Bamboo bikes; dodgy banks; social housing; bankslaughter; Brown goes green; France in Africa; why missionaries are better than aid workers and a spectacular marketing disaster from Nigeria: links I liked

bamboo bike from Zambia ‘ ‘Already, the panic of the autumn of 2008 is fading. The period within which lessons can be learnt and changes made is closing. Yet without radical changes, another crisis is certain. It may not even be that long delayed.’ Martin Wolf brilliantly dissects the banking crisis and what needs to happen, green shoots or no. Brazil uses its fiscal stimulus to sort out social housing  Paul Collier (again!) this time proposing a new crime – bankslaughter ‘We love Gordon’: Alex Evans salutes Gordon Brown’s new found dynamism on climate change “Africa without France is a car without a driver,” he said. “France without Africa is a car without petrol.” Chris Blatman celebrates the wit and cunning of Omar Bongo, recently deceased president of Gabon Chris again, this time comparing missionaries (favourably) with aid workers And finally, Nigeria and Russia combine forces to produce a spectacular Public Relations disaster – give a big welcome to ….. Nigaz]]>

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