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Quote of the day: Investigations in India

“Investigations in India are the exclusive domain of the police, where victims are often relegated to the role of being a spectator in the criminal justice system. Victims of crime often face significant hurdles during investigation and prosecution. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes specifically suffer on account of procedural lapses in the criminal justice system. They face insurmountable hurdles in accessing justice from the stage of filing the complaint to the conclusion of the trial ,” the bench noted.

What is Cronyism?

 Activists blame “capitalism” for the world’s biggest problems, like the high costs of healthcare. Some even argue that economics itself is simply propaganda for businesses to exploit workers. Government schools often celebrate regulations, subsidies, and other interventions, because they protect consumers against “exploitative” businesses and capitalist “greed.”  The truth is precisely the reverse. The profit-and-loss economy lowers prices and increases the quality of goods through competition, which benefits society as a whole. When government intervenes in this production of goods and services, it does so by passing laws and enacting regulations that benefit and favor certain businesses over others, all in the name of “protecting” the public. This granting of privileges and favored status to people because of their political power or connections is called  cronyism . The beneficiaries of cronyism serve the politicians and bureaucrats who appointed them and not the consumers who buy

A return to a constitutional monarchy may solve Libya’s problems

By   Mustafa El Sagezli According to United Nations (UN) estimates, there are up to  twenty thousand  foreign mercenaries in Libya in addition to home-grown armed groups. In a country of roughly seven million people, that is a significant number. So extensive has the use of foreign mercenaries been that Dr.  Alia Brahimi , an expert on the region, voiced her  concern  that, without an adequate response from the international community, “the norm against mercenary use will be reversed and nineteenth-century practices”—before mercenary use came to be seen as widely unacceptable—“will be gradually reinstated.” Foreign mercenaries are seldom a constructive force, as evidenced by the activities of  Blackwater  contractors in Iraq. Foreign mercenaries have, unsurprisingly, had gravely harmful effects in Libya, too. Ján Kubiš, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya,  argued  that foreign fighters and mercenaries are solidifying the exi

Gastrodiplomacy, the Culinary Nation Brand, and the Context of National Cuisine in Peru

Cocina Peruana Para El Mundo: Gastrodiplomacy, the Culinary Nation Brand, and the Context of National Cuisine in Peru Rachel Wilson ,  Syracuse University Abstract Gastrodiplomacy, or the use of food in the construction of a nation brand, is one of many tools that a government can employ in its broader strategy of cultural diplomacy. The idea of pleasing the global palate while at the same time improving a country's image lies at the core of any culinary diplomacy initiative, and the case of Peru is no exception. By utilizing the promotional campaign "Cocina peruana para el mundo" ("Peruvian cuisine for the World"), the Peruvian government is attempting to construct a national brand centered on its cuisine. This paper investigates the specific context of the Peruvian project while also exploring the broader motivations for and meanings of using food as a basis for a diplomacy initiative. It concludes with an attempt to deconstruct the theoretical significance an


Oct 6, 2021   by   Rodrigo Márquez Lartigue       COMMENT   PRINT AS PDF Note from the CPD Blog Manager:  All views expressed in this blog post are that of the author and do not represent the opinions of any other authority, agency, organization, employer or company. An earlier version of this piece appeared on the author's Consular and Public Diplomacies Blog  here . Recently, Mexico's consular network in the United States, together with federal and state labor authorities, unions, community associations and seven other consulates, successfully organized the 13th edition of Labor Rights Week (LRW). LRW started in 2009 and “ is a joint initiative between the governments of the US and Mexico that seeks to increase awareness in Mexican and Latino communities about the rights of workers and the resources available to them .”  In 2021,  50 Mexican consulates and 560 partners held 680 events with 520,000 people  and collaborated with the consulates of Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican

How unheeded warnings about China are now hurting Chinese Canadians

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian , author of  China Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios For years Canadian officials prioritized trade with China and ignored warnings from Chinese Canadians that the Chinese government presented a serious political and moral challenge, a Canadian journalist argues in a new  book . Why it matters:  An earlier response by democratic governments could have relieved the pressure on Chinese diaspora communities and sent a strong message to Beijing that exporting authoritarianism wouldn't be tolerated. Details:  In her book "China Unbound: A New World Disorder," Canadian journalist and former China correspondent Joanna Chiu offers a globe-trotting view of China's ties with Canada, Australia, the U.S., Greece, Italy, Turkey and Russia. Chiu finds governments and societies often oversimplify narratives regarding China — some Americans, for example, believe the Chinese Communist Party poses an unambiguous existential threat, and some Italian politicians c

3D-printed houses poised to go mainstream

Oct 25, 2021 -  Economy & Business Joann Muller , author of  What's Next A rendering of a planned 3D-printed, net-zero-energy community in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Photo: Mighty Buildings 3D-printed cement houses are about to take off, offering a cheaper, more efficient way to provide homes for those who need them — as long as they can be built in ways that don't worsen climate change. Why it matters:  Developers of 3D-printed homes think they can take on multiple challenges: the affordable housing crisis, the shortage of skilled labor and rising material costs. At least one is also adapting its technology to mass-produce homes without releasing too much carbon into the atmosphere. What's happening:  A handful of companies are erecting  new subdivisions  featuring 3D-printed houses. Instead of conventional materials like steel, aluminum and lumber, 3D-printed structures are built by a robot squeezing a cement mixture out of a nozzle, layer upon layer, like a soft swirl ice

CHINA: All in the family

CHINA: All in the family The family:  that’s where the government is placing responsibility for child development. On Saturday, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee adopted a new law stating that China’s parents are responsible for family education. Under the law, parents and guardians cannot (SCMP): Overwhelm their children with the “twin pressures” of homework and private tutoring Allow their children to become addicted to the Internet and video games ICYDK:  Chinese students are struggling, with increasing incidence of myopia, sleep deprivation, and poor fitness. ICYDK:  Chinese students are struggling, with increasing incidence of myopia, sleep deprivation, and poor fitness. In response:  Beijing is overhauling child education, including bans on private tutoring and restrictions on how many hours kids can play video games. The Standing Committee discussions indicate (SCMP, Xinhua): “The law is designed to ensure children’s healthy development by encouraging parents and

Zhong Sheng: US-UK-Australia Nuclear Submarine Deal Threatens Global Stability

People's Daily  10.19 A page-three Zhong Sheng (钟声) commentary titled “US-UK-Australia Nuclear Submarine Deal Threatens Global Stability” again addressed the US-UK-Australia trilateral security partnership (AUKUS). Noting the countries’ announcement of their agreement to help Australia build nuclear submarines, the commentary declared that “international opinion” regarded the move as dangerous and selfish and that “representatives of many countries’ governments” had recently expressed opposition to the agreement at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Disarmament and International Security Committee (UNGA DISEC). It criticized the agreement for “seriously violating the purpose and goals of nuclear non-proliferation,” arguing that the deal “involves the transfer of large amounts of extremely sensitive weapons-grade highly enriched uranium (HEU) and [poses] serious nuclear proliferation risks” and that if other countries were to copy such moves that are difficult for the non-p