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Thursday Morning Linkage

There has been plenty of commentary on Edward Snowden (Nexon, Toobin, Roger Simon, interesting counterpoint from Jack Shafer here), but I’m a little bit amazed that important government secrets are entrusted to a 29 year old high school dropout who unilaterally gets the chance to decide what’s in the national interest. I respect the idea of whistleblowers, but something about the tone of interviews with this guy struck me as dime store political philosophy from the Wachowski brothers.

To the business at hand: here is your Thursday morning linkage! On the lighter side, cheetahs are effective hunters because of their capacity to turn. They can run up to 60 mph so let’s protect those big cats alive and in the wild.

In other news:

  • US-China summit yields agreement on effort to tackle potent greenhouse gas HFCs
  • Giving high risk people AIDS drugs — PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — gets further support as a HIV prevention tool with drug addicts
  • Scary story on Indian generic firm Ranbaxy and fraud in its drug production Continue reading
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Thursday Morning Linkage

With the semester coming to an end, time to hit the Internets and start blogging more regularly. I’ve been meaning to write one for months about the poaching crisis. It’s coming. In the meantime, here is yet another story on the corrosive effects on governance by Sudanese elephant poachers in the Central African Republic.

Elsewhere, it’s not been a good week for the Obama Administration but good news for team O, the media agree that the Benghazi mess has been overblown:

  • David Brooks on the scapegoating of State Department hand Victoria Neuland
  • Jeffrey Goldberg concurs that Susan Rice was not to blame
  • Read the emails for your self

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Thursday Morning Linkage

Here is your Thursday Morning Linkage. Back on the Africa theme from a couple of weeks ago, here are some good reads from the week:

  • More reports on the elephant poaching crisis in CAR
  • Last rhinos in Mozambique killed by poachers with the help of park rangers; time for Kruger fences to come back up
  • Alex de Waal trolls celebrity activists like Enough, Kony 2012, faults them for insufficient consultation with local actors on the ground
  • Nigerian military over-reacted and killed a bunch of citizens in the north: Boko Haram recruitment advertisement
  • Abuamerican, American jihadi gone to Somalia, apparently about to be dead because of a falling out with Al Shabab
  • Zuma, ANC, and Mandela’s family cashing in on Madiba in a highly distasteful way
  • Estimate of 2011 Somalia famine deaths is 260,000, half 5 and under
  • Hey, CGD mapped subnational income levels for everywhere, except most of Africa
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Thursday Morning Linkage

On this awful news week, I’m feeling like some Thursday Morning Linkage needs a little opening joy before launching into the useful reads of the week:

Here are some useful Africa-centric readings on this awful, awful news week:

  • Cullen Hendrix examines the links between food price rises, regime type, and subsidy policies in Africa80140100751810M
  • Jennifer Bussell researches why some African governments are more able to prepare for and respond to potential natural disasters
  • Jennifer Hazen’s new book What Rebels Want drawing from substantial fieldwork in West Africa explains how rebel movements that lose their options for obtaining weapons and other resources may turn to negotiation
  • Caitriona Dowd examines the rise of Islamist rebel and milita movements across Africa
  • Idean Salehyan and Christopher Linebarger find that elections increase the risk of conflict during civil wars and under authoritarian systems Continue reading
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Thursday Morning Linkage

Here is your Thursday Morning Linkage!

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Thursday Morning Linkage – ISA Special

Arriving in the middle of the International Studies Association annual meeting, here is your Thursday morning linkage…

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