esterday, the Security Council lobbied about the conflict concerning Syria. With China, Russia, Brazil, India, South Africa, and Lebanon against foreign military intervention, The United States, the United Kingdom, and Colombia were outnumbered with their position supporting military intervention. Every country wanted peace and stability for Syria, and they all stated the need

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esterday, during the discussion in ECOSOC, the delegates discussed the implementation of quotas per country for the purpose of limiting pollution. The clause submitted by Chile strongly emphasized the extensive waste that numerous countries produce. With various sub clauses, the clause suggested that all countries impose financial sanctions on countries

that fail to comply with the primary clause. In another sub clause, the delegate of Chile urged the prohibition of the exchange of quotas between countries in terms of how many water pollutants a country can release, linking with the movie which was shown on Tuesday, “Into the Line.” The room buzzed as Admins hectically passed notes from one delegate to the other, all of which were ready to discuss the future of this clause.

he Advisory Panel on the Question of the Mediterranean Region spent its day in intense debate, discussing heated issues. Rafia Miah, the expert of Amnesty International from Cairo American College claimed that it has been a very productive debate and all the experts are contributing very creative ideas. In the political group, the nations of the Advisory Panel spent yesterday discussing the control of migration in the Mediterranean region. The experts discussed a clause on an

“integrated approach to migration” including free trade. Some nations worried that the reduced tariffs would hurt domestic industries. Very happy with the proceedings, Devyani Gupta, the President of the Advisory Panel said, “The variety is what adds to the dynamics of this committee.” David Leland Brackett, the Deputy President of the Advisory Panel from SHAPE American High School said, “the only thing I could ask for is more time to debate.”

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for the Syrian government to respect human rights. Most countries emphasized that the foreign military and the United Nations should not interfere, using the example of Libya. On the other hand, Colombia stated Syria’s need for internal democracy with the help of the United Nations. With an atmosphere of intensity dominating in the room, the debate on the final resolution will display both positions in the Security Council with much intensity.


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conference news Welcoming Change

Cooperation by DPRK in EC2 could mean great things for UN relationships

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After much deliberation, the resolution passes

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ednesday, Environment SubCommission 2, passed a resolution main submitted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on preventing habitat loss as a consequence of sea level rising. Yes, this comes as

quite a shock to most involved in MUN—DPRK is infamous for its resistance to cooperation with the United Nations and has sour relations with many Western countries. So how did DPRK do it? MUNITY asked DPRK and a few other delegates in the commission for their opinions on the matter. DPRK was interested in the issue because rising sea lev-

els would ruin their harbors, thus hurting the economy, as well as damaging the ecosystems along the coastline. Their main arguments were the prevention of the sea level rising itself which included reducing CO2 emissions, and the use of cost-effective barriers against the rising sea in order to minimize environmental impact. Though their presentation was ‘hostile’ and ‘nation specific’, many delegates believed that DPRK accurately defended the aims of the resolution. The Delegate of Germany stated, “Germany was impressed along with the majority of the committee with the resolution and, Germany being environmentally progressive, believed this outweighed any personal conflicts with DPRK.” The delegate of China was also a strong supporter of DPRK’s efforts, saying that it’s, “really a great step towards the cooperation of all the States,” and

“DPRK showed the UN that they are ready to negotiate on the issues which are crucial for the whole world.” Of course with praise comes criticism, and this incident was no exception to that rule. The United States of America was disappointed in DPRK’s speech which they believed was an attack on them rather than an effort to solve the issue. They also believed the resolution lacked serious points including cooperation between states. The Republic of Korea also viewed the resolution negatively, noting that DPRK would be receiving non-transparent funds allowing alternative usages. If these nations are able to cooperate at THIMUN, what does this mean for the real UN? Will the DPRK’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, have a new position on foreign diplomacy? Will tensions between the Koreas and the world

increase or decrease in the coming years? At THIMUN delegates of DPRK and South Korea were able to comment on the new leader. DPRK affirmed, “The Great Successor is following in the Eternal President’s footsteps, further improving the great nation of DPRK. The UN is a floor to allow DPRK to be heard, as rumors spread by the USA and imperialist, capitalist nations hold and have caused grudges for us.” The Republic of Korea, however, has some concerns, “The relationship between the two countries has never been easy, but we are getting a better look inside of the country with recent media attention. However, Kim Jong Un is a ‘military man’ and we feel he is trying to prove himself to the country somehow and we fear he will instigate a conflict.”

Building bridges:

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y father and I watch war movies together. The walls of my house are covered with paintings: the battles of the American Civil War, the trenches of World War I, the Allies storming Normandy Beach. It is rare for my family to take a vacation without spending a few hours in a well-maintained military cemetery. The military is my father’s passion and career; he has served in U.S. Army for over twenty years. The U.S. military is supposedly an all-volunteer force, yet every member of the family contributes to the mission. Ever since I can remember, my father has called out “January…February…” and I have responded—sometimes ener-

getically, sometimes grudgingly—with “March.” As in march out, get moving, follow orders, Private. I have lived in three countries and attended nine schools; that’s not much by the standards of some people here but is enough to be inconvenient. I have lived in tiny American towns and wellknown international cities, in a spacious marble apartment, and a house built in the 1800s. Now I am living on a military base behind fences, surrounded by checkpoints and armed guards. Almost everyone in this miniature community is American or works for the American government in some capacity. These people act as a substitute family—everyone really does know your business—except for the fact that

everyone works together. Military communities, despite their warmth, are highly structured according to rank. As odd as it can be to hear a friend’s parents call my father “sir” (or vice versa), it becomes even stranger when I consider the tangle of security hoops, classified information and combat deployments that families have to navigate. Despite this, I cannot imagine living without it. While I have lived in nonmilitary areas, I have never felt as at home without the regulation tan buildings or deference to ceremony. Now that I am hurtling toward my adulthood, I find myself about to leave the culture of my birth, a culture as real as any country’s. Unlike other teenagers on the verge of leaving home, I cannot really

go back. Once I finish school, my time in the Army is over. I do not get to take my identification card with me and therefore can never return to many of my childhood homes or participate in any on-base activities. Growing up with the military has taught me to foster

discipline, maintain adventurousness and navigate as an individual through a regimented world, all of which have helped me at THIMUN. I can only hope that what I have learned with the Army will help me once I have to leave it.

JOHN BURROUGHS SCHOOL / Vicky Liu

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world news Current Events and Future Worries

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n October 26th 2011, the US House of Representatives introduced one of the most controversial acts for our generation to date. The Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly referred to as SOPA, caused outrage and uproar the world over, as it proposed censorship of the Internet, to protect “American creations and innovation,” with emphasis on Hollywood films that are often uploaded to the internet. Given the government’s recent shut down of the video sharing website Megashare and its affiliations, the future of Internet freedom could be seriously damaged in the upcoming weeks. Proposing to remove any website which uses material from American cinema and music, the bill will threaten the future of social networking websites, and even people outside the US will have their Internet censored if the bill is passed. Under SOPA, you could get five years for uploading a Michael Jackson song – that’s one more year than the sentence for the doctor that killed him. The bill was heading towards a vote in the Senate last Tuesday, but due to the heavyweights of the Internet—Google, Wikipedia and YouTube—as well as many other smaller websites protesting profusely, the bill has been ‘shelved’ until further notice.

Charlie Hill, a THIMUN delegate, believes the bill “will not happen, as it has to pass through the Senate and then the president.” Another delegate Sitaria Hajizada wondered, “why did they even try”, given she sees the concept of censoring the Internet as completely “ridiculous”. Timothy Uwemedimo believes that freedom is speech is important, and that the bill “goes against the idea of the internet”. As non-US citizens, he does not “see how the US thinks they have the right” to censor the Internet for the rest of the world. Shannon Gardener and Maddy Stewart, both American, believe that “all they want to do is make more money” and that it is guaranteed that the US will “find loopholes” in attempt to control more than the bill suggests. A more understanding view of SOPA is that of Aury Naranjo, who thinks that for too long the public has had a “free ride,” and that if we want Hollywood to continue making movies, we need to protect their content more. While the bill may be too extreme, strict regulations monitor plagiarism of other sources of information and the movie industry deserves something similar to protect its work too. Over 13 million people signed petitions during the blackouts on Wednesday 18th, but Rep. Lamar Smith still has not stopped trying. As the next generation, our power regarding this issue is getting stronger and stronger.

One earth, One home, One problem MARIANA DOMINGUES CAISL

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he truth is, we only have one Earth – one place to call ‘home.’ From overpopulation, to greenhouse gases, to pollution from factories and cars, global warming has made its presence extremely clear to the entire world. According to Bernardo Branco, delegate of Saudi Arabia in the Environmental Committee, “This issue pertains especially to Holland, as the city is at risk of submerging underwater in the next half a century if sea levels continue to rise.” Are delegates even aware of global warming’s magnitude? Carrie Smith, delegate of the Bahamas in the Human Rights Commission, affirms that “people don’t seem to

realize the human rights aspect of climate change, because it affects people’s right to life, and it’s not solely an environmental issue.” Smith also notes that she co-submitted a resolution that deals with protecting those who have been severely affected by droughts, food shortages, and merciless floods. Smith mentions that, “In some cases, complete islands become uninhabitable. Dry countries, small islands, and low-lying coastal areas are all greatly affected.” Ultimately, one cannot acquire proper solutions to an issue if intriguing and relevant ideas are not brought up. In the Environmental Committee, the delegate of DPRK presented a resolution suggesting methods to impede water from rising in various regions.

A South African delegate explains that, “South Africa is committed to a sustainable future and reduction in emissions to conserve marine biodiversity.” This representative also believes that it is essential to promote movements towards renewable technologies and a reduction in overconsumption if countries are willing to hinder the effects of climate change. Ben Taplis, representing Mexico, informs us that “global warming has had adverse effects on Pacific Island countries. Bangladesh is predicted to be mostly underwater by 2060. Mexico has been stressing the implementation of measures to prevent it.” What will you do to conserve the one place you call ‘home’?

BRITISH SCHOOL IN THE NETHERLANDS / Thomas Clarkson

HIV/AIDS influence spans worldwide DINA FARAG JFK Berlin

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frica- Approximately 10 percent (5 million people) of South Africa’s population is suffering from HIV/AIDS. Although South Africa has one of the world’s highest HIV rates, the South African government has been previously accused of ignoring this extensive epidemic. Yet, in 2009, President Jacob Zuma enforced essential changes to its AIDS policy that changed the lives of many affected people. Due to this

new policy, the number of HIV infected individuals receiving live-saving anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs has risen from 678,500 to 1.5 million, as was published by the BBC. In addition, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi states that his department plans to provide medication to the remaining patients who need them by 2014, therefore hindering the epidemic to spread exceedingly.

hina- The official estimate of HIV/AIDS infected people in China is about 725,000 with an estimate of 70,000 new HIV cases and 25,000 AIDS deaths each year. Local as well as national governments are hesitant to publish definite numbers concerning the epidemic, for fear of discrimination. Many Chinese people are unaware of the dangers

unprotected sex can entail, and in 1999 China’s first condom advertisement was banned just two days after its release, because government officials had argued it was illegally promoting sex products. The ban was lifted on World AIDS Day in 2002, and condoms were reclassified by the Ministry of Health as “a medical device” rather than a sex product.

ndia- Evolving later than other countries, around 2.4 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS, while in 2006, UNAIDS (United Nations Aids Program) estimated that there were 5.6 million people living with HIV in India. Educating people about HIV/AIDS in India is extremely complex, due

to the fact that a number of major languages and hundreds of different dialects are spoken within its population. Nevertheless, each state has its own AIDS Prevention and Control Society, which carries out local initiatives with guidance from NACO (National Aids Control Organization).

ussia- According to UNAIDS, Russia and Ukraine are home to over 90% of all HIV cases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The majority of the people infected with HIV/AIDS in Russia are young workers, 80% of HIV infections being among 15-30 year olds. Nevertheless, Russia has a well-developed HIV/AIDS infrastructure, including the Federal AIDS Center that is in charge of federal guidelines, seven

interregional AIDS centers, 88 regional AIDS centers, and a growing number of municipal AIDS centers. According to the “HIV/ AIDS Policy Framework and Implementation in Russia,” one of Russia’s main ambitions concerning the prevention of an expansion of HIV/AIDS is to complete a “unified and national HIV/AIDS strategy to prioritize programs among general population and high-risk groups.”

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world news A Look into the Egyptian Protest

Stand your ground Egyptians protest in Tahrir Square LEILA ELABBADY IS BRUSSELS

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xactly one year ago on January 25, 2011, hundreds of thousands of Egyptian youth took to the streets and sparked the start of the first cyber revolution. With the use of Facebook, Twitter and the Internet in general, the Egyptians were able to bypass the corruption of the previous government in order to bring power to the people. Eighteen days later, Former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, and the power has been with the military ever since. Although many thought that the toppling of Mubarak’s position was a symbol of freedom and future democracy for the Egyptian people, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) have sustained the regime and accusations that the long-embedded corruption of the system are still apparent. Regarding the recent elections, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists’ Nour Party have won about 70%, leaving the Liberals with the remaining 30%. The new constitution and presidential elections are meant to come in the near future. Despite the current

setbacks in progress, the Egyptian people have not lost hope. Over 1 million gathered in Tahrir Square this Wednesday in honor of all those who died for the cause in the past year. This peaceful and inspiring reunion affirms the hope that hovers over every Egyptian both in the country and abroad. According to those in the Square, the protests will not cease until their goals are met. With over 60 delegates and several schools coming from Egypt, we asked a few participants their opinions on the current news. There is an overwhelming sense of pride and nationalism stemming from the delegates as they watch history in the making. Although some delegates are worried about the timing of these events and its repercussions on the economy, not one person denied their support for the revolution. As Thomas L. Friedman (New York Times reporter) stated in his article on the revolution “Watching Elephants Fly,” the only thing we, international citizens, can do is simply “shut up and take notes,” while we pensively wait to see how rest of this revolution unfolds.

Cancelled Catastrophe continued from page 1 Europe is staring into a financial abyss, and only its heavyweights Germany and France are able to save the single currency. Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France since 2007, may have to convince the French people to vote him instead of the left radical Francois Hollande, as, according to the majority of the population, he did not fulfill his promises made in the year he got elected, such as “rewriting France’s social contract”. Merkozy, Merkel and Sarkozy, will have to wrap their minds around what will happen, when the euro crashes. Thus, today’s leaders in Europe and North America will be busy at home, giving Japan and China the opportunity to rise. Within the borders of the People’s Republic, inhabited by 1.3 billion, the Chinese New Year of the dragon maintained aspirations for growth. As Mr. He Fan contended in an interview with the New York Times, “Something happens

in every Dragon Year, even if it’s just a turning point”. In the past years of the dragon, 1976, 1988, and 2000, major events that changed the face of China took place. In 1976 revolutionary leaders Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai died; 1988 was symptomatic to the suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing in 1989; and in 2000, Sino-American relations were at its nadir. These claims give China’s leaders hope that something splendid will occur in the course of this year. In July, the United Nations conference “Rio+20” will address the issue of sustainable development, a crucial issue for the world’s economies. This year, presidential elections’ results in the United States, France, Russia, Egypt may generate policy changes and revolutionize the face of the world. July and August will witness the adventures and excitements of the 30th summer Olympics 2012 in London. Athletes might establish new world records and fascinate the millions of audience.

Facebook announced that it would go public this year, due to American regulations demanding the corporation to publish detailed data about its financial performance with a certain amount of shareholders. Also Google+ is a growing competition. In science, hopes for finding a cure for cancer and revealing the mystery of the Higgs Boson particle are rising. Superstitions should not keep us from focusing our attention on this year’s new presidential elections in crucial areas, China’s superiority potential, and the prevention of a drastic Western recession. Even though politics and the economy will keep us preoccupied, new movies such as the new Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” and the new James Bond “Skyfall” still give us a purpose to live before humans are wiped out off the surface of the earth on December 21st.

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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? IS PANAMA/ Nicole Novey

The secret life of the World Forum HANNAH HEMPERLY MONT’ KIARA IS

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he World Forum is the host of THIMUN XLIV this year, full of delegates, directors, chairs and admin. But when THIMUN is not here, there is even more hustle and bustle. It is a leading international congress center in The Hague based in The Hague World Forum, the center of peace and justice of the city. The Hague World Forum is also home to the Europot, KPMG – one of the largest professional service networks in the world-- the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

(ICTY) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). According to their website, the World Forum is “dedicated to making every meeting an exceptional event.” Recently, it was the venue for the UN high level conference on Afghanistan with delegations from all over the world attending – including Hilary Clinton. Each year the World Forum is also the setting for conferences of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as the OPCW. The United Nations simulated conference, THIMUN, has held its headquarters held here, a perfect location for delegates imitating debate.

Not only does the Forum host programs that are UN related, but also several musicals and plays. The theatre can hold more than 5000 visitors at a time, making it perfect for large shows and presentations. With many major national and international performers on stage. Several performances include the likes of Hans Klok, the South African singer Nadine, the LA voices, The Hague Philharmonic, and Saturday Night Fever! From a multifunctional theatre to several conference rooms The World Forum is the perfect for any event. THIMUN has found its home here and will remain in the years to come.


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