Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

Post Platform of "Nos, Cidadaos," and a Call for Advice
Created by John Eipper on 07/26/14 10:46 PM

Previous posts in this discussion:


Platform of "Nos, Cidadaos," and a Call for Advice (Mendo Henriques, Portugal, 07/26/14 10:46 pm)

Better than keeping WAISdom in the loop as our new political party ("Nós, Cidadãos") takes shape, as John Eipper suggested on 26 July, I hope to get the advice of WAISers on matters of global interest.

Portugal continues to struggle with challenges that many thought would have been resolved 15 years ago, when we became part of European Union.

Looking around we realized that we could contribute to a new leadership in Portugal, ready to embrace solutions that would catapult it towards a better stage. Leaders in Portugal need to be challenged in order to move up or out. They certainly need the new ideas that Nós, Cidadãos in Portugal is generating. I would very much appreciate to hear from Tor Guimarães about social security funds in Brazil.

All around Europe, we lack policymakers that are independent, pragmatic, constructive, analytical, forward-looking, and who work in the interest of all of us and not just a few. We need a new category of leadership, a new form of governance. Our leadership must be content-based. Our governance must be indirect, post-politics, because we intend to convince society that we offer new long-term horizons for Portugal.

I do not believe on conspiracy theories with a global agenda, but it is a fact that many world leaders--namely in Europe--maintain a propaganda based on the contagion of fear, based on hatred, based on a discourse of intolerance and difference that should no longer hold in the twenty-first century.

As a test-case, I ask WAIS to consider the recent admission, on July 23, of Equatorial Guinea to CPLP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_Portuguese_Language_Countries

CPLP, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, is also a Big Oil producer consortium, because it encompasses Brazil, Angola, East Timor, São Tomé and now Equatorial Guinea.

For some Portuguese it is like we are returning to the 16th century Spice Age. Yet, human rights groups have opposed the admission of Equatorial Guinea, and some opposition politicians have described it as a "shameful error." The government position is that Equatorial Guinea has the chance to become a "good student" as it abolishes the death penalty, a sine qua non condition imposed by Portugal. In the near future it would be open to democracy. I rather support the government position, but I have some qualms about it. What is your advice?


JE comments:  Equatorial Guinea's authoritarian president since 1979, Teodoro Obiang, has declared Portuguese as one of the nation's official languages (after Spanish and French).  Speculation is that this move was to allow the nation to benefit from membership in the CPLP.  My thought:  although it was a colony of Portugal through the 18th century, only a tiny minority of Equatorial Guineans presently speak the language.  Is Obiang's move a mere attempt to gain international legitimacy?  Admittedly, few things give "international legitimacy" more than massive deposits of petroleum.

A question for Mendo Henriques:  at the CPLP Wikipedia entry above, Ukraine and Croatia are listed as "officially interested countries."  What does this mean?

I hope Tor Guimaraes can give us an overview of Brazil's social security system.  Given that they live and work in São Paulo, Cristiano Souza or Joe Listo might be in even better positions to comment.

Rate this post
Informational value 
Reader Ratings (0)
Informational value0%

Visits: 47


Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

  • Portugal's "Nos, Cidadaos" (Tor Guimaraes, USA 08/06/14 3:56 PM)
    My apologies to Mendo Henriques for responding so late to his request for comments (27 July) on what seems to be a very exciting new project he is involved in.

    Unfortunately, I have no expertise or interest in "social security funds in Brazil." I am sure there are stronger models in the world. On the other hand, Mendo is obviously on the right track as indicated by some of his statements: "All around Europe, we lack policymakers that are independent, pragmatic, constructive, analytical, forward-looking, and who work in the interest of all of us and not just a few. We [in Portugal] need a new category of leadership, a new form of governance. Our leadership must be content-based. Our governance must be indirect, post-politics..."

    Indeed, leaders with such characteristics are what every city, state, and country needs. Of course the only question is how do you get such gems? A few days ago I discussed the importance of "integrity" as the bedrock for any decent leader. Without integrity there is no trust. Without trust there is no leadership, and everyone is for himself. Without integrity there is corruption, no respect for rule of law, and no true democracy. Why not drop the apparent standards for choosing political leaders: good looks, smooth talking, single-issue fanatics, etc., and focus on screening/mining based on past behavior as evidence of integrity?

    Integrity at the strategic level is critical, because "the fish stinks from the head." However, no leader will be knowledgeable enough, smart enough, thoughtful enough to do it all, so delegation is critical. Again, integrity based on past behavior is critical at the next levels of leadership. Once the head of the political organism is properly established, then it becomes a matter of administration and project management, enforcing policies, and the rule of law. Don't forget the power from continuously working toward democracy at all levels. We all already know this, but implementing it is extremely difficult because power corrupts.

    Mendo, best wishes with your project for improving one of my favorite countries: Portugal.

    JE comments:  I add my best wishes to the "Nós, Cidadãos" project.  A quick question for Mendo Henriques:  what exactly does he mean by "post-political"?  When we're talking politics, isn't such a thing oxymoronic?

    I came across this link.  Even if you don't read Portuguese, it shows a great picture of Mendo!


    Please login/register to reply or comment:

Trending Now

All Forums with Published Content (45397 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications


Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy


Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series


Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust


Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire


Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 US Elections 2020 Violence War War Crimes Within the US


Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)


Geography Maps Tourism Transportation


1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who