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Bono praises Powell. Having ruled himself out of the race, Bono has given a boost to Colin Powell's candidacy. Bono said (Reuters): "I think Colin Powell would do an incredible job, but there's some great people on the list". The U2 singer also stressed: "it's a very important job. What we forget is, it's an area where decisions taken in Washington affect many, many more lives than people are conscious of".
Alex Wilks ~ March 13, 2005
Powell's a Jolie good fellow.
The New York Daily News carries confirmation that Angelina Jolie is backing Colin Powell.
Alex Wilks ~ March 11, 2005
Balancing Bolton with Powell?
The appointment of John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations has rung further alarm bells for those following the Bank president process. In the words of Helen Thomas "Bolton's style is to flaunt U.S. superpower military status and to lay down the law to other nations: Our way or the highway. A diplomat he is not". A similar person in charge of the World Bank's significant policy-making and development financing operations could be devastatating.
Alex Wilks ~ March 10, 2005
Angela Jolie news flash. Catwoman and UN goodwill ambassador, Angelina Jolie thinks Colin Powell is man enough for the job. She's attending a dinner with him this evening, and perhaps she'll persuade him to stand. Here's a picture or three of the happy couple...
David Steven ~ March 09, 2005
Insider speaks out.
"An open process with a search panel should be the approach for all multilateral institutions," says Peter Woicke, outgoing executive vice president of the World Bank's private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation.
David Steven ~ February 03, 2005
Outside the box.
In an editorial, the Washington Post dismisses the claims of all leading candidates for presidency of the "powerful but fragile" World Bank - bar Colin Powell, who may not be willing to take the job on.
David Steven ~ January 23, 2005
Who runs the world?
We get a nice plug from Noura Boustany in the Washington Post (scroll for it, free subs), who reckons that Randall Tobias is the only "major remaining candidate" for president, with Colin Powell and Christine Todd Whitman out of the running.
David Steven ~ January 19, 2005
No good candidates.
The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial, is down on foreign aid (not an effective development tool), down on the World Bank (half a trillion dollars down the pan), and down on the candidates to replace James Wolfensohn as Bank president.
David Steven ~ January 13, 2005
Keeping Powell quiet.
Over at Slate, Fred Kaplan sees two reasons why Colin Powell could get the nod.
David Steven ~ January 10, 2005
Taylor tipped, Powell and McPherson also running.
U.S. Treasury undersecretary for international affairs John Taylor "appeared to move ahead as a top contender for the job" in the eyes of Reuters late yesterday. His position overseeing the international financial institutions for Treasury since mid-2001 certainly makes him a powerful player in the Bank.
Alex Wilks ~ January 07, 2005
Zoellick no longer Bank favourite.
It won't be Zoellick, according to the Nelson Report, an insiders' briefing that circulates around Washington (not online), but Bill Clinton may be worth an outside bet!
David Steven ~ January 06, 2005
David Steven ~ January 05, 2005
David Steven ~ January 03, 2005
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