The Napoleonic war, infant industry protection and herpes. Vintage Chris Blattman
Then there’s some bad news
Trade Bullies? EU holds Kenya’s big and job-creating flower industry hostage to force it to open its markets and sign an EPA trade agreement
Q: 5 years on, what is legacy of the Haiti response? A: No idea. Simon Levine on the short termism of humanitarianism.
And Mixed News
You’re Fired! UN Global Compact expels 657 member companies for failing to produce reports on compliance for two consecutive years (well at least they’re doing something about it) [h/t Richard King]
But quite a bit of good news too
Mainstream US Democrats see Robin Hood Tax as central to “a move towards establishing a 21st century structure for financial markets.” [h/t Gawain Kripke]
New and hypnotic Hans Rosling bubble graph on declining fertility by country (up to 2013)
Statistical evidence that IMF debt relief reduced child mortality in Africa.
Finally, Charlie Hebdo continues to reverberate.
‘As a Muslim, I’m fed up with the hypocrisy’: Great counterblast on double standards from Mehdi Hassan.
Beyond satire. Instant infamy for the Fox News interviewee on the state of Islam in Britain, who in turn spawned a hilarious online riff of ‘Fox News Facts’.