Sunday Paper – New Years’ edition

  • “Sunshine: at the IMF, of all Places”Economist’s View; A new paper argues that the best solution to a financial crisis like the one we just experienced is to increase the share of income going to labor: Sunshine: at the IMF, of all places, by Alex…
  • Where Does Hate Come From?Economist’s View; Daniel Little has a question: Hate as a social demographic : Every democracy I can think of has a meaningful (though usually small) proportion of citizens who fall on the extreme right by any standard: racist, White supremacist, hateful, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, nativist, nationalist, or violently anti-government individuals and groups. In the United States we have many, man…
  • Palestinians Must Be Free – By Ambassador Maen Rashid AreikatForeign Policy; Ignore the smoke screen thrown up by Israel and its apologists. The real reason for the lack of an enduring Mideast peace deal is the Israeli occupation.
  • The march of freedomAid Watch; All men are created equal. Except blacks. Except women. Except gays. American history shows the erosion of the Excepts, although never complete. Yesterday’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was another small victory for freedom. Let’s celebrate, while never losing resolve to keep moving towards complete equality and liberty for All. Why even homophobes should celebrate gay rights victoriesAid Watch; One of my favorite Abraham Lincoln quotes: As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.If I claim the right to deny you rights, that sets the precedent…
  • Freedom from fear: Protecting people from one of the world’s most brutal rebel groupsFrom Poverty to Power by Duncan Green; Maya Mailer, Humanitarian and Conflict Policy Advisor Across central Africa, men, women and children live in fear of the Lord’s Resistance Army. This predatory group attacks women as they perform their daily tasks – fetching water or tending to their fields – and children returning from school. It abducts, mutilates, rapes and kills, using extreme violence against the most vulnerable. Surviv…
  • Assessing Humanitarian AidGlobal Development: Views from the Center; A lot can be said against the methodology DARA uses, and even against the results they publish (honestly, New Zealand doing better than the Netherlands?). However, the index is necessary and useful. Subscribing to principles, without creating a cost to the non-compliance is moot. DARA makes it worthwhile for a donor to comply, as non-compliance leads to dismal scores. Countries should get more detailed feedback, as they need to be able to explain the problems caused by the methodological issues, and address those that are caused by the lack of motivation to comply with the undersigned principles.
  • Local politics a tough nut to crackChris Blattman; Donors push “community driven development” programs largely to strengthen local institutional capacity, democracy, and inclusiveness. (Sometimes overlooking the fact that these three goals are not…
  • Development Policy Review, Theme Issue: Aid, Institutions and Governance – What Have We Learned – Resources – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)www.odi.org.uk; As part of ODI’s 50th anniversary celebrations, DPR has republished nine key articles in the field of aid, institutions and governance, with an introductory essay by former Editor David Booth.
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