Brexit – Or What Happens When People Vote With Their Guts

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 11:01

ROME (IDN) – Polling specialists say that when voters do not feel comfortable in saying how they will really vote, it is because they are not comfortable at a rational level with how they will actually vote. In other words, voters act because of their guts, not because of their brains.

This is what happened when the exit polls after the June 23 British referendum on whether to remain part of or leave the European Union showed the ‘remain’ vote in a slight lead, only to be proved wrong overnight.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Turning Point in the United Nations

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Fri, 02/19/2016 - 14:32

ROME, Feb. 17 – It is no coincidence that Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who died on Feb. 16, was the only Secretary-General in the history of the United Nations to have served only one of the two terms that have always been allowed. The United States vetoed his re-election, in spite of the favourable vote of the other members of the Security Council. He was considered too independent.

Progress Incorporated: The dominant development paradigm in Rwanda is at a crossroads

Submitted by The Wooden Stool on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:30

It must always come as a shocker to anyone whenever Rwanda is declared the most unequal country in East Africa. The country is a model for development and its supporters vouch for its progressive pro-business attitude, zero tolerance for corruption, and the government’s eagerness to partner with others in achieving its priorities.  

The Lesson from Davos: No connection to reality

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:16

ROME, Jan 27 2016 (IPS) - The rich and the powerful, who meet every year at the World Economic Forum (WEF), were in a gloomy mood this time. Not only because the day they met close to eight trillion dollars has been wiped off global equity markets by a “correction”. But because no leader could be in a buoyant mood.

Poor 2016, So Many Handicaps!

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:39

San Salvador, Bahamas, December 31, 2015 - At this time, we all wish “ a very good year”. While the wish is always a positive thing, we should also realize that we cannot expect too much from the new born year. He is loaded by so  many handicaps, that we  should have lot of sympathy for him…He is part of a negative circle that started with the financial crisis of 2008, and that will probably conclude in 2017, a cathartic year in which   elections in several key countries and other crucial appointments could open a new cycle.

Kenyans should assertively protect public schools from further land grabbing

Submitted by The Wooden Stool on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:50

Leonard Wanyama | Despite huge public outcry against grabbing of land at the Lang’ata Road Primary School exactly one year ago, a company called Kensom Holdings Ltd. tried acquiring two acres of land belonging to Lavington Primary School as the year drew to a close on 19 December, 2015.

Of Democracy and Climate: Two lessons from Paris

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:14

In the space of just a few days, two fundamental lessons have come from Paris for the world about democracy and climate. The media have been dealing with them as separate issues, but they are, in fact, linked by the same problem that can no longer be ignored: democracy is on the wane.
While all media have reported the defeat of the Front National in the French administrative elections, and while few have made the old observation that to win a battle is not to win a war, there is no doubt that the FN is becoming a mainstream party.

Nairobi is the trade battleground during WTO-MC10 meeting

Submitted by The Wooden Stool on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 12:30

Leonard Wanyama | If you think the only war Kenya faces is that of terrorism against the Al-Shabaab, you are either dead wrong or walking around with your eyes blind open. Recent events in past weeks obviously point to our struggles against corruption while our daily lives comprise various fights against either poverty, ignorance, disease, potholes, El Nino or a combination of all these.

How Much is Left of Syrian in the Syrian War?

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:35

ROME, Nov 24, 2015 – The U.S. Congress, under the valiant leadership of Republicans, has vetoed the entry of Syrian refugees, including women and children, into the United States against Obama's intention to accept 10,000 – a symbolic amount in a country which accepts over 50.000 refugees every year – while Germany is accepting at least 800,000 Syrians.

What is frightening is the total ignorance of the world which is behind that veto.