Nowhere near as religious as its neighbour, Saudi Arabia, nor as bling-obsessed as nearby United Arab Emirates, Qatar has astutely observed the paths other Gulf states have chosen, and then cherry-picked what seems to work best.
It’s time to ask some very basic questions, like: What are banks for? What are houses for? What’s credit for? What’s the economy for? Or, for that matter, what’s the environment for? Vanessa Baird suggests a 10-point economic detox programme.
Visitors to Kuala Lumpur could be forgiven for thinking that they have landed in a highly developed nation. But hidden from the casual visitors’ view are the urban slums, crammed high-rise lowincome housing, rural villages still in poverty.
Out of the ashes of the crash, how are we to create a fairer future? *New Internationalist* asks leading experts from around the world to focus on specific areas and propose practical action for change.
Since independence in 1966, Botswana’s annual growth rates have been the highest in the world – bar none. It is estimated that were it not for the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, growth rates would be one or two per cent higher today.
I’m a socialist. There I said it. I’m a socialist.
But wait a minute. You’re not supposed to admit to being a socialist
these days. Socialism is dead. It’s in the past, like dinosaurs and
glam rock. The free market has won the day. The end of history. We’re
all happy consumers now. Capitalism rules.