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"That UN -- I will shut it down"  Posted on 02/17/2015
A gloriously unhinged rant from South Sudan's information Minister. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad (via: Dustin Johnson). In remarks yesterday, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Michael Makuei slammed not only the...
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Lampedusa Update  Posted on 02/16/2015
In 2013 the deaths of 366 migrants at sea off the coast of the Italian island Lampedusa caught the headlines. Last week another 300 died. Last year, it was an estimated total of 3,500. European governments, including the British one, are...
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Zoe Williams shows numeracy is not her strong point  Posted on 01/28/2015
Stuart Broad, the England cricketer, tweeted:I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10% earners in the World. #stay #humble — Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) January 27, 2015which apparently provoked...
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The Future of the UN Development System  Posted on 01/09/2015
A new book from the co-Director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) project (can't believe they didn't call it the "FUN" project). Mark Malloch-Brown (former UN deputy-secretary-general and UNDP...
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The IMF and Ebola  Posted on 01/07/2015
The debate rumbles on at the Monkey Cage, as Blattman responds to the response by the authors of the Lancet article to his response to their article. I find the debate mostly quite infuriating. To massively oversimplify, what tends to...
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Standing desks  Posted on 01/07/2015
Because all the other cool development bloggers are blogging about standing desks and back-pain, I thought I would share mine here. This was a present from Abhijeet and I use it a lot - it's lightweight aluminium, just about fits in a...
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Green Party are "Dotty Parochial Fruitcakes"  Posted on 01/03/2015
Bagehot, the column on Britain in the Economist magazine, says the Green Party of England & Wales have no grasp of economics and are fruitcakes, "dottier than UKIP," for backing a basic income policy. The same basic income...
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My New Year's Resolutions  Posted on 01/02/2015
All come from the School of Life:"Any occasion to improve ourselves should be seized upon. We need resolutions: they are promises we make to our better selves. In the future, we should try to worry less, forgive more, look at things...
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UK teacher unions as legal insurance  Posted on 11/28/2014
Richard Murphy of the University of Texas confirms something that a teacher told me in person just last year - teachers in the UK only join unions because it provides legal insurance in the event of getting sued. This paper identifies the...
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  • am4a 29 January 2011 17:27:51

    just cannot wait to see the outcome of the referendum.

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