After failing to resign in April despite characterising UK PM Tony Blair’s leadership in the attack on Iraq as “reckless”, International Development Secretary Clare Short finally left her cabinet post in May. Ms. Short said that the failure to place the UN at the centre of Iraqi reconstruction efforts – breaking a promise made to her by the PM – had precipitated her departure. Replacing Short is the pro-Blair, Guyanese-born Baroness Valerie Amos – an unelected member of the House of Lords and formerly the PM’s envoy to Africa. Baroness Amos is the first black woman in cabinet.
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Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
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