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Police Chief Invites Public Complaints Against Officers

first_imgInspector General of Police, Col. Chris Massaquoi has described as “significant” a hotline project launched by the Search for Common Ground and the Professional Standard Division (PSD) and called on the public to file in complaints about unprofessional conduct of any police officer.Making the statement in an assertive mood during the launch of the hotline at the Liberia National Police Headquarters on February 20, Col. Massaquoi stressed that no police officer, even himself, is above the law.He said with the law hanging above all in the land, he will not relent to investigate any officer and punish those found guilty of unprofessional conduct.“This project is a significant one that will draw civilians close to the police, and I want to thank Search for Common Ground for that.  The public should make use of this to file in any complaint about any officer who behaves unprofessionally, and we will deal with that person. “All they need to do is to get the name of the officer, the badge number, and area of assignment,” Col Massaquoi said.He recalled that complaints had come out against some officers who were investigated and those found to have been engaged in unethical acts were penalized while others were disrobed.He, however, indicated that in spite of efforts made to draw civilians close to the police, many people do not file complaints when there is professional misconduct, but would take the issue to the media.Col. Massaquoi, who appeared annoyed over media complaints about police misconduct, said it is not the proper way and it makes, “it difficult for us in authority to investigate such claims of misconduct.”He stressed that before taking an issue to the media, the Liberia National Police should be contacted before going public to the media and called on partners, including Search for Common Ground, to help disseminate the good work that police officers are doing for the country.“Police are doing some good things in the midst of challenges here, but the good is not propagated.  The public only talks bad about us and our partners who know what we do should tell the public,” Col. Massaquoi asserted.With respect to the role of the LNP and the importance of the hotline, Search for Common Ground Director, Oscar Bloh recalled that the current members of the LNP, since 2005, have exhibited high levels of professionalism.However, Mr. Bloh was quick to note that there are still “Bad apples” among them and the LNP should weed out those bad ones. He called on the LNP to investigate cases and reduce impunity.He put the cost of the project at US$100,000 primarily provided by the Swedish International Development Agency.In another statement, Dr. Thomas Jaye of the Kofi Annan Institute of Peace and Conflict Transformation said the project will enhance citizens’ trust in the LNP and called on the public to make a better use of it.Search for Common Ground is expected to print the call center telephone numbers in abundance to circulate them in public places so citizens can call in case of any problem, he said.The project will for now be implemented in five counties, including Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bartica Market set for major rehab works

first_img…costing MResidents of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will soon be the beneficiaries of a state-of-the-art market, according to Town Clerk Phebe Wallerson, who disclosed that in a few weeks, the Bartica Market would undergo major rehabilitation works.According to the Town Clerk, the municipality intends to design the Bartica Market as one of the first ‘green markets’ in the country and is eagerly anticipating its completion.  “We also intend (that) it will not just be a place for selling goods and acquiring products that you need, but we also want to ensure that our marketplaceBartica Town Clerk Phebe Wallersoncan be a tourism point within our municipality as well,” Wallerson stated.The Town Clerk added that the estimated cost of the rehabilitation was $20 million and was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.Wallerson said vendors who currently occupy the Market have already been notified of the upcoming works and have given the Town Council their full support.Additionally, she disclosed that the Council has also embarked on a project to develop the community centre. The facility will see major structural changes, which include the construction of an all-purpose court for the youths of the community.According to the Department of Public Infrastructure (DPI), the project was facilitated through a grant provided by the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.It is among several major projects that the fairly new town has undertaken for its development.The Bartica Golden Beach Boulevard project commenced last month as part of the Green Bartica initiative and is now 40 per cent complete. Mayor Gifford Marshall said that thus far, five mini-marts have been constructed and works have commenced on the walkway.The contract for this project was one of seven signed under the Communities Ministry’s Community Infrastructural Improvement Project (CIIP) earlier in the year. Contractor Ivor Allen is currently carrying out the project at a cost of $40.8 million.last_img read more

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LAPD makes a dent in March, but gangs hold ground in Valley

first_imgTwo months after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed a crackdown on the city’s most-wanted street gangs, the Los Angeles Police Department still finds itself struggling to make a dent in San Fernando Valley crime. While violent gang crime has subsided 12 percent across L.A. so far this year, compared with the same period in 2006, it remains flat in the Valley. “This is not one arrest away from success; this is a journey that is going to take persistence and real endurance of working toward getting violent crime down,” Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley’s top cop, said Tuesday. But LAPD officials say their two-month-old effort to combat gang crime – including having a 50-officer task force in the Valley and placing probation officers inside the gang units – is showing steady progress. And the department points out that, citywide, gang crime is down 15 percent among the top 11 targeted street gangs, while arrests of their members are up 35 percent so far this year from the same period in 2006. “These very-early numbers show we are making progress but still have a lot of work to do,” said Matt Szabo, the mayor’s spokesman. “Residents in the Valley today are safer than they have been in decades.” Overall, gang crime in the Valley inched up 1.8 percent over this time last year – when a 44 percent spike in gang crime led city leaders to call for an assault on gangs. Gang crime in the Valley jumped 15 percent in February – when Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton announced their crackdown – over the same month last year. But in March, it dropped 23 percent from the same month last year. “The numbers are getting smaller each time around,” said David Doan, second in command of the LAPD gang unit. “I am encouraged by the numbers I see. If they keep the pressure up, then I think the numbers will be below what they are now in six months. But it’s too early to tell.” In the Valley, 2.3 out of every 10,000 people will be victims of gang crime, compared with 6.9 of every 10,000 in South Los Angeles and 1.8 in West L.A. Much of the Valley’s crime is concentrated east of the 405 Freeway, Doan said. Isaac Luna, owner of a muffler shop in Pacoima, said prostitutes used to regularly pick up johns along his block, and taggers frequently marked up his business. Though their presence diminished over the past few years, he thinks the recent clampdown has scared off criminals and gang members. “I see the difference. There’s a lot less people in the street at night,” said Luna, former president of the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce. “A while ago, you used to see a crowd of gang members hanging out. You don’t see that anymore. The LAPD has really made an effort to work with business owners, the community and even our Neighborhood Council. They know we are down to change the community.” After Villaraigosa and Bratton announced their plan, many criticized it, saying the decision to name gangs and their members would glorify criminals and inspire those seeking recognition. Over several weeks, the mayor and chief claimed the upper hand, announcing the capture of two of the most-wanted gang members, including one from Pacoima. But pressure still has been building to create an accountable prevention and intervention program. “We are looking forward to the day when we are spending as much on suppression as we are spending on intervention as well,” said Bobby Arias, president of Communities in Schools, a gang-intervention program that has garnered the LAPD’s trust. Later this month, Villaraigosa is expected to release his own prevention and intervention plan. For now, Moore said the 50 extra officers give the department the ability to throw investigators behind cases that might otherwise have slipped through the cracks. On Saturday, the task force aided in apprehending Robert Valdez – a man police say has a long criminal history and could be responsible for several still-unsolved gang crimes. “Typically we don’t have the resources to commit investigative resources,” Moore said. “You give (officers) the training and ability, and they demonstrate what the LAPD can do.” But so far, the task force is limited, dispatched only to the Valley’s high-crime areas. The Devonshire Division – which covers Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Northridge and West Hills – was the only one that saw a spike in gang crime during March. And it wasn’t patrolled by the task force. “Our violent crime task force is only so big. We can’t spread them throughout the Valley,” said Lt. Gary Nanson, head of the LAPD’s Valley gang unit. “It’s not a good tactic to move them in and out of one area. You need resources to cover it all the time.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Tense Ahmadinejad questions 9/11, Holocaust after blistering reception from Columbia president

first_imgNEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance Monday at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.” Ahmadinejad smiled at first but appeared increasingly agitated, decrying the “insults” and “unfriendly treatment.” Columbia President Lee Bollinger and audience members took him to task over Iran’s human-rights record and foreign policy, as well as Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel. “Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” Bollinger said, to loud applause. He said Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant. “When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.” Ahmadinejad rose, also to applause, and after a religious invocation, said Bollinger’s opening was “an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There were many insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully,” Ahmadinejad said, accusing Bollinger of falling under the influence of the hostile U.S. press and politicians. “I should not begin by being affected by this unfriendly treatment.”last_img read more

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A growing threat to civil liberties

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre His bureau had already talked with a federally financed think tank at USC, a forerunner of the kind Harman has in mind to implement her bill. Like Downing, Harman thinks it likely that the U.S. will face a native brand of terrorism in the immediate future and offers a plan to deal with such ideologically based violence. Harman’s bill threatens constitutional rights by creating an anti-terrorist commission with sweeping investigative power and a mandate to propose laws prohibiting whatever the commission deems homegrown terrorism. Specifically, the commission is a menace through its power of hearings and subpoenas, a power expressly authorized for even a single member of the commission – little Joe McCarthys running around the country holding their own private hearings. Harman’s bill would also assign the commission the insidious power to infiltrate targeted organizations, to hire consultants and contractors to carry out its work, and to create the misnamed “Center of Excellence” which will continue to exist after the commission is disbanded. The proposal also includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with “access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda.” While its purpose is to prevent terrorism, Harman’s bill doesn’t criminalize any specific conduct nor contain penalties. But the commission’s findings will be cited by those who see a terrorist under every bed and who will demand passage of criminal penalties that further restrict free speech and other civil liberties. Personal or group actions contrary to the commission’s findings will be interpreted as a sign of treason, at worst, or a lack of patriotism at the least. While Harman denies that her proposal creates “thought police,” it defines “home grown terrorism” as the “planned” or “threatened” use of force to coerce the government or the people in the promotion of “political or social objectives.” That means that no force need actually have occurred as long as the government can argue that the individual or group thought about doing it. IF there was any doubt about the imminent threat to free speech and thought inherent in Rep. Jane Harman’s “Thought Police” bill, one need only read the testimony of LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing. The Los Angeles Police Department, through Downing’s anti-terrorism bureau, had already implemented the most dangerous provisions of what Harman would do nationwide. Only a loud public outcry got the LAPD to drop – or at least put a more benign name – on its efforts, for now, anyway. With overwhelming bipartisan support, Harman’s “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007” passed the House 404-6 late last month. Swift passage through Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Homeland Security Committee appears certain. It was before Lieberman’s committee that Downing revealed his plan to keep tabs on Muslim organizations in Los Angeles. Under the guise of helping them integrate into the larger community, Downing wanted to know what Muslims are taught, what they read and whose voices among them we should support. Any social or economic reform is thus brought under the gun. Have a march of 100 or 100,000 people in support of a reform – amnesty for illegal immigrants or overturning Roe v. Wade – and someone can perceive that to be a use of force to intimidate the people, the court or the government. “Violent radicalization” is defined as promoting an “extremist belief system.” American governments, both state and national, have a long history of interpreting radical “belief systems” as inevitably leading to violence as a means of facilitating change. Examples are numerous. California’s 1919 criminal syndicalism law was used successfully to break up the Communist Labor Party, sending its leaders to San Quentin for membership in an organization that, the government maintained, advocated force and violence. That law was resurrected in the 1960s in Los Angeles for use against black activists. The hearings conducted by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee for several decades during the Cold War and the solo hearings by a member of that committee’s Senate counterpart, Joe McCarthy, demonstrate the dangers inherent in Harman’s legislation. California’s “Tenney Committee” smeared reformers in a similar manner. Harman denies that her bill is a threat to free speech. It clearly states that no measure to prevent homegrown terrorism should violate “constitutional rights, civil rights or civil liberties.” But as in waterboarding, all the government need say is that “We don’t torture,” or in this case, “We don’t violate the Constitution.” Unless the public applies pressure on a Senate ready to pass this turkey, what LAPD’s Downing tried to achieve here will be implemented nationwide. Ralph E. Shaffer is professor emeritus of history at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. William Robinson is director of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Water District.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC CLUB NEWS

first_imgDONEGAL BOSTON GFC NOTESSenior Football Championship Donegal Vs WolfetonesDonegal were narrowly defeated by the Wolfe Tones yesterday in what was their first loss of the season. It was an exciting game of football that was not short of some heated exchanges.The first half saw a well taken goal by Derek Maguire and Donegal looked like they may have had the edge over the Tones. Ciaran Williams had a missed chance at goal when the ball hit the post and it was point for point between the teams. White, Mc Guire and Clancy finished with 4 points and at half time the sides were drawn at 1-04 to 0-07.The Wolfe Tones were on a mission in the second half with three successive points and Donegal were struggling to break through their defense. Ferghal Clancy brought the Tir Conaill men back to within a point but it was not enough. Final Score : Donegal 1-07 – Wolfetones 0-12Donegal: P. Boyle, M Canny, J Gallagher, K Mulhern, G Reynolds, K Mc Colgan, B. White, B. Donnelly, D. Maguire, S O Hanlaon, F Clancy, K. Williams, G. FrielWolfe Tones: R. Mc Keown, P. Mc Guirk, D. Dalton, B. Kinnahan, K. Lynch, F. Conway, G. Brilly, K. Dias, C. Carr, M. Farrell, M. Newman, B. Brogan, J. DoyleDonegal Jr B Vs Aidan MacanespiesDonegal Junior Bs were the favorites in their clash against Aidan Macanespies at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton last Sunday.  An unsteady start however saw Donegal kick several wide balls but it was not long before the Tir Conaill men settled.Urris man Brian Kelly was a welcome return to the squad having recovered from a knee injury which left him out for the beginning of the season. Neil Brummie and Jonathan Byrne delivered well to the forward line and points were flowing from Pauric Mc Laughlin and Ryan Mc Cready. Mc Cready scored four in quick succession and netted a goal to finish off the first half in Donegals favor.Aidan Macanespies were an improved side at the start of the second half, scoring a goal within two minutes but their domination was short lived with points again from Mc Laughlin and Mc Myler.A Chance at goal came for Macanespies when they won a Donegal kickout but the shot went just wide of the post.A point from Jonathan Byrne and another from Pauric Mc Laughlin was racking up the scoreboard and Donegal were leading comfortably with only minutes to go. Final ScoreDonegal 1-14 Aidan Macanespies 2-05BELOW: Donegal Junior B team – pictured in thebackground is the late Tomas Maguires no.2 jersey. The jersey has been retired.GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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Liverpool starlet Solanke chips goalkeeper with audacious backheel

first_img RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE REVEALED no dice REVEALED “HOW ABOUT THAT!”Dominic Solanke chips the keeper with a back-heel…Simply glorious 🙌 pic.twitter.com/s8B23f7jwF— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 20, 2018It was his second goal of the night and England U21s’ third, with Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin also at the double and Leicester winger Demarai Gray getting on the scoresheet.The imperious display extends the Young Lions’ unbeaten run to 22 matches, as Solanke continued his superb form at international youth level. BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Dominic Solanke scored a delightfully unique goal for England U21s during the 5-1 thrashing of Denmark U21s on Tuesday night.The Liverpool star, 21, reacted quickest when the goalkeeper spilled Phil Foden’s shot and somehow managed to chip the ball into the net with a backheel. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Swanky from Solanke. 👏👏 https://t.co/qbwg6LA3vc— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 20, 2018 The former Chelsea man scored both goals in last week’s 2-1 win in Italy, and tonight’s audacious piece of skill made it four goals in two games.However, Solanke is yet to appear in any competition for Liverpool this season and only has one goal for the Reds since joining in May 2017.Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who knows a thing or two about scoring for England, was certainly impressed: LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

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Financial Stressors Amongst Military Caregivers

first_imgChecking back with the military caregiver is essential, as they will encounter roadblocks in managing working and being a caregiver. You can “cheer” them on by acknowledging their successes and helping them explore more options as their situation changes.Resource:Ramchand, R., Tanielian, T., Fisher, M., Vughan, C., Trail, T., Epley, C. V., . . . Robinson, E. G.-D. (2014). Hidden Heroes, Americans Military Caregivers. Santa Monica: Rand Corporation. Written By: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – ExtensionFinances are a major concern to a majority of military caregivers. In reviewing the data in the Hidden Heroes, American’s Military Caregivers study funded by the Rand Corporation (Ramchand, et al., 2014) we learn more about military caregiver finances and employment.Regardless of the type of caregiver one is, a majority of caregivers are working. The study showed (76%) of post 9/11 military caregivers were employed compared to (55%) of pre-9/11 caregivers and (60%) of civilian caregivers. Even though service members and veterans are ill or injured over half of the post 9/11 service members return to military duty or find other employment. Few pre-9/11 and civilian service members (10%) work. So, we find that half of post 9/11 families have both the caregiver and service member working outside the home. Post 9/11 caregiver adjust their work schedules because of caregiver responsibilities. The study asked caregivers which of the six different adjustments they utilized:Taking unpaid time off or temporary work stoppageCutting the number of hours worked each weekMoving to a job that paid less or had fewer benefits because it fit better with their caregiving schedule or responsibilityQuitting work entirely,Retiring earlier than expectedTaking time off from school or cutting back on classesAll caregiver groups adjusted their work schedules due to caregiving responsibilities. Taking unpaid time off or stopping work was the adjustments used most often by every caregiver group. Post 9/11 caregivers used every adjustment more often than the other caregiver groups. The study indicated that post 9/11 caregivers missed approximately one day from work per week more than non-caregivers. So, it’s not surprising that post 9/11 caregivers express more financial strain (62%) compared to pre-9/11 caregivers (30%) and civilian caregivers (40%).The financial plight of military and veteran caregivers has been acknowledged by the Department of Defense and the Veteran Administration. Both organizations have introduced programs to address the loss of income or the increased cost of caregiving. These programs have eligibility requirements which require an application process. Foundations along with non-profit organizations are helping military and veteran caregivers by addressing specific financial concerns or needs. Some assist with home modifications, school tuition, debt payment, purchase of assistive devices and other financially related needs. Many caregivers have no idea of possible financial supports potentially available to them so here are a few ways professionals can assist them.Getting to know each caregiver individually. Are they working? Have they adjusted their work schedule due to caregiving and how? Who are they caring for (pre or post 9/11 service member)?Listening carefully and asking follow up questions. Probing the caregiver’s responses will provide you with additional insights into the caregiver’s financial needs.Exploring ways to decrease their financial stress by looking at potential options through public and private programs designed especially for current military caregivers or veterans.Keeping up to date on available financial resources or who you can refer them to for financial assistance. Explain eligibility requirements, identify new programs and which ones have been discontinued.Identifying military caregiver or family specific on-line educational programs on managing finances will help the caregiver learn various money management techniques.Creating a list of possible resources available to help current military families or veterans that can be given to the caregiver can be helpful. A few examples include:Military One SourceI am a Caregiver / Family MemberMilitary Family Financial Transitions: Handling Changes in Income, Benefits, & Money Management. There is a detailed resource as a handout for this webinar.Operation We are HereNational Foundation for Credit Counselinglast_img read more

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I Built a Website. Now How Do I Get Clients?

first_img“I started a website. How do I get clients?” That’s the full content of an email I received from a self-described entrepreneur.Drucker said, “The purpose of a business is to create a customer.” He also said that the core functions of a business are innovation and marketing. Innovating is about creating new, different, and greater value. Marketing is about acquiring the customers who want, need, and will benefit from the value you create.Right now, it is en vogue to don the moniker of “Entrepreneur,” especially in the technology space. Even more prestigious is the title “Serial Entrepreneur,” even without the track record of success necessary to make the title appropriate for one’s LinkedIn profile.An idea doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. Almost everyone you know has a good idea, some of them potentially good ideas for a business. A good idea by itself is worthless. In fact, some really great ideas don’t make a good business.A website, a business card, and a pitch deck don’t make you an entrepreneur either. The website can provide the appearance of legitimacy, as can a business card. A pitch deck can share your vision of what the business might become in the future, and the projections might show your certain smooth path to the legendary “Unicorn” status. But none of these things will make you an entrepreneur.The only thing you really need to become an entrepreneur is a customer. Until you have a customer, you don’t have a business. Until you have someone paying you to create some value for them, you are not an entrepreneur. The idea, the website, the business cards, the pitch deck, and even the seed capital don’t make your idea into a business.We need more entrepreneurs. More people should start their own business, even if it’s their side hustle. The most important thing you need to succeed in an entrepreneurial endeavor is a plan to acquire customers and the ability to execute on that plan. Until you have that, nothing else matters much.last_img read more

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Parsing the Words in Party Platforms

first_imgBy their very nature, the platforms of political parties are boring documents. It is as if all the budding bureaucrats, now enthusiastic campaign workers and their elder guides are working together to imbibe in everyone, stale and repetitive language that they will practice once in power. True, at some level, the platforms of two parties will be different. Republicans support continuous, but cautious engagement in Iraq and want a pro-life agenda at home. Democrats plan to withdraw from Iraq and advocate a pro-choice agenda on the home front.Given this idle and scripted language, it is then important for journalists and pundits to parse the little details of what may be in the platform. Of course, no one votes based on the gravitas of a platform.Much has been said about how the Democrats have used careful language in the abortion debate. They ask for a pro-choice agenda, but have also indicated that they support the “right of the woman to have a baby.”Now, isn’t that interesting! We have to wait for a political party to approve or even support a woman’s right to have children! Each woman has to thank the party for allowing her to give birth! Is this a nod, as some have suggested, to the Independents or those perennial fence-sitters to think that all Democrats are not baby killers! Is this a veiled approval for everyone to do what needs to be done to have a baby! That would be highly permissive, don’t you think! In any case, this does not say anything, but it wants to.While we are at it, let us note a couple of careful changes and usages of language. The website of the Democratic Party pronounced its platform as “Stronger at Home, Respected in the World.”  One would have hoped for a new agenda that asks for a new cosmopolitanism (vs. patriotism), along the lines of Barack Obama’s pronouncements of being a “citizen of the world.” But the final document comes down to earth as it is titled: “Renewing America’s Future.” If you are careful about language and believe in meaning of words, this may suggest where the promise of the campaign and the reality of governance are connected.The 2008 platform does give significant emphasis in a section oto“foreign policy.” While it promises to “deepen ties with emerging powers,” the clear emphasis is on strengthening ties with India, which has been in development for the past decade. Despite the gap between promise and performance, we hope this is about a new reality dawning upon us. Related Itemslast_img read more

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