Foreign Policy. The World and Nelson Mandela. Ambassador John Price
Ambassador John Price is former US Ambassador to the Republics of Mauritius, Seychelles and the Union of Comoros from 2002-2005 and currently serves as resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. As a friend of the African continent for years, Ambassador Price explains why Mandela, described by many as a former “revolutionary, philanthropist and politician” who died at the age of 95 on December 5th, and who, for him is a “Giant, who is gone, but his legacy lives on…” Ambassador Price recounts his travels to Africa since the 1970’s and specifically the time when he attended a business convention in Johannesburg in 1984 and his shock at the treatment of Blacks as a result of Apartheid. He mentions visiting Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years out of a total of 27. For the Ambassador, the labeling of a “revolutionary” to many may be a “liberator” to others… He speaks of the time, as Ambassador, when he met Louis Mnugin, South African representative in Mauritius and who had spent 5 years imprisoned with Mandela in Robben Island….Ambassador Price speaks of the suffering of Africans during colonial times and the inherent corruption of the post-colonial governments….Ambassador Price comments on President Obama’s eulogy and points to the fact that the President has “not spent much time in Africa.” For him, education is the key for a prosperous Africa , and building schools and not the military is the answer.
Foreign Policy. Old Enemies; New Friends…Ambassador John Price
Ambassador Price comments on the controversial handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro, brother of the infamous despot, tyrant, revolutionary and assassin Fidel…, but calls attention to the current suffering and isolation of the people of Cuba, 50 years after the revolution. For him, “the times have changed” and sees the handshaking “as an opportunity for further engagement…” Ambassador Price comments on the President’s recent “disapproval” polls and notes the missed opportunities (encouraging people to get motivated, speaking against the prevalent crimes (knockout games?),and the destruction of the family structure…) and the enormous problems facing the nation… Obamacare, Immigration Reform etc.
The View from Abroad. FATCA and Republican Politics. Edward Patrick Flaherty
Edward Patrick Flaherty , international attorney based in Geneva, speaks of the repercussions of the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) taking effect in July, 2014, “requiring international financial institutions to provide the IRS with information on US citizens who hold $50,000 or more in their accounts.” Mr. Flaherty speaks of the resolution, presented by Solomon Yue, Vice Chair and CEO of Republicans Overseas, (and National Committeeman at the RNC for the State of Oregon) to overturn the law will be presented at the RNC Winter meeting and the Bill (S. ) presented by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Mr. Flaherty gives examples of American companies that do not hire Americans anymore; Americans renouncing their citizenship because of the “draconian sanctions and penalties,” that while they were intended for tax cheats they have become the norm, another example of “overreaching by the US government…” Recalling… 1984 as a metaphor for 2013…., Mr. Flaherty adds the latest maneuvers by the NSA…Mr. Flaherty comments on the figure of Nelson Mandela and his experiences in South Africa and notes that what set him apart from other global leaders was his humility and lack of “ego”…
The View from Abroad. Politics and other things. Edward Patrick Flaherty
Mr. Flaherty speaks of being elected President of the American International Club of Geneva and what it entails, catering to an International community and sponsoring programs with the likes of former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger…