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Charitable superpowers get it wrong

first_imgJeffery Sachs, who spoke at the  Oxford Union on Sunday, is the intellectual guru of the ‘Drop the Debt’ campaign and the world’s most famous development economist. He began his career as a hard-line free marketeer. As an advisor to Boris Yeltsin’s government in the early nineties he was responsible for the introduction of the disastrous “shock-therapy” of instant deregulation and privatisation which sent the Russian economy into freefall. A market Bolshevik no longer, Sachs has since turned his attention to Africa and the elimination of global extreme poverty within twenty years through a combination of debt relief, increased aid, and trade reform. For Sachs, democracy is not a part of this equation. He states bluntly in his new book, The End of Poverty, that “the links from democracy to economic performance are relatively weak” and that “the charge of authoritarian rule as a basic obstacle to good governance in Africa is pass”. Sachs’ fondness for railing against the neo-liberal “Washington Consensus” and the Bush administration might thus be explained by an enthusiasm for an earlier Republican ideologue, Henry Kissinger. Kissinger, who would be brought to the Hague on charges of war crimes if the US ever signed up to the International Criminal Court, did not care about democracy either. For Kissinger, monstrous dictators like Pinochet, Mobutu, Amin, and Papa Doc Duvalier may have been “bastards” but it didn’t matter because they were “our bastards”. Sachs, and his bleeding heart fellow travellers Blair, Bono and Bob Geldof, have their own set of “bastards”: rulers like Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Kagame of Rwanda. None of these have been fairly elected and all are pumped full of praise and aid by Britain and the US. Until recently, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda would have been on this list. His attempts to rid Uganda of condoms no doubt still ingratiate him with the Americans. But now that he has decided to turn twenty years of dictatorial rule into a life presidency, he has been mildly rebuked. At the launch of the Commission for Africa report in Addis Ababa in March, Geldof declared, “Get a grip Museveni – your time is up, go away”. He has since apologised. Sitting alongside Geldof was fellow Commission member, Zenawi, who was returned to office in May courtesy of a rigged election. His security forces mowed down dozens who had the temerity to protest. These men are just the West’s presentable allies. In blatant contradiction with its avowed wish to see democracy flourish the world over, Washington embraces the vile dictator, Obiang Mbasago, of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. Jacques Chirac, who wants to slap a fiver on every plane ticket to fund poverty reduction, described the brutal Gnassingbe Eyadema, deceased President of Togo, as a “personal friend” when he died in February after 38 years in charge. This may have been related to Eyadema’s generous funding of French political parties and the benevolence shown to individual French politicians who happened to be passing through his palace. Eyadema could afford this because he had amassed a fortune believed to be in the region of $3 billion; that is thrice Togo’s annual GNP.The example illustrates why Sachs’ view that dictatorship is no bar to economic development is false. The reason Africa is so poor is that kleptocratic dictators and elites, often with Western connivance, have looted their own countries. They are also inclined to be incompetent. The simple virtue of democracy is that it allows people to get rid of bad governments peacefully. The number of functioning democracies in Africa can be counted on two hands. Among them are Africa’s most prosperous and stable states: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Senegal, Ghana, Benin and the Cape Verde islands. Sachs regards China as an example of how a ruthless dictatorship can prosper. However, he admits in The End of Poverty that poverty has increased in rural areas there because of the abandonment of the public health system. A democratic government would never have been able to disregard public welfare so heartlessly.        The triumvirate of Sachs, Bono, and Geldof is immensely powerful. Able to influence both governments and public opinion, they are right to attempt to combine high-level lobbying with mass politics. It is thus dismaying that such potential for real change has been squandered on fringe issues in the war on poverty. The only reason debt is a problem is that the money was stolen and dissipated. The torrent of criticism directed against them for endorsing the status quo of Western power is similarly misguided. It is the very Western status quo of democracy and human rights which is lacking in Africa. More than any amount of charity, this is how to make poverty history. ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

Panelo on latest survey: Filipinos can see beyond ‘endless politicking’

first_imgManila – The administrations “very good” net satisfaction rating showedpeople’s acknowledgement of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “genuine empathy,transparency and decisiveness,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Panelo added the recent Social WeatherStations’ (SWS) survey reflected how Filipinos can see beyond the opposition’s“endless politicking.” “He (Duterte) could not care lessabout these scores because for him, the true measure of proper governance andpublic service is accomplishing the job entrusted to him by the electoratewithout expecting any reward for it,” he added. Based on the recent SWS surveyresults, 78 percent of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterteadministration’s performance where it scored a net satisfaction rating of +67(very good), which is six points lower than the +73 (excellent) in June 2019. “The rating, classified by theindependent pollster as ‘very good,’ demonstrates that a significant number ofour countrymen possesses discernment that can stand and see beyond the endlesspoliticking managed by the opposition, as well as the rhetorical aspersionspeddled by President (Rodrigo Duterte’s) detractors, critics and skeptics,”Panelo said. The survey also showed the Duterteadministration was “very good” in helping the poor; in providing informationneeded by the citizens to properly examine what the government is doing; and inhaving clear policies, are the highest thereby signifying their acknowledgementof the President’s genuine empathy, transparency and decisiveness. It was “good” on fighting terrorism,developing a healthy economy, protecting the freedom of the press, actingaccording to what the people want, fighting crimes that victimize ordinarycitizens – like killings, holdups, robberies, physical violence, etc. –reconciliation with Muslim rebels, foreign relations, reconciliation withcommunist rebels, eradicating graft and corruption in government, recoveringill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies anddefending the Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea. It was “moderate” on ensuring that nofamily will ever be hungry and have nothing to eat; and “neutral” on fightinginflation.  The SWS survey was conducted fromSept. 27 to 30 using face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults nationwide./PNlast_img read more

A New World Champion announced yesterday

first_imgK-1 tournament No Limit 8 was held last night in Zetra, and BiH fighter Dzevad Poturak was defending the title of world champion by WAKO version in the main fight of the night.The opponent was Polish champion Michal Turynski, who took the title from our fighter.Encouraged by the support of fans, Dzevad headed strongly into the match with the intention to keep his belt, but Turynski did not step back either, and he was looking for his chance and real kicks.In the third round, our fighter hit and shook opponent several times, especially with the high kick, but Turynski stayed strong on his feet and fought back.Turynski entered forcefully in the fourth round, but Dzevad expressly responded.However, he was injured, and Polish fighter was much better in the fifth round. On the end, by the decision of the judge 2: 1, Turynski became the new champion by WAKO version.“I lost the match after 12 years in Sarajevo, but that does not mean that I will not continue. Congratulations to the winner,” said defeated Poturak.(Source: D. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more