Links I Liked

A Monday morning time waste kit – highlights from last week’s @fp2p twitter feed:

According to SIPRI, Africa’s arms spending grew 8.3% in last year – the fastest regional arms race in the world African arms spending

Top polemic from Owen Barder. If the world was one country, global institutions would make it a failed state.

Ben Ramalingam loves the new World Development Report (on mind and culture), its alternative to the logframe and its message for development professionals to examine their own biases

Excellent reflection on Piketty, one year after publication, from Branko Milanovic. Why so popular? Will it last? What shortcomings  have been revealed?

Teaching economics after the crash: the Student rebellion: 40m Radio 4 piece with Aditya  Chakrabortty, Ha-Joon Chang et al

How an epidemiologist-turned-mayor used a data-driven approach to tackle Colombia’s homicide rates

Francisco Toro (aka The Campaign for Boring Development) goes there: the case for rethinking attitudes to GM

How a well-intentioned U.S. law left Congolese miners jobless – is this a rerun of the Harkin child labour/garments Bill in Bangladesh?

And as I’ve just been in Malta, a couple of things on Migration:

UKIP’s Schrödinger’s immigrant who ‘lazes around on benefits whilst simultaneously stealing your job’

And a truly harrowing but brilliant film: Dying to get here – Channel 4 News piece on the 500 migrants who fled to Europe from Egypt – only 11 made it.

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2 Responses to “Links I Liked”
  1. Charles Abani

    Thanks Duncan. I usually resist the temptation to comment. But the Economist article needs to be dropped from your analytical frame for its shallow analysis of the political economy of conflict (and arms trading) in Africa and the role of different powers both in terms of the proliferation of small arms (and refusal to engage this at the right level – linking to Owen’s failed state point), contribution to the shifting the arena of the war on/axis of terror into Africa as well as putting untold amounts of arms into ‘the system’ and giving rebels and terrorists huge access to fire power that can only be countered by a growing budget on arms by governments – at the expense, need I point out – of social spending. A bit more depth to this analysis please (and some appropriate ‘sharing’ of some measure of responsibility for the problems driving up this kind of ‘wrong’ expenditure).