US summit a glass house

By Wesley Seale

As we went to the polls in South Africa, my mind was on my grandparents. Both my grandfathers died before being endowed with the right to vote.

Fortunately, both my grandmothers lived to see the day where they could participate in deciding who should govern them.

Yet many citizens across the globe continue to be denied the right to participate in elections. For example, the Brennan Centre for Justice in the US reports that more than 11% of Americans, or 21 million eligible voters, do not have government-issued photo identification and are therefore disqualified from voting.

Thirty-six states in the US, that is, the majority, have forced their citizens to obtain these government-issued IDs and often, as the centre explains, people cannot obtain these IDs because of underlying costs.

Needless to mention, frequently the people who lack these IDs or who are discriminated against when receiving them, are minorities. Estimates by the centre suggest that nearly a quarter of African-Americans do not have these IDs, compared with only 8% of white citizens.
At the same time, the millions of residents in the US territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa as well as Puerto Rico are barred, according to the US electoral college system, from voting in general elections.

While US elections always happen on a Tuesday, these are not declared public holidays and therefore workers often do not get the chance to vote. Taking this into account, it is strange that the US could criticise China for the so-called “continued erosion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including in political participation, in Hong Kong”.

The unexpected October 21 statement continues on the trajectory of US efforts to destabilise Hong Kong. It criticises Hong Kong law for allegedly disqualifying “scores of pro-democracy councillors”, as if there are councillors who are not pro-democracy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Even more so, the Biden administration plans a “Summit for Democracy” where it hopes to lecture the world in order to defend America’s democratic values which, according to the US government, are inseparable from advancing US national interests.

The December 9 to 10 summit will not look necessarily at the challenges faced by the US and its democracy, which is clearly in jeopardy, but rather seeks to point fingers at other countries and undermine domestic democratic processes there.

Reports suggest that while most SADC countries have been invited to the summit, Zimbabwe, eSwatini and Tanzania have been left out. US Foreign Affairs officials refuse to comment on how each country was selected for invitation to the summit. We can only read a divide and rule strategy being implemented by the US.

The US would do well to pay attention to fixing its own political system before attempting to lecture the rest of the world about democracy. As the saying goes, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. The US governance system has been glaringly exposed by Trumpism and the January 6 uprising.

As South Africans were going to the polls on November 1, some Americans were recalling the 256th anniversary of the passing of the Stamp Act against the American Colonies in the British parliament in 1765. This tax led to the American Revolution and the independence of the colonies.

Just as the Americans were not satisfied with being colonies, they must know that the people of the world, especially the global south, will not tolerate their continuous interference in our domestic issues. Like them, we will rise and reject American imperialism as they, and my grandparents, rejected British colonialism.

Comment sauver le Sommet pour la démocratie

By RĂ©daction Kinshasa

Une conférence qui ignorerait les différents modÚles de démocratie et exclurait les pays désireux de coopérer serait un pas en arriÚre.

Le « Sommet pour la dĂ©mocratie » virtuel se tiendra les 9 et 10 dĂ©cembre, avec un sommet en personne qui suivra dans environ un an. Le Sommet, promu par le gouvernement amĂ©ricain, vise Ă  galvaniser trois thĂšmes majeurs : la lutte contre l’autoritarisme, la lutte contre la corruption et le respect des droits humains. Et il fournira une plate-forme aux dirigeants pour prendre des engagements Ă  la fois individuels et collectifs pour dĂ©fendre la dĂ©mocratie et les droits de l’homme dans le pays et Ă  l’étranger.

Les pays du monde entier sont confrontĂ©s Ă  une liste de dĂ©fis qui se sont Ă©tendus bien au-delĂ  des trois thĂšmes du Sommet. Cela inclut les inĂ©galitĂ©s, la participation civique, la dĂ©sinformation, la protection des systĂšmes Ă©lectoraux, le financement illicite, les technologies Ă©mergentes, les grandes entreprises et le populisme transnational. En outre, le sommet des pays partageant les mĂȘmes idĂ©es lancerait un appel Ă  l’action pour la formation d’une nouvelle alliance fondĂ©e sur des principes et un engagement Ă  Ă©tablir une vision commune pour l’avenir d’Internet.

Mais le Sommet pourrait s’avĂ©rer ĂȘtre une autre bonne idĂ©e mal exĂ©cutĂ©e. Une autre confĂ©rence pour la rhĂ©torique de la dĂ©mocratie dĂ©nuĂ©e de sens serait un pas en arriĂšre. À l’autre extrĂ©mitĂ© du spectre, une « Alliance des dĂ©mocraties » rigide pourrait exclure de maniĂšre contre-productive des pays qui ne s’inscrivent pas dans un modĂšle de dĂ©mocratie prĂ©conçu.

Il n’y a pas de modĂšle standard unique de sociĂ©tĂ©, de systĂšme Ă©conomique et encore moins de dĂ©mocratie. Mais comme une construction historique basĂ©e sur les conditions, les circonstances et les caractĂ©ristiques de chaque peuple et nation. Le monopole de la dĂ©finition de la dĂ©mocratie au profit de certains pays et l’incitation Ă  la confrontation idĂ©ologique sur la ligne de « dĂ©mocratie contre l’autoritarisme » est Ă  l’opposĂ© de la dĂ©mocratie et contre-productif pour promouvoir la coopĂ©ration internationale si nĂ©cessaire en pĂ©riode de crise climatique, d’augmentation du niveau d’inĂ©galitĂ©, la pandĂ©mie de Covid-19 et l’accĂšs inĂ©gal aux vaccins entre pays en dĂ©veloppement et pays dĂ©veloppĂ©s.

La protection de la dĂ©mocratie nĂ©cessite plus qu’une simple rĂ©forme nationale ou la dĂ©monstration que, comme le prĂ©sident des États-Unis, Joe Biden, aime Ă  le dire, « que la dĂ©mocratie peut toujours ĂȘtre efficace ». Cela nĂ©cessite une coopĂ©ration accrue entre les pays dotĂ©s de diffĂ©rentes structures de gouvernance politique autour de la planĂšte.

Le Sommet lui-mĂȘme devrait ĂȘtre considĂ©rĂ© comme le dĂ©but d’un processus de candidature plutĂŽt que comme constituant d’un nouveau groupe. La variĂ©tĂ© et la richesse des dĂ©mocraties dans le monde – qui fondent toutes leur lĂ©gitimitĂ© – crĂ©ent une opportunitĂ© qui peut ĂȘtre exploitĂ©e.

Le Sommet devrait donner le ton avec une rĂ©flexion introspective sur la dĂ©mocratie amĂ©ricaine et sur les domaines d’une Ă©ventuelle coopĂ©ration internationale. Cela encouragerait les autres Ă  emboĂźter le pas. Tout pays qui refuserait d’admettre des problĂšmes semblerait absurde et s’exclurait des avantages de l’adhĂ©sion.

Democracy is not an exclusive practice of one country

By Allawi Ssemanda

US president Joe Biden is set to host a virtual democracy summit from December 9 to 10. Over 110 leaders from different parts of the world have been invited to attend the summit. In Africa, 17 countries have been invited to attend.

Uganda is not on the list of the 17 countries invited which has prompted discussion on social media with some claiming Uganda was left out because of alleged anti-democracy practices.

On April 16, 2021, U.S secretary of State Anthony Blinken issued a statement saying it was imposing visa restrictions on “those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda.”

While it’s right for governments to criticise undemocratic practices, the U.S is not a good ambassador to be lecturing the world about democracy. While they accuse some African countries of undermining democratic practices, facts on the ground show that Washington continuously practices the same.

Despite praising self as the “city upon a hill,” scenes characterizing developing countries during elections are the same we see during U.S presidential elections. For example, money is said to have played a major role during the 2020 U.S presidential elections. Congressional and presidential campaigns saw nearly 14 billion U.S dollars, more than double of what was spent in 2016! Also, undisclosed campaign contributions and dark money increased during the 2020 polls increased.

According to the Brennan Centre for Justice at New York University, dark money groups poured in 2020 U.S elections over 750 million dollars. Such practices monetize elections which has been cited as a major setback affecting democracy in Africa.

Gallup poll released on October 8, 2020, showed that Americans’ trust in elections had reduced with only 19% of respondents saying were “very confident” about the accuracy of their presidential elections. Wall Street Journal of November 9, 2020 commentary noted that the 2020 U.S elections were a culmination of two decades of decline in Americans’ trust in the basics of building blocks for a vibrant democracy.

Arguably, it is not a surprise that November 3, 2020 polls were disputed which culminated into an open attack on the so-called beacon of democracy (capitol building attack) on 6th January 2021. German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier responded by saying that ‘The scenes (the U.S. Capitol building violence) we have seen are the result of lies and more lies, of division and contempt for democracy, of hatred and rabble-rousing — even from the very highest levels.’

All the above shows that democracy is not a preserve of the U. S and therefore, claiming to be champions of democracy and branding those they don’t agree with as authoritarians and “rogue regimes” as they normally do is not just hypocrisy but also insulting international intelligence.

However, this should not be interpreted that I am blind to tell the difference between liberal democracy and authoritarian regimes, I of course do and if asked, yes, I have a strong preference!

On human rights which the U.S and some other countries base to attack others branding them abusers of human rights, the U.S still is not the best to lecture the world on human rights or equality.

We have all witnessed acts of racism in the West and some analysts argue it is systematic. In his statement on the death of George Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, President Barack Obama lamented that “Remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of the race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal.’”

In June 2020, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights twice addressed the media stressing that protests which were triggered by the death of Floyd painted not just police brutality against people of colour but also raised issues of inequality and racial discrimination in the U.S’ education, health and employment sectors.

While President Biden’s democracy summit is a good initiative, one can argue that the U.S should not segregate on who attends it. Even those who they think are not democratic “enough” should not be left out. It is such summits where people meet, listen to each other, and maybe learn from each other. Possibly, the world’s biggest population – China should have been invited to share how the world should make progress towards a “functioning real democracy.” For example, while arguing that democracy is a shared value of all human beings, China proposed developing a whole-process people’s democracy. Should the world not hear how they think this will better the world and the “real” democratisation process?

We ought to know that democracy is not an exclusive practice of one country. Rather, it should be about the people ruling and the ruled in a given country. With skyrocketing monetization of politics as a study by Brennan Centre for Justice at New York University observed, like in many undemocratic countries, the 2020 U.S polls were largely influenced by money a practice that arguably makes democracy a commodity since money can influence voter’s choice.

The writer is a Research Fellow at Development Watch Centre, a Foreign Policy Think Tank, and author of Why Africa Deserves a Permanent Seat at United Nations Security Council

Quest for democracy and social equality, a mirage or reality?

The United States President Joseph Biden is set to convene a virtual group of over 100 world leaders in early December for the first-ever ‘Summit for Democracy’. The summit comes at a time when democracy in the States has undergone a litmus test in recent times.

Among this is the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement that was occasioned by the murder of George Floyd in May last year, the African American was murdered during police enforcement. This tragedy was filmed by pedestrians, spread on social networks and subsequently triggered a round of protests across the world.

democracyThe incident and the aftermath of the recent US election where former president Donald Trump disputed the results with unverified accusations of election fraud, produced a strong response in American politics and social life, allowing us to understand the political and economic plight of contemporary American society.

It is not surprising therefore that the US was for the first time listed as a “backsliding democracy” in an annual report on the state of global democracy from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, a Stockholm-based organization. International IDEA’s report, which looked at trends across 2020 to 2021, said that the US ‘fell victim to authoritarian tendencies’.

Law enforcement is a mirror of any democracy. With some law enforcement actions coming under close scrutiny and considered excessive by many human rights movement organizations in the United States, the same is mirrored in our Kenyan context. While in America such criticism stems from the application of the law based on race with perceived hardline on blacks, application of the law is seen based on one’s economic status here at home.

The said challenges that have faced the United States – largely seen as the model democracy present learning ground for young democracies like Kenya. They send a strong message that even with the adoption of perceived modern self-governing practices, the so called democracy is a process rather than a destination.

Much remains to be done therefore in transforming public perception on the application of the law towards making the quest for justice a service available to the majority while firm on the minority who opt to go against stipulated laws.

Commendably, the status of Africa’s democratic process is not all gloom. In its report, the International IDEA’s report noted that in most African countries, regular elections have paved the way for peaceful transfer of power and amidst the pandemic, election management bodies (EMBs) adapted to the rising health and safety challenges, showing resiliency and flexibility while ensuring that most national and/or subnational scheduled elections remained on course.

Some signs of democracy are emerging in Africa with several elections setting the pace for peaceful transfer of power. Zambia where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema defeated incumbent Edgar Lungu in the presidential election is a classic example, Ghana is also a good case where the long term opposition leader is now the president after beating the ruling party. In Malawi the Supreme Court cancelled the election results and declared the opposition leader the winner.

The ground is now shifting which explains why many here were surprised by the storming of the US Capitol building in January and former President Donald Trump questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 election results in the United States without substantiating his allegations. This was followed by a series of deliberate efforts to misinform the public while undermining fundamental trust in the electoral process. Such actions caught many by surprise and soiled the image of the United States as we know it.

Kenya has one of the most progressive constitutions in Africa but implementation remains elusive. The culture of electoral violence and win at any cost is still firmly entrenched in our politics. The role of state supporting one side is also a threat. Our electoral laws need reforms to limit the use of money to buy votes and make cash handouts illegal. But besides all these, with the prevailing economic challenges exacerbated by the pandemic in the country makes it difficult to have smooth and just election outcomes.

The writer is Dr. John Musingi,
Senior Lecturer – Resource use conflicts,
University of Nairobi.

America’s democracy and its deficits of substance

By Charles Onunaiju

NEXT month, between December 10 and 11, the United States presidency intends to convene what it called “leader’s summit for democracy.” According to a statement on the summit, which will hold virtually, President Joe Biden will use the platform “to rebuild our alliances with our democratic partners and allies, rallying the world to stand up against human rights abuses
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It is only hoped that the platform would be one of mutual learning and experience-sharing and not of hectoring, lecturing and posturing. However, the narrow framework of the meeting, down to “our democratic partners and allies”, already foreclosed an inclusive and broadly participatory process, and which by itself, is an indictment on the democratic credentials of the organisers.

However, the following brief discourse is an uninvited memo to the platform. Broad human aspirations for peace, security, sustainable development, and even prosperity is absolutely no doubt, universal and pointedly connects to the enduring collective human yearnings for happiness and better life.

However, the mechanisms, organisations and processes to attain them must give due diligence and context to specific circumstances, historical conditions, and other factors that shape the social outlook of a given people and also give proper effect to the conditions of their developmental stage.

Without adequate understanding of the historical process which poses the question of the existential reality and its challenges in the way, it actually exists and unfolds, gaining substantive leverage over the process and drive transformative agenda that opens the path of sustainable and inclusive development would be deprived of the refreshing tonic of historical far sight and foresight.

In the real and practical sense, democracy which is the broad spectrum of people-centered political organisation and process, must find context out of its generalised concept to the specific nature of the different challenges, circumstances, and reality in which a given people find nurture their respective experiences.

Without this concrete expression in a particular context, democracy in the developing nations and Africa in particular would function as mere rhetorical flourish or at best, a philosophical abstraction, irrelevant to the routine strivings of the majority of the people.

A well-known anti-colonial fighter and one of Africa’s foremost thinker and theoretician Amilcar Cabral said that the mass of the people do not fight and make sacrifices in anti-colonial struggles and national construction efforts for the ideas that exist in any one’s head, no matter how lofty but rather to bring concrete material improvements in the quality of their lives.

Democracy is served best when it engages and resolves practical questions regarding the improvement in the quality of lives of the people. It is even consolidated on a firmer ground if it delivers the human security and guarantees better life which poverty and extreme material deprivations are the greatest threats.

In contemporary times, the debate about democracy, especially in the West focuses on procedures and rules, with very little about the people, which is the real substance of democracy. In the new context of re-emerging cold war thinking and outlook in the West, democracy has fallen victim again as mere ideological tool to further the purpose of hegemonic and power politics.

Democracy which should serve to attend to human’s existential needs in a specific historical context and national condition is being abstractly generalised as a set of rules to be imposed by Western powers superintended and by a self-select few who ascribed to themselves the monopoly of wisdom to define its templates and enforce complaints on others by the tumultuous and dangerous mechanism of regime change.”

It is no gain saying that while the high tempo of human aspirations is universal, the democratic temperament of procuring and processing its feasibility is local and it is in the local application of the democratic process that its results are best maximised and its effects on people made more tangible and practical.

However, it is not difficult to understand that America would hardly see the platform of this type as mutual learning and experience sharing process which will feed into various efforts by different nations to nurture and consolidate their democratic practices against the background of their respective unique national conditions and histories.

Already designed as framework for rebuilding alliances, the Washington’s organised summit on democracy will be little more than regurgitation of cold war political alliances that defined the world between “US and them”.

Democracy and its implications for mutual learning and experience-sharing cannot be discriminatory but would rather integrate the experiences of all countries with different outlooks as a totality of collective human heritage and put them on offer for objective and honest interrogations. Designating some values as democratic and others as authoritarian can hardly fit into any serious definition of democratic temperament and ethos.

The United States, whose democratic practices are hardly measurable to its professed democratic values nonetheless deliberately, weaponises its ideals as foreign policy instrument to project and secure its national interest. From what the U.S preaches to the world about the sanctity of “one person, one vote,” its electoral college system, by which the votes of few electoral college delegates trumps over the majority votes of electors is nothing short of abrasive and rude affront to majoritarian electoral democracy that the American establishment unabashedly dictates to the rest of the world.

Because, America’s democracy is basically, a transactional system, in which majority of Americans have very little leverage over legislation and policy outcomes, crucial issues including such life and death issues as gun violence, are left to the antics of vicious special interest groups who mobilise and pay for huge campaign expenses and dictate policy choices according to their special interests with ordinary American watching helplessly.

Despite the surge in gun violence and the usual national grief and outcry that follow each incident of deadly gun violence, politicians and government can hardly reach a consensus on modest gun control measures that can address the perennial and vicious circle of gun violence. If any democracy does not address issues that are of concerns to the majority of its people, how then does it conform to the practice of democracy and in tandem with its values and ideals?

Despite the glamour that has been politically festered on America’s democratic ideals, the substantive practice of democracy in the U.S has revealed not only inbuilt exclusion of minorities, especially of blacks, Latinos and Asians but outright hostility to them. With the economic conditions of white middle-class Americans becoming more precarious, race, its conflicts and hostilities are re-emerging as the new frontier of America’s political battles. Broad and inclusive democratic practice can narrow the gap and blunt the sharp edges of racial tensions, but since American democracy is not broadly inclusive enough, it is yet to be enriched by the beauty of the different colours of its own people.

The U.S democracy remained fundamentally challenged by inclusive social process in which the fruits of its high scientific and technological achievements can translate to broadly shared prosperity. Like the presidential aspirant of the Democratic Party, Senator Bernie Sanders always said, the situation where the national wealth is owned by less than one percent of the American population is not acceptable.

From the outlines of U.S summit on democracy, which Africa is expected to participate, issues most critical to the region especially building the necessary framework for sustainable and inclusive development would be conspicuously missing. No meaningful construction of democracy in Africa would be possible without taking issues of extreme poverty into account and how best to raise people from extreme material deprivations.

The way to enable millions of Africans overcome poverty through massive investment in infrastructures like efficient transportation network featuring sea and air ports, railways and highways. Additionally, power and low carbon or clean energy is a basis on which Africa social stability and democracy can thrive and survive. Unfortunately such key issues that are strategic to securing in democracy in Africa does not feature in U.S engagement with the continent.

China, however, mainstreams these core and fundamental issues in her cooperation with Africa and both in the two main mechanism of engagement with Africa, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, and Belt and Road framework of International Cooperation, BRI.

These critical and enabling infrastructure needs for Africa’s sustainable and inclusive development has been the driving force. China’s support for democracy and social stability in Africa is practical, tangible and solution-driven while Washington pays lip service to the challenge of consolidating and enhancing democracy in Africa.

Democracy beyond abstractions needs tangible and practical measures to establish and consequently internalise and diffuse its values to the broadest section of the population.

Without establishing the existential material basis for it to survive and thrive, democracy would not only remain hollow but would be divorced from the real challenges and concerns of the broadcast section of the human community. A democracy must resolve the great question of social equity and inclusion.

America’s democracy despite its political glamour, struggles to contend with numerous substantive issues, germane to Americans and obviously need to improve itself. Despite this, the American establishment does very little at home to renovate and innovate its democratic practice but  rather engages in worldwide political subterfuge, plying democratic rhetoric as mere weapon of foreign policy.

The existential reminder that America’s democracy needs urgent structural reinvention and reforms, was the fascist’s audacity to grab power last January by the daring invasion of the capitol, that houses the U.S legislative chambers and this shows that colourful rhetoric is no substitute to profound soul search.

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You along these lines need to guarantee that you find somebody who has a fastidious eye for detail and who has experience working in a comparable measured business to your own. An accountant who will in general work for little companies, for instance, may work really hard for little companies, yet may not be equipped for dealing with the finance for your 300 representatives or of keeping an exact record of your 10,000 month to month deals. Anybody can consider themselves a tax preparer, however what you really want is a genuine professional. There are different sorts of accountants so be certain that you know which one is appropriate for you.

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It is significant that you don’t race into picking a tax accountant and that you rather require some investment to address them and see whether they have the capabilities and experience that you want. Do a web-based check for their name or the name of the organization they work for in the event that they are not independent. Quickly dismiss anybody for whom you can track down objections. Get some information about their capabilities and assuming they have a place with any professional bookkeeping associations. It would likewise be a smart thought to really look at references, particularly ones from companies like your own, to see whether the individual is solid and has delivered blunder free returns. Different inquiries to pose incorporate discovering their charges and how they are determined, for example, hourly or an oddball cost for each tax return.

The tax accountant may likewise charge extra for things, for example, calls, so guarantee that you are completely mindful of precisely the thing you will be paying to keep away from unsavory astonishments sometime later. While picking a tax accountant be demanding as you really want to guarantee great assistance. Make a few inquiries and track down the best rate, however don’t pick some unacceptable individual essentially in light of the fact that they are modest. A property accountant, for instance, isn’t the ideal individual to do your tax return, similarly as a tax accountant may not be the ideal decision for bequest arranging. You can track down many independent accountants in reality or on the web so it ought not be hard to track down the ideal individual to get everything taken care of.

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How To Buy and Sell Businesses Online

So you have a great deal of stuff you need to give up. Or then again perhaps you have a skill for selling stuff, buying more stuff and afterward selling them once more. Previously, the universe of buy-and-sell required a genuine space to sell the things you buy, yet in this cutting edge age, the web is gradually supplanting the actual store with a more financially savvy, digital choice.

Assuming you have web business thought that will function admirably with your way of life configuration, then, at that point, let it all out! Here are some basic hints to assist you with getting everything rolling in dealing with your own internet based buy-and-sell business.

Quality and Honesty

The thing about the buy-and-sell world is that it is intensely founded on quality. Selling a used and pre-cherished thing implies that it has gone through some significant dealing with – and in this manner, may have harms, regardless of whether physical, mechanical, or on the other hand in case it’s a contraption or something, programming shrewd. Also, check out BizBook if you are Looking for Business partner.

Ensure that before you buy or sell a thing, you review it completely. Never buy something that feels questionable, and hence, sell nothing that feels questionable (particularly assuming you really realize that something isn’t right with the item.) Nobody prefers the sensation of being cheated into a buy, so consistently guarantee the nature of your items and be straightforward and genuine with regards to it. Does the item have some surface scratches? Does it have an awkward screw or switch? Have it fixed, and notice it.

Try not to say a thing is shiny new, regardless of whether it seems as though that in the wake of being adjusted. Being totally legit with your items is a major in addition to in the realm of web business – it’s enticing to only level out preclude specific uncomplimentary insights concerning an item to make it more alluring for buy over the web, yet doing as such will simply hurt your standing, particularly assuming your client chooses to post negative input on your stuff. Additionally, that is super mean.

Pictures Don’t Lie (Or Do They?)

Sadly, in this period of Photoshop, it’s not difficult to wipe out scrapes and breaks on your item. Never at any point, at any point do that, except if you need your web-based business thoughts to turn into a web business memory. You can get sued, and as referenced, it’s very insidious.

The extraordinary thing here is, it’s simpler to take a decent picture these days, as well. Snatch a nice camera and take photographs of your items in great, in any event, lighting and before a reasonable foundation (assuming that it’s little enough). Don’t simply take one picture – make efforts from various points and show the item’s various aspects and highlights. Assuming you can, take an example video of your item moving. These photos and recordings make your things more sellable, and your shop more sound.

Arrange!

One of the absolutely alluring parts of online buy-and-sell items is the way that you can wrangle costs and haggle with buyers and sellers. Try not to consider exchange a terrible spot to be in – consider it an incredible chance to construct associations with individuals in your market. Keep a cordial demeanor and talk about the valuing and advantages; why it can’t go past a specific value, why it should cost a specific sum.

Haggling with customers will likewise be an extraordinary chance for you to up-sell (or buy more items at a wrangled cost). Toss in one more item to adjust things, or to make the thing more alluring. It’ll have your stock moving instantly.

Turning into an internet-based business visionary is simple. All you really want is a little genuineness and a brilliant thought, and you’re well headed to turning into your own chief, in the solace of your own home, and with the biggest and most remarkable commercial center on your side – the web.

Information About Cyber Crimes & Security Solutions

We are presently residing in Cyber age, where Internet and PCs significantly affect our method of carrying on with, public activity and the manner in which we lead businesses.

The use of information technology has presented extraordinary security challenges and moral inquiries before us. Similarly as everything has positives and negatives, use of information technology is valuable just as unreliable.

With the development of the web, network security has turned into a central issue. Cyber violations have arisen quickly over the most recent couple of years and have significant outcomes. Cyber crooks are doing everything from taking cash, hacking into others PC, taking protected innovation, spreading infections and worms to harm PCs associated on the web and committing cheats.

Stoppage of cyber violations is a central issue today.

Cyber criminal utilize the vulnerabilities in PC delicate products and organizations for their potential benefit.

Hacking:

Hacking or Cracking is a significant cyber wrongdoing committed today. Programmer utilizes the shortcomings and provisos in working frameworks to obliterate data and take significant information from casualty’s PC. Breaking is ordinarily done using a secondary passage program introduced on your machine. A great deal of saltines likewise attempt to get sufficiently close to assets using secret phrase breaking virtual products. Programmers can likewise monitor what u do on your PC and can likewise import documents on your PC. A programmer could introduce a few projects on to your framework without your insight. Such projects could likewise be utilized to take individual information, for example, passwords and credit card information. Significant data of an organization can likewise be hacked to get the restricted intel of things to come plans of the organization.

Cyber-Theft:

Cyber-Theft is the utilization of PCs and correspondence frameworks to take information in electronic configuration. Programmers break into the frameworks of banks and move cash into their own ledgers. This is a main issue, as bigger measures of cash can be taken and wrongfully moved.

Numerous bulletins on the web give the financial backers free exhortation suggesting stocks where they ought to contribute. Now and then these suggestions are absolutely sham and cause misfortune to the financial backers. Credit card misrepresentation is likewise exceptionally normal.

The vast majority of the organizations and banks don’t uncover that they have been the survivors of cyber – robbery on account of the dread of losing clients and investors. Cyber-robbery is the most widely recognized and the most announced of all cyber-wrongdoings. Cyber-robbery is a well known cyber-wrongdoing since it can rapidly bring experienced cyber-criminal huge money coming about because of almost no work. Besides, there is little possibility an expert cyber-criminal will be captured by law authorization.

Infections and worms:

Infections and worms is an extremely significant danger to typical clients and organizations. Infections are PC programs that are intended to harm PCs. It is named infection since it spreads starting with one PC then onto the next like an organic infection. An infection should be connected to another program or archives through which it enters the PC. A worm typically exploits provisos in delicate products or the working framework. Deception is uncertain. It seems to do a certain something yet accomplishes something different. The framework might acknowledge it as a certain something. Upon execution, it might deliver an infection, worm or rationale bomb. A rationale bomb is an assault set off by an occasion, similar to PC clock arriving at a specific date. Chernobyl and Melissa infections are the new models.

Specialists gauge that the Mydoom worm tainted around a quarter-million PCs in a solitary day in January 2004. Back in March 1999, the Melissa infection was incredible to the point that it constrained Microsoft and various other exceptionally huge organizations to totally wind down their email frameworks until the infection could be contained.

Solutions:

According to Sybaweb, a leading South African cloud solutions provider, a significant inquiry emerges that how might these violations be forestalled. Various procedures and solutions have been introduced however the issues actually exists and are expanding step by step.

Antivirus And Anti spyware Software:

Аntivirus programming comprises of PC programs that endeavor to distinguish, impede and dispense with PC infections and other vindictive programming. Against spy products are utilized to limit secondary passage program, trojans and other covert agent products to be introduced on the PC.

Firewalls:

A firewall shields a PC network from unapproved access. Organization firewalls might be equipment gadgets, programming programs, or a mix of the two. An organization firewall commonly watches an inside PC network against vindictive access from outside the organization.

Cryptography:

Cryptography is the study of scrambling and decoding information. Encryption resembles sending a postal mail to one more party with a lock code on the envelope which is known uniquely to the sender and the beneficiary. Various cryptographic techniques have been created and some of them are as yet not broke.

Cyber Ethics and Laws:

Cyber morals and cyber laws are likewise being figured to stop cyber violations. It is a responsibility of each person to keep cyber morals and cyber laws so the expanding cyber violations will lessen. Security virtual products like enemy of infections and against spy products ought to be introduced on all PCs, to stay secure from cyber wrongdoings. Network access Providers ought to likewise give significant degree of security at their servers to keep their customers secure from a wide range of infections and mallicious programs.

What Every Marketer Needs To Know About Website Hosting

Picking your web hosting provider is the following intelligent advance after you have enrolled your area name. Nonetheless, it isn’t not difficult to track down the right web hosting bargain. There are many organizations that proposition web hosting services. On the off chance that you make an inquiry on Google for the watchword website hosting you will get in excess of 100 million outcomes!

Assuming you need to have a fruitful online presence you want to have dependable website hosting. Your web webpage must be consistently online and open. Any other way, you will free customers and possibilities. We should contrast this and a conventional business.

If you have a shop in “offline” business name of the shop is your area name and business space and framework is your web hosting. Envision a bistro that don’t have power once every day for one hour or a cheap food service where there is just a single representative rather than four!

WEB HOSTING TYPES

You need to pick your website hosting bargain contingent upon sort of your webpage. You will not pick a similar web hosting bargain if you have an individual web webpage, web website for email bulletin membership and chronicles, web based business webpage or web gathering. There are 4 primary web hosting: virtual (shared) hosting, dedicated server, collocation server and affiliate hosting. The two most utilized are virtual (shared) hosting and dedicated server.

Virtual (shared) hosting is the circumstance where many web destinations dwell on one web server. This is the cheapest web hosting in light of the fact that numerous clients split the expense for web server. You can find quality virtual hosting from R2000 each year.

Dedicated server addresses a hosting where company rent the entire web server from website hosting company. That web server is situated in the website hosting company. Dedicated server is the ideal decision for company that would rather not share there server with different clients.

Dedicated server can be overseen and un-oversaw. In the primary case web hosting company will take care about setting up and consistent updates and upgrades of your web server while you should do that in the subsequent case.

Benefit of this kind of web hosting is that you can totally oblige your web hosting to your requirements. Likewise, dedicated server is the main sensible decision for web destinations with heaps of guests. On account of expenses for a dedicated server that beginning from R1500 each month, typically this hosting is picked exclusively by organizations which treat their Internet business extremely in a serious way.

Collocation server is like dedicated server. Distinction is that company doesn’t rent a web server. They place their own web server in the web hosting company. Likewise, company has actual admittance to their web server while it isn’t true in utilizing a dedicated server.

Affiliate hosting is focused on to organizations that need to begin their own website hosting business.

A helpful web website where you can observe a web hosting that will meet your requirements is www.aurahost.co.za