ECUADOR: Paradigm shift disorder

PSD: A condition afflicting individuals and governments that, once in power, implement policies contrary to the paradigm shift that is vital for the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, and for which they were elected to implement. Often, it is characterized by demagoguery, hypocrisy and a reverting back to ruinous policies that violate human [...]

US nominates first ambassador to Burma in 22 years

I don’t know if he suspected that he’d be promoted back in January when he gave the Center for Asian Democracy’s inaugural annual lecture, but on May 17th Derek Mitchell, the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, was nominated by President Obama to be the first US ambassador to the country in 22 years. [...]

Africa’s Boom

Africa is growing. Sometime two years ago the continent’s population surpassed a billion people. But this is not simply some sort of phenomenon of Malthusian proportions. For as Africa’s population grows, so too does its economy, in ways that most people probably do not realize. Howard French explains: Africa, with a population expected to roughly [...]

INDIA: Bangaru Laxman – Corruption and Punishment

Crime and punishment is often talked about but corruption is punishment is seldom being heard. Most of the time we hear about scam and corruption but punishment is rare of the rarest. If at all punishment is being meted out its only to some low ranking office staff. The fight against corruption got a shot [...]

Elections for a president ‘who will not be able to change the old structures’

Egyptians are going to the polls today and tomorrow for the first round of the presidential elections. There are 13 candidates, but only four of them stand a chance to win. All four of them belong in one way or other to the conservative establishment. Two are remnants of the Mubarak era: Amr Moussa was [...]

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