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Brad Pitt Takes On Trade

From the Washington Post today:

Hollywood's most desirable man spent Friday preparing for a new role: Brad Pitt, trade expert.

Pitt takes this business seriously. Black suit, black notebook. A profound, concentrated look. Impressively neat handwriting.

Two Lower Middle Income Countries get MCA Nod

The board of the Millennium Challenge Corp. – the Bush administration’s flagship foreign aid initiative – met on Tuesday to decide which countries had been selected for participation in the program. Of the 34 countries that passed the performance indicators, the Board chose to add only 6 new countries to its current list of 17 eligible for MCC funding. Two of the six - El Salvador and Namibia - are lower middle income countries, with average incomes much higher than the countries previously covered by the program.

Jenny Lanjouw

jlw.jpgJenny Lanjouw, a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development, died on Tuesday.
Jenny was an inspiration and a friend. She fought poverty with passion and a brilliant mind. One of her legacies will be her ingenious proposal to increase access to drugs in developing countries.

The Politics of Food Aid

Andrew Natsios, the Administrator of USAID, put the politics of US food aid back on the agenda when he proposed converting a quarter of the food aid budget to cash instead of directly procuring commodities in the US. For 50 years, the farm bloc, large multinational food processors, the US shipping industry, and charitable organizations engaged in relief and development activities in poor countries have supported generous funding for America’s food aid program.