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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Quick Links on the Economy

Dr. Douglas O. Walker
Robertson School of Government

Some items of interest to students of international politics:

1. Peter Boone and Simon Johnson, economists at the London School of Economics and MIT, respectively, do not think that the Greek "rescue" package is anywhere near enough to stabilize the eurozone. The picture they present is not at all pleasant to contemplate.

2. Time correspondent Michael Schuman points to the human costs and inevitable adjustments that will have to be undertaken in all countries over the medium- and longer-term as a result of the sovereign debt crisis seizing the world's attention.

3. UNCTAD's Trade and Development Commission is now meeting in Geneva to discuss possible responses at the international level to the global financial and economic crisis.

4. In a welcome move, the World Bank has opened its data files on trends and developments in the world economy to all interested users of international statistics.

5. Speaking at a FAO conference in Luanda, Angola, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Jacques Diouf, called today for urgent attention to the deteriorating food security situation in Africa.

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