G20 gloom; fragile states are difficult; private sector positives; climate change progress (and comedy); subeditor sabotage at the Guardian; unpacking inequality: links I liked

‘By listening to its own ideologues and the whispers of business, the G20 is sending more and more proposals to the graveyard’, Nancy Alexander is gloomy about this week’s G20 summit in Cannes. Fragile state slot: How is DFID going to focus its cash on fragile and conflict affected states and have zero tolerance on…

By admin October 31, 2011 1

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

‘Could this be the moment that inequality becomes mainstream?’ asks Claire Melamed, discussing the reaction to ‘We are the 99%’ and the Occupy 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]…

By admin October 25, 2011 1

Small farms can be beautiful – how farmers’ markets changed attitudes and policies in Colombia

As a curtain raiser for this week’s GROW Week at Oxfam (see bottom of this post), this piece appeared on the Guardian Poverty Matters site last Friday, as my contribution to Sunday’s Blog Action Day, which this year coincided with World Food Day. I’ll also be doing on online Q&A (on Facebook) on the issues behind the campaign…

By admin October 20, 2011 3

The defenders of capitalism should have more faith – response by Ha-Joon Chang and me to critics of the Robin Hood Tax

This piece by Ha-Joon Chang and me appeared in various places last week, including South Africa’s Business Day (under the title ‘Financial tax not the death knell of capitalism’ ). It was pegged to the G20 finance ministers meeting, which turned out inconclusive on the FTT – the Robin Hood caravan now rolls on to the  G20…

By admin October 18, 2011 5