Can the world end extreme poverty? | Brookings Institution

This article from leading think-tank, Brookings Institution is a recommended read. Check it out!

via Can the world end extreme poverty? | Brookings Institution

Personally, much as I support the concept, I struggle with the reality of ending poverty. There are too many corrupt politicians and bureaucrats in the World. Even international institutions, like the UN agencies, have allowed themselves to be marginalized because they have become biased in favor of specific political interest groups. Major charities too are not all white – I question the percentage of aid money that reaches the needy, versus the percentage that is lost in ‘administration’.

Everywhere, we see powerful people ready to put their own interests first. However, I commend Brookings for raising the awareness with the debate and publication of its latest.


Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist | Freedom House

This is an outstanding, must read report by Freedom House. Check it out!

via Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist | Freedom House.

Freedom House is a US.-based non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Freedom House was founded in October 1941.

After reading this report one is reminded on the huge variation of freedoms in the World. Those that live in free society need reminding of the benefits from time to time. On the other hand those that live in relative freedom have certain moral responsibilities to help those who live in countries where freedom is curtailed.

The article provides excellent graphics and links to individual countries.

As I reflected on the article my mind once again reflected on the questionable achievements of President Obama’s foreign policy.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Do you think that President Obama’s foreign policy is linked to less freedom in the World?