What the Blog Page Is About

The GCitizen Blog Page is intended to provide a space for the posting of blogs, articles, and ideas on the topics of global citizenship, global governance, and related subjects. Those interested in posting a blog on this page should send their post to roncisrael@gmail.com. Ideally all submissions should be 1,000 words or less.Once your submission is received we will review it and let you know whether it has been approved for posting.

  • The Sad Decline of Human-Rights Justice Across the World

    By Bertrand Ramcharan Republished with permission from the original post on PassBlue. The soul of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being destroyed with the disappearance of human-rights justice in the world. Everyone should be concerned if not frightened. The appointment of Michelle Bachelet of Chile as UN high commissioner for human rights, who has personally experienced injustice, offers hope that her voice will be heard in support of human-rights norms, in letter and in spirit. But support begins in international law, which requires that governments comply with their obligations, be they related to conduct or result. The oldest supervisory... View More →

  • Integrity: What a Concept!

    Note: This article has been republished with permission from the original post on The World As It Could Be. For the past 2 months, the character-building theme of my 7-year old granddaughter’s Taekwondo Class is: Integrity – Doing the right thing even if no one is watching. I’ve listened in on class discussions where the Taekwondo master has the students offer their ideas on what integrity means. One student said he picks up litter without being asked, and another said she doesn’t eat that second piece of candy when she’s been told to take only one, knowing this is the right... View More →

  • The Demise of the Nation State

    By Rana Dasgupta Note: this article has been republished with permission from the original article on The Guardian Long Read.  What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and comedians; politics in the UK still shows few signs of recovery after the “national nervous breakdown” of Brexit. France “narrowly escaped a heart attack” in last year’s elections, but the country’s leading daily feels this has done little to alter the “accelerated decomposition” of the political system. In neighbouring Spain, El País goes so far as to say that “the... View More →

  • “Fake News” a Growing New Threat to Press Freedom

    By Thalif Deen Note: this essay has been republished with permission from the original article on Inter Press Service. When a Malaysian politician of a bygone era was asked about the “leading newspapers” in his country, he shot back: “We don’t have any leading newspapers in our country because all our newspapers are misleading.” But that comment, perhaps uttered half-jokingly about two decades ago, underwent a reality check recently when the Malaysian government passed legislation to impose prison sentences up to six years in jail if journalists are found guilty of spreading “fake news”. The bill defines fake news as “any... View More →

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns Seventy

    By Bertrand Ramcharan Note: this essay has been republished with permission from the original article on PassBlue. When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted 70 years ago, the hopes of its drafters and of people across the globe was that it would help transform the world into a place of freedom and justice. Sadly, the declaration is now being challenged as it has never been before. This leads to pondering about its future. However difficult may be the going, the Universal Declaration retains, and will always retain, at least one feature that no other international document has: it... View More →

  • Should all countries support the same type of human rights?

    By Yahya Khamis Msangi Note: The perspective enumerated in this essay is the personal opinion of the author and does not reflect a particular endorsement by TGCI. I believe that one of the reasons upholding human rights has been more difficult than expected is due to the assumption that human rights are universal. This is the original sin enshrined in 1948 by those who designed the UN Human Rights Charter based on the principle of universality. We can all agree that human beings deserve access to social services, protection against torture and arbitrary arrests, freedom of expression, equal treatment, employment,... View More →

  • From Global Crises to Global Governance

    By Dr. Yılmaz Argüden Dr. Yılmaz Argüden, is the Chairman of ARGE Consulting and investment bank Rothschild in Türkiye; an author, a columnist, and an Adj. Prof. of strategy at the Bogazici and Koç Universities. He is graduate of The Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Founder of non-profit Argüden Governance Academy, operating under the aegis of Bogazici University Foundation. He was selected as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. The mortgage crises that started in the US in 2008 soon turned into a global crisis. This event had a more drastic effect on the citizens... View More →

  • The Political Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

    By Roberto Savio December 27, 2017 NOTE: This piece has been lightly edited for clarity and republished with permission from its original post on the Inter Press Service.  ROME – On December 20th, Europe’s 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, so as to comply with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity. Therefore I... View More →