Posts tagged: Socialism



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 ...

Obama and the Caribbean

The breaking of the race barrier is very welcome. That point has been made. In fact, it comes 200 years late. But will Obama deliver in other respects? Here is hope and doubt. After Obama won the nomination he veered heavily to the center. That was necessary to be elected. But the question is: what ...

Solidarism, Interfaith Spirituality & Ecology

What is interfaith spirituality?

The definition of the Center for Economic & Social Justice (‘CESJ' ) is as good as any:

‘There is a Source of all creation and of all universal and absolute values such as Truth, Love and Justice, which represent the ultimate ends of human actions. Many people call ...

Caribia in the New Age

Perhaps the Mayans did get it right by intimating that the shift to the New Age will not take place until 2012. That would coincide with the US presidency following the one we are expecting shortly. If that is so, then the ‘signs' we see now are just precursors. However, we believe the shift has ...

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 ...

Africa has Problems

Today two news-items high-light Africa. The world food price crisis and a UN mission to investigate various African wars (Somalia, Congo, Sudan). Mostly we try to focus on the (greater) Caribbean region, but to an extent our today's comment reflects on our region as well. We cannot escape the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chavez: crazy no, misguided yes

'10 battalions and tanks to the border! Try crossing our border Uribe, and see what happens! Don't even think it!' Obviously the USA, CIA, FBI etc. are all behind this, Chavez claims (which could well be true, by the way). Meanwhile, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is asking the International ...

Rise of Socialism in Latin America

By Michael Greaney, first published by www.helium.com; re-posting authorized by author.

After the fall of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the final years of the 20th century, capitalist pundits loudly proclaimed the "victory" of capitalism. From the presidency of Ronald Reagan ...

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 ...

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 ...

It’s About Breaking the Race-Barrier

When we from abroad watch the American presidential campaign, we see a young man with an unusual name - Obama - take center stage. And we rejoice. We are beginning to see a new America. An America that is finally and definitely going to define a new direction. For this is not about race. It’s about ...

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 ...

Karta habrĂ­ na tur nos soshalistanan antiano

Nos no konosé nan tur. Pero ban menshoná algun nòmber: Errol Cova, Adrian Moen, Bèbè Rojer, Anthony Godett, Maurice Adriaens, Charles Cooper, Nòchi Willem, Jopi Abraham i otronan. Soshalismo a lanta riba un sintimientu honorable i bon, esta e deseo di restrukturá sosiedat pa perkurá ku esnan pober ...

CHAVEZ NO TA LOKO

For di Hulanda, nos amigo Augustin Stamper ta opiná lo siguiente: “Ta di lamentá ku e deklarashonnan di presidènt di Venezuela bou nos poblashonnan den Karibe NO ta wòrdu tumá na serio i hopi di nos hendenan ta tum’é komo un loko. Esaki ta un eror grandi pa motibu ku presidente Hugo Chavez a kambia ...

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