Centrul Diplomatic/Diplomatic Center

Centrul de Studii Politice si Diplomatie/ Center for Political Science and Diplomacy


Oxford University has found itself in hot water and at the center of a new international scandal after it ignored calls from its student union to strip the Sultan of Brunei of his honorary degree over the country’s implementation of sharia law, which makes gay sex punishable by death by stoning.

Oxford University has refused to withdraw a controversial Honorary Degree in Civil Law for a Sultan who is fond of stoning people alive as part of civil and penal law.

Oxford University has awarded to the controversial Sultan of Brunei an honorary degree of civil law by diploma in 1993.

But the institute has come under pressure from its official student body to take back the academic honour with the calls endorsed by the likes of George Clooney, Natalia Imbruglia and Elton John.

To the public dismay in front of the seriousness of the charges Oxford University  however, has refused to strip the sultan of the honorary degree.

“At present, the University will not be rescinding the Sultan of Brunei’s 1993 Honorary Degree of Civil Law by Diploma,” a University of Oxford spokesperson told PinkNews.

“We share the international condemnation of Brunei’s new penal code and back the United Nations’ call to stop the code entering into force.”

Oxford University’s incredible statement comes after the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, which awarded the sultan an honorary degree in 1995, decided to withdraw the academic honour in light of the country’s new anti-gay legislation.

King’s College London has also confirmed that the university will review an honorary degree it gave to the sultan eight years ago.

A petition on-line has garnered thousand of signatures calling for Oxford University to withdraw  the Doctor Honoris Causa to the Sultan of Stoning`s of Brunei.

The student backed petition emphasize that:  Through refusing to rescind the Sultan’s Honorary Degree, the University of Oxford indicates that it is content for its name to be tied to human rights abuses and the persecution of LGBTQ+ people….. the University should not be linked such legislation and must take a clear stance in opposition to the Sultan’s actions.

You can add your voice by signing the petition here:

April 29, 2019 Posted by | Foreign policy | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


In a powerful open letter to Boeing executives, former US Presidential hopeful Ralph Nader makes a compelling case for BOEING 737 MAX model to be banned forever as the airplane is inherently faulty.



This is all that was left from the ill-fated BOEING 737 MAX and his crew and passengers bound for Nairobi-Kenya.


The letter comes in the light of the preliminary report on the terrible Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes that took the life of 346 innocent passengers and crew members.

Ralph Nader does not mince his words on the responsibility inherent with Boeing actions:

Step by step, Boeing’s criminal negligence, driven by a race to make profits, worsened.

Before and after the fatal crashes, Boeing did not reveal, did not warn, did not train, and did not address the basic defective aerodynamic design. It gagged everyone that it could. Boeing still insists that the 737 Max is safe and is building two a day, while pushing to end the grounding.” 

The law suits had already started with a wrongful death case that was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software.

The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board.

The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and October’s Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610, which also crashed just minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board.

Both flights were on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

What of the near future? ask Ralph Nader.

“Airline passengers should organize a consumer boycott of the Boeing 737 Max 8 to avoid having to fly on these planes in the coming decade.

Once Boeing realizes that this brand has a deep marketing stigma, it may move more quickly to the drawing boards, so as to not alienate airline carriers”.


Latest analysis of the inherent problems that are making  Boeing 737 Max 8 an unsafe airplane that no amount of software upgrading can fix can be accessed here: 

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Venezuela’s political drifter named Juan Guaido has been stripped of his illegally claimed immunity, in a move that paves the way for the government to arrest and prosecute him for falsely declaring himself “interim president” of the country even though an elected government is in place.

The Venezuela`s National Constituent Assembly (country`s parliament) voted unanimously on April 2, 2019 to approve a measure that strips Guaido of his immunity and authorizes the Supreme Court to criminally prosecute him for illegally and unlawfully proclaiming himself the leader of the country.

Guaido also violated a travel ban and could be prosecuted for that violation as well.

“This formally authorizes the continuation of the trial (of Guaido),” said Constituent Assembly Chief Diosdado Cabello, referring to the measure.

“Justice is necessary for the guarantee of peace.”

Guaido plunged the country into political turmoil in January, when he suddenly declared himself “interim president,” rejecting the outcome of the May 2018 election, which Maduro won.

He has been accusing Maduro of “usurping power” and calling on him to step down.

The assembly revoked Guaido’s immunity a day after the Supreme Court called on the lawmakers to take action against him.


PressTV-Top Venezuela court wants Guaido immunity stripped

Juan Guaido can now be arrested for his criminal activities that plunged Venezuela in  a political crisis in the last months. 


Reacting in defiance, Guaido said on Tuesday that he would not back down from his attempt to violently overthrow Maduro’s legal and democratically elected government.

“We are not going to evade our responsibility,” he said after the vote at the Constituent Assembly. “They thought this would be easy. But it won’t be. If they want to move forward, they will have to assume the consequences.”

The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has recognized Guaido’s self-proclamation as “interim president,” has threatened Caracas with a strong response in an event of his arrest.

Before the vote against Guaido was announced, US Republican Senator Marco Rubio accused the Venezuelan government of plotting a coup d’état and trying to “abduct” Guaido.

This is while Maduro assumed office after winning the presidential election.

Guaido was unheard of until he unilaterally declared himself leader of Venezuela and is widely regarded as a political vagabond.

Maduro has accused Washington of attempting a coup to overthrow his elected government and install its own “puppet” regime in the oil-rich Latin American country.

April 3, 2019 Posted by | PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP, PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO, Presidente de Venezuela - Nicolás Maduro, Socialism, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY, United States, Venezuela | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Pressure grows of Boeing to withdraw from production and flight the suspicious 737 MAX aircraft after a string of fatal crashes that claimed the life of more than 300 people revealed essential flaws in the aircraft.


Boeing 737 MAX the aircraft involved in two air-crash disasters should be seriously scrutinized before ever to be left to take passengers.


China is taking the lead in order to insure air safety for his citizens and after being the first nation to ground all  Boeing 737 MAX is taking another step further and is  suspended the certificate of airworthiness.


China suspended the certificate of airworthiness for Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jet, saying it needs to review a proposed modification before determining whether the plane is safe to fly after two recent crashes.

The move raises the possibility of the Max being kept out of skies should authorities deem Boeing’s fix for plane-control software linked to the disasters inadequate.

Earlier Chinese authorities grounded the country’s fleet of Max planes on March 11, a day after an Ethiopian Airlines flight plunged to the ground by systemic failure.

The latest decision was taken in light of the uncertainty surrounding the model and an anti-stall system that’s the focus of a probe into the loss of the Ethiopian Airlines plane, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

In addition to China, officials in Canada and the European Union have signaled that they intend to independently review changes to the Boeing planes before restoring flights.

April 2, 2019 Posted by | AVIATION NEWS, Diplomacy, Environment, Foreign policy, History, Informations, Mass media, News, Tourism, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment