"It is not a failed state/regime BY ANY MEASURE. Failed regime=/= does things you don't like"
Well i guess it depends what you consider a success... most rational people would
consider a regime that treats its people like this to be a failure...
..."Prisoners who criticize the government, or engage in hunger strikes and other forms of protest are often subjected to extended solitary confinement, beatings, restrictions on family visits, and denial of medical care.
Prisoners have no effective complaint mechanism to seek redress, giving prison authorities total impunity.
In January 2012, Wilman Villar Mendoza, 31, died after a 50-day hunger strike in prison, which he initiated to protest his unjust trial and inhumane prison conditions. He had been detained in November 2011 after participating in a peaceful demonstration, and was sentenced to four years in prison for “contempt” in a summary trial in which he had no lawyer.
After beginning his hunger strike, he was stripped naked and placed in solitary confinement in a cold cell. He was transferred to a hospital only days before he died."
Ms. Zimmerman proposes a legitimate question with this op-ed piece. The solutions, she and the Coastal Conservation League, wish to pursue are not going to be found by filing lawsuit after lawsuit against the cruise line. The change that they seek will be found in changing the law, rules and regulations by which the cruise industry operates. It is a well known fact that practically every major cruise line has a country outside of the boundaries of the US law and regulations listed as its 'home' country where it has established itself as a business entity. This is not merely a coincidence. Therefore, the CCL should directs its lobbying efforts to senators and state representatives if they wish to change the rules, regulations and law pertaining to the cruise industry.
Apply BAR-like review/approval process to rural areas. 32 acres of woods and pastures is far more "historical" and in keeping with the character of Johns Island than 100 ticky tacky boxes no matter their design.
If people are defecting across the fucking ocean on rafts, I'd say they have some problems.
There is still good folks in the world. Continued blessings Mr. Snook.
Your back yard stephmcdonald!
Streetlaw, you are absolutely clueless. I suggest you do some homework. Carnival had a slight dip in profits, after treating passengers like crap, but rest assured, they have always made a nice profit.
Well thank goodnezz they did not test uz hair in Sothe Cackalacky. We 48th in Nation and prob bottum of barrel in World vue.
We actually would like education to achieve EXACTLY what it is supposed to do....educate, not train for standardized testing. The fine art of reading, basic math and geography. Oh yes, btw, no more everyone is a winner - no losers here, BS attitude in classrooms. Why bother to try hard if Harry and Lloyd get the same pat on the back. Dont worry about world level competition, worry about the fact that we are still graduating kids who can't read right here in the USA or tell you where the Ukraine is.
I'm not sure the cruise industry would be interested in Charleston if we dropped passengers off elsewhere. What are the alternative locations you are referring to?
Keep up the good work Derek!
Timely and well writter article.
Stegelin always the best!
It is a matter of ethics or the lack there of and in some cases, arrogance and greed. Like CCP claims a certain circulation when trying to entice advertising dollars but really puts out tons of papers in racks around the lowcountry that no one ever reads. And the Post and Courier ignores laws against littering an blankets many neighborhood driveways with ad papers. As to the cruise industry, it really operates on a very narrow profit margin and takes all the breaks it can get. Often a cruise only makes money if a certain amount of money is spent on board. Of course the city of Charleston makes enough from passengers who come ashore to look the other way unless forced to do otherwise.
Cuba has the highest Human Development Index in the Carribean (with the exception of a few tiny tourist islands, which can't be meaningfully compared to a real country, like comparing Iceland to the US) and one of the highest in Latin America. These are facts. It is not a failed state/regime by any measure. Failed regime=/= does things you don't like. Do you consider China a failed state as well?
I've only been to Graze for happy hour. The bar food and drink menu is great. I recommend.
The Peddlers license requirement was enacted IN RESPONSE to unruly juveniles stealing palmettos (and damaging people's trees), their threatening behavior to get people to buy their palmetto roses, and other problems.
It may be too bad that some "bad eggs" made things harder on their well-behaved fellow peddlers, but the response was warranted.
I suggest all the complainers that have recently arrived "from off" do some research in the City Paper and Post and Courier archives if they deny that many peddlers were a public problem!
Over the years going here, consistently great soups, with a daily choice .. Sandwiches are very good to excellent. Very good value. Nice people serving.
"Local at heart girl". Nice, that's what Yankees say
"mat, let me type slower so you can keep up"
I'm monitoring your keystrokes, and you're not typing slower.
Called ahead for a take out order of Taco's and got there 25 min later, and I was told there was a mix up on orders and the food would be cooked on the "fly"...well 20 more minutes later I get my food order, tacos were cold and they served a cup of ketchup with them - go figure. Scratch could learn a lot from Chipotle...
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