David Rieff is the author of A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis and At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention.
 (June 2014)

An American Passion for Tyrants

Bill Gates, chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at the United Nations during the announcement of a joint initiative with the World Food Programme to help small farmers in developing countries gain access to reliable markets, September 2008
One standard definition of “international development” is that it is the global effort by rich and poor countries alike, working in tandem, to dramatically reduce extreme poverty and want. At the same time, such development should foster the economic growth of poor countries, so they can share what Walt Rostow called the promise of abundance. That promise is sharply challenged as false by the economist William Easterly in his new book, The Tyranny of Experts.

Rwanda: The Big Risk

Narcisse, a Hutu in his early twenties, went to work for the American organization the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the summer of 1994. The mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis by the Hutu-dominated regime in Rwanda had started in the spring of that year, and had ended …