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    itself to short term thinking examples of which are starting wars without thinking of how to pay for them or get out of them giving massive tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations without thinking of how to pay for them or get out of them and stripping away regulation without thinking about the consequences because the short term profits are all so good That some priests may have given in to this temptation for instant gratification isn t hard to believe but that doesn t mean every case of reported abuse stems from it One does not necessarily lead to the other The key to understanding why is buried in Monday s edict ordering bishops around the world to come up with guidelines on handling abuse cases and ordering them to cooperate with police in investigations In leaving guidelines up to each individual diocese the church has allowed bishops to make their guidelines as strong or weak as they please a church serious about ending abuse would mandate guidelines directly from the Pope so that every Catholic would know exactly what the guidelines would be Likewise by ordering cooperation with police but offering no punishment if bishops don t the church signals its lack of conviction in the matter The lawsuit filed in Philadelphia on Monday wasn t about pedophilia in the 60 s or 70 s it was about a boy abused in 1995 The revelation in March that the Catholic Church not only protected priests while they were abusing but also while they were investigating them in 2005 has shaken faith in the institution and deservedly so because it exposes exactly what drives sexual abuse wherever and whenever it takes place Priests are authority figures already respected within their communities expected to lead by the examples of the Good Book What s more priests are protected by an institution and they know it Whatever they do the consequences will be minor if there are any consequences at all Sexual abuse is an abuse of power sexual abusers use it both to build power and exercise it It reminds them of how important they are and if their victims need a reminder well that s they always pick those too weak to fight back Overshadowing the various stories about abusive priests this week were accusations of sexual abuse against Dominique Strauss Kahn head of the IMF until he resigned from his cell on Rikers Island Whether or not he is guilty and we must presume innocence the scandal has ruined his career but not his enormous pension and any possibility of his running for office as had been suspected He remains a powerful man though one capable of mustering 1 million for bail although it and the apartment he tried to be released into are both courtesy of his wife What makes his guilt plausible beyond an interview with a former madam who described him as rough is his position that of a wealthy powerful man Apologists aside

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    troika Jun 30 Joseph Stiglitz how I would vote in the Greek referendum Business The Guardian Joseph Stiglitz The Guardian 06 29 15 Permalink Posted at 12 52 PM Tagged greece economics austerity imf troika the eurozone the european union

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    from membership in the European Union and some others coming from smaller agreements such as the Schengen Area allowing unrestricted travel across members borders What they don t have is real economic unity such as we have in the United States It s easy to forget now that at one time individual states could print their own currency and that laws could change so dramatically between states as to make interstate trade difficult and in some industries just about impossible It took a lot of trial and almost as much error often resolved through the federal court system and application of the U S Constitution s Commerce Clause to resolve most of these problems We don t think of American currency as standardization but it is as much as street signs and street lights and stop signs and stop lights And we don t think of standardization as a kind of regulation but it is too Trains used to run on different width tracks in different regions Most products came in proprietary packaging before the industrial revolution and when it became possible to choose a single form for the sake of trade and to save a lot of people a lot of money it was government regulation in the form of agencies setting standards that encouraged movement towards some standards and made others possible at all Not only are the forms of products standardized but the quality is too and that protects consumers And that s what America s national currency is meant to do to act as a consumer protection something we can trust to hold a given value and to be exchangeable in any state or territory Somehow we ve been sold the myth that the financial industry is different from other industries It shouldn t require a standardization of forms and quality because so much changes so quickly all of the time And it s numbers right How can you regulate math Obviously we can or they wouldn t bother fighting it so hard The disaster the United States and the rest of the world are now suffering through check out China s new red flags was the result of math even the traders hawking derivatives didn t understand How could they possibly hope to be able to regulate themselves Obviously that was never even a concern And this brings us to the Eurozone The Euro too was meant to bring the benefits of standardization The idea of the single currency was sold the same way as the single border Schengen Area it would speed up trade and access to resources The bottlenecks that slowed down traffic at borders no longer plague European travelers and that was the economic promise of the Euro It worked great when it was first introduced for the same reason so many things work in the beginning there were unequal partners The wealthy nations mainly central countries such as Germany and France already had massively built infrastructure in brick and mortar industries

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    best is react They pour billions in donations into the kind of preparedness most countries only dream of Operating internationally they have to take care not to offend which explains their own long delay in giving the anti Assad forces equal status but they also have the advantage of single purpose Their mission is to save lives either while or after the worst is being done For their few missteps they ve had a century and a half of actually getting things right Perhaps that s why when they stepped up and called a vicious brutal slaughter of unarmed civilians a civil war the big political institutions of the world took notice which was about as much as they were prepared to commit to ICRC announcement came before the suicide bombing and Panetta s press conference before he chose in the most professionally diplomatic way possible to hold onto that last shred of control the situation in Syria would allow He claimed at the time that a political solution was still possible if and what an if Assad elected to give up power and walk away That Panetta made this suggestion with a straight face is a problem That he may well have even believed it is an even bigger one Panetta belongs to a professional diplomatic class those educated and trained in a world of negotiation of treaty language and of saving face They spend so much time avoiding even the appearance of conflict that genuine conflict can t be addressed any way other than abstraction Today after months of shuttling between the Middle East Geneva and New York former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced the impending end of his peace efforts in Syria As of August 31st he will officially give up That he lasted as long as he did is a testament to optimism Annan who has built a career in diplomacy sincerely seems to have believed that the bloodshed in Syria could be ended by bringing the aggrieved parties together and talking as though the Assad regime and the people of Homs had had a disagreement on the interpretation of contract language Does the Syrian Constitution allow the President to slaughter thousands on a whim or doesn t it Any fool could see that Assad or any dictator who had held power for decades through the threat of violence was going to keep killing and escalating until the bitter end He would tell Annan what he wanted to hear kill some more threaten to use internationally banned weapons he probably didn t really have and hope that impossible hope that his people and the rest of the world would just shrug and give up Like Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein before him Assad has everything to lose by giving up and the longer he holds on the deeper he s going to dig in Likewise having watched thousands of innocent defenseless Syrians bombed into rubble by Assad s land air and sea forces the rebels as they ve become known were hardly going to take Assad or anyone else in his regime at his word And yet Annan couldn t see it or couldn t publicly admit that he did It s admirable that he tried but his naivety if he really didn t see this coming is shocking He called out the UN for doing nothing but as a UN veteran his seeming incredulity at UN inaction is equally shocking Perhaps we shouldn t be shocked For every highly publicized and highly publicizable call for the United Nations to do more we have to face the awful truth that the UN can t do anything in Syria and if we re being honest we have to accept that they never could have It might make us feel good to have somebody to call on and somebody to blame when things go bad but solving international crises just isn t something the UN does The UN as we should try to remember is a Cold War institution It was founded in the aftermath of World War II with the hope of remedying the flaws in its predecessor the toothless League of Nations and with a Cold War approach to everything It was a binary world with countries aligning themselves on any issue with one of the two superpowers who were always going to take opposite sides for no other reason than reflex Cold War loyalty could be bought and therefore had to be bought The result on most issues for half a century were well funded dictators and gridlock which suited a Cold War climate Throughout the first fifty years of its existence the UN did nothing to stop wars in southeast Asia southwest Africa or the disappearing of thousands in South America What the UN did during this time was to perfect aid programs spreading health and training services to poorer nations and extending life expectancy in countries not at war with themselves This they did well What they have never done well and have never improved upon the record of the League of Nations is in preventing violence There is something to be said for the way the UN speaks out for the sovereignty of smaller nations but protecting them from bloody civil wars and keeping larger nations and others from insinuating themselves in those wars is something at which the UN has been absolutely terrible In no way does that play out more clearly than in the gridlock that is the Security Council The UN Security Council is notorious for blocking progress especially when it comes to preventing what we re seeing in Syria The difference between what we re seeing now and what we saw during the era of the Soviet Union is that bloody wars then were in effect proxy wars one side supplied by the Soviets and one by the U S of A with everyone knowing it With the end of the Cold War optimists in the diplomatic

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    leverage Jun 30 Joseph Stiglitz how I would vote in the Greek referendum Business The Guardian Joseph Stiglitz The Guardian 06 29 15 Permalink Posted at 12 52 PM Tagged greece economics austerity imf troika the eurozone the european union

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    17 BBC News Viewpoint Why the shadow of WW1 and 1989 hangs over world events Permalink Posted at 1 58 PM Tagged world war 1 treaty of versailles cold war soviet union economics Political Theatre View the discussion thread Previous

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    Showing posts tagged world war 1 Dec 17 BBC News Viewpoint Why the shadow of WW1 and 1989 hangs over world events Permalink Posted at 1 58 PM Tagged world war 1 treaty of versailles cold war soviet union economics

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    Showing posts tagged treaty of versailles Dec 17 BBC News Viewpoint Why the shadow of WW1 and 1989 hangs over world events Permalink Posted at 1 58 PM Tagged world war 1 treaty of versailles cold war soviet union economics

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