Archive | April, 2012

The future of NATO, and the power it must rely upon – By Andrew Sklover

30 Apr

The future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s power lies exclusively with neither the hard nor the soft power of member states, but rather in an equally inclusive “smart power.” This all-inclusive and ever expanding organization faces many problems in the coming years. With a potential fiscal meltdown in Europe, differing defense spending goals, and a power sharing disparity that continues to weigh heavily upon the US, NATO members clearly have their work cut out for them. However, while the alliance will face numerous challenges in the future, not all is gloom. After a successful intervention in Libya just over a year ago, when 14 member states participated, both these members and other supporting countries proved that they can indeed come together to protect freedom when the situation warrants it. However, this level of cooperation must become the standard, not the exception, in the future. Continue reading

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Was Nadine Dorries right to criticise Cameron? – By Aidan Press

27 Apr

Just a few weeks after the heavily criticised budget, both David Cameron and George Osborne have found themselves under fire again.  This time, however, the bullets have come from within their own ranks with Mid-Bedfordshire’s MP, Nadine Dorries, directing her frustration at the two former Bullingdon Club members.

I would just like to point out at this stage that I have an enormous amount of respect for all three of Cameron, Osborne and Dorries but, here, I just want to focus on Dorries and the Prime Minister.  In this article, I want to explore whether, or not, Dorries was right to criticise the Prime Minister. Continue reading

Creative Destruction in Ecuador: Wealth vs. Environment – By Eli Peñaherrera

26 Apr

Ecuador is the first country in the world that granted in its Constitution the rights to nature. In Ecuador’s new Constitution, which was established in 2008, the country recognized the rights of nature itself. The 86th Article of the Constitution establishes “The State shall protect the right of people to live in a healthy and ecologically balanced environment that ensures sustainable development. Shall ensure that this right is not affected and ensure the preservation of nature “.

Ecuador recently started with the initiative of preserving a Natural Park of the Amazonas located in Ecuador called Yasuní- ITT, which contains one of the biggest reserves of oil in the country. Rafael Correa offered not to exploit this area in order to preserve one of the biggest lungs of the world; he offered to do this in exchange for donations from other countries. The motivation is to conserve biodiversity, protect indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation, and avoid CO2 emissions. Continue reading

The United Corporations of America – By Kurt Steiner

25 Apr

We all know that since the ground breaking Supreme Court Case “Citizens United”, a long neglected minority has finally gotten the rights that they have long since been denied. Corporations are numbered at a fraction of the human population living in this country. So, this being the case, they need the government’s protection from the cruel huddled masses that, with prejudice and hatred, demand comprehensive health insurance and higher wages that would put them above the poverty line. Continue reading

On F1 and Bahrain – By Alex Stockler

24 Apr

Last weekend was the Bahrain Grand Prix. Normally, this would pass the majority of people by. But, due to the protests, infringements of human rights and other symptoms of the ‘Arab Spring’, more people than normal have been paying attention to events at the Sakhir circuit. But should the hundreds of people involved in the Formula 1 circus have been there at all? The events taking place in Bahrain are well reported by many news outlets, what I want to do is provide some facts that the casual observer may not know that have certainly muddied the waters for the decision makers of the sport. Very few people were expecting the race to take place (myself included) and the fact that it has casts a shadow over the sport to which I, and many others, dedicate so much of our spare time. It makes me ashamed to be a fan.

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Corruption unmasks the Bolivarian Revolution – By Víctor Julio Galicia

23 Apr

2012 is a very important year to Venezuela and Latin America. October elections are looming in the South American country, and not only is Hugo Chavez’s life at risk, but also the future of his Revolución Bolivariana, that, just as the aggressive cancer facing him (and that we know too little about given the Official silence), typical Cuban hermetism, seems to be rotting the Venezuelan government inside out.

Now Chavez not only feels the duty to recover medically, but to ensure the continuity of the socialist project he began more than a decade ago, a project which keeps the country divided into two polarized and almost irreconcilable camps: self proclaimed Chavistas and -no other option but- Opponents.

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To go to war or not to go to war? – By Hasan Rizvi

22 Apr


With the increase in tension between Iran and Israel, it seems as though the idea of war is looming over our heads. There is no doubt that this could be World War III in the making, with disastrous outcomes. In a region already embroiled in chaos and upheaval, an Israeli attack on Iran would prove to be catastrophic. Russia and China have already shown that they are and will remain staunch allies of the Islamic Republic while the United States would be dragged in due to the cozy relationship it has with Israel. War seems to be a realistic option for the Israelis and the rhetoric coming out of the Knesset further amplifies that. The question is, however, will it actually happen?

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