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Third World Countries

Is Singapore the Perfect Country for Our Times?

Andrés Martinez | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Andrés Martinez

Even now, at the height of its success, Singapore doesn't get much love (as opposed to grudging respect) from the legions of foreigners who avail themselves of its First World amenities. It's almost obligatory for Westerners visiting or residing in Singapore to complain about the "sterility" of the place, and joke about the carefully manicured boulevards and the pristine shopping malls, contrasting Singapore unflatteringly to the grittier authenticity and "character" of nearby Cambodia and Vietnam. It's indeed easy to mock Singapore if you haven't lived in a poor country, and it's a form of colonial prejudice to begrudge Singaporeans their lack of Third World "charm." We prefer our tropics to be exotically chaotic, thank you -- not tidier and more efficient than the Swiss. And Singapore's system is highly responsive to its citizenry's needs and desires, without being terribly democratic.

Third World Wisdom Is Vital for Redeveloping a Sustainable Civilization

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Rohit Kumar

The best human civilization possible can only emerge from a synthesis of so-called First and Third World cultures. The First World civilizations have developed technology and science, which have grown from a wonderful cultural sense of appreciation for adventure, risk, and innovation.

The One Thing You Must Do Before You Die: Be an Entrepreneur

Juliet Asante | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
Juliet Asante

There is a line in one of Ludacris' song that I really like: "What is a life worth living if it's not on the edge? Why go through life only to arrive ...

A Midwife's Road to the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Is Paved One Signature at a Time

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Akoshia Yoba

As a young girl growing up in Uganda, Esther Madudu knew she would dedicate her life to bringing babies into the world. Little did she realize, how...

Millennium Development Goals at Risk by Protectionist Practices

Rafael von Raesfeld Porras | Posted 12.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Rafael von Raesfeld Porras

We must bear in mind that the interdependence in which we live through international cooperation is vital for the welfare of the various existing economies, so they can achieve their full potential, which results in a better quality of life for our citizens which is our main goal.

Global Threats Exist, But Also Many Global Demographic Opportunities for the U.S.

Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba | Posted 08.20.2012 | College
Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba

Over the next two decades, there is little doubt, given our history and given global demographic trends, that the U.S. will be called upon or see the need to respond to demographic-induced instability in developing countries.

WATCH 'Moneyball' Author Discusses Film Adaptation On Daily Show: 'I Thought It Was Gonna Suck'

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books

Last night on The Daily Show, Michael Lewis spoke with Jon Stewart about his newest book, "Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World." His journalisti...

Making A Difference: Voluntour and Do-Good Vacationns

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Consider adding a voluntour or do-good component to your next vacation! You just be might surprised at how vacationing can lead to making a difference! Are you M.A.D. today?

What Technology Brings to the Developing World

Ben Cole | Posted 06.07.2011 | Technology
Ben Cole

I would argue that the greatest benefit of technology to this part of the world is not just its ability to solve problems. Rather, technology brings something more, something transcendent: Technology brings empowerment.

Crime and Safety: Another Reason Why Americans Need to Travel Abroad

Lauren Quinn | Posted 05.30.2011 | Travel
Lauren Quinn

There I was, in the capital of a poor country still bearing the wounds of civil war, filled with gypsies and beggars and busted-up sidewalks, and I was safer than in my American hometown.

The Day After Tomorrow: If You Want to Grow, Learn

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Some countries are less developed than others due to the inability to acquire and adapt better technologies to raise productivity. Yet the potential for technological learning is huge and four global trends have begun to unlock it.

Dispatch From Uganda: What Africa Needs Now

John Hope Bryant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Hope Bryant

What Africa needs now is a hand up, and not simply a hand out.

Nigeria at 50 and Nigeria in 2050

Margee Ensign | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Margee Ensign

Nigeria is a developing country with high rates of poverty, inadequate infrastructure and high levels of child and maternal mortality. It is also beginning to realize its promise, especially by those with a university education

U.S. Income Inequality Has SURPASSED Guyana And Nicaragua

Slate Magazine | Timothy Noah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In 1915, a statistician at the University of Wisconsin named Willford I. King published The Wealth and Income of the People of the United States, the ...

Bookwallah Gives Books to the Orphans of the World

James M. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Bookwallah's sole mission is to collect and distribute children's storybooks, set up libraries, and spread the joy of reading to children of orphanages and children's homes throughout the world.

Not All Jobs Are Created Equal: Why Wall Street's Gain Has Been America's Loss

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

It's time to start separating the real economy from the casino economy. And to make sure that with all the talk in Washington about "jobs," we don't let the platitudes become a substitute for urgently needed policies.

Ecopreneur: Buying Land in Bangladesh

Kristin Boekhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kristin Boekhoff

My team and I worked hard for two years to get to this point -- the first land purchase. Buying land in Bangladesh wasn't easy, but just look at my new view!

Third World Term Should Be Retired, Says World Bank Head

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The head of the World Bank says it is time to stop using the term "Third World" to refer to developing countries and recognize they...

Arianna Huffington: The Shrinking Middle Class

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In an interview with Yahoo Tech Ticker on Wednesday, Arianna said that a shrinking middle class is causing America to resemble a third world nation. ...

Genius: a Talk With Edwidge Danticat

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martha St Jean

"When [my first novel] was just published, people walked up to me and told me that someone who worked at their house is Haitian," Danticat said. "Now there are a number of people telling me that their doctor is Haitian."

Geography Lessons: Correcting Sachs on African Economic Development

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Easterly

Sachs is an inspirational and hard-working intellectual, just one whose ideas on Africa happen to be sometimes totally wrong, and other times only seriously wrong.

G-20 Global Response: 'Developing World Needs Its Own Stimulus'

Huffington Post | Catherine Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the G-20 Summit in London wraps up today, bloggers and citizen journalists from around the world are covering the outcomes, ideas and policies pres...

Brothel Watch

Scott Diel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Diel

Sure, the girls make too much noise, and maybe they do drive down the property value. But if the prostitutes were driven out, they might be replaced with worse. Like a family with teenagers.

World Bank: the Incredible Shrinking Economy

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Heilbrunn

More and more, the danger of a rerun of the 1930s, in which extremist movements profit from financial depression, looms as a real prospect.

The Hypocrisy of the West

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Cohen

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.