this & that
- Madagascar is pretty much in chaos and headed for civil war. I'm fascinated by the country and its mix of African and Indian Ocean cultures, but don't know very much about its politics. Any experts on the situation in Tana care to comment?
- Robert Mugabe: apparently a Calvinist. Who knew?
- We are not in a depression.
- The Texas State Senate voted Wednesday to disenfranchise a bunch of the electorate. Voter ID bills are a solution in search of a problem that doesn't exist. Thank goodness for the Voting Rights Act.
- I don't have time to figure it all out, but here at the U, the kids are all up in arms because some secret organization was behind last week's student government elections and ethical violations by the current SG president and blah, blah, blah. Like they haven't always done it that way at Yale.
- Alex de Waal hits the nail on the head re: what's wrong with the ICC. (HT: Chris Blattman)
- Surprise, surprise: Paul Collier's new blog is All About Paul Collier. Seriously. His name is in every post title. You can almost see him dreaming of those conferences at fancy European resorts at which rich white people gather to decide how to help poor people they'd never dream of letting into those hotels. (It's the international version of the Junior League. As it were.) (HT: also Professor Blattman, for whom we wish a speedy recovery in Monrovia's finest new Chinese Clinic.)