Category Archives: Globalists Abroad
In Sweden, they stand on street corners handing out free books stamped with their logo and call it “culture bombing.” In the Netherlands, they have protested the use of textbooks and favor moving to a wikibased learning system. Most recently, in Tunisia, their work to topple government censors landed some of them in prison.
The notion of a rogue state most often refers to states that threaten international peace and security by sponsoring terrorism, crushing human rights and advancing the proliferation of weapons; North Korea and Iran are the epitomes of such a definition. But what if there was another kind of rogue state, one that violates international law and disturbs global security by other means? Could tax havens be considered as the new rogue states? Continue reading
China’s promise that universal suffrage would be the ‘ultimate aim’ of Hong Kong’s democratic development seems to be wavering. Despite a recently proposed ‘democracy timeline’, China’s consistent refusal to cement any firm guarantees of universal suffrage has halted Hong Kong’s democratic reform process. As Lorenz Langer argues, China’s reluctance to grant universal suffrage does not reflect a change in Chinese attitudes towards Hong Kong, but rather its misgivings about free elections. Hong Kong’s aspirations of a democratic future are an increasingly elusive and unachievable goal as it inches towards the expiration of Basic Law in 2047, the latest date by which universal suffrage must be secured. Continue reading
The President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, proclaimed in 2009 that the term ‘Third World’ was dead: “We are now in a new, fast-evolving, multipolar world economy, where north, south, east and west are points on a compass, not economic destinies.”
His announcement could not have come at a more appropriate time. The rich West was mired in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a slump from which it is only now beginning to clamber out. Meanwhile, China’s economy was growing at a breathtaking nine per cent per annum, with India not far behind on six per cent. More significantly, this year or the next, the share of global output produced by the industrialised nations will fall below 50 percent for the first time in centuries. Continue reading
It’s official. A 2003 study by Freedom Watch showed that democratic regimes have, for the first time in human history, taken over as the most common form of government. But, one after another, democratic countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia have had their political processes grounded because of recent electoral stalemates. In other non-western states such as Iraq, Thailand and Lebanon, the polarisation of parties has become so vast that entire governments have become paralysed and basic political functions have crumbled. Continue reading