BC 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 “BC Premier expects better jobs situation in municipal election year”
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 “Clark creates more posts, still no results or investments”
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 “Is Tunisia model for success in post Arab-Spring world?”
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 “Hank Paulson says Congress will rise debt ceiling”
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 “Bulgarians vs. Government: Fight against corruption”
On Monday, when Canadians will celebrate another Confederation birthday, largest European political, economical and population Union will officially welcome another 28th member. Slovenia as first of the ex-Yugoslavian countries will be joined by Croatia in the exclusive European club as full member with all rights and responsibilities. In days when Croatia is celebrating success, after a decade of negotiations with EU, another Balkans country got a green light to start accession talks, and its first neighbor got a yellow light to get ready for same. Serbia will start their negotiations process sometimes in January of 2014, Kosovo will follow upon fulfilling first round of requirements for the accession negotiations. Continue reading “EU: Collector of bad and worse, now adding Croatia”