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Russian invasion shows urgent need for U.N. reform, say scholars

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"Russia is challenging the United Nations by violating its Charter, so now is a very important moment that calls into question its raison d'etre," said Toshiya Hoshino

Israel has been in open violation of the charter for the past 50 years, thanks to a never ending US veto allowing the illegal occupation of Palestine to continue.

Shouldn't the charter apply equally to all countries?

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Russia is challenging the United Nations by violating its Charter,

They challenged more than just the UN Charter. Russia attacked central Kyiv during the visit there by the UN Secretary General. Everyone in the world knew he was there and where he was as the Russian missiles struck nearby.

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Wait until international event to reform? It happens long before Ukraine

https://news.un.org/en/story/2010/12/362212-iraq-security-council-ends-war-related-mandates-milestone-session

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In my opinion, the UNSC's permanent 5 should be abolished and all members of the council should be there on a term basis - equal opportunity to all.

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One word best describes the UN, feckless. Former President Trump called the UN out in public but no one would listen.

He also called out NATO allies for not paying their fair share in the percentage of GDP.

We now have a war going on in Russia's invasion of the Ukraine and whether we like it or not the US and NATO are being drawn in.

When your enemy perceives you to be weak, it's when they attack.

Russia's mistake was to underestimate the resolve of the Ukrainians to fight for their country and overestimate the competence of their professional military and the conscripts.

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Why was this not a problem till it worked in favour of US and it’s allies. Now that Russia is doing the vetoing it the world has suddenly woken up to UNSC reform.

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The UN, an extremely corrupt organisation, influenced mainly by the rogue state of the USA.

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Let's face it, the UN is a diplomatic body ... potentially to avoid war, nothing to do if a war has already started. And with its current structure, if is incompetent when any of its 5 permanent security council members are involved in a dispute. That was a massive mistake.

Like the League Of Nations before it, the UN, when it comes down to it can do very little about situations like this.

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Back in 1950 when North Korea, with the blessing of the USSR and PRC invaded South Korea. The UN command supported South Korea. The necessary UN resolutions passed because the USSR was boycotting the UN at the time in objection to the Republoic of China (now Taiwan) getting "China's seat" on the PUNSC

That Russia, a PUNSC member itself is a party to the invasion and still has any veto rights is utterly absurd. That is having one of the parties to a dispute act as judge to settle it.

The UN needs a complete overhaul to eliminate such contradictory CFs.

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Back in 1950 when North Korea, with the blessing of the USSR and PRC invaded South Korea. The UN command supported South Korea. The necessary UN resolutions passed because the USSR was boycotting the UN at the time in objection to the Republoic of China (now Taiwan) getting "China's seat" on the PUNSC

That Russia, a PUNSC member itself is a party to the invasion and still has any veto rights is utterly absurd. That is having one of the parties to a dispute act as judge to settle it.

The UN needs a complete overhaul to eliminate such contradictory CFs.

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Let's not forget the illegal invasion of Iraq by the United States

Iraq war was illegal and breached UN charter, says Annan | World news | The Guardian

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The UN has for a long time now been totally unfit for purpose - it really only exists to support it's own vast bureaucratic 'club', who's members enjoy huge salaries and expense accounts, first-class travel and hotel-stays, and are generally puffed-up with their own sense of self-importance. Reform isn't the answer, abolition possibly is.

What's needed are teams of extremely dedicated and dynamic mediators and diplomatic negotiators, who are capable of responding to all and any issue which evolve between neighbouring countries. They don't need to be housed in expensive office-buildings, and can operate on a regional basis throughout the world, and most importantly can respond quickly and firmly when the situations arise. There are many different ways in which resolutions can be reached in all of the different regions of our world, not one size fits all.

A civilised society is measured by the peaceful manner in which all disputes are resolved, thereby making the declaration of war not just a last resort, but 'no resort' at all. It is up to every free and democratic country to encourage the creation of a new world order in which war is never an option - our future on this planet depends precisely on this.

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Doesn't the seventy-year Israeli occupation of Palestine require reform of the United Nations?

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samymutairMay 4  11:49 pm JST

Doesn't the seventy-year Israeli occupation of Palestine require reform of the United Nations?

This doesn't make sense because Israel is a country, and there is no country called Palestine, so there can be no occupation as such.

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 there is no country called Palestine

Au contraire, as of July 2019, 138 of the 193 United Nations (UN) members have recognized Palestine. Before there was an Israel there was a British colony called Palestine on that land. One of the more repugnant things some on the right attempt to do is to denigrate the Palestinians by claiming they don't exist. They do, they are a nation and they have every right to their land that any American has to theirs. Israel steals their land at gunpoint and too many ignorant Americans cheer this. It is detestable.

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Once this is done and dusted Ukraine will be a much smaller, landlocked country.

I seriously doubt Russia will restitute any coastal areas already taken during this scrap.

Russia is still a bad dog, the West and Ukraine miscalculated big time.

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With Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine showing up the United Nations as a malfunctioning world body, the time to push anew for drastic reform may have come for Japan and many other nations.

Well, at least some minds are catching up to what has been apparent for the entire 77 year history of the U.N.. A good place to start could have been in the early 1960's as America wormed its way into a civil war in Vietnam (see: Russia in Ukraine) and dozens of points of corrupt hypocrisy since that time. "...the time to push anew for drastic reform may have come..." seems tediously repetitive given how often we have heard this call. But looking for REAL 'democracy' in our world is to engage in Diogenesian futility.

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A civilised society is measured by the peaceful manner in which all disputes are resolved...

And there we have our CURRENT 'civilization' in a nutshell...

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The United Nations was formed ostensibly to ensure a fair and equitable Human World. People locked inside of concrete walls, barbed wire, held in captivity in their own country, arbitrarily shot to death, homes destroyed, food, fuel, electricity, medicine withheld as mass punishment for 'disobedience', and justified by racial/religious intolerance is how we would describe (and have described) a CONCENTRATION CAMP. GAZA is such a place and the U.N. is powerless to intervene and even legitimizes the perpetrators. What is the purpose of the U.N.? Is it not to pursue a fair and equitable world for ALL people, even those whose land has been invaded by well armed and VERY WELL financed foreigners with an absurdly spurious claim to be the rightful owners of a land that has been occupied by others for, literally, thousands of years? Why do we have difficulty considering Ukraine when we behold Palestine? Why do we waste money on the U.N. when it is powerless to fulfill its charter other than to wring hands and whine? Clearly, had it been extant contemporaneously with the United Nations, the Reich would have been a welcome member.

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