Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall

May 31, 2007 § Leave a comment

 

We’re fast approaching the time when the time required to organize an orderly departure from Iraq is longer than the time left in the Bush presidency.

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WorldBank and the lack of design.

May 30, 2007 § Leave a comment

 

I remember at the World Bank in the 70’s a team of anthropologists wanted to understand how decisions were made. So they arranged to attend and take notes at meetings called “decision meetings.” But in fact the meeting’s real purpose was just to ratify a “decision” made deeper down in the bureaucracy over a long period of time – weeks, if not months. The result was that the “design” of the “decision” reflected the bureaucratic structure as the sole design criteria. For example,”Village participation” meant asking the villagers where they wanted the hospital rather than asking them what they wanted. Participation was a way of rationalizing what was predetermined as what the bank knew how to deliver. Hence we got decisions without design.

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Asia Times Online :: Central Asian News – The Cold War: Fears of an unfinished victory

May 30, 2007 § Leave a comment

 

The Cold War: Fears of an unfinished victory
By W Joseph Stroupe
“The Cold War is dead!” read the newspaper headlines of 1991, and ever since, confidence has been absolute that the victory of the West over the former bloc of the East was a complete one – until lately.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Cold War-style speech in Munich in February and its combative follow-up, the State of the Nation speech in April, are being matched by Russia’s stiffening,

and its mounting assertiveness, in opposition to any bolstering or reconsolidating of ailing US-led unipolarity.
Around the globe, Russia is acting against unipolarity’s accommodating ideologies and politics, against its recently resurgent manifestations and machinations, and against the instruments of its perpetuation, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Source: Asia Times Online :: Central Asian News – The Cold War: Fears of an unfinished victory

FT.com / World – Bush picks Zoellick to be World Bank chief

May 30, 2007 § Leave a comment

 The bank is going so serve capital, or development? that they are not the same is the emerging issue. The place of the US in this struggle is crucial for the US, which may be becoming a bit player.

US officials hope that by proposing a nominee of Mr Zoellick’s standing and international reputation they will defuse calls for a fundamental change in the way the bank president is selected.

The bank’s board issued a statement late on Tuesday that opened the door to a rival nomination.

A formal contest would be an unprecedented challenge to the White House’s traditional right of appointing the bank president.

The statement noted that ”nominations may be made by any” member of the bank’s 24-country board in addition to the expected US nominee.

A senior World Bank manager said there would be mixed feelings about Mr Zoellick’s nomination, with respect for his diplomatic skills offset by concern about his hard-driving management style. The manager said Mr Zoellick was “highly regarded” but seen as a “bit abrasive” with his staff.

“I think there is scepticism about Zoellick’s management skills,” he said.

Source: FT.com / World – Bush picks Zoellick to be World Bank chief

The fate of cities and those who live in them.

May 29, 2007 § Leave a comment

 The following editorial and linked aticles are very important.

The city as stage for social upheaval

For the sociology of the early twentieth century, the city, which in the course of industrialization had undergone rapid expansion and whose development was concurrent with that of sociology itself, was the “laboratory of the modern”. Sociologists of the city focused above all on processes of social segregation observable in the urban space.
The twenty-first-century city, on the other hand, reflects disparities on an international scale that result from structural changes in employment and refugee movement: while the shrinking city is a phenomenon in former industrial regions, megacities develop in Third World regions undergoing transition from rural economies. Concepts such as “edge cities”, “creative cities”, and “informational cities” point to the city’s functional shift, which appears to bear the imprint of a new relation between production, space, and society.

Eurozine editorial
Michelle Provoost
New towns on the Cold War frontier
Annette Baldauf
Shopping town USA
Mark Saunders
Fish ‘n’ freedom fries. On regeneration and other London Olympic myths
François Ruffin
Marseille: Upgrades and degradation
Jacques Donzelot et al.
November nights 2005: The geography of violence
Benedict Seymour
Drowning by numbers. The non-reproduction of New Orleans
Robert Misik
Simulated cities, sedated living. The shopping mall as paradigmatic site of lifestyle capitalism
Ivaylo Ditchev
Sofia, fluid city
Luchezar Boyadjiev
Billboard heaven
Philippe Pataud Célérier
Shanghai privatized. Real estate speculations in Shanghai
Hannah Rutishauser
Whoever has a house, survives. Life for migrants to Istanbul’s suburbs
Swapan Chakravorty
Imminent ruin and desperate remedy
Filip De Boeck
The city of Kinshasa as verbal architecture
Ilija Trojanow
The abolition of poverty. Report from Bombay
Henrik Lebuhn
Entrepreneurial urban politics and urban social movements in Los Angeles
Staffan Granér
Hernando de Soto and the mystification of capital
Olivier Mongin
From class struggle to place struggle

Source: Eurozine – Articles

Eurozine – Articles

May 29, 2007 § Leave a comment

 

This cycle of images is an exploration of the visual logic of neo-capitalism. It represents a vision of the possible future of the urban environment and visual interface of one neo-capitalist city, the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. Neo-capitalist societies originated from the late totalitarian version of socialism to be found in the eastern European countries of the former Soviet Block. Its “progress” is marked by processes of redistribution of public wealth and “normalization” under the pressure of EU membership. Neo-capitalism is capitalism without a bourgeoisie; a consumer society without consumers (at least not yet). The development of neo-capitalist cities is marked by the appropriation of public space by private interest.

Source: Eurozine – Articles

WSJ.com

May 29, 2007 § Leave a comment

graphs on income ineqiality sine globalization. 

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