Gonzalo's blogging; Labour rights in China; insider stupidity; we're all doomed; precision v knowledge; hamster economics; hope in Haiti and putting the UN to music: links I liked

Hablas Espanhol? Because my compadre, free spirit and innovative thinker on development, [caption id="attachment_2044" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Our Man in Madrid"]   Our Man in Madrid[/caption] Gonzalo Fanjul at Oxfam Intermon in Spain has just started a new blog on development issues. First few posts include why conflict leads to reduced infant mortality and agonizing over human rights in Cuba.  Brainfood guaranteed. Strengthening the rule of law in China one case at a time – the work of the China Labour Bulletin Why intelligence clearance turns you into a moron [h/t Alex Evans] ‘Unhappily, the result of what I call success would probably be a still bigger financial crisis in future, while the results of what I call failure would be that the fiscal rope would run out.’ Martin Wolf thinks the chances of the world economy moving from public bail out to sustained recovery are very slim. Academic precision and the destruction of knowledge from Richard Gowan ‘it’s economically illiterate and its tone is pretty smug…… one might get more sense out of a hamster.’ Matthew Lockwood takes no prisoners in his two-part critique of the new economics foundation’s ‘Growth isn’t Possible’ report. “I didn’t know I had this in me. It’s during the earthquake I realized I can be a good leader.” Oxfam America talks to the new generation of young Haitian leaders emerging from the rubble. UN debates and US healthcare reform given a musical makeover [h/t David Steven] ]]>

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4 Responses to “Gonzalo's blogging; Labour rights in China; insider stupidity; we're all doomed; precision v knowledge; hamster economics; hope in Haiti and putting the UN to music: links I liked”
  1. Nicholas Colloff

    An excellent piece by Martin Wolf: appropriately realistic – only through a genuine programme of public/private investment in productive activities will rebalance the world economy and that is nowhere on the horizon in terms of the p[ublic policy incentives.

  2. Duncan

    Thanks c-sez, the paper is intriguing and frustrating in equal measure – it says that both poverty and inequality have fallen in Africa since 1995. I can get the poverty figure, but am really surprised that inequality should be falling in a commodity-driven boom. The frustration is because it makes no attempt to explain either why this has happened, or why so much other research is wrong!
    For a critique of the paper from Lawrence Haddad, director of the UK Institute for Development Studies, see here

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