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Reviews of books on the United Nations.

Zoom Poetry Reading for Book Beat Bookstore

“A Little Girl Alongside a Road” is a poem about an experience that I had in China in 1994 (correct date), near Dunhuang, Gansu, relatively close to Xinziang, where perhaps as many as 1.8 million Muslim Uighurs have now been thrown into concentration camps by China and subjected to horrifying abuse and slave labor. We human beings on this planet must honor and protect their dignity and humanity.

Special thanks to ML Lieblier, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, for hosting and inviting me to participate in his recent poetry reading benefit on Zoom for Book Beat bookshop on Sunday, December 6, 2020. Book Beat, Oak Park, Michigan, has a couple of my books available The Parliament of Poets and The Myth of the Enlightenment.

Frederick Glaysher

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The Search for Universal Spirituality. A Talk by Frederick Glaysher

Theosophical Society of Detroit – Friday, December 7, 2018. 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Q&A. 27745 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, MI 48072.

Frederick Glaysher

Frederick Glaysher spoke about the long journey of modernity during the last 130 to 150 years in search of a universal conception of spirituality. Glaysher discusses the book The World’s Parliament of Religions, 1893, and key influential speakers and groups represented at The Parliament in Chicago, including Vivekananda, Brahmo Samaj, the Unitarian Church, and the Theosophical Society, highlighting and surveying Madame Blavatsky’s emphasis on Universal Brotherhood and the study of comparative religion. Further currents include Dara Shikoh, Rammohan Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Abdul-Baha, Rumi, Kabir, poets and mystics, Emerson. Among other seeking souls touched on, Evelyn Underhill, Arnold Toynbee, Micea Eliade, Joseph Campbell, and Huston Smith.

Frederick Glaysher

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UNA-USA Members Day 2012

I was in New York for a few days at the United Nations Association Members’ Day, February 10, 2012, held in the General Assembly. The dozen panelists discussed a wide range of compelling global issues, including,

UN Peacekeeping: Its evolution and operations globally
The Security Council’s new assertiveness in peace and security
Rio+20: Pre-event expectations and potential impact
Millennium Development Goals: Post-2015: What’s next?
Family Care & Women’s Health and Re-productive Rights

UNA Members Day February 10, 2012

View from Jamaica… in the UN General Assembly Hall, where I sat during the UNA Members Day, Feb. 10, 2012. My tweets are available on my Wall below, if interested in highlights.





UNA Members Day 2012

View from behind Burundi… in the UN General Assembly, where I sat during the afternoon, the UNA Members Day, Feb. 10, 2012. My tweets are available below, if interested in highlights. Susana Malcorra, UN Under Secretary-General of the Department of Field Support, on peacekeeping. An out-standing speaker…

My Twitter highlights follow…

“Millennium Declaration… unprecedented international compact” “signed by world leaders” #unausa #membersday2012 Corinne Woods –(@fglaysher)

“…relentless corporate propaganda” denies global warming. Jeffery Sachs #unausa Members Day — (@fglaysher) February 13 at 7:13am

JFK …make the world safe for diversity…. this small plant.” #unausa #membersday2012 — (@fglaysher)

Kofi Annan “No government has the right to hide behind national sovereignty.”… Ambassador Di Carlo #unausa

Israel, Palestinians….”need to come to terms.” Di Carlo #unausa #membersday2012 —  February 12 at 9:00pm

“Peacekeeping… the whole range… difficult command and control.” Ugo Salinas #unausa #membersday2012 — fglaysher (@fglaysher)

“…institution building so that the peacekeepers can withdraw.” Ugo Salinas #usauna #membersday2012

“Why has [peacekeeping] not really worked? …lack of speed is a political one.” Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber #unausa #membersday2012 — fglaysher (@fglaysher) i.e., UN tends not to move fast enough to keep up with a developing crisis. The machinery is not in place to allow it to do otherwise.

“Countries don’t want the Secretary-General to have a rapid response force because he might use it.” Wolfgang #unausa #membersdY2012 — fglaysher…

“Peacekeeping …. is based on the willingness of member states.”

FG sitting in the UN General Assembly, at Jamaica, in the morning. 2012

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UNvanquished. Boutros Boutros-Ghali.


Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

UNvanquished : A U.S. – U.N. Saga. Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Global Tragedies of Our Own Making…. October 30, 2000

I’ve often thought or returned to passages in Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s UNvanquished since reading it in the early summer of 1999. Throughout the debate and defeat of the CTBT, the charades over Congressional withholding of funding to the UN, Jesse Helms’ appalling performance before Security Council Members in January of 2000, my attending the Millennium Forum as an accredited participant at the UN in May 2000, watching and hoping the requisite will might be found at the Millennium Summit in September 2000, I have repeatedly found myself recalling Boutros-Ghali’s devastating critique of US undermining of the United Nations, struggled to fight off a pervasive sense of tragedy and lost opportunity, lost since 1992 when Boutros-Ghali’s Agenda for Peace was shunted aside…..

Now available in

The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays
Forthcoming, September, 2014.

Frederick Glaysher


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