This is the situation of communities [Archives:2007/1061/Opinion]

June 18 2007

By: Hashem Abdulhafez
If the social, cultural, and educational situations of communities and NGOs feature or suffer shortcomings and continued deterioration, our question will be 'Can these communities and organizations contribute to building the state of law and order and reach comprehensive economic development in their current state?' The answer to the question is clear while transparency of the talk may encourage the educated people to claim the state authorities to allow them more cultural spaces via which the communities feel that they enjoy an intellectual and cultural capacity.

Such capacity qualifies the communities and organizations to confront any positive impact of global cultures, as well as to coexist with what is positive in case the state and the educated people are convinced to devoted media and expand the scope of press freedom in a way serving individuals and the nation as well.

In addition, communities and organizations can utilize this capacity in exercising the dialogue of cultures that enjoys closer connection with the dialogue of civilizations. This is very vital for increasing the level of social awareness inside the single country, across countries, and at the global and international levels, plus meeting the persisting need without contradicting the national interest.

The good social awareness helps improve different economic sectors and enable them have a commercial, competitive, and productive capacity to be eligible for competition in the global markets.

If the situation remains to struggle at the level of services, it is impossible for it to bring about any economic or social development. Via hearing rumours about the spread of corruption, people turn to fear corruption more than globalization because they don't know how to handle corruption.

The educated people, who occupy sensitive posts in the government, call for fighting corruption as they consider it a dangerous phenomenon. These people lack a certain definition for corruption, nor do they have a background about this phenomenon and the means of fighting it.

One can say that the call for fighting corruption is a good one, particularly as the rulers, the ruled, and several international agencies and organizations complain of corruption after it has become a global phenomenon similar to globalization. For communities and NGOs, corruption is not less dangerous than globalization. The educated people, who got affected by the thoughts of their colleagues, are leading the governments of their countries to the unknown. They design unique policies, having no parallel in the developed nations, while their governments have become acclimatized with the concept of globalization and approved this concept according the policies of international banks and financial institutions. These banks and institutions are sponsored by the developed countries to bring about an economic and social development.

On the other hand, promoting this kind of culture warns of a great risk to the lives of peoples and governments as they have the same intellectual stream and their unified goal is to gain wealth at the expense of the majority of population of any country. In fact, the educated man, who links his interest with a longer stay in power, bears in mind that a leader of strong determination is essential for helping the ruled get rid of corruption and the personal exploitation of public wealth, particularly as communities seek progress in various areas. Also, he should benefit from the American example demonstrated by the first American President, who liberated and freed his nation from the foreign occupation and established a rule for the democratic transformation enjoyed by the 300 million-strong population country.

The current U.S. President is continuing the path of the first American leader, generalizing the democratic transformation and promoting the American democratic experience in different parts of the world. By this, the current U.S. President intends to fix the need for the good leader who enjoys political will and strong determination while his people has become aware of his foreign policies that occupied others' land, used it for military bases, and looted their national wealth.

Source: 26 September Weekly