Why Have Embassies? Taliban Want to Talk but US Is Reluctant

Why Have Embassies? Taliban Want to Talk but US Is Reluctant

President Joe Biden’s departure from Afghanistan was the right thing to do even if it was handled disastrously. And he now has the opportunity to do some other “right things” that are in some ways related to the recently concluded fiasco in Central Asia in that the White House for too long has believed that…

The Fraud of IMF-World Bank “Debt Relief” for Poor Countries

The Fraud of IMF-World Bank “Debt Relief” for Poor Countries

As the economic effects of the COVID pandemic spread across the world in March and April, the air was filled with promises that poorer countries would be assisted with aid and debt relief to deal with a crisis that threatened to plunge millions, above all children, into the most abject poverty. In April, International Monetary…

How the IMF and World Bank Turned a Pandemic into a Public Relations Stunt

How the IMF and World Bank Turned a Pandemic into a Public Relations Stunt

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual fall meetings this week in the midst of a pandemic that has blazed a path of massive disaster through countries of the global South. COVID-19 has presented the Bretton Woods twins, on the seventy-sixth anniversary of their founding, with a grand opportunity, not to…