The dethronement of the United States in Western hemispheric diplomacy did not make the top of big-media news on the weekend of the Sixth Summit of the Americas. Neither did the line drawn in the sand over Cuba and the war on drugs, pitting the United States and Canada against just about every country south of the U.S. border... Instead, the lead story was, and continues to be, the sexual shenanigans of U.S. Secret Service agents and military servicemen, who had been tasked with assuring the security of Cartagena ahead of President Obama’s arrival in that coastal Colombian city for a meeting of the region’s heads of state on economic policy and trade.
As The Network Journal began the vetting for its 13th annual list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business,” I received a here’s-how-I’m-doing email from former TNJ Assistant Editor Inés Bebea in Paris. Born in Spain and a resident of New York since she was a teenager, Inés just completed postgraduate journalism studies at the Sorbonne through the City University of New York and hopes to break into the field there.
Americans were primed for battle over who should be voted into the White House in November long before they rang in the New Year. This time around, I demand that aimless vitriol be replaced by a focus on trends that have booted us from top-dog status in key international benchmarks and on the investment imperatives those trends engender.
On Feb. 19, MarketWatch.com, the Dow Jones subsidiary that provides stock market quotes and business and financial news, reported that executives of China’s Cnooc Ltd. asked to delay the signing of an estimated $850 million oil deal until after the Chinese New Year, which fell on Feb. 3.
Since Jan. 25, days of rage have erupted across the Arab world and in other parts of the globe, with unarmed men, women and children pitting themselves against some of the most repressive regimes and some of the most dehumanizing dictates.
Discrimination is a multimillion-dollar cost factor in the business of doing business. Perpetrators have to pay up when caught: victims must be compensated; lawyers must be paid; and, in the aftermath of due process, there are hefty fees to shell out to clean up the image of the business. Meanwhile, the damage to productivity is irreparable.