How Jim Yong Kim Might Change the World Bank

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Matt Kavanaugh: Since President Obama nominated Dr. Jim Yong Kim as President of the World Bank commentators have weighed in on his past writings, his nationality, his part in upholding an unjust U.S. domination.

Kony 2012, Does Social Media Oversimplify?

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Matthew Kavanagh: From Twitter trending to the front page of The New York Times to public statements by the White House and the Pentagon, the Kony 2012 campaign has shown the power of social media to affect U.S. public debate – but what about the dangers of oversimplification?

World Bank: Drastic Reformer Needed to Right a Failing Agenda

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Matt Kavanaugh: The blogsophere and Washington rumor-mill are working overtime right now on the question of who might be the next president of the World Bank.

Obama’s Free Trade Agreement: Backdoor Deal with Corporate America?

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Timothy Robertson and Matt Kavanagh: The Obama administration’s U.S. Trade Representative is gathering secretly in Los Angeles with negotiators from around the world for a session that could create a whole new set of international trade rules: rules that favor the wealthy 1% of corporate interests.

Arizona, Lady Gaga, and the LGBTQ.munity

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Matthew Kavanagh: For queer folks threats of being locked up by the sheriff for not having an ID card carry special dangers. For LGBTQ people whose relationships cross borders for which they may not have the right paperwork, immigration is a gay rights issue.

Why AIDS Activists Are Asking United Nations To Investigate Obama’s Trade Policy

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Matthew Kavanagh: If we drive up the cost of drugs, fewer people get them and we waste hundreds of millions of dollars in US-taxpayer dollars to boot. President Obama promised to support the rights of countries to make low-cost AIDS medicines available to their people, but instead his trade representative is threatening countries who are doing just that.

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