The Global Vote Launched

Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor who worked with the Heads of State and Heads of Government of more than fifty countries over the last twenty years, author of the Good County Index and the leader of the Good Country party, has announced his new Global Vote.

By virtue of the Global Vote, for the first time in history, anybody on the planet can vote in the election of any country on earth, starting from UK EU referendum coming on June 23, 2016. When done, all votes will be counted, and the numbers shared as widely as possible. Even though nobody can actually be elected by the voting, the whole process is designed to send the strongest message possible to candidates and voters: today, people in power aren’t just responsible for their own citizens, they share responsibility for the whole of humanity.

“Why should we care who runs other countries? Because to make the world work, we need a world of good leaders. Leaders who consider the needs of every man, woman, child and animal on the planet, not just their own voters,” said Simon Anholt. “We, the rest of the world, will achieve this aim by reminding each candidate that we’re here, we care, and we’re watching. We need them to do the right thing for their own country and for the whole of humanity, if they are elected.”

According to Anholt, his aim is extremely ambitious, and always the same: to get at least one more person voting outside the country than there are ‘official’ voters inside the country. “Every time we manage this, the world has changed a little bit, and it becomes harder and harder for people to ignore the message we’re sending out: democracy within countries is not enough. In a globalised world, we need international democracy.”

Credit: BRICS Magazine

BRICS agrees to disclose tax information

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have agreed to work within the OECD’s Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. The project focuses on tax avoidance initiatives undertaken by individuals who take advantage of ‘existing loopholes’ that exist between different countries’ tax laws.

Tax officials who serve as representatives for the BRICS countries, are dedicated to their pledge to automatically share tax information between them.

Heads of revenue recently held a two-day meeting in Mumbai, India where it was concluded that these efforts would introduce ‘global standards to tax transparency’, putting a tight grip on tax evasion.

They also announced plans to implement the standards used by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the G20 on Automatic Exchange of Information.

“We recognise the importance of the exchange of information between competent authorities in preventing cross-border tax evasion and we resolve to exchange information, both on request and on automatic basis, and to adopt global standards on tax transparency,” noted the communique issued after the meeting.

Included in theBEPS project are all G20 countries, and another 40 developing countries.

The proposed start date for the exchange of information and the implementation of the OECD/G20 standards is 2018.

The final communique also said: “We will continue to work towards developing a framework of cooperation between our administrations to contribute to the economic growth of the BRICS countries.”

– BRICS Post

Remembering Tata Madiba

Today marks the third anniversary of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s death. Madiba – as he is more fondly known – died in his Houghton home on December 5 2013 at the age of 95.

Even though South Africa was invited to make out part of BRICS  only in 2010 (long after Madiba’s reign as President), it is evident that the country’s individual relationships with fellow BRICS countries has been long in existence.

We take a look at some of Madiba’s visits to Brazil, Russia, India and China:

1. In 2001 Madiba met with the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at an awards ceremony that took place at the Presidential palace in New Delhi. At the ceremony, he was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation from Indian President K. R. Narayanan. Image: AFP Photo (via DNA India)

Nelson Mandela with former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee

2. Nelson Mandela with Vital Nolasco during the plenary meeting of the Palácio 9 de Julho, in São Paulo, Brazil on August 2, 1991 where he delivered a speech to representatives of dozens of black, popular and union entities from all regions of Brazil.  Image: Black Women of Brazil 



3. Mandela greets Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, former President of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia on April 29, 1999. Image: The Age


4. Mandela’s visit to China as South African president in May 1999. He was the first national leader of an African country to visit China.

Website to educate Women about their Legal Rights launched in India

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A website for women in the country to educate about their legal rights has been launched by Tasmania-based Women’s Legal Service in collaboration with TRS Law Offices (India).

The website,, has different heads such as employment, relationship, partying, money, renting, and others.

Susan Fahey, CEO of Women’s Legal Service Tasmania, said: “Women’s Legal Service Tasmania is excited to be collaborating with TRS Law Offices and see this as a fantastic opportunity not only to see an innovative Tasmanian project adapted to Indian market, but to play a small but supportive role in the huge work being undertaken in delivering information to the young women of India.”

She informed that the project has been supported by the Australian Government.

A partner with TRS law offices, Talish Ray said that it would be a great opportunity to educate women in a proper and accurate manner.

“It is available on the Internet as a comprehensive resource in a format that would engage the audience,” Ray said.

“Under every section a brief description about the situation, and legal options available are mentioned. Indian women have got least legal knowledge and this unawareness, often does them more harm than good,” a press release issued by the law office said.

– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs