Halcyon Highlights is a bi-weekly round-up of some of the most compelling trends that we have spotted over the past fortnight. + , - or = indicate whether we consider each trend/development to prove mainly positive, negative or neutral/too early to judge...
Explaining that no-one now runs the world, a leading geo-strategist claimed that there is a clear trend towards the collapsing power of nation-states, and the rise of network power from NGOs, to corporations, crime rings and terrorists.
The HBR claimed recently that, in Russia, more than 2.5m officials in politics, the police, taxation, education, and other fields receive a total of up $45m per year in bribes, according to a paper from Volgograd State University. 21% of Russians admit to bribing tax inspectors, 16.2% to bribing police officers and judges, and 13.9% to bribing fire inspectors. The average Russian company pays $135,800 in bribes annually, the paper says.
They shower us with their own vices - a Malian on donor agencies http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-africa_democracy/mali_3531.jsp
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim - Bertrand Russell
Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss - Democritus (Greek philosopher, ca 450 BC - ca 370 BC)
- Crime/Globalisation - is terror only a small part of a much bigger problem to do with the dark side of globalisation, meaning that over the next quarter-century, societies will be increasingly dominated by organised crime?