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Sunday, January 04, 2004
Restating the obvious
UNICEF presses for education for all children

You mean they haven't been pushing for this for the last 60 years?

When you think about it, the UN's generally pretty good at preventing countries from doing bad things (through sanctions and the like), but they're completely ineffectual when it comes to getting countries to do good things. So the claim from some of my fellow Americans that the UN does nothing isn't quite true--it can prevent really bad things from happening, and occasionally hasten good things. But it really has no way to compel nations to open schools, stop discrimination (yes, Saudi Arabia, I'm looking at you), etc.

Yes, I'm well aware that the quality of the prose in this post absolutely sucks. Welcome back to Chicago.

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