#211 dispute over ancient temple

The latest dispute according to news left 2 Cambodians dead and 2 wounded while 5 Thai soldiers wounded.

Where is negotation? Where is peace? What do some leaders know about peace?

These leaders certainly know how to add spicy spices to the lives of the villagers.

As it is, the villagers are living in dire poverty, will they have to flee?

Are temples not holy shrines?

The 11th century Preah Vihear temple, now cited as an UN World Heritage site, though situated on Cambodian territory (?), Thailand also claims right to that temple.

Will the UN World Heritage body consider removing the recognition?

Conflict over the rights to tourism revenue?

#203 the new poor

There was concerted effort to weed out poverty.

Will this global financial crisis set to increase widespread poverty? 

Today’s poverty is not those living in the 3rd world countries but in the first world!

In the 1929 great depression, this depression followed after the Wall Street Crash. However this global financial crisis has taken more than 10 years after the black market crash in October 1987.

Obviously leaders in the US were either negligent or not able to arrest the problem after the 1987 October crash. In fact, rightly or wrongly, those able to read the economic and financial trends set to bust their home economy by personal gains?!

I guess man has short memory — almost 80 years is a long time…several new generations apart!

I hope the US financial collapse will not ripple across the world — although news had it the hurricane is moving towards Europe. Is this a result of globalisation?

Will tomorrow bring a new form of socialism after the emptiness and greed of capitalism?

#141 leadership

Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, at age 52, is moving away from the outfit he’d started to social enterprises (?) as he and his wife want the challenge to reducing poverty in practical ways in some parts of the world.

The difference between NGOs and one using one’s personal finances is ownership. I’m sure Bill & Miranda Gates will guard their interests with great care to best utilise and manage their resources wherever they anchor.

In contrast to one of the African national leader, Robert Mugabe where his knighthood was taken away at his old age for his inability to give up his position and to make way for a younger person to rule the country which already is in devastation and poverty. He must have built up Zimbabwe impressively for Britain to honour him the MBE.

I hope the world leaders will learn from this case in history — from good governance to folly and destruction.

#127

Will there be fewer obese kids around now that the food prices soared especially in the more affluent countries?

The only sad situation is the really poor suffer for want of basics.

It seems the world leaders were making concerted effort to eradicate poverty only to find food prices soar — the days for cheap food is gone — poverty remains. Indeed the poor will always be with us.

What can we offer to these poor to help them rise up? The really poor are too proud to reach out for handouts as dignity is the only left as a human.

One weapon to fight poverty is good governance — governing leaders who are concerned for the welfare of the people and to weed out corruption.

#71

What IS human rights?

What is man entitled to on earth? What is man entitled to born in one’s country?

Is this not man’s right — to be able to bring food to the table and feed his family and a roof over his head? Providing for his family builds his dignity and being.

Is this not what the present lot of the Chinese leaders are trying to do? (I’d be accused for being naive…am I?)

Is economic success not the road to free man’s plight of poverty and repression?

Is politics or boycotts the way to building man’s dignity today? Talk is cheap. Everyone can offer ideas but… Only those able to translate and implement to bring peace and prosperity have a say…

The only one action for any governing leaders today is to create jobs for a man to feed his family and a roof over his head!