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EARTH AT RISK V (Ovi Posters)

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by | December 16, 2016 · 5:52 pm

Eureka: Religions of the world by Akli Hadid

religion01Last year I undertook an interesting challenge: read every single religious scripture cover to cover at least once. That’s how I read and understood the Torah, the Talmud, the Christian Bible, the Quran, The Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada and other more esoteric texts. I also did work on the ground trying to find out how different religions organize, and how those religious beliefs apply in the field.

So here’s a very brief overview of the different religions I encountered.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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Freedom and Globalization: Simultaneously Possible by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota

ovicover_06_12_16Globalization, trade and investment deserve our ”Thank You” for their achievements. Yes, currently, in Europe and the United States, popular discontent is forcefully expressed. An introvert trend has emerged, fed by nationalism, populism, xenophobia and anti-globalization rhetoric.

Globalization is not new; it has existed for centuries. What is different today is the speed of globalizing the world, made possible by new technologies, transportation networks, media, and international marketing. Many claim that never before in history has there been so much evidence about strong opposition to globalization. However, any comparison with the past is highly inaccurate. Only few records of resistance to globalization have been preserved for us today.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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Eureka: Avoiding wars by Akli Hadid

war01_400_03As counterintuitive as it may sound, people make peace with strong countries, not with weak countries. This basically means leaders say “we’re strong” as opposed to leaders saying “I’m strong, my people are weak.” Countries with weak people get swallowed up.

What is also true is if you’re a leader and you believe your country and people are strong and other countries and people are weak, at best you’re going to have to make alliances with weaker countries, before you get swallowed up by stronger countries. If your employees are weak, sales lag behind and your competitor moves forward.

Politics is a game where there are no weak people and where there are no weak countries. So if you want a strong country, you need to be strong at five levels:

-At the military level. This is the most important level of strength. You need a strong, fit, smart army. But you also need collaboration and discussions with other armies, formal and informal talks. You need a degree of skepticism when holding those talks, and need to keep in mind that you are a strong army dealing with strong armies.

-At the environmental level. People don’t do business with poorly dressed businessmen, nor do they do business with countries where cleanliness is not the standard of living. Clean air, clean streets and clean citizens needs to be your way to go. Other countries share the air you breathe, and too much pollution, be it the air or the rivers or the seas or sending tourists who have no basic hygiene can be a motive for wars.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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The Unfortunate Misunderstanding of the Electoral College in the US Constitution by Dr. Emanuel Paparella

ovicover_05_12_16.gifThere exists abroad, and even here at home, a notion, a sort of assumed conventional wisdom, that the proper function of the Electoral College is that of rubber stamping the results of a popular vote computed state by state. Winner, or the candidate that totals the most electoral colleges, takes all and gets automatically elevated to the presidency, despite the fact that he/she might have received a couple of millions less votes in the popular vote. This is an erroneous notion which dishonors the intentions of the founding fathers and the framers of our Constitution.

I suggest to all those who hold such a view, to reject it. It is erroneous. The view is compelled by nothing in the US Constitution and represents a misunderstanding, in part propagated by a misinformed media, the so called pundits, who persist in spreading confusion on the elucidation of our democratic traditions. As the most important framers of US federalism in the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton, states: “the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the president.” It couldn’t be more clear. The will of the people should not be cavalierly infringed upon.

So, why the creation of an Electoral College? Given that this was a rather novel idea at the time, i.e., the idea of a representative democracy in the hands of the people (still imperfect to be sure, given that women, Blacks and white men with no property had no right to vote yet), the framers devised a safety valve, or a circuit breaker if you will, on the people’s choice. Some have imputed this to elitism pure and simple, to mistrust of the judgment of the people but that is equivalent to impugning the framers’ intentions. The Constitution begins with the very words “We the People.” Let’s focus, rather, on what the Constitution itself says in the matter.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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International Day of Disabled Persons

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by | December 3, 2016 · 11:45 am

EARTH AT RISK V (Ovi Posters)

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by | December 3, 2016 · 11:44 am