Mov Soc Thu, 12 May 2022 00:56:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mov Soc 32 32 Activists in the British Virgin Islands mobilize for local autonomy Thu, 12 May 2022 00:56:36 +0000

Dozens of activists from the British Virgin Islands staged a rally on Wednesday calling for the overseas territory to retain its autonomy, following a report by a commission of inquiry that it should be governed directly from London. The report came the day after former prime minister Andrew Fahie was arrested in Miami on drug trafficking and money laundering charges, which led to him being removed from office and replaced by his former deputy, Natalio Wheatley.

“The future of the Virgin Islands has always been and always will be in the hands of the people of the Virgin Islands,” said Art Christopher, 47, a restaurateur. “It is a long-term struggle in which we will engage.” The commission of inquiry found that millions of dollars of public funds were spent each year by politicians and ministries in the territory of 30,000 people without proper procedure, as well as serious dishonesty concerning the sale of public property and a widespread abuse of appointments.

Wheatley said the territory can resolve its issues without suspending the constitution and dissolving the assembly, as recommended by the commission’s report — which was independent of Fahie’s detention. Amanda Milling, a British MP and Minister of State for Asia and the Middle East who visited the territory to speak with local leaders last week, said governance needed to improve.

Wheatley’s cabinet submitted a plan to Milling on Wednesday that would implement recommendations made by the inquiry while maintaining local governance. These proposals include ensuring that officials do not simultaneously serve on more than one board of directors, as well as strengthening port security to reduce the flow of illegal drugs. “I hope that Minister Milling and the UK Government will give the proposal due consideration and not go down the road of direct authority,” Wheatley said in a speech streamed online.

The British Virgin Islands, for centuries the site of sugar cane plantations operated by slaves forcibly brought from Africa, gained autonomy from the UK in 1967 in its first election.

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Marcos Jr. declares victory and faces calls to secure democracy Wed, 11 May 2022 08:54:30 +0000 MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted Filipino dictator, declared victory in this week’s presidential elections on Wednesday and faced early calls to ensure respect for human rights. man, the rule of law and democracy.

Marcos Jr. garnered more than 31 million votes in an unofficial Monday poll tally in what is expected to be one of the strongest terms for a Philippine president in decades. His vice-presidential running mate, Sara Duterte, also appears to have won by a landslide victory.

Marcos Jr.’s electoral triumph is a victory for democracy and he has vowed to seek common ground across political divides, his spokesman Vic Rodriguez said.

“To the world: judge me not by my ancestors, but by my actions,” Rodriguez said, quoting Marcos Jr..

The separately elected president and vice president will take office on June 30 after the results are confirmed by Congress. With a unique six-year term, they are poised to lead a Southeast Asian nation in dire need of economic recovery after two years of COVID-19 outbreaks and lockdowns. They will also inherit huge expectations to emerge from crushing poverty, gaping inequality, an end to Muslim and communist insurgencies and political divisions, which were only stoked by the turbulent presidencies of their fathers.

Marcos Jr.’s main rivals have conceded defeat, including former boxing star Manny Pacquiao. Marcos’ closest challenger, Vice President Leni Robredo, a human rights lawyer who ran on the promise of much-needed reforms, has only acknowledged his massive lead.

“As a boxer and an athlete, I know how to accept defeat,” Pacquiao said in a video message. “But I hope that even though I lost in this fight, my fellow Filipinos who wallow in poverty also won.”

The United States, a longtime ally of the Philippines, was among the first foreign governments to post a post-election comment. He expressed his willingness to work with the next Philippine president after an official proclamation, but stressed that the relationship should be based on respect for human rights and the rule of law.

“We look forward to renewing our special partnership and working with the next administration on human rights and regional priorities,” said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

He cited Washington’s long alliance with Manila “which shares democratic values ​​and interests”, and added that the US government would continue “to promote respect for human rights and the rule of law, which is fundamental to U.S. relations with the Philippines and in other bilateral contexts.” .”

Asked if the United States was concerned about Marcos Jr.’s apparent victory, Price dodged the question, but said the election and vote count followed international standards without any major incidents.

The election result was a stunning reversal of the military-backed but largely peaceful ‘people power’ uprising that toppled Marcos’ father in 1986 – a democratic triumph in an Asian region seen as a human rights hotspot. man where authoritarian regimes flourish.

Reviews | Can we still be optimistic about America? Tue, 10 May 2022 23:00:09 +0000

It’s a season – an era, really – of American pessimism.

Pessimism comes in many flavors. There is a progressive pessimism: the country is leaning towards MAGA hat-trick fascism or a new version of “The Handmaid’s Tale”. There is a conservative pessimism: institutions from elementary schools to the Pentagon are all captured by the revival. There are Afropessimism: Black people have always been excluded by systemic and ineradicable racism. There is the pessimism of the white middle and working classes: the country and the values ​​they have known for generations are being hijacked by smug and self-centered elites who look down on them with contempt.

There is also the pessimism of the environment: we are losing the institutional capacity, the cultural norms and the moral courage necessary to find pragmatic compromises at almost all levels of society. Zero sum is now our default setting.

These different pessimisms can lead to contradictory conclusions, but they are based on undeniable realities. In 2012 there was approximately 41,000 overdose deaths in the USA. Last year the number exceeded 100,000. In 2012 there was 4.7 murders per 100,000 population. Last year, the rate reached about 6.9, an increase of 47%. Ten years ago, you rarely heard of carjacking. Now they’re through the roof. Shoplifting ? Same. The country’s mental health was in steep decline before the pandemic, with a 60% increase in major depressive episodes among adolescents between 2007 and 2019. Everything we know about the effects of blockages and school closures suggests that it got much worse.

The economy tells a similar story. “21st century America somehow managed to produce significantly more wealth for its wealth holders even as it provided significantly less work for its workers,” observed Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute in a historical. 2017 Commentary Essay. It is partly because of the loss of meaningful work – and the consequent evaporation of pride, purpose and dignity in work – that we get the startling increase in death rates among Americans. middle-aged whites, often by suicide or drug addiction.