There is a basic contradiction at the heart of the international system. Lofty universal values imbue the preamble to the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and many other resolutions of the organization, but the rest of the UN Charter is often sordidly pragmatic, with checks, balances and vetoes to make sure that member states actually stay in. The tension between ideals and practice can be dynamic.
It is more decades than I care to remember that I turned up in the grey corridors of the UN and began to write about the place for Tribune and others. Interestingly, years of exposure to British unions and the Labour Party gave me the resolutionary framework to deal with this fascinating multinational bureaucracy, where the title holders did not necessarily pull the switches and where those who made grand principled speeches were often only kidding.
As we commemorate the centenary of the Bolshevik seizure of power, it seems timely to consider the concept of parties in politics, not least in the US, where the conservatives in the Republican Party have become the true airs of Leninâ€™s conspiratorial but highly organized model. They are organizing for power and have been for decades. The Bolsheviks called themselves socialists and used seemingly pro-worker rhetoric, so they have always benefited from the romanticism of the left.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".