I'd like to defend J-Rod to a degree, in that he can have an opinion based on demographics about a region he has never been to; Harlem was chosen by Chavez because of those demographics. Say what you will about welfare, but it is an abused system. I can imagine that J-Rod drew his conclusions on the mobility of those particular NYC residents based on his knowledge of the numbers (unemployment, welfare, drop-out rate) and further thoughts both personal and political about the welfare/handout system the US has in place. It's no worse to say that than to declare the Midwest a sanctuary of backward thinking and intolerance, since it primarily votes Republican, and certainly a lot of people like to make such sweeping generalizations. * * * As for the initial question of the thread (can we trust the UN?), I'd say no. It is a corrupt body that doesn't adequately reflect the nature of the world. The Security Council is a mockery, as is the General Assembly. Its interests are its own, and not the world's. I don't think it has failed utterly yet, but it is closer everyday to the graveyard of its forbearer, the League of Nations. I would not trust the UN to save any country - what it is there for - from invasion or internal strife. It is supposed to be the arbiter for world conflict, but how long has the situation in Darfur gone on, or in the rest of Africa, for that matter. Why aren't there UN troops in the former Soviet republics making sure the votes are cast and counted correctly? Why isn't Russia under more scrutiny for its growing autocracy? No, the UN is not to be trusted to handle anything as it stands. Perhaps it is a midlife crisis. Or maybe it's the onset of senility and the inability to get up and do something, to make a decision to at least put on pants for God's sake and face the world. * * * A brief aside: that Harlem service website? Let them know you graduate FROM something. I didn't "graduate college," or mark it with some system of measurement, but rather I "graduated FROM college," receiving a diploma or mark of completion. The informal terminology really bugs me.