The Optimist

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A Friend in Need

Can disaster aid actually win hearts and minds?

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The Optimist

Club for Growth

The past decade might have been grim for the economically stagnant West, but without a booming developing world it would have been much worse.

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Don't Worry About Being Happy

Hey, world leaders: Knowing how good your citizens feel about themselves won't help you run your country.

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Doctors Without Borders

Letting medical professionals and other skilled workers from the developing world emigrate is a good deal for everyone.

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Wanted: Smarter Patients

The key to improving medical care in the developing world isn't better doctors -- it's educating everyone else.

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Pennies from Heaven

Is God to blame for the global market meltdown?

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The Myth of the Middle Class

The world's most pandered-to demographic is no more economically productive or civic-minded than anyone else.

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Got Cheap Milk?

Why ditching your fancy, organic, locavore lifestyle is good for the world's poor.

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Red Dawn

Why the United States should embrace, not fear, China's economic rise.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Insurgency

Does extreme weather cause war? Don't count on it.

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Slim Pickings

Mexico is the most staggeringly unequal society on the planet -- but it doesn't have to stay that way.

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Three Cheers for Decline

Look on the bright side, America: Downgrading your global ambitions could make you a healthier and happier nation.

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The Cultural Evolution

The baggage we carry from our ethnic and national backgrounds can keep people poor -- but it can also change, and faster than you'd think.

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Greening It Alone

The world is building a low-carbon global economy -- with or without the United States.

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Famine Is a Crime

Civilization has defeated mass starvation. So why are so many Somalis dying of hunger?

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The Price Is Right

How the world can buy its way out of poverty for just $100 billion.

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A Thousand Points of Light

When it comes to bringing electricity to the developing world, small is beautiful.

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Paperwork Tigers

The developing world can do fine without more regulation, thank you very much. In fact, it can do better.

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Shot in the Dark

The biggest hurdle to eradicating disease isn't access to vaccines -- it's getting people to take them.

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Green Shoots in the Killing Fields

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo believe there's hope for their war-torn country even if no one else does -- and their optimism is starting to get results.

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Through Rose-Colored Corrective Lenses

Poor vision is a major hurdle to getting ahead in the developing world. Fortunately, remedies are cheaper and easier -- and more profitable -- than they've ever been before.

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Paying for Peace

Can we just buy security in Afghanistan?

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Inpatients Abroad

How do you solve America's health-care woes? Outsource them.

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More People, Please

Don't worry about the booming global population -- celebrate it.

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No Need for Speed

Save your money, United Nations -- the developing world doesn't need broadband Internet to get ahead.

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Some Horsemen

Apocalypse buffs and international development types have one thing in common: They're both wrong.

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Show Me Everything But the Money

Why we should spend less time worrying about what people in developing countries think about government corruption, and more time looking at everything else.

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Out of Eden

Pre-modern lifestyles were fraught with violence, disease, and uncertainty. We should be happy that indigenous societies are increasingly leaving them behind.

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All Talks, No Action

Forget about the stalled Doha round negotiations -- developing countries can do plenty to fix their trade restrictions without the World Trade Organization's help.

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Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Money may not buy happiness, but can happiness buy money?

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