economic development

Environment
2 Mountain gorillas with journalists in the midst

After a whirlwind week of meeting with Rwandan officials, business leaders, local journalists, activists and others in the capital city of Kigali, we took off for a few days to journey high up into the Birunga mountain range to the northern town of Kinigi, near the Congo and Uganda borders.…

Basics
0 The global state of Washington state

It’s natural to become a bit self-centered when times are tough and uncertain. Yet times are tough all over (for most, the 99 percent?, of us anyway) — and a lot tougher and uncertain for those living in the poorer parts of the world. Today is the kick-off of an…

Basics
0 Economies: The worst 10 and 27 most overheated

Forbes and The Economist both felt compelled recently to evaluate the economies of the world, but according to two different measures. Forbes has listed the 10 worst economies of the world, with Madagascar ranked as having the worst economy according to the magazine’s somewhat arbitrary criteria (which includes, for example,…

Human Rights
2 Re-thinking foreign aid, growth and development

Yeah, I know that headline sounds a little boring and wonky. Re-thinking. Growth. Aid. Development. That’s because using words like equality, wealth distribution and the like tends to scare people. Makes you sound like a socialist or something worse — like the original (and perhaps still persistent, despite all the…