It is not a coincidence that the banks manipulated the LIBOR for preventing exposure of their positions in derivatives of interest rates in OTC markets. It is the consequence of the so-called "liberalization of capital markets," which might be better defined as a "decriminalization" of some formerly regulated practices.
Recent actions by Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cast doubt on his democracy credentials and raise doubt about the reliability of Turkey as an ally of the West.
The widely reported water sharing agreement this week between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to link the Red Sea and the Dead Sea has implications over and above the potential increase to agricultural and drinking water resources -- if we don't blow it.
In a country where the average monthly minimum wage stands at about $150 USD, it's not hard to understand why Ukrainians are in the streets. But is their plight being exploited to usher in a new military agreement under the guise of economic reform?
China's recent assertiveness abroad should perhaps be seen through the prism of how a new Chinese leadership is willing to sacrifice foreign relations in a calculated manner to create enough domestic legitimacy for undertaking an ambitious economic reform agenda at home.
By endorsing the boycott, we withhold our consent from collaboration with academic institutions that are part and parcel of Israel's ongoing occupation, furnishing its technical infrastructure and expanding onto stolen lands.
Coalition Of Immokalee Workers,
Fair Food Program,
In those words lies the connection to the movement for Fair Food that prompted me to stop and reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela in Immokalee. Farm labor poverty must be addressed so that workers can be freed from crippling fear and empowered to stand up for their rights.
Human Rights Watch,
Modern society has become simply too complex for any one person to master. It's one thing to stand firm against an evil system or a dictatorial regime. This may not be an easy task, but it is an easy-to-understand task.
Development finance has focused on big power plants that destroy the environment and bypass the rural poor. This week civil society groups are making a push for a new approach to the global energy crisis.
We're sort of still fighting a Cold War that ended decades ago and maintaining and modernizing our stockpiles without accountability or oversight.
There are no compelling reasons to remain. We need to turn Afghanistan over to the Afghans now -- not ten years from now.
The new ideological polarity in the Middle East may no longer be between Iran and everybody else. It is now more about looking backward or forward in shaping future governance. In fact, the major new polarity may now be between two erstwhile US allies -- Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Israel has made it clear that it is skeptical about the agreement and will not hesitate to attack Iran if necessary, and so on the face of it this might seem like a hindrance to peace being achieved. But when examined from a tactical perspective, Israel's stance may actually help the deal succeed.
Human Rights Watch,
International Criminal Court,
The ripple effects of impunity for those who commit or oversee atrocities should not be underestimated. Long after guns go silent, warlords have little trouble finding ways to continue profiteering at the expense of the population.
Deaf Federation Of South Africa,
Fake Interpreter Mandela Ceremony,
Mandela Ceremony Interpreter Fake,
Mandela Interpreter Fake,
Mandela Sign Language Interpreter,
Nelson Mandela Memorial,
Nelson Mandela Memorial Interpreter,
Sign Language Interpreter Mandela Service,
As a Deaf person myself, I was taken aback at the fact that at one of the most significant world events in recent times, a phony interpreter was chosen to represent the Deaf community. It serves as a message to the Deaf community that the world still does not understand us.
It is worth questioning how many American academics commenting casually on Islam turn to scholars in the Muslim world for guidance and insights, rather than just confirmation.
Here we should indeed look to NATO, but not as model for how to try and change the world, but to take heed of the many problems it has faced in encouraging unity, better spending, investment, modernization and cooperation.
Lenin was recently beheaded. Well, his statute. In Kyiv. Too bad, but overdue. Why didn't the Ukrainians do this earlier... say twenty years ago?
With Western powers recently conducting possibly game-changing talks with Iran, it might be that Rabbi Froman's methods of developing relationship through dialogue were far ahead of his time.