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

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
Opinion

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…

China and the United States: The 21st Century’s ‘Great Game’
Opinion

China and the United States: The 21st Century’s ‘Great Game’

From 1830 to 1895, the British and Russian empires schemed and plotted over control of Central and South Asia. At the heart of the “Great Game” was the United Kingdom’s certainty that the Russians had designs on India. So wars were fought, borders drawn, and generations of young met death in desolate passes and lonely…