For many, Thanksgiving Day is the most important holiday in the U.S. where Americans would take the holiday off and spend time with family and friends, catching up and enjoying their Thanksgiving turkey. I know right, Thanksgiving Day is not meant to give thanks to and hail immigrants, it is not Immigration Day! Hello??? However, millions of undocumented immigrants would have more reasons to celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving Day in view of President Obama’s unilateral decision pursuant to an executive order issued last week providing relief from deportation to about 5 million of undocumented immigrants (of which approximately 600,000 to … Continue reading A Happy Thanksgiving Meal to Millions of Undocumented Immigrants!
“Irene's” alarming sojourn's to the East Coast this week provided me at least a brief respite from the daily norms, specifically giving me adequate time to sit down in front of a television closely monitoring on the whereabouts of the slow-moving hurricane. I felt I was like Governor Christie of New Jersey and NYC Mayor Bloomberg who were ever visible on camera and ready to give updates, advices or even stern warnings to their respective constituents, particularly those to be potentially hit and affected by the so-called hurricane, which surprisingly have been downgraded by several notches when it hit … Continue reading A First Look At The “Ber” Months: Tips and Thoughts
For U.S. policymakers, what happened on the 5th of August 2011 was a power punch thrown at them by Standard and Poor's (S&P) in a form of a downgrade for U.S. sovereign debt from triple A (AAA) to double A+ (AA+) rating. The said downgrade obviously gave the technorats a “tickling feeling” causing them to panic and get out of their awesome cubicles to explain any cloud of doubts and obscurities on the country's present economy. The said downgrade issuance was quite a surprise to them as seemingly there had been exchanges of communications prior to the announcement between … Continue reading U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade: A Dead Serious Wake-Up Call!
I can understand why formulation of “anti-corruption” policies is never mentioned in the targets or indicators of the UN MDG’s, in correlation to poverty and economic growth. I presume the subject matter may not be within the realm of UN’s aims, duties and functions, as provided for in its charter. However, there is a vague reference to it wherein one of the targets included in MD Goal No. 8 is a commitment from the world leaders to “good governance”, by supporting, among others, transparency and accountability at all levels but said indicator is specifically geared towards allocation and spending of … Continue reading Corruption – A Dreadful Disease With A Simple Cure – Tips and Thoughts