who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Media Round Up It's been a busy day for news (and we haven't even heard the results of the 5pm discussion between Wolfowitz and the Board). Here are a few of the more interesting tidbits:

1) Bush Dilutes Support for Embattled Wolfowitz. Britain's Daily Telegraph is taking the "Wolfowitz losing support" view on today's White House press briefings, quoting Tony Snow as saying "Again we support him, but we also know, and he has said that he is willing to be sitting down with members of the World Bank to try to figure out the proper way to serve the best interests of the institution," which may involve Wolfowitz going, presumably. The best line: Asked whether the White House was sending mixed messages, he said: "We're not trying to send a wink, wink, nudge, nudge signal."

But it sounded very much like that.

2) On the lighter side of things, Tom Burka.com has a piece entitled Wolfowitz Barricades Self In World Bank Office. Good political satire here referring to Wolfowitz claiming "squatter's rights", ordering Shaha Riza to barricade herself in Lynn Cheney's office, and Alberto Gonzales following suit with a couple of filing cabinets worth of subpoenaed documents.

3) Referring to the White House line that this is not a "firing offense", Daily Kos points out that A minimum wage worker can get fired for a nine dollar discrepancy over the course of 3 months. Why should Wolfowitz be excused for a $60,000 conflict of interest?

4) For those of you who read French (et je sais que vous etes la) Le Monde has an opinion piece calling for the end of the Gentleman's agreement system whereby the U.S. appoints the head of the World Bank. Truthout has the English translation here. Unfortunately, with lines like "at present, the Europeans are hiding behind the White House", this will only give credence to those who argue that this whole thing is just a conspiracy to allow Europe to appoint the head of the World Bank. But good that they're at least asking the deeper questions.

Sameer Dossani ~ May 15, 2007

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