Good morning it’s Karnie…
Big thanks to Laura in Minneapolis for looking after the blog overnight.
Today’s agenda is far from set..the programme will be determined in a very “democratic” meeting in a few hours time….- and .talking of Democracy, this subject just might be chosen for today’s global debate
Thomas a very keen, 1st class honours graduate from Oxford University AND work experience person at WHYS, put forward a suggestion earlier this week about more countries turining to Democracy..this “pitch” to the daily meeting came with detaliled graphs AND impressive statistics (in fact we’re still struggling to get over that graph, it’s made the team re-think their strategy for putting their stories forward to try and impress the editor! Thanks Thomas!) Read Thomas’s post here. The question we’re asking is: Is Democracy Inevitable?
More stories to think about..
The President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki will soon be removed as the head negotiator in dealing with Zimbabwe..Are you surprised by this at all? His softly, softly approach has been condemned worldwide.
The UN is drawing up a list of other possibles, including the former UN Secretary general Kofi Anan and the President of Ghana John Kufour. Who do you think should be Mbeki’s replacement OR who do you think has the clout to be respected to take on the role of mediator in the current crisis that is Zimbabwe?
Here’s a thought provoking headline…”We are billionaires who can afford nothing“. This is a compelling story about a man who earns 50 billion Zimbabwe dollars but what is he able to afford?
There will be no fast cars and big houses, swimming pools and tennis courts for him…all he can afford is 3 bars of soap. Zimbabwe’s inflation is now at 8.5 million percent. Can hyperinflation do what Morgan Tsvangerai couldn’t? Economists believe inflation will rise to 100 million percent by September…Could this remove Mugabe from power?
And one more thought for you to comment on..Colombia’s highest profile hostage, Ingrid Betancourt has been rescued from the rebel group, the FARC together will 3 American citizens and 11 Colombian hostages.
Ms Betancourt says, her rescue was a miracle. Analysts are deeply impressed by the mission referring to it as a “textbook example”. Is the FARC weakening OR was this just an impressive rescue mission that other countries could learn from?