Daily Policy Digest

International Issues

ANOTHER $150,000 PLEASE

Each Canadian taxpayer owes C$150,211 (about U.S.$140,472.30) for government debt and unfunded program obligations, say observers...

ETHIOPIA: PAIN AMID PLENTY

Even the best efforts to eliminate hunger in Africa are expensive, slow and uncertain of success, say observers...

THE REMITTANCE CURSE

Remittances may actually encourage government corruption and ineffectiveness, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund...

THE FAILED STATES INDEX 2008

Somalia is the state with the greatest risk of failure, according to the annual Failed States Index...

G8 SHOULD ABANDON CURRENT MODEL OF AID FOR HEALTH

We should completely rethink the way foreign aid is delivered, bypassing corrupt and inefficient government ministries and making far greater use of private organizations, according to report...

TODDLERS WHO DISLIKE SPICY FOOD "RACIST"

In the United Kingdom, tots who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas are racists, according to a government-sponsored agency...

THE EURO HAS SLOWED EUROPE’S ECONOMIC GROWTH

The introduction of the euro was a mistake which was motivated politically, not economically, says Marek Louzek...

COCA ZERO

The United States has spent more than $5 billion in its failed Latin American coca eradication efforts and intends to keep up the pressure...

PIRATES AHOY!

Pirate attacks cost about $16 billion annually in ship and cargo losses and increased insurance premiums...

LOSING HOPE, GLORY AND ASSETS

The manner in which Britain gave up its responsibilities in India and Palestine has been the subject of much debate and criticism, says Martin Rubin...


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