Why Washington Hates Hugo Chavez

In late November, Venezuela was hammered by torrential rains and flooding that left 35 people dead and roughly 130,000 homeless. If George Bush had been president, instead of Hugo Chavez, the displaced people would have been shunted off at gunpoint to makeshift prison camps–like the Superdome–as they were following Hurricane Katrina. But that’s not the way Chavez works. The Venezuelan president quickly passed “enabling” laws which gave him special powers to provide emergency aid and housing to flood victims. Chavez then cleared out the presidential palace and turned it into living quarters for 60 people, which is the equivalent of turning the White House into a homeless shelter. The disaster victims are now being fed and taken care of by the state until they can get back on their feet and return to work.

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The Peace Nobel Prize That Liked Deadly Toys

Between January 2008 and April 2009, 60 drones strikes in the Pakistan tribal areas have caused the death of 701 civilians: among them, only 14 were suspected Talibans. These so-called “targeted executions” started in 2004 under the Bush administration but have drastically increased with President Barack Obama. For the whole year 2008, there were 36 [...]

G20 Summit: “Tough Regulations” Or Just “Business As Usual”?

According to the Financial Stability Board, which coordinates the Group of 20 regulation initiatives, “there has been good progress in strengthening the financial system to apply lessons from the credit crunch”. (read FSB report on G20 financial rules progress). But for some analysts, that’s only “smoke and mirrors” to give citizens the illusion that politics [...]

Global Warming In The Agenda Of The Pittsburgh G20 Summit

Last summit in London was centered around the financial crisis and the best strategies to get the global economy out of recession. Although it is expected that the reform of international financial institutions will still be an important part of the discussion in today Pittsburgh summit, some sentences in president Barack Obama address to the [...]

Tax Havens: The Worst Are Not Those You May Think.

During the last G20 summit held in London in April 2009, participant countries agreed, among other measures, to strengthen international cooperation in order to get rid of tax havens (aka “fiscal paradises”). According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a tax haven could be defined by the following statements: no taxes or only nominal taxes [...]