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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”