Owen Barder reports on a new paper that finds that on average, aid promotes economic growth. I share Owen’s doubts about the fixation with regressions, but it’s worth noting that the anti-aid battalions don’t own the maths.
Talking of aid sceptics, Bill Easterly asks if aid is more like science or falling in love
The Economist has a harrowing report on the human rights situation in North Korea
On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall etc, Adam Roberts discusses the rise of ‘people power’ and the importance of choosing your moment
What keeps physicists up at night? Seven mind bending suggestions from a recent conference, recorded by New Scientist. Warning, do not read this if you are under the influence of alcohol (or anything else).
Matthew Hoh annihilates the rationale for the West’s Afghanistan policy and he should know – until he resigned on 10 September, he was the US State Department’s Senior Civilian Representative for Zabul Province in that country. Full resignation letter here, juicy bits extracted by Alex Evans here
And the British Science Museum presents an interactive map of what a 4 degree world would look like, drawn up by experts at the meteorological office. Grim.