Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gov't Fear

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

--I am not sure who wrote/said this....

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Entre Rios--Si Hoy

' SI HOY '

Si hoy tal vez te sigo
con la misma anciedad que ayer,
es mejor, no sé,
despedirme de la propia mirada de mi
verso aquél.

Así todos los días
me dejarás de ayer,
que hoy no dirás: 'estoy extraño entre las paredes',
mi cielo de contraluz.

Destrozado ir dentro
de este lado que no rosa,
acostado donde cantan las espinas que ahora duelen.
Así todos los días,
me dejarás de ayer.

English Version

If today, perhaps I follow you with the same desire as yesterday, it is better, I do not know, to dismiss my own cautious look, from my own verses. Thus every day you will leave me
from yesterday, so that today you will not say: ' I am strange between walls', my sky of backlighting. Destroyed within for the side that doesn't blossom, laid down where they sing the thorns now hurt. Thus every day, you will leave me from yesterday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Miami Herald Decentralization in LAC

Argentina: Governors elected since 1912 and mayors since the 1950s, except during authoritarian periods. Both elected since 1983. Local governments have strong powers.

Bolivia: Governors first elected in 2005, mayors since 1985. Governors are fighting with President Evo Morales over spending authority.

Brazil: Governors directly elected since 1982, mayors since 1946 except in large cities during authoritarian government 1964-85. Local governments have strong taxing and spending authority.

Chile: Mayors elected since 1992. Regional governments are weak, while municipal governments have gained greater autonomy. But subnational share of total spending remains low.

Colombia: State and local governments have much autonomy over social and economic policies. Mayors elected after 1989 and governors after 1990.

Mexico: Local governments have strong powers.

Peru: Governors first elected in 2002.

Uruguay: Fiscal decentralization for municipalities began in 1985.

Venezuela: Governors first elected in 1989, with growing fiscal and policy powers. Chávez has been recentralizing power since taking office in 1999.

Source: Alfred Montero of Carleton College

Monday, October 15, 2007

the decline of the state

The decline of the state, underway since the close of the Cold War, paired with the rise of participatory democracies and escalation of free-market policies, have created a world climate of exceptional encouragement for human initiative.

According to the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, "the nonproft sector outpaced the overall growth of employment [in the overall economy of the countries studied] by nearly 2.5 to 1... Even this does not capture the full scope of the nonprofit sector, for this sector also attracts a considerable amount of volunteer effort. Indeed, an average of 28 percent of the population in these countries contribute their time to nonprofit organizations."

In a December 1999 article in The Economist, the rapid growth of the citizen sector was expressed through the exponential rise of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The article reports that "One conservative yardstick of international NGOs (that is, groups with operations in more than one country) is the Yearbook of International Organisations. This puts the number of international NGOs at more than 26,000 today, up from 6,000 in 1990. Far more groups exists within national borders." The Economist went on a recent article by World Watch, the bimonthly magazine of World Watch Institute (itself an NGO), which "suggested that the United States alone has about 2m NGOs, 70 percent of which are less than 30 years old. India has about 1m grass-roots groups, while another conservative estimate suggests that more than 100,000 sprang up in Eastern Europe between 1988 and 1995."

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