Edward Lucas u BV-u: Rusija će raditi na destabilizaciji Balkana, imate pravo biti zabrinuti


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BC Premier expects better jobs situation in municipal election year


Premier ClarkBC Premier, self-proclaimed champion of families, jobs and economy Christy Clark in her year end interview few days ago acknowledged that her key jobs plan is on slow pace and expressed expectation that jobs creation will pick up next year. While she traveled around Asia on trade mission over the last few weeks, avoiding her job at the Legislature, new numbers showed BC’s failure in two key areas of her two last campaigns. One is status of BC families, especially children, with highest ever child poverty rate currently leading in Canada. Second is as she said “slow pace” jobs creation trend which didn’t delivered even close to what she wanted to be. Continue reading

Clark creates more posts, still no results or investments


Clark and Stewart (Photo: Flickr)

Clark and Stewart (Photo: Flickr)

BC Legislature is not sitting this fall, MLA’s are either at home or doing small work in their ridings, while Premier Christy Clark is obsessively concentrated on trade and investment with Asia. She’ll be on the road to several Asian destinations during November, her deputy Rich Coleman recently finished a visit to Asia and now BC has new investment and trade Commissioner to the Far East. Former MLA and Cabinet Minister Ben Stewart who graciously offered his seat to Premier Clark after her debacle in Vancouver-Point Grey on last elections now will represent province in Asia for annual pay of $150,000. Continue reading

Is Tunisia model for success in post Arab-Spring world?


Tunisian protests resulted in success (Photo: Flickr)

Tunisian protests resulted in success (Photo: Flickr)

Two years ago Tunisia was just one of North African/Middle East dictatorships in which basic human rights were less valued than those of animals. As we all know today everything started with Mohamed Bouazizi and his self-immolation in January of 2011 causing at the end fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime. Protest against dictators spread around neighbouring countries and helping to depose leaders as Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Al-Gaddafi, while currently Syrian people are fighting civil war to end several decades long Assad family regime. Continue reading

Hank Paulson says Congress will rise debt ceiling


Hank Paulson (Photo: Flickr)

Hank Paulson (Photo: Flickr)

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, well known as person who doesn’t often speaks to media, gave a several interviews over the last few days. Paulson wishes that he has today’s regulatory tools adding, what signifies that he was not unable to do more while he was at the head of Treasury.

What I found interesting is Paulson’s confidence that US Congress would rise the debt ceiling beside current GOP refusal to do so. It might look that Paulson has either insider informations or he just believes that GOP would not be able to refuse to compile with President Obama ideas. Continue reading

Bulgarians vs. Government: Fight against corruption


Protests in Sofia (Photo: Flickr)

Protests in Sofia (Photo: Flickr)

For several months now every single day and night Bulgarians are protesting in front of Parliament and PM office buildings in effort to tackle one of the biggest problems  – system corruption. Two months ago Sofia citizens forced Bulgarian government to resign, to open space for new political force to come in and change something, but that didn’t happen. Current technocratic government lead by PM Oresharski continued with same old practices.  Continue reading

Cabinet shuffle with generational transition and new faces


harperPrime Minister Stephen Harper decided to start this week with a major Cabinet shuffle, biggest since he become PM in 2006, bringing eight new faces to the table. Reshuffled cabinet will have largest number of women ever, 12 in total, which shows that Harper wants to paint different picture about his team in the remaining two years of this term. While key players Clement, Flaherty, Baird and the House Leader Van Loan will remain in their position Harper promoted several ministers to show where his government will go in the future. This shuffle is branded as generational transition which brings in several new members, younger politicians, those who should lead party and the government in the next term.  Continue reading