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Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Trading up for a better trade deal

Viewpoints: As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If we get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand the impact it can have all our businesses. Comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Global Potential creates leaders for social change

Haiti: Stepping out of the box and away from your comfort zone is often the push you need to accomplish something great. Comment.

The sobering message from GOP follies

Viewpoints: For the record, be it known that we remain committed, in this space, to refrain from mentioning by name, unless somehow unavoidable, the king-size bozo who has thrown Republicans’ search for a 2016 presidential nominee into absolute shambles. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Walmart’s use of tax havens hurts small businesses

Viewpoints: Recent revelations that Walmart, the world’s biggest corporation, is maintaining secret subsidiaries in well-known offshore tax havens are outrageous but far from surprising to small business owners. Comment.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Misrepresentation from the people’s representatives

Viewpoints: Albeit with the high court’s infamous Citizens United decision the claim has become quite a bit more hollow, but Americans continue to herald this country as one of the foremost bastions of democracy. Comment.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Legislation that could end unwanted medical treatment

Health: Roughly 25 million Americans have been subjected to unwanted medical treatment at some point in their lives, and that means we have a healthcare system that is not listening to patients. We all say we believe in patient-centered health care, and now we have a bill in the U.S. Congress that would put our money where our mouths are. Literally. Comment.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The business case for the Carbon Tax

Viewpoints: History offers a great many examples of individuals, groups and societies that lived too much in the moment and compromised longer term prosperity - or in some cases (think Easter Island) even survival. It’s the same with climate change today. Comment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A thickening plot for upcoming T&T election

Trinidad and Tobago: Anyone tuned in to the ebb and flow of current-day politics in Trinidad and Tobago would be aware that for at least three years now, it’s been known that the 2015 general election, now scheduled for Sept. 7, would be a significant marker in the country’s political evolution. Comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bring back standards for women’s reproductive health

Viewpoints: As Americans, we strive for safety — the safest medicines, cars and toys. But when it comes to women’s reproductive health, state legislatures have passed about 250 laws since 2011 that put women’s health at risk. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Women in sport – Scoring for equality

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, July 13, 2015 (IPS) - The Women’s World Cup has shown people everywhere what women athletes are all about: skill, strength, unity and determination. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the winners — the team from the United States — and to all others who participated. You are inspiring millions of women and girls around the world to pursue their goals and dreams. Comment.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kooks think White House is winnable

Viewpoints: Although we remain adamant, in this space, that the less said about one Donald Trump the better, it should be more than a bit bothersome to the bulk of the national electorate that it was a good news / bad news scenario that followed this racist buffoon’s entry into the Republican field of presidential nominees. Comment.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Everyone can’t simply move to the Caribbean

Brooklyn: Living life on an island with beautiful ocean views, breathtaking sunsets, rich in culture, history, food and plenty rum — that is a life envious of anyone. Whether you are of Caribbean descent or not, there is something enticing about leaving the fog and dirty beaches of our beloved New York City for that clear ocean blue found in Trinidad and Tobago or the Bahamas. Comment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Enshrining a presumption of openness

Viewpoints: The president has a new opportunity to ensure that the openness policies laid out on his first day of office do not end on his last day. On Jan. 21, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order and two presidential memoranda to usher in what he called a “new era of openness.” Comment.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stricter chemical rules good for the industry

Viewpoints: Most people probably don’t check the labels of chemical products they use, or go online to do research about how dangerous certain chemicals are. That’s understandable, but it’s also a shame, because there are a lot of scary chemicals out there. Comment.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A mission to make ‘insulting’ acceptable

Viewpoints: As he jumps into the crammed boxcar of GOP presidential hopefuls, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s handlers have evidently come up with strategy that is a flat-out head scratcher. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Identity Crisis: Navigating my roots

Haiti: I am a first generation Haitian American. I am born to two very proud Haitians who migrated to New York City in their teens in hopes of furthering their education and opportunity. Fluent speakers of Haitian Creole and French, my parents are bi-lingual while my siblings and I struggle to respond in our parent’s native tongue. Unfortunately, like many other Haitian Americans, I can understand the language far better than I can speak it. Comment.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

‘Curiouser and curiouser,’ ballooning GOP roster

Viewpoints: The stubborn refusal on the Republican / Tea Party side to ascribe validity to the Obama presidency is one area we might want to check (cynically, some would say) to try making sense of this tidal flow of contenders vying to be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee, the twisted logic among them being, if an Obama could be elected, surely so could any of them. Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Paid family leave insurance, a benefit for NY business

Viewpoints: For so many people, there’s no happier moment than the day you welcome a child into the world. And one of the scariest moments can be when that child - or a parent, or spouse, or sibling - becomes sick. With so many emotions to deal with, and so many things to deal with at once, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not you’ll be getting paid. Comment.

The president is right on trade

Viewpoints: In January, I was asked to sign a letter to President Barack Obama expressing deep concern with the prospect of fast-track trade authority. Comment.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Why are threats to civil society growing around the world?

Viewpoints: JOHANNESBURG, June 10, 2015 (IPS) - Whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are hounded – not by autocratic but by democratic governments – for revealing the truth about grave human rights violations. Comment.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Emboldened rogues: sign of the times

Viewpoints: The fact that these episodes of rogue behavior by law enforcement types, in treating with persons of color, continue to mock our “civil” society pretensions, is bedeviling, more so for the message of seemingly unrelenting defiance it delivers than even the rogue displays themselves, appalling though they be. Comment.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Crumbling infrastructure threat to business

Business: Our country’s once-robust infrastructure has played a vital role in the success of our economy. Roads, bridges, and transportation systems are the heart and blood of commerce and give consumers easy access to goods and services. Our public schools produce the next generation of workers. Comment.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Congress rewards corporations, punishes the American people

Viewpoints: Congress keeps feeding big corporations huge tax cuts they don’t deserve, even as it starves average Americans of the services and investments they need. The latest example of this indefensible policy is a $182 billion corporate tax giveaway the U.S. House of Representatives recently approved. Comment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Enforcing Belize rights to its territorial waters

Belize: According to international law many countries claim their 12 miles of territorial waters and enforce their jurisdiction over it. There is also a 20-mile and the Exclusive Economic Zone for drilling and other rights that Belize can control in their southern border with Guatemala and Honduras. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Effects of restricting an already safe procedure

Viewpoints: Tanya came to me for an abortion. She has two children and despite working two jobs, has the means to raise one and is pregnant with a third. She is a resilient woman, but this additional pregnancy is one too many. She feels stigma and shame walking into the abortion clinic, but this is actually more a commentary on our ethics and morality as society than on the “immorality” and shame of Tanya and thousands of American women like her who need abortions. Comments (1).

Already spoiling good-looking democratic practice

Guyana: So, wouldn’t it be something else again if, following this squeaker of a win that ushered him into the presidency of Guyana in the May 11 elections, David Granger ultimately has himself a good, substantive run as the country’s leader? Ascending to office on the strength of the few thousand votes and one-seat plurality that separated the Granger-led coalition from the once seemingly invincible People’s Progressive Party (PPP), is hardly what one might call a solid mandate. Still, for Granger and his colleagues to have been declared victors by any margin was no small accomplishment. For inspiration, the new president might look at the arc (if not necessarily the political ideology) of Angela Merkel who, when she first became German chancellor in 2005, could do so only after protracted maneuvering across party lines, but is today considered one of the world’s most powerful leaders. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Finance like a cancer grows

Viewpoints: ROME, May 26, 2015 (IPS) - It is astonishing that every week we see action being taken in various part of the world against the financial sector, without any noticeable reaction of public opinion. Comment.