Peace & Security

ICSR — The International Centre For The Study Of Radicalization And Political Violence, is conducting a conference this week called the Peace & Security Summit. The conference attracted scholars, diplomats, and counter-intelligence experts from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. One of the sessions was — Nine Years After 9/11: Are We Safer? The panel included Amb. Cofer Black, former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism…

World Cup

Taking a break from watching World Cup action on Sunday in NYC. Photograph: Stephen Wise

WTF

The service of America’s veterans, and the cause of freedom, are being dishonored by those in the U.S. and Israel who act unjustly in the pursuit of national security — by depriving individuals of basic and universal human rights, at home and abroad. Xenophobic thugs in the U.S. and Israel are treating, in a sub-human way, those who are labeled as “terrorists.”  From depriving them of Habeas…

Korean Crisis

President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea is an Evangelical Christian. President Obama describes himself as a pragmatist. Neither evangelicalism nor pragmatism are holistic ways of seeing, acting and being. The best way to respond to Kim Jong-il is with a holistic approach. Artwork: Kong, Sung-Hun

Work For Peace

A German news crew on the exact spot, @ 45th St. and Times Square, where a car rigged with explosives didn’t go off on Saturday, 5/1. It wasn’t cops or security cameras that saved the day, but rather an incompetent bomber. Given the openness of American society and the determination of her adversaries, it’s only a matter of time before something similar or worse is pulled…

Harmony

The man on the left is a tribal chief from Kenya, passing by Grand Central Station, heading for the U.N. the other day. He said he was working on creating a class for children in his village that will help them understand the importance of living in harmony with nature and her laws. Photograph: Stephen Wise

“Do Not Quench The Spirit”

A shrine set up in front of the Polish Consulate in New York City, attracted many visitors on Sunday. Inside people were lined up to sign condolence books. Later in the evening, the Consulate General of Poland Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, hosted a concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of John Paul II’s passing. The event had the added weight of mourning…

China And The West

“The absence of any rival centers of culture and power instilled in the Chinese their sense of belonging to a civilization rather than to a state and also was responsible for their view of all foreigners as tributaries and barbarians.” J. William Fullbright, 1966, The Arrogance Of Power At a recent computer conference, I had a chance to speak with a Google employee about China….

The Future Of Israel

In his speech at the AIPAC conference, in Washington D.C. this week, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his government’s commitment to build housing in East Jerusalem. He said “the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel can not be denied.” Netanyahu added: “The future of the Jewish State can never depend on the goodwill of even the greatest of men. Israel must always…

Saints & Sinners

While walking in Woodside, NY — a former Irish enclave — on this St. Patrick’s Day, it was interesting to see Mexican construction workers wearing green, as well as Korean students, and Bangladeshi grandmothers wearing green saris. I think people feel a connection with the Irish, because the Irish have historically been “Davids” in a world of Goliaths. Which is why it was especially disconcerting yesterday,…

“I Was Grieved”

Mohamed ElBaradei addressed the LegalTech conference today in New York City, issuing a call-to-action for lawyers to promote the “rule of law” within their country and beyond. Mr. ElBaradei is the Former Director General, United Nations — International Atomic Energy Agency. His comments ranged from “sustainability,” to Tony Blair’s recent comments on Iraq, and the role lawyers can play in bringing about positive change in the…

Weeping For Haiti

Haitian born songwriter and musician, Wyclef Jean appeared to be overcome with emotions after a press conference in NYC today. He and his wife, Claudinette, were in Haiti for three days following the earthquake and reported on what they saw. His organization YeleHaiti is raising money to help the people of Haiti. He proposed that — “instead of creating tent cities in the vicinity of…

Made In Israel

Israeli singer Kobi Peretz yesterday, on 5th Ave., NYC. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Help For Haiti

In front of the Haitian Consulate, in NYC this evening, Al Sharpton led a moment of prayer for the people of Haiti. He wais joined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jesse Jackson and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford. Sharpton said he would be going to Haiti this Friday and said he was working on the phone service problems. From what one reads in the…

New Culture Movement II

One of the big questions of the next decade is: Can the Governments of the PRC — People’s Republic of China and the United States evolve in time to avoid collapse? So far the signs are not good. Ironically, President Obama’s call for a “pragmatic” approach is being reciprocated by the Chinese — especially in the currency arena. This will make it harder for the…

Closing Time

Many are wondering how the U.S. will evolve in the 21st century, given the forces at work in the country, along with its overwhelming debt. President Obama’s decision to escalate in Afghanistan, along with his Oslo speech, offer a glimpse of the prevailing mindset of many of the country’s leaders and some of her people. Our view at Lotus Editions, is that President Obama’s recent foreign policy…

“Yes Virginia…”

While walking through Times Square the other night, Krystyna and I crossed paths with this man. When asked if he was a Santa, he replied that he was “the” Santa. His message for America — “Be Good!” Photograph: Stephen Wise

Berlin Wall

On the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a man sits in front of a section of the Wall, now on display in a public space, on E. 53rd street in Manhattan. If the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of Soviet- style Communism, perhaps the fall of Wall Street will mark the end of “radical individualism.” By that…

Great Wall TV — 5th Anniversary

Last week the Palace Hotel in New York was the scene of a press conference — celebrating the fifth anniversary of Great Wall TV, in the United States. The China International TV Corporation (CITVC) and KyLin TV, based in Plainview, NY have a partnership that delivers Great Wall TV — 24 channels of news and entertainment from China. The Partnership hopes to keep the four million Chinese living…

Sol LeWitt a La Carte

“Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.” Goethe Such was the case Sunday, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which was the venue for a dinner put on by the German insurance company, Allianz Beratungs-und Vertriebs-AG, for its top performers and guests, flown in for the occassion.

40 Years Later

Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, with his wife Lois, attending the Great Sports Legends Dinner last night, at the Waldorf in NYC. He said that NASA should try to land humans on Mar’s moon and then Mars. He hopes that NASA doesn’t go backwards and start landing in the ocean again after all…

Education and Jobs

At the Clinton Global Initiative, one of the sessions included: Nick Kristof of the New York Times, Queen Rania of Jordan, Hilda Solis the U.S. Secretary of Labor, along with Andrew Liversis, the Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical and Carlos Slim Helu, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Carso S.A. de C.V.. Queen Rania spoke about the need to try to educate all the…