Throughout the course of the last week, I have been learning a lot about HIV in the US and I have to say that I have found some of the statistics really frightening. The US has just over one million people living with HIV – the highest number in the developed world – and according to some sources, an American is infected every 10 minutes.
Governments around the world should take a page from online business’s book to provide better access, accountability and services for their citizens.
Global leaders and diplomats, including Ban Ki Moon and Hillary Clinton met last week in Busan, South Korea to discuss the effectiveness of international development aid. The problem is that current aid models- which are largely based on grants and loans to developing country governments- may be well-intentioned, but have often failed to deliver results.
Things are not going well for President Obama. His ratings are low – in fact latest polls show he would lose the next presidential election to a Republican nominee – and the economy is tanking. This week he described himself as “used to being an underdog”.
You’d think he would find some crumbs of comfort from [...]
The US is all over the place in its country-by-country response to the Arab Spring. Here support for military action, there a slap across the wrists – and in some cases simply silence.
In Syria, US Ambassador Robert Ford goes to Hama, the centre of the pro-democracy uprising against the brutal Assad. But in Iraq, US [...]
The women of Saudi Arabia are again challenging the ban that prevents them from obtaining driver’s license. Over the weekend approximately 50 women around the Gulf nation took to the wheel, some making videos of themselves and posting them on YouTube.
It’s, of course, deeply satisfying to see the disgusting demagogues of the American right lost for words. And it’s, of course, a good thing that a terrorist psycopath like Bin Laden has been taken out of action. But it’s dangerous for liberals to promote the narrative that dispatching bad guys burnishes a leader’s credentials.
As may be apparent from my column in The Independent on Sunday today, Peter Mandelson’s The Third Man was Another Book I Read On My Holidays. It really is very good, and I’ll return to it later (meanwhile, do read Donald Macintyre’s review here).
But I also read Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the [...]
Harold Wilson’s skill in fostering the United Kingdom’s early involvement in the European Community as well as his initial attempts to mediate the Vietnam War would have made him a handy man to have around South America at the moment.
One lasting legacy Wilson left us is the immortal words, “a week is a long time [...]
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