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The United Nations’ ‘Lords of Poverty’: New at Reason

The foreign aid industry is a racket.

Marian Tupy writes:

In 2004, I attended a gathering of African libertarians in Mombasa, Kenya. Our goal was to discuss economic reforms that sub-Saharan Africa needed in order to achieve higher rates of growth and a greater reduction in poverty. In many a developing country, taxi drivers are founts of wisdom, and so I struck up a conversation with the man who drove me from the airport to the hotel. When he asked me what brought me to Kenya, I responded that I was partaking in a conference about economic development. My taxi driver shook his head and muttered, “You all fly here for a few days, stay at the nicest hotels, and nothing ever changes.”

Our hotel in Mombasa was nothing special and libertarian gatherings are not, as a general rule, opulent affairs (especially in Africa!), but my brief conversation with the Kenyan taxi driver was instructive. Clearly, he assumed that I was a part of the travelling circus of thousands of officials from aid agencies, international organizations and NGOs, who enjoy business-class travel to some of the world’s most exotic destinations, where they are housed and dined at the taxpayers’ expense.

To wit, consider a recent story from the Associated Press, which found that the United Nations’ World Health Organization “routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel—far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria.” According to the WHO’s internal documents, which were obtained by the AP, “staffers are breaking the rules by booking perks like business class airplane tickets and rooms in five-star hotels.”

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The United Nations’ ‘Lords of Poverty’: New at Reason

The foreign aid industry is a racket.

Marian Tupy writes:

In 2004, I attended a gathering of African libertarians in Mombasa, Kenya. Our goal was to discuss economic reforms that sub-Saharan Africa needed in order to achieve higher rates of growth and a greater reduction in poverty. In many a developing country, taxi drivers are founts of wisdom, and so I struck up a conversation with the man who drove me from the airport to the hotel. When he asked me what brought me to Kenya, I responded that I was partaking in a conference about economic development. My taxi driver shook his head and muttered, “You all fly here for a few days, stay at the nicest hotels, and nothing ever changes.”

Our hotel in Mombasa was nothing special and libertarian gatherings are not, as a general rule, opulent affairs (especially in Africa!), but my brief conversation with the Kenyan taxi driver was instructive. Clearly, he assumed that I was a part of the travelling circus of thousands of officials from aid agencies, international organizations and NGOs, who enjoy business-class travel to some of the world’s most exotic destinations, where they are housed and dined at the taxpayers’ expense.

To wit, consider a recent story from the Associated Press, which found that the United Nations’ World Health Organization “routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel—far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria.” According to the WHO’s internal documents, which were obtained by the AP, “staffers are breaking the rules by booking perks like business class airplane tickets and rooms in five-star hotels.”

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Brickbat: Standing in the Door

The College Republicans at California’s Orange Coast College have filed a formal complaint against professor Jessica Ayo Alabi after she blocked members of the group from attending a public roundtable discussion during women’s history month. T…

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The Ultimate Antidepressant

There are a few indulgences that we will never tire of, and chocolate is the best example. An age-old treat that’s exquisite in its simplicity, chocolate is definitely everyone’s favorite. A perfect complement to a cup of espresso… a nice token of appreciation… the ultimate antidepressant… the list of its versatile usages and praiseworthy qualities is endless. But what’s in chocolate that really gets us up? And, most importantly for the health-conscious among us, is it good for our health? The word chocolate actually means “bitter water” in one of the indigenous South American languages. This is because the seeds … Continue reading

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Are There Private Emails and Cellphone Calls

I have decided to share with you something which I originally sent out to the key members of the Saker community: my recommendation on how to keep your private communications private in the age of “Big Brother” aka NSA, ECHELON, GCHQ, Unit 8200, etc. I have been interested in the topic of encryption for many years already, and I have had to use encryption techniques in the past to protect myself from snooping by indelicate employers. There have also been some discussions inside the Saker community of what did and did not work for us. I have now come to … Continue reading

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There’s No Right To Breastfeed

A Virginia woman did what she normally did when her 19-month-old baby was agitated—she breast-fed her. Trouble is, she did it in church, and she did it uncovered. Now she feels like her “rights as a mom have been violated” because the church objected. Is there a right to breast-feed in a church? Is there a right to breast-feed in public? Is there a right to breast-feed anywhere? Is there a right to breast-feed uncovered? Is there an absolute right to breast-feed? No. The Summit Church in Springfield, Virginia, does not allow breast-feeding without a cover because it could make … Continue reading

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Arming the Beheaders

Despicable: deserving to be despised, or regarded with distaste, disgust, or disdain; contemptible This is the word that comes to mind when I read the speech given by Trump while in Saudi Arabia, the land with one of the most heinous human rights records on the planet.  Forgive the length of the cites; I know you know this generally – take the time to read it specifically: Time to buy old US gold coins Through 2015 Saudi authorities continued arbitrary arrests, trials, and convictions of peaceful dissidents. Dozens of human rights defenders and activists continued to serve long prison sentences … Continue reading

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