All Blog Posts Tagged 'news' (378)

RETURNING MIGRANTS: HIGHLIGHTING COTE D’IVOIRE

RETURNING MIGRANTS: HIGHLIGHTING COTE D’IVOIRE

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

So many conflicts are happening across the globe at this moment, leading to mass migrations of affected non-combatants. Rebel groups bent on forming mini-states, such as those on the African continent, form a ceaseless phenomenal tapestry of violence and migrations.

 

Incidentally, many migrants have returned to the homeland, or as in the case of other…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 16, 2012 at 3:33am — No Comments

AID TRANSPARENCY RANKING SHOWS BAD PERFORMANCES!

AID TRANSPARENCY RANKING SHOWS BAD PERFORMANCES!

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

How much transparency is involved in the aid phenomenon? Is the transparency coming from the donor or from the recipient, or from both sides of the aid coin?…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 14, 2012 at 6:54pm — No Comments

IS SOMALIA’S FAMINE HOPELESSLY IRREVERSIBLE?

IS SOMALIA’S FAMINE HOPELESSLY IRREVERSIBLE?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Is the Somalia famine hopelessly irreversible? If the catastrophe can be reversed, can the interventions be sustained without aid from external donors?

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 13, 2012 at 4:03am — No Comments

GLOBAL FOOD UPDATE: PRICES REMAIN HIGH!

GLOBAL FOOD UPDATE: PRICES REMAIN HIGH!

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Here’s the bad news for everyone across the globe: global food prices remain high. In the Horn of Africa particulary, food crisis remains as the calamity that recently hit the area bordered a catastrophe of drought cum famine.

 

As Zoellick of World Bank had contended, the food crisis is far from over. Calamities after calamities have struck different parts of the…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 11, 2012 at 10:02pm — No Comments

BLUEPRINTING OCEAN & COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY

BLUEPRINTING OCEAN & COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Effective ocean governance, ocean & coastal sustainability, blue-green development seem to be among the new clichés formed by experts in the development circles notably the international organizations. Westerners are particularly prone to ‘fetishism of the concept’ as the late sociologist C.Wright Mills noted the phenomenon (in his critique of Talcott Parsons), so…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 29, 2011 at 7:01pm — No Comments

NORWAY TOPS 2011 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, CONGO IS LAST

NORWAY TOPS 2011 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, CONGO IS LAST

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

The United Nations Development Program had released the 2011 report on Human Development. Gladly, the peace-sponsoring nation of Norway topped the human development ranking worldwide. Sadly, the struggling republic of Congo was the last.

 

Let me express my own Big Kudos! to the people of Norway and all of the stakeholders involved that made…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 18, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

DOES G-20 PROTECT PEOPLE?

DOES G-20 PROTECT PEOPLE?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Does G20 protect people? If so, up to what extent do people matter to the aggrupation of the world’s wealthiest nations? If in case the G20 does protect its own people, does such protection apply to the people of its aid clientele countries?

 

People not things matter most, says a famous line from the legendary  Mao Tsetung of China’s revolutionaries. A populist line, it has…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 17, 2011 at 4:46am — No Comments

LATIN AMERICANS BREEDING LESS, YET SERVICES SLOW IN COMING

LATIN AMERICANS BREEDING LESS, YET SERVICES SLOW IN COMING

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Latin America’s population growth has been slowing down. This could be part of the broad trend of demographic transition, where population growth finally slows down as economic growth moves up.

 

The bad news though is that Latin America’s peoples don’t seem to get access to services as quickly as one gets in economically growing countries.…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 14, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

WHERE GOES EGYPTIAN MIGRANTS RETURNING FROM LIBYA?

WHERE GOES EGYPTIAN MIGRANTS RETURNING FROM LIBYA?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

It seems that Egypt has become a catch basin for expatriates who were chased by the ghosts of the conflicts in Tunisia and Libya. The latter conflict has been particularly traumatizing, so a little empathy from any observer will lead to the conclusion that any migrant that sought shelter in neighboring countries wouldn’t eye going back to the source of that…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 13, 2011 at 6:48pm — No Comments

DO PEOPLE’S CHOICES COUNT IN DEVELOPMENT GOALS?

DO PEOPLE’S CHOICES COUNT IN DEVELOPMENT GOALS?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Do people’s choices count at all in the setting of development goals, whether these be the broadest compass of change or the typical short-term palliatives by erstwhile technocrats? This is a big question in today’s globalizing context where over 7 billion people are spread out across a rapidly urbanizing planet.

 

Expanding people’s choices is a matter of…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 12, 2011 at 5:10am — 1 Comment

TUNISIA JUMP-STARTS S & T

TUNISIA JUMP-STARTS S & T



Erle Frayne D. Argonza



Tunisia is a showcase country in terms of the governance change waged via the Arab Spring. The turbulence that saw the overthrow of the authoritarian regime there surely had some dislocating effects on certain sectors.



Needless to say, the event was so tumultuous as to have put to a near-catastrophic halt the development thrusts of the nation. Gargantuan amounts of monies were siphoned off from the public… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 11, 2011 at 6:56pm — No Comments

CASH-STRAPPED G20 RAISES FUNDS VIA FUN SHOW

CASH-STRAPPED G20 RAISES FUNDS VIA FUN SHOW

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

It seems cash-strapped wealthy nations are desperate in raising funds to use for development aid or related sweeteners in the group’s dealings with poor nations. Their officials, who have targeted to raise $50 Billions for development aid, just may be running out of fresh ideas precisely on how to raise funds for the largesse.

 

No wonder that the said power…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 6, 2011 at 3:34am — No Comments

GLOBAL OPEN ACCESS PORTAL

GLOBAL OPEN ACCESS PORTAL

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

A recent exciting development in shared information systems was the launching of the Global Open Access Portal. Through this system, scientific information can now be disseminated and mutually shared by enthused stakeholders across…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 4, 2011 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Festival of Lights Berlin - Time guards on tour by Manfred Kielnhofer - Branden Burger Tor Germany

TIMEGUARDS

The „timeguards“ are five mystical sculptures who are travelling the worls’ museums and exhibitions. Exclusively for FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS they made their journey to the German capital. Each night they show up on a different spot in Berlin. This unique light project is created by Manfred Kielnhofer.

http://kielnhofer.com

http://timeguards.com…

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Added by Manfred Kielnhofer KILI on December 4, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

BRAZIL’S POOR NORTHEAST GETS DEVELOPMENT BOOST

BRAZIL’S POOR NORTHEAST GETS DEVELOPMENT BOOST

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Brazil is a bustling middle income country that possesses its own complexities, from socioeconomics to cultural diversity. Though redistribution has been fairly appreciative as over half of its population are…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 3, 2011 at 6:42pm — No Comments

WORLD ENVIRONMENT ORGANIZATION NEEDED, SAYS MALAYSIA

WORLD ENVIRONMENT ORGANIZATION NEEDED, SAYS MALAYSIA

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Couples of countries are now calling for the formation of a world environmental organization. The most resonating call so far has been coming from Malaysia, one of the most prosperous nations of the ASEAN. Germany, France, and Brazil are among the resonators of the call.

 

As far as adopting green technologies are concerned, the developing countries…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on November 30, 2011 at 7:03pm — No Comments

CHILDREN DISPLACED BY WAR: SHOWCASING IRAQ’S KURDISTAN

CHILDREN DISPLACED BY WAR: SHOWCASING IRAQ’S KURDISTAN

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

What had happened to the children badly affected by wars across the planet? Those conflicts that are relentlessly fomented by insurgents wishing to establish mini-states rage like wild bushfires, conflicts that are orchestrated by the…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on November 26, 2011 at 6:42pm — No Comments

A ‘WRETCHED OF THE EARTH’ SURMOUNTS HUNGER & POVERTY

A ‘WRETCHED OF THE EARTH’ SURMOUNTS HUNGER & POVERTY

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

The narratives from poor communities in developing countries about folks thriving on a mere once-a-day meal is classic story of the ‘wretched of the earth’. Getting to know them closely through participant observation could make one feel…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on November 24, 2011 at 10:14pm — No Comments

UK CONSUMERS TO HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING

UK CONSUMERS TO HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Gracious day from the Pearl of the Orient!

 

12.3 Millions of laborers work under severe, forced labor conditions at any given time today. Such conditions are akin to the involuntary servitude of the colonial heydays of Western imperialism. Come think of it, the slave trade hasn’t really ended, it only mutated into a new form.

 

During the…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on November 23, 2011 at 6:34pm — No Comments

UKRAINE DOWNPLAYS HUMAN TRAFFICK RISKS, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?

UKRAINE DOWNPLAYS HUMAN TRAFFICK RISKS, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Ukraine, that once mighty component state of the Soviet Union, hasn’t seen much of the light of day of the new republic post-USSR. The once imperious and grand USSR was the world’s 2nd largest economy during its heyday, but historical mills have rolled on and the rugs under the feet of the Union peoples had drastically…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on November 21, 2011 at 7:02pm — No Comments

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