DENVER – For many of us in the United States Foreign Service, Lawrence Eagleburger, who died this weekend, was a larger-than-life figure who left an indelible mark on our institution and on our lives. Eagleburger, who served and later often closely advised a string of US presidents from John F. Kennedy to George H.W. Bush – and was briefly Secretary of State himself – was a diplomat who went after every tough issue there was.
NEW YORK – Sooner than expected, the International Monetary Fund will have a new managing director. For more than a decade, I have criticized the Fund’s governance, symbolized by the way its leader is chosen. By gentlemen’s agreement among the majority shareholders – the G-8 – the managing director is to be a European, with Americans in the number two post and at the head of the World Bank.
We have encouraging news out of Africa this week of World Malaria Day, as we take stock of the illnesses and deaths caused by this longtime scourge. Eleven countries in Africa had slashed the number of confirmed malaria cases, malaria-related hospital admissions or deaths by more than 50 percent by end 2009. When 2010 data becomes available we expect it to show that even more countries have shown similar progress.
WASHINGTON, DC – Dropping bombs as a solution to the world’s trouble spots may be falling out of fashion (with the notable exception of Libya), but finger wagging is definitely back in.
Poverty in Africa is predominantly rural. More than 70 per cent of the continent’s poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for food and livelihood, yet development assistance to agriculture is decreasing. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 218 million people live in extreme poverty. Among them are rural poor people in Eastern and Southern Africa, an area that has one of the world’s highest concentrations of poor people.
The challenge for the 2012 Government will be to prioritize the fundamental principles in the governance of the Republic and to allow them to serve as guidelines in the formulation of legislative, executive and administrative directives, policy making and their execution.
As our nation strides systematically towards democratic rule, it becomes necessary for us as young political commentators to take a reflective look at where our country come from and give our contribution in what so ever way we can help build a democratic system for the better future of ourselves and generations to come.
TOKYO – In Japan , memorial services for the dead are normally held 49 days after their passing. The bereaved mourn throughout this period. The number of victims of the earthquake and tsunami that assaulted the Tohoku region of northeast Japan has now reached around 30,000, if those who are still missing are included. This was the largest natural disaster to strike Japan in its history, and the entire nation has been in mourning.
Some of us cannot pretend towards the discomforting political intolerance towards the Congress for Democratic Change and the disconcerting against a Liberian patriot, CDC Ambassador George Manneh Weah, who only ambition is to exercise his natural and constitutional rights; and obligations in service to his people.
It is not good to respond to newspaper reports about political leaders in Liberia, without verification, given the historical misrepresentation and mischaracterization of statements made by Liberian political leaders.