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Wednesday 29 September 2010
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should be reformed to make it more representative of its membership, a group of leading economists said yesterday.
Sunday 26 September 2010
Your columnist Joanna Moorhead is right ("Benedict bites back", 19 September): the Vatican is a very slick operation, but no mention was made of the number of highly qualified women who work within the Vatican itself, curating a massive collection of treasures from round the world which reflect the missionary element of the faith over centuries, and caring for the collections of books and manuscripts with corridor after corridor of history deep underground. What always mystifies me is why the celibacy rule is so deeply rooted within church dogma when the central plank of it is that the Pope is the direct descendant by acknowledged Faith of Peter the Apostle. The Basilica is built over what is considered to be his tomb, complete with bones. Peter was a married man. There is reference to his mother-in-law within scripture.
Thursday 23 September 2010
Gordon Brown says he feels "anger" at the failure of some rich countries to stump up the money for the Millennium Development Goals decided at the UN 10 years ago. Nick Clegg, attending the conference in New York of 140 countries to review progress, yesterday called "on others to show equal resolve" to Britain in "honouring their commitments."
Saturday 21 August 2010
Wednesday 18 August 2010
The world Bank has offered a $900m (£577m) loan to Pakistan to help with the country's flood recovery programme.
Friday 30 July 2010
Even within the constant shapeshifting of Haitian politics, Marc Louis Bazin's curriculum vitae was quite unique. He was a World Bank development economist when he was named minister for economy and finance in Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's brutal and corrupt dictatorship in 1982. He was sacked and exiled after he criticised Duvalier's corruption and won the public nickname "Mr Clean" – a distinctly negative term in the young dictator Duvalier's limited vocabulary.
Monday 12 July 2010
The pay gap between carbon traders and more conventional energy traders has halved in three years, with the market increasingly part of the City's mainstream, according to the headhunter Selby Jennings.
Sunday 20 June 2010
Thursday 17 June 2010
*** I do not wish to diminish the significance of Lord Saville's report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings, however I do find the hypocrisy of some of those who have condemned the military to be sickening.
Friday 11 June 2010
European banks will be offered more assistance in funding their operations by the European Central Bank (ECB).
Wednesday 09 June 2010
Billions of pounds in aid spending is to be reviewed by the Government as it begins a far-reaching efficiency drive that could see funding withdrawn from some overseas development projects.
Sunday 06 June 2010
Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, has called for a revamp of world groups such as the G20, the UN and the World Bank to improve international cooperation.
Storytelling: Bewitching the Modern Mind, By Christian Salmon, trans David Macey<br />Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
Friday 14 May 2010
American academic Ben Yagoda, writing in Memoir: A History last year, offered a provocative explanation of the slump in sales of the literary novel. "Fiction has become a bit like a painting in the age of photography" – a novelty item that has its place in high culture and low but is oddly absent in the middle range: "fiction's day is done".
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Tuesday 20 April 2010
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire