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The Bottom Line Is That There Is No Bottom Billion

Morten Jerven | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Morten Jerven

For the past two decades, mainstream economists who study African economic growth have been trying to explain something that never happened. Economists have focused almost exclusively on one question: why has economic growth failed in Africa?

U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta's Refusal to Cut Pentagon Spending Puts America at Greater Risk

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Refusal by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Members of Congress, and now the Super Committee, to cut US defense spending puts our country on a dange...

Republican Reasoning: Why 2008 Was the Year for Occupying and Protesting Wall Street

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

I am surprised that they did not happen in 2008 at the height of the financial collapse. We've known the root of this discontent for years, if not decades. It has to do with America's growing poverty and income inequality rates.

Rained Out? Opportunities in Haiti Washing Away

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

In addition to the rain, thousands are fighting for the right guaranteed by the United Nations and Haitian constitution to sleep on concrete blocks, in wet, muddy, ripping tents.

Haiti: From The Ground Up

Patrick Duplat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Duplat

From removing rubble to providing shelter, protecting women from sexual violence to providing employment, rebuilding Haiti requires a wide range of actors who must learn to work with each other.

Haiti's Future: A Requiem for the Dying

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gina Athena Ulysse

We are bearing witness to human rights violations in the name of expediency. This need not be the case. Haiti, once more, is being called upon to lead changes in the world.

Haiti Reconstruction: Dreams Abound...(update)

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Haiti is turning into a tabula rasa, especially for foreigners, almost virgin territory on which to imagine earthquake-proof dwellings, decent employment and health and education for all.

The Academic Man's Burden

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Academics are laggards, eternal followers that lack the ability to innovate and continue to inhabit a world of quantitative models oftentimes not descriptive of today's reality.

'Bankslaughter': Should Execs Be Held Liable For Killing Banks?

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATED: Jul. 9, 11:20 p.m. If you're driving and happen to kill a pedestrian, you may, of course, be slapped with manslaughter charges. On the oth...

Don't Just Do Something - Sit There!

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dennis Whittle

Some interventions can make things worse, via the law of unintended consequences. The larger the intervention, the more severe the possible negative consequences.

Will US Army's Development Delusions Cause More Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan?

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Easterly

More in sorrow than in anger, I see that this utopian social engineering craze could encourage people with guns to use them.

Ted@State: A Trip To The Nation's Capitol

Adriana Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adriana Dunn

The U.S. political system is no longer inaccessible and shrouded in secrecy. The prime example of this new attitude was yesterday's TED@State talk.

No Need to Oversimplify Poverty

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a constellation of special challenges, with greater or lesser impact in different parts of the region. These challenges should be addressed forthrightly and in an integrated manner.