Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)

This paper uses the Cuban Timor Leste health partnership to illustrate desirable principles in aid partnerships. For all its problems, Timor Leste has graduated one thousand doctors in the past decade, created clinics in all rural districts and has seen substantial improvements in some critical health indicators. Over this period, Cuba was by far the most important partner in health training and health services. We consider what it was about this partnership that facilitated substantial gains in both human capacity and human development. Continue reading “Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)”

The war in Syria and Europe’s refugee crisis (2017)

The roots of refugee crises lie in much larger human displacement crises, though Eurocentrism may not see it that way. In 2015 the top three sources of asylum seekers in the EU were Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, countries subject to invasions and proxy wars involving several European powers. The numbers of displaced people within and without those countries are 20 times higher than those seeking refuge in Europe. Continue reading “The war in Syria and Europe’s refugee crisis (2017)”

Retos en tiempos de guerra para los educadores populares: Una presentación gráfica (2017)

Esta presentación va a referirse a una serie de desafíos que enfrentan los educadores populares de los países del norte durante las últimas guerras contra Libia y Siria. Estos desafíos comienzan con los obstáculos estructurales instituidos por los poderes hegemónicos para la comprensión adecuada de la guerra y el conflicto internacional, ciertas predisposiciones culturales que crean obstáculos al aprendizaje en las culturas imperiales, y una serie de desafíos tácticos, técnicos y de organización para los educadores. Continue reading “Retos en tiempos de guerra para los educadores populares: Una presentación gráfica (2017)”

Washington supports the Islamic State (2015)

Reports that US and British aircraft carrying arms to ISIS were shot down by Iraqi forces (Iraqi News 2015) were met with shock and denial in western countries. Yet few in the Middle East doubt that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ with its proxy armies in Syria. A Yemeni AnsarAllah leaders says ‘Wherever there is U.S. interference, there is al Qaeda and ISIS. It’s to their advantage‘ (al-Bukaiti 2015). However key myths remain important, especially to western audiences. Continue reading “Washington supports the Islamic State (2015)”

O “Projeto Integridade Eleitoral”: Como aplicar “mudança de regime” e “democracia” em “países inimigos” (2015)

O Projeto Integridade Eleitoral (Electoral Integrity Project, EIP), estabelecido em 2007, é mais uma iniciativa política pesadamente enviesada a favor dos EUA, que já comprometeu a independência da mais antiga universidade da Austrália (vide Anderson, 2010). Continue reading “O “Projeto Integridade Eleitoral”: Como aplicar “mudança de regime” e “democracia” em “países inimigos” (2015)”

‘Papua New Guinean Ways’: Hybrid livelihoods and human development (2015)

Policy complexity sometimes masks consistent and enduring concerns. What really are the key developmental priorities for a country with tremendous wealth in natural resources, yet a substantial history of resource mismanagement? Similarly, while any country’s greatest resource is its people, in PNG there have been failures to invest in human development. We know that some countries with few resources (e.g. Japan, Singapore and Cuba) have successfully upgraded their productive capacities, by investing heavily in their people. Continue reading “‘Papua New Guinean Ways’: Hybrid livelihoods and human development (2015)”

Why inequality matters: From economism to social integrity (2014)

Sociologists tend to assume inequality matters, while economists often assume it does not, saying inequality generates dynamic incentives in competitive markets. Alternatively, other economists say inequality does matter; this is but mainly because it affects economic growth, which they claim to be the foundation of social progress. Meanwhile, sociologists disagree over whether inequality matters due do its violation of social justice principles, of some notional social contract, or whether it is actually undermining the foundations of a coherent and functional human society. Continue reading “Why inequality matters: From economism to social integrity (2014)”

Aid: Is it worth it? (2012)

Aid worldwide runs at more than $120 billion per year (World Bank 2011a), yet there is very little correlation between this expenditure and the often stated goal of poverty reduction. The failures of aid are legion. Yet this ‘development assistance’ has become a massive and semi-permanent global industry which in western countries is often erroneously equated with ‘development’. Nothing could be further from the truth. Aid programs, despite the stated good intentions, certain deserve some critical scrutiny. Continue reading “Aid: Is it worth it? (2012)”

El socialismo latinoamericano: Los punto de partida del socialismo del norte (2012)

América Latina comparte algunos elementos con el socialismo de las culturas ‘del norte’, pero también tiene algunas desviaciones significativas. Ambos tienen puntos de vista bien diversos sobre el ‘socialismo’, sostienen diversos énfasis en el enfoque, comparten una perspectiva revisada marxista de que considera que el capital privado esta en la raíz del poder y de la exclusión y la opresión social, el estado capturado por el capital, y hace falta una lucha de clases de algún tipo para la emancipación. Continue reading “El socialismo latinoamericano: Los punto de partida del socialismo del norte (2012)”

The petroleum fund and development strategy in Timor Leste (2010)

The paper takes a political economy approach, which combines financial and developmental analysis with economic and institutional context. The aim of Part A is to clarify reform options proposed for the Fund, along with relevant considerations. The aim of Part B is to analyse development strategy, including use of Fund revenues, and the implications. Continue reading “The petroleum fund and development strategy in Timor Leste (2010)”