Biography, Dr Michel Chossudovsky, Dr.Evgeny Chossudovsky: Writerwith a distinguished UN career

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    Evgeny Chossudovsky: Writer with a distinguished UN career

    Global Research, February 12, 2006
    The Irish Times - 2006-01-18

    Throughout his UN career and until his death, Evgeny Chossudovsky
    expressed his firm support for the Palestinian cause. He supported
    the Centre for Research on Globalization from the outset. Global
    Research will continue in his footsteps to support the causes of
    social justice and World peace. (Michel Chossudovsky)

    The Irish Times
    January 28, 2006 Saturday

    OBITUARY

    Dr Evgeny Chossudovsky, who has died aged 91, was a Russian Jewish
    émigré who had a distinguished career with the United Nations
    following the second World War. In Dublin, in the late 1970s, he
    continued another role as a prestigious writer on international
    relations.

    He was a trenchant, knowledgeable and dogged participant in
    internationalist discussions at the Royal Irish Academy and in many
    publications, including The Irish Times. "Chossy" to his friends, he
    was well known too for a fine sense of humour.

    His family had been displaced by the civil war that followed the 1917
    Russian Revolution and by the first World War.

    The Irish connection was made in the 1930s when, as a student, he met
    his wife Rachel Sullivan, then studying at Queen's University Belfast,
    at a Geneva summer school. She was from a Co Antrim Protestant family.
    In 1939 they were married in a Belfast registry office. In the late
    1970s they settled in Baily, Howth.

    Chossudovsky "decided he wanted to be in the UN before it even
    existed", his son Michel, professor of economics at the University of
    Ottawa, said at his funeral. In 1947 he became one of three special
    assistants to the distinguished Swedish economist, and later Nobel
    laureate, Gunnar Myrdal, director of the UN's Economic Commission for
    Europe (ECE).

    As the Cold War deepened, Myrdal and his "ECE trinity" pushed the
    concept of East-West co-operation and peaceful coexistence between
    conflicting economic systems, in which Chossudovsky believed
    passionately.

    He served the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) under
    the Argentinian former central banker, Raúl Prebisch. Intended to
    embrace the aspirations of poor countries, Unctad was a Non-Aligned
    Movement initiative. Chossudovsky was secretary of its Trade and
    Development Board and his considerable diplomatic skills as a
    consensus-maker emerged at international conferences. He worked behind
    the scenes, often into the small hours, agreeing resolutions with
    delegations in a determination to achieve global social justice.

    But as the toothless Unctad became undermined by the "neo-liberal"
    agenda and the later Uruguay Round and General Agreement on Tariffs
    and Trade (Gatt), Chossudovsky moved to become director of the UN
    Institute for Training and Research (Unitar) in Geneva. Later, in semi-
    retirement, he became a special fellow of the institute. All his life
    Chossudovsky retained a patriotic attachment to Russia and a sympathy
    for socialist ideas. But at the end he expressed disappointment that
    the spirit of the UN was being undermined, saying only weeks ago to
    his son that the world was now "in an awful situation".

    He was born in 1914 into an affluent Jewish merchant family in Rostov-
    on-Don near the Sea of Azov. His grandfather traded in wheat. The
    family went to Berlin in 1921 during the civil war. Their property had
    been confiscated.

    His father was a gifted actor who had trained as a lawyer but as a Jew
    was unable to practise. In Rostov-on-Don he ran a Shakespearean
    theatre and in Berlin various jobs included selling ice-cream on the
    street. But Chossudovsky's beloved rich maternal uncle, Moses Gorfman,
    stepped in to "look after" the family, particularly as it became
    dispersed.

    In Berlin Chossudovsky resumed school, and studied Goethe. He became
    equally fluent in German and Russian - and later English and French.
    After school, he applied to universities abroad. As a Jew, there was
    little question of studying in Nazi Germany.

    He was accepted by the University of Edinburgh, where he studied
    economics and earned a PhD.

    As Chossudovsky's studies started in 1934 his uncle Moses, a
    businessman who traded in the stock market, was living in London. He
    later left for Paris, where Evgeny's parents joined him. During the
    war, on the night French police came to take uncle Moses away for
    extermination at Auschwitz, his parents were overlooked.

    Chossudovsky received no news of them until after the war. He worked
    for the Co-operative Movement, first in Wales as an adult education
    officer for miners giving evening courses in international affairs,
    and then in London. Highly committed to its ideals, he worked for the
    movement until 1947.

    A year earlier, he had applied to the UN. He had a Soviet passport and
    the UN wanted Russians. After a brief stint in New York (which he
    judged no place to bring up children) he transferred to the Europe
    office of the UN in Geneva. Ever since falling in love in Geneva he
    had wanted to live there.

    Chossudovsky was author and co-author of several books including The
    Helsinki Final Act Viewed in the United Nations Perspective. He co-
    edited The United Nations System at Geneva - A Working Guide and
    contributed to the International Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique
    and the journal Foreign Affairs. He was also a frequent participant at
    disarmament conferences of the Pugwash group.

    His Irish Times contributions were on a wide range of issues,
    including the North. He also contributed to the Royal Irish Academy's
    Irish Studies in International Affairs. Dr Ronan Fanning, professor of
    history at UCD, said Chossudovsky was "an outside voice" at the
    academy who "played a role broadening our perspectives" at a time when
    objective discussion was difficult in Ireland. He loved Wilde, Beckett
    and Joyce.

    He was predeceased by his wife Rachel in 1996; is survived by his
    daughter, Eugenia, son Michel and his wife Micheline; and two
    grandchildren, Natacha and Maya.

    Dr Evgeny Michel Chossudovsky: born August 15th, 1914; died January
    4th, 2006



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