Wednesday Links

  • Remarkable pictures from Syria – heartbraking and terrifying
  • As someone working their way through Alex Tabborok’s and Tyler Cowen’s online development economics course, this article by Tabborok rings true. It’s more of a jumping-off point than a full course, but being able to time-shift and to learn at your own speed (generally while running, for me) is wonderful
  • Kenneth Arrow, a prominent Stanford health economist, writes Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) should be continued, and I appreciate his sentiment that “the risk is that efforts to develop and implement “the perfect” will end up killing “the good” in the process.” It seems to me that this is a reasonable response to Oxfam and the Global Fund; there are items that need to be worked out, but the general idea is sound and likely saving lives, so it would be counterproductive to end
  • Why this round of protests in Jordan may be different – increasing fuel prices, decreasing trust of government, and a lack of cooperation/assistance from Egypt/Saudi Arabia
  • An attempt to ground discussion on “female genital surgery” in Africa and around the world in a common set of facts. This made for pretty uncomfortable – but important – reading
  • Private equity firms in the West are finding countries in Africa to be worth the risk

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