America has always been a pluralistic society, broken into small groups with symbolic boundaries separating different sects. Positively, the pluralistic society allowed certain immigrant groups to remain affectionate and loyal to their ancestral religions and cultures, and also to actively participate in American political life. A civic culture developed in America, under the guidelines of republicanism: “Government through elected officials, the eligibility of all citizens to participate in public life, and the freedom to differ in religious and individual life “(Miljkovic-Gacic & Ferrell, 129-133) European immigrants could become members of the polity on a basis of equal rights with native born citizens regardless of the country they came from or the religion they believed in. While European immigrants were enveloped in the American myth, and all this vast land had to offer, two other groups: blacks and Native Americans were not allowed the same opportunities. The myth did not apply to Native Americans (Indians). Indians were not encouraged to remain in touch with their cultural and religious roots the way other groups were. The American government did not want the heathens to continue with their uncivilized lifestyle. Consequently, several programs were developed to help the Indians assimilate to the American way of life. Once the Indians were pushed onto the least fertile land in the country, tribes were divided up and individuals were given their own plots of land in order to become self-sufficient. Indian children were taken away from their parents to be educated about the civilized life and the white man’s’ laws. This separation was another attempt, by the white man, to discourage the continuation of the heathen traditions. Unlike the European immigrants, the majority of the Native Americans did not care to assimilate, nor did they wish to participate in the American government. The Indians just wanted to continue with the tribal pluralism that they practiced in the time before the white man’s arrival. The Native Americans wished to remain self-governing, independent nations. As tragic as the story of Native Americans is, there is another story: that of African Americans (blacks), that some would consider even more tragic. While Indians were constantly being encouraged to assimilate against their will, black: who often believed in American ideals, were forced to live in a segregated society. Blacks were never believed to be equals of the white man. From the time the first twenty blacks were brought to the United States as indentured servants in the 1600’s; until the 1970’s, blacks were considered to be inferior to whites (some would argue that this belief still prevails). Many believed, as did our great leader: Thomas Jefferson that blacks were intellectually, spiritually, and physically inferior to whites. Accordingly, the majority of our nation’s history is plagued with pluralism caste. This pluralism has been accompanied by all the aspects of a caste system: social indignity, physical brutality, educational deprivation, and political exclusion. Unlike the Indians, however, the torment and exclusion of blacks only strengthened their belief in the ideals of the Constitution and the American myth. African-Americans and Native Americans were all affected by laws passed between 1865 and 1900. Some, like the child labor laws, were beneficial to these groups, but mostly the laws were unfair and unbeneficial. Whether they were federal, state, or local laws, they all had a big impact on the lives of these people. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=247809&ca=Education
We were sitting here trying, as usual, to figure out how today’s America, saddled with the burdens of inadvertent empire, could conduct itself in the world so Americans are happy about how we’re doing and the rest of the world might actually either approve or have a hard time disapproving of our behavior. We finally hit on an answer that’s so moronic we knew right away it has real potential. We behave as if we’re the American Umpire, that is, we call the balls and strikes in the global games based on the principle we’ve all grown up with, can understand, and most of the world even admires: fair play. And, being the ump, we expect the players to respond with good sportsmanship, no matter which way the calls go. Needless to say, part of this easily understandable and highly commendable modus operandi requires us to call the balls and strikes fairly on ourselves, too, even when Uncle Sam strikes out. Of course, you can advance more intellectual principles by which we should conduct ourselves as the world’s super-duper power. But we think behaving as if we’re the American Umpire is the principle that most Americans can understand and be proud to be part of and that can lead to conduct on the part of the USA that encourages other nations to cheer us on. In the land of Yankee Stadium, we learn from the time we’re children about the necessity for fair play and the demands of good sportsmanship. What American kid hasn’t had to make terms with the fact that the ump just called strike three, maybe even with the bases loaded, that roughing the kicker just resulted in a penalty, or that committing the fifth foul of an important basketball game landed the player on the bench, like it or not. Even if we moderate or lose our interest in sports when we become adults, most of us still retain our sense of fair play. Of course, many other nations have a highly developed sense of fair play, particularly, we think, England, which may help explain why the UK and the US often agree on policy. But look high and low around the globe and tell us how many countries you detect with an allegiance to the principle that is more ingrained than it is in America. At any rate, it’s so much a part of the persona of the gringo that it qualifies as an inviting alternative to our present uncertainty and ineptitude. In fact, if you look at a lot of the world, particularly its “cleverer” locales, you notice that as an operating principle fair play doesn’t have much of a place. The frequent modus is trying to win by hook, crook, or even murder. What prevails is thinking small quickly, instead of big fairly, sort of like a scurrying bug on a table top. What the wise onlooker knows to do is watch and, at just the right moment, brush it away or outright swat the critter. The concept can also guide us away from our worst international missteps. When we see ourselves as calling the balls and strikes as fairly as we can, we’d know to let the batters swing the way they want to. We wouldn’t reach over, grab the bat, and demonstrate how we think he or she should swing. In other words, we’d shy away from intervention, except when the player breaks the usual rules of the game or becomes excessively rowdy. Then we might give the offender a warning and, if that fails to moderate the behavior, invoke whatever legitimate power we have to eject the troublemaker from the game. We’d also know, like any competent ref, to let the overall game go on as best as the players can perform, while we may, if we choose, cast a smile at the winners or a sympathetic look at the losers. And when another nation hits a homer, we certainly wouldn’t attempt to trip the runner while he rounds the bases. And coincidence of coincidences. No sooner did we approve the cartoon to illustrate this simple but super principle than we saw confirmation that it has real possibilities. The following headline, from the Associated Press, appeared on Yahoo: “Bush To Referee Karzai, Musharraf Dinner.” No matter what our feelings are about Bush’s overall performance, we sensed he would do well. Although we doubt he had the specific inspiration in mind of being the ump, just having grown up with a sense of fair play would help make him comfortable in such a role. Apparently, he refereed admirably. The three agreed to increase their cooperation in fighting terrorism. As Musharraf said, “The meeting that I held with President Bush and Hamid Karzai last night was very good. It was decided that we should have a common strategy. We have to fight terrorism. We have to defeat it, defeat it jointly.” That’s quite a departure from the usual ways Musharraf and Karzai have pointed their fingers at each other. But the players still had a hard time making nice. At the press conference that followed the dinner, the two shook the ump’s hand but couldn’t bring themselves to shake each other’s. What was missing? You guessed it. A little more good sportsmanship. But a couple of days later, we noted that Hamid Karzai announced that he and Musharraf will jointly lead a series of tribal meetings along their common border in an attempt to decrease attacks on Afghanistan by the Pakistan-based Taliban. Is that progress or what? And the American Umpire played a positive role. Lest you believe we are mindlessly advocating a problematic solution, we can only say that the very idea that it presents any semblance of superiority over our present international conduct says more than enough to justifiy mountains of enthusiasm. So, whatever you do, do not underestimate this idiotic principle. Remember the saying, whether or not Wellington actually coined it, “Napoleon was defeated on the playing fields of Eton.” And we’ve got at least as much training as the limeys do on playing fields all across the land of the Yankee. The preseason warm ups are over. It’s time for the regular season to begin. So let’s hear the American Umpire call, “Let’s play ball!” It would be especially winning to see the President throw out the first ball. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=92518&ca=Humor
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China’s 3.5 billion “Admission” the door opened to the Inter-American Development Bank. January 12, 2009, China formally joined the Inter-American Development Bank Group, becoming the 48th member of the group. Although China’s share in the Inter-American Development Bank is not much, but put up a bridge. Report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, as of the end of 2009, the Chinese in Latin America’s non-financial foreign direct investment (FDI) stock increased to 41.179 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for total non-financial foreign direct investment stock (2,200 billion U.S. dollars) 15%. 2003 to 2009, China’s non-financial direct investment in Latin America totaled $ 24,000,000,000. Hot Latin America Water Resources and Hydropower Construction Group Corporation (hereinafter referred to as “Chinese water”) over the implementation of the Inter-American Development Bank in China and cooperation projects. A person in charge of the company into the Latin American deep feelings of Chinese enterprises, “China’s financial strength, has extensive foreign exchange reserves; in the current financial crisis, environment, other foreign companies significantly lower in the local competition.” Since 2005, the contracting phase to develop the Latin American market, as of September 2010, China’s hydropower investment in Latin America in more than 15 proposed landmark project to track over 30 projects, in Ecuador and other places are equipped with permanent institutions. “There is a good time to enter Latin American market. On the one hand, the Latin American region is rich in resources, market potential; the other hand, the world situation changes, China’s national power, and the international status, willingness to cooperate with China in Latin America increased significantly, I hope learn from China’s successful model. “relevant person in charge of hydropower on the” First Financial Daily “said. Latin America more and more attention to cooperation with China. “Chinese companies not only sell their products, some companies also brought new knowledge and experience.” Promotion of the Inter-American Development Bank, and partners of Foreign Minister Bernardo E. Guillamon in the fourth “China – Latin America Business Summit “held in an exclusive interview, said that before. The Summit by CCPIT and the China Central Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and Sichuan Provincial People’s Government to organize, is the first for the Latin American region to promote trade and economic cooperation mechanism of the platform, and has been promoting Latin America as an important channel for economic and trade relations was formally included in the Chinese government issued a “policy paper on Latin America and the Caribbean.” The rapid development of Latin America both in mineral and energy there is a big space for development. In project contracting, and market competitors, Chinese enterprises have a strong comparative advantage, there is a larger market space. In addition, China and Latin America in the manufacturing, two areas of high and new technology has some basis for cooperation, can complement each other. CASS academician, Latin America, the former director of the Su Zhenxing researcher believes that the Latin American relations has entered a “comprehensive cooperative partnership,” the new stage, bilateral economic and trade cooperation will further expand and deepen, suggested that the Chinese companies focus on improving the trade structure, increase the technology higher levels of export of electromechanical products; key step is to expand direct investment in Latin America. “Pan Am’s Gate” After China’s accession to the Inter-American Development Bank, the cooperation between China and Latin America more smoothly. One person told this newspaper that the central bank to join the Inter-American Development Bank in this region of our country to carry out financial, economic, trade, investment and other activities provide important new platform. He, at present, the domestic part of the large enterprises, such as the national power grid, water and Construction Group, Engineering and Agricultural Machinery Import and Export Corporation, Huawei and so on with the Inter-American Development Bank to establish a link channels to explore the next project financing and project bidding specific cooperation. Where a company has been awarded the Inter-American Development Bank 1 billion project. Bernardo E. Guillamon, admitted that the funding for the members of the Pan American Bank, the borrowing member countries in Latin America to buy its bonds, loans or benefits: the ability to benefit from exclusive materials procurement and construction contracts; members outside the country, even if In the state-owned investment, but also missed the involvement. Therefore, after China’s accession to the Inter-American Development Bank, it means open the door to the Latin American market. Financial support as an important party, financial institutions help to develop the Latin American market, Chinese enterprises have played an important role. The central bank said that in trade financing and liquidity support, the State Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of China, China has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Inter-American Bank, the Inter-American line on the next few years with the full cooperation of planning. Export-Import Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China has joined the Inter-American Bank’s trade finance facilitation program, and promoted the conduct of trade financing. Co-financing of infrastructure projects and the bidding, the State Development Bank, China Export-Import Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank signed a memorandum of cooperation, make sure the traffic, water supply, public health, telecommunications, energy and other key cooperation projects in the field. Currently, CIC is also on the principles of cooperation with the Inter-American Bank, a preliminary agreement on the basic model, the main provider of Pan American Bank project loans, the investment company for equity investments or mezzanine financing. In addition, the China Exim Bank, Bank of China also actively introduce enterprises to participate in the Inter-American line item bid, and thus promote the cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank. Challenges and space However, “To fully understand the difficulty of market development in Latin America, fully aware of our own shortcomings.” Said the head of China’s hydropower. Many companies said that the regulations and policies in Latin America, including tax laws, fiscal policies, a wide range of demanding. And operated for many years in the region, including Brazil, including Europe and large contractors as compared to local, they are more certain comparative advantages. The head of China’s hydropower that Latin America has a complete, systematic, and close to the stringent tender, bidding documents, contract terms and other requirements of China and Asia, and Africa region are quite different, increased barriers to Chinese enterprises to adapt and competition more difficult. He also pointed out that “co-financing projects is the main way of drawing. But in view of the difference between legal and economic systems, whether traditional sovereign borrowers, or project financing, or financing model based on trust and so on, Chinese-funded enterprises and Chinese banks is a challenge. ” For the legal environment and other issues, he suggested to hire international consultants, lawyers, and strengthen local companies, multinational corporations and other in the region experienced in the company’s cooperation and exchange of information; and for the financing problem, the person in charge that advantages of foreign exchange reserves should continue to play to further strengthen cooperation between banks and specialized financing for the complex structure of the Latin American region and mode of operation, set up their own professional finance team in support of development banks in the region; to strengthen the same industry coordination and cooperation to mineral resources, investment, infrastructure, trade and other project have the opportunity to “bundling” of development. 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