Un Quotes

Quotes tagged as "un" (showing 1-17 of 17)
Sarah Dessen
“It was just one of those things," I said, "You know, that just happen. You don't think or plan. You just do it.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

George Clooney
“In the time that we're here today, more women and children will die violently in the Darfur region than in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Israel or Lebanon. So, after September 30, you won't need the UN - you will simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and headstones.”
George Clooney

“If blue helmeted UN peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run.”
Andrew Thomson, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone

Jean Sasson
“Where were the peacekeepers? Where was the UN? Why was the entire world ignoring Saddam's attack upon his own people? Were we Kurds considered so unworthy, so disposable? I longed to stand at the top of the mountain and shout out, Where are you, world? Where are you ?”
Jean Sasson, Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance

“After the second world war
in 1948
they founded the UN,
the United Nations
so that a crime like the mass-murder of
the Jews
could never happen again.
Now the UN is a flourishing organization
a honourable institution,
the only thing is that it doesn't do the thing they founded it for:

prevention of mass-murder.”
Ad De Bont, Mirad, A Boy From Bosnia

David Harvey
“Failure to recognize the historical specificity of the bourgeois conception of rights and duties leads to serious errors. It is for this reason that Marx registers...a vigorous indictment of the anarchist Proudhon... Proudhon in effect took the specifics of bourgeois legal and economic relations and treated them as universal and foundational for the development of an alternative, socially just economic system. From Marx's standpoint, this is no alternative at all since it merely re-inscribes bourgeois conceptions of value in a supposedly new form of society. This problem is still with us, not only because of the contemporary anarchist revival of interest in Proudhon's ideas but also because of the rise of a more broad-based liberal human rights politics as a supposed antidote to the social and political ills of contemporary capitalism. Marx's critique of Proudhon is directly applicable to this contemporary politics. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 is a foundational document for a bourgeois, market-based individualism and as such cannot provide a basis for a thoroughgoing critique of liberal or neoliberal capitalism. Whether it is politically useful to insist that the capitalist political order live up to its own foundational principles is one thing, but to imagine that this politics can lead to a radical displacement of a capitalist mode of production is, in Marx's view, a serious error.”
David Harvey, A Companion to Marx's Capital

James Morcan
“Marcia Wilson was a good example of Omega’s core strategy for creating a New World Order. It involved placing their people, or moles, in positions of power within the CIA, the NSA, the Pentagon, the White House and global organizations like the UN, the IMF and the World Bank. This enabled Omega to pull some of the strings of these organizations and to direct American, and world politics, to an extent.”
James Morcan, The Ninth Orphan

“If blue-helmeted U.N. peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run. Or else get weapons. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs.”
Kenneth Cain, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone

M.F. Moonzajer
“If the United Nations wants to do something to be remembered forever, I guess that would be freeing people from insanity of religion.”
M.F. Moonzajer

Gary Shteyngart
“These are all good things, I said. But no one knows where your country is or who you are. You don't have a familiar ethnic cuisine; your diaspora , from what I understand, is mostly in Southern California, three time zones removed from the national media in New York; and you don't have a recognizable, long-simmering conflict like the one between the Israelis and the Palestinians, where people in the richer nations can take sides and argue over at the dinner table. The best you can do is get the United Nations involved, as in East Timor. Maybe they'll send troops."
"We don't want the United Nations" Mr. Nanabragov said. "We don't want Sri Lankan troops patrolling our streets. We're better tan that. We want America.”
Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan

“History has been witness to heart wrenching barbaric violations from time immemorial throughout the world where battles and wars have been fought, not just among States but even the Big Powers, megalomania, ‘folie de grandeur’ .All this lead us only to understand of the meager contribution to the subject of International Humanitarian Laws, and all these failures have built and would continue to lay precedents and build the laws.”
Henrietta Newton Martin, Rudiments of International Humanitarian Law

“One look, all is said. One word, all is lived. (Un regard, tout est dit. - Une parole, tout se vit.)”
Charles de Leusse
tags: all, mot, one, tout, un, word

Leon Kukkuk
“The end of superpower patronage to client movements worldwide created a power vacuum whose inevitable results included the spread of violence and the emergence of disparate groups, ostensibly fighting in the name of ideology, religion or ethnicity, but now seeking their finance through local taxes, plunder and pillage.”
Leon Kukkuk, Letters to Gabriella: Angola's Last War for Peace, What the UN Did and Why

“Le montant des dépenses mondiales de publicité et de sponsoring approchait 600 milliards de dollars en 2008, soit quatre à cinq fois ce que permettrait de régler, sur le plan financier, les problèmes les plus urgents des pays en développement (les « objectifs du millénaire » des Nations Unies). (p.70)”
Jean Gadrey, Adieu à la croissance

“We have a thousand possible, but only one is the target. (Nous avons mille possibles, - Mais un seul est la cible)”
Charles de Leusse

“I always have believed that we should not call it an Arab-Israeli issue or a Palestinian-Arab dispute or a peace negotiation. I think we should call it what it is: an occupation of Palestine, full stop. This is not a popular position in mixed company.”
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Blankets become Jackets

“A continent once described as the white man’s grave, can now be suitably dubbed the white man’s harem.”
A. H. Septimius
tags: africa, rape, un