Daily Archives: December 28, 2013

The international misrule of law – By Brahma Chellaney

The international misrule of law

Photo of Brahma ChellaneyProjectSyndicate.org – December 23, 2013  – By Brahma Chellaney

NEW DELHI – On the face of it, China’s recent declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) extending to territories that it does not control has nothing in common with America’s arrest and strip-search of a New York-based Indian diplomat for allegedly underpaying a housekeeper she had brought with her from India. In fact, these episodes epitomize both powers’ unilateralist approach to international law.

A just, rules-based global order has long been touted by powerful states as essential for international peace and security. Yet there is a long history of major powers flouting international law while using it against other states. The League of Nations failed because it could not punish or deter such behavior. Today, the United States and China serve as prime examples of a unilateralist approach to international relations, even as they aver support for strengthening global rules and institutions.       Continue reading

2013: A year of lost opportunities for Caribbean countries

2013: A year of lost opportunities for Caribbean countries

By Sir Ronald Sanders
Sir Ronald Sanders

Thursday December 26, 2013 – 2013 was not a good year for any of the 14 independent member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – not even for three of the four commodity-exporting nations Belize, Guyana and Suriname, despite their economic growth. The fourth commodity-exporting country, Trinidad and Tobago, had no growth to speak-of.

All the countries were beset by high unemployment; there was high debt in 10 of them; decline in inclusive economic growth in 11 of them; unsustainable fiscal deficits and widening trade deficits in goods and services in all of them; and foreign exchange losses in many of them. Additionally, bank lending and private spending tightened in 11 of them causing a contraction in the private sector to which all countries had been looking to lead economic recovery in the wake of cash-strapped governments being compelled to retreat as both investor and employer. Continue reading

Black Santa: Racist to Keep St. Nick White?

This is a blog entry from one of our subscribers  – Holistic Wayfarer – which we decided to share with you… You can check out her site…

A Holistic Journey

A recent L.A. Times article described a celebrated Black Santa Claus, “the main attraction…at a mall…in the heart of black Los Angeles.” People actually first call “to make sure he will be there” before they head out on what is for some an hour’s drive.

The historical St. Nicholas was actually a wealthy Greek orphan born in Asia minor during the third century who grew up to become a bishop. He was supposed to have tossed gold coins anonymously down a chimney so three poor downtrodden sisters could get married. He became known for his charity and evolved into a synthesis of the Dutch legend, the German Sinterklaas, and the British Father Christmas. So Santa as we know him is a European of multicultural blood who started out as a Christian from the Mediterranean, neither white nor black but olive.

Santa does not play a part in my family’s Christmas…

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NYC – Mayor-Elect Bill DeBlasio to be sworn in by Pres. Clinton

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President Clinton and NYC Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio

MAYOR-ELECT BILL DE BLASIO TO BE SWORN IN BY PRESIDENT CLINTON

New York, NY – On January 1, 2014, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in by President Bill Clinton. Following a ceremony featuring diverse and talented New Yorkers from across the city, President Clinton will swear de Blasio in as the 109th Mayor of New York City.  Continue reading

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