The true size of Africa aka don’t let Mercator fool you ht Carlos Lopes
An Ethiopian truce, a Taliban U-turn, and a month of war in Ukraine: The Cheat Sheet: great round-up of a lot of crises that aren’t making the news, plus those that are
Policy citation databases offer new ways to understand the impact of social sciences research. Crawling through 14 million citations from publicly available documents from over 30,000 international sources comes up with surprising findings. E.g. citations are not focussed on the hard sciences, as is found in traditional bibliometric databases, but are more likely to be made to journals in the social sciences. Yay!
How you can help victims of war (wrong answers only)
The World’s Deadliest War isn’t in Ukraine, but in Ethiopia: ‘half a million people have died so far: between 50,000 -100,000 from the fighting, 150,000 to 200,000 from starvation and more than 100,000 from the lack of medical attention.’
Matthew Iglesias looks at Ukraine through the eyes of Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man” and Samuel Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order”. Fukuyama wins on points.
Back to Other Random Stuff
UK Foreign Office rushed £4.2bn of aid cuts, official audit finds. ‘Ministers told offices not to discuss the cuts with their local partners‘. Such a wanton squandering of the global reputation and impact built up through hard slog and real debate during the DFID years.
Suddenly my life seems so dull – and it wasn’t even 1st April when this did the rounds ht Alan Beattie and Eoin Kelleher
Grappling with localisation. Graham Teskey seeking to keep things practical, as ever.
Americans think that more than 20% of the population is trans, native American or Muslim, or making more than $1m a year. The actual % is 1% or less in each case. But they’re pretty accurate on lower levels of wealth (that’s interesting – any theories?), having a passport and obesity. Ht Richard Reeves