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Why is there no good news out of China?

Ian Johnson in the NYRB, reflecting on his days on the WSJ desk: One of the most vexing questions for a writer on China is how best to capture the drama of its transformation. Twenty years ago, I joined a … Continue reading ? The post Why is there no good news out of China? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Haddock and Polsby On How Riots Occur

“This is not justice. This is just people finding a way to steal stuff,” Carron Morgan, cousin of Freddie Gray, told Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun yesterday.  That’s one of the most clear-headed interpretations of yesterday’s mob violence in Maryland’s largest city, which followed the convergence of hundreds of youths at 3 p.m. Show More Summary

The Ex-Im Bank and Globalization

This is from a Wall Street Journal article about President Obama’s push for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP):    Mr. Obama also warned of rising anti-globalization sentiment in Washington, reflected in Democratic opposition to the...Show More Summary

Indian Schools Are Failing

Since treaties in the 19th century, the federal government has provided educational aid to American Indians. These days, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) owns about 180 Indian schools, which have about 41,000 students in Arizona,...Show More Summary

LAPD Proposes Worrying Body Camera Policies

Today, the five-member civilian Board of Police Commissioners will consider the LAPD’s body camera video (BMV) proposals outlined by Chief Charlie Beck, which leave much to be desired. If implemented as drafted, the proposals will allow...Show More Summary

Yelp, for refugees

Via a news release to my inbox (well… also told to me over dinner last night by my IRC-employed spouse): The International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations providing relief and resettlement services to people impacted … Continue reading ? The post Yelp, for refugees appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How (il)liberal states promote democracy and autocracy

We usually portray the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.) as the good guys in democracy promotion, with mostly benign motivations of spreading democracy and human rights all over the world. At the same time, we tend to view illiberal regimes such as Putin’s Russia, as increasingly promoting autocracy, if not on a […]

The False Prophets of Efficiency Wages

One of the least-convincing tropes of financial journalism is the article explaining how business firms can increase profits and at the same time engage in some conventional, culturally-approved, do-good activity such as improving the environment, saving energy, or helping the poor. Show More Summary

Why TPP on IP law is better than you think

I have read and heard many times that TPP will bring harsher intellectual property law than is appropriate for the poorer Asian countries.  In general poorer countries often benefit from weaker IP enforcement, more copying, and lower prices.  This is standard stuff. It is less commonly recognized by the critics, however, that tougher IP protection […]

One of the most poignant voices on race and inequality in the the US… runs the Baltimore Orioles?

Casting stereotypes aside, here is Orioles COO John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos (from a series of tweets, no less): Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protestShow More Summary

“Ethics Watch Files Complaint Against Citizens United”

Release: On Friday, Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State against Citizens United for failure to file an electioneering disclosure report in connection with their television ads mentioning Governor John Hickenlooper, then a candidate for … Continue reading ?

The real vs. the surreal options on Iran

This post is part of the “Iran and the Nuclear Deal” symposium. The negotiated framework on Iran’s nuclear programs, announced in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2, promises to place substantial, verifiable limits on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, even if it won’t completely eliminate all of Iran’s nuclear activities. Critics of the framework have proposed two alternative […]

“This is how fast America changes its mind”

An amazing graphic from Bloomberg: Hat tip @petercoy   The post “This is how fast America changes its mind” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The Scandal in Wisconsin

Over at National Review, David French has a chilling article about politicized ‘John Doe’ investigations and police raids directed against persons and organizations who are suspected of challenging union power and/or supporting Scott Walker. Here is an excerpt: [After the early morning police raid came] the warnings. Show More Summary

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