Young Chinese thoughts; Tata triumphant; African activism on famine; Dodd-Frank and Libya; Russian charter cities in DRC; population arguments; saving the earth from space: links I liked

Great photo series on What are young Chinese thinking about? Example + translation: “In adults’ eyes I am a bad person in society, but in fact I am a very adrian-fisk-ispeak-china-what-are-chinese-youth-thinking-02obedient person.” Gansu, Chow Liang, 17 years old, hair stylist student on way to see father who works in another province.’  [h/t Chris Blattman]

‘Tata is now Britain’s biggest industrial employer. The number of companies from Brazil, India, China or Russia on the Financial Times 500 list trebled in 2006-08 from 20 to 62. In 2010 emerging-market firms accounted for a third of the world’s $2.4 trillion tally of mergers and acquisitions.’ The Economist charts the rise of emerging-market giants.

‘The celebrity appeal for this famine is coming from Africans themselves.’ The Economist asks how Africa’s response to famine differs from the 1980s.

Oxfam America’s Ian Gary hopes new US transparency legislation will feature large in the new Libya’s oil industry.

A Russian firm is building private cities from scratch in Kenya and DRC. Giant gated community? Charter cities in action? Good thing? Who knows, but alarm bells are a-ringing. 

Claire Melamed comes out fighting against the evidence-free claims of the population controllers.

Have we decided to live with climate change (and screw the poor and our kids) asks Alex Evans. If so, he reckons it’s time we held the next earth summit in space.

And here’s why – what it looks like when you orbit the earth at night [h/t Chris Blattman]

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