Ugandan comic books; cash transfers in New York; praise for Jacob Zuma; Reaganite timewarp on healthcare reform and wonderful Magnum pics: links I liked

comic book (sorry, graphic novel) about the civil war in Uganda And links to a fascinating attempt to apply the lessons of conditional cash transfer programmes in Mexico and Brazil to…… New York The FT finds much to celebrate in Jacob Zuma’s first hundred days ‘The astonishing thing about the current political scene is the extent to which nothing has changed.’ Paul Krugman laments the Reaganite timewarp of the US healthcare debate Alex Evans takes John Prescott to task for supporting contraction and convergence in carbon emissions and proposes a more pro-development alternative And the Magnum photo agency puts its breath-taking back catalogue to the service of the climate change campaign in  the ‘one-planet-one-chance‘ photo essay (you’ll need sound). Update and correction: Oxfam just received this email from the ever-vigilant Aubrey Meyer, director of the Global Commons Institute, and chief originator of contraction and convergence: ‘Duncan Green Head of Research Oxfam GB blogs on your website that: – “Alex Evans takes John Prescott to task for supporting contraction and convergence in carbon emissions and proposes a more pro-development alternative.” This is incorrrect. Actually what Alex Evans did was to crticize Prescott for not arguing contraction and convergence in carbon emissions entitlements accurately.  Please will you get his attention on this and require him to make a correction.’ I stand duly corrected……]]>

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4 Responses to “Ugandan comic books; cash transfers in New York; praise for Jacob Zuma; Reaganite timewarp on healthcare reform and wonderful Magnum pics: links I liked”
  1. Hi Duncan
    Your update’s beaten me to it – but was just going to clarify that the post of mine on Global Dashboard that you linked to doesn’t by any means criticise John Prescott for supporting contraction and convergence.
    The point I was making is rather that his endorsement of equal per capita emissions is besides the point (global emissions have to come down to zero, so it’s unavoidable that emissions will have to converge – to zero); what he *should* have argued for was equalisation of per capita *entitlements* – which would give poor countries the chance to profit from emissions trading, at the same time as stabilising the climate.
    Just to put some numbers on it: total global ODA last year was $120 bn; total emissions trading was $64 bn. Yet poor countries are missing out on the latter almost completely – cos they don’t have emissions entitlements. Apparently this is everyone’s idea of what ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ means in practice… 🙂
    Alex

  2. Thanks to Duncan Green for correcting the error in his blogged comments on-Evans reporting on-Prescott on-‘C&C’.
    In fact its a bit more of a commedy of errors: –
    1. Prescott hasn’t actually used the term C&C, though he has been reported quite widely as advocating it as a result of what he’s been saying.
    2. This is understandable as when appearing ‘on-air’ he is often accompanied by the C&C animation from the film, the Age of Stupid . . .
    3. Alex Evans, like many, assumed that Prescott had been advocating C&C, and Alex correcting Prescott on ‘that’ [the tone was harsh] offered critcisms were not inaccurate. [Prescott is doing a great job and needs allies].
    4. However, Duncan’s comment implied that Alex Evans was arguing for ‘a more pro development model’ than ‘C&C. Well – no/yes . . . .
    Conclusions: – if John Prescott sees the strength of the C&C argument, the support for it and uses that, he will satisfy Alex Evans’ criticism and supply OXFAM with an understanding of C&C that it is indeed the more pro development model needed, whose new Champions will include Prescott, Evans, OXFAM, Age-of-Stupid etc (see http://www.tangentfilms.com/C&Cdoc27aug09.pdf for more).

  3. John Prescott has decided to come back in very hard in favour of C&C. His message is based on ‘urgency and equity’.
    He is proposing: –
    ” . . . a deal based on the so-called contraction and convergence model where countries move to equalise carbon emissions per capita across developed and developing nations, allowing developing countries to grow their emissions while severely reducing that of developed nations. “This is the only way we will get everyone to agree,” he says.”
    The embedded link on Prescott’s website “New Earth Deal”: – http://newearthdeal.org/ goes straight to the C&C animation from “The Age of Stupid” to illustrate what he’s arguing for.
    He’s clearly making waves and I am sure he will be pleased to discover the work of APPGCC etc. and benefit from knowing who his C&C political allies are in HoC and beyond.
    Since many members of the Stop Climate Chaos are listed as his supporters, one hopes they will give him support.
    He keeps stressing rightly that ‘politicians’ [not academics and NGO’s] must make the deal.

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