International Perspectives by J.C. Scull



Boundless Leadership — The Case for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

A Woman Visionary Leader Who is Transforming a Nation

“It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”
— Freedom From Fear — Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been governed directly or indirectly by a male dominated military junta since March 2nd 1962, when the military led by General Ne Win took control through a coup d’état. Between the time of the military coup and 1974 the government conducted a complete take over of all economic and media activity in a soviet style nationalization they called “Burmese Way to Socialism”.

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On Leadership

Positive and Destructive Leaders

Positive leaders motivate, inspire, guide, build people’s characters and recognize human potential. Positive leaders overcomes obstacles, solve problems, teach by example and inspire followers. They create and share their positive vision. They turn negativity into positive outcomes. Positive leaders aspire to reach the higher ground. They make the team stronger.

Destructive leaders are by nature selfish. They are not concerned about the team’s objectives, only about furthering their own agenda. Destructive leaders instill fear, division and hate. Destructive leaders attempts only to accomplish those goals and objectives that build and embolden their twisted egos.

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NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization traces its history to April 4th, 1949 when the North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. by ten Western European countries, Canada and the United States. Since the original signing, NATO has been joined by an additional sixteen countries from most of Western Europe, some ex-Soviet Bloc Central Europe countries and Turkey considered part of the Eurasia-Southern Europe region.

Today NATO’s twenty-eight country coalition is the one single bloc standing in the way of any expansionistic desires Russia’s Putin might be harboring. Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB agent, current president of Russia and a superb geopolitical strategist understands this fully. No one on the face of the earth should for one second doubt that Putin, if given the opportunity would not invade countries like Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, plus a handful of other countries once under the control of the Soviet Union. In fact, Putin himself once said “‘The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.”



The Castro’s Monster Mash

I was watching the news in ’59
When the TV flashed an eerie sight

That the monster from the jungle had begun to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash
He did the Castro mash
The Castro mash
It was a Cuban smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the Castro mash



Cuba's embargo

Now that the U.S. and Cuba have re-started diplomatic relations, one question still remains: Should the U.S. lift its embargo on Cuba? The embargo on Cuba is actually enforced under six congressional statutes making the decision to lift the Cuban embargo beyond the purview and power of President Obama. These statutes are:

· Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917,

· Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

· Cuban Assets Control Regulations of 1963

· Cuban Democracy Act of 1992

· Helms–Burton Act of 1996

· Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000

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…Socialism, Nicaragua and Daniel Ortega the Central American Robin Hood…

Latin America’s is an exciting, diverse and interesting piece of geography within the larger American continent. When we talk about Latin America we often mistakenly think in terms of the Spanish speaking countries within the larger piece of land between Canada on the north and the tip of South America in the south.

However Latin America is a little more than that as it should include the Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean, namely Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as Brazil which is Portuguese speaking and is in South America.

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What ever happened to the BRIC economies? An update

If the BRIC countries were a car, you could confidently say that one wheel has fallen totally off, one wheel is wobbly and could eventually fall off, one wheel needs air and the remaining wheel is the only one barely keeping the car from hitting the pavement.

Before moving on with this post I need to make one quick note. In 2010 South Africa was interested in joining the BRIC forum and consequently was invited to join. The reasoning behind this was that South Africa represents the world’s emerging markets and it could play an important role to the other BRIC members as a gateway to the African continent. In spite of the fact that South Africa is now officially and deservedly part of this group, I will not be posting information on South Africa in this particular piece. The reason is that the premise behind this post is that pundits don’t always get it right. Since South Africa was not originally included in Jim O’Neill’s paper entitled “Building Better Economic BRIC” which was meant to envisage those developing economies that would replace the G7 countries in economic power, I will leave any comments on South Africa for a later post, if that opportunity arises.

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