The Gist: How to Serve Legal Papers to the U.N. Secretary-General (Hint: Sneakily)

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June 24 2014 7:37 PM

Hey U.N. Secretary-General … You Got Served!

The Gist on serving legal papers to Ban Ki-moon, and Invisibles by David Zweig.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking last week at the Asia Society in New York.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking last week at the Asia Society in New York. He was allegedly served with a suit over Haitian cholera victims shortly before this event.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo by AFP/Getty Images.

Listen to Episode 35 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Can you sue the United Nations over a tragic cholera outbreak in Haiti? Well, first you have to figure out how to serve top diplomats with papers. Today on The Gist, lawyer Stanley Alpert says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was served last week outside of the Asia Society, but U.N. spokesman says a security guard interceded. Then, Invisibles author David Zweig explains a path to professional success that doesn’t involve relentless self-promotion. And forget Upworthy—in today’s Spiel, everything’s crapworthy.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.