Friday, March 30, 2012

Peter Beinart argues for a two state solution for Israel

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I largely agree with him. My only disagreement is that I don't believe countries should be based on religion. I dislike the idea of a Jewish state as much as I dislike the idea of an Islamic state or a Christian state.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The world's poor are becoming richer

In the past few years, global poverty has been declining throughout the world—especially China:
The best estimates for global poverty come from the World Bank’s Development Research Group, which has just updated from 2005 its figures for those living in absolute poverty (not be confused with the relative measure commonly used in rich countries). The new estimates show that in 2008, the first year of the finance-and-food crisis, both the number and share of the population living on less than $1.25 a day (at 2005 prices, the most commonly accepted poverty line) was falling in every part of the world. This was the first instance of declines across the board since the bank started collecting the figures in 1981.

The estimates for 2010 are partial but, says the bank, they show global poverty that year was half its 1990 level. The world reached the UN’s “millennium development goal” of halving world poverty between 1990 and 2015 five years early. This implies that the long-term rate of poverty reduction—slightly over one percentage point a year—continued unabated in 2008-10...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Virginia residents: Vote against Mitt Romney tomorrow!

Residents of Virginia, please go out and vote for Ron Paul (and against Mitt Romney) tomorrow!

It's a two man race in this state (Santorum and Gingrich aren't on the ballot) and Virginia has open primaries. That means even if you're a loyal Democrat or independent, you can cast a ballot against Mitt Romney in the Republican primary tomorrow.