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Russia’s Dalliances With Venezuela Sets Dangerous Precedent

About the same time US president Barack Obama was boasting about the new nuclear arms reduction deal he negotiated with Russia, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin was busy visiting Caracas, negotiating a series of agreements that will reshape the geopolitical landscape in the Americas. Upon his return to Moscow, Putin announced that he and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez had an agreement for the sale of over five billion dollars in armament to the South American country. This exceeds the 4.4 billion dollars in Russian military hardware Venezuela has acquired since 2005. The new arms deal provides Venezuela with a credit line in excess of two billion dollars.

Will the Women Reservation Bill Bring Good Governance in India?

A much has been said about the current Women Reservation Bill that was passed by the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on March 9, 2010. This bill passed with much more interference between different political parties. But finally it was passed with 30% reservation facilities for the women.

What Manner of Ministers?

The administration has 8 months left in the season. One would have expected Acting President Goodluck to reinvent the team as hyped in the media, by bringing in fresh, trusted and vibrant hands to enable him finish his 8 months as a Manager on a historic note.

The Global Crisis – Promoting Local Development and Employment

I am not an economist, but I understand the realities of the challenges that face Africa today due to the negative impact of the global economic crises and will give you an overview on the topic The Global Crises, An African Perspective. There is no doubt that Africa has been worst hit by the impact of the global financial crises and this summit is about brainstorming to find solutions to the unfortunate predicament. If we are looking for solutions, let me share my experiences with you.

Life’s Like That – International Labelling Laws

Checking the Fluid Levels in our car the other day I noticed on the back of one particular bottle a caution label that read “…This product contains Chemicals that are known to the state of California to cause Cancer, Birth defects or other reproductive harm…” This particular brand of product was new to me, I just happened to find it on sale one day.

Automated Garbage Trucks to Propel Calgary Waste Collection in the Right Direction

The launch of a $14 million automated garbage collection system would help advance Calgary’s system of refuse management by an increment. This fall, the city will begin to distribute black garbage receptacles to its populace.

The Bolivian Water Wars – Corporations and Revolutions

International corporate conspiracy, fighting in the streets of Bolivia with tear gas and bullets and a power struggle at the highest levels of international politics and business; it sounds like something from a James Bond novel, but it actually happened in Bolivia in 2000. Read about one of the most dramatic events in Bolivian history in the latest article from the folks at Escaped to Peru.

The Truth Behind the Fiesta – Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture taking place each year on the 5th of May that has existed in the United States since the late 19th century. Surprisingly, it does not coincide with or commemorate the Mexican Independence Day, which is actually in September, that marks the country’s separation from Spain.

Crime Does Not Pay For Interpreters

Indeed the European Convention for Human Rights states, under Article 5 (2) that ‘Everyone who is arrested shall be informed promptly, in a language which he understands, of the reason for his arrest and of any charge against him.’ This right to an interpreter and/or translator is reiterated under Article 6 (3a) which explains that everyone, regardless of origin, ‘be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him.’

Does South Africa Really Need a Development Bond?

The challenge of formulating a new growth path for the South African economy to deliver not only higher growth but also more labour-intensive growth is certainly a daunting one. It requires creative thinking like never before, bearing in mind that we find ourselves in the twenty-first century in an extremely competitive and dynamic global economy.