In an exclusive op-ed for The Tennessean, President Barack Obama reflects upon his recent visit to Nashville and his desire to see Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform so that his executive orders will become unnecessary.
According to the African Union, Africa loses more than $148 billion to corruption every year. These costs are not only measured in terms of squandered or stolen government resources, but in the lack of public funding for critical needs.
Last week, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the Web Foundation,called for the #Internet to be recognised as a basic #humanright.
At the release of the 2014 Web Index, Sir Tim noted that in our increasingly unequal world, the Web has the potential to be a great equalizer, but only "if we hardwire the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, affordable access and net neutrality into the rules of the game."
The 2015 edition of International Debt Statistics (IDS) has just been released. IDS 2015 draws from comprehensive databases of debt statistics collected from 124 low- and middle-income countries, as well as quarterly external and public sector debt from high-income countries.
(Nairobi) – Kenyan lawmakers should reject far-reaching new security amendments that would add new criminal offenses with harsh penalties, limit the rights of arrested and accused people, and restrict freedoms of expression and assembly, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.
Jeff Makana's insight:
Restrictions on Assembly and Association
The security bill would limit basic rights to freedom of assembly and association with vague provisions subject to abuse, the groups said. The proposals create even greater concern considering the current hostility toward nongovernmental organizations working on governance and human rights in Kenya.
Article 4 would authorize the cabinet secretary for interior, a presidential appointee, to decide when and where public meetings can be held. Kenya has a history of retaining executive control over public gatherings that was used to restrict freedom of peaceful assembly during the Moi government.
The bill in article 107 would amend the Public Benefits Organizations (PBOs) Act, 2013, giving full discretion to the authority responsible for registration of organizations to classify organizations and, in consultation with the cabinet secretary, to review the classification.
We now must shift our focus from reaction and responding to planning and preparing. Only then will our health investments lead to real gains in the health of all people regardless of their income or nationality....
The 90-page Security Bill would amend a number of Kenyan laws. One of the most noteworthy provisions is Article 66 on Covert Operations, which would permit extrajudicial surveillance.
If enacted, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Service could order a “covert operation,” without court approval or review to enter any place, or to search or seize any record or communication. In fact, the bill would grant broad authority to “do anything considered necessary to preserve national security.”
Kenyan billionaires are increasingly winning big-ticket energy and mining contracts to mine coal and develop new power sources.
Jeff Makana's insight:
Over 70 percent of Kenya's population is not connected to the grid and relies mainly on biomass, kerosene and disposable batteries for light. So you can see why the deal is sweetened by the fact that IPPs are provided with a 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA) from Kenya Power. Colonial leases! But wait...
The Impact though of better connectivity...
The UN Millennium Project (Report 2007) estimates the benefit of providing electricity to a rural household a $81 to $150 per month due to “improved returns on education and wage income”. Providing Energy like wind energy to people living off-grid and with no electricity significantly increases their quality of life.
In 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) came into being. At the time, observers were hopeful that rule of law could help constrain humanity’s worst impulses, a sentiment that, today, may seem foolhardy. Yet, where else would victims turn?
One of the most compelling arguments for broad immigration reform was family reunification.
Jeff Makana's insight:
This clause on US law on family reunion *only citizens who have reached the age of 21 may sponsor siblings and parents." Creates a challenge for the most compelling arguments for broad immigration reform; family reunification. .
There are some 3.1 million United-States-citizen children with at least one illegal immigrant parent as of 2005. We cant ignore that many.
At least 13,000 American children had one or both parents deported in the years 2005-2007, Not factoring those leaving voluntary. However, leaving the United States triggers a ban on entering the U.S. If the parent was present in the U.S. for only between 180–364 days, the parent will receive a three-year ban. However, as is more common if the parent was present for 365 days or more, the parent will receive a ten-year ban on entering the United States. Willing to live out the ban outside the country, is not a good option for growing children who need support of their parents.
You get many messages but am pleading for families hurt by the separation, President Obama as a constitutional lawyer knows
Reconstruction Amendments(Amendment XIV) is a polarizing issue, but does it really capture right to travel, and re-entry bans etc. Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. Friedrich Nietzsche #quotes