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Philip Booth
22 June 2012
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It was interesting to see former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark pop up in the news again this week. I had not realised that she had been taken on as the head of the United Nations...
Emmanuel Martin
13 June 2012
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More than a year ago, observers pointed at political authoritarianism in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt as the cause of their popular revolts. For sure, lack of democratic choice, especially...
Gurpreet Hayre
19 March 2012
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  Whilst western economies have recently been experiencing recession and stagnation, many countries in Asia have enjoyed rapid economic growth, which has been sustained over several...
Philip Booth
13 March 2012
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  The country has recently been asked to celebrate the beginning of “Fairtrade Fortnight”. Fairtrade is a private certification scheme that, according to the Fairtrade Foundation...
Dalibor Rohac
5 March 2012
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During an interview on the BBC last week, at the start of ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, I made a number of arguments against ‘fairtrade’. This produced a response from Barbara...
Ruth Porter
4 January 2012
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Brazil’s move above the UK in the world’s latest economic rankings has produced a predictable outcry about the fact that we still give the country aid at all. As lives are at stake,...
Steve Davies
8 June 2011
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A report recently published by Oxfam received a huge amount of attention. The report argued that world food prices will double over the next thirty years and that the only solution is ‘...
Julian Morris
20 May 2011
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The UK government currently faces an unprecedented budget crisis. If it fails to curb government spending, the national debt will spiral upwards, imposing an unbearable burden on future taxpayers,...
Philip Booth
24 March 2011
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Of all Christ’s teachings as reflected in the gospel accounts, there is none as consistent as his defense of the poor and downtrodden. This teaching applies also to international relations...
Tom Papworth
2 March 2011
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Over at Cafe Hayek, George Mason professor of economics Russ Roberts turns his guns on the ”buy local” fallacy. Roberts is a far better economist than I am, and I have no doubt that...
Philip Booth
23 December 2010
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Some economists wonder whether we should give Christmas presents. They argue that having other people deciding what we want is not really efficient. There are several counter arguments to this, of...
Philip Booth
2 December 2010
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A few weeks ago, the IEA published an in-depth study of Fair Trade, Fair Trade Without the Froth. The Hilton/Cameron-rebranded Conservative Party likes Fair Trade and there are good reasons why it...
Nick Hayns
11 November 2010
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Fair Trade is everywhere. All the big brands have bought into it and in some supermarkets certain products can only be purchased in their Fair Trade incarnation. We coffee-lovers get to enjoy our...
Keith Boyfield
7 August 2010
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Azerbaijan lies in a pivotal strategic position, straddling the Caspian Sea and rich in oil and gas reserves. This is the country which helped make Gulbenkian and the Nobel brothers rich. Today,...
Kate Antrobus
21 July 2010
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The case for abolishing agricultural subsidies on the grounds that they are unjust and hugely damaging to developing countries is well documented. One can also make the case in environmental terms,...
Kristian Niemietz
2 March 2010
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Who would have thought that protectionism could be entertaining? Professor Ha-Joon Chang’s lecture at the LSE last Thursday, part of the university’s “Series on the Future of...
Ali Salman
15 February 2010
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Last month the Heritage Foundation released the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. Every year, a similar index is also issued by the Fraser Institute to compare countries across the globe. These...
Ali Salman
28 January 2010
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Like other developing countries, Pakistan is deploying microfinance as a way of lifting people out of poverty. The basic assumption is that poor people lack access to affordable capital and once...
Tom Papworth
22 January 2010
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Simon Cowell has announced that he will produce a cover version of Everybody Hurts by REM to raise money for the suffering in Haiti. Good for him! It may be a bit saccharine, and I’m not sure...
Mike Norton-Griffiths
11 November 2009
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My research in Kenya provides disturbing evidence of how foreign NGOs (non-governmental organisations) leverage their financial strength and access to the establishment to insert their single issue...