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Democracy in Globalized World

Tony Blair, former British PM, in his memoir "The Journey" Sept 2010, said: "My conclusion, strangely, is not that the power of politics is needed to liberate the people; but that the power of people is needed to liberate the politics.” The debate on the growth of democracy in the context of globalization has been in vogue for over a decade now. Globalization effects on democracy have received much attention time and again, though there is STILL little consensus about what precisely those effects are – positive or negative -…

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Will Gates Foundation Replace the UN?

“Don’t just go for safe projects, take on the really tough problems”, were the words of advice, Warren Buffet, co-trustee of the Gates Foundation, gave to Bill Gates about philanthropy. When the foundation was founded in 1994, known then as the William H. Gates Foundation, after Bill Gate’s father, there was little doubt that the charity was going to succeed, because after all, everything associated with Bill Gates - the richest man on the planet - succeeds. Some 16 years later the Gates Foundation has been cited as being the…

Read more about the article Making the Law Work for Everyone
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Making the Law Work for Everyone

The specter of poverty, and the resultant suffering from want and fear, have been realities for so long that poverty is often deemed to be a natural and inevitable part of the human condition. In earlier times, when the struggle merely to survive was paramount for most people, this conclusion seemed reasonable, perhaps even unavoidable. In our era however, we have every possibility to make economic opportunity broadly available. In the last six decades, more wealth has been created than in all previous history. No longer can it be argued…

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Conflict Beyond Their Years

How more could be done to prevent children in armed forces? Children remain children until they reach the age of 18 and because of spending an insufficient amount of years on the planet they are unable to make maturely responsible decisions, especially the one’s which may involve risk or potentially harming themselves and others. This is the core of the argument to why under 18-year-olds, who are essentially still children, should not be allowed to be recruited into establishments where they will be inevitably forced to make such decisions and…

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UNICEF and MDG’s

Are UNICEF and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) on target for providing a better future for children? Assuming the post of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sixth Executive Director on 1 May 2010, Mr. Anthony Lake ‘reassuringly’ pledged on his first day in office to help the world’s children “inherit a better tomorrow”. Words however are always easier than actions, promises easier than proceedings, and one cannot help but wonder, somewhat dubiously, exactly how Mr. Lake and UNICEF intend to accomplish such an audacious but imperative pledge. Being an…

Read more about the article Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild with Trust
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Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild with Trust

Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild with Trust; a new world order. "Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man , and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him." Mahatma Gandhi. Whether we like it or not, we are all bound on this planet by three main forces: (1) the government, democratically chosen or not; (2) the corporate world run mostly by power, pelf (greed) and an occasional manifestation of what is termed as corporate social responsibility(CSR)  without which we cannot conduct…

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Davos Videos – Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild

The theme of the Davos meeting this year was “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild". How timely for the economic and financial domains, considering the recent melt down of the global financial systems and the ensuing ripple effects on many industries and businesses; even more timely for the social, cultural and moral domains considering the break down of values, the absence of justice, freedom, security and democracy in many corners of our planet. Here are some of the highlight videos from this year, 2010, annual meeting…

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European Union vs Sri Lanka

The international community of white, christian, western nations falsely accused Sri Lanka of ‘War Crimes’ and ‘Human Rights violations’! 1. So, hasn’t Sri Lanka committed any ‘War Crimes’ and ‘Human Rights Violations’? Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country which, throughout its 2,560 years of documented history, has never waged war against any other country and has never invaded any other country. Sri Lanka's Buddhist people never kill any innocent creatures – not even tiny insects! 2. And what about the ‘International Community’ of White, Christian, Western nations (ICWCW)? GOD: “Thou…

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UNESCO Elections Politics

The UN Post participated today in Al Jazeera English program Inside Story discussing the UNESCO elections of its new leader, Ms. Irina Bokova, the former foreign minister of Bulgaria, after five rounds of voting. Ms. Bokova defeated Mr. Farouk Hosni, Egypt's minister of culture  whose candidacy for the top UNESCO post was resisted due to allegations of anti-Semitic remarks. The elections process of the new UNESCO chief started with nine candidates when the voting began last Thursday, the other seven candidates dropped out before the fifth and final round of…