Forgive, But Don't Forget

It may seem odd that the Secretary of the Treasury of the richest nation on earth is obsessed with poverty. But Larry Summers has used his stint in government not only to boost the U.S. economy but also to push policies designed to eradicate global poverty. Top on his list these days: debt relief for highly indebted poor countries. He explained the plan to TIME's Adam Zagorin:

Why is debt relief important?

Debt relief is a moral imperative. The U.S. should not stand for the proposition that poor countries where as much as half the adult population will contract AIDS...

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