August 21, 2019

MIR – becoming a peace poet

By Dr. Hanneke Eggels MA,  author. Ever since the eighties and being a PEN member I published my bilingual books of poetry  on social issues related to politics and peace. The Dutch minister of Culture presented my  ‘MIR’ – Russian for ‘peace’ – during Days of Dutch Culture  in 2003 to her Russian colleague  as the first book of poetry of a living Dutch poet translated in Russian language. All so long ago, those were the days….. As a kind of  peace poet I always felt inspired by human rights to denounce great and small themes. Before  Oprah’s book club …

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Laying the Path to Accountability for Starvation Crimes

New memo series provides authoritative legal and case study analysis for why starvation can and should be prosecuted as an international crime. In the picture Catriona Murdoch. Boston, MA/The Hague, The Netherlands – June 18, 2019 – Global Rights Compliance (GRC) and the World Peace Foundation (WPF) at The Fletcher School (Tufts University), partners in the project “Accountability for Starvation: Testing the Limits of the Law” have published a series of memos documenting how existing international law might apply to starvation conditions, and why it should be applied to Syria, South Sudan and Yemen (forthcoming). “Mass starvation is not a…

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Water Diplomacy: Creating Spaces for Nile Cooperation

By Abraham Telar Kuc. The Nile River is the longest river on the earth, with eleven nation states sharing it and over 487 million people or about 20% of the African population living in the basin countries and they depend partly or fully on the Nile for their daily water use, foods and other economic benefits. The river drains 10 % of the African continent or an area greater than 3,176,541 km2, and its divided to ten different sub-basins with two main feeding sources’ the White Nile and the Blue Nile, which making it one of the worlds largest and…

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The African Woman, The Soul of a Continent

Women members of a agricultural cooperative for women, after finish the work in the field. The women of Inhanrrime are organized for stimulate the female develop. Photography by Jose Cuesta. Text and pictures by Jose Cuesta. In Africa, more than 70 percent of people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and livestock for their food and sustenance: most of the work in these fields is done by women. According to a report by the United Nations, women’s economic activity represents a large part of the workforce engaged in agriculture (70 percent), livestock (50 percent), and trade (50 percent),…

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The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win it

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. Does our history only appear overheated, but is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence, what is in front of us: destiny or future? One of the biggest (nearly schizophrenic) dilemmas of liberalism, ever since David Hume and Adam Smith, was an insight into reality; whether the world is essentially Hobbesian or Kantian. As postulated, the main task of any liberal state is to enable and maintain wealth of its nation, which of course…

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India to become 5th largest economy globally this year

Also 2nd in APAC region by 2025. In the picture H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India. India is forecast to overtake the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy this year and projected to surpass Japan to feature at the second position in the Asia-Pacific region by 2025, IHS Markit said. In a report on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party’s victory in the national elections, it said the economic outlook “looks positive” for the second term of Modi government, with GDP growth forecast to average around 7 per cent per year over the 2019-2023 period….

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When does a collector become an art dealer?

By Reinier W.L. Russell, LL.M. A collector will sometimes sell artworks in order to be able to buy new objects. If this happens a lot, he can be regarded as a an art dealer rather than a consumer. When is that the case? And what are the consequences? To assess whether a person sells an object as an art dealer rather than a private collector, the following, among other things, will be taken into account: Does a person act on behalf of others or for himself? How often does a person sell works of art? Incidentally or structurally? Is profit…

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Current geopolitical developments between reality and emotions

Motto: “It has been a long time since this thought crossed my mind that armies without a uniform are haunting Europe”. Mircea Diaconu – Romanian European MP By Corneliu Pivariu.  The second quarter of 2019 which has just come to an end was characterised by outstanding geopolitical developments which will influence the future of international relations and tensions/conflicts within the reordering of the new poles of world and regional power as well as the further development of the globalisation process. We are witnessing the development of more recent forms and methods than we used to encounter in the lap of…

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Malaysia – Tomorrowland of Yesterday

By Prof. Murray Hunter. Love him or hate him, Mahathir Mohamed during his first stint as prime minister was able to instill a great sense of national pride and unity. Mahathir went on a massive infrastructure drive. Most Malaysians were proud of the Penang Bridge that finally linked the island with the mainland. The North-South Highway project changed the nature of commuting up and down the peninsula. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was built and the development of Putra Jaya gave the country a new seat of administration. Mahathir’s fait accompli was the building of the KLCC towers in central…

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Sensation of Financialization

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Dr Michael Lim Mah Hui Over recent decades, the scope, size, concentration, power and even the purpose and role of finance have changed so significantly that a new term, financialization, was coined to name this phenomenon.  Financialization refers to a process that has not only transformed finance itself, but also, the real economy and society. The transformation goes beyond the quantitative to involve qualitative change as finance becomes dominant, instead of serving the needs of the real economy. Financialization involves the growth and transformation of finance such that with its hugely expanded size, scope and concentration,…

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