Monthly Archives: November 2010
In a possible Joe Biden moment, Pope Benedict allegedly softened his position on condom use in an interview with a German journalist this past summer. His remarks are being hailed as groundbreaking, even though the context is decidedly limited. … Continue reading
1. Foreign Aid for Scoundrels, William Easterly, New York Review of Books: Government-to-government aid props up anti-democratic dictators to the detriment of the people. Bono doesn’t want you to know how the sausage is made. 2. Indian Microcredit Faces Collapse … Continue reading
In less than two weeks, I’ll be moving to Ghana to work as a consultant with an organization called Technoserve. It is my first time to visit West Africa and am excited to learn about the region. Technoserve works to … Continue reading
Melinda Gates asks the question. It turns out that the corporations aren’t trying to enslave us into a life of servitude. Or, if they are, at least they are helping some people on the margins.
While going through my normal Tuesday afternoon routine of looking at pictures of myself, I realized that it has been almost exactly one year since I began growing the beard. In fact, loyal followers of this blog know that regular … Continue reading
Today, the people of Myanmar for the first time in twenty years will elect a new government. Actually, they will simply participate in a rigged election process that will legitimize the repressive military regime that has controlled the country by … Continue reading
In a blog post titled “The Rigidity of Microfinance,” Eva Pereira discusses how the structure of microfinance loans inherently stifle risk-taking among clients: Compared to loans in developed countries, microloans have far shorter repayment cycles, oftentimes as short as a … Continue reading