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Moral Hazards Of Humanitarian Aid
Philip Gourevitch | New Yorker | 4 November 2010
Journalists generally too uncritical of aid agencies. Should treat them
sceptically, scrutinise consequences of their work, just as when dealing
with politicians, corporations, interest groups
Flyovers Of Shanghai
Owen Hatherley | Sit Down, Man | 4 November 2010
"I feel like the proverbial European visitor to New York or Chicago around
1920. The components of this cityscape are all familiar, but they have been
transformed into monstrous and illegible new combinations"
Foreign Aid For Scoundrels
William Easterly | NYRB | 7 November 2010
Aid agencies subsidise dictators, just as in cold war. Why? "War on
terror” legitimates tyrants in central Asia, east Africa. Aid agencies exist
to give aid: they'll find a justification to work with almost anyone
The Big Blink
Raghu Rajan | Fault Lines | 7 November 2010
Who will blink first in the showdown over currencies, the US and industrial
countries or emerging markets? Answer is they both should, simultaneously.
There is a sensible compromise here but will anyone take it?
Animal Research Groupthink
Lawrence Hansen | Chronicle Review | 7 November 2010
Animal researcher who is also an animal rights supporter says scientific
establishment lies about utility of most of its animal research; while PETA
spoils its own cause by crude campaigning
Charles Crawford | Diplomat | 4 November 2010
Words of advice, from speech-writer to British foreign secretary in 1980s.
It's not the speech-writer's job to show off his own cleverness. And it's
not what you say that matters, it's what they hear.
Topic: 2010 Mid-Terms
Obama rebuffed. What happened, why it happened, what happens
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