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How Race, Xenophobia Are Defining American Democracy

The following is the third in a series of articles on democracy. The first article, on the Arab Spring can be found here and the second article on the EU can be found here.

During the 1980s, despite his hawkish attitude towards the Soviet Union and his placement of US nuclear missiles in Europe, President Ronald Reagan reached agreement on the reduction of nuclear weapons with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Some historians say that Reagan’s challenge to the Soviet system was one of the reasons for the downfall of communism.

Fast forward to December 2012 where the US Senate fails to muster the two-thirds majority required for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They failed because Republicans feared the Tea Party would go against them for making deals with the UN, a “foreign power”.

It is a sad statement on the state of democracy in America today—those who claim to be Reagan’s followers have no clue as to how his legacy was developed. It is all a testament to the role race and xenophobia are playing in the political gridlock that is today’s American democracy. Continue reading

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Is The EU Good Or Bad For Democracy?

The following is the second in a series of articles on democracy. The first article, on the Arab Spring, can be found here.

Those who believe that the European Union is bad for democracy are perhaps not taking into account all of its achievements. They need to take a closer look. Continue reading

Banks Desperately Need A Crisis Management Plan

Can you imagine a major industry which suffers a near death experience, angers its entire customer base—wholesale and retail, domestic and international—and yet refuses to publicly apologise and adopt a plan of action that commits the industry to not repeating the mistakes of the past. That is where the banking industry is at right now.

This lack of decisive action on the part of the industry’s leadership will do lasting damage to not only the industry but also to its as yet unforgiving customers and the global economy. Part of the problem is that the industry does not appear to even realise that it is in a crisis—one which has been brought about by a complete loss of public faith in its activities. That is a tragedy. Continue reading

Arab Democracy Will Take Time: That Should Not Surprise Us

The following is the first in a series of articles on democracy.

Many western observers of the Arab Spring are surprised that democracy has not taken hold in internet or social media time. It appears that they have forgotten just how long it took to establish democracy in the west. Perhaps it is necessary to explain, that despite our hopes and expectations, the Arab world cannot achieve a Renaissance, a Reformation and democracy at warp speed. That very same transformation took Europeans several hundred years.

To better understand the nature and consequences of the Arab Spring and other events in the Middle East we need to develop a better understanding of the history of democracy in the region and how it compares to what happened in Europe. Continue reading

The Very Human Side Of Economics

So much of what passes for discussion these days on how to improve economies is centred around GDP growth, debt ratios, tax regimes, the regulatory environment, infrastructure development and corporate profitability. Moreover, when a company announces that it is cutting costs, by laying off workers and closing down divisions, analysts cheer, the stock price rises and commentators laud the good decision. Continue reading

Why Banks Are Still In Trouble, How They Must Change

Address to the City Book Fair in London by Jonathan Ledwidge.

Clearing The Bull (Part 1) – Ending 30 Years Of Banking Failures  What banks must first do to stop repeating their history of failure.

Clearing The Bull (Part 2) – Why Banks Are Still In Trouble                   The moment of clarity banks need if they are to make real progress.

Clearing The Bull (Part 3) – How Banks Must Change                              An insider’s view on making the banking industry more human and more competitively and economically sustainable.

Jonathan Ledwidge is the author of the book Clearing The Bull: The Financial Crisis And Why Banks Need A Human Transformation.

Clearing The Bull Part 3 – Why Banks Need A Human Transformation

Banker and author Jonathan Ledwidge addresses the City Book Fair in London and providers an insider’s view on why banks must make a human transformation as well as the specifics on how they can achieve it.

Watch Part 3 on youtube using this link http://youtu.be/L99b0ZZsUbc

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Watch Part 2 – Why Banks Are Still In Trouble on youtube with this link http://youtu.be/cnsCbMuWYQc

Watch Part 1 – Ending 30 Years Of Banking Failure on youtube with this link http://youtu.be/evrheDydfto