terça-feira, 20 de julho de 2010
Philanthropy was, is and will continue to be important in every society particularly poorer ones yet boasting a sizeable number of super-rich citizens.
Examples abound from around the world whereby wealthy individuals left their fortunes to set up and fund institutions that have become household names.
For the most part these institutions provided major help addressing the needs and promoting the lives of many. Or simply advancing science and technology in whichever field.
Put on top the multiplier effect over the years and we're doubtless faced with one of the best ways of giving back to society at large that which ended up in the hands of a few.
That said, a State cannot hope wealthy citizens to address the social problems of the many other than through willful contribution over their lifetime and especially after death.
Charitable giving is exactly that which it means.
It is an optional, not an obligation.
Clearly no State can hope, least of all expect, to meet financing shortfalls it created through philanthropic contributions.
The 30% financing gap quoted for the UK - at nearly one-third of total funding requirement - seems to me unacceptably high .
The government cannot hope the rich to pay up other than what their regular proportional-to-income taxes going into State coffers already implies.
Philanthropy is a different domain of authentic generosity and caring for fellow humans.
Of wishing to make a difference and having the means to do so.
Not to be mixed with only too often overspending or misspending of State money generating revenue imbalances that are hard to fill.
BBC Blog Network "What will be the legacy of World Cup 2010?" - On balance it should be a good one.Read on:
Besides the additional infrastructure South Africa has acquired from transportation to sporting venues the main legacy is one of CAN-DO nation.
South Africa put Africa on the world map as a country that may efficiently organize major events and bring them to successful finish.
The world at large has also had an opportunity to learn about Africa's regional power, its weaknesses as well as its strengths.
Above all, every community inhabiting the land has had a chance to tune in to the reality of the new South Africa.
An ongoing massive project underway still far from completion but which has now received further impetus.
I have followed the World Cup as much as Portuguese television would allow it through the matches aired.
Enough of them to afford a pretty decent view of the entire tournament.
Performances ranged wildly from the dismal to the superb.
From the absurdities of the mundane to the excellence of the focused on football for football's sake.
It is therefore no coincidence that the final should kick off in three hours time pitching Spain against The Netherlands.
Arguably two among the best teams in the event.
Football is not, never was, never will be about the size of nations - it is about 11+11 players doing their best on the field, during full 90 minutes of them!
A number of smaller countries outdid bigger ones by a long shot.
All down to quality team football and luck as required of every sporting event too.
FIFA does need to review some of the game's rules and allow use of existing technological tools to aid fairness at implementation.
This is the main shake-up I would envisage in support of sporting justice to all inside and outside the pitch.
BBC Blog Network "Will talks improve relations between Israel and the US?" - Mildly strained yes, hardly a relevant dent. - I am in no doubt he was!
Relations between the US and Israel have never really deteriorated but only strained a bit as Obama'a Administration settled in and asserted itself.
Israel for its part has from day one been prodding the not-so-new-anymore American leadership sensing all along it might not be taken for granted as previous ones had been.
President Obama already made the point that his approach to the Middle East is more insightful, perhaps broader in scope than many Israelis would have liked.
His Administration will also have realized by now that the world's most intractable trouble spots are wrapped up in thick layers of built-in inertia.This is what makes it so very hard to move forward on key points Israel in particular is so adamant meaningfully discussing about.
The easing of restrictions on the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip is not to be seen as a concession or a goodwill gesture.
In essence US-Israeli relations remain friendly and mutually engaged at a high level when checked against a timeline.
They should so remain without meaning the US nodding Israel's every action.
The core issues in the Middle East, however, will only begin to get sorted when statesmanship such as displayed by Menachem Begin-James Carter-Anwar Al Sadat three decades ago is again forthcoming in the region.
By all principal actors and parties to the conflict ushered by the US, the UN, the EU and Russia.
Welcome news indeed that two strayed neighbours whose kinship needs no proof should aim higher in their already hefty trading relationship.
That the figure mentioned for two-way trade can still build up from bears evidence to the resilience of both economies.
The trade pact should work out a win-win for both 'Chinas' as big Mom seeks greater medium-to-long-term political gain from the offspring by offering sweeteners.