Links I liked…

Child Bride

  • Revealing faux-magazine-cover exposing the horror of young children forced into marriage. For more see “Too young to wed
  • A cogent letter from an Indian judge and mother of a gay son – “In India if you’re gay you’re a criminal
  • Does America have to take sides in the Ukrainian crisis?” – Jerusalem Post: Only the best article I’ve read on the Ukrainian crisis…scathing, incisive and revealing. If you only read one article on the topic, this should be it…
  • Great NYT article by Maureen Dowd on American Political dynasties: “The Clintons don’t get defeated. They get postponed.
  • Why 30 is not the new 20 – scary (but enlightening) TED talk by Meg Jay
  • Chimamanda Adichie weighs in on the criminalization of homosexuality in Nigeria and Uganda.
  • Why is there a homophobe on the Global Fund? Great article on DailyMaverick
  • A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues” – fascinating report by the Public Religion Research Institute. Such encouraging findings and definitely a sign of things to come…
  • The boring development manifesto” – a wonderful and easy to read explanation why so many of the West’s efforts don’t work – Development Bloat is sexy, slog-and-grind incremental progress isn’t.
  • Quote of the week: “The distribution of income is determined by immensely complex processes in which government activity interacts with relatively autonomous initiatives and adjustments by ‘the myriad forces of the market’. There does not exist a well-tested, widely endorsed body of theory to model all of these processes. But it is clear that governments cannot readily control all of them, and there are limits to what governments may be able to do to change distributions. We must avoid assuming that if there is a change, or no change, government policy is responsible. Nor should we assume that government policies are either coherent or necessarily successful.” (Bromberger (1982: 167)


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