What Issues Should Top the International Agenda in 2010?

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January 1, 2010
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Around the world, American diplomats are engaged in the most critical issues of our day. Today’s international agenda includes challenges and opportunities.

Secretary Clinton said, “[W]ith more states facing common challenges, we have the chance, and a profound responsibility, to exercise American leadership to solve problems in concert with others. That is at the heart of America’s mission in the world today.”

What issues should top the international agenda in 2010?

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Christine
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California, USA
January 1, 2010

Christine in California writes:

Please bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bob
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Florida, USA
January 2, 2010

Bob in Florida writes:

The entire world is United as never since 9-11 and the time is now to unite it more by doing the right thing and not disappoint and wreck all that has been gained. Here are ten things that can put us on that track.

#1 Justice

A. Do no harm, or perhaps better put, stop doing harm. There must be a lawyers committee to seek out all activities that the Bush Administration was doing that violate ethics, the Constitution, the law, human decency, and the Geneva Conventions and call a halt to all of it.

B.To allow all that has happened in the past eight years to pass uninvestigated much less prosecuted is to ensure that it will happen again and soon and very much worse, just as Bill Clinton not pursuing the facts of Iran Contra and the S&L bomb gave us Enron, Bush2, and the current economic meltdown.

Fortunately there are people who have been looking at most of the details for several years now. It would not be a problem to sort them out and organize a program that will find wrong doers and have a Special Prosecutor sort out

#2 Honor

A.The War on Totalitarian Theocracy - There is no war on "terror"! Terrorism is a technique. The only one open to anyone fighting overlords (like the Founding Fathers)and/or seeking to become them (like in Iran). It is used because it is effective, and because the military is the worst way to fight it.

It is not a war on Muslims. This is not about fundamentalist religion but eliminationism, Bin Laden or C-Street, they do not want negotiation but conquest. But they cannot be defeated by military but only on the field of ideas. It is only there that they are poorly armed. Attacked they swim in a sea of supporters, defending their policies they are a fish out of water as few would support if they knew the facts.

Unfortunately Israel is also led by Neocons and Theocrats. One cannot support the freedom, safety, and democracy of Israelis and at the same time support those who would use a perpetual war on Muslims, to give and keep themselves in power, and there will be no peace as long as Gaza is a concentration camp. The choice is only Apartheid or Secularity where there can be NO favored religion, the only other choice is the German path of extermination, and final solution, and I don't think even the most theocratic Jew could live with that.

3. Real Socialism- Not Soviet "government owns everything""Socialism" but Socialized Person / child/ dog Socialism (the Soviets also claimed they were democracies. Why didn't everyone think one was as phony as the other?)My understanding of Socialism is an agreement to all work for a world where every person can contribute at their highest ability. That a person who has the talent to invent the solution to world energy needs not find themselves on the night shift of a 7-11 because their path was blocked on social or financial grounds. And not just the stars like that but at every level the whole society benefits if each person is as productive as they can be.

1. The National Bureau of Standards - One very great place that the Government can be crucial and reinvigorate the auto industry, as well as create industries as yet undreamed of is to rebuild the National Bureau of Standards to take back Government primarity of standards that corporations work to create their own standards to control and thus limit free trade, often crushing competition.

By taking control of everything from Computer Operating systems to bolt patterns on car parts, so that there was one published standard or a limited group of standards, managed as the GNU software is managed or the way that any hard drive fits in any computer, than any garage mechanic could produce the next generation of Green Car and become the American Honda.

2. The Electronic Commons

a. The Internet Al Gore was right that the government must create and defend a major Internet backbone that no other entity foreign or domestic can rule that Internet. Do that and demand Net Neutrality but allow other backbones as we have both USPS and FedEx will keep all sides honest and competitive.

A national investment in targeted satellite WiFi would also be a major leap that no NGO could do or should control that backed up with a program to make Internet available to every person no matter who or where, and especially backed up with a national education program that anyone could have college graduate level knowledge just by spending the time to learn it.

b. The Electromagnetic Spectrum - The electromagnetic spectrum is a limited resource, and more importantly it is one home to the font of information that our society bases it's Democracy. If that is captured Democracy fails, as indeed it would have even now but for the rise of the Internet to provide a surprise alternative. The ownership of even two television stations, or other media is a restraint of trade.

There is more here http://tinyurl.com/modsug

Bob
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Florida, USA
January 1, 2010

Bob in Florida writes:

The Science Commons

a Chemicals - There was a time when most research was funded and run by the Government. Folks like the EPA went out and measured what was happening themselves, and HEW did basic research on chemicals to find beneficial and harmful chemicals like penicillin that drug companies competed to produce at the best quality and price.

There needs to be a return to Government research labs to build unbiased data in all fields. It can be easily paid for by charging a tax on all use of Government patents for private profit like the penicillin. Or taxing income from private patents funded by government research. Just collecting what is already owed would go a very long way to paying those bills.

b Biology- like the drugs genetic engineering all exists on the shoulders of research of hundreds of years, and like the Chemical and Drug Industries the Socialized dreams painted of abundant food and health have become unsocialized nightmares as power and profit rule ahead of social good.

Today one only has to patent a gene, even if it is detrimental overall, and have it spread to the entire ecosystem to be able to sue everyone in possession of the gene for patent infringement and control an entire food source. Such is the case with Soybeans, Corn, and many major crops. Instead it must be the patent holder that is responsible for the gene spread, that if the gene spreads beyond the control of the patent holder the patent cannot be enforced.

The Knowledge Commons

We need every brain with the chops to manage the maximum contribution possible lest we all go the way of every previous civilization.

So what is needed is an Internet based National education program that anyone can obtain the knowledge and have a means of certifying that knowledge.

To open a well planned and managed system that organized what the Internet already makes available, and added all the libraries and other forms of commons would leapfrog the entire civilization. Limiting the current copyright and fair use laws back to sanity would also be a necessary step.

Robert
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Florida, USA
January 1, 2010

Robert in Florida writes:

Corporate Criminality

The US abandoned Royalty and Baronies in 1776 but they have come creeping back and threaten to overwhelm even the concept of National Government. Eventually they become "Too big to fail" and "Too big to oppose" but no one dares to say "too big to exist".

The first Step must be a special Prosecutorial team to prosecute and jail all persons in charge of corporate conspiracies to sell or cover up fraud and murder from the Vioxx case to the mass environmental disasters like Bophal. Any decent civil litigation lawyer can point to a hundred grievous cases where massive death and destruction was protected because the corporation was at fault and the people involved felt immune.

Corporate Governance

There is no such thing as "Free Enterprise" where there are no rules but only Government enforced rules that till now have only been written by those wishing to protect only themselves. As a result it is not a surprise that CEO's who are supposedly only hirelings of the investors are walking off with what is often more income than the entire Corporation managed to net.

It is possible to create a path for the emergence of the new Argentine style of Corporation that is owned and operated by all the people who work there in an American style Democracy that all levels of management are elected by those below.

Tom D.
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New Jersey, USA
January 2, 2010

Tom in New Jersey writes:

The return of a NJ boy after 5 1/2 years of unlawful retention in Brazil has finally focused media attention on the growing problem of international child abduction. There are currently about 2800 American children held hostage in various countries around the world, including 65 more in Brazil. The US State Dept needs stronger tools to deal with this problem and our legislators need to pass laws to address this issue. Bills like HR3240 and HR2702 need to be pushed through the legislative process with utmost urgency.

This serious problem will only get worse if not addressed, and the victims are our most vulnerable citizens, our children.

The Goldman case demonstrates that appropriate efforts can indeed be successful, but it should not take 5 1/2 years to get a just resolution to a child abduction case.

The solution is readily available with concerned efforts of our government. Do not allow lack of effort and apathy to preserve the status quo for these innocent victims of international child abducton.

Matthew R.
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Wisconsin, USA
January 2, 2010

Matthew R. in Wisconsin writes:

The Amanda Knox case in Italy!

Adelchi
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Italy
January 2, 2010

Adelchi in Italy writes:

First Amanda knox and Raffaele Sollecito has to be freed.

Second USA immigration law must require a good heart, honesty, loyalty, good moral and spiritual values, from people who are applying for the green card, USA dont need investors or people with particualar skills. Needs good people. I am a good person do you hear me?

Ron
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New York, USA
January 2, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Heart of the U.S. Mission: Global Ethics

2010 should mark the start of a program of Global Ethics. With the implementation of this program, we will see many other opportunities and challenges come into better focus and balanced perspective.

Jeff B.
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Virginia, USA
January 2, 2010

Jeff B. in Virginia writes:

Amanda Knox. This young American student was railroaded into prison without a fair trial by a foreign ‘justice’ system that assumes suspects guilty unless proven innocent. Proof of guilt ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ is a concept they apparently don’t understand. Wild speculation, flimsy ‘evidence’ and media hype was sufficient. Clearly, anti-Americanism played a significant part.

Until this issue is resolved, I don’t care about Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, N. Korea, health care or fixing the economy. If the U.S. government allows this young woman’s life (and the lives of her family) to be unjustly destroyed without lifting a finger to help, then it has no moral authority to do anything else. The U.S. has a responsibility to protect its citizens from this kind of abuse and if our government abandons Amanda Knox, then for the first time in my life, and after twenty-four years of military service, then I am ashamed of my country.

Donald K.
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Texas, USA
January 2, 2010

Donald K. in Texas writes:

Be considerate of your neighbors and friends. Lend a helping hand to the many vetrans who served our country. Leave no man behind!!! The world knows Amanda Knox is Innocent; so send her Home!!! FREE AN INNOCENT AMANDA KNOX!!

Donald
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Virginia, USA
January 2, 2010

Donald in Virginia writes:

NATIONAL SECURITY

1. Protecting our homeland and ensuring adequate secuirty measures are in place to deal with the extremist who intend to do harm against our Nation.

2. OCTAGON - In Geometry it's an eight sided shape. What I can visualize is the creation of HOMELAND SECURITY OCTAGON having all of our major Security agencies located in one OCTAGON building. The CIA, FBI, DSA, NSA, Including the four branches of US Military intelligence all working and combing actual intelligence, this would be far smarter centralizing all of our Secuirty Agencies, so they all can stay on the same page.

3. The Pentagon is good, but with the OCTAGON can operate on its own like an Operations Center for all Homeland Security Issues and addressing current threats, issuing warrants, and providing the best possible security means to the highest office in our Nation.

4. The Field Offices can still be used, but the OCTAGON HOMELAND SECURITY CENTER would be the first line of defense for our Nation.

Ueremia A.
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United States
January 2, 2010

Ueremia A. in U.S.A. writes:

TO ELIMINATE TERRORISM IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN

Sorrel
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New York, USA
January 2, 2010

Sorrel in New York writes:

Unbalanced sex ratios, especially on the Indian subcontinent. Large numbers of young men who are both beset by extreme poverty and unable to integrate into adult society through the mechanism of marriage, should be viewed as a global security concern. Many wonderful scholars have and continue to address this issue, but it seems to receive remarkably little attention in the- forgive the phrase- mainstream media. It seems to get even less attention in what might be called the public consciousness. One hopes to see not just a continuation of efforts to address this issue, but increased attempts to make the average citizen more aware and informed.

John
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Greece
January 2, 2010

John in Greece writes:

@ Donald in Virginia -- Indeed extremely thought provoking post as always. However, “tough debate.”

There are 2 schools of thinking on this. At least as I understand it:

School1.: (they say) If we concentrate all Services in 1, we can have a better collaboration. This circle of thinkers say that we wouldn’t have suffered from 9/11 if all Services were in touch. It’s a thought!

School2.: (they say) Nevertheless, if you concentrate everything in 1 you have to deal with a major national security problem. If someone put some "rats" in your “house”, you are “dead”. It’s a fact!

So, I’d go with the old school of thinking. Neither a 5gon, nor a 8gon. I think that the “16 way to go” school of math is the most wise. Only this way you can detect “rats."

Obviously, I vote 4 2X8 all of which makes us 16! (ways to be sure about the truth)

Best Regards Sir and HAPPY NEW YEARS!

Tom
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Maryland, USA
January 2, 2010

Tom in Maryland writes:

To stop the horrifying 21st century witch hunt of Amanda Knox. This case is a threat to all of our civil liberties. The worst case of predatory journalism I've ever scene. Justice by rank speculation with no evidence required.

Jeannette
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Pennsylvania, USA
January 2, 2010

Jeannette in Pennsylvania writes:

To see Amanda and Raffaele freed this year to go back to their families.

Karina A.
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Florida, USA
January 2, 2010

Karina in Florida writes:

I would say the top priority should be to unrelentingly bring the unemployment rate down in the U.S., but speaking about foreign affairs, America needs to be more culturally open-minded and focus on rebuilding its image with humbleness.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 2, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I mentioned to my dad that it seems Al-Quaida has matasticized into a beaurocracy and thus has become incompetent in its implementation.

He replied, "Could be."

Now the question above is qualified by the word "should" in reference to what may or may not become an issue, and maybe we should make this an issue by creating better conditions for their incompetence, seeing as how we could just as soon be questioning ourselves after a tragic event.

While at the same time, the philosopher in me reflects on the fact that the civilized world is again witness to the fact that not even the most prestigious education can prevent terminal stupidity from becoming a career path for some.

In fact it is the governments that sponsor terror that keep al-quaida from running out of bullets and willing idiots, for they would have run out of human and financial resources long before this.

The Iranian people are not involved in a simple protest, they are out in the street trying to preserve some semblance of sanity within the Iranian cultural idiom, and constitutional order. This is about self preservation of anything decent and civilized in their value structure, and there is this concept that drives them we as Americans can identify with, and should support with all available resource.

Because at its root, what they are fighting against is terrorism itself, and that is self evident by the regime's own actions in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan....just about anyplace on Earth there is terrorism, the Iranian government aids and abets it through material means, commits terrorism on its own citizens, and the body of evidence to these crimes against humanity SHOULD now be presented in the UN as an international issue of the highest order, as these actions also stand directly against all the good work done in conflict resolution that the UN is engaged in globally.

Failure to take imminent corrective action will cost more lives in the long run than taking the direct route of declaring war and removing the regime from power next week, as a collective international mission to end the sponsorship of terrorism on a global level.

We are witness to the beginnings of cival war in Iran, and this is not the time to be fence-sitting, hoping for diplomacy to save the day, or wait for sanction to fail to work, again and again. Eventually one must be convinced "behavior change" just isn't in their vocabulary.

Frankly sportsfans, peace on Earth is in the play-offs, or at least hangs in the balance, so in this new decade we better start getting serious about nations that publicly advertize government recruitment of wannabe martyrs in state-run publications, and send terrorist missionaries abroad to recruit them directly out of their embassies.

(the things one learns from the inside, playing the part as a friend so boldly did in a visit to an Iranian embassy)

This issue is not in the "should" catagory- per se....simply because it has been designated "inevitable" by the regime's design.

It only takes one to start a war.

Carissa S.
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Texas, USA
January 2, 2010

Carissa in Texas writes:

END the 7 year genocide and hurtful rapes, 2+ million deaths, and starvation by the Sudan army in Darfur. UN and AU unite and work together to :
1. 1.Immediately press for multilateral targeted sanctions against Sudan and government officials at the UN Security Council.
2. Press for immediate and full deployment and logistical support of the UNAMID peacekeeping force.
3.Press for immediate deployment of EUFOR, the EU peacekeeping force for Eastern Chad.

End the "Devils on Horseback"!

LC
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United States
January 2, 2010

LC in U.S.A. writes:

Free Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito

End the Wars in Afghanistan & Iraq

alakbar r.
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 2, 2010

AR in Washington, DC writes:

We still believe that, the United States should not let its desire for secure oil resources obscure its goal of expanding democracy in Post-Soviet countries, like Azerbaijan, which will hold parliamentary elections in autumn 2010.

BTW, this country has never had a free election. Instead, Heydar Aliyev took command in a 1993 coup after the fall of the Soviet Union. His son Ilham, the current president, ascended to power after a fraudulent election in 2003. Aliyev has cultivated ties with the Bush administration by cooperating with American counter-terrorism efforts and reliably exporting oil and natural gas.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
January 3, 2010

Donald in Virginia writes:

@ John in Greece

Happy New Years!!!!

16 sounds reasonable, a National Security Empire that would use all the resources, collect data, issue warrants, track down terrorist networks, using wide screen displays, Professionals from every level Top Security fields monitoring major International Airports, Subways, and Bus services. Issue Security Bulletins, Conduct training, Crime Scene Investigations, homicide and investigate fraud, protect the American Public at large. The ability to dispatch warrants for the arrest of known terrorists, using State and local law enforcement. Inside the facility can have the state-of-art electronics survillence, all units are combined jointly on Missions. The mission of this Command should be to find the terrorist before he or she carries out their mission, to also include tie ins from Europe and around the Globe. This type of Command would be the "Brain" of our Security Operations Center.

I think Mr. Tom Clancy made a tv sitcom years ago, "Operations Center" which is what our country needs to stay ahead of the extremist that would do harm against our country.

John
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Greece
January 3, 2010

John in Greece writes:

@ Donald in Virginia

Well, I didn’t exactly attempt to say this, but you made me think. However, this is my last post on this, because I’m really “small”. I’ll leave it to the pros…

People say: “Small people talk about other people, Great people talk about ideas”. So, it’s my honor to discuss this matter, especially with you, but I do not want to cross the line, on the ground that I am not an expert on Security. Not even a sophomore.

Nevertheless, I will clarify my thesis, although not an espionage writer. I owe this to our readers and you.

You have a great point concerning this “Empire”. (I would not call it this way, though, because you also know that all anti-American propagandistic mechanisms use this word in order to characterize America as an “Empire”. U.S.A. is a democracy and teaches the Democracy all around the globe. So, Certainly not an Empire!)

Anyway, this is not the time for a marketing analysis concerning the name of this “brain” proposal. Secret Services don’t care about marketing. Let’s call it “Central Processing Unit” in a virtual way of definition.

You have a point! I absolutely agree with this centralization of various Services that have to be in touch in order to collaborate in a A+ level.

Recently, reading the Statement by the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Mr. Michael E. Leiter, I noticed under the logo of the NCTC this very important phrase: United To Protect. I absolutely agree!
However, Security has to deal with more than counterterrorism…

That’s why, I’d leave CIA out of this security infrastructure, working independently, or at least working in a different format in order to be sure that all the others do not “feed rats” and everything works OK.

So, as an “elementary”, I’d go for a bigger CIA budget and role, but at the same time, I agree with the rest of your scenario.

But, we are amateurs! (LOL)

I apologize if I crossed the line in such a tough matter.

palgye
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South Korea
January 4, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to..

"smart"

Me is anxious plentifully about 2010, As it is does not become the help at 2009 the thing under the nail and " smart" Column the word earnestly also polyvalence came in different impression to was new. and, I personal, Mr. President Obamar and Former President Bill Clinton and west fractionating the single step does opinion tuning and thinks to first time matter.

From the outside to overcome a economic crisis internally the various nations under visiting from hour cotton " smart" Thinks constructed the cooperative system with mediation.
and,

Recently escapes from the method which exacts the principle which is custom and disciplined must prepare in election and thinks that - with economy. Meets so first and thinks that tuning is necessary.

"smart"

2010? The answer spoke already in me. Me only " job" Thinks. With whole world-wide, new investment place about investment field thinks the investment which does not rest. So, "three person" meet and thinks that. With the direction which applies the strong point of each one.

"The middle classes namely, thinks that again must create the consumer."

Is an opinion which is personal.

P.S now, snow falling in Seoul, Probably, tomorrow sees the condition of Michelle Wing Kwan players appears the thing to be going with information which the total identity gives to the United States Embassy, Seoul, Korea. There is a good result.

Thank you.
and
the United States Embassy, Seoul, Korea`s employee.

from, only receiving, does and supporter.

Sarkaut
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Iraq
January 4, 2010

Sarkaut in Iraq writes:

In 2010 finding the factors of rising terrorist groups should be prioirity. We need a world without fear and nuclear bombs.

palgye
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South Korea
January 4, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to...

2010? only, "JOB"
international and domestic`s important issue
and
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Is appropriate in the new world and must apportion a new role. detais? i don`t know.
please discuss with. world is changed.

thank you.

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 4, 2010

Anna in Washington, DC writes:

I think the issues of 2010 will be the same as the ones from 2009: keeping the United States safe from terrorists and economics. We also must be cognizant of often having an ego-centric mentality and look towards working together with other nations and promote open-mindedness both domestically and abroad.

On a different note, I really like the image chosen for this question. Like the individuals in the picture, we must work together! It is inspiring for the new year.

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
January 4, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, Gentlefolks of the Department of States.

The Most Important Issues Of 2010 Are ?

1. Farming and Agricultural improvements in the ways we produce our foods.

2.Communication with Everyone even the little Gray men from outerspace hehe. :)

3.World Peace

4.Feeding the Hungery and helping their familys.

5.Finding jobs and training for careers for Everyone, for free if possible. :)

6.Save the World from Global Warming

7.Find a new green energy source for everyone.

8.Fix the Health Systems and Insurance problem.

9.Fix aging roadways and infrastructure of our country .

10.Find more things too, do hehe. :)

...."Happy New Year....Everybody "

......See Ya....:)

val b.
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Minnesota, USA
January 5, 2010

Val B. in Minnesota writes:

I agree we need to focus on Peace. We spend too much money, time and effort on War. War is an assault against poor people, women and children. Its seems our American Government spends much of its time assaulting and hurting poor people here and abroad. One solution I would like to see is more stronger support, ties, programs, between poor people here in American and abroad. To me thats the strongest disconnect. Poor people around the world are not communicating often and daily. The Impact could be phenomenal.

Farah
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California, USA
January 5, 2010

Farah in California writes:

Limit on military spending and spend more on global awareness education to promote world peace, tolerance, compassion and eradicate, AIDS, discrimination, bigotry, child Abuse, human trafficking, labor exploitation, hunger.

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