1. In the name of a better world
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Balkans Danube Ex-USSR
* United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres present his report on “Making Migration Work for All” with his Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour.
The United Nations has launched a migration report under the title: Making Migration Work for All.1) During a session UN Secretary General António Guterres delivered a speech, followed by an accolade from Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration. The other participants chipped in with their submissive praises. The whole UN agenda has also been released under the title of Making Migration Work for All.2)
In his speech the Secretary General said among others (emphasis added):
Let me emphasize: migration is a positive global phenomenon. It powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, connects diverse societies and helps us ride the demographic waves of population growth and decline. (…) Authorities that erect major obstacles to migration — or place severe restrictions on migrants’ work opportunities — inflict needless economic self-harm, as they impose barriers to having their labour needs met in an orderly and legal fashion.
Worse still, they unintentionally encourage illegal migration. Aspiring migrants, denied legal pathways to travel, inevitably fall back on irregular methods. (…) The best way to end the stigma of illegality is (…) for Governments to put in place more legal pathways for migration.
There are powers that have planned for us our future, our bright future, with global happiness, world peace and brotherhood of men (oops! and women of course, and those who do not identify as either). The designers of our future feel way above us, the commoners, and they know what is best for us. They live in respectable neighbourhoods, look groomed, smart and elegant, they have graduated from renowned universities and are having the time of their lives. They might be the envy of each of us, the commoners.
Just take a closer look at them. A distinguished representative of Turkey or Ireland or whatever other country, boards a plane and flies business class to various destinations around the world,where he or she is or they (the singular they) are received with full honours, accommodated in luxurious hotels, entertained at parties and invited to UN sessions to read from a piece of paper a ghostwritten text for approximately three or ten minutes, full of devotional sighs and devout ejaculations.
They raise their minds to whatever gods there be and recite on and on a litany of platitudes by means of which they address challenges, fight for human rights, are concerned with dignity of human beings, indulge in joint or shared responsibility, look forward to new approaches, design sustainable development, generally make valuable contributions or take active part (or, depending on the script version) participate actively in providing better opportunities for all and each one irrespective of (yes, you guessed it right!) gender, race, nationality and religion, they set their sights on countering xenophobia and racism and derogatory or exclusive language, and so on, and so forth. Angels incarnate.
I know such rhetoric from experience. I listened to or read the speeches delivered by the comrades of communist slash socialist slash workers’ parties in Eastern Europe. They, too, fought for world peace and progress and internationalism and they, too, – mind you ! – were merely advocates of the inevitability of the allegedly irreversible historical and global processes.
I remember it very well: at that time, too, there really was no alternative. You had to conform (or at least keep your mouth shut) or else you landed up on the trash heap of history. If you were lucky, that is. If you had decided to resist, then the goodness of the do-gooders would have steamrolled you thin and flat. You were the enemy of the people.
- The publication is not an editorial. It reflects solely the point of view and argumentation of the author. The publication is presented in the presentation. Start in the previous issue. The original is available at: gefira.org