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Paul Wolfowitz’s departure from the World Bank was like a shakedown by a panhandler: “Pay me five dollars, and I’ll leave you alone.” It had a proliferation of four-letter words, acts of intimidation, demands for money, and the profound stench of a man who had gone several months without a shower. And when Wolfowitz’s departure was announced, Reuters reports, jubilation:
Bank staff were jubilant to see an end to a crisis that had engulfed the institution, which spends around $25 billion a year to fight poverty in poor countries.
“Everyone ran into the hallways and were clapping and hugging each other,” said one employee who declined to be named.
And now the ball is back in Bush’s court. Who will he appoint to succeed Wolfowitz? Perhaps Rumsfeld?
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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