Mark Fried

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Why Are We Bullying The World's Poorest Countries?

(9) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 8:43 AM

We haven't heard much out of the World Trade Organization since 2005, when the US government decided to continue subsidizing corporate farms rather than forge a global trade deal. Yet the WTO machinery keeps grinding on -- and grinding poor countries down.

At hand is a looming deadline in July...

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Will Canada Gamble on Malaria Treatment?

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 8:39 AM

Wednesday, April 25 was World Malaria Day, and there is news about a disease that afflicts 225 million people and killed about 650,000 in 2010.

First the good tidings: In the last decade, deaths from malaria have been cut by one third in Africa and the...

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The Surprising Thing IMF Did With Gold

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Since the mid-2000s, Oxfam and our allies have been urging the International Monetary Fund to sell off some of its enormous hoard of 90.5 million ounces of gold bullion and use the profits to cancel the debts of low-income countries.

As Gandhi's dictum has it: First they ignored us,...

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Can We Sign the Treaty, So People Stop Dying?

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 11:20 AM

It didn't get much news, given that Syria and Somalia were raging on the front pages. But the world's diplomats recently met in New York to launch the concluding negotiations of a treaty that just might prevent such bloodshed. The Arms Trade Treaty is now set to be finalized in...

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Canada Gets Failing Grade on Income Inequality Report

(6) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 2:48 PM

Given the phenomenal economic success of "emerging" powers like China, India, and Brazil, it's easy to forget that most of the world's poorest people live there. That's right. The G20 is home for the majority of the 1.3 billion people who subsist on less than $1.25 a day.

These countries...

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Durban's End Game

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 4:42 PM

With one day left in the Durban negotiations, the outline of a climate deal was taking shape. All but the ugly ducklings Canada, Japan and Russia, appeared ready to embrace a second commitment period under Kyoto, with additional targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And all...

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