Public investment in youth (2018)

This chapter examines key issues revolving around public investment in youth education and training linked to the development of a solidarity economy and social enterprises in Timor-Leste. It also focuses on appropriate ways government financing might be used to support incubators for social enterprises among youth. Continue reading “Public investment in youth (2018)”

Cuba, Oceania and a ‘Canberra Spring’ (2018)

Cuban engagement with Timor-Leste and the Pacific islands, particularly through powerful health cooperation programs, has helped reshape regional geopolitics. Most of the key initiatives came from the period when Fidel Castro was head of government, with strong continuity under Raúl Castro. The Caribbean island’s medical cooperation with Timor-Leste, from 2003 onward, was the most powerful and successful move, transforming the health system of that new nation. Continue reading “Cuba, Oceania and a ‘Canberra Spring’ (2018)”

Media democratisation in Ecuador (2018)

A regulatory process of “democratising the media” based on recent constitutional guarantees and a 2013 communications law is under way in Ecuador. The initiative comes from a demand for new forms of social accountability and participation in the mass media after the Latin American experience of media companies’ direct engagement in coups and the destabilisation of progressive governments. Media democratisation is seen as necessary for the construction of democratic societies. Continue reading “Media democratisation in Ecuador (2018)”

Syria: The human rights industry in ‘humanitarian war’ (2018)

A proliferation of self-appointed watchdogs and ‘human rights’ agencies have helped market the idea of ‘humanitarian intervention’, in recent years. This can be seen most starkly in the long proxy war on Syria. These advocacy groups have argued the extreme pretexts thought necessary to ignore conventional international law against intervention and foreign support for armed groups. Yet most such groups are paid or co-opted by the same governments which back military intervention. Continue reading “Syria: The human rights industry in ‘humanitarian war’ (2018)”

Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)

This paper uses the Cuban Timor Leste health partnership to illustrate desirable principles in aid partnerships. For all its problems, Timor Leste has graduated one thousand doctors in the past decade, created clinics in all rural districts and has seen substantial improvements in some critical health indicators. Over this period, Cuba was by far the most important partner in health training and health services. We consider what it was about this partnership that facilitated substantial gains in both human capacity and human development. Continue reading “Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)”

Geopolitics, Korea and the Middle East (2018)

Patrick Henningsen interviews Tim Anderson at the start of 2018 on the Middle East – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Palestine – as well as North Korea, Latin America and related geo-political matters. Continue reading “Geopolitics, Korea and the Middle East (2018)”

The war in Syria and Europe’s refugee crisis (2017)

The roots of refugee crises lie in much larger human displacement crises, though Eurocentrism may not see it that way. In 2015 the top three sources of asylum seekers in the EU were Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, countries subject to invasions and proxy wars involving several European powers. The numbers of displaced people within and without those countries are 20 times higher than those seeking refuge in Europe. Continue reading “The war in Syria and Europe’s refugee crisis (2017)”

Colonel Nihad Kanaan on the Crime at Jabal al Tharda (2017)

Colonel Nihad Kanaan on the Crime at Jabal al Tharda, Deir Ezzor, Syria. His account is about US-led attack on Syrian soldiers of 17 September 2017. The interview was at that mountain in October 2017.  Continue reading “Colonel Nihad Kanaan on the Crime at Jabal al Tharda (2017)”

Human development strategy in small states (2017)

What are the human development opportunities and challenges for small states in a multi-polar world? An answer to this question must consider human development strategies at large, the constraints imposed by neoliberal globalism and better practice in recent times. Small states have particular vulnerabilities but may also benefit from realignments within new regional blocs. Continue reading “Human development strategy in small states (2017)”