Response to Adam Boulton the Sky News Foreign Affairs editor

uganda art
uganda art

Hello Mr privileged, why are you so possessed with Robert Mugabe; when the out going Chairman of the Commonwealth, Yoweri Museveni, is a known War criminal, homophobic and corrupt tyrant?
uganda art
uganda art

Unless people in privileged positions like you start telling the truth and stop shoving Robert mugabe’s wrongs on the rest of us, no one will ever take your wolf cries-white wash articles serious. Cummon…… Mr Privelaged, why are you still stack in a colonial time-warp mentality?
Yoweri museveni
Yoweri Museveni makes PolPot look like Mother Theresa

Do the world a good service and start telling the truth about the crimes Yoweri museveni has committed on humanity.
Yoweri museveni
Yoweri museveni

I bet you, you’ll see how people start reacting towards the likes of Robert Mugabe, etc. Give it a shot… don’t be shy!!
joram jojo

Commonwealth Pros And Cons

By: Adam Boulton

Every two years when Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet for CHOGM, at least one think tank produces a report branding the organisation irrelevant or worse.

For the 2010 CHOGM, an internal report commissioned by the Commonwealth itself has rained on the parade. The Policy Studies Unit and Electoral Reform International claim the Commonwealth has lost “moral leadership” for failing to stand up for democracy, particularly in Zimbabwe.

Ironically the Commonwealth’s commitment to democracy is enshrined in the so-called “Harare Principles”, agreed in the 1990s at the Zimbabwe CHOGM back when Robert Mugabe was regarded as a good guy.

So is the Commonwealth making a stand on Zimbabwe this year? No it’s not – or at least, as so often before, it’s deploying the carrot rather than the stick.

Gordon Brown has backed a message to Zimbabwe’s new national unity government, that subject to many further reforms, President Mugabe and his UDC rival, the Prime Minister Morgan Tvangirai, could be back round the table as soon as the next CHOGM in 2011.

Britain is taking a tougher line on who should get the “honour” of hosting that CHOGM by opposing Sri Lanka because of the way it conducted the campaign against the Tamil Tigers and Tamil population.

However it is far from clear that the other countries will back Britain’s ban and there is already much huffing and puffing along the lines of “Who do the British think they are, they are not still in charge of the British Empire, you know”.

Yet for all the criticism the Commonwealth is actually growing – up to 53 member states – and thriving as indicated by two developments here in Trinidad. Rwanda, which was not a British colony is applying to join the club.

And President Sarkozy of France is stopping off on the way back from Brazil to discuss climate change with the meeting. (He will be allowed to speak French because they’ll be s special sidebar meeting with him not formally part of CHOGM).

For all it’s weakness as a deliberative council, and the highly questionable democratic credentials of many of its members, the Commonwealth remains a unique body at least encouraging, if rarely enforcing, better behaviour by its members.

As Gordon Brown likes to point out the grouping gathers a cross section of the Globe: from the richest nations (including Britain, Canada and Australia), to the rapidly rising (India, South Africa, Malaysia) to some of the world’s poorest mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and here in the Caribbean.

If a Climate Change agreement is to be reached next month, the discussions in this forum will be crucial. To help the process on its way Gordon Brown has today proposed “the Copenhagen Launch Fund”.

This is a further component of the payments developed countries will make to developing countries to secure an agreement.

In the transition period before a Copenhagen Agreement comes into force in 2013, the new fund would offer up to $10billion, half of it on a conditional basis if action is taken.

In other words countries would only get the cash if they stop cutting down trees or start reforestation.

Britain’s payment into the fund would be about £800 million. In these times this is unlikely to be popular with voters at home. But it’s the way international politics works and the Commonwealth still amplifies Britain’s voice.