Uploaded on Tuesday 20 October, 2015 to the world order
Exodus to Europe: Practices post 1951 Refugee Convention & 1967 Protocol
Those of us born privileged enough to live in a liberal-democracy where we can enjoy basic human rights, not knowing other paradigms, nor evil dictatorships wherein oppression, rather than liberty, and anarchy, rather than the rule of law, are part of everyday life can count ourselves a fortunate minority. We tend to take these freedoms, which we cherish, for granted. The inconvenient truth is that the world order is dysfunctional, with there being fewer democracies than is ideal. At the United Nations, out of a total 193 member states, just 87 are true democracies. The rest of the 106 states either fall short of the mark, or are dictatorships altogether. 57 states are Islamic, of which 22 are part of the Arab League. Democracies tally just 45% of the United Nations.
There have barely been any refugees from Europe since the ethnic conflicts in ex-Yugoslavia drew to a close, other than Ukrainians who have fled to neighbouring Poland in the wake of the crisis with Russia. There are, however, a lot of refugees migrating to Europe, from failing states in Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, is the expression of a global endeavour setting out basic standards for how to treat fellow human beings. The 1951 Refugee Convention is the treaty from which democracies draw their guidelines as regards asylum seekers.
Ellen Hodgson Brown, President & Founder of the Public Banking Institute (PBI) and author of such books as "The Web of Debt", The Public Bank Solution", addresses the PBI 2012 conference in Philadelphia.
Victoria Grant, seen here aged 12 years old, addresses the first annual Public Banking Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Her father and she discovered that the debt money system was what was wrong with the Canadian economy and decided to do something about it.
The Bank of North Dakota was established by legislative action in 1919 to promote agriculture, commerce and industry. North Dakota is the only state to have escaped the credit crisis. For every year since 2008, it has run a budget surplus and it has the lowest unemployment figures in the US, the lowest default rate on its loans and the lowest foreclosure rate.
Mike Krauss, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Project, puts forward his proposal, based on the success of the Bank of North Dakota, to create a Public Bank for the state of Pennsylvania. Such a move would free the state from the clutches of the Fed, reduce the debt burden, boost investments and serve the public interest.
Most people hold the view that their bank deposits are safe with the big commercial banks, however, this assumption is not based on the facts. This video features official government documents detailing information that should sound anyone's alarm bells [edited].