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“The Right to Play” - Help for Children of Haiti

Chad Andro, 05.05.2010 23:18

Youth for Human Rights Florida member beats his drum for Haiti orphans The recent earthquake in Haiti gave the world a small glimpse into the problems and needs of Haiti's children prior to the quake, but now they are many times multiplied. Nearly half of Haiti's nearly 10 million people are younger than 18, and many of them are orphans.



Grecia incendia la pradera / Sindicatos griegos inician una movilización contra el plan de austeridad

Kaos. Internacional | agencias | Hoy 0:06, 05.05.2010 23:15

Jornada de lucha obrera en Grecia: protestas masivas y represión en un país paralizado por la Huelga General
Las calles de las principales ciudades comienzan poco a poco a retomar una aparente calma tras la intesiva jornada de lucha obrera que ha puesto al país heleno en el centro de la diana mediática internacional. Tres muertos (cuyas identidades siguen sin ser confirmadas) y varias decenas de heridos son el trágico saldo de una jornada en la que el pueblo griego ha reivindicado su orgullo obrero frente al capital, y, de paso, el orgullo obrero de una adormecida Europa donde episodios como el de hoy son cada día más dificiles de ver.



El PP quiere tapar su Gürtel creando polémica en torno al velo

Ahmed Hijazi*, 05.05.2010 22:51

El conocido caso Gürtel es la corrupción más escandalosa de España, luego de la muerte del Caudillo por la Gracia de Dios, Generalísimo Francisco Franco...



Want a better world? Make one

Mrdelurk, 05.05.2010 19:19

A call to brains: programmers wanted to code a new P2P economic system.



Irán (Ahmadinejad) dijo que Bin Laden está en Washington

www.infobae.com/mundo / 05-05-10 | MUNDO, 05.05.2010 17:55

Cuando se le preguntó al líder iraní si Bin Laden está escondido en Irán, Ahmadinejad calificó esta suposición de "irrisoria". "Me enteré de que está en Washington"



Eine Gefahr namens Israel

Walter C. Beckmann, 05.05.2010 17:34

Dolphin-U-Boote Israel steht heute an vorderster Front des internationalen Kampfes gegen die atomare Aufrüstung des Irans. Israel dementiert nicht die Meldungen, dass seine Luftwaffe Manöver abhält, mit dem Ziel, Irans nukleare Produktionsstätten zu bombardieren. Eine derartige israelische Militäraktion würde die Region wahrscheinlich an den Punkt eines atomaren Konfliktes bringen, dessen Folgen eine Katastrophe für die ganze Welt sein würde.



Huelga Salvaje en Grecia. Atenas

anonimo, 05.05.2010 17:21

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Huelga Salvaje en Grecia. Atenas

anonimo, 05.05.2010 17:20

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Enrique Dussel: Una lectura latinoamericana de la obra completa de Marx

Gabriel Rodríguez, 05.05.2010 16:56

Gildardo Díaz Novoa presenta su libro Enrique Dussel: Una lectura latinoamericana de la obra completa de Marx



EE.UU. utilizó al DAS para infiltrar las embajadas en Colombia..., dice Gustavo Petro

www.publimetro.com.mx/04/04/10, 05.05.2010 13:16

El senador y aspirante presidencial por Polo Democrático Alternativo (PDA, Gustavo Petro, aseguró que se utilizó al DAS para ejercer presión con el fin de que se aprobara la reelección en 2006 del presidente colombiano, Álvaro Uribe.



Fuck off BP

Anonymous, 05.05.2010 11:47

The 'fck off guy' A picture says a thousand words ... or just two.



Historia de valor, sacrificio y amor

Por Teresita Jorge, 05.05.2010 11:23

Desde el 12 de septiembre de 1998 cinco familias cubanas se mantienen separadas mientras su amor va en aumento. Gerardo Hernández, René González, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González y Ramón Labañino fueron detenidos ese día por el único delito de prevenir acciones terroristas planeadas desde la Florida contra su amada Isla.



:: Nuevo LiBro on Line: TeSis soBre el PUC: El ParTido UniCo del CaPiTal (NPH)

Colectivo Nuevo Proyecto Histórico, 05.05.2010 07:57

Contenido:

Dedicatoria

Aclaración

Citas

Recuerdos del futuro

Tesis



Europeans Concerned About Nuclear Plant Safety

By Indira Srivastava, 05.05.2010 07:33

IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BRUSSELS (IDN) – Most Europeans believe that the risks related to nuclear energy are underestimated. They identify a lack of security against terrorist attacks on power plants and the disposal and management of radioactive waste as the major hazards.



Tell Us What You Have Done To Fight Corruption

By Jutta Wolf, 05.05.2010 07:31

IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BERLIN (IDN) – Thirty governments around the world will soon be approached by Transparency International (TI) and members of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network as well as the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to give information on what they have done to combat bribery.



AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Lou Pritchett, 05.05.2010 05:23

Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America’s true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world’s highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management.. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-resident, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.



May 15th Golf Tournament’s Donation to Earthquake Zone

Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen, 05.05.2010 04:18

Awarding Donation to the Red Cross for Earthquake Zone Re-construction The Harbourview Cup Golf Tournament donation is to go to the “Qinghai Yushu Earthquake Zone” for reconstruction work



In Mayday Marches, Arizona's Racist Immigration Reforms take Center Stage

John Jacobsen, 04.05.2010 23:46

On April 23rd, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into law, giving local and state police broad power to detain suspected illegal immigrants.

The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act would require immigrants in the state of Arizona to carry their alien registration documents on their persons at all times. It also requires police to question any person they may reasonably suspect is in the U.S. illegally.



KENT STATE KILLINGS: THE DAY HOPE WAS MURDERED

Henk Ruyssenaars - Fwd. Franklin's Focus, 04.05.2010 22:12

I'm very sorry to say that according to my - senior foreign correspondent's view - both Franklin and Elaine Holstein are right in what they say. Elaine Holstein also writes about what she lost that day at Kent state University, and the following picture will always symbolize what the so-called administration did. It's horror which is upon us. Globally. - Url.:  http://digitalrhetor.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/kent-famousphoto.jpg



Deutscher Euro-Imperialismus

Hans-Werner Becker, 04.05.2010 18:08

OSSIETZKY-7.png Kanzlerin Merkel gab ihrem Volk schon in der Neujahrsansprache 2008/2009 zu verstehen: »Wir wollen die Auswirkungen der weltweiten Finanzkrise nicht einfach überstehen. Wir wollen stärker aus ihr herausgehen, als wir hineingekommen sind … wir Deutschen haben schon ganz andere Herausforderungen gemeistert … Wir haben das zerstörte Deutschland nach dem Krieg aufgebaut und fest in Europa verankert.« Inzwischen ist genauer zu erkennen, was der Kanzlerin Redenschreiber im Auftrag der hierzulande herrschenden Kapitalinteressen wohl im Sinn hatten: Die »feste Verankerung« wird genutzt, um ganz Euroland zu dominieren. Beim EU-Gipfel in Brüssel am 25. März 2010, wo es um Kredithilfen für Griechenland ging, bestimmte die Kanzlerin der Deutschen fast allein gegen den Rest: Keine Direkthilfen für klamme Schuldnerländer wie Griechenland und die übrigen »PIGS« (Portugal, Italien, Griechenland, Spanien), die wohl schon bald ebenfalls hilfsbedürftig sein werden;......



De Neuquén a La Habana: hermanar pueblos

Por Miguel Fernández Martínez, 04.05.2010 16:29

Para los argentinos Pablo Fernández, Santiago Vega y Alcides Bonavitta, estar en Cuba es la consumación de un sueño acumulado tras largos de años de vibrar y sentir junto a la Isla desde la lejana Patagonia.



3. deutscher Einmarsch in Athen

Hartmut Barth-Engelbart, 04.05.2010 15:57

Die "europäisch-neuaufgestellte Harzburger Front" läßt die alte vor Neid erblassen: ohne vorerst Waffen direkt einzusetzen wird die Neuordnung Europas durchexekutiert, effektiver als es der Führer selbt in Tausend Jahren nicht erreicht hätte. Die Opfer liegen wie damals in der Mehrheit an der Peripherie und weit draußen vor der Festung Europa. Die feindliche Übernahme ist die Vorstufe zum Angriffskrieg. Brüsseler EU-Kommission und EU-Kernregierungen handeln immer offener als Kapital-Dienstleister. An der Heimatfront wird ähnlich und gleichgeschaltet. Der Schritt von virtuellen zum realen Krieg wird immer kleiner und kaum noch wahrgenommen - bis es Engpässe bei der Zinksärgen gibt.



MR ZEM.LI PRESIDENT DU TRIBUNAL DU PUY EN VELAY

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, 04.05.2010 15:43

ERIC DE MONTGOLFIER PROCUREUR DE NICE TRES AU COURANT MR ZEM.LI N EST PAS CONTENTE DU MINISTERE DE LA JUSTICE ET DE LA DECLARATION DES DROITS DE L HOMME DE NOTRE MACON GENERAL DE LAFAYETTE GRAND FONDATEUR DE LA DECLARATION UNIVERSELLE DES DROITS DE L HOMME http://thebsreport.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/gilbert_du_motier_marquis_de_lafayette.jpg MR ZEM.LI CETTE PRESIDENTE DU TRIBUNAL DE GRANDE INSTANCE NAZI S EST MIS A POURSUIVRE DANS SON EXCES DE FOLIE INHUMAINE ET MECHAMMENT UN INDIVIDU DANS LE BUT DE LE PLANTER ET DE LUI OTER SA VIE HUMAINE POUR LUI FAIRE DU MAL UN INDIVIDU QUI REVENAIT DU CENTRE VILLE DU PUY EN VELAY DANS LE PARKING SOUTERRAIN DU BREUIL CELLE CI ETANT BIEN INFORMEE DE LA SITUATION OU SE TROUVAIT A CE MOMENT LA L INDIVIDU EN QUESTION POUR EFFECTUER SON MEURTRE S EST PRIS LA PJ LE TRES GRAND MINISTERE DE L’INTERIEUR AU COURANT NE TROUVANT CELA PAS DU TOUT NORMAL LUI A ENVOYEE LA PJ SUR CE PRESIDENT DU TRIBUNAL DE GRANDE INSTANCE MR ZEM.LI QUI A ETE POURSUIVIE PAR LA PJ ET ROULAIT A VITESSE NON AUTORISEE EN CENTRE VILLE DU PUY EN VELAY ET A EN PRIME GRILLEE LA LIGNE BLANCHE ET LES FEUX ROUGES DANS LE CENTRE VILLE DU PUY EN VELAY APRES MR H. L’ANCIEN PROCUREUR DU PUY EN VELAY, DECOUVREZ MR LE PROCUREUR DU PUY EN VELAY MR F. EST MAINTENANT A DIJON A COUVERT ET COUVRE LES RESEAUX DE PEDOPHILES LOCAUX DE LA HAUTE LOIRE ERIC DE MONTGOLFIER PROCUREUR DE NICE AU COURANT CE PRESIDENT DU TRIBUNAL DE GRANDE INSTANCE NAZI MR ZEM.LI QUI POURSUIT MECHAMMENT DANS LE BUT DE LE PLANTER POUR LUI FAIRE DU MAL UN INDIVIDU DANS LE PARKING SOUTERRAIN DU BREUIL LE TRES GRAND MINISTERE DE L’INTERIEUR A ENVOYEE LA PJ SUR CE PRESIDENT DU TRIBUNAL DE GRANDE INSTANCE MR ZEM.LI QUI A ETE POURSUIVIE PAR LA PJ ET ROULAIT A VITESSE NON AUTORISEE EN CENTRE VILLE DU PUY EN VELAY ET A EN PRIME GRILLEE LA LIGNE BLANCHE ET LES FEUX ROUGES DANS LE CENTRE VILLE DU PUY EN VELAY APRES MR HONT. L’ANCIEN PROCUREUR DU PUY EN VELAY, DECOUVREZ MR LE PROCUREUR DU PUY EN VELAY MR FOUR. EST MAINTENANT A DIJON A COUVERT ET COUVRE LES RESEAUX DE PEDOPHILES LOCAUX DE LA HAUTE LOIRE A Y A UN GREFFIER QUI PEUT PAS BLAIRER LE NOUVEAU PROCUREUR AUSSI ALORS IL Y MET SES ETIQUETTES DE DETRAQUEES LE PROCUREUR C EST SI C EST SA ET ENCORE QUOI .....DE MEME QUE LE MYTHO.ANE STANDARDISTE DU TRIBUNAL DU PUY EN VELAY QUI SE PREND POUR LA GREFFIERE DE SERVICE



CORRUPTION DU TRIBUNAL LE PUY EN VELAY * * *

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, 04.05.2010 15:07

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL
THE GLOBAL COALITION AGAINST CORRUPTION ET TERRORISME



La deuxième mort des prisonniers

Ron Augustin, 04.05.2010 14:55

Article sur la mort des prisonniers de Stammheim le 18.10.1977, paru dans le journal junge Welt du 10 septembre 2007



Der zweite Tod der Stammheimer Gefangenen

Ron Augustin, 04.05.2010 14:52

Artikel zum Tod der Stammheimer Gefangenen am 18.10.1977, veröffentlicht in der Zeitung junge Welt vom 10.9.2007



1,000 Words About Ethiopia

Bernard Pollack and Danielle Nierenberg, 04.05.2010 14:34

We started this trip in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a place most Americans associate with war and hunger because of the famines of the mid 1980s and 1990s. Even today, more than 6 million people in Ethiopia are at risk for starvation so we think we had mentally prepared myself for seeing very desperate people. Instead, though, we found farmers and NGO workers full of hope for agriculture in their country.



Sand im Getriebe der Meinungsmacher?

Ron Augustin, 04.05.2010 14:30

Buchbesprechung, Gudrun Ensslin, Bernward Vesper, “Notstandsgesetze von Deiner Hand” – Briefe 1968/1969, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt 2009



¿Final de la globalización económica?

germán gorraiz lopez, 04.05.2010 14:26

Análisis de los elementos racionales de la economía que podrían desencadenar el finiquito de la globalización económica



ORWELLIAN PILL WITH CHIP CHECKS YOU

Henk Ruyssenaars - Foreign correspondent, 04.05.2010 13:00

Quote: "Apparently, once a human has been absorbed into the medical system and renamed "patient", then health is defined as taking the right pills. The smart pill isn't futuristic. It's already been tested. Before purchasing the technology, Novartis* ran a trial to test for patient compliance in taking their blood pressure drug, Diovan. It must have been successful, since Novartis has purchased the technology."



Arizona: ¿reverdece el concepto de las razas inferiores?

Por Marcos Alfonso, 04.05.2010 12:51

La aprobación hace poco más de una semana, en estado de Arizona la controvertida legislación que criminaliza a los indocumentados.
Las protestas a lo ancho y extenso de los Estados Unidos no se hicieron esperar: miles de personas se movilizaron en marchas y actos de condena en cerca de 70 ciudades de la Unión.



La peligrosa Venezuela y la segura Colombia

Pascual Serrano / Correo del Orinoco, 04.05.2010 12:46

Un campaña de falsedades que se cae por si solas, pues el mundo todo sabe que lo que acontece en Colombia es una tragedia nunca antes vista en algún otro país del continente. Más de cincuenta años de una violencia que no para y que ha dejado no menos de un millón y medio de asesinatos y desapariciones...



Petróleo: el otro derrame

Por Néstor Núñez, 04.05.2010 12:45

La tragedia ambientalista surgida en el Golfo de México con la explosión y hundimiento de una plataforma petrolera de la British Petroleum frente a las costas de los Estados Unidos, ya tiene consecuencias que van más allá de los severos daños ecológicos.



Foreign NGOs creating unrest in Lanjigarh

Amit, 04.05.2010 09:03

Recently the statement of Hon'ble Steel and Mines Minister of Orissa, Mr. Raghunath Mohanty, stating that 'Not a single tribal family would be displaced due to this mining project' and also that 'No Dongria Kondha tribe live at the proposed mining area of Lanjigarh located between Rayagada and Kalahandi districts’ has been a lot unrest in the foreign NGOs who have been circulating a lot of false information about the entire mining activity in Orissa.



Indigenous Peoples in Asia Less Poor

By Jaya Ramachandran, 04.05.2010 06:10

Brazilian indigenous chiefs of the Kayapo tribe | Credit: Wikimedia Commons IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

GENEVA (IDN) – Indigenous peoples are among the poorest of the world, who suffer from higher poverty, lower education, and a greater incidence of disease and discrimination than other groups of the society. But they are benefitting from the “rapidly declining” poverty rates in Asia, which hosts an overwhelming majority of them.



Freelance Writing: Make Money Online the Old Fashion Way, Earn It

Frank Joseph, 04.05.2010 00:45

As long as there is an internet and people desire to search for information there will always be the need for Freelance writers. Because of this phenomena, the need for new and fresh content, is today and will be tomorrow, the one true recession proof opportunity to make money available to anyone who would like to be paid for services they provide. Freelance Writing makes up much of the content of online publications and there are just not enough Freelance writers to satisfy the demand.



This Way Out: Nate Phelps post-Fred+Happy Trans-Mother's Day+global LGBT news

Overnight Productions (Inc.), 03.05.2010 20:46

His runaway offspring Nate finds fortitude to fight maniacal homophobe Fred; the story of a trans-mom and her more fortunate son; queer activists blast Obama on a "Don't Ask" bombshell, Hawai'i civil unions await gubernatorial action, LGBT groups join the Arizona anti-immigrant law condemnation chorus, a 3rd Turkish gay group wins existence rights, Bolivia's President apologizes for "chicken makes you gay," and more LGBT news.



To Whom the New 'Jewish Call for Reason'

By Bob Narmer, 03.05.2010 20:38

Ethiopian Jews experience Israeli racism at a very early age Credit: ikhwanweb IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BRUSSELS (IDN) – Around 4,000 Jewish politicians, physicians, lawyers, philosophers, historians, academicians, journalists and members of European Jewish associations, have launched on May 3 in Brussels a “Jewish Call For Reason”.



1000 Rally in Vermont For Single Payer Healthcare

By James Haslam, Director of the Vermont Workers Center, 03.05.2010 20:23

Vermont has taken a step forward in becoming the first in the US to provide healthcare for all!



Elitism and Empathy in American Presidents: Who Cares for the Suffering Children?

William John Cox and Helen Werner Cox, 03.05.2010 16:19

Who Cares for the Suffering Children? Children continue to suffer and die around the world and in the United States because the presidents placed in the White House by the ruling elite have no empathy for those who suffer from the policies they pursue, or the critical problems they ignore, all in response to the dictates of their masters.



Crisis financiera: Cerrados tres bancos en Puerto Rico

Aporrea 03/05/10, 03.05.2010 13:58

Continúa la crisis la que al parecer, aún permanece en su fase inicial y, quizás, se lleve, al menos, cinco a seis años superarla...



Vedanta Aluminium organizes free health camp for tribals at Phuldumer in Orissa

Anjan, 03.05.2010 13:29

More than 72 tribals were benefited from a free health check-up camp organised at Phuldumer village on April 29, 2010 by Vedanta Aluminium Limited, in collaboration with Government health Department. Patients with different ailments were treated by doctors of Vedanta Aluminium and Government hospital, Lanjigarh. Prescribed Medicine was provided free of cost after health check-up



Dump the wrong cultural models of corporate governance

Dr.A.Prabaharan, Research Director, Public Action, 03.05.2010 12:20

Culture matters in every sphere of society. Whether politics or corporate administration. Whatever the cultural traits of a particular society is reflected in the functioning of other branches of the society. India is more deep rooted in the traditional culture yet confusedly addicted to the Western culture. Due to this paradox it faces a chain of problems in all arenas of the society. The fungus and virus which are infecting the Indian society needs to be uprooted. The process also need to protect the Indian systems from the evils of Western model of development. Over celebration of the Western system and giving it a clean chit is very myopic and factually negative way of painting the development sector. The Western world is also full of flaws. What is required is a new and clean model of development. Whoever develops it needs to be practiced.

R. Gopalkrishnan writes in The Economic Times on 3 May 2010,


Urban middle class Indians think in English but act in Indian . For example, flexibility and compromise is very Indian. Nee katru, naan maram, yenna sonaalum, thalai aattuven (you are the breeze, I am the tree, my head will sway whichever way you blow), sang Hariharan in the 1998 Tamil film Nilaave Vaa.

Praising to persuade is quite Indian. Hanuman allowed himself to be captured so that he could deliver Rama’s message personally to Ravana. Everyone in the Lanka court wanted Hanuman executed. Only Vibhishana interceded by first praising Ravana and only thereafter suggested a lesser punishment.

Judging through background and appearance is Indian. Urban middle class Indians think that educated Indians (like them) who speak English are likely to be more reliable than their vernacular counterparts. The truth is that unless the raja and leaders are honest, the praja will not be honest.

In the Mahabharata, Duryodhana said, “Contentment and patience, though the virtues of ordinary men, are not virtues in kings.” With that pompous statement, he invited Shakuni to deploy his wiles at his court leading to the battle of Kurukshetra. Why culture matters: Culture matters in many things, including in corporate governance.

The Indian practice need not be completely different from the west, but it must embed cultural influence. The western mind is shaped by the Greek philosophical tradition of analysis, linearity and abhorrence of ambiguity. It believes in a unitary sense of right and wrong and lays great emphasis on meritocracy.

On the other hand, the Indian mindset represents integrative and perambulatory thinking with a great tolerance for ambiguity . Nothing is black or white, everything is shades of grey. Merit is important, but so are age, connections and lineage. These show up in many ways:

Alan Greenspan was Fed Governor in the US till 2006, just before the meltdown. In his book, Greenspan viewed instability analytically and wrote, “Regulation, by its nature, inhibits freedom of market action, and that freedom is what rebalances markets... I fail to see how adding more government action can help.” Dr Y V Reddy was India’s central bank governor.

He viewed the undefined issues of instability intuitively and wrote, “The challenge shifted from managing the successful integration of the Indian economy with the global economy to managing the impact of the global crisis on India.” Very different ways of seeing the same thing.

Indian events are a Grand Spectacle where a few are doers; a few more are lurkers, while many are watchers. For example, think of the doers, lurkers and watchers at our airport security, at a district government office or at an Indian wedding. Even cricket fits the doer-lurker-watcher pattern: four doers, 18 lurkers, and thousands of watchers!

Although the Mughal Empire had long spent its course by 1857, when the soldiers of the Gangetic plains wanted a leader for their movement, they agreed on an illogical choice: the defunct Bahadur Shah Zafar. Dynastic choice was thought to be less unacceptable than a merit-based choice.

Why institutions matter: Politics and government are poor examples of governance. The government is a poor custodian of public assets.

In a recent case at the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court, the local government lawyer unabashedly stated that “the ants had eaten up 24 kg of charas from the official godown where the government had stored the charas seized from drug traffickers .” The drug racket by local public functionaries is not Goa’s best-kept secret!

Political leaders preach corporate governance , but are silent about political governance . Party accounts are never published, let alone quarterly or being audited by rotating auditors. Parties expect Anglo-American corporate governance but practise Indian political governance.

A few years ago, the government sold a majority shareholding in a PSU through an open process; the concerned minister was unhappy about the buyer and he expressed his unhappiness in several ways. Memorably , he wagged his finger that he would not allow the buyer to implement changes as it was ‘his money’. The 26% owner was warning the 45% owner that he would thwart attempts to change! And he got away with it.

The high-handed behaviour of some government directors on PSU boards and indeed the very functioning of many PSU boards set a poor example to the private sector. The message is right, but the messengers are not credible. How do we live with such contradictions?

It may be because of an awe of rulers. For 25 of the last 30 centuries, citizens’ local issues were sorted out by local panchayats. The ruler or king was a remote person, even thought to be God. Be it the Mysore Dussera Festival or the Nizam of Hyderabad, royalty has always been awesome to common folk.

May be that is why industrial captains are in awe of leaders either or may be for reasons of enlightened self-interest . Exceptions apart, many corporate leaders subconsciously adopt a subservient role in their interaction with ministers.

Politics and business share some things: dynastic leadership, confounding arrangements , one-upmanship and disdain for rules at higher levels. There is a further implicit connection between politics and business. Politicians used to view business as an akshaya patra for funds.

As deregulation denuded the akshaya patra, politicians themselves entered business with benamiidentities — as suggested by the ownership of IPL cricket — the mushrooming higher education colleges and private airlines. Though most politicians avoid garlands of currency notes publicly, they do possess enough currency to make many garlands!

While government pretends to govern, influential citizens pretend to obey them. Highly-connected offenders roam freely with the attitude that they can expose others or that the law is corruptible and inefficient, so nothing can happen to me.

In the US, allegations of the misuse of corporate funds or insider trading, like with Vinod Gupta or Anil Kumar, are brought to speedy conclusions. India cannot emulate this despite adopting the American corporate governance principles.

Like other institutions of democracy, the corporate sector too is flawed. The relationship between shareholder democracy, authoritarian leadership and company growth is not linear and it defies a neat mapping. Some thoughts: I am not sure how, but corporate governance practices need to be tweaked from being precise and prescriptive to being directional and intuitive.

Investors and independent directors should watch behaviour, not only compliance. A structural weakness in India is the poor performance of the institutional shareholders . They need training and encouragement.

They must focus on honesty of purpose and intent rather than just on the rules and regulations. The hard truth is that if the owner, CEO and CFO conspire, no corporate governance system can work. You can arrest the auditor and jail the director, but that will not prevent the next incident where evil intent is present. The Satyam case is the best evidence of this.

The giveaways of bad governance lie in behaviour. Pratip Kar, while at Tata Management Training Centre, showed that one or more of five signals from the C-Suite provide early warning: constantly being applauded by the media as being visionary and daring; displaying excessively risky but exciting ambitions ; showing high connections and lifestyle ; being hubristic and egoistic; being surrounded by ‘non-smelly’ individuals, yet appearing ‘smelly’ .

As former Sebi chief M Damodaran has said, Indian executives regard the boss or the promoter as the karta of the Hindu Undivided Family. The promoter is the ultimate. The top leadership may have managers who kiss up and kick down; who are eager to please the boss. These are telltale signals that need to be considered by intelligent investors.

Review related party transactions with care like a Lakshman Rekha. All related party transactions are not bad or suspicious. But this is the line that is normally breached to achieve differential enrichment . Just as Lakshman drew the line for Sita for her protection, independent directors should regard related party transactions as the watch-line for shareholders and be very alert in an intuitive way.

Independent directors need to be emotionally accountable to minority shareholders. Independent directors represent the interests of minority shareholders. They are elected by the shareholders. The role of the lead director can be strengthened and the lead director should feel accountable for initiating steps to protect minority interests. He can be answerable in writing or in person where necessary.

Focus the rule book on what a board cannot do. There are too many regulators and rules, but too little regulation. Corporate governance rules describe in minute detail how a board is to be composed and all that a board has to do.

In sports, the rule book tells you what you cannot do, and the rules are, therefore, simple. In football, you cannot touch the ball with the hand, you cannot physically push the opposing player and you cannot be ahead of the last opposing player (other than the goalkeeper) before receiving a pass to shoot for the goalpost.

Western intellectuals are reviewing their own model. Sir David Walker, the senior guru of UK’s corporate governance, has wondered whether the western system should be copied by the developing world because the eastern model seems to have advantages.

Magdalene College senior research fellow, Stefan Halper, has wondered in his new book The Beijing Consensus whether the market authoritarianism of the east has some virtue. I wonder whether India needs a modified kind of corporate governance rule book.



La semilla fértil de la solidaridad

Por Madelín Ramírez, 03.05.2010 11:42

La solidaridad se expande por el mundo como semilla fértil. Germina en suelos nobles, pero lo hace también en terrenos áridos y distantes. La solidaridad tiene múltiples vestuarios y costumbres y cuando nace, florece inevitablemente a pesar de los vientos fríos que soplan obstinadamente.



Wat weet jij van mensenrechten?

Francis Camstra, 03.05.2010 08:13

Wat weet jij van mensenrechten, en wat betekenen ze voor je? Doe mee aan Hét Mensenrechtenonderzoek op www.mensenrechtonderzoek.nl en help ons dit in kaart te brengen! Deelnemers maken ook kans op een reis voor twee naar New York.



War with China? The Dangers of a Global Conflagration

James Petras, 03.05.2010 04:08

"The transfer of a trillion dollars in military spending from colonial wars could easily finance the reconversion to a civilian economy producing quality goods for local and overseas consumption, including merchandise and commodities reducing toxic chemical and environmentally damaging sources of energy.

Substituting trade missions for military bases, could increase inflows to the US and reduce outflows abroad. Ending political links and billion dollar subsidies to militarized states like Israel and lifting sanctions on major economic markets like Iran will decrease outflows from the US treasury and enhance economic inflows and opportunities for productive sectors throughout the 1.5 billion muslim world.

Focusing investment on the growing market for clean energy and technology for domestic and overseas economies, will create new jobs and lower the cost of living while enhancing living standards. Confiscatory taxes on the millionaire/billionaires especially the entire ‘Wall Street” ruling elite, and a cap on all income over one million dollars can finance social security and comprehensive public national health system, which would reduce charges to industry and state. The transition from empire to republic requires a profound rebalancing of social power and a deep restructuring of the US economy. Only then will the US be able to compete economically with China in the world economy."



Los Falsos Positivos: Explicación necesaria para los pueblos del mundo

Samuel Barinas V. / www.librered.net, 02.05.2010 23:41

Lo sucedido en la municipalidad de Soacha es emblemático: decenas de jóvenes desempleados fueron recogidos por contactos del ejército en las esquinas con ofertas de trabajo y en menos de 24 horas aparecieron en los titulares de los diarios como guerrilleros muertos en combate, en otro extremo de la geografía nacional. Les habían colocado uniformes y armas para hacer creíble la noticia. Lo raro es que mientras sus uniformes aparecían intactos, los cuerpos de las víctimas semejaban un colador por efecto de las balas. Esta luctuosa historia se repitió impunemente durante los últimos años bañando con sangre inocente el territorio de la patria.



La Confederación Sindical Internacional reclama a Uribe la investigación de la mayor fosa común de América y el fin de la impunidad

Confederación Sindical de las Américas / Rebelión.org, 02.05.2010 23:17

En nombre de 175 millones de trabajadores



Racismo en USA

Saul Landau / Progreso Semanal - Rebelión.org, 02.05.2010 23:11

Cincuenta años después la lucha continúa



Talibanes paquistaníes se atribuyen el atentado fallido en Times Square

informe21.com / Telecinco en Mayo 2, 2010, 02.05.2010 23:05

Los talibán paquistaníes reivindicaron en un mensaje colgado en una página web islamista el atentado frustrado de anoche en Times Square, en el centro de Nueva York. «Los talibán paquistaníes proclaman su responsabilidad en el ataque de Nueva York en venganza por los dos líderes y mártires musulmanes Al Baghdadi y Al Muhajir", explica el comunicado. Los talibán podrían referirse a Abu Ayyub al Masri, también conocido como Abu Hamza al Muhajir, líder de Al Qaeda en Irak; y a Abu Omar al Baghdadi, supuesto líder de otro grupo afín, el Estado Islámico de Irak (EII), abatidos el 18 de abril en Thar Thar, a 80 kilómetros al noroeste de Bagdad.




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