What’s up with Andrew Young’s Groveling for Wolfowitz?

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Out of the blue in the Washington Post today, former US Ambassador to the UN and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young decries America’s “excessive Puritanism” and makes a plea to give the beleaguered World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz just one more chance. One can almost imagine Young on the verge of breaking into tears as he grovels for one of the master architects of the Iraq War. Andrew Young has done many distinguished things in his life, and I don’t want…

Wolfowitz Resignation Deal in the Works

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Behind the scenes of the gladiatorial battle that will take place between Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank Board today are efforts by his lawyer, Robert Bennett, and the Bank staff to negotiate terms of Wolfowitz’s departure. According to some insiders, Wolfowitz wants “some acknowledgment” of the Bank Board’s complicity in the messy circumstances surrounding his and Shaha Riza’s situation. Secondly, allegedly on June 1st, Wolfowitz becomes eligible for some large financial bonus — for performance and time on the…

Wolfowitz on Trial Today

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World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, staffed by legal counsel Robert Bennett at his side, will have an opportunity to respond to allegations of nepotism and inappropriate conduct at a meeting today. The stakes are high for Wolfowitz and the Bank. If one wins, the other loses. Sources tell me that there probably will not be action on Wolfowitz’s petition today — but his fate will be determined within the week. The real issue at hand is corporate governance inside the…

Wolfowitz’s Words: Worth Taking Seriously

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Paul Wolfowitz, Remarks to the Business for Social Responsibility Conference Washington DC, November 4, 2005 But punishing corruptors isn’t the only solution. In fact, it probably isn’t the best solution. The best solution is in fact improved transparency, improved accountability, so that corruptors know ahead of time that they can’t hide. Prevention is much better than the cure. Businesses and civil society organizations can play an important monitoring and advocacy role here, so can the press. And anyone who says…

Chestertown Blogging

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I’m in the colonial era town Chestertown, MD this morning — for a short while — blogging at the town central coffee shop, Play it Again Sam. This is a fascinating place that used to be one of the primary nodes along a course of travel from the Southern states up to the Northern states, and vice versa. George Washington, according to public records, came through a minimum of eight times and received an honorary degree from the local college…

Obama’s 2115 Words on Latin America

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(Obama to Hillary: So you really, really think TV Marti is worth $200 million?!) Sarah Stephens nudged Barack Obama the other day in a TWN guest blog post on the 13 scant words he offered on Latin America in his recent foreign policy manifesto (that the Washington Post applauded this morning. She otherwise seemed quite complimentary to him and, in my view, pushed her suggestion pretty politely. A prominent Latin America expert working with one of the more significant progressive…

The World Bank’s Floundering CEO

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The World Bank does matter. If the world is ever going to turn the “developing nation challenge” around, the Bank has been and will continue to be a vital part of that process. But the place is coming unglued over the Wolfowitz-Riza scandal and the staff have become profoundly distracted by lapses by their leader. It’s CEO, Paul Wolfowitz, is now declaring — in a very terse tone — that he has been treated “unfairly” and “shabbily” by the World…

Some Other Views of the Democratic Presidential Debate

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Here are three views of the first Democratic Presidential Debate held in South Carolina — one by someone who watched it carefully on television, one who was on the floor of the debate and a guest of one of the contenders, and one from someone who did not watch the debate live but watched the post-debate punditry and caught excerpts. The names will not be disclosed. View One — TV viewer: The bottom line is that all showed well, though…

Watching the Debate?

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I am. Click here to get to MSNBC’s site on the set-up and a live stream feed. So far, everyone looks a little stiff. No zingers yet. I do like that all the candidates are giving short responses to questions — even Joe Biden. John Edwards thinks Americans want a “decent” and “honest” person as President. Sounded sweet. He is a good guy — but gosh, I wish I could see a bit more of his rough edges. Hillary Clinton…