Links I Liked

Tom Gauld on talking to computers – think I’m already at ‘finally’…..

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’ll be speaking on a panel on drugs and development to launch a series: ‘A World with Drugs: Legal Regulation through a Development lens’. As Helen Clark is kicking it off, I’ll mainly be doing ‘what she said’. Q to readers tho – the ‘drugs and development’ lobby has been pushing major organizations to mainstream the issue for years, with little result – what’s stopping them breaking through? Any ideas appreciated.

Top resource for anyone reviewing their reading list: new Decolonizing the Academy reading list from @AfricaDemocracy – featuring only authors from Africa and covering a range of topics including democracy, decolonization, civil society…

Isabel Wilkerson’s World-Historical Theory of Race and Caste. Wonderful review and discussion of India v US by Sunil Khilnani

Nice hedge-work round the corner from my home in Brixton, South London. Is #ProtestTopiary a thing now? Any other examples?

You don’t have to be neutral to be a good humanitarian: thought provoking piece on humanitarian principles from Hugo Slim

Why Covid school closures are making girls marry early

“Releasing mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia into parts of Yogyakarta city reduced the number of dengue infections by 77% compared with untreated areas.”

Young, British and Somali at Cambridge University. Utterly brilliant, moving and insightful words from 4 inspiring young women. 18m well spent.

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3 Responses to “Links I Liked”
  1. Andy Mold

    I reckon Duncan you should steer the conversation towards drugs of a ‘legal’ nature. Above all, alcohol, which is responsible for far more problems globally, both related to health and violence. GBV, for instance, is often generally fuelled by alcohol consumption. The thin line between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ drugs is pretty ambiguous, isn’t it? Oh, and which sector receives most foreign investment, and is one of the most profitable, in much of Sub-Saharan Africa? Usually alcoholic beverages….I suspect the story is similar in other parts of the world. Alcohol is a drug many of us like to take once in a while. But that doesn’t mean we should be blind to its negative social consequences.

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