14 April 2014

Kicking off the week by looking at the last one

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Articles He Wrote

Will the US foreign aid budget continue its decline?
Discussions in DC are now taking place over the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the downward trend of foreign aid spending may resume.

US underfunding crucial global health research and development, warns group
A GHTC report warns that the political wrangling over federal budgets in Washington DC are putting crucial global health research and development at risk.

Income growth is great, just not for reducing child undernutrition
It has been held that improving the economies of developing countries can help reduce undernutrition. New research says that is not actually happening.

Genocide anniversary reignites French-Rwandan political tensions
Comments made by Rwandan President Paul Kagame about France's complicity in the nation's genocide throws cold water on the improving relations between them.

World needs to get its shit together on climate change
Another report from the UN warns about the negative effects of climate change on the world, but will it actually get people to take action?

Gif Me a Break

Stephan Colbert will be replacing David Letterman over at the Late Show next year.

Good Reads

  • Satirical spoilers for the final season of Mad Men that cut close to what could happen.
  • Two-thirds of the neighborhoods in the bottom fourth of the national income distribution in 1980 were still at the bottom in 2008. 
  • You like art (music, paintings, etc) when you believe the artist is eccentric (aka why people like Bjork and Lady Gaga).
  • USA Network is pretty much the anti-AMC, and it's getting the big audience. Here's why.
  • "Upworthy enrolls us in the establishment of our own organized ignorance." 
  • Coffee nerd alert: MIT mapped the neighborhoods served by independent coffee shops in San Francisco and Cambridge.
  • Tracking down the elusive great satirist Tom Lehrer, who continues to be an influence a half century after he suddenly stopped writing music.
  • A new series on Showtime tries to make climate change more interesting by using celebrities. See the first episode in full here.

Song of the Week

tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain

Development Goodies

  • We "need a new way of thinking about the challenge of international development that goes beyond obsolete divisions of North-South."
  • What should be the role of the NGO?
  • “You’re just not that vulnerable enough” – the situation of urban displacement in Libya.
  • When an aid project goes wrong, who is responsible
  • Tina Rosenberg on the possibility of a green revolution for Africa.
  • Bill Easterly and Owen Barder debated aid, human rights and technocrats. 
  • Remember Sockket, the ball that kids play with and generates electricity? Tiny Spark actually investigates what happens to the much-touted balls. 
  • Twenty years ago, Rwanda descended into the madness of genocide. UN peacekeepers were stretched to breaking point – but one stood out, taking huge risks to save hundreds of lives. His story.

Tweet of the Week