April 2010

The AFA Online

Get updates on events, information about upcoming Conferences, summaries from past conferences, and scholarship and essay contest details at www.americanfreedomassociation.org or click here to go to our website

UN Activites

  Recently, the U.N. has focused on rebuilding Haiti and helping the Haitian people. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received pledges for $8 billion of the $11 billion he estimated was needed.

  Also notable:

The ICC approved a probe into the violence following elections in Kenya.

After successful parliamentary polls, the Security Council congratulated the Iraqis effort.

Ban named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet to succeed Hedi Annabi as the Special Representative in Haiti.

For more information, click here to go to the UN News Centre website

Law of the Sea Update

  • Negotiated in the 1970's, the Law of the Sea Treaty has yet to be voted on by the full U.S. Senate.
  • In March, AFA representatives met with Senator Kay Hagan to ask for her support for the Treaty.
  • The Treaty still needs 67 votes to get on the Senate agenda.
  • The U.S. is banned from relevant discussions with other nations because the U.S. has not signed the Treaty to date.
  • For more information, please visit the American Freedom Association website or click here

Save the Date for the 2010 Southeastern World Affairs Institute Conference

Mark your calendars for this year's Southeastern World Affairs Institute held again at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C. The 2010 Conference will be held July 30th through August 1st.

It again features  a roster of notable speakers from around the world including Stephanie Ansaldo, founder and executive director of the Echo Foundation; Michael Brotchner, Executive Director of Orphans of Rwanda, Geeta Pasi, Director of the Office of East African Affairs, and David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net as moderator. We have also invited a wonderful past WAI speaker Crystal Williams, Executive Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association; Ida Sawyer, DRC Researcher and Representative, Human Rights Watch, Goma, Congo; and Dr. Ronnie Kaddu from Kampala, Uganda.

Please consider bringing a new attendee to the Conference this year. Registration forms for this year's event will be mailed in May, or you can register in May on the website. For more information about the speakers and to read summaries from past WAI Conferences, please go to the AFA Website www.americanfreedomassociation.com or click here for the AFA WAI Conference page

The Oscar K. Merritt Scholarship

The 2010 high school essayists of the Oscar K. Merritt Scholarship traveled to New York and Washington in March to tour the U.N., enjoy a theater production and visit N.C. Senator Richard Burr at his office in Washington, D.C.

The AFA's annual trip awards the winning high school writers with an educational tour that helps them both participate in, and get a more in-depth look at the world. Mt. Airy High School Junior Wes Bledsoe presented his winning research paper at the U.N. on March 15th. More than half a dozen N.C. high schools participated in this year's contest, titled: How Should the United Nations Effectively Enforce the Law of the Sea Treaty?

For more information about the Scholarship contest, please go to www.americanfreedomassociation.org or click here for the Oscar K. Merritt Scholarship Awards page