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UNITED NATIONS HAS SERIOUS WORK AHEAD

The recent U.N. World Conference Against Racism was a limited success. Racism is a global phenomenon and a basic human rights violation, yet the participating U.N. member states were reluctant to adopt a program of action equal to the gravity of the problem.

Disagreements abounded on a variety of levels. Controversial issues -- equating Zionism with racism as well as demanding reparations for slavery and colonialism -- helped to diminish this important session's significance. Indeed, the Bush administration boycotted this conference due to the Arabs' anti-Zionist resolution. This boycott only exacerbates the Bush administration's isolationist foreign policy.

Racism is a grave social cancer gnawing at the vitals of human civilization. The international community should take unequivocal steps to eradicate its insidious influence.

Our world is not in a good state. Little progress has been made toward universal disarmament; 3 billion people live in abject poverty; 100 million people are homeless; numerous explosive hot-spots are marring the international landscape; and large numbers of people die from senseless wars, preventable diseases and starvation. This demonstrates the need to reintensify the U.N.'s work to eradicate the evils afflicting humanity.

DAVID SLIVE

Buffalo

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