If you only read one thing this week…


A new population bomb? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
March 26, 2010, 4:09 pm
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Jack Goldstone investigates potential consequences of what he refers to as “The New Population Bomb,” that will result from four primary global economic shifts. Aging working populations and relatively low population growth in developed nations, and high rates of population growth and extreme urbanization in developing nations will present the world with formidable challenges that the author suggests must be addressed, on a global scale, before 2050. It is imperative that the world’s industrialized nations move beyond economic and political strategy conventions developed during and following the Cold War, and recognize current global demographic trends and form new alliances with growing powers. “The strategic and economic policies of the twentieth century are obsolete, and it is time to find new ones.” To read more click here. You have to register one time for free access to this online resource


Haiti and governance by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
March 11, 2010, 6:03 pm
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The article “Haiti’s Impossible Dream: Good Governance” published in the Saturday’s Globe and Mail discusses Haiti’s government and its big role or rather lack of it in rebuilding Haiti.  While the general opinion expressed by people interviewed about Haiti’s corrupt political system is abysmal, some feel that Haiti’s recent acceptance of international community’s help might be a good opportunity for the international community to influence Haiti’s economic and political stability. Among other things rebuilding the city’s infra structure, stabilizing the political system and improving the public education system were prominently recognized as areas needing immediate intervention.