Posts tagged: Equality



Independence for South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Uri Avnery is no ordinary journalist. This Israeli octogenarian's insights are so sharp, his moral character is so strong and his credentials are so solid that even his enemies respect his analyses. ARCO is proud to re-publish his insightful articles from time to time. And his analysis of the ...

Proposal on placing BES-islands in kingdom charter

Source: The Daily Herald 280408 
Dutch advisors made proposals last week regarding placement of the BES-Islands in the Charter of the Kingdom, division of territorial waters and the future judicial system for the BES-Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) last.

Representatives of two of the ...

Robbed of equality

Reliable sources have alerted ARCO that Holland has already prepared an article to amend the Kingdom Statute so as to lock up the BES-islands in this ‘Kingdom Constitution’. This will make it possible to grant the islands an ‘acceptable’ social-economic level instead of an ‘equal’ one, i.e. equal ...

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 ...

Equality in Exchange for BES Seabed

International news sometimes suggests solutions to local problems. The news that Australia has increased its share of the seabed by 2.5 million sq km, may serve as an example. The UN agreed to an extension of Australia's share. Its continental shelf will be extended by five times the size of ...

Saba & Statia are not really helping

United we stand
The BES-islands have to band together in the constitutional negotiations with Holland. Not because Holland is the ‘enemy’, as for 50 years our politicians have told us. But simply because negotiations are negotiations. If the BES-islands do not co-operate and co-ordinate well, they ...

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 ...

Equality also means that European Dutch are welcome in BES

During the past 50 years Antillean policy has been to keep Dutch nationals from Holland (‘European Dutch’ nationals) out, treating them like foreigners basically.
This was all done quite legally, even with Holland’s consent. European Dutch people like to dispute this, but art. 3, section 1, sub f ...

Not a burden, but a chance!

Apology to our readers in Saba and Statia
Maybe we should include more stories in English to better inform Sabans and Statians. And we will in future. In this special edition, however, we choose to convey our message mainly in Dutch for the simple reason that it is of the utmost importance that our ...

Why write about the need for equal rights?

Need for equality obvious
Some ARCO-writers wondered why we should write about this at all. ‘Isn’t it obvious?’, they protested. The BES-islands are going to be part of Holland. This has been agreed in the ‘Final Declaration’ (‘Slotverklaring’).

Art. 1 Slotverklaring reads:
‘BES krijgen in de ...

Franciscans International

This organization merits attention. It is active in many fields, from development, and poverty eradication to migration and women’s issues. We encourage everybody to visit their website at: www.franciscansinternational.org. Franciscans International (FI) works at the UN and international ...

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, ...

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 ...

Historic summit Korea

There is only one Korea. The ideological clash between Socialism and Capitalism split up the country some 50 years ago. Now, at the end of August 2007, leaders from North and South Korea are to hold their second-ever summit. President Roh Moo-hyun will meet North Korea's Kim Jong-il in the North's ...

Perspective

‘In 1492 America discovered Columbus and colonialism'. This phrase was very popular during the sixties to give history a different perspective. Instead of a hero, Columbus is depicted as a villain. Even his Spanish surname (‘Colón') begins with the first 5 letters of ‘colonialism'. America could ...

Oswaldo Payá and Freedom in Cuba

Cuba needs a peaceful transition. Yes, the Revolution was bloody and there is a problem with political prisoners in Cuba. But Batista was a cruel dictator. How else could you have got rid of him? Look at what the US did to get rid of Saddam Hussein! So, who's talking? But we have to leave all this ...

Fundashon internashonal

Por fin un organisashon pro hustisia pa migrante na Boneiru

Dia 19 de yüni 2007 a lanta Fundashon Internashonal ofi shalmente na ofisina di notario mr. Maarten Maartense. Su presidente ta Sr. M.A. (‘Hamudi’) Dabboussi, konosido direktor di City Shop. Su vice-presidente ta Sr. Feliciano da Silva ...

What kind of democracy is coming to the USA?

The US created democracy, but US creationists are now turning it into demockracy. In 1992 Leonard Cohen wrote a song claiming that ‘democracy is coming to the USA’. Did he intuitively feel back then that democratic values were going to decline? Hard to tell, but his song turned out to be prophetic. ...

DEMOKRASIA EKONÓMIKO ‘ESOP’ i ‘MUSOP’

Nos kier introdusí e konsepto di ‘demokrasia ekonómiko’, pasobra awor pa promé biaha (ku nos sa) esaki ta wòrdu papiá den kampaña pa presidensia na Merka. Kiko ta ‘demokrasia ekonómiko’? Wèl, en bes di pone e medionan di produkshon den man di estado (manera e soshalistanan a purba, p.e. na Cuba), ...

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