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"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (lesser developed countries)? I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that ... I've always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly under polluted; their air quality is vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City."

Lawrence Summers
From a leaked internal World Bank memo

"Hmmm ... does this logic apply to underpopulated and under polluted Alaska too?"
e-THOUGHT editors

For more on World Bank internal politics, read the article "World Bank News" below


Temuramah dengan Syafiq Hasyim, Kyai Muda Generasi Nahdatul Ulama
"Demokrasi tidak akan jatuh dari langit ..."

When Expediency Compounds the Crime
On Islam and punishment for crime

The Indonesian labour migration to Malaysia
Book Review

Elsewhere ....

World Bank News
Curiouser and curiouser

Digital Diplomas
Skeptical views on "on-line learning"

Macronesians in Micronesia
You are what you eat

Bernard Knox on the Spanish Civil War
To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven ... a time of war, a time of peace, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing

"It's never too late to change" or "They oughta grow up"?

Women in Iran
La femme et Dieu

Malaysian General Election 1999
Scholarly analyses by Weiss, Khoo, Zakaria, Nathan,
Singh and Funston (in Adobe Acrobat pdf format)

Friedrich von Hayek
Article on the conservative Nobel Prize-winning economist


So You Wanna (Do Something Unusual)?
A "How To" website

The Eurovision Song Contest
Where "quality" pop music met its Waterloo! (Get it?? If not, check out the history of ABBA)

Kia Motors and Suzuki Motor Corporation team up to build a new car
Just zoom past those plebeians in your shiny new chariot and watch all their heads turn!