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Calls grow for Wolfowitz to go Many more people are gradually joining calls for Wolfowitz to resign. Dr. Frithjof Schmidt MEP, Vice-Chair of the Development Committee has just given an interview to German radio along these lines.

The blogs are very hot on this. I have not read all, but have not seen one which supports him staying. Many emphasise the corruption and hypocisy angle. See Anupam Chander, Da Weaz, and Development Crossing, among others.

Bretton Woods Project broadens the debate to another scandal, in danger of getting overlooked. As they put it: "In another damaging blow to Wolfowitz's leadership, US NGO Government Accountability Project (GAP) has revealed an email trail in which recent Wolfowitz-appointee Juan José Daboub pressures Bank staff to delete any reference to family planning in both the Madagascar country assistance strategy and in the Bank's health strategy". Another example of his lack of judgement, and lack of distance from the US administration where he previously served.

Roberto Bissio, who runs the Instituto Tercer Mundo out of Uruguay, calls for the whole Wolfowitz saga not to overshadow the real issues. In his words "The countries that control the bank have committed themselves to be accountable for the effectiviness of ther aid both to their taxpayers and to the poor majority of the world population that receives (or should receive) that aid".

Alex Wilks ~ April 13, 2007

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