Issues / Energy
There are some people in the world's wealthy countries who forecast that 2005 will be a decisive year for Africa.
Of the many lessons to be learned from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, none is perhaps more important over the long run than the obvious need for a new national energy strategy.
The first thing to say about Kyoto's entry into force (Feb 16th) is that it is a significant victory, won particularly by the Europeans, over social and economic complacency, cash-amplified, flat-earth pseudo-science, the carbon cartel, and, of course, the Bush administration.
As the Kyoto Protocol comes into force this month, a carbon rush is gaining steam in the financial industry.
At a time when the U.S. is desperate for an international bailout in Iraq, why would the White House go out of its way to alienate allies?
Through a carefully orchestrated plan to impose transparency and good governance on the elected Chadian officials, the World Bank aims to ensure that the money is used to benefit the nations people, who are among the poorest in the world.
After five years of extra-constitutional attempts to remove President Hugo Chávez from power, the U.S.-supported Venezuelan opposition finally got what it has asked for: a referendum on Chávez’s rule on Sunday. But having attained their stated goal, it could be the worst thing that has happened to them.
President Carlos Mesa won a stunning political victory last month when Bolivian voters overwhelmingly approved a five-point referendum, endorsing his plans to develop Bolivia’s gas reserves.
In the first week of January, Sudanese rebels and the Khartoum government signed a pact ending one of Africa's longest wars.
Dick Cheney, a long-time beneficiary of World Bank largess, has moved to take ownership of the world’s development coffers through his man, Wolfowitz.