Laptops in Peru

December 31, 2007

I’d like to end the year on an up-note. There are plenty of stories to cause concern — from the … Continued

Mapping Connections

December 28, 2007

Every school child learns that there has been an explosion of knowledge over the last 150 years. Richard C. Atkinson, … Continued

Giving with Confidence

December 27, 2007

One last post on this week’s theme of charitable giving. When Warren Buffett offered a large portion of his fortune … Continued

Philanthropy at the Top of the Economic Pyramid

December 26, 2007

In a couple of past posts on philanthropy [Prosperity and Altruism and More on Prosperity and Altruism], I discussed how … Continued

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2007

There is something about religious holidays — no matter one’s beliefs — that seems to bring out the best in … Continued

Thinking of Others this Holiday Season

December 24, 2007

Similar organizations often have similar objectives. Most governments are formed to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common … Continued

Beyond Abu Ghraib

December 21, 2007

You generally have to watch old war films on the Turner Classic Movie channel to see one in which the … Continued

Corruption, Vulture Funds, and the Future of Africa

December 20, 2007

A recent article (perhaps in BusinessWeek) talked about people who had been declared legally bankrupt and yet found themselves having … Continued

Turkish Raids on PKK should Come as No Surprise

December 19, 2007

Over the past few days, Turkey has executed several air and ground raids against the Kurdish rebel group PKK (which … Continued

Chasing the Dream — in China

December 18, 2007

Despite all the tough talk being spouted by U.S. presidential candidates about cracking down on illegal immigration, there are still … Continued

China’s Educational Philosophy

December 17, 2007

Debates about the American education system abound. President Bush touts his "No Child Left Behind" program. Others push for school … Continued

More on Prosperity and Altruism

December 14, 2007

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about entrepreneurs in India who, having obtained a certain level of wealth, … Continued

Dealing with Iraq’s Great Depression

December 13, 2007

When Americans think about the Great Depression of the 1930s, they think about soup kitchens, unemployment, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s … Continued

Potential Cholera Outbreak in Iraq

December 12, 2007

In many post-crisis situations, cholera is a serious problem. The disease causes severe diarrhea, dehydration, and often death. People usually … Continued

The End of Spam?

December 11, 2007

If you’re like most people, you have more than one email account and each account is likely to have some … Continued

Corporate Environmental Conscience?

December 10, 2007

The principal reason that the Bush administration rejected the Kyoto Protocol aimed at dealing with global warming was the negative … Continued

Good News About Measles

December 7, 2007

Very quietly — but very effectively — a global campaign has been waged against measles. This, of course, is good … Continued

Financial Services in Africa

December 6, 2007

The current sub-prime lending crisis in the U.S. demonstrates why financial institutions are generally best served by being risk averse. … Continued

Don’t Give Up on Globalization

December 5, 2007

New York Times columnist David Brooks asserts in a recent column that America seems to be losing its way when … Continued

Soft Power, SysAdmin, and Development-in-a-Box™

December 4, 2007

A recent Washington Post article reported that United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a historical plea for increased … Continued

Educating Girls and Human Freedom

December 3, 2007

All cultures and societies have wrestled with differences between men and women and have tried as best they can to … Continued