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The First Decade of the 21st Century: Five Remarkable Accomplishments

January 12, 2010

Jean-Pierre Lehmann in The Globalist:

here is no denying it. The terribly messy invasion of Iraq, the quagmire in Afghanistan, the Israeli wars waged on Lebanon and then Gaza — they have all contributed to the tumultuousness of this decade just passed.

In addition, the Great Global Financial Crisis of 2008 shattered the assumptions and aspirations fed by the decade’s ambience of “irrational exuberance.” The paralysis of the WTO Doha Round, the lack of any progress on the climate change agenda, culminating in the washout Copenhagen Accord, and the pretty certain failure — short of a miracle — of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Indeed, the reversal of some of these goals — contributing to an increase in the number of malnourished from 200 million to one billion — is deplorable. So is sky-rocketing unemployment everywhere, thereby contributing to greater poverty and social unrest. They, too, all testify to the prevailing gloom.

Nevertheless, five achievements of the past decade stand out. They could also have a positive impact on developments in the next decade. [More]

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