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0 Wordy word AIDS Day

No, that’s not a typo. I’ve decided to mark this 30th anniversary of the recognized beginning of the pandemic as Wordy AIDS Day rather than use its official name, World AIDS Day, because most of what the international community is doing is saying they want to continue the fight against…

1 New humanitarian standard for warfare?

Flickr, Jayel Aheram Except for euphemistically calling warfare “intervention,” I think this article in The Atlantic about our current military efforts in Libya “The New Standard for Humanitarian Intervention” is a good read. Says the author Robert Pape: We may be witnessing an historic shift in international norms. Gandhi and…

1 G20 is meeting this week. Why isn’t it the G200?

President Barack Obama is in Seoul, Korea, for a meeting of the “Group of 20″ nations, otherwise known as the G20 — and not to be confused with the G8 or that fleeting gathering in 1999 known as the G33. Yes, but we are confused. What the heck is it…

0 How U.S. elections may impact foreign aid, policy

Americans are impatient people. We believe in change. Europeans like tradition, consistency. Not us. Others around the world may see our electoral swings as an indication of fickleness, attention deficit disorder or just ignorance. But you could also see it as a celebration of creative destruction. Most of us don’t…

0 David Rieff did NOT call Raj Shah a Marxist

Update / clarification on my earlier post in which I poked fun at an article that claimed Bill Gates has brainwashed the Obama Administration. In The New Republic article, the author David Rieff contends that Gates and his techno-fix minions at the world’s largest philanthropy have indoctrinated everyone in the…

0 America’s Global Health Initiative is American

Flickr, by Roger H. Goun Secretary of State Hilary Clinton “No nation in history has done more to improve global health,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday in a speech celebrating the United States’ commitment to fighting disease, saving lives and improving social welfare worldwide. “We have led the…

2 How to Break a Promise on AIDS

Here’s a good example of how to use a foreign policy argument to justify reneging on a commitment that wasn’t really supposed to be about foreign policy. I posted on this phenomenon earlier, about how more experts these days seem to be discussing global health efforts as primarily a means…