Monthly Archives: April 2009

From The Monkey Cage: Google’s New Data Search Tool






Google’s New Data Search Tool With every passing month, access to social science data becomes easier. Check out the launch of Google’s new data search tool here. The Monkey Cage: Google’s New Data Search Tool. See Here: clipped from googleblog.blogspot.com We just launched a new search feature that makes it easy to find and compare…

New Ghana Film: Picture Perfect






I’m not usually one for romantic films, but the good reviews make this sound interesting. Hope it makes it to the theaters over here! Thanks to Abena Osseo-Asare, a Berkeley colleague, for sharing this on Facebook! clipped from www.davidajao.com Movie Review: The Perfect Picture Posted on 19. Apr, 2009 by Oluniyi David Ajao in Ghana,…

Easterly in Ghana






Bill Easterly has been spending some time in Ghana.  In one post on his blog he extolls the virtues of the private sector at keeping lavatories clean. (However, Easterly does seem to fine some signs that aid can work in his visit to a Hunger Project site.) Apparently, a private firm — that also sells…

News and Comment: Paris, China, Kabila, Zuma, and ECOWAS.






The BBC reports that the liberation of Paris in 1944 was carefully orchestrated to be “whites only”.  Apparently, this was an American idea. So when De Gaulle wanted to have a French division lead the liberation, he had to remove the West African soldiers (which reportedly formed 65% of Free French Forces) from the division…

News and Comment: the G20 and Africa Part 2






The G20 has a lot of issues on its plate and at the top of the list, obviously, is the on-going financial crisis.  I have already commented on the problems African countries face in getting their voices heard. On that point, Africa may have an ally in Pope Benedict who, recently returned from his Africa…