The Good Foreign Entities

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It is interesting to consider the numerous occasions in which do-gooder foreign entities just don’t understand the ‘right’ boundaries.

Prancing around the globe gleefully poking their noses in places where they think they can be a force for positive change.

Yet, despite this lack of respect for domestic boundaries and cultural sensitivities, combined with a child-like, perhaps naive zest to make the world a better place, it seems they are still somehow appreciated in some places.

Foreign entities go to America

Don’t believe it? Well then, just for fun, try asking the African Americans if they appreciate the interference of foreign entities in American political, social or moral issues.

After all, it was an Englishman, a member of the British Parliament in fact, who was one of the first opponents to slavery way back in the 1700s. Thanks in part to his influence on global morals, in 1865 the United States finally abolished slavery.

Well done there foreign entity James Edward Oglethorpe.

About one century later, an American who lead the fight for civil rights was inspired by another foreign entity. This influence laid the foundation for nonviolent civil disobedience protests that lead the United States to adopt the Civil Rights Act of 1968. This new law prohibited discrimination by reason of race, colour, religion, or national origin.

Well done there foreign entity Mahatma Gandhi.

Foreign entities go to Africa

Did you enjoy that? Good. Let’s switch continents then. Ready? Now try asking black South Africans if they appreciate Singapore’s condemnation of apartheid.

According to an article that appeared in the Straits Times of 22 March 1967, Singapore’s Minister of State for Education, speaking as chairman of the Singapore National Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Committee said that Singapore had “joined in the condemnation of the apartheid policy at the United Nations, and in the sanctions against the South African racist regime.”

Such actions by many foreign entities ultimately saw the end of apartheid in South Africa by 1994.

Well done foreign entity Singapore and friends.

Foreign entities go to Hong Lim Park

Oops, it seems that these foreign entities should not interfere in Singapore’s domestic issues, especially political issues or controversial social issues with political overtones.

Such interference might somehow promote an open and inclusive society.

Try asking someone in Singapore if that is something they are interested in.

 

 

Photo Credit

James Edward Oglethorpe

Remaining images are from the public domain, including the Flickr Commons.

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