Japan: Actively encourage the Burmese government to institute the systemic reforms necessary for Democracy

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan Re: Japan: Actively encourage the Burmese government to institute the systemic reforms necessary for Democracy Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem News.com. I recognize the encouraging signs of change in Burma in the past year, including easing [...]

Global economic realignments: Asia, US and EU

Ever since Nixon took the step to ameliorate relations with China, there have been gradual global economic realignments. The end of the Cold War and the creation of the European Monetary Union were major historic turning points in global realignment, as was the US decision in the 1990s to promote China and Taiwan to counterbalance [...]

Nuclear emergency in Japan: lessons for India

The recent devastation that has impacted the people of Japan has been described as of epic proportions of many kinds: loss of lives, loss of private properties and public assets; economic set back; and nuclear emergency. While there was not much the civil society could do to avoid the earth quake and Tsunami, the man [...]

Red storm rising or storm in a teacup? The South China Sea island disputes

In 1996 bestselling US author Tom Clancy (Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Sum of All Fears) wrote a novel entitled SSN which followed the mission of a US submarine in a fictional war between the United States and China over the Spratly islands. Similarly the plot of the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never [...]

China, capitalism and social justice

A few months ago, I wrote a brief piece on how China replaced Japan as the world’s number two economy, and I followed up with another piece on how China is expected to replace the US as the world’s leading economy in the next five years. A college student from China sent me an email, [...]

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