Opinion

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities–a powerhouse for the poor

by Stephen Pearlstein Washington Post May 4, 2007

You often hear that the poor and working people don't have a voice in Washington, that they invariably lose out to special interests that give big campaign contributions or can mobilize a vast membership. ...

Trade can play a role in agricultural development

by Gawain Kripke Oxfam America February 23, 2007

Gawain Kripke is senior policy adviser on international trade issues with Oxfam America. Kripke has authored numerous opinion pieces and briefing papers on trade and development issues, has testified before Congress, and appears frequently on radio and television programs, including Marketplace, CNN, National Public Radio, and BBC World News. This article first appeared in ...

What should a billionaire give to save human lives–and what should you?

by Peter Singer New York Times December 17, 2006

What is a human life worth? You may not want to put a price tag on a it. But if we really had to, most of us would agree that the value of a human life would be in the millions. Consistent with the foundations of our democracy and our frequently professed belief in the inherent dignity of human beings, we would also agree that all humans are created equal, at least to the extent of denying that di ...

Reflections on Pinochet’s death

by Juan Antonio Montecino December 12, 2006

By now the world has had enough time to reflect on the irony of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's death Sunday, December 10, International Human Rights Day. Now the dictator responsible for the death, torture and disappearance of thousands will never face justice. It's been over 33 years since Pinochet rose to power in Chile through what is generally recognized as one of the bloodiest coups of the 20th c ...

Inter-American Development Bank debt cancellation for Haiti–just another promise?

by Debayani Kar and Tom Ricker December 7, 2006

(December 7, 2006) Members of the international community got a tongue lashing at a recent donors conference on Haiti, attended by more than 90 delegations of countries and international organizations. After numerous press announcements and pledges of assistance, totaling nearly $1.8 billion over the past two years, promises “have not been kept,” according to Dominican Republic foreign mini ...

DR Congo – Is it a miracle?

by Mark Doyle BBC News November 30, 2006

When I heard that the losing candidate in the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean Pierre Bemba, had accepted defeat, I realised I would have to eat some words. "It would be a miracle," I reported several times for the BBC on visits to DR Congo during the first and second rounds of voting, "if these polls are pulled off successfully". ...

The world needs its small farmers

by Laura Carlsen IRC October 25, 2006

October 25, 2006) World Food Day, commemorated on October 16, has become more of an exercise in expiation of sins than a renewal of a serious commitment to end hunger. Throughout the world, the press decries the latest Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics: 852 million people lack adequate food, 13% of the world's population is “food insecure.” Hunger and famine exist on every ...

Still the rich world’s viceroy. If the IMF wants to reform itself, why not try democracy?

by George Monbriot September 5, 2006

The glacier has begun to creak. In the world’s most powerful dictatorship, we detect the merest hint of a thaw. I am not talking about China, or Uzbekistan, Burma or North Korea. This state runs no torture chambers or labour camps. No one is executed, though plenty starve to death as a result of its policies. The unhurried perestroika is taking place in Washington, in the offices of the Internat ...

The Debacle of Doha

by Walden Bello July 28, 2006

(July 28, 2006) Several guilty parties were responsible for the recent collapse of the Doha round of trade negotiations, but none guiltier than the United States. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab refused to make a serious offer on cutting domestic subsidies for U.S. farmers. Worse, at a late stage in the negotiations, she appeared determined to eliminate any protection for developing country ...

4 Ways To Spend $60 Billion Wisely

by William Easterly Washington Post July 2, 2006

In the world of philanthropy, development and foreign aid, it's not as easy as it sounds. So here are some humble bits of advice for the new Bill and Melinda Gates/Warren Buffett Axis of Altruism:1 The business world and the developing world are worlds apart. Your success in business may make you underestimate the challenges of helping the world's poorest populations. Just remember, you've thrived ...

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