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The Debate Over Symbols At Occupy Portland

Posted on 10/17/2011 06:40:30 PM

Two debates at the general assembly on October 9th stood out to me as possibly being thematically linked: the issue of whether or not to adopt the US flag as an official symbol of Occupy Portland and the issue of occupying or ceding Main Street, the bit of road between our twin encampments. I sa..

Somalia: What do they really need?

Posted on 10/11/2011 03:33:59 PM

Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results”.  He would be surprised if he could see how insanely the international community engages with Somalia. The unfortunate country of the horn of Africa once again has drawn worl..

Foreign Aid: Virtue or New Colonialism?

Posted on 10/10/2011 03:33:24 PM

A bulk of the literature on foreign aid is centered on a simple question: Does it work?  The assumption of aid having a positive impact on growth remained scientifically almost unchallenged during the 1950s and 1960s. Since the late 1960s, empirical research has dealt with the aid-growth relat..

Arab Spring: Why Now?

Posted on 10/07/2011 09:19:25 AM

In his famous book “Third Wave: Democratization in the late 20th Century”, Samuel Huntington makes a remarkable analysis of democratization processes that took place in the East Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa between 1970-1990. His analysis is based on five pillars; erosion on l..

Start changing the world from home: from online awareness to offline activism

Posted on 10/05/2011 04:05:16 AM

Truths and lies. Lights and shadows. Verified articles and biased opinions. During the last few years, the global network Internet has generated more information than the entire mankind after centuries of history. Without even noticing it, we have evolved from a lack of information about tons of top..

In the Shadow of the Tea Party Revolt: Where are the Jobs, Jobs Jobs?

Posted on 09/05/2011 09:47:28 AM

      We are just two months away from the anniversary of the mid-term election of 2010, the oft-celebrated "Tea Party Revolt" by the Right.  Tea Party Republicans swept into the 2010 mid-terms, riding mountains of cash from a select few special interests, funding a few dozen as..

Educating the public representatives of tomorrow?

Posted on 09/05/2011 08:32:26 AM

In the UK, as like in the rest of the world, we rely on qualified professionals to undertake valuable work.We insist that only highly qualified doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals look after us when we are ill, injured or need help. We look for trained and qualified tradesmen to build our ..

"Give a man some money and he can survive. Give a man a job and he can live."

Posted on 09/05/2011 08:27:42 AM

There is an old proverb that goes like this:"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."Quite a few of you will recognise that saying. Being a proverb it is a short expression of popular wisdom. I have taken this old proverb and adapt..

Let’s make everything FREE!

Posted on 08/26/2011 04:44:52 AM

The Free World Charter is a set of principles that have the potential to optimise life on Earth for all species, eradicate human poverty and greed, and advance progress exponentially. Neither political nor religious, the ten short principles of the Charter could form the foundation of a ..

Corruption in India

Posted on 08/23/2011 11:13:34 AM

Corruption in India A 2005 study conducted by Transparency International in India found that more than 45% of Indians had first-hand experience of paying bribes or influence peddling to get jobs done in public offices successfully. India tops the li..

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