November 22, 2017
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Glorifying slavery
Irrelevance of CHOGM summit No matter how eloquently a justification for the existence of an organization like Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is presented, its vagueness and futility cannot be underestimated. No one has a clear idea, except Britain, why such a grouping exists and what it exactly promotes. Although to its members it is a voluntary association of independent states in the enterprise of promoting democracy, good government, human rights and economic development, the Commonwealth has been criticized for being a post-colonial hub with little influence and relevance. Indeed, it doesn’t enjoy any influence over non-members and is not even recognized as a bloc of worth in international affairs. So far, CHOGM’s achievements are confined to promoting British interests and sometimes, profit-making. It has no connection with promoting democracy, freedom of expression, development and universal values, except selective rhetoric from time to time. It is a bogus claim in a post-colonial global network. Formerly known as the British Commonwealth, the Commonwealth of Nations is a lose association of former British colonies and current dependents, along with some countries that have no prior ties to Britain. Essentially, CHOGM stems from the infamous ‘Imperial Conferences’, which were, at that time, organized to accommodate the increasing assertiveness and independence of dominions. To perpetuate Britain’s super
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