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Wednesday, 9 January , 2008 / ermes

American Dream / 2


john_mccain.jpgSome weeks ago, an Associated Press dispatch remembered the great commitment by US Senator John McCain in promoting human rights around the world. Since January 1993, in fact, McCain has been the chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit organization devoted to enhance and strengthen democratic values and practices in dozens of countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

“Let us now begin a major effort to secure the best – a crusade for freedom that will engage the faith and fortitude of the next generation. For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at last free to determine their own destiny.” These words by President Ronald Reagan in a 1982 speech before the British Parliament were the inspiration that led to the establishment of the IRI.

In his historic speech, President Reagan set America on a course of assisting those who wanted freedom and democracy everywhere. Quoting the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he stated “we must be staunch in our conviction that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings.”

Congress responded to President Reagan’s call in 1983 when it created the National Endowment for Democracy to support aspiring democrats worldwide. Four nonprofit, nonpartisan democracy institutes were formed to carry out this work – IRI, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS).

In its infancy, IRI focused on planting the seeds of democracy in Latin America. Since the end of the Cold War, IRI has broadened its operations. IRI has conducted programs in more than 100 countries and is currently active in 70 countries (among others Russia, China, Afghanistan, Sudan, Colombia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Iraq: those governments work with it or at least tolerate it…)

Its activities include teaching and assisting with political party and candidate development, good governance practices, civil society development, civic education, women’s and youth leadership development, electoral reform and election monitoring, political expression in closed societies.

Now Arizona Senator McCain can be the next President of the United States of America…

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  1. ermes / Jan 9 2008 6:25 AM

    Take a look at what McCain said about Russia in 2000. The guy exactly understood who Putin was…

  2. ermes / Jan 9 2008 7:07 PM

    December 20, 2007 – Statement by The Boston Herald Editorial Staff:

    OK, so maybe the world shouldn’t be surprised that the magazine which once made Adolf Hitler its Man of the Year should make Russian President Vladimir Putin its 2007 Person of the Year. Time magazine has always taken a certain perverse pride in celebrating heroes and tyrants alike.

    Time managing editor Richard Stengel explained Putin was selected for his “extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability.” Of course, he added, “He’s dangerous in the sense that he doesn’t care about civil liberties, he doesn’t care about free speech.”

    The selection raised the ire of Republican presidential contender, Sen. John McCain, who in a meeting with Herald editors and reporters said the recognition should have gone to Gen. David Petreaus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.

    As for Putin, McCain, in a parody of George Bush’s earlier assessment of the Russian leader said, “I looked in his eyes and saw three letters – a K, a G and a B.

    And now that Putin has annointed his own successor, protege Dmitry Medvedev, McCain says, “He just made himself president for life.

    “We knew the puppet show was on,” he added. “We just didn’t know who the puppet was going to be.”

    McCain is spot-on in his assessment of Putin.

    “I don’t see a reignition of the Cold War,” he said, “but I do see him attempting and blocking efforts to make a better world.”

    McCain cited Putin’s intransigence on efforts to grant Kosovo independence from Serbia, his cozy relationship with the dictator of Belarus and his lack of helpfulness in dealing with Iran in the U.N. Security Council.

    Time magazine may want to celebrate this world bully, but we’re with McCain on this one. And doesn’t celebrating bad behavior just encourage more of it?

  3. Lino Scovo / Mar 6 2008 2:59 PM
  4. Etta Disd / Jun 1 2008 11:20 PM

    Diciamo che ci accontenteremmo anche solo di Eco

  5. ermes / Jun 1 2008 11:23 PM

    Pregasi pagare diritti d’autore al Paganellooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Etta Ristr / Jun 18 2008 10:57 AM
  7. Dario Abbece / Jul 28 2008 12:00 PM

    Anche il NYT legge Abeona…

  8. Guido Lamacchinadeltempo / Aug 28 2008 2:47 PM

    In 2000, he would have chosen Cheney.

  9. Ivo Addit / Oct 31 2008 6:35 PM

    “Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign policy thinker in the United States Senate? A man who not only has the best instincts, but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?

    “There’s just no comparison. Obama’s own running mate warned this week that Obama’s youth and inexperience will invite a crisis — indeed a crisis “generated” precisely to test him. Can you be serious about national security and vote on Nov. 4 to invite that test?

    “And how will he pass it? Well, how has he fared on the only two significant foreign policy tests he has faced since he’s been in the Senate? The first was the surge. Obama failed spectacularly. He not only opposed it. He tried to denigrate it, stop it and, finally, deny its success.

    “The second test was Georgia, to which Obama responded instinctively with evenhanded moral equivalence, urging restraint on both sides. McCain did not have to consult his advisers to instantly identify the aggressor.

    “Today’s economic crisis, like every other in our history, will in time pass. But the barbarians will still be at the gates. Whom do you want on the parapet? I’m for the guy who can tell the lion from the lamb”.

    (Krauthammer’s booooom!)

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