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The EU’s ‘philosophical deficit’
Parliamentary scrutiny of international institutions
towards a single code of public conduct
Protecting the greater public good and peoples' resource securities and exchange from official state/authorities' deceit: compare Errbanke's SEC-Fed crime brokerage!
The institutional or parliamentary deficit boils down to a representation and participation problem endangering the political and democratic processes that are largely managed and marketed by integrated creativity compounds combining information and knowledge into a multinational propaganda machine for mega scale industrial communication services that rule our brains and spirit, hearts and minds: the main drag for democratic transition.
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Discontinuity: Another Source for the EU’s Democratic Deficit?
WEA Assembly urges parliamentary dimension for ESDP
Paris, 4 December -The WEU Assembly Tuesday called for the European Union (EU) leaders to adopt a series of measures at their summit in Laeken on 14 and 15 December to ensure an effective parliamentary dimension for European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).
A resolution, drafted by Mark Eyskens (Belgium/Fed) for the Political Committee and adopted by the Assembly, said the WEU Council should urge EU heads of state and government to underscore their determination to remedy the democratic deficit within the ESDP by involving national parliaments and the European Parliament “collectively and together” during the transitional period until an intergovernmental conference is held in 2004.
The resolution said the leaders summit declaration should also state that regular joint meetings should be held by the European Parliament, the WEU Assembly and the EU authorities to report on the ESDP, that the Assembly should send two observers to the convention that will draw up proposals on the role of national parliaments in the EU and that the Assembly should be regularly informed about ESDP activities during the transitional period.
Further, Mr. Eyskens said he would add a paragraph stressing the need for “normal funding of the Assembly.” He was responding to WEU plans to slash for the Assembly budget which he described as a “a fatal time bomb.” Any attempt to undermine the functioning of the Assembly through budget cuts “violates the Modified Brussels Treaty,” he declared.
Insisting that the future parliamentary oversight of the ESDP must never fall below the standard attained in the WEU Assembly, it noted that another problem is the uncertainty hanging over the date for the Nice Treaty to come into force, Mr. Eyskens welcomed the EU leaders’ criticism of the parliamentary deficit in the draft introduction to the Laeken declaration, which has been leaked to the press. “The reasoning runs parallel to our reasoning, (and) is a very positive factor.” The deficit is twofold, he said. The European Parliament is unable to monitor institutions’ decisions efficiently, and-more seriously -public opinion is hostile to them.
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Posted by: Ion | April 7th, 2007 · 5:40 PM
Nasser Bani Assad, spokesman for the British Ahwazi Friendship Society, today issued a ferocious denunciation of Speaker Pelosi and her Syrian spring break:
“Pelosi is a disgrace. She did not confront President Bashar al-Assad on human rights violations and Syria’s breach of international law by deporting refugees under the UNHCR’s protection. Her cosy meetings with this hated dictator brought legitimacy to a corrupt and despotic regime at a time when it should be confronted on state terrorism and its human rights atrocities.
“Pelosi and the Democrats have no interest in human rights and don’t care about the people suffering under the Baathist regime, who include Ahwazi Arab refugees who have fled from persecution, torture and execution in Iran. Pelosi doesn’t impress anyone.”
These remarks are understandable, as the Ahwazi have been desperately looking to the United States for help, in the face of Syrian complicity with a near genocidal campaign against them in their native Iranian homeland. While president Bush has spoken strongly against the Baathist dictatorship in Syria, Pelosi’s visit was a crushing blow to everyone concerned with Ahwazi human rights.
For some background, ethnic Ahwazi Arabs are brutally persecuted in Iran for their ongoing resistance to the theocratic regime. Ahwaz was traditionally an autonomous Arab territory before being conquered by Reza Khan in 1925 and Ahwazis have retained an independent streak. After the 1979 revolution, they have sought to retain their unique culture and linguistic traditions, which Tehran has been trying to erase for decades. Ahwazi opposition to the clerical government is seen as particularly dangerous in Tehran, as the Ahwazis native region of Khuzestan province (the Iranian name for Ahwaz), yields nearly eighty percent of Iran’s oil.
As a consequence of their repression, for many years Ahwazis have sought refuge by journeying to Syria, which has historically turned a blind eye. But Syria’s new strategic realignment with Iran, has led to a betrayal of the Ahwazis seeking sanctuary. They’ve been arrested and deported to Iran by the Syrian government, where they are imprisoned, savagely tortured and killed.
By her own admission, Pelosi failed to even broach the subject with Assad. Consequently, this criticism is entirely merited.
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