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United Nations Superhero Man – funny but real evidence of a big difference between U.S. and Europeans

Some Norwegian comedians created a funny rock music video that celebrates the career of peacekeeper and global human rights advocate Jan Egeland. It is funny, and also a celebration, of this outspoken global champion of the poor.

But it also made me wonder if anything like this — a piece of comedy built on the (Norwegian) public’s common understanding of the value of the work of a UN official — could work in the U.S. How many Americans can even name three top UN officials, I wonder?


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.