Identity and AK47s; bloody flags; fossil fuel subsidies; AidWatch v Sachs (again); CO2 is good for you and a good nobel prize (not that one): links I liked

battle for citizenship in Africa. best flag ever Here’s the flag of the Benin Empire, a pre-colonial African state situated in modern Nigeria that lasted from 1440 until 1897.  Any nominations for which of today’s governments should adopt it? [h/t Chris Blattman] The rich countries are cooking the planet, and what was the main new action agreed at the G20 in Pittsburgh? End fossil fuel subsidies, used almost fossil fuel subsidiesentirely by developing countries (see chart). Still the Economist argues that it makes both economic and environmental good sense to sort them out. ‘Imagine that you are a policymaker in a developing country, with limited resources at your disposal. What can you learn from the Millennium Villages? So far, not very much.’ Laura Freschi on the Aid Watch blog laments the lack of proper monitoring in the Jeff Sachs flagship project (and starts another row – Aid Watch is clearly positioning itself as the development industry’s shock jock) This is what the US climate change debate looks like (on a bad day). [h/t Alex Evans] But at least the Nobel committee are doing something about it. Here’s the new (joint) economics prize-winner, Elinor Ostrom, who is both distinctly non-orthodox and the first woman to win the prize, with an 8 minute presentation on ‘beyond the tragedy of the commons’ [h/t Michael Harvey] ]]>

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One Response to “Identity and AK47s; bloody flags; fossil fuel subsidies; AidWatch v Sachs (again); CO2 is good for you and a good nobel prize (not that one): links I liked”
  1. Ken Smith

    Hi , I’m intrigued by the Benin flag. It certainly doesn’t beat about the bush. I’d be a bit sceptical and like to see the evidence this genuinely used and wasn’t just propaganda by the colonialists.