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  • January 10, 2013

    Where social problems and business solutions meet  

    BY NIV ELIS, JPOST

    Israeli entrepreneurs seek to lure companies into the nascent field of development technology.
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    Cultivating consumers from the world’s poorest people may sound like the business model of an exploitative corporation, but that’s exactly what Aliza Belman Inbal wants Israeli businesses to do.

    In the interest of full disclosure, she’ll tell you, there is a dual purpose: While private-sector-driven technology has fertile ground for turning a profit in the developing world, it’s also the best way to help bring people out of poverty. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:02 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 7 Comments » | 963 views

    On the Brink: Decline of US trained Palestinian Security Forces  

    Israel Behind the News


    US-trained Palestinian Security Force under General Dayton November 2009

    David Blumenfield

     

    Prepared with a research grant from the Middle East Forum

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    After nearly 20 years, the Palestinian Authority, the PA, has achieved the dubious reputation of being one of the largest recipients of foreign aid per capita in modern times. However, the PA has not achieved stability, democracy, transparency, or accountability. One the most corrupt regimes in the Middle East, the PA remains a fiefdom, at this point in time under the control of chairman Mahmoud Abbas, his sons, and his cronies.

     

    The security forces established by the PA, unsurprisingly, share a similarly dubious reputation. Despite decades of money, training and equipment from western democracies, the PA armed forces-more than 30,000 PA security and intelligence person­nel-have in the main behaved little better than militias and are marked by considerable corruption. Rather than improving over the years, however, the forces have becoming increasingly problematic: (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:08 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 17 Comments » | 1,329 views

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