Archive for December, 2009

“The Economy of Peace”

December 19, 2009

Article Title: “The Economy of Peace”
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Key words: South Africa, economy, peace
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/writercraig
Publishing Guidelines: All my articles and extracts from my various writings may be freely published, electronically or in print.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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“THE ECONOMY OF PEACE”:

The ECONOMIST, THE MEDIATOR

Submitter’s Note:

The following are some short extracts from two novels, ‘Endless Possibilities’ and ‘Peace Lives WITHIN’ on which Craig is currently “working” (or rather they seem to be ‘writing themselves. Hope they are not too “heavy heavy”. Enjoy.

The West should do more to help local people with new investments in roads and other infrastructure, education and crop assistance.”

Corporal (General) Mullen: “We cannot kill our way to victory (in Afghanistan).”

For now at least, Syria is following a model resembling China’s: Crack down on dissent, liberate the economy and try to manage the growing gap between rich and poor.

In summary, there needs to be an open approach and a willingness to interact with a wide variety of sectors in the economy. The leaders must make decisions (brave) that liberate the economy and try to manage the growing gap between rich and poor. They should liberalise and diversify parts of the economy.

There needs to be a multi-pronged approach to peace initiaves

Strategic:

D iplomacy

E conomic

P olitical

S cientific

Cultural contacts (alignments)

and finally (and as a last resort),

M ilitary efforts.

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ECONOMICS AND GROWTH (the ideas of a complete layman”)

Here are a few central ideas in marketing South Africa as an investment destination.

I have seen first-hand how successfully New Zealand has attracted foreign investment; so hope that the following information might be of use in your difficult task.

Some of the conditions which made New Zealand successful were as follows:

* a “stable democratic” country

* a stable currency

* stable interest rates offering a real return to investors, ie. in excess of inflation.

* relatively cheap labour?

* liberal labour laws, however with a sufficiently strong trade union movement to protect workers.

* most importantly, various investment incentives, such as tax abatements and a lower company tax rate.

* very low import and export tariffs – making it a competitive environment in which to do business.

* removal of government subsidies on virtually all industries.

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New Zealand has been particularly successful in attracting investment from the “tiger” economies of South-east Asia, eg. Malasia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Though tiny, it is a productive efficient economy with increased exports; though deregulation and privatisation has meant some loss of jobs (especially in the civil service).

I hope that these thoughts may be of interest for what it is worth, although I realise that South Africa has it’s unique problems.

So said Mr Ishmail Pahad, Foreign Minister of South Africa to the delegation of foreign visitors and businessmen.

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“The Zimbabwean people deserve a lasting democratic settlement, that will bring reform, economic recovery and stability. We look forward to seeing the full details of the agreement. announced yesterday by President Mbeki.”

About the Author:

Craig is currently “working” on ‘Endless Possibilities’ – true inspiring stories of the human condition in overcoming seemingly impossible odds. http://www.myspace.com/writercraig http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html http://www.craiglockbooks.com

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.webng.com/writernz/books.html http://www.lulu.com/craiglock and http://www.webng.com/leftfieldnz/overtherainbow.html

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world.”

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December 18, 2009

“It’s in OUR Hands to Give Peace a Chance”

December 18, 2009

rainbow picture from billArticle Title: It’s in OUR Hands to Give Peace a Chance”
Author: Phwaye Aye
Shared (with permission) by: Craig Lock
Category/Key Words: Peace, Possibilities for Peace, Inspiration, Phwaye Aye, Hope, Dream, Believe
Other Articles are available at: http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981 + http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles.html
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!).

Publishing Guidelines:
All my articles may be freely published, electronically or in print.
(If this article is published, please acknowledge the source, Phwaye Aye and the New Zealand Herald (College Herald), thanks)

Submitter’s Note:

I came across these most uplifting words by a young New Zealand student… and they fitted perfectly into the book I’m working on and the central themes of the manuscript Though you may perhaps see these writings through the eyes of words inspired by the “idealism of youth”, far removed from the “realpolitik” of todays world, I think they have real merit and are beautifully written with much feeling and passion. So here is an extract from Phwaye’s powerful and inspiring article, that I’m sharing (with Phway’s permission). Enjoy…

“IT’S IN OUR HANDS TO GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”

The world is full of horror, because we do nothing to end it writes PHWAY AYE…

For generations, it has been the aching dream of humanity. Marked on the face of every man and every woman, it has been a search so powerful, it defined humanity’s very existence. Driven by our moral and spiritual obligations, it has been a search towards which millions have turned their hearts and souls. This has been our search for world peace.

From the beginning, the human race has always questioned the possibility of a peaceful world, rid of war, violence and poverty. We dreamed of a world, so composed, it embraced its diversities, settled on its differences and sought, day in and day out, to help all those in need.

Will this dream of a global peace ever be achievable? Will a time ever come when peace was not just a dream, but a way of life? Or is the human race condemned by nature to live in this constant throbbing search for something we were never, essentially meant to find?

A better world will not be achieved unless we take it in OUR hands to do something about it.
We can’t expect a world of peace to come about, if we are not willing to put in the effort.

We can’t deny the mistakes of the past. Neither can we fix them. But what we can do is try to understand.
Like each and every one of us, the world had to make its own mistakes. But mistakes are made to be learned from, and this is our time to learn. A better world will not be achieved, unless we take it into our hands to do something about it. We can’t expect a world of peace to come about, if we are not willing to put in the effort.

The future of humanity sits on our shoulders. Do we want our children and grandchildren
to look back on us and ask why we were so stupid? Why we didn’t realise the enormity of our mistakes? Why we sat back and watched it all pass by? The world is full of horrors; not because of those who do harm, but because of those who do nothing about it.

We cannot keep ignoring these cries. Our job isn’t to step back and keep applying new bandage after bandage to old wounds. Our job is to strip the world of its old bandages and find a way to heal those wounds.

We cannot stop the war in Iraq, feed all the children in Africa, or put an end to poverty. We cannot bring about peace and change to the world in one go. But we can work to rebuild it little by little in the small things we do in our lives. Change will only come when each of us takes responsibility for finding peace within ourselves and with the people around us.

World peace will not happen overnight. It will not happen in our lifetime, or in 20. But what we do know is that it must. In fact it is inevitable. It is only our job to CHOOSE so.

Phway Aye, Year 12. Palmerston North Girls’ High School
(extracted from an article as published in the College Herald (as part of the New Zealand Herald May 12, 2009}

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
– Albert Schweizer

About the submitter:

Craig’s mission is to help promote peace by helping others to find inner peace.
He is presently “working” on his latest work ‘Peace Lives’ – inspiring stories of endless possibilities of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us.

The various books that “Craig felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html http://www.lulu.com/craiglock http://www.webng.com/writernz/ and http://www.myspace/writercraig.

“Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now,
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow,
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!”
– C. Bailey-Lloyd (“beaut words”, thanks Caroline!)

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
– J. Krishnamurti Thanks, dearest mom, your spirit will live forever

“Be the change you wish to see in others. Then in changing YOUR world you help change THE world…
for the better. Peace is an idea whose time has come. ”

“Blessed are the peace-makers… because they will accumulate plenty of Frequent Flyer points.”