Good timing for the G7 meeting and IMF-World Bank meetings. This might be a chance for this institutions to prove they deserve to continue to exist.
Some interesting (if depressing reads):
-- wild man Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, arguing that the US is a banana republic, with socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. As a resident of DC, this has been obvious for quite a while.
-- pessimist but really smart Nouriel Roubini: "The world is at severe risk of a global systemic financial meltdown and a severe global depression." His RGE Monitor (even just the free stuff on it) is a great resource for anyone interested in the international financial world.
I'll find more later ....