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February 2008

Anthems of Change

Sina Odugbemi's picture

Many years ago, in a class on the English Epic as a literary genre, one of my professors asked: 'What is an anthem?' We all struggled to come up with definitions of an anthem, as in the national anthem of a country. We thought that an anthem was a song set to music commissioned by the leaders of the country and declared to be the national anthem. He said that was not the case.

Wal-Mart should win Nobel Prize...for what?

"Wal-Mart deserves the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. And the Vatican may want to beatify the world's largest retailer." That's how a Canadian journalist leads his article in entertaining fashion.

He argues that the giant U.S. retailer should be the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, among other reasons, because it creates thousands of jobs each year in developing countries.

Convergence in Thinking: Governance Matters in Post-Conflict

Henriette von Kaltenborn-Stachau's picture

Photo Credit: Curt CarnemarkThe importance of governance and state-building for stability in post-conflict situations has been recognized widely among the multi and bilateral aid policy-set. This belief is now being shared by the US military strategists according to an article in the NYT .


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