Monthly Archives: December 2009

Wine ratings/awards are random






Not at all surprised! clipped from ssrnblog.com Wine Ratings Really are Random … No Kidding Two recent articles in the Journal of Wine Economics by Roger Hodgson and discussed in Leonard Mlodinow’s Wall Street Journal article A Hint of Hype, A Taste of Illusion throw cold water on expert ratings and wine competition awards. The…

Minerals and Conflict in Africa






Over the past week, a number of bloggers have pointed out a number of problems with the convenient “minerals = conflict” thesis.  These stories have mostly been inspired by the recent CBS 60 Minutes news segment on “Congo Gold”. Dan Fahey lays out three criticisms of that story in an African Arguments blog post: the…

South Korea building homes in Ghana…. why?






Is this the best way to spend $10 billion in Ghana?  Can’t wait to hear more about this. Thanks to Kevin Arritt and McKinley Tennant for letting me know about this story. clipped from www.koreatimes.co.kr STX Strikes $10 Billion Housing Deal in Ghana Kang Duk-soo, second from left, STX Group chairman, shakes hands with Robert…

Links and Comments






Twitter apparently thinks that Africa = AIDS. New book, What Works in Development (Editors Jessica Cohen and William Easterly) outlines the debate between those who think randomized evaluation of development projects is a good idea, and those who don’t. African leaders advise Bono on how to reform U2. Rwanda has become a member of the…

Executing Gays in Uganda?






A friend and colleague, Nathan Paxton, posted this article on his Facebook page.  It is a very interesting take on how Americans may be influencing policy in an African country.  Fortunately, it doesn’t look like the law has passed their parliament yet. clipped from www.politicsdaily.com If Uganda Executes Gays, Will American Christians be Complicit? Posted:…

Tomorrow Night, a Talk on Sudan






I will try to paint a full picture of China’s roles in Sudan tomorrow night: from its involvement in development projects and contributions to peacekeeping forces to the criticisms that many have of its support for a regime considered complicit in genocidal activities. http://wesleying.org/2009/12/01/westand-presents-arms-dams-oil-chinas-role-in-sudan