El 19 de abril del próximo año, los países de Naciones Unidas celebrarán una sesión especial en Nueva York para debatir el futuro de la política mundial en materia de droga. El pistoletazo de salida de las negociaciones gubernamentales para la cumbre se dio la semana pasada en una reunión de la Comisión de Estupefacientes en Viena.
La última vez que se celebró un acontecimiento de esta importancia, en 1998, la reunión estuvo dominada por la estrategia del Gobierno de Estados Unidos, aún consistente en la llamada guerra contra las drogas concebida por Richard Nixon en 1971. Los Estados miembros congregados, en un acto que hoy podemos considerar de engañosa ilusión colectiva, se comprometieron solemnemente a alcanzar el objetivo de “un mundo libre de drogas en 2008”.… Seguir leyendo »
The events of last week involving the Guardian and its reporters have renewed debate and inflamed concern about the age-old dilemma of how to strike the balance between individual liberty and collective security. The coalition made freedom one of its founding principles back in 2010 and many people are looking to us now to prove we meant it.
Liberal Democrats believe government must tread the fine line between liberty and security very carefully, and are not easily persuaded by a government minister asserting: “Just trust me.” So now that we are in government, we have been vigilant in ensuring the right decisions are made: scrutinising and challenging the assumptions of security experts, even as we give them our wholehearted support in their aim to keep the public safe.… Seguir leyendo »
Libya stands on the brink of a new future, one that holds out the promise of democracy and freedom after 40 years of oppression. One of the most important tasks facing the interim government is the prevention of reprisals. That is why David Cameron and I have urged the National Transitional Council to exercise restraint and respect for human rights.
Britain has a proud history of international leadership on human rights. It was our political leadership and legal expertise that led to the creation of the European convention on human rights in 1950, a convention modelled on centuries of English law.… Seguir leyendo »
We are now a month away from the first elections in Burma in 23 years. That should give us cause to celebrate. Sadly, that is wishful thinking. Burma’s 55 million people continue to suffer brutal oppression. Abject, needless poverty is, for most, a daily reality. These elections will be little more than a sham to perpetuate military rule.
So when Asian and European leaders meet on Monday in Brussels, the U.K. will be calling for us to speak with one voice against the gross mistreatment of the Burmese people.
That means being unequivocal: These elections will be neither free nor fair.… Seguir leyendo »
Se ha desestimado la tercera pista del aeropuerto londinense de Heathrow. Se ha descartado la implantación del carnet de identidad. No habrá más detenciones de niños. Además, ahora se pone en marcha una reforma para introducir justicia en los impuestos para millones de personas normales y corrientes.
Éstas son algunas de las primeras medidas del nuevo Gobierno de Reino Unido, que celebró la primera reunión de su gabinete hace sólo unos días. Un nuevo Ejecutivo pero, lo que es más importante, un nuevo estilo de gobierno: plural, diverso. Una coalición entre liberal-demócratas y conservadores que contraviene las normas de la política tradicional.… Seguir leyendo »
The third runway at Heathrow has been cancelled. ID cards have been scrapped. There will be no more child detention. And reform is now under way to make taxes fair for millions of ordinary people.
These are some of the early achievements of a government that had its first cabinet meeting just two days ago. A new government but, more important, a new kind of government: plural, diverse; a Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition that defies the rules of old politics.
I know the birth of this coalition has caused much surprise, and, with it, some offence. There are those on both the left and right who are united in thinking this should not have happened.… Seguir leyendo »
When I visited Camp Bastion in Helmand province last year, I was stunned by what I saw. They have built what amounts to a small town from scratch in the desert, with some of the finest military hospital facilities in the world. They transport, maintain and repair a vast array of equipment in the searing summer heat and bitter winter cold. And the young men and women who are fighting the Taleban in our name do so with unswerving determination. It is difficult not to be swept up by the sheer heroism of the mission.
It was only when I left Helmand that the nagging questions began.… Seguir leyendo »
The crucial question on Afghanistan today is not whether this war is important. It is. It is not whether the consequences of failure are serious. They are. It is a much more brutal question: can we win? And the answer is no. Unless we change both our current policies and our present attitudes, failure is inevitable.
The reasons are manifold. The international community continues to lack a united strategy with clear priorities. Nato is all over the place. President Obama’s plan is taking too long to be applied. British soldiers are fighting the war at full capacity, but their government is not.… Seguir leyendo »