Saturday, September 26, 2009
The G20, Including India
7:22 am edt
Pittsburgh's G20 summit symbolizes the increasingly central role of major nations
such as India and Brazil that are neither permanent members of the UN Security Council nor members of the prior G7 (G8
with Russia) group of nations -- the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Economically, geopolitically,
and with respect to climate change, it's surely wise to expand the governments participating in such summits, as unwieldy
as such a large number of parties may be.
For nearly two decades -- since
beginning to research the work of Chester Bowles, who twice served as U.S. ambassador to India -- I've taken a particular
interest in that country. Having since married a woman who is a citizen of India and had an opportunity with her to
visit her hometown of New Delhi, I have continued to grow in appreciation for and curiosity about India.
Below are a few articles in recent months on a range of topics concerning India, beginning
with an account of the growing prominence of the G20 (19 nations plus the EU):
WORLD | September 25, 2009
Global Economic Forum to Expand Permanently
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
"The Group of 20, which includes developing nations, will replace the elite Group of 7 as a global economic forum."
BUSINESS / GLOBAL BUSINESS | August 05, 2009
India Gets Caught Short as Sugar Prices Soar
By VIKAS BAJAJ
"To meet growing demand, India will probably have to import 20 to 30 percent of the sugar it needs in the current
India submarine 'threatens peace'
"India's launch of a nuclear-powered submarine is
a threat to regional peace and security, Pakistan's foreign ministry says."
INTERNATIONAL / ASIA PACIFIC | July 20, 2009
Meeting Shows U.S.-India Split on Emissions
By MARK LANDLER
"India used a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to dig in its heels against legally binding targets
to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide."
are a couple of pieces from 2006 combining personal, cultural, and policy reflections:
"From New Haven to New Delhi: Globalization and Its Human Scale"
"Marrying Cultures: The Magic of the Melting Pot"
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Men Against Domestic Violence
7:33 am edt
August 17 and July 13 and 18 posts below. . .
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is among the men against domestic violence in greater Hartford. According to the Hartford Courant’s “Overcoming Battered Lives” series, some 30 men from businesses, television news, law enforcement
and other agencies in Connecticut gathered September 22 to announce the initiative.
The men pledged to help Interval House, a nonprofit, domestic
violence intervention and prevention program, combat the crime by raising money and helping to educate children and families. One member of the group, Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts, had a September 20 opinion piece in which he urged citizens to counter a “culture of disrespect.”
Attorney General Blumenthal said, "Domestic violence is a cycle that can stop if we provide the leadership.
I truly believe that men can make a difference. We're coming to learn, listen and lend a hand, but also to lead."
Richard Blumenthal has been part of a number of
such efforts over the years, throughout the state. For example, he came to New Haven in 2005 to join Mayor John DeStefano,
Police Sergeant Ricardo Rodriguez, educator Ras Mo Moses, regional Chamber of Commerce President Tony Rescigno, and regional
Domestic Violence Services leader Sandra Koorejian at a City Hall event. Blumenthal spoke, too, at the
30th anniversary occasion of Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven.
Look for more information about DV as October – Domestic Violence Awareness
Month – begins. One event is an October 7, 1:00 p.m. "Sound of Hope" remembrance of domestic
violence victims, to be held at Long Wharf Pier in New Haven. Contact Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven, a program of Birmingham Group Health Services. Speakers on October 7 are expected to include Attorney General Blumenthal, New Haven Aldermanic President Carl Goldfield,
and Client Services Manager Tirzah Kemp of Strive New Haven.
The October 2008 "Sound of Hope" event provides context.
It's encouraging to see more recognition of men's essential role in preventing, and accepting responsibility for,
most domestic violence. Here in New Haven, Yale pediatrician
John Leventhal and SCSU VP Ronald Herron are two of the men who have been leaders.
Friday, September 11, 2009
September 11, Eight Years Later
7:02 am edt
The wars in Afghanistan -- where the persistence of the Taliban continues to vex policymakers -- and Iraq, along with the explosive volatility of Pakistan, are constant reminders of the dangers the attacks of
September 11 represented. The anniversary of those attacks is an occasion to reflect on those dangers and their costs,
human and otherwise. Today especially we remember those who died eight years ago, and their families.
Last year, I posted on this blog about my own recollections of 9/11. Those recollections
are excerpted below:
"On September 11, 2001, I was on Manhattan's
West 26th Street when the planes struck the World Trade Center just a few miles downtown. Astonished concern soon turned
to horror upon news of the second, third, and eventually fourth planes. As we left our offices by mid-morning, the smell
of explosive chemical fire and spread of dust were becoming evident. By nature a fast walker, I sped with particular
vigor uptown to meet my girlfriend at the landmark location we'd hastily arranged by phone: Zabar's on Broadway, just north
of H & H. (She was evacuating the Citigroup Tower in midtown, which seemed a plausible terrorist target.)
It wasn't the comfort of bagels and lox but merely a familiar rendezvous we were seeking. We didn't have cell phones,
and land lines were rapidly failing, too. So Zabar's it was.
experiences of those initial hours were surreal, as the magnitude of the attacks and their impact emerged, the human losses
strained imagination, and we worried about what might come next. Some memories remain vivid. The next day's newspaper
included photographs of people leaping to certain death to flee the flaming towers. Posters with pictures of missing
people were everywhere. Shrines grew to honor fallen firefighters. We explicitly thanked the police officers patrolling
the streets. The stir of helicopter surveillance overhead could be heard for nights to come. Images of the American
flag roused a sentimental patriotism, immune to efforts by politicians -- then and since -- to exploit the attacks to divert
attention from our national insecurities. In some measure I will forever
be a New Yorker, even years after returning to my home state of Connecticut. Peace to those families who lost loved ones . .
. years ago. Those of us who walked away from the shock of September 11 will always remember it and them. In living
there is greater purpose, to savor our days and try to help make the sober brutalities of the world a little less brutal."
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Health Care -- for All Ages
11:02 pm edt
An August 16 post below concerned health-care reform.
President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last night should help focus efforts to to improve
health-care access, quality, and security -- and the value of dollars directed toward those ends.
Earlier this week, "Long-Term Care: Grandma at 97" related some personal family experiences in this context.