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FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior) has released an analysis of the challenges and opportunities of adapting the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean. Systematising the lessons in implementing the Paris principles in six Latin American middle-income countries, the document aims to feed into the design of a regional aid effectiveness agenda which in turn could influence the global aid policies.
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The global financial crisis: implications for the South
The Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary & Financial System began its work, seeking to identify the underlying factors that have contributed to the magnitude of the crisis and its rapid spread around the world. With that in mind, it made recommendations for immediate action, which focus particularly on the adverse impact of the global recession on developing countries and on the poor throughout the world.
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The Bank of the South: An alternative to the IFIs?
For at least two centuries South America has experienced integration processes and their outcome is ambiguous. This paper is an exploration of scenarios, a trip to possible futures. It takes into account the current financial earthquake that is shaking the US financial system, flashing seismic waves throughout the economy of world capital. It asserts that a financial architecture always serves a certain development pattern and policy, therefore is not politically ‘neutral’.
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External debt
The present debate on types of sovereign debts and the legal quality of claims may be interpreted as re-visiting the past. Before World War II basic legal principles had been observed in the case of Southern Countries, which present "debt management" has refused to respect. Sovereign Southern debtors were treated very differently before the Bretton Woods Institutions became "debt managers". After 1970 legal considerations lost importance.
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International Monetary Fund - IMF
Writing about the current and future role(s) for the IMF is like trying to capture a moving target or a desert river bed fast transformed into a raging torrent following a storm. In September 2008, the IMF looked moribund. The only loans outstanding were to low-income countries, which cost the Fund to service, rather than bringing in interest fees. By November 15, 2008, the Fund was a phoenix. The G20 Summit, led by the European Union members, has assigned it new roles, and called for substantial new funding.
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Israeli-Palestinian conflict
In February 2008, Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai warned that if Hamas continued firing rockets, they would bring upon themselves a ‘bigger shoah,’ the word used by Israelis to refer to the Nazi genocide or holocaust. This statement came in the wake of attacks on Gaza which left 32 Palestinians dead, including eight children, the youngest a six-month-old baby. These regular attacks, combined with a blockade which deprived Palestinians in Gaza of food, fuel, potable water, medicines and educational materials, was the slow-motion shoah which had been taking place up to December 27. The full-scale bombing which began on that date is surely the ‘bigger shoah’ promised by Vilnai, and, according to Israeli reports, it was being planned as long back as February.
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World Peace and Security - Fri Jan 16 2009
Israeli attacks on Gaza escape global media scrutiny
A country that claims to be the only multi-party democracy in the Middle East, Israel has barred all foreign journalists from entering Gaza, triggering strong protests not only from the United Nations but also from human rights groups and media organisations.
Source: IPS

World Peace and Security - Fri Jan 09 2009
US weaponry facilitates killings in Gaza
The devastating Israeli firepower, unleashed largely on Palestinian civilians in Gaza during two weeks of fighting, is the product of advanced US military technology.
Source: IPS

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Satyam’s Fraudulent “Maquiladora of the Mind” (Corp Watch)

Endogenous development and a South American financial architecture (IFIs Latin American Monitor)

What role for the IMF? (IFIs Latin American Monitor)

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