Myanmar Reforms – promising but still fragile

January 8, 2012 1 comment

Myanmar Reforms – promising but still fragile.

The military junta has ruled Myanmar (then Burma) since 1962. Since then, the resource-rich country has been turned into one of the most impoverished nations in the world. In a earlier post  I have expressed my doubts of any genuine drive for democracy that we can reasonably expect from the military dictators. Events in 2011 open a window for opportunity for the democratic international community to engage with the South Asian country in a way that would take it away from orbiting China and returning it to normal economic development, democracy and international trade.

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The Republicans – who wants to be a President (Part 2)

January 3, 2012 1 comment

The Republican Party after George W. Bush has failed to produce convincing small-state, free-initiative conservatives with a far-reaching appeal among independents. While Mr. Romney may be the least conservative to qualify for the Republican nomination, it is a wide-spread view that he lags behind some of his rivals in the ability to mobilize a strong republican vote (at least stronger than the low 20s). Ron Paul’s appeal on the other hand reaches deep into the republican heart with his principles of small government, hands-off on personal matters and tax policies. He is also pro-life but at the same time does not oppose gay marriages, saying that this should be a matter not to be decided at Federal level. And it is exactly because of these that he has a strong appeal beyond the traditional GOP voter. Instead of threatening to strike Iran or proposing to double the Guantanamo (as some of the other candidates) Paul is making a strong campaign on rule of law and civil liberties. He is fighting to repeal the Patriot Act and has opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning.

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The Republicans – who wants to be a President (Part 1)

January 3, 2012 1 comment

The new season kicks off with more than intriguing political competition in the USA. Tomorrow, January 3rd, the Republican Party holds the first caucus. It opens the quest for obtaining the nomination of the GOP in this year’s presidential elections. Obama is not unbeatable, but have the republicans finished their soul-searching after the Bush era? I do not think so, and this is exactly why the republican caucuses will be so interesting. With Ron Paul running as a strong mainstream candidate and Mitt Romney holding his ground (with far from reassuring 20%) it is all very promising.

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November 9, 2011 2 comments

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Pooling and Sharing – another lesson from Europe’s North

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Recently I came across an interesting piece of information: eight countries from Europe’s north are pooling resources… diplomatic resources. As the political integration in other fields is staggering, notably in economic governance, foreign, security and defence policy, small countries without ambitions to rule over the continent may have found the right formula. It is not the first time Nordic and Baltic EU member states pool resources. Over the last few years they have been joining forces to form early warning systems and joint air patrols, just to mention a few.

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Pooling, Sharing and European Defence Integration

July 13, 2011 1 comment

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The hot potato these days in Security and Defence debates in the EU is “pooling and sharing“. Refered to as “smart defence” in the NATO circle, this term refers to using common existing or planner resources to provide defence capabilities at the disposal of several member states. Triggered by the more and more political nature of the EU and its Foreign Policy, the process got a boost because of the severe cuts in defence spending as a result of the crisis. Many countries, especially the smaller and newer member states, but also military giants like the UK, are forced to discontinue procurement programs or to decommission capabilities. Worse, for political reasons governments often cut funding for Research and Technology thus shooting themselves in the foot in the long run.

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Ethics in Biotechnology

March 11, 2011 6 comments

Human beings in the early stages of their development must not be objects of commercial interests
The Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has pleaded to generally exclude human embryos from patentability. Since in most cases the Court follows the Advocate-General in its ruling, the Court will probably decide likewise.

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