Month: February 2011

How to use research for influence on climate change and Arab meltdown; why aid donors are losing the plot; green growth v degrowth; Darth Vader on youtube: links I liked

The Washington-based Center for Global Development is great at spotting opportunities for influence, not least by dusting off and recycling previous work in response to events – a key, and often under-used, way of getting research into policy (academics are often too caught up with their next project, and NGOs with their next campaign, to…

By admin February 25, 2011 2

Arab meltdown live; T shirts and development; what's changed because of the global crisis?; MDGs 2.0; big news on climate science; Schwarzenegger c/o a 9 year-old Tanzanian: links I liked

What to follow on the Middle East Crisis? How about a single site with the twitter feeds and Al Jazeera live feed on breaking events across the Arab World? [h/t Wronging Rights] Or a pleasingly splenetic ‘Top Five Myths’ about US media coverage of the crisis? [h/t Chris Blattman] World Vision gets a blogosphere battering for…

By admin February 21, 2011 4

Why we westerners are wrong about China

Since he reinvigorated the thinking of the British Left as editor of the pioneering journal Marxism Today back in the 1980s (coining the term ‘Thatcherism’ among other things), Martin Jacques has consistently proved a provocative and original thinker. His passion these days is China, and he has a book out – When China Rules the World:…

By admin February 18, 2011 1

Food price crisis 2.0 – speculation, poverty impact, African land grabbing and the Chinese drought; inequality round-up; sticky culture; who emits how much CO2?: links I liked

First, some food price related pieces: Round and round we go on speculation – is it driving food price volatility or not? Tim Wise disagrees with Paul Krugman (a speculation sceptic – specscep?) Meanwhile, at the snarky end of things, Tim Worstall really doesn’t think much of the Guardian’s John Vidal and his ‘banks are killing…

By admin February 15, 2011 0