Why aren’t we paying the whistleblowers?

The very opportunely article by Gretchen Morgenson in The New York Times, sets rightfully the terms for the debate outlining just how much bringing fraud to light hold many perils including retribution and job loss for many whistleblowers On Sep. 1st the FT reported that: “A whistleblower rewarded for exposing accounting violations has taken the … More Why aren’t we paying the whistleblowers?

Crisis? What Crisis?

« What Crisis? » Says EU Boss Jean-Claude Juncker European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker dismissed calls for a new EU summit on immigration, saying member states should stop dragging their heels and implement existing agreements on the matter. Juncker’s comments in an opinion piece published in France’s Le Figaro and Germany’s Die Welt on … More Crisis? What Crisis?

America is a long game

The problem was always bigger than any one particular case, trial or lack thereof. If Darren Wilson had been indicted, the larger problem would not have been all fixed. And the fact that he wasn’t indicted isn’t going to stop the process of political awakening by which millions of Americans are standing up at last … More America is a long game

Lima Climate Talks should deliver first draft for 2015 climate deal

UN summit to steer the course for a binding global commitment on carbon emissions in Paris The meeting of nearly 200 governments in Peru in mid-December this year for a major UN climate change summit must produce the first draft of a global deal to cut emissions. But one must be aware that slow progress … More Lima Climate Talks should deliver first draft for 2015 climate deal

Yet another innocent humanitarian beheaded

Seeing yet another picture of an innocent humanitarian beheaded by ISIS, my mind seesaws between hawk and dove. Civil wars statistically last twice as long as they otherwise would when an outside agent intervenes, yet something about this doesn’t feel like simply another civil war. I can’t help wondering what makes ISIS any different than … More Yet another innocent humanitarian beheaded

Who is going to pay for international development?

The world does not require another inventory of financial problems and solutions. It needs a list of priorities The time is coming for the big ideas in targets such as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be enhanced into politically realistic commitments. Addis Ababa is hosting a UN financing for development conference in July 2015, … More Who is going to pay for international development?

Goodbye Madiba

>> Cliquez ici pour la version française >> Haga clic aquí para la versión en Castellano NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA (18 JULY 1918 – 5 DECEMBER 2013) The great Mandela gone: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Out of the night that covers me, Black as the … More Goodbye Madiba

Business and Human Rights, a difficult bridal

After six years in office the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, acknowledges that he has made ​​progress in his job since his appointment in 2005, but he has been mainly driven by many NGOs that accused for decades the companies’ manners in some countries, particularly international businesses. Carlos Lopez, … More Business and Human Rights, a difficult bridal

The Horn of Africa, a recurring scenario of drought and famine

The Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya are grappling with the arrival of thousands of people fleeing drought and fighting in neighboring Somalia. Many, especially children, fail to survive the long journey. Some 2,000 people have been arriving every day in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps from Somalia, Ethiopia and drought-stricken areas in Kenya. Many walk for … More The Horn of Africa, a recurring scenario of drought and famine

War of words

While we wait for history to judge the decision of the Security Council, words place themselves as judges. The war in Libya is not virtual but very real. Then the outcome depends a lot on the war of words. Prudence dictates to wait for a positive outcome (with a free Libya at the end of … More War of words