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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Innovation, intellectual property and the donor industry in CARICOM countries

Viewpoints: The focus on innovation and technology has become synonymous with the narrative on the advancement of so-called developing countries as one of the most important means by which countries can move from low to high levels of economic development, to the extent that some are advocating for the renaming of the world groupings from developed and developing to technology rich and technology poor. This does not however properly take into account the economic dynamics which underlie the categorizations as they have come to be known. Comment

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Court nominee’s snub will re-surface

Viewpoints: Although it has now receded a bit from the major headlines it generated a couple of months ago, there’s every expectation that the issue of President Obama’s selection of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court will again be a huge bone of contention, before this critical election season is history. Comment

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Averting self-inflicted Democratic damage

Viewpoints: Let’s hope that the process still underway that will soon culminate, barring something almost apocalyptic, in Hillary Clinton becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, will usher in an across-the-board sanity in the Democratic ranks that expunges a potentially self-defeating hysteria in some quarters. Comment

Fear is not a good counsellor

Viewpoints: ROME, May 16, 2016 (IPS) - A new spectre is haunting the world. It is not the spectre of communism, as Marx’s Manifesto famously proclaimed. It is the spectre of fear, which has increasingly become the rationale behind politics. And, as the old proverb says, fear is not a good counselor. Comments (1)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Does he know what ‘crooked’ means?

Viewpoints: Now that Donald Trump’s outwitting whatever constitutes the Republican “establishment” is complete, the party is forced to look in the mirror and behold the ghastly image staring back. Comment

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Reforming our end-of-life healthcare system

Viewpoints: During a CNN presidential town hall on Feb. 3, an 81-year-old man from Concord, NH, with phase IV colon cancer, Jim Kinhan, asked Hillary Clinton what she could do to “help advance the respectful conversation that is needed around this personal choice that people may make, as we age and deal with health issues or be the caregivers of those people, to help enhance and — their end of life with dignity.” Comment

Growth of lateral economies in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The message to the Caribbean people is to make our own government. And so, our own economies. There are enough riches on the ground, in the communities, to do so. Comment

Thursday, May 5, 2016

No campaign can ignore the gun issue

Viewpoints: The election of 2016, like others in the past, will pit those in the electorate who would have the soul of America represented as steeped in values suggestive of an enlightened 21st century sensitivity and those who would just as soon revert to the norms of a checkered American past. Comment

Monday, May 2, 2016

In protecting our environment, Downstate lives matter

Viewpoints: Now that the weather’s warming and tornado and hurricane seasons are approaching, expect to start hearing more talk about climate change. Here in New York, Governor Cuomo has made it clear that he wants our state to be a leader in fighting against climate change. Comment

Sunday, May 1, 2016

World economy in serious difficulty: Call for bold measures

Viewpoints: GENEVA, April 26, 2016 (IPS) - The U.S. was the cause of the crisis but has come out better than anyone else in the advanced world and better than many developing countries. During the crisis there was a widespread perception that this was the end of US hegemony. It was end of the dollar as the major reserve currency. Comment

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Panama, secrecy and tax havens

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 22, 2016 (IPS) - Unlike Wikileaks’ exposes, the recent Panama revelations were quite selective, targeted, edited and carefully managed. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its mainly American funders. Comment

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Unnoticed, we are close to destruction of our planet

Environment: ROME, Apr 21, 2016 (IPS) - On the 17th of April, Italians were called to vote in a national referendum, on the extension of licenses to extract petrol and gas from the seas. The government, the media and those in the economic circles, all took a position against the referendum, claiming that 2000 jobs were at a stake. Comment

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ultimately, a GOP farce in New York

Viewpoints: The New York primaries were being touted as pivotal, and to a large extent they were. But on the GOP side, because of the bizarre plot twists that have dogged their nominee search, what they wound up with in New York was altogether a farce, in which the guy who dominated is probably still seen by the party establishment as its worst nightmare. Problem is, the rival who got beaten is a major horror show as well. Does riding high in a farce really change the dynamic? Comment

Friday, April 15, 2016

No sidelines in fight against climate change

Viewpoints: On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. Comment

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A revolutionary path within the system

Viewpoints: Because the 2016 campaign, thanks to the circus that has been the Republicans’ search for a presidential candidate, has so extensively concentrated on the outrageous, there’s been not nearly enough attention paid to other aspects of the upcoming vote that figure to be quite consequential. Comment

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Panama Papers: A global report card

Viewpoints: ROME, April 11, 2016 (IPS) - On Sunday, 3 April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released an unprecedented leak of documents exposing the secretive financial dealings of some of the world’s richest and most powerful. Comment

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ignore standard good governance prescriptions to accelerate development

Viewpoints: Jomo Kwame Sundaram was UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development. Anis Chowdhury held various senior positions in the United Nations Secretariat in New York and Bangkok. ROME, March 31 2016 (IPS) - Many well-meaning people believe that “good governance” is key to inclusive development. But research claiming that “good governance” is essential for rapid growth suffers from serious methodological or conceptual limitations. Existing definitions are extremely broad, suffer from functionalist tautology, or mainly refer to corruption. Comment

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Expect go-for-jugular campaign tactics

Viewpoints: The numbers aren’t pointing that way but in the event Bernie Sanders becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, one of the key factors that would determine how he fares would be whether he can ably withstand the assuredly withering onslaught mounted by the other side to highlight the “socialist” and / or “communist” label they would pin on Sanders. Comment

Friday, April 1, 2016

A decalogue to understand terrorism and its consequences

Viewpoints: Roberto Savio, is founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News ROME, March 28, 2016 (IPS) - The recent Brussels massacre has created a short term reaction, which ignores a long term projection. All the debate is now about security, police reinforcement, new military strategies, as if terrorism can be solved just as a matter of public order. Comment