Archive for the 'Peace and Security' Category

Three Important Tools for Online Security

Pablo Zavala, trainer at the Tactical Technology Collective talks about digital tools for journalists and activists for their safety.

Produced by Rajneesh Bhandari

Be quiet with the police

It has been a month since André Caramante last sat at his desk in the Folha de S. Paulo’s office. This Brazilian journalist, torn between his job and his and his family’s safety after weeks of receiving threats on his life, had long since opted for the latter option.

The episode that led him to leave his desk and work from a place unknown even to his colleagues, started when Caramante wrote an article about Colonel Telhada, former head of the Rota, the fifth alderman voted in Sao Paulo in this last municipal elections. Telhada belongs to the PSDB, the party of Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alcklim. > Read full story

A New Egypt, Just Not Yet.

After 30 years under the Hosni Mubarak’s regime, Egypt has a new president who was elected after relatively fair elections. Although President Morsi promised a series of changes after his first 100 days of presidency, change has been hard to identify, due in large part to a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy.

 

Egypt has been under the same rules and systems for several decades. Those need radical changes to help the country to develop economically, financially but also socially. For that, the President and his party, the Muslim Brotherhood, will face an uphill battle against the state’s deeply entrenched bureaucracy. The main demands of the Egyptians right now are to have an efficient government that will offer more job opportunities, a fair justice system and a rejuvenation of the economy that collapsed after the revolution. But those improvements have been delayed by two main obstacles: connections and corruption. These factors have driven the Egyptian economy for more than 30 years, increasing the price of doing business. But corruption is not only related to business in Egypt, it’s also a common feature of domestic life. Bribes are considered as part of the daily life of the Egyptians who use to pay money or buy gifts to get a right commercial or automobile licenses, to avoid fine by traffic police or even to enroll a child in a private school. Those are few examples among others.

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A Kenyan president at the ICC? Let the people decide.

It is indeed right that the sovereignty of a country rests with the people. It is they who must chose the leaders they want, and must not complain when such leaders do not perform or turn out to be incompetent. Rather, they must apply the same criteria, wait for the next elections to come and then chose other leaders.

But does the electorate especially in the developing world have the capacity to choose wisely? The wisdom if often clouded so by poverty,  ethnicity and propaganda that at the end of the day, the people are made to recycle the same politicians over and over again, while everyday complaining of corruption, ineptitude and  poor management.

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Vetting of election aspirants

What a nice world it would be if we all election candidates who had been vetted by an independent body and certified as having no blemish of graft or criminal records. Such a draft law actually existed in Kenya a few months ago, but trust politicians to shoot down any legislation that intends to bar any of them from ascending to a political office.

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