The meaning of OWS; Sachs and the Village(s); China v US; China International Fund; G20 v WTO; Women and the Arab Spring; Oxfam's first ebook; pink mobiles in Cambodia: links I liked

asks Claire Melamed, discussing the reaction to ‘We are the 99%’ and the OWS signOccupy Wall Street protests. The Economist surveys the academic research on the link between downturns, austerity and political unrest. And is this the nerdiest OWS placard (click twice to enlarge)? [h/t Chris Blattman] A spate of Sachs bashing: David Mackenzie does a forensic hatchet job on Jeff Sachs’ (attack is the best form of) defence of his Millennium Villages Project. Michael Clemens and Gabriel Demombynes join the chorus of criticism (basically they argue that the design of the project makes it impossible to know if it has been successful, and this could have been fixed). Berk Ozler adds that Sachs’ funders (e.g. George Soros and the UN) should have checked before bunging him another $72m for MVPII. Michael Clemens (again) tries to get the last word (don’t rate his chances). They’ll be back…… As China’s economy closes in on America, Martin Wolf unpicks the factors that determine who rules the global roost. Guns? GDP? Technology? Learning? “When a new government comes into power, especially an inexperienced one, there’s one phenomenon that never fails: every crook on Earth shows up. And every crook on Earth has the biggest promises, has access to billions of dollars of lines of credits, of loans.”’ A former African mining minister talking about the sleazy “China International Fund.” ‘The G20 seems to be outpacing the WTO in the march toward irrelevance’ argues Ilene Grabel, highlighting the G20’s growing paralysis on everything from the euro-traincrash to capital controls. The Economist has a good discussion of women and the Arab Spring, highlighting the complexity of the issue – the revolutions have both galvanized the struggle for women’s rights, and damaged it through the association with characters such as Suzanne Mubarak and the uncertainty over the attitudes of emerging new regimes. Oxfam has launched a Growing a Better Future eBook, (campaign report + case studies, new research and updates) free to download from the iBookstore, Kindle Store or GROW website . I can see the technological horizon receding into the fog of my ignorance…….. One of my favourite IT-related projects – Cambodia’s pink phones. Oxfam persuaded a mobile phone operator in Cambodia to equip women community leaders with mobile phones so they could stay in touch with each other (the few women leaders feel very isolated). The neat touch was making sure the phones were pink, so the men wouldn’t ‘borrow’ them. ]]>

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One Response to “The meaning of OWS; Sachs and the Village(s); China v US; China International Fund; G20 v WTO; Women and the Arab Spring; Oxfam's first ebook; pink mobiles in Cambodia: links I liked”
  1. Jes

    Shouldn’t Oxfam support the OWS (and offshoots around the world) as part of its call for economic equity? Isn’t OWS a form of occupying power spaces–in this case, closed spaces controlled by greedy corporations?