MUN-E Cheat Sheet: 2012-2013

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Blog, Current Events, Lessons, ModelUN, Updates | Comments Off on MUN-E Cheat Sheet: 2012-2013

MUN-E Cheat Sheet: 2012-2013

We at Model UN Education and The MUNIVERSITY are happy to FINALLY bring you what will become our “annual” international news pre-season summary. Have you ever heard of Fantasy Football or even an All-Star game in professional sports? Well, this is our all-star list of newsworthy world events starting from the near end of your previous school year. We hope to give you a quick overview of the summary of these events, linking each one to a series of news articles. We will undeniably confess that we have our own bias as EVERY organization does. As educators, we seek to give a bird’s eye view of each event on a large timescale. As a lesson, you should NEVER believe what you read in a single article, especially when it comes to anything you read on the INTERNET. The sooner you begin to use your ability to CURATE YOUR RESEARCH, the more embarrassment you will avoid in the future. Some opposing or allied delegates will lose trust in you immediately if you begin quoting a source that is completely wrong, for example, when John Kerry says the USA has a very strict line about chemical weapons, you cannot quote him and assume that we have never sold chemical weapons to middle eastern countries. The mountain of historical evidence is against you.  We also do not want you to think that we are historians. We have no intention of giving a complete deconstruction of ANY event. We may actually phrase our bias in such a way that you, as a Model UN delegate, can “spin” your position the way we will undoubtedly spin ours. But you will have to rephrase your research through the perspective of your respective country or the person that you represent in your respective committee. For example, don’t use our arguments about Barack Obama’s failure to work with Congress if you are a representative of the United States. Our review will begin in the summer, post-Putin election. Note that the links we are attaching are from a site that simply aggregated a series of news articles so that you may do your own investigation. We wanted to thank the creators of the website endgame.com but there is no information through which we can thank them. So give them some clicks and do your proper diligence of RESEARCH: Spain Accepts 100 Billion Euro Bailout Deal. (06-08-2012, 40 Records) Financial issues are becoming the hallmark of every political decision in the world. If you are going to have any power as a diplomat, you are going to have to become financially savvy. In the case of the European Union, you need to focus on the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE). The Federal Reserve of the USA (the Fed) is a replica of the BOE and the ECB is a modern, overextended replica of the Fed. European countries that rely on tourism much less than Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain (unfavorably called the PIGS), have much more stable economies. Greece’s troubles should be relatively familiar to you, and Italy, Spain, and Portugal are experiencing very similar troubles...

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Big Q’s for the next generation?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN Debate Topics | 320 comments

Big Q’s for the next generation?

This is a very serious question and we can guarantee that no one around you will have a good answer… Which presidential candidate has a plan on any issue that addresses the lifelong needs of the age group that is not even in college yet, namely “children?” Inflation has been increasing faster than at any point in history. Programs like Social Security & Medicare are scheduled to be dilapidated by the time today’s children hit their 30’s. College costs are rising so quickly that students are being advised that college loans will result in costs that are equivalent to a mortgage. Updates of our country’s infrastructure are estimated to cost trillions of dollars, public schools are losing employees faster than at anytime in history, and unemployment is at an all-time high for 18-30 year olds and is NOT getting better. Today’s 20-35 year old group is making less than their parents did and this trend is on pace to turn out worse for today’s children. War has been in the news every single day of a 10 year old’s life. Technology is changing so quickly that laws, economics, education, medicine, and PEOPLE can’t keep up. This is happening WHILE THE COUNTRY IS ON A TEN YEAR TREND OF CUTTING INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION and while our nation’s scores are declining relative to the rest of the world. We need kids to ask these questions to the rest of the nation! The problems in our country are only becoming MORE detrimental to the future generation in the United States. The solutions to these problems are also going to rest on their shoulders more than any generation before them. We personally believe that the students who read this and realize their situation are going to be better prepared to change the world for their generation and themselves… And you MUNners who are practicing the skills that will be needed to change the politics of our nation for the benefit of everyone, we are here because we want to help. The future used to be a bright horizon that inspired beautiful movies and classic poems. The world NEEDS YOU to ask questions about YOUR FUTURE. We need you. And we wish you the best of luck in preparing for the future… But unlike the loud mouth figureheads and misguided voters & media, we promise to help you. And don’t be afraid let us know how we can help you even more… Learn to be one of the trendsetters in the future: Get MUN-E! Free membership to The MUNIVERSITY comes with your book!...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: How do you handle the people who like to argue?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics, Social Skills | 464 comments

SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: How do you handle the people who like to argue?

This is a topic that makes people crazy! You may have heard of the secretive order known as the Freemasons? Well, the Freemasons wrote the Constitution… and they agreed that they were gonna have this place (called a “lodge”) where no one could talk about religion or politics… But… I’m sure, just like me, you’ve got some friends that ALWAYS have to talk about God, or Politics, or some philosophical belief that is going to take all of the fun out of the night… So how do you deal with those people? Have you figured out the nice way to prevent the debate? Tell us what kind of conversations drive you crazy… We’ve got a few good ways to end those conversations, if you’re...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: US Navy Fires on Small Vessel off the Coast of Dubai…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN | 1,024 comments

Not since the 1990’s film Waterworld has the high seas been so treacherous. Freedom of the seas was an issue that was hotly debated prior to World War I but recently hasn’t been an area of concern unless you happen to be a Somali Pirate (btw, Somali “Pirates” as we like to call them, are actually considered by Somalians as their only military: The Somali Coast Guard. Get educated and read about their side of the story). Garrrr! Woodrow Wilson was the first to champion the idea back when he proposed his 14 Points following the Great War. His concern stemmed from unrestricted U-boat attacks all across the Atlantic during the war. Now almost 100 years later the United Nations will be forced to revisit this issue! Just recently the United States has been criticized for attacking a small vessel off the coast of Dubai, U.A.E. that disregarded warnings to alter its course. The USNV Rappahannok, an oil transport ship, fired its .50 caliber gun at the U.A.E. ship killing one of the passengers and injuring three more as reported by the US Consulate in Abu Dhabi. Following the attack on the USS Cole, the United States has had little patience in dealing with potential terrorist threats. With the flammable nature of the USNV Rappahannok’s cargo, many experts claim that the US was justified in deterring this potential threat. Critics however question the decision of the crew especially after the recent heightening of tensions in the region with Iran’s threat to close the Straight of Hormuz. Regardless the actions of United States Navy threaten to disrupt the fragile peace which exists in the Persian Gulf currently. Was the US justified in its actions off of the coast of Dubai? How would you argue about the dangers for sending any ship through the Middle East portal that connects the East and West Hemispheres? What dangers do the economies of the modern world face if cargo traveling through the Suez canal is always at considerable risk while en route? Let us know what you think and comment...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: Gun Control in the US…. Where’s the control?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Blog, Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics | 850 comments

Although information surrounding the recent events in Aurora, Colorado is still unfolding it is easy to see that there will be a strong reaction to the shooting at the premier of the summer blockbuster Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Colorado, a community that is already no stranger to gun violence, will be forced to reexamine existing laws dealing with the sale, possession, and distribution of firarms in the state. Motives for the shootings may never be truly understood, but there will be no shortage of explanations over the upcoming days. Whether you believe this is an isolated incident, mental illness, lax gun control laws, or violence in movies, both the state of Colorado and the government as a whole will be forced to evaluate the existing system of gun control in the United States…. Is it too early to debate gun control here? Mayor Bloomberg recently said that “police across the country should threaten to strike until the government protects its members!” Do you think he has a legitimate argument? The UN Security Council is trying to pass a resolution to limit the sale of arms, guns, and ammunition to “dangerous” countries. Does this shooting have any influence on how you’d argue these measures in a Security Council simulation? What are your thoughts? Comment...

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