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Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Michael Winship | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

No, this is not some Game of Thrones spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster.

Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015

Bea Edwards | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Bea Edwards

While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.

New BRICS Bank a Building Block of Alternative World Order

Parag Khanna | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Parag Khanna

The "New Development Bank" announced in Fortaleza this week marks the launch of a collective lending platform steered exclusively by the BRICS countries. With an authorized capital of $100 billion, it could lend up to $34 billion per year. It is not an understatement to say that this is a new kind of bank for a new world order. For the first time in history, infrastructure spending consistently exceeds military expenditure.

Combating Desertification in the Post-2015 Agenda

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Land degradation and subsequent desertification are becoming some of the most pressing development issues. It is estimated that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost in the last 40 years due to soil erosion.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

World Bank Poised to Deny Africa's Indigenous Peoples Their Rights

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

The fight over indigenous peoples' rights in Africa is much larger than the World Bank, where its Indigenous Peoples Policy is applied infrequently. The greatest danger comes instead from the World Bank's image, for good or ill, as a global standard-setter.

BRICS Nations To Form Bank To Rival World Bank, IMF

AP | SILVIO IZQUIERDO | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own de...

World Bank Environmental Safeguards In Need Of Updating

Reuters | Anna Yukhananov | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in de...

The World Bank Just Made Lagos' Poorest Poorer

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Badia communities are demanding justice. The least the World Bank can do is implement its own policies.

The Rights of the Down Trodden

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Development isn't just about constructing roads, markets, school and proving electricity and schools, it's also about ensuring that the poorest of the people are well catered for.

Princeton's Haitian Taxi-Driving Entrepreneurs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.10.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

"I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man." - François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture As one who believes passionately i...

America Is Number One, Always

Blake Henderson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

Let me start off by saying that I don't really care for numbers. Never have. But there's one number that I know in my heart to be true: that America is number one.

'Green News Report' - July 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big Coal baron says Obama's 'evil', attacks wildly popular new EPA emis...

As the World Bank Turns

Robert Walker | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.

FIFA's Responsibility to World Cup Host Nations

Arnal Dayaratna | Posted 06.20.2014 | Sports
Arnal Dayaratna

The time has come for FIFA and the world to expect a deeper dialogue about how a nation and a powerful multi-national organization can work together to synergistically support each other.

The House Condemns the World's Poorest to Dirty Coal

Nezir Sinani | Posted 06.19.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As long as Congress commits U.S. taxpayer dollars to the World Bank, it should fight to ensure those funds are not used to finance projects that drive climate change or harm human health.

Kenya, Corruption, and Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Kenya is too important to fail. The government knows it, and so donor governments. So its dependence on foreign aid will also continue. Let us hope that Kenya does not become part of the African Confederation of Failed States.

Kate Sheppard

World Bank Staff Anxious About Major Changes, According To Internal Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal survey of World Bank Group employees obtained by The Huffington Post indicates a significant portion of employees have conce...

Dr. Kim of the World Bank Must Walk the Talk on Climate

Nezir Sinani | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank has not yet addressed climate issues systematically. Most notably, its Safeguard Policy framework does not require climate change risk assessments for Bank projects. This gap in policy has allowed the World Bank to continue financing projects with serious implications for our climate and to essentially ignore the issue completely.

Got Global Governance?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Christopher Holshek

If you want good global governance, you have to provide good global citizenship.

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?

Turkish Coal Tragedy Puts Emphasis on Transition to Clean Energy

Justin Guay | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

In what's being deemed the worst mining disaster in Turkey's history, more than 240 miners have been killed and countless more are still missing. Prior to this tragedy, I sat down with EBRD's Director for Turkey to learn more about one of the international finance world's most surprising transitions beyond coal to becoming a potential clean energy leader.

Bigger Fish to Fry: How About Saving the Oceans?

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

What happens at sea significantly impacts the livelihoods of billions of people on land. As this realization sinks in, the world community is finally coming together to secure the needed financial resources and build the political will necessary for sustainable practices.

UN Millennium Development Targets for Water and Sanitation Will Expire in 2015... So What's Next?

Mackenzie Klema | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Mackenzie Klema

While there is a role for international financial institutions and the private sector in the fight for clean water, there is no justification for international agencies and corporations to continue promoting water privatization.