Another interesting snippet re international aid and Africa: Tech Central Station – False Hope “Thus, the international aid system has essentially served to reward policies that slow down development, whatever the initial intentions of its advocates. Under such circumstances, the implementation of the rule of law in Africa, necessary to wealth production, has been postponed indefinitely. Aid actually received by the poor is a very … Continue reading International Aid = False Hope for Africa?
“The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. The avid proponent of globalization spoke with SPIEGEL about the disastrous effects of Western development policy in Africa, corrupt rulers, and the tendency to overstate the AIDS problem.” Source: SPIEGEL Interview with African Economics Expert: News: July 4, 2005 This interview in the German magazine Der Spiegel Kenyan economist … Continue reading Interview: For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!
On the Live 8 website it states that: “Every single day, 30,000 children die, needlessly, of extreme poverty. On July 6th, we finally have the opportunity to stop that shameful statistic. 8 world leaders, gathered in Scotland for the G8 summit, will be presented with a workable plan to double aid, drop the debt and make the trade laws fair. If these 8 men agree, then … Continue reading LIVE 8 – Why bother?
His Holiness Pope John Paul II and I have disagreed on many issues over many years (e.g. birth control, ordination of women, homosexuality, etc). However, there are many elements of his message for this World Day of Peace with which I do agree. But this message also raises some very deep issues for the Catholic Church to consider and deal with. The message starts with … Continue reading World Day of Peace – the Pope’s Message (8 Dec 2004)