Breaking: Russian-Led Raid on Compound Declared a Success, Rescues 5 Girls, Captures Crime Boss

By: Nikhil Bhandarkar

In the dark of night, Russian Special Operatives conducted a raid on a crime boss Mikas Moinel in Belarus. The operatives managed to rescue five of six girls captured in Monaco. The operatives managed to capture Moinel, a notorious human trafficker and crime lord, and Intelligence from Russian Intelligence (FSB) assisted in this detainment.  
According to the Lt. Gen Akhtar of Pakistani Intelligence (ISI), the raid was a massive blow to human trade. They stated the raid was a huge success, and taking the compound was the cornerstone of the committee’s efforts to eradicate the global trade. Moinel, who was seized during the raid, is being interrogated by the FSB in search for any information he may provide in taking down the global human trafficking ring.

The raid yielded some more pressing results, as the operatives were able to successfully capture five of the girls captured in Monaco while one was unfortunately killed in the raid. The other four(or five?)were rescued and returned safely to their homes, and the committee views the raid as a success due to the immediate disruption of the trade.

Ultimately, the attack was a success for the committee that was at the cusp of war just hours earlier. The usually reluctant FSB willingly shared their intel with the rest of the committee and was willing to put aside their political differences to pursue a common goal. Countries that normally would not share their intel put aside their differences to take down the the boss and rescue the civilians. The committee stood as a emblem of the UN’s ability to be above international politics and make the world a better place.

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We’ve Been EMP’D

By: Raheem Ahmed

As DISEC closed in on their first topic, the  international implications of social media, Russia striked controversy throughout the entire committee with their proposal. Russia stated that the best way to secure the Internet and social media websites from international threats and terrorism is through the use of the electromagnetic pulse (EMP), a short burst of electromagnetic radiation throughout a specific location. Russia believes that the use of this transient disturbance will interrupt the connection to the VPNs that these terrorists use to access the Internet and spread their propaganda.

Chaos ensued from here.

Multiple countries from this point began to argue against the use of the EMP due to the plethora of negative consequences that entail with it.

The delegate from Cameroon stated that, “The EMP blocks the VPN’s connection for only 2 to 3 minutes, so what stops the terrorist from consequently issuing their threat or propaganda right after the EMP’s effect wears off?”

Other comments addressing the consequences quickly followed after this remark from Cameroon;  Canada stated that the effect of the EMP can negatively affect the population of certain birds near the area of the radiation. Most countries agreed on the belief that their universal solution should not harm any living organism.

DISEC’s discussion of this topic ends tonight during the fourth committee session, and many delegates hope that a peaceful, harmless solution will be created.

Little Blue People?

By: Jack Deslippe

Despite what you may think, SMURF is not referring to a little, blue cartoon character. SMURF stands for Space Mining Utilities and Resource Forum, and is described in SPECPOL’s draft paper 1.1 as being “Tasked with the management of asteroid mining ventures”. Sponsored by the delegates representing Estonia, Sweden and the UAE, this draft paper focuses on preserving the “landscape” of space, while still allowing private organizations to mine celestial objects in space such as asteroids.

As for what the resolution states, it contains a clear and well crafted plan to modernize space law. Draft Resolution 1.1 attempt to achieve this by creating a subcommittee designed specifically to complete that task. Beyond that, it calls for the creation of the Coalition of Allied Nations for Advancement of Research and Development (CANARD). The resolution calls for the creation of CANARD in hope of bolstering cooperation in the international scientific community.   

Despite some of the the resistance that Draft Resolution 1.1 is receiving, it has undoubtedly received much support, as shown by its many signatories. It would be foolish to expect this resolution to pass without many amendments. Expect new international coalitions, new subcommittees, as well as a bright future for the mining industry in space.

SO(range is the new black)CHUM

By: Cella VanHeest

How can nations provide the rights of the individual while also adequately addressing the needs of the whole society? The Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) of the United Nations is addressing this balance issue in their debate on the humanitarian rights of prisoners. Topics such the conditions of prisons, national sovereignty of each country, and overcrowding in prisons are the topics which have illuminated the nations’ discussions.

The Republic of Serbia concurs with this viewpoint, “We need to make sure that drug offenders can go back into society and not fall back into the drug cycle. We encourage nations to setup rehabilitation centers. Making sure that prisoners are are educated enough to rejoin the workforce would be one component. We’re encouraging non governmental organisations such as ‘Doctors Without Borders’ to provide adequate medical care.”

Other countries such as Azerbaijan, Belize, and Sudan are working towards ensuring the national sovereignty in order to reform the prison systems.

“If a person breaks a law in my own country does another country have the right to tell me how to punish them for breaking that law? We’re defending the whole precedence of national sovereignty. We’re respecting different cultures and different laws. No one knows our prisons better than we do,” Belize said.

Sudan has proposed how to implement national sovereignty, “We’re establishing a partnership with the World Bank so that countries can give money to the bank and other impoverished countries can use that money to develop their prison reforms.”

Mali and several other countries are bringing attention to the fundamental system of prisons. “There needs to be systemic changes to prevent overcrowding in prisons, especially with countries that can’t build alternative solutions. There are many wrongfully convicted people who are awaiting trials. The law system could be changed to push evicted people through the law system more effectively.”  

Many countries in SOCHUM are planning on combining their working papers in order to eventually come to the best solution concerning the issues around prisoners rights. Despite certain conflicting views, the committee will achieve a balance between the rights of the individual and the needs of the society as a whole.

GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE: The Global Intelligence Community Dissolves into Partisan Fighting

By Nikhil Bhandarkar

Committee Session three started off with a bang for the Global Intelligence Committee, as a report from a source in Paris revealed the bombshell news that the French Intelligence Service (DGSE) has hacked the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI). Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar of the ISI had strong words on the floor, calling on the body to do its job and punish France. The delegates from the CIA and MI6 defended the DGSE, calling it retaliation.

At this point, nobody knew why the French were making serious accusations against Pakistan. CIA Officer Samuel L. Richardson decided to introduce a directive condemning the KGB and the Russian Federation over their hacking and interference in the American Election. The committee dissolved into a fervor of anger and tribalism. The EU/NATO block coalesced into an anti-Russia and Pakistan cohort, while Pakistan searched for allies to defend themselves.The room devolved into a pit of anger and hot tempers, as the delegates from the CIA, FSB, DGSE, and ISI formed coalitions determined to defeat  the others.

The chair pulled the ISI delegates out into the hall. They had received a note from ISI headquarters. The rest of the delegates had not received word, and, therefore, they continued at each other’s throats. Then the unmoderated caucus came to an end and the ISI delegates presented their information.

The ISI headquarters reported that there was an unsuccessful cyber-op, and the DGSE interpreted it as an attack. They believed that the best way to protect their country was to retaliate in full force. The committee that was ready to start a war had a sitcom-like ending: The Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar from the ISI put it “this was all a big misunderstanding.”

What the World Needs Now is Love (And Education)

By: Megan Dailey

In the E. Conference Room on the fourth floor of the Rackham, a large map of the world is in the front right corner of the room. Here is where the Global Intelligence Committee meets – 26 delegates from seven different agencies from around the world whose goal is to prevent Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking comes in two different types: sexual and labor. Human trafficking impacts the lives of about 800,000 people which is roughly 2200 per day, or 91 per hour. Each delegate raised his or her own concerns about a global intelligence database for trafficking, potential leaks, and how much or too little information should be shared to the general public. A discussion arose about how much power they really had. Proposed solutions to combat trafficking touched base on education and border situations as two of the leading causes. When prompted on their viewpoints on which topic they felt more passionate about, delegates answered as follows:

Samuel M. Richardson:  Border Concerns – “Unregulated borders can provide opportunity for illicit trade and the smuggling of trafficked people, in order to curb human trafficking we must put on a united front and cooperate in aiding those in need without impeding on national sovereignty.”

David J. M: Education – “I think a lot of the issue with human trafficking is that people aren’t informed so then a lot of the victims cannot get out of the situation or those who could help are not able to because they don’t know how this happens. Education to inform those people of signs could help improve the situation.

Gerhard Schindler: Border Concerns – “Most human trafficking, although regional, the trafficked persons do cross international borders so of course border security is one of the most important factors we must consider. With border security, when we compile a list of known suspected people or people who are of interest in human trafficking, we can create a no fly policy where they cannot leave borders of a country.

Rainer Kesselring: Education – “Since traffickers use and target people who may not know the signs of trafficking when they pick their victims, informing the public on what human trafficking is and the preventable measures will really help in playing the role in getting rid of human trafficking globally.”

 

Bye, Bye Convicts

By: Grace Jackson

The nations of Mali, Australia, and Chad in SOCHUM are taking a radical approach to prison reform by proposing to send all prisoners to uninhabited parts of Greenland.

“This revolutionary approach to prison will change the world” said the delegate from Australia “The penal colony approach eventually led to a successful democracy in my home country”

This solution deals primarily with prison overcrowding and creates an international standard for prisoner treatment by having all prisoners kept in one vast universal facility. Participant countries would fund this project per prisoner sent.

A regulated legal system would be established to prevent those wrongly convicted from by sent to Greenland. Minors, men and women would be held in separate sections of the Country. NGOs would provide healthcare and administrate the the Island with UN oversight.

“It would be a free-range chicken sort of situation” said one involved delegate.

Rehabilitation camp resolution sparks controversy in UNICEF

By: Maya Navarro

Resolution 5A in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stirred up strong, opposing emotions by using specific terminology to describe rehabilitation centers for perpetrators of sexual violence as “concentrated areas of camps.”

“The delegate of India questions the conditions of this camp and is horrified by the implication of rounding up a group of people and detaining them at certain times,” said the delegate representing India in UNICEF. Moreover, the delegate representing Saudi Arabia exclaims how the wording of the resolution “makes [them] nervous.”

Many delegates have also been concerned about the actual feasibility of the solution and if UNICEF may actually be able to pass this resolution and not break the guidelines UNICEF must follow.

The representative of South Sudan clarifies that the passing of this resolution would “infringe upon South Sudan’s national sovereignty,” and furthermore, the delegate representing the Russian Federation states that Working Paper 5A would be “completely out of the jurisdiction of UNICEF [and] instead should be focused on helping victims.”

Although – at the time of writing – the resolution has not been formally presented to the dais and to the whole committee, many delegates would like to see the working paper addressed to be formally questioned.

“There are too many questions that the majority of UNICEF has and there have been a massive amount of miscommunications about the intentions of this paper,” said the representative of Madagascar, one of the main sponsors and writers of Working Paper 5A. Moreover, delegates representing India and the Russian Federation believe that the paper should not be debated upon until Working Paper 5A is formally presented.

Despite the lack of formal presentation for Working Paper 5A, delegates continue to mention this topic and to debate its validity with regards to the personal powers of UNICEF.

SOCHUM or SO-CALM

By: Kayla Graham

The Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) got off to a fast start at this years MUNUM XXXI. The committee decided to discuss two topics this year: Defending the social and humanitarian Rights of Prisoners and Combating Gender Based Violence During Wartime. On the first day, the topic of prison reform and prison rights was brought to the table. The main discussion revolved around overcrowding and which long term solutions would be most beneficial. All representatives present were unified in recognizing the issues with overcrowding, though differences occurred whilst discussing preventative measures.

There were four resolutions to the issue presented during the first committee session: judicial reform, new infrastructure, rehabilitation, and renewed emphasis on NGO (non-governmental organization) funding. A delegate from Italy mentioned their “10 euro per prisoner a year” system and that the lack of funds received is the cause for bad conditions. Venezuela agreed with the statement and proposed NGO donations to prevent overcrowding and help the prison healthcare system as a whole. Opposing voices came from representatives from Sudan, North Korea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Sudanese delegate stated that the proposed solutions to overcrowding were too costly and that funds should be delegated to law-abiding citizens. The delegates from the Congo and North Korea agreed that the solutions were difficult to implement and were expensive.

The final topic discussed was brought up by Palestine over foreign relations with Israel. The delegate expressed concern over the ability of foreign nations to detain people from other countries and stated that judicial actions should be left to the offenders respective country. While there were not many heavy arguments, the committee will continue to evaluate into afternoon session where we will find out if they can come together to create a resolution.

DISEC starts off strong and dives into social media

By: Hannah Kos

As the previous night came to a close and the new day became, delegates have started to take their stance. Working hard to make their positions on International Security Implications of Social Media loud and clear, countries take the floor and take a strong stance on their opinions, work the floor, and begin.

As the internet, along with its public access, grows more accessible and sweeps through the lesser of developed countries, it is vital for the DISEC to discuss how far they, as a whole, can go in regards to controlling what their populations can view. To do so, they have worked hard through caucuses to set a line to set the standard on whether or not the United Nations can control the censorship of all of a country’s internet access.

Moving into the morning and the second session for all delegates, the first draft of working papers have begun. Looking down the floor during unmoderated caucuses,  it was easy to spot three major groups: full censorship, partial censorship, no censorship. Within, small countries could be heard making big noise defending themselves in their own stance, whether that be keeping their populations’ freedom fully secure or raising their governments’ ability to censor in order to keep particular topics such as any intentions of or affiliations with terrorist groups.

Countries such as Honduras, who plan to propose partial censorship, have already begun drafting a working paper along with fellow sponsorship from Italy.

“It’s very difficult to impose high censorship, but with low censorship you risk uprising from civilians in certain countries,” Cuba said while commenting on the beginning stages of their working paper.

China, on the other hand, has begun to recruit for a high censorship working paper. “We should be developing more high censorship programs to help block the terrorist propaganda and terrorist recruitment through social media to secure the safety of not only our people, but the whole world.” China said, “Somalia and I are both believe in high censorship and are working to find other countries so we can start drafting something up.”

Going into the day, the room is bound to grow more heated as delegates head into the drafting of their working papers and get into true rounds of debate, hoping to draft the perfect resolution paper.