Posts tagged: Democracy



The mistake of Evo Morales

We have deep respect for Evo Morales. There is no doubt that he is one of those rare politicians who really cares and wants to improve the lives of poor people. That is just and very necessary. But because he does not know that there is a better system, he slides back to a proven inferior system ...

New chance for small parties in Wolbes

The WolBES has its critics, of course. But anybody wanting to set up a new party and members of small political parties should support the WolBES, for it gives them a new chance. Art. 9 of the WolBES stipulates that the Bonaire Island Council shall consist of 9 members and Saba and Statia’s Council ...

Stop this stupid, stupid war!

We are all for peaceful globalization, but not this way. Globalization via socio-economic measures: Yes. Today! Globalization via war and violence: No, we want no part of it. There was a meeting in Yalta just before the recent Georgia-Russia war. Present were, among others, the President of ...

Drugs Threaten State of Mexico

The head of Mexico's intelligence service has said that drug cartels are threatening the country's democratic institutions, including Congress. Guillermo Valdes told the Financial Times that drug traffickers were trying to take over the power of the state. Gangs have infiltrated police forces, ...

Change; Opium for the Masses?

Obama will bring some change. Important change, even. But not yet the change the whole world needs. It appears we'll have to wait until 2012. That is when shift is supposed to happen. We do not mean this in any mystical sense, although we do not slight mysticism. We are referring to the expected ...

Peaceful Transition to Democracy in Cuba

There is active opposition to the Cuban government, but it is severely hampered by lack of funds, as well as lack of rights to organize. The right to freely organize political parties, trade-unions or any other associations with an independent political agenda is denied in Cuba. And even if it were ...

Faith-based Politics or ‘Themocracy’?

Haven't we had enough of that already? Well, that depends on what you mean by ‘faith'. George Bush apparently believes that ‘faith' means the ‘Christian faith'. He's wrong. There are many faiths (in this sense) and all faith-based states, no matter whether Christian, Jewish, Hindu or Muslim, always ...

Escalating Food Prices

‘I told you so!' is a terrible thing to say. But - alas! -, ARCO did tell you so. About water too (see ARCO 33 and before). It won't be long and we'll have a serious problem with water shortages also. But, let's leave water aside for a minute. The acute problem now is food. Staple foods, such as ...

Jamaica’s Crime & Failing Capitalism and Socialism

Jamaica's poor have been left to the mercy of violent criminal gangs, Amnesty International says in a new report.  The human rights group said inner-city Jamaicans were being "held hostage" in the battle between gangs and the state. Amnesty said Jamaican authorities had stigmatized and "wilfully ...

Obama: Right Man, in the Right Place, at the Right Time

Obama rose to the occasion. This whole thing about Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a great opportunity for Barack and the more he realizes it, the better he will be able to use the power surge triggered by it, to enhance his own strength. His first speech about it was good, but he can do better still. This ...

Amnesty and Corruption Cuba Style

If you consider capitalism a crime, then any commercial transaction is corrupt. This is the situation in Cuba. If you sell your house in Havana and make a profit, you have committed a crime and are punishable by law. Now, this particular crime is not easy to commit in Cuba, for all real property is ...

The Credibility Factor

Obama is pure people power. This is spiritual power, ‘if it be turned into earth' as the Emerald Tablet says. This means ‘if it is applied in practice'. Obama may or may not know it, but the power he uses is spiritual. He taps into the positive side of human nature, showing them the right way. And ...

Difference between CO-OP’s and 100% ESOP’s

One critique of ESOP's is that they are the same as CO-OP's, especially 100% ESOP's. Let's look at terminology first. A CO-OP is a form of partnership in which each partner has equal membership in a specific kind of corporation on a ‘one-man one vote'-basis. In fact variations have been introduced ...

For our Cuban Friends, especially Fidel Castro

To achieve peaceful transition to democracy, the Cubans need a new economic theory - built on full political democracy - that not only respects the Revolution but improves both the socialist and the capitalist model. As we were told in Cuba: ‘No queremos una transición de comunismo salvaje a ...

Peace Paradigm

Ugly Americans! Were they always ugly? Or have they become ugly during the Bush administration? Let us begin by saying there are no ugly Americans. There are no ugly Islamists either. There are only people. According to Clint Eastwood there are good people, bad people and ugly people. Eastwood ...

Why are we not happy?

A senior al-Qaeda leader, Abu Laith al-Libi, has been killed in Afghanistan, the BBC reported a few days ago. Such news does not make happy. Why? Well, think about it. It is conceivable that sometimes war or police action is inescapable. If that's the case, then sometimes the use of force is ...

Amnesty Law for Cuban Political Prisoners

An Amnesty Law for all Cuban political prisoners will have to be introduced before transition to democracy will take place. This is not as easy as it may seem. For who are ‘political prisoners'? Is the bombing of a Cuban government building, causing death and destruction, a political or a criminal ...

Cuba should adopt Binary Economics

Fidel Castro has finally recognized that he has made a great mistake. His only defense is ‘youth and a misunderstanding of conscience' or something like that, as he recently explained. He has urged more debate on political and economic matters. And very timely indeed! Cuba's people are fed up with ...

One World, Ready or Not

Okay, the title is plagiarized. But it’s a good title. And we give the original author (William Greider) full credit. Find his book on the ‘Manic Logic of Global Capitalism’ at Amazon. It was the song ‘We are One’ by Kevin Reid that reminded us of the book entitled: ‘One World, Ready or Not’. So we ...

Separation of Powers Animalistic

The much-hailed political device known as the ‘separation of powers’ is animalistic in nature. It originated from and is based on mistrust in man’s ability to handle power. If we look at how chimpanzees handle power and base our political system thereon, we would end up with dictatorship. Now, the ...

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