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March 2004's Issue

Sixty years since the historic Bretton Woods conference in New Hampshire led to the creation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, more and more people are critical of the role they play in the global economy. Failed economic reforms imposed on the `developing world’ have proved catastrophic for the vast majority of its citizens while the debt crisis looms larger than ever. Can they be reformed? Or should they be swept away? And what might a world without the World Bank and the IMF look like?

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Wild West goes East

Long-standing World Bank consultant Peter Griffiths blows the whistle on the damage done, from Russia to Sierra Leone.

Pain and freedom

Haiti’s heroic past and troubled present

Sudanese truth and reconciliation

truth and reconciliation in Sudan

Pharaohs-in-waiting?

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Good to talk

why mobile phones are all the rage in Africa

In the bag

the ubiquitous plastic bag

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Time bombs

Yemen

The Hospital that makes you Sicker

The IMF is run by free-market fundamentalists, says former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz.

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Together but not scrambled

Cuba is not quite the multiracial nirvana that Rotimi Ogedengbe was hoping for…

Interview with Danilo Rueda & Abilo Peña

Why two exiled Colombian activists have launched their own ‘world tour’.

Dhanushka Amarasekara

The dream of dance, captured by Sri Lanka’s Dhanushka Amarasekara.

The fast track

How government offices finally discovered computers, by Reem Haddad.

...Imagine That!

Adam Ma’anit steps towards a world without the IMF and the World Bank.

States of Unrest

Resistance to economic ‘adjustment’ is growing with every passing year, as this worldwide round-up shows.

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Structurally Adjust This...

Adam Ma’anit gives the Bank and the Fund a taste of their own medicine.

Artists of pain and hope

Two writers who uncover the heart of Africa, introduced by Ike Oguine.

No prescription needed

The grassroots SAPRIN network spent years working with the World Bank – only for the Bank to batten down the hatches. Mark Engler reports.

The Power and the Folly

The IMF and the World Bank are the 21st century equivalent of colonial governors, argues Chris Brazier.

The Two Towers

Gandalf, wizard of the World Bank, has a dilemma. Should he stand alongside the hobbits and elves of Middle-earth against the powerpointwielding orcs? Or should he go along with IMF mage Saruman’s plan for world domination? A comic extravaganza by b

Osama

Osama directed by Siddiq Barmak

Unearthed

Unearthed by Johnny Cash

BourgieBohoPostPomoAfroHomo

BourgieBoho-PostPomoAfroHomo by Deepdickollective

The Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire

The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy

North Korea/South Korea: US Policy at a Time of Crisis

North Korea/South Korea by John Feffer

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees by Alberto Manguel

Isaias Afwerki

Yet another idealistic comrade turned brutal dictator: Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki.

Globalizing Greenwash

The World Bank claims that its environmental policies have been transformed. Pamela Foster sifts through the evidence.

Polyp's Big Bad World – March 2004

The transnational approach to ethics.

Resistance is Fertile!

Action directory and resources.

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Brothel

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After Ebola

The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?

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