New Internationalist

In 2005 the UN will reach the age when people start to think about retirement. We give the organization itself a health check. Is there life in the Leviathan yet - or is it turning turtle? Unreformed since the day it was born, it has fulfilled neither the best nor the worst expectations of it. With the occupation of Iraq, and no change in the White House, is the UN now set to become irrelevant - or indispensable?

January 2005, Issue 375

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Upside down
Start with the prevailing disposition of power, trim your principles to fit, and you end up with an organization stood on its head. David Ransom spells out the consequences.
The United Nations system
A route map around the labyrinth.
Saving humanity from hell
It never was the UN's job to make heaven on earth. Shashi Tharoor defends the organization against misguided missiles.
In memory of Srebrenica
Ten years after the massacre, when the UN stood by, Fatima Hassan remembers.
The sky's no limit
Adam Ma'anit sinks into the murky world of carbon trading.
What the UN means to...
From a Chilean writer to a Zimbabwean development worker, seven voices from around the world.
Grimm rewards
Ian Williams reckons that reform might work in mysterious ways.
Kenny Bruno follows the road from environmental 'greenwash' to the UN's Global Compact with corporate power.
Cradle to grave
The UN does not have a clean slate in Iraq. Felicity Arbuthnot recalls an embargo that even banned funeral shrouds.
Humane development
It's possible to make space for a radical project even inside the belly of the beast. Mark Engler tells the story of the Human Development Report.
David Ransom makes a plea for common humanity.