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Agreed. Unfortunately it is too often used as a propaganda tool rather than an advisory opinion.
. . . it has an "advisory/recommendation" effect. While not obligatory, but it sure helps to consider it.
The way you have interpreted it, I agree with your disagreement. (Wait, let me think about that, yeah, Ok.) What I meant by tiny nations included: Nauru, Tuvalu, Palau, San Marino, Monaco, Lichtenstein, Saint Kitts and Nevis. That's seven UN votes for a total population of just a hair under 200,000 people. That's not even an impressive city, let alone seven countries.
As with point 2, there I disagree.
Here, finally, is where we have to do more work to find agreement. I don't think the UN's problem is that it's too weak. I have no interest in our country belonging to a group that can issue orders by a vote of the rest of the world. I don't want to replace sovereign nations with an all-powerful world government.
I also share the "scrap the UN" feeling because it is not that powerful in expressing it's opinion. A much simpler, but more effective alternative should be put together by all. And that veto thing going on, replace it with
50% +"veto members" votes. Because all it takes is one member to bring down anything worth voting for....
And again, more agreement. No problem at all. I think the small nations have an entirely different set of concerns from the big ones, and those concerns should not be ignored. I don't know if you've ever read any of the Mouse series (The Mouse that Roared, The Mouse on the Moon, etc.), but they describe a tiny nation that, in one book, invades and defeats the United States with two hundred men in armor with crossbows. They form a League of Little Nations.
But again, even those tiny [smaller than a large city, me included] should still be able to represent themselves or have a big daddy that represents their interests.
Palestinians say Israelis poison medication used by Gazan patients
Bayer Sells AIDS-Infected Drug Banned in U.S. in Europe, Asia - Unearthed documents show that the drug company Bayer sold millions of dollars worth of an injectable blood-clotting medicine -- Factor VIII concentrate, intended for hemophiliacs -- to Asian, Latin American, and some European countries in the mid-1980s, although they knew that it was tainted with AIDS. Bayer knew about the fact that the drug was tainted and told the FDA to keep things under wraps while they made a profit off of a drug that infected its patients. If these allegations are true, then both Bayer and the FDA are at fault for this catastrophe. FDA regulators helped to keep the continued sales hidden, asking the company that the problem be ''quietly solved without alerting the Congress, the medical community and the public,'' according to the minutes of a 1985 meeting