EU about to butcher aid? US energy isolationism; trade & climate change; Eno meets Ha-Joon Chang; rise of the daughter-in-law; UK invasions; How to Rob Africa: links I liked
Punishing the poorest: For next week’s 22/23 November European Council, Herman van Rompuy (you know, the president of Europe) is proposing a €9.65bn cut in Europe’s aid budget (the same aid that everyone agrees is much improved in recent years). That’s a much
Future US isolationism in a graph. US oil & gas dependency will fall from 2010-35, while all other regions’ dependency will rise (look at the direction of the arrows).
Matthew Lockwood summarizes two worthwhile-looking proposals to use trade rules to combat climate change
Brian Eno meets Ha-Joon Chang?! What happened when two of my gurus met up? ‘Quantification is a big temptation for society because it looks like control.’ – and that’s Eno. Fascinating exchange – see if you can spot the typo in para 5.
‘The rise of the daughter in law [due to jobs and TV] has been accompanied by the growing value given to daughters. If parents can no longer rely on their sons and daughters-in-law to look after them in their old age, it is to their daughters that they now look. Daughters are regarded not only as having more compassion and love for their parents than sons, but they have also benefited from the same economic empowerment processes as daughters in law.’ Result? Falling levels of female infanticide/selective abortion. Brilliant and fascinating essay by Naila Kabeer on yet another aspect of the Bangladeshi miracle.
Which countries has the UK invaded? All but 22. Luxembourg and Tajikistan watch out [h/t Michael Clemens and Noah Smith]
How to Rob Africa. ‘ Kwenda and the Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, set off to find out. Posing as a corrupt Zimbabwean official and his lawyer, their probe takes them deep into the murky world of ‘corporate service providers’ – experts in the formation of company structures that allow the corrupt to circumvent lax international money laundering rules.’ 25m investigation by Al Jazeera [h/t Alex Cobham]