Uncertainty has a tendency of discouraging investment and driving away business. Where government failing to properly address national interests creates untold and long-term uncertainly, erratic governance is the greatest and most apparent source of uncertainty. Through China’s renewed effort to protect what it calls “national security interests,” which essentially means the West, its neighbors, and its own People, Beijing reveals it is scared and the irrational nature of this fear is certain to cause uncertainty and even greater security threats.
The passage of an ambiguous and sweeping national security law days before America’s 229th Birthday outlaws threats to China’s government, sovereignty, cyber interests, space interests, economy, national unity, and society. By framing national unity and characteristics of the Chinese society as national security concerns, the Chinese power elite have both declared war on individuality and undermined the legitimacy of its legal system in a counterproductive attempt to legitimize its own power.
The public debt Greece owes is not the problem fueling the Greek Debt Crisis. The real problem is that the Greek government does not collect enough revenue to pay its debt and cannot do so without financially crushing its People. What Greece lacks is an economy capable of providing for the needs of the Greek People.
The Greek economy has been sustained by debt that has fed its addiction to foreign capital and allowed it to neglect the need for increased domestic production to provide for local needs. In other words, Greece does not have a real economy, because it relies on global production and finances that reliance with debt. In many respects, the informal economy, which makes up 25% of the Greek economy, represents the real Greek economy as the services and goods of the informal economy would still be provided if the global and national economy collapsed.
There are times when you just need to step back and look at the bigger picture. Considering the Ukraine Crisis, South China Sea Crisis, the threat of globalized terrorism, growing poverty, civil unrest fueled unresponsive government, and a whole host of other issues, it is clear the International Community lacks vision and a commitment to the aspiration it once pursued. Frankly, the Countries and Peoples of the world seem to lack faith in global cooperation for the betterment of mankind.
Because the International Criminal Court (ICC) threatens to undermine US sovereignty and subjects Americans to foreign law, the United States does not subject itself to the ICC. Although South Africa does, South African President Jacob Zuma decided to override the ICC and give Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, who is wanted by the ICC, immunity at the 2015 African Union summit. Choices to ignore the international interests in favor of African interests like this one demonstrate formal support of international efforts is done more out of convenience than conviction.
The governments of the world should engage in constructive cooperation instead of destructive competition to build healthier national economies. What the governments of the world should not do is engage in cooperation that forces the Peoples and businesses of the world to over compete against each other to their detriment.
With Senate Republicans awarding a President Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), Mr. Obama and his counterparts in the other 11 TPP countries need to keep this in mind as they negotiate this massive trade deal. They must also recognize more trade does not necessarily have to mean more free trade.
An economy exists solely to distribute a nation’s resources in the most efficient manner possible by encouraging efficient consumption, innovation, and the development of improved production. In other words, the economy exists to provide for the growing needs and wants of people.
In 1999, US lead NATO forces undertook military operations against the former Nation of Yugoslavia in order to halt the systematic genocide of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Ultimately, the solution to the state sponsored terrorism perpetrated by Slobodan Miloevi was to divide the territory into several smaller sovereign nations. With that in mind, US opposition to independence for the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which fueled the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia, appears to be hypocritical. When is it acceptable to split a country apart to solve conflicts is a question that must be asked.
The Ukraine Crisis and Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian territory Crimea represents Russia’s response. Russia’s very traditional answer appears to be whenever a nation is stronger than its neighbors, i.e. might makes right, and it serves the strongest nation’s interests. In the eyes of Russians, the US has a similar philosophy, yet fraudulently claims to believe in the sovereignty of weaker nations. Truthfully, US history does provide examples of the US acting like a traditional power in regards to seizing foreign territory solely for its own interests while it has been hypocritical as American values shifted toward supporting the sovereignty of weaker nations.
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