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Paul McCartney should not have gone to Israel…really?

Paul McCartney has been criticised for giving his “Friendship First” concert in Tel Aviv, his first ever visit there after The Beatles were banned 43 years ago. I totally disagree with the critics. On the day Sir Paul – TFFs Honorary Friend – gave the concert in Tel Aviv, I sent out a small note about it on TFF’s PeaceTips service. We received a few letters back, and the main points of the...
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  • September 28, 2008 11:00 pm

Is Transnistria the next follow up of Kosovo UDI?

While Russia now is backing independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia the road which started from Kosovo UDI seems to continue long because it is estimated that there is about five thousand ethnic groups on globe. After Georgia’s separatists my bet is that in Europe Transnistria could be the next breakaway province. Let’s look this maybe next new state closer: Pridnestrovie – also...
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  • September 26, 2008 7:30 am

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR): CORPORATE DEODORANT OF ‘LATE’ CAPITALISM

Erle Frayne Argonza Good afternoon from Manila! The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippines’ most brilliant and deviously cunning chief executive, was so elated one day during his tyrannical incumbency. The reason for the unusual elation was this: his soldiers captured Bernabe Buscayno, the first national head of the Maoist insurgent group New People’s Army or NPA, who was a prized catch...

365 Days of Peace a Year

In his address to the Peace Prayers Flags event participants, at the SIT Graduate Institute, Dr. Adam Weinberg, the SIT provost and World Learning vice president said that he was worried that there is just one day when we think about and celebrate Peace. He expressed his concern for what happens in the other 364 days of the year. We need to think and act for a peacefuld world every day. And as my colleague...

BRIC could be an good alternative while EU is blocking Serbia

The Netherlands held fast to its opposition Monday 15th to closer ties between the European Union and Serbia blocking of the implementation of the Temporary Agreement. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said his country would continue to block a pre-membership accord with Serbia until it had met the Netherlands’ definition of “full cooperation” with the war crimes tribunal in...
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  • September 25, 2008 6:49 am

CAPITALISM’S FUTURE CYBORG PEOPLE/WE ARE THE LAST HUMANS

Erle Frayne Argonza Magandang hapon! Good afternoon from Manila! As you read this piece, please take a cursory glance at yourself. For you are among the last humans of the non-chipped prototype. We non-chipped humans’ lifeline will soon end, as we are only co-terminus with ‘late’ capitalism. ‘Late’ capitalism will crash down into total destruction. As already advanced in some previous articles,...

Empower Home Administration in Nepal

Nepal is currently suffering with lawlessness, and even our Government presence is found in crisis in entire conflict affected rural areas of the Nation. Therefore, immediate empowerment of Home Affairs through restructure, reengineering, and betterment in legal, structural, financial, physical, personnel, academic, and development areas are most essential with emerging contexts and suitability of...

Engaging Non State Actors in Conflict Resolution

The cyclic and spiral operations of armed groups, challenges in peace negotiations and mediation, persistent conflicts and unsustainable peace are key lessons calling for a reform in engaging non- states actors in conflict resolution to ensure sustainable peace and a broad based embrace reconciliation. I am currently conducting an interest based analysis of armed groups in Somali, Chad, Central African...

BONAPARTISM: ‘TECHNOTRONIC’ CAPITALIST STATE IDEOLOGY

Erle Frayne Argonza Hail Bonaparte! Hail Empire! Hail new capitalism! Hail oligarchic Gods of Olympus! – Tomorrow’s slogans Bonaparte is back today, I see him alive again. I don’t mean the personal Napoleon Bonaparte of yesteryears, I mean the state system built by Him the Emperor par excellence. Bonapartism is the hyper-convergence of all totalitarian systems of the past to the present. Old...

The Temangalo land saga! Have the right questions being asked and answered?

The current land saga in uganda involvng Mr. Amama Mbabazi and NSSF has been described by many in different ways. Others have called it land bonanza; land political nsunami and some have even gone anti-civilisation by calling the current situation in uganda as a witch hunting scenario. For the benefit of those who have not followed what is happening with keen interest; Temangalo land of about 564 acres...

Kosovo: Macedonia’s Perspectives

KOSOVO: MACEDONIA’S PERSPECTIVES If there had ever been any clear official position of the Republic of Macedonia vis-à-vis the Kosovo issue it remained a secret till nowadays. Throughout the entire post-Yugoslav period, the country had been engulfed by numerous and grave problems, but Kosovo was perceived as such only occasionally and in moments of violence escalation. The state policy towards the...

Re-visiting Croatian nationalism (B)

Or, how nationalist can a country be that wants to join the European Union? Continued from Part A Each people of course is unique, but Croats are uniquely unique! The national history also has it that Croats invented the tie – an assertion that seems to build on the fact that the German word for tie is “Krawatte” and it is close to the Croatian name of Croatia, Hrvatska. Then there are the churchyards...
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  • September 19, 2008 12:00 pm

Re-visiting Croatian nationalism (A)

Or, how nationalist can a country be that wants to join the European Union? I’m checking in at the reception of a hotel in Slavonia, Croatia. On the desk is a brochure about the local zoo with a tiger on the front. The receptionist, a kind man around 30, tells me what else to see in town and I ask him with a smile whether the name of that tiger could be Tudjman , after the late President of Croatia....
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  • September 19, 2008 9:30 am

Rewarding rural poor for environmental conservation

Forest and wetlands conservation is a controversial topic in most developing countries. On the one hand, there’s the desire to utilize forests, lakes and rivers for the purpose of national economic development. These areas are needed to produce food, provide pasture and to supply growing cities and industries with water and timber. Yet, experience is showing that poverty increases as more and...

President Yar’Adua and the Niger Delta

If any one is in doubt about the sincerity of the Federal Government of Nigeria to address the protracted crises in the Niger Delta region of the country, recent measures by the government point clearly to that direction. In what he said was a measure aimed at achieving the “prompt execution of his programme for the area”, President Umaru Yar’Adua, recently created the Ministry of the Niger Delta. The...

GLOBAL TOTALITARIAN POLICE-STATE & TECHNOTRONIC SOCIETY: EXTENDING CAPITALIST LIFE

Erle Frayne Argonza Let me go back to the question of what lies ahead of us—when ‘late’ capitalism dies and yet capitalism will be extended. I am not discounting the possibility that capitalism’s life span will be extended, but this will no longer be ‘late’ capital, just to remind everyone. You better fasten your seat belts, as the stormy days ahead will come for sure, and as this heraldry...

The issue of the security sector

The contending issue of reform in the security council require an urgent debate in this network and i requre response from members with a view to aggregrating our opinion.This again is an addition to my earlier posting on the Big Question

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  • September 17, 2008 3:22 pm

CAPITALISM’S DEMISE: WHAT WENT WRONG?

Erle Frayne Argonza To all fellow men and women out there who may have deep fondness for the liberal capitalist model of economic adaptation, I hope that you can make some adjustments in your cognitive banks. Capitalism is not a permanent facet of human life, but merely one among various epochs that will come to pass. Only impermanence is sacrosanct in the cosmos, so please refrain from singing hallelujah...

10 December 2008- 60 years ago The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (10 December 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris). The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent...
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  • September 17, 2008 8:57 am