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Murky beginnings of United Nations - White Man's Burden

From William Easterly’s excellent “Tyranny of Experts”

The triumph of the technocratic idea of development was written into the charter of the new United Nations. On June 26, 1945, in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization, representatives of the world’s countries signed the United Nations Charter, which reads in part: “We the peoples of the United Nations,” in order “to reaf-firm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and .

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Reviewed: The Voluntourist

I had mixed reactions while reading The Voluntourist by Ken Budd. This book was written to cater to a specific group of people in mind. It connects to people who do not have a lot of time to travel (or do not prioritize it) and want to feel like they are doing good along the way. 591 more words


Would you like some privilege with that burden?

Welcome back Mr. White

May I take your order please?

The usual?

Would you like some privilege with that burden?

It is a classic. It  was made by delicately squeezing dark plum grapes picked far away, until the thick red juice dripped into barrels and casings and caskets. 48 more words



Since the ‘discovery’ of the New World in 1492 and the first European contact with non-European indigenous populations, Europe, and later the broader West, justified its imperialistic undertakings on the basis of morality and the perceived superiority of Christianity and Western culture. 3,585 more words

Western Imperialism

Band Aid 30: the 80's called, and they want their worldview back

The deep churn of a respirator overlays two men in hazard suits carrying an emaciated, destitute woman out of a rundown dwelling.

Cut to celebrities, their importance emphasized by the swarm of cameras sputtering around them. 302 more words

The American Dream and the Living Nightmare

According to the US State Department’s 2012 International Religious Freedom Report, “Christians were a leading target of societal discrimination, abuse, and violence in some parts of the world.” As an instrument of diplomacy, the State Department’s  choice of “some” over ‘many’ or ‘most’ is hardly surprising. 731 more words