This month's near-breakdown of the global financial system is a classic example of a pattern that has occurred periodically since the eighteenth century, though not at this magnitude since the Great Depression - an unsustainable investment bubble followed by inevitable collapse and panicky selling of depreciating assets. The results are massive debt, banks (those which have survived) reluctant to lend, job availability plummeting, and 401K retirement plan balances shrinking.
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Climate change is often discussed as a global problem. We constantly hear catch-phrase warnings such as 'melting ice caps,' 'rising sea levels,' 'desertification,' and 'greenhouse gases.' What we don't often hear about are the real problems pollution and climate change are creating today in small communities across the globe.
Nearly half of the countries in the world are demanding that the International Criminal Court postpone prosecution of the Sudanese President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir according to an October story in the Economist.
For the first time since its creation in 1974, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) granted India a waiver , thereby allowing this nuclear country to trade in technology with supplier states like the U.S., France and Russia.
With the crumbling of the nation's largest banks, national governments like Iceland on the edge of bankruptcy, and the recent failure of the trans-national interest rate lowering scheme, the governments of the world are in a panicked frenzy to stop the bleeding.
On August 13, 2008 the state of California passed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 19 , which effectively prevents any California healthcare professional from engaging in torture, as defined by international standards.
The resolution comes in reaction to President Bush's March veto of a bill passed by Congress that would have amounted to a nationwide ban on torture.
Trial Begins in Miami for Torture Committed in Liberia
September 23, 2008 - The upcoming trial for the ex-Liberian president's son, Charles 'Chuckie' Taylor, Jr., marks the first remarkable step towards prosecuting human rights offenders who commit their abuses abroad.
Chuckie Taylor is accused of ordering torture during his father's presidency in Liberia between 1997 and 2003 as head of the nation's Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU). Mr. Taylor is an American citizen, and was born in Massachusetts.
According to a 14-year-old federal law never before exercised, American citizens or persons on U.S. soil accused of committing torture abroad are to be prosecuted in the United States. The case is the first of its kind and should trigger the beginning of an aggressive campaign to bring human rights violators to justice, whether they commit their transgressions on U.S. soil or abroad.
According to Human Rights Watch's senior counsel Elise Keppler , the "trial is a vital, long-awaited step by the U.S. government to ensure human rights abusers do not escape justice."
Although Chuckie Taylor was apprehended and detained in March of 2006, he has not faced trial yet due to several amendments made in order to add more victims to the indictment.
The alleged victims have reported shocking ill-treatment and torture including but not limited to: electric shock, burning, imprisonment in holes in the ground, execution and genital mutilation.
This trial is very important for Liberian victims who in the past have seen these crimes conducted during Liberia's wars go largely unpunished.
Embracing a more multilateral approach to international events, President Bush gave a determined and pointed speech at the opening of the 63rd General Assembly at the United Nations on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. Words like "terror" "fight" and "cooperation" were Bush's popular picks for describing the international body's drive against extremists and the need for all member states to work together to eradicate such threats. Reminding member states that they have an "obligation" to help other nations, Bush elaborated upon the ways in which members could work together. Instead of simply passing resolutions, he urged the countries to take a more pro-active approach against terrorism, and to prevent crises from erupting in the first place. Bush also took several swings at his critics by stating that those who believe that terrorists would "pose less of a threat if we'd only leave them alone" are not addressing the root cause of the problem, but rather are adopting the precise passive approach that these terrorists prey upon. He emphasized the potent and continued threat encapsulated in terrorism, and the dire need for the international community to work together to resolve the problem. Unlike his previous speeches in 2003, Bush placed a lot more emphasis this time upon the need for cooperation between states and the success that this would surely bring to the fight against terror.
The following are challengers who proudly list the GlobalSolutions.org endorsement on their website. Through their voting records and stated positions, they have shown that they will be the best at creating global solutions for the pressing problems of the 21st century. We're proud that they choose to show how important our endorsement is by including it on their "face to the world."
Running for the Senate are:
- Tom Allen: Maine
- Tom Udall: New Mexico
- Jeff Merkley: Oregon
Running for the House of Representatives are:
- Ed Chau: California's 42nd District
- Jill Morgenthaler: Illinois's 6th
- Don Betts: Kansas's 4th
- Steve Sarvi: Minnesota's 2nd
- Tom Perriello: Virginia's 5th
- Darcy Burner: Washington's 8th
We have many more candidates that we endorsed, but these select individuals know the value of our endorsement and are willing to show their voters that Global Solutions are important to their campaign. We salute them and look forward to working with them come January 2009.
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Following the negotiations that took place the week of September 8, 2008, the political leaders in Zimbabwe have finally reached a deal to share power. Coming out of negotiations Friday, September 12, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai were smiling as they told reporters of the deal that had been brokered. Although details were only released the following Monday, both leaders expressed their satisfaction with the talks.
On Monday, September 15, the three leaders of the main political parties hosted a news conference during which copies of the deal were released to the public. Mugabe (ZANU-PF) will remain President of the country, while Tsvangirai (MDC) will assume the role of Prime Minister, and Arthur Mutambara of the Movement for Democratic Change breakaway faction MDC-M, will be the deputy Prime Minister. The cabinet will consist of 31 ministers, 15 from Mugabe's ZANU-PF, 13 representing Tsvangirai's MDC and 3 allotted to Mutambara's MDC-M. The deal brokered is such that in the event of a vacancy in the cabinet, the position must be filled by a representative of the same party, in order to ensure that the coalition structure remains intact until the next general elections are held.