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Speeches and Movements for the Whole World at the UN

by James Corbett,
The International Forecaster

It’s September, and that can only mean one thing. Back to school? No. Yellow-amber ridges of freshly-fallen leaves crushing underfoot on quiet country paths? Not quite. A last desperate attempt to squeeze in some outdoor sports before winter descends like a blanket once again over the northern hemisphere? Of course not. I mean the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Maybe this is what drove Ella Fitzgerald to croon so sentimentally about “Autumn in New York.” After all, who can forget Eisenhower’s famous “Atoms for Peace” speech at the General Assembly in 1953 in which he announced the new age of limitless, clean, cheap, safe atomic power? Or Bush’s 2002 speech before the Assembly warning of the clear, grave danger posed by Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction?

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