Posts tagged: Democracy



Power must die and be Replaced by Justice

A seed must die to be reborn and grow into a tree. So too, a man must die to be reborn and become a new man. His ego must die. He himself must kill it, or at least be willing that it be killed. The same goes for power. The world is ruled by power, not justice. Power must die to be replaced by ...

USA: the World’s Last Best Hope

Some of our American friends don’t agree with our last Daily Connect, in which we point out that the Bush-administration poses a serious threat to freedom and democracy. They don’t see it. They demand proof. When we point out that the US is violating human rights openly and with total disregard for ...

Presidential Coup

We normally write our own stories. This time we make an exception. The story we copy here below is by Jim Hightower and was posted on www.alternet.org/story/65450. We copy this story without having asked permission and take the risk of violating his copyright, because we are convinced that Mr. ...

Deserted Temples

We had meant to lie low on Burma for a while. But here we are again. The junta will not get away with what they’ve done. All the worldly-wise readers who now say: ‘You see that non-violence doesn’t work? Look at Burma!’, should read this article. A BBC-reporter managed to get into Rangoon and has ...

The Importance of Natural Law

We were off the net for a week. A combination of personal disasters plus an extra heavy workload was the cause. But we’re back just in time for a comment on Pope Benedict’s pronouncement on natural law. He said last week that natural law must be the foundation of democracy, so that those in power ...

Monk-killing spree in Burma

It looks as though the army is back in control in Burma (Myanmar). But looks deceive. The monk-killing spree has appalled the international community and has fired emotions in Burma. The monks may lie low for a while, but they will rise again. And soon, we think. The best strategy for them is to ...

Countless are the Beings ...

What can we do to help the Burmese monks? Their answer would be: Pray. Well, let’s do that then. At a certain stage in their training Buddhist monks take the following oath: ‘Countless are the Beings; I promise to save them all’. So the Burmese monks are now doing what they have promised. This is a ...

Buddhist Monks stage Protests across Myanmar (Burma)

It is our aim to write from a Caribbean perspective. However, major developments around the world cannot be ignored. The case for democracy in Myanmar (Burma) demands attention. Aung San Suu Kyi has led a non-violent campaign against a military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma) ever since 1988. She ...

Shake that spear, Francis Bacon!

“Actors including Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance have launched a debate over who really wrote the works of William Shakespeare”, the BBC reports on 9/9/07. “Almost 300 people have signed a "declaration of reasonable doubt", which they hope will prompt further research into the issue”. Shakespeare ...

We have no other choice

Union leaders are waiting for capitalism to bite hard. Then they’ll make their come-back. And capitalism is already biting. It is in capitalism’s nature – greed – to bite. That’s why Socialists are waiting for just a little more greed. When things get real hard for the masses, they’ll strike again. ...

Boycott Yahoo!

We return once more to Yahoo’s double standard. On the one hand Yahoo wants the net to be 1) private (which in fact it is not; it is the public internet; everything you post or write – also e-mails - leaves a trace and is public) and 2) to be a worldwide forum for free speech. But then, Yahoo (and ...

‘ORAMBÚ’ Erwin Prudencia

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Yahoo in China Doublespeak

Well in fact, the US also double-speaks. The land of the free has been spying on its own people ever since the ‘war on terrorism’ began (if not before, but we don’t know that). So all this fuss about China spying on its own people is insincere. We agree that the state has no right to imprison its ...

A Just Solution for Iraq

At this time of grave danger to freedom and democracy from within and from without, we need new ideas. We need new paradigmatic ideas. What follows is such an idea. We copy it verbatim from www.catholicprwire.com where it was posted on 23 August 2007 (note: sub-headings were added by us). The idea ...

Participatory Economics (‘Parecon’) vs. Binary Economics

Judging by Wikipedia’s description of ‘Parecon’, it can be characterized as anarchistic socialism. This is borne out clearly by Wikipedia’s sub-heading under its item on ‘Parecon’, reading ‘Comparison with other Socialist Movements’. Now, we are not saying: ‘Wikipedia says so, therefore it is so’. ...

We Hang in Between

One of our biggest mistakes is the belief that we are sovereign. True it is, our Inner Self is sovereign, our conscience if you will. But we as human beings are utterly dependent on the Spirit. Without the Spirit in us, our hearts would not beat. If the Spirit falters just a couple of minutes, ...

Welcome, Terror!

The fascist tendencies which have come to the surface around the globe, both in Islamic and Christian countries, as well as in communist states such as Cuba and China (and even in Hindu India), is there for us to conquer and give us the fuel and incentive to rise to a higher planetary level. This ...

Fear is bad Counsel

The US is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards force as a foreign terrorist unit, officials say. That is, the BBC reports that ‘officials’ say this. If confirmed, this will be the first time official armed units of a sovereign state are included in the list of banned terrorist groups. ...

CARICOM’s feeble Unification Attempts

On 9 August 2007 the 12th CARICOM-Japan consultation was held. Judging from the speeches the co-operation between the two sides for now is not much more that that: speeches. Of course, the attempt is commendable. The Caribbean must try and unify internally and start seeking recognition as such ...

Immigration is the Key

There is no freedom until every world-citizen is free to live where he wants. It is good and right to fight for freedom. But then we must go for full freedom. And not brand some people as ‘alien’ and add the insult ‘illegal’. It is doubtful if ever a more discriminatory word was invented. Turn a ...

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