The World in Photos
It’s quite a busy world we are living in. See what’s going on here:
The Palestinian State and Israel
This might be the reason why Israel is so worried about Palestine becoming the 194th member state of the United Nations (UN). I personally think it’s not just the membership in the ICC but also the pressure from all the other Palestine-supporting member nations, that scare Israel and it’s safe-haven, the US/UN.
“If the General Assembly adopts a statehood declaration, the Palestinians intend to seek membership in the International Criminal Court, according to senior diplomats. But they have also sought to assure the United States that they are not seeking a confrontation with Israel, and are hoping the ICC can protect them from future military operations. They have insisted that by joining the ICC they are simply doing what scores of other law-abiding states have done with little controversy.”
“By adopting a publicly confrontational approach toward the Israelis, the Palestinians risk undermining the goodwill and security on the ground that is the sine qua non for any further progress. Palestinian frustrations with never-ending negotiations and ongoing Israeli settlement activities are clearly justified. But the response of the Palestinian leadership has only managed to convince Israelis and many in the international community — perhaps inadvertently — that they seek to delegitimize the Jewish state, not live alongside it. The Palestinian quest for statehood alongside Israel serves the interests of both parties, the Middle East, and the world. Finding a path back to negotiations and toward invigorating the state-building project would make its realization more likely. At this point, with the plans to petition the Security Council for statehood already set, the least costly detour on this path would be to provide the Palestinians a symbolic face-saving achievement in New York short of statehood, combined with a pathway back to negotiating an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Asia in the global community
The ASEAN way of development is taking the EU as an inspiration but nothing more – ASEAN is heading towards becoming a regional trade bloc but not a union like the EU – this is what the West has to understand. And the way in which they want to achieve this, is quite different to the way the EU has achieved its goals (or is trying to).
“Authoritarian leaders and their populations here are appalled by America’s lack of discipline and massive debt,” said Yohanes Sulaiman, a lecturer at Indonesia’s National Defense University, in a recent essay. “If democracy provides nothing but economic crisis, political squabbling, and gridlock, why would anyone want it? Better to stick with the authoritarian system of China or the semi-authoritarianism of Singapore.”
Asia’s New Silk Road
Burma could become one of the most interesting places in the near future. It’s location between the most populated nations, China and India, and its economic powerhouses create a chance for Burma to become the link of those two economies. Burma has to take care though and watch out not being caught up in disputes between the two rather hostile nations. That China has a vast interest in Burmese resources can be seen in their amount of FDI in Burma, especially Mandalay where apartments and shopping malls are growing faster than rice on the fields.
“But if Burma indeed takes a turn for the better and we see an end to decades of armed conflict, a lifting of Western sanctions, democratic government, and broad-based economic growth, the impact could be dramatic. China’s hinterland will suddenly border a vibrant and young democracy, and India’s northeast will be transformed from a dead end into its bridge to the Far East. What happens next in Burma could be a game-changer for all Asia.”
Ban Ki-moon’s vision for a better future
I really admire his work and I think he’s doing a great job heading the UN in such a difficult time.
“…today’s hunger hotspots all too frequently become tomorrow’s violent hotspots.”
This is a list of the World’s top executioners. Executions are a public event in some places like the example of North Korea shows: “…a factory chief had been executed by firing squad in a stadium in front of 150,000 spectators for the crime of making international phone calls. “
It should not be in the hands of other human beings to decide whether one has to live or die. Unfortunately, the death penalty is used in many countries (if you take a look at the list, you might be surprised about the number of countries still using the death penalty): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_of_capital_punishment_by_country
This is about some “politicians” (more likely dictators, warlords, etc.) not using the death penalty as such but violence and other means to kill even more people:
A little step forward… but still a long way to go for Saudi Arabia:
“In 2002, the Saudi religious police shocked the nation and the world when they prevented schoolgirls from evacuating a burning building because they were not wearing full Islamic attire. Fifteen died.”
Globalization – the good, the bad or….?
“The authors calculate that the cost to the economy from the increased government payments amounts to one- to two-thirds of the gains from trade with China. In other words, a big portion of the ways trade with China has helped the U.S.—such as by providing inexpensive Chinese goods to consumers—has been wiped out. And that estimate doesn’t include any economic losses experienced by people who lost their jobs.”
“Dartmouth College economist Douglas Irwin said the new research painted too bleak a picture. There are important benefits of trade that aren’t captured, he said, because nobody has figured out how to measure them. For example, commodity-producing countries the U.S. exports to have been boosted by China’s growth, creating greater demand in those nations for U.S. goods. “But if we had more exports of (Caterpillar) heavy equipment to Australia, that’s not being measured” as a gain from trade with China, he says.”
“So though we may mourn the passing of the old multilateralism, exemplified by the Doha round, new modes of international cooperation are supplementing and gradually supplanting the older, higher-level efforts at treaty-making. While less dramatic, less known, and less newsworthy, these ties are binding a globalized world into bilateral, regional, and subject-specific commitments and generally accepted norms of business conduct.”
The Global community
Normally they fight against each other, but when Bill Clinton is calling, they get along very well… Why can’t this be always like this!? Bill, you got yourself a new job!