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The United Nations and its real power - Looking forward to its 75th Anniversary

The United Nations does not have power by itself as a World organization, but borrow its power from the will of Member States when voting on a resolution or decision. Each one of the Member States has one vote no matter how big or small or how much population it has. Therefore, it functions in similar fashion as a Senate does. However, most of the decisions and resolutions are not mandatory. They are recommendations that may or may not be taken into account, although they carry quite a heavy weight in public opinion. The exception to these basic rules lies with the Security Council. Its resolutions carry mandatory authority and could authorize in certain cases military intervention. Nevertheless, the five biggest powers emerging victorious from the II World War, China, France, Russia, United States and United Kingdom, have veto power and their single negative vote is enough to abort any draft resolution presented to this UN body.


The UN at 75: Time to Give Citizens a Voice

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 2019 (IPS).– Next year the United Nations will commemorate its 75th anniversary. The General Assembly determined that all the UN’s activities in 2020 shall be guided by the theme “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”.

In January the Secretariat plans1 to launch “the biggest-ever global conversation” on the role of global cooperation and to build a “global vision of 2045.”

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¿Qué son los BRICS y cuál es su peso en el mundo?

Se trata de un bloque que incluye a Brasil, Rusia, India, China y Sudáfrica,
identificado con las iniciales del nombre de estos países (BRICS).
Aunque se trata de sólo cinco países, éstos abarcan el 42% de la población mundial,
el 23% del PIB global y el 30% del territorio del planeta.
El grupo se reunió por primera vez en 2001 y funcionan como un bloque
desde 2009, celebrando reuniones anuales de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno.
Este año fueron convocados para reunirse en Brasilia
a partir del martes 12 de noviembre hasta el jueves 14.

Los cinco Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno del BRICSLos cinco Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno del BRICS Una cumbre BRICS en medio de tensiones sudamericanas

La pauta del encuentro tratará los temas de ciencia, tecnología e innovación, la economía digital, la salud y la lucha contra la corrupción y el terrorismo.

São Paulo, Nov. 13.– La XI Cumbre de los BRICS, que reúne a los líderes de los principales países emergentes del mundo, comienza hoy miércoles en Brasilia, en medio de una serie de convulsiones políticas en Sudamérica, pero debe pasar de largo por esos temas y concentrarse en su pauta central, cuyo lema es «Crecimiento económico para un futuro innovador», asegura el ministro de Seguridad Institucional (GSI), el general Augusto Heleno, uno de los organizadores y principales asesores del presidente Jair Bolsonaro.

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¿La Crisis del €uro?

La moneda única es un agente unificador que podría apuntar hacia una Europa federada. Además, obliga a los gobiernos de los Estados partes a manejar su presupuesto con discreción para evitar los déficit y el creciente endeudamiento que conduce a la devaluación, la inflación y hasta a la suspensión de pagos en los casos más agudos de derroche presupuestario. Además, hace que el turismo sea más asequible y facilita el libre comercio a nivel continental. El problema principal que enfrenta es la resistencia de las partes a ceder este elemento de su soberanía, sobre todo por tratarse de un elemento fundamental de la economía nacional. 

Los gobiernos nacionales se ven así bastante atados de manos para muchas decisiones económicas.

La crisis del €uro es provocada por la irresponsabilidad de algunos gobiernos que violan las limitaciones que les exige una moneda única. Esto da lugar a que países como Hungría estén insinuando su desmantelación y otros como el Reino Unido hayan rechazado aceptarla. Da pie también a que países como Rusia traten de debilitar ese factor de unidad."

Hungría llama a desmantelar el euro

Budapest actúa como avanzadilla de Putin dentro de la Unión Europea

Berlín, Nov.5. «¿El euro? Hay que reconocerlo: ha sido un error». Así de lapidario se Gyorgy Matolcsy, Presidente del Banco Central de HungríaGyorgy Matolcsy, Presidente del Banco Central de Hungríaha expresado el presidente del Banco Central de Hungría, Gyorgy Matolcsy, en una columna publicada por el rotativo británico «Financial Times». Justificando la salida de Reino Unido y lanzando un severo ataque contra la moneda única, afirma que «ha llegado el momento de buscar una salida a la trampa del €uro», en un gesto público de pleitesía a las pretensiones rusas de influencia sobre su país.

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Free trade with China! Really? May be in the near future ...

 In 2013 China surpassed the United States as the largest trading nation in the world. China became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. China’s economic success lays bare an uncomfortable historical truth: No matter its membership in WTO, preaching ‘free trade’ doesn't mean that it really practices it. However, today real 'free trade' with China might lie in the horizon under the US and EU persistent pressure. Today, China's main export markets, in order of importance, are the European Union (20.4%), United States (17.7%), Hong Kong (13.4%), and Japan (8.1%).

In China, Macron wants to take Beijing 'at its word' on free trade

"Since this fair is supposed to demonstrate China's openness, well, let's prove it with access to its agrobusiness market and progress on the EU-China deals,"

Shanghai, Nov.3 (Reuters).– French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to make China deliver on promises to grant more access to foreign companies, eyeing agribusiness and finance, advisers said ahead of his arrival in Shanghai for a giant import fair.

Macron, who will attend the fair along with other European officials including incoming EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan, would take China "at its word" that it aims to open itself up to trade, a presidential adviser said ahead of the Nov. 4-6 trip.

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Is it wrong to talk about moral values?

US Attorney General William (Bill) Barr committed an absolute heresy to modern ears when he said that “moral values must rest on authority independent of men’s will. They must flow from a transcendent Supreme Being.” This can’t be right! yelp the modernists. We get to decide those things, not some unelected Supreme Being! Religion sounds just as bad as the Electoral College, which is why we need to get rid of both! cry the relativist cadre. The mainstream press and the social media reaction makes the US Attorney General's statements appear as offensive in his speech at the (Roman Catholic) University of Notre Dame last week. Yet the A.G. was simply spelling out the reality of life...

Bill Barr Is Right. That’s Why He Terrifies the Left

by Robert R. Reilly  A.G. Bill Barr at Notre Dame Univ.A.G. Bill Barr at Notre Dame Univ.

Attorney General William Barr was excoriated by the mainstream press and the social media offenderati for his speech at the (Roman Catholic) University of Notre Dame last week. Yet the A.G. was simply spelling out the reality of life in modern America: here is what we have lost, here are the reasons why, and here’s what’s happening as a result. We won the American Revolution, but we lost the sexual revolution—with all its attendant debasement.

Those responsible for the loss seem incapable of recognizing the sequence of cause and effect spelled out by Barr. Journalists who have specialized in providing rationalizations for the release of our unbridled passions are clueless as to the magnitude of our national decline. That’s to be expected: they are symptoms of it. They thought the moral pigpen they were playing in was cost free; when the hefty bill arrives, they blame the waiter and try to bolt (“I don’t remember ordering two filet mignons, La Madeline au Truffle, or the Château Latour.”).

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