Two pieces looking at the impact that a chain of hurricanes has wreaked on the Caribbean in the past few weeks. The damage will take years, if not decades, to be resolved, but these islands likely don’t have that kind of time. Advertisements
Fascinating argument for the economic consequences, and social/moral causes, of societal sleep deprivation.
Kenya’s opposition has refused to accept the results of the recent presidential elections, and shockingly, the Supreme Court has now ruled the results illegitimate. There will be a new election in 60 days, which is a very short timetable. What does this mean for Kenya’s democratic institutions? How will the new election go?
Angola just had its first significant presidential election in its entire independent history. For the first time since 1979, President dos Santos was not on the ballot. As the second-longest serving president on the entire continent, his retirement marks a notable change for this oil-rich country. Who is the new leader? What does he promise to do? What are his chances of succeeding?
Facebook, long banned in China, may have found a way around the rules with a new photo app. Not sure whether or not it’s legal and not sure whether or not it’ll become popular. But interesting development in the long-running attempts of US companies to make it big in China.
It’s been raging for years, and nothing seems to be improving. In fact, despite some treatments becoming more widely known, they have yet to be taken advantage of in large numbers. In parts of the Midwest, the epidemic is reaching levels previously seen with AIDS a few decades ago, and culture, if not public services, is beginning to recognise … More America’s Opioid Crisis
The headlines certainly don’t seem to have good news, with famines, wars, protests, and unexpected politics seeming to be the norm. Now, one of the leading academics in the field of civil war studies is backing this feeling up, explaining why civil wars in fact have gotten more numerous and more violent in the last few years, … More Age of Conflict
One of Britain’s last colonial outposts has officially been referred by the UN General Assembly to the International Court of Justice. The Chagos islands (which contains the joint US-UK military base of Diego Garcia) has long been disputed between Mauritius and the UK. Until now, the UK has managed to ignore the issue, but that … More A British Colony Goes to Court
My apologies with the inconsistent posts, I’ve been hospitalised for three weeks after getting my second knee (acl) surgery. Speaking of knee surgeries, I’ve noticed how a majority of patients at the hospital tore their hospitals from skiing. Did skiing originate in China? Some cave paintings suggest something along those lines at least, as well … More China and Skiing
Four countries in the world – Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen – are undergoing devastating famines, mostly caused by conflict rather than natural disasters. Still, there are wider economic forces at play that will make these famines especially difficult to deal with in both the short and long term