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Hiding behind Africa Andrew Young, an op-ed in Monday's Washington Post leading to a penultimate paragraph that looks as if Bob Bennett, Paul Wolfowitz's spokesman, was busy over the weekend pushing the "it's a small matter, really, nothing to get upset about" argument, speaks about the distinguished American's travels with Paul Wolfowitz in Africa. The facts are somewhat less flattering.

Paul Wolfowitz went to Africa for the first time in his long life in international affairs, only after he got the job at the World Bank, a conspicious statement of where his priorities were. There, he has used his World bank position for relentless photo ops and tourist ventures into Africa ever since. more...

Deep Insider ~ April 30, 2007

Jesse Jackson writes. A comment piece from civil rights activist and former US presidential candidate Jesse Jackson asks if fighting world poverty is "a ping-pong game between the U.S. and Europe, a game in which the poorer nations are not even allowed to enter". He argues passionately that "we must challenge the process, right now, by acting as if the Southern nations matter". more...

Alex Wilks ~ March 23, 2005

Where is everyone? Some of the European Executive Directors to the Bank I met yesterday also expressed astonishment that there was not more of a fuss about the World Bank president selection. Where are the parliamentary questions, the constant stream of letters, the pickets outside the Treasury?

I responded that with this website, various statements and similar interventions and many press articles there has been consistent pressure from outside. more...

Alex Wilks ~ March 15, 2005

Time to think again. "The Bush administration should throw out its current list of candidates for the World Bank's presidency," writes Nadia Martinez (bio). more...

David Steven ~ February 15, 2005

A medieval process. The World Bank needs a new leader at the same time as the World Trade Organisation. Comparisons between the processes followed by these two powerful public institutions are instructive. Despite all its talk of good governance for others, the Bank's approach is medieval. more...

Alex Wilks ~ January 05, 2005


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