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
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
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 Africa
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