Horn thoughts; ploughs and patriarchy; what's in America's fridges?; Macmillan v South Sudan; fragile states just got richer; Mexican-US migration stops; Amnesty TV episode 1: links I liked

Wise thoughts on famine and drought in the Horn of Africa from Owen Barder and the Wanderlust blog

Ploughs = machismo; hoes = equal rights. The Economist goes into reductionist overdrive, arguing that attitudes to women’s rights Short Order Cook |Marathon,TX |2-Person Household |She can beare heavily determined by our agricultural past.

You are what you eat – a slide show of  the contents of America’s refrigerators, and is that really a snake? [h/t Grandiloquent Bloviator]

South Sudan became independent a few weeks ago, and there are widespread concerns about fragile states, corruption etc. So who is in the dock for the first post-independence corruption case? Macmillan Publishers, that’s who, ordered to pay $17m and banned from World Bank tenders for at least three years for paying officials to win an education deal.

A new country category is born (yay!) – middle income fragile and failed states (MIFFS) like Pakistan or Nigeria. “MIFF countries account for roughly 180m of the world’s neediest people (those living on less than $1 a day). That is 17% of the total number of the world’s poorest—more than the 10% who live in poor but stable countries.” And up from just 15m in 2005. Andy Sumner discusses here.

Mexican migration to the US has slowed to a trickle and may even have gone negative. Why? [h/t Chris Blattman]

Watch what happens when Amnesty International try and doorstep the ambassadors of Iran, North Korea etc to sign a card for Amnesty’s 60th birthday and say ‘thanks for keeping us in business’, c/o Amnesty TV episode 1. It needs to lighten up a bit on the plodding voiceover, but an interesting experiment [h/t Swati Narayan]

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