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Watch John Kasaona from Namibia explain How poachers became caretakers at TED.


Economists Shaohua Chen and Martin Ravallion have studied “The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the World’s Poorest”. Their analysis shows that the world poverty rate keeps declining despite the crisis:

“The same (post-crisis) growth projections imply that the aggregate $1.25 a day poverty rate will fall from 21% in the “pre-crisis” year of 2008 to 18% (1040 million people) in 2009; the pre-crisis growth rate for 2009 would have instead brought the poverty rate down to 17% (987 million). Using the $2 a day line, the poverty rate falls from 42% in 2008 to 39% (2,232 million) in 2009 under the lower expected growth rate, while the pre-crisis trajectory would have brought the poverty rate down to 38% (2,169 million).”

Watch a very informative, entertaining and fair debate on the issue,
featuring Dambisa Moyo, Hernando de Soto, Paul Collier and Stephen Lewis – four experts on aid and development, four independent and innovative minds, four people, who really care about the poor…

A Munk Debate: “Is foreign aid to the developing countries doing more harm than good?”

Watch Richard Tren and Donald Roberts from “Africa Fighting Malaria” talk about their book “The Excellent Powder: DDT’s Political and Scientific History” at Reason.TV:


Dissidents and human rights activists from China, Tibet, Vietnam, Burma, North Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Venezuela gathered in Geneva, Switzerland on March 8-9, 2010 for the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy.
Here you can watch videos of all the debates and speeches.

Watch this very informative “Enterprise Africa” – panel discussion on fighting poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa featuring some leading experts on the issue:

Enterprise Africa! – NYC Panel – 1

Jeffrey Robinson, William Eaterly, Peter Boettke

Enterprise Africa! – NYC Panel – 2

Karol Boudreaux

Enterprise Africa! – NYC Panel – 3

John Kasaona, Shadrack Mabuza, Temba Nolutshungu

Enterprise Africa! – NYC Panel – 4

Q & A

Watch Larry Diamond, co-director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies and founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy, explain why he believes it can at the New York Democracy Forum:

Larry Diamond – “Can the Whole World Become Democratic?”

Watch this short documentary by Scott Kilman and Roger Thurow of the Wall Street Journal about Howard Buffett’s Crusade Against African Famine

“Warren Buffett’s son, Howard Buffett, takes on a surprising, little-known role on the front lines. Mr. Buffett travels from Ghana to Togo to Benin, trying to spread approaches to farming that he’s found successful on his Illinois farm.”

Watch economist Alex Tabarrok explain at the TED Talks why he believes that “the best is yet to come” for our planet, if we only get a few things right:

How Ideas Trump Crisis

“The “dismal science” truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone’s predictions.”

That is the subtitle of a new book by Dambisa MoyoDead Aid, which I highly recommend. Moyo knows the facts – and she knows Africa.

Watch her discuss about how we can make poverty history with development expert William Easterly at the Templeton Foundation

A conversation between Dambisa Moyo and William Easterly

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics at Oxford University and Department Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies.

Watch him speak about his book “The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It”, in which he “outlines four traps that the poorest countries in the world can find themselves in: the trap of civil war, the trap of being landlocked, the trap of having abundant natural resouces, and the trap of having a bad government” and explains how they can escape these traps:

Foreign Policy Magazine – Paul Collier

Hundreds of migrants feared drowned as boat sinks off Libya

Is there no way we can make sure that a human tragedy like this won’t ever happen again? I believe there is. And so does journalist and economist Phillippe Legrain. Watch him speak about his book Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them on Ireland’s RTE2 (Part 1 / 2) or on Frost over the World.

Watch Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and co-editor of the Journal of Democracy, debate his book The Spirit of Democracy – The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World, which I very strongly recommend to anyone interested in the science of democracy and democracy movements, with some researchers from Freedom House at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs:

The Spirit of Democracy – Carnegie Council, New York

Watch Gary Becker, Nobel Prize winner in economics, talk to African Liberty:

Interview with Professor Gary Becker

They not only hurt American consumers and tax payers, but many poor farmers around the world, as Nick Gillespie explains in this short Reason TV documentary:

Agricultural Subsidies – Corporate Welfare for Farmers

“U.S. farm programs cost taxpayers billions each year, significantly raise the price of commodities such as sugar, undermine world trade agreements, and contribute to the suffering of poor farmers around the world. It’s bad public policy, especially in these troubled economic times.”

Watch how Ghanaian economist George Ayittey “unleashes a torrent of controlled anger toward corrupt leaders in Africa” – he calls them the hippos! – “and calls on the Cheetah generation” – the young, open minded, freedom loving generation! – “to take back the continent” at the Ted Talks:

George Ayittey: Cheetahs vs. Hippos for Africa’s future

Listen to Tony Leon and Marian Tupy comment on Mugabe’s rule and the world’s reaction to it for the Washington Times:

Mugabe’s election theft and illegitimacy

“Mr. Mugabe’s economic policies and repression are responsible for widespread poverty, sickness and violence that have gripped Zimbabwe, and while his rule appears to be coming to an end, Zimbabwe’s story provides a somber lesson for the rest of the world. For too long, world leaders and international institutions have temporized with African dictators and accepted flawed elections as sources of incumbents’ legitimacy. “

Watch Swedish writer Johan Norberg, author of the classic study In Defense of Global Capitalism, travel around the globe and explain to you, why globalization is the only hope for the poor and why we don’t have enough of it:  

Globalisation is Good

“The world is an unequal and unjust place, in which some are born into wealth and some into hunger and misery. To explore why, in this controversial Channel Four documentary the young Swedish writer Johan Norberg takes the viewers on a journey to Taiwan, Vietnam, Kenya and Brussels to see the impact of globalisation, and the consequences of its absence. It makes the case that the problem in the world is not too much capitalism, globalisation and multinationals, but too little.”

…is really Robert Mugabe’s Cholera Crisis – as Alvaro Vargas Llosa explains.

“Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has been blaming the cholera epidemic that has already killed 1,100 people and may have infected 20,000 others, along with a famine that threatens another 5 million, on—who else?—Western colonialism. But both are of his own making…”

Last week, Jewish South African Helen Suzman died at the age of 91. All her life she fought for liberty, equality, democracy and markets.


Cato@Liberty – Helen Suzman R.I.P.

BBC-Hardtalk: Helen Suzman

TimesOnline: A voice against apartheid – and the ANC

Karol Boudreaux is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, lead researcher for Enterprise Africa!, and a member of the Working Group on Property Rights of the U.N.’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.

Listen to her speak about the importance of creating property rights in Africa and her experiences in Rwanda and South Africa with EconTalk host Russ Roberts:

Karol Boudreaux on Property Rights and Incentives in Africa

“In Rwanda, she studied how a change in incentives and property rights for coffee farmers has allowed the coffee bean growers to improve quality and prosper. In South Africa’s Langa Township, she looked at how renters were allowed to become homeowners and how the ability to own changed their lives.”

Watch this heartbreaking documentary by Leah Chishugi:

Rape in a lawless land

“Leah Chishugi, a nurse and survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, travels into the heart of eastern Congo to record the testimony of more than 400 women and girls abused by marauding militias.”

Christmas Message from Kerry Kay, MDC-T Secretary for Welfare: “Zimbabweans will not be going home to kumusha/ekhaya this Christmas for a joyous celebration with their families – there is no money, no food, no fuel. There are no medicines and little clean water – cholera and HIV/AIDS stalks every citizen. Instead they will, no doubt, be praying to their Almightly God for deliverance from the pervading evil.
Zimbabweans go into this supposedly joyful festive season with heavy hearts. Over 300 people are still missing, having been abducted pre and post elections. Over 220 have been brutally murdered in the same period of time. 30 more have been abducted since 15th September and are still missing. The pain in their families hearts is unimaginable. We must keep them in our prayers.”

Watch Lt. General Dallaire, Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, talk about his book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda at Barnes & Noble:

Shake Hands with the Devil: Rwanda

Watch a short video by African Liberty in which they try to answer this crucial question:

The Global Food Crisis : Political Factors

Have you ever heard of British slave and torture camps in Kenya? If not, you are not the only one. The settlers’ propaganda machine did an impressing job of hiding them from the outside world…

Watch Caroline Elkins, a historian at Harvard University and author of          Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, set the record straight:

Colonial War Crimes in Kenya: Prospects for Reconciliation

“After years of research in London and Kenya, including interviews with hundreds of Kenyans, settlers, and former British officials, Elkins has written the first book about the eight-year British war against the Mau Mau. She concludes that the war, one of the bloodiest and most protracted decolonization struggles of the past century, was anything but the ‘civilizing mission’ portrayed by British propagandists and settlers. Instead, Britain engaged in an amazingly brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing that seemed to border on outright genocide. While only 32 white settlers were killed by Mau Mau insurgents, Elkins reports that tens of thousands of Kenyans were slaughtered, perhaps up to 300,000. The British also interned the entire 1.5 million population of Kikuyu, the colony’s largest ethnic group, in barbed-wire villages, forced-labour reserves where famine and disease ran rampant, and prison camps that Elkins describes as the Kenyan ‘Gulag.’ The Kikuyu were subjected to unimaginable torture, or ‘screening’, as British officials called it, which included being whipped, beaten, sodomized, castrated, burned, and forced to eat feces and drink urine. British officials later destroyed almost all official records of the campaign.”

There is only one hope left for Zimbabwe… It’s people! And they got nothing left to lose.

Watch this short documentary by the Solidarity Peace Trust:

Death of a Nation