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A Future for Agriculture, a Future for Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

What would it take to transform Haiti's economy such that its role in the global economy is no longer that of providing cheap labor for sweatshops? What would it take for hunger to not be the norm?

Fault Lines: Haiti's Earthquake and Reconstruction, Through the Eyes of Many

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Our view of Haiti is often constrained by an implicit binary frame of a "good" civil society and a "bad" state. Missing from this discussion is the central role played by foreign actors.

Dams, Rivers and Stolen Millions in the Congo

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

In a classic case of the resource curse in the DR Congo, extractive projects are not promoting the country's long-term development, but rather are attracting short-term profiteers, conflict, and corruption.

Can Vladimir Putin Save The World's Endangered Tigers?

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Patrick Winn BANGKOK, Thailand -- Asia's most venerated beast, the tiger, is being wiped out by those most obsessed with its folky mystique. De...

IMF: Capital Controls Can Be A 'Legitimate' Policy Tool

BusinessWeek | Sandrine Rastello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Capital controls are a 'legitimate' tool in some cases for governments facing surges in investment that threaten to destabilize...

Haiti Earthquake Damage Twice Value Of Haiti Economy

AP | JONATHAN M. KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Damage from Haiti's catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake may be twice the value of the country's annual economy, Latin Americ...

Ethiopia's Hydro Plans Get Stuck in the Mud

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

On Jan. 13, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi inaugurated the Gilgel Gibe 2 scheme, the country's biggest hydropower project. "It is possible to ...

Profound Health Impact for Small Change

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

The WHO predicts that none of the health-related Millennium Development Goals that the international community had set itself will be met by 2015. Clearly no less than a paradigm shift will do.

Going After Uganda's Big, Bad Dam Investors

Lori Pottinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lori Pottinger

Uganda's poor can't afford electricity in general, and certainly not from a dam that costs close to a billion dollars. Even the nation's middle class and businesses will have trouble paying the bills.

Saving The Wild Tiger: 13 Asian Countries Meet In Effort To Save It From Extinction

AP | MICHAEL CASEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HUA HIN, Thailand — Efforts to save the wild tiger are at a critical point and it will take greater political will and cooperation from Asian co...

IMF to Washington: Don't Let Up on Stimulus

Barry D. Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barry D. Wood

As forecasters update their economic predictions for the year, the majority view seems to be that the recovery is fragile and it is not yet time to withdraw emergency fiscal stimulus.

Cancel Haiti's Debt

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

There is a quickly growing movement to forgive Haiti's $1 billion in outstanding debt and to insure that aid to earthquake victims takes the form of grants, not more loans.

Replacing International Oppression With International Aid

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Suppose wealthy nations pumped billions into programs for the world's hungry, sick, and illiterate, not on an ad hoc, crisis basis, but long-term through the UN. Isn't this the ethical thing to do?

Criminally Negligent Homicide: The Legacy of Wealthy Nations That Allows Millions to Die

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Two award-winning reporters have collaborated on a new book entitledEnough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. It is a page turner. Unless you simply don't give a damn, this is a must read.

The Tremor Felt Round the World

John Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Perkins

Much of the aid from USAID and the World Bank is employed to help huge multinational companies gain a strangle-hold on resources (including cheap labor) and markets in countries like Haiti.

Joseph Stiglitz Interview: 'We're More Strict With Our Poor Than With Our Banks'

Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

During the economic turmoil of the last few years, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz has been one of the...

Haiti and the Catastrophic Role of the International Financial System

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saskia Sassen

When the devastating earthquake hit, Haiti was already facing another crisis: the long-term drain on the government's treasury from paying off debts to the international system.

McKinsey and IFC Add Cost Curve Analysis to Water Debate

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

Global Water policies need change. Water is quickly becoming more and more scarce around the world and nonprofits and and philanthropists are committed to revolutionizing the way we use water.

Thinking of a Haitian Man Named Junior

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia DeSanctis

Junior was one of the most handsome twenty year olds I had ever seen. He was removed from his home and family in Haiti, but he told me of his dream to play professional soccer.

Interview with Michael Hudson Who Advises Latvia To Default on Their Loans to Sweden

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Keiser

Latvia should not pay back its loans to Sweden says renowned economist Dr. Michael Hudson. I interviewed him after reading his piece; The Specter o...

World Bank Loans India $1 Billion To Clean Ganges River Pollution

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW DELHI — The World Bank has agreed to loan India $1 billion to help clean the Ganges river, sacred to hundred of millions of Hindus and also ...

Civil Society Sounds Off on IFC Policies in Istanbul

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chad Dobson

One German participant summarized: "The IFC places all of the burden of environmental and social safeguards on the client ... The whole world is re-regulating and you should too."

Africa's Seat at the Table

President Abdoulaye Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
President Abdoulaye Wade

Battling global warming, the economic crisis, food and energy shortages, and AIDS and malaria requires co-partners, not post-colonial relationships.

Time to Stop the Regulatory Circus and to Steer the Ship to Safe Ground

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georges Ugeux

The real issue for regulators around the globe is a serious definition of the financial world we want to live in. The current focus nearly exclusively on the banking sector could cause authorities to miss the broader picture.

Earthquake To Cost Haiti's Economy At Least 15% Of GDP

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The earthquake in Haiti will cost the nation's economy at least 15 percent of its gross domestic product, said Pamela Cox, the World Bank's vice presi...