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  1. #7171

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    Not in favour of very strict quotas, can't force people to "love" you. As for Rwanda it's ruled by one man only. He looks to be more benevolent than usual in Africa, but still...
    Roger forever

  2. #7172

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    They could have taken it one step further and required that women make up 50% of all candidates elected, not just candidates on the ballot. But it is progress. I know election quotas haven't always worked well. Numerous governments in Africa, for example, ended up with seats occupied by a male candidate's wife or daughter who has little or no interest in politics and do whatever her husband or father tells her to do. On the other hand, many international leaders point to Rwanda as a real quota success story. At least as of a few years ago. I am not aware of anything that has changed.
    And how do you achieve that?

    Lets say Party A presents one man and one woman as does Party B and in both the men win. How do you legitimately tell the people that "No, the candidate that you voted for is not going to take office, but the other one is.".

    Still, many times here in elections people vote for blanket ballots. So it would have the effect of introducing more women.
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  3. #7173

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    Party A postulates candidates A, B, C and D. Every one is a man. But they MUST have a female back up.
    Party A sweeps the elections. Its four candidates get in. The two candidates with the lowest percentage have to yield to their female back up.

    There is always a way.
    Starry starry night

  4. #7174

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    And how do you achieve that?

    Lets say Party A presents one man and one woman as does Party B and in both the men win. How do you legitimately tell the people that "No, the candidate that you voted for is not going to take office, but the other one is.".

    Still, many times here in elections people vote for blanket ballots. So it would have the effect of introducing more women.
    Argentina uses proportional representation so the party simply has to choose women for 50% of their allocated seats. Such an arrangement wouldn't work with the first past post system that we have in either Canada or the US.

  5. #7175

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    Politics Shadow Arrests of Citgo Executives in Venezuela Graft Inquiry

    CARACAS, Venezuela — The administration of President Nicolás Maduro called it a necessary move to ferret out “putrid” corruption and end impunity. Outside the government, however, many observers saw it as yet another strong-arm move by Mr. Maduro to consolidate power.

    Whatever the motivation, the arrests this week of six senior executives at Citgo, the United States refining subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, have purged the American company’s leadership and stunned the energy sector.

    The move, announced on Tuesday by Venezuela’s attorney general, was the latest in an inquiry that has led to the arrests in recent months of about 50 people associated with the vital national oil industry. The purge has come as the state-owned company, Petróleos de Venezuela, or Pdvsa, teeters on the brink of default on billions of dollars in bond debt amid the nation’s worsening economic crisis.

    Attorney General Tarek William Saab said the six Citgo executives, including the acting president, faced charges of embezzlement and other crimes in connection with a refinancing deal worth as much as $4 billion that had not been authorized by the appropriate authorities in the Maduro administration. He said the officials had offered the subsidiary as a guarantee, putting it “at risk.”

    The deal, he insisted, amounted to “corruption of the most putrid kind.”

    Four of the men are United States citizens, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    Corruption has been a chronic and well-known problem for years at Pdvsa and has helped to undercut its operations and profits.

    But speculation abounded on Wednesday — among political analysts, oil industry executives and members of Venezuela’s political opposition — as to whether the latest round of arrests, along with the dozens of others in the past few months, were mostly a high-profile effort by Mr. Maduro to reinforce his power on the cusp of a presidential election year.

    “My perception is that Maduro feels very strong,” said Dimitris Pantoulas, a political consultant in Caracas, listing a number of the president’s achievements this year, including his party’s domination of regional elections, which helped to neutralize the opposition. “It’s a moment to show to the public that he’s a good leader and can even go against the people in his own party.”

    Mr. Pantoulas said the purge brought to mind recent events in Saudi Arabia, where the crown prince ordered the arrest of dozens of the kingdom’s elite in a move that opponents called a political shake-up in the guise of a corruption investigation.

    Risa Grais-Targow, director of Latin America research at Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy, said that internal rivalries in the Maduro administration had grown more intense as factions had to compete for declining revenue from the oil sector, the foundation of the Venezuelan economy.

    “As that pie shrinks, there is just less to go around, so you see a power play over who gets to control those resources,” she said.

    Many of those Pdvsa managers arrested in recent months were seen as close to Rafael Ramírez, a former energy minister and head of Pdvsa. While Mr. Ramírez has served as Mr. Maduro’s ambassador to the United Nations since 2014, analysts say that tensions between them are deep and longstanding: They were rivals to succeed President Hugo Chávez.

    Mr. Ramírez has displayed some defensiveness in recent days on his Twitter account, writing on Monday, “Those who attack me should think a little, just a little, because Chavez had me at his side for 12 years.”

    A close associate of Mr. Ramírez was arrested last month in Spain as part of a bribery and money laundering investigation by the United States Homeland Security Department. The associate, Rafael Reiter, a former chief of Pdvsa’s corporate security, was one of four former officials who have been investigated by American prosecutors as part of a broadening inquiry of Pdvsa stemming from allegedly fraudulent contracts dispensed for bribes.

    But Francisco J. Monaldi, a Venezuelan energy expert at Rice University, said that the latest round of arrests included people who were also close to the current Pdvsa chief, Nelson Martínez, who served as the head of Citgo at the beginning of the year and is close to Mr. Maduro.

    “How can they be negotiating a loan without the direct knowledge of Nelson Martínez?” Mr. Monaldi wondered. “You have corruption everywhere, but clearly only a few are targeted. Why did this happen now? It’s hard to understand.”

    While the opaqueness of the Maduro administration left many scratching their heads over the latest arrests, there was some consensus that the move, coupled with the departure of many managers through firings or indictments in recent years, had gutted the company of much of its experienced talent at the very moment when it needs all it can get.

    Since early November, Pdvsa has been effectively in default on its $26.5 billion in unsecured bonds, and it faces claims of $60 billion in missed payments from its contractors and service companies that drill and maintain its fields.

    Trump administration sanctions imposed in August limit the ability of American financial institutions to loan money to Pdvsa, and prohibit Citgo from sending dividends back to Caracas.

    And with its oil fields losing pressure, critical equipment at its ports and processing plants in disrepair, and bondholders poised to seize its considerable foreign assets, there seems to be little room for recovery.

    With the largest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela was once one of the prime producers in the world, and a leader in OPEC. But it now produces only 1.9 million barrels a day, down from 2.4 million barrels a year ago, and down from the 3.2 million barrels it produced when Mr. Chávez took power nearly two decades ago. Production is falling by 20,000 barrels a day month after month, with the company in a death spiral.

    Pdvsa still accounts for nearly all the country’s export earnings, roughly half of government revenues and about a quarter of the shrinking gross domestic product. Pdvsa has also been an important foreign policy arm of the government, by sending large volumes of cheap oil to China, Cuba, Nicaragua and other countries.

    Citgo has been a relatively bright light in a terribly dark landscape for the company, continuing to earn money even though its profitability has declined.

    Mr. Monaldi said the Maduro administration “has been pragmatic enough to leave Citgo pretty much out of the politics of Venezuela.”

    That strategy may have ended this week.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/w...orld&smtyp=cur

  6. #7176

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    The search for the Argentinean submarine has been called off.
    I wonder if they will start a search as for MH370. That would be terribly expensive.
    Starry starry night

  7. #7177

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Party A postulates candidates A, B, C and D. Every one is a man. But they MUST have a female back up.
    Party A sweeps the elections. Its four candidates get in. The two candidates with the lowest percentage have to yield to their female back up.

    There is always a way.
    There are primaries here now, so only one candidate for each party.

    When I posed my question I wasn't thinking about legislative elections where it would be easier since generally there's a list of people riding on the ticket, but rather executive elections where there's only one person vying for the spot; or when the second party in a legislative election only gets to send one person to congress.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan View Post
    Argentina uses proportional representation so the party simply has to choose women for 50% of their allocated seats. Such an arrangement wouldn't work with the first past post system that we have in either Canada or the US.
    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    The search for the Argentinean submarine has been called off.
    I wonder if they will start a search as for MH370. That would be terribly expensive.
    Not sure where you read that, but the president said otherwise. Actually, Russia is sending a plane and sub to help out as of now.
    Meet again we do, old foe...

  8. #7178

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    ABC had a news show claiming so.
    I will take your news over my news source.
    Starry starry night

  9. #7179

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