19 March 2009

The chair recognises the delegate from Caprica

Well, managed to totally ignore St Patrick's Day for yet another year, but somehow in my rush to avoid any media portrayals of the stereotypical drunken Oirish buffoon I managed to completely miss an event of global historical significance for a full 24 hours, until alerted yesterday morning to it by my eagle-eyed sister.

On March 17th, The UN hosted a special event entitled "If Adama and the Cylons can live in peace, why the frack can't we?"*. From the UN's website:
UN Public Information Department, Sci Fi Channel to co-host a panel with Battlestar Galactica creators to raise profile of humanitarian concern. The discussion will explore some of the themes that are of importance to both the United Nations and the critically acclaimed television show: human rights; terrorism; children and armed conflict; and reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faiths. The panel will be moderated by Academy Award-winning actress and producer Whoopi Goldberg. Oscar-nominated actress Mary McDonnell, Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, and Battlestar Galactica creators and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick will participate in the panel.
I immediately contacted Ms K, our friend in the UN, in search of pictures, and she sent me a link to this (.rm file), which is a recording of the 2 hour session.

Some people say that in light of the global apathy shown by world leaders to the atrocities in Darfur and Gaza, and the inability of the global community to speak out against the drumbeats of war in the leadup to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, that the UN has lost its voice and potentially its relevancy.

For years I have disagreed with this argument, and now I have proof.

* no, that's not really the title.

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At 4:34 pm, Blogger lusciousblopster said...

but where were the representatives of the Cylons, eh? Eh? As another friend pointed out to me yesterday. Next you'll be saying they can't have a delegate, because they're not fully a 'state'. Typical. Even with humanity in space, the oppression continues.


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