Aid

Aid Under Siege

Nothing would seem to lull a writer into a creative slumber more effectively than the process of flogging a book.  But a recent article by famed economist and aid polemicist Bill Easterly (White Man’s Burden – a compelling and worthwhile read) invited a response. Easterly’s essay on America’s foreign aid is right on the donated money.  [...]

Introducing Damned Nations

Introducing Damned Nations

I’ve been writing Damned Nations for sixteen years. Not literally, of course. The actual process of sitting down and hammering it out lasted eight excruciating months, especially because the global landscape kept shifting in dramatic ways. When I started, Bin Laden was still at large, Mubarek was the third largest recipient of American military aid, and [...]