More and more, the danger of a rerun of the 1930s, in which extremist movements profit from financial depression, looms as a real prospect.
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The Third World exists in a precarious state of neo colonial dependency and cannot follow our path out of economic disaster because we insist they don't.
Geithner grew up in Zimbabwe, India and Thailand. It would have been impossible for him to not have seen what true poverty is and how his father was helping to establish part of the solution.
As I reflect on my holiday experience last year and in light of this year's economic and moral climate, I marvel on the ability of a few to change the lives of many.
As the sub-prime mortgage crisis spread to all financial sectors of the US and quickly to the rest of the world, the media heaped praise on governments for bailing out financial institutions.
As long as we are more concerned about protecting the interests of governments and businesses than protecting people from needless suffering and death, tragedies like those in Darfur and Chad will continue.
I talked with Zakaria about what Obama faces as president: he will have to deal with China, India, and the developing world as they aspire to catch up with America.
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