At one level there is a kind of donor fatigue, at another there are concerns about security in the country.
There are people of good will on both sides, people not blinded by the illusion that violence solves everything.
This week's official inauguration of the African Union (AU), which replaces the moribund Organization of African Unity (OAU), was held amid predictable fanfare.
" This is a "betrayal of capitalism" in which the "most fundamental principles of our market system were being flouted."
No one knows how big the problem of clandestine trafficking in radioactive materials is.
Freezing military aid to Israel would send a message that committing human rights violations is unacceptable.
Sharon and Bush as war mongers
At a time when the petropolitics of the Bush administration seem to reign supreme, the rights of peoples affected by the global hunt for oil have received an important boost.
Most liberal commentators seemed to agree that Bush was merely the paperback edition of an American president.
The dynamics of the system of deregulated, finance-driven global capitalism are the central problem of the current economy.