21 December 2010

The ABBAs: Just Like That, The Best News Article

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, center, with his wife Chantal Biya at a Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysées, Paris, July 14, 2010
The winner is often accused of wanting to end aid all together. It might be because of his sometimes snarky blog posts, but articles like "Foreign Aid for Scoundrels" are where NYU Professor Bill Easterly's skepticism exposes the pitfalls of some aid programs. This is best seen in the following paragraph from the article:

The international aid system has a dirty secret. Despite much rhetoric to the contrary, the nations and organizations that donate and distribute aid do not care much about democracy and they still actively support dictators. The conventional narrative is that donors supported dictators only during the cold war and ever since have promoted democracy. This is wrong.