Locked in a seemingly endless embrace of self-destruction we find the cousin-nations of Palestine and Israel “driven by memory, trauma, and political identity and existential issues” observed Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center. While each of these nations challenges the cultural and political legitimacy of the other serious scholarship informs us that both… more
- Sep 27, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
- Sep 22, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
With the Holy See and Canada opting out of Article 13 and Article 3 (respectively) the UN High Level Plenary Session of the General Assembly today adopted the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document (Resolution A/69.L.1). With about 200 indigenous peoples’… more
- Sep 19, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
Commentators and essayists throughout generations have often made the observation that( (I paraphrase here): States’ governments do not give up their power easily and the power they are least willing to give up is taxation.” The “No Vote” opposing Scotland’s independence yesterday confirms that when the leaders of Britain’s political parties joined in a common… more
- Sep 18, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
Haudenosaunee Sachems, the Sami President, President of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, representatives of each of the seven regions of Indigenous Regional Caucuses will stand a opening conference presenters and as “roundtable” participants with states’ government representatives during a day long session of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on 22 September at… more
- Sep 17, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
Scotland’s draft constitution begins with the words: “In Scotland, the people are sovereign.” The most basic decision a people can make is to exercise that sovereignty to govern themselves. On 18 September Scotland will decide its political future–to become free and accept the risks of a mature society or remain encumbered by a stodgy British… more