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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Clueless Kevin stars in GOP sideshow

Viewpoints: So, the ink wasn’t yet dry on what we had to say last week about the alleged speaker-in-waiting, Kevin McCarthy, and GOP stewardship in the House probably becoming even more dysfunctional than under John Boehner, when…along comes McCarthy unloading a mouthful about the sleaze tactics that constitute top-priority strategizing among the party hierarchy. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

The party’s over for U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30, 2015 (IPS) - The Pope has left the U.N. and the traffic in Manhattan is back to normal. The hoard of government delegations, NGOs and civil society representatives are packing up and the press is moving on. The party’s over for the Sustainable Development Goals. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

In Boehner-less Congress, same old deal

Viewpoints: As if we lacked for affirmation of what has already been so crystal clear, announcement of the upcoming resignation of House Speaker John Boehner gave us a jumbo-screen projection of the extent of extremist, recklessness-driven control that embodies the Republican Party. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Recognize the aspirations of ACP group of developing countries

Viewpoints: BRUSSELS, Sept. 24, 2015 (IPS) - The significance of the issues covered in the post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Sept. 25-27, cannot be over-emphasized. Comment.

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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

The Pope, partisanship and the common good

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 (IPS) - Pope Francis delivered two very strong messages in his speech to Congress Thursday morning: let’s work together and let’s protect the vulnerable. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Understandable buzz around this Pontiff

Viewpoints: As one would expect, the first visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., including a turn in New York City, has been the biggest buzz generator around here in a while. A papal visit is always heady stuff. But in the particular case of this pontiff, in just a couple of years he has seen develop around him a rock-star aura that, it’s fair to wager, was not of his deliberate crafting, but simply a testament to the extraordinary human spirit the world has come to recognize. Comment.

On making promises to women & girls: It’s time to make them real

Viewpoints: Recent headlines have been bleak for women and girls in the developing world: the Islamic State runs a system of sex slaves for its recruits; terrorists in Nigeria kidnap girls to marry their soldiers; women can be shot for going to school or splashed with acid if their in-laws don’t like their dowries. Comment.

The Century of the Centenarians

Viewpoints: NEW YORK, Sept. 17 2015 (IPS) - With improving life styles, advances in medical science and technologies and declining mortality rates at older ages, the 21st century is witnessing the remarkable rise of centenarians, people who are aged 100 years or older. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

A relentless push by social conservatives

Viewpoints: Chalking up another 9/11 anniversary last week brought to mind that it’s been a few years since we’ve had the right flank making like true monarchs of all they survey in America. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

The demand for transparency on trade negotiation

Viewpoints: The president’s pledge issued on his first day of office to usher in a “new era of openness” stands in stark contrast to his administration’s secretive approach to trade negotiations. Comment.

The CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property; revisiting the idea

Caribbean: In January 2010 this column first proposed the idea of the CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property (IP) matters. In the years following its publication, there has been a little movement in the area of IP in the Caribbean including the common usage of the term Caribbean Intellectual Property which was also introduced through this column. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

From inequality to inclusion

Viewpoints: ROME, Sep. 8, 2015 (IPS) - Recent years have seen a remarkable resurgence of interest in economic inequality, thanks primarily to growing recognition of some of its economic, social, cultural and political consequences in the wake of Western economic stagnation. Comment.

Protecting lives must come first in law enforcement

Viewpoints: LONDON, Sep. 7, 2015 (IPS) - Everyone has the right to life. This principle is enshrined in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and appears in numerous international treaties and national laws. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Seniors party at McKinney Center

Arts & Theater: The saying goes, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” Comment.

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

DJ comes ‘home’ to Haiti’s hip-hop scene

Movies: Hip-hop is Haiti. There is room for b-boys, cyphers, hot 16s, and breakdancing. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Clarke: Why I support the Iran nuclear deal

Viewpoints: Under criticism in some quarters of the community for her support of the Iran nuclear deal, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has sought to explain comprehensively her position on the issue. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Quit naysayer talk on Cuban policy

Cuba: This week, our columnist lays it on the line regarding how the Obama Administration is handling Cuba. Comments (1).

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Fete ‘Like A Boss’

Trinidad and Tobago: Labor Day marks the end of the summer. The last hoorah of hazy days and laughter-filled nights, there is indeed a formula in making the best out of your carnival experience. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Women’s equality 95 years later

Viewpoints: On Aug. 26, 1920 the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, became part of the United States Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration, and a tremendous “thank you” to those brave women who faced ridicule, beatings, starvation, torture and false imprisonment so that women today could exercise their right to cast a ballot. Yet 95 years later, equality continues to elude many women. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Women’s rights and gender equality

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14, 2015 (IPS) - If there is any idea and cause for which the United Nations has been an indispensable engine of progress globally it is the cause of ending all forms of “discrimination and violence against women and girls, ensuring the realization of their equal rights and advancing their political, economic and social empowerment. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Brooklyn deserves responsible development

Viewpoints: Development in Brooklyn is certainly on the rise. Next Tuesday, Aug. 18, Borough President Eric Adams will listen to testimony in Borough Hall on the proposed $52 million sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library to a developer, Hudson Companies. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Who ‘favors’ such nefarious leadership?

Trinidad and Tobago: Even in Britain, pollsters took a shellacking earlier this year when results in national elections there turned out significantly different from what had been projected. In Trinidad and Tobago, where a general election is scheduled Sept. 7, openly questioning whether polling exercises are invested with the requisite professional know-how is nothing new. Comment.

A vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and everywhere

Viewpoints: This month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we mark the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the failures of 1965. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Standing up for charter schools

Viewpoints: Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Bizarre responses, deadly results continue

Viewpoints: We continue to hope the critical-mass level has been reached in the many instances of reckless exercise of police authority directly or indirectly causing loss of life to persons of color. Comment.

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).