Global Issues

Tue, Mar 28, 2017 9:19:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 8:59:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
(1) Identity politics is neoliberalism, as Adolph Reed once said. And it delivers like clockwork. The hip hop producer Sean Diddy Combs (he produced Biggie Smalls) opened a for profit charter school in Harlem where he was born. Because–as he said–he would rather do “something about” education than just complain about it. (And he chose [...]
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 3:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 8:08:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
In a recent interview on a private Algerian TV news station, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron called France’s colonial history an act of barbarism and a crime against humanity; if elected head of state, he would issue an official apology to all victims of colonialism. With this condemnation and promise, [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 1:30:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
In January this year, Cameroonian President Paul Biya (in office since 1982), cut off the southwest and northwest regions of the country’s access to the internet to punish anglophone Cameroonians for protesting their linguistic, political and economic marginalization. The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, called the [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 4:30:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Coming ahead of the French presidential elections in April and the German national election in September, last Wednesday’s election in the Netherlands (won handily by the center-right VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte) was seen as a test of populist right-wing sentiment in Europe. More importantly, it was also a [...]
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 2:57:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Slides from my recent talk at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida [...]
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 5:22:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
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We recently completed the first part of a research project that aimed to test whether or not real-time mobile data could be used as a means to predict future macroeconomic trends like interest rates, inflation and GDP per capita in African countries. While the paper itself makes no definitive conclusions, [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 11:48:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
In 2000, the CIA made many predictions about the world. One of them was this: “Aids, famine, and continuing economic and political turmoil means that populations in many [African] countries will actually fall.” While most of their predictions were fairly prescient, this one was way off. Not only is most of [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 8:52:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Diaspora Demo Day
This past weekend I attended Diaspora Demo Day, the inaugural startup competition organized by the people at TipHub and held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.. The day was not without its hiccups but for a first-time event really exceeded my expectations. As the name implies, Diaspora Demo Day is [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 5:22:00 PM, Continue reading at the source

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