Global Ideas News Brief: Mapping the next coup

Global Ideas News Brief: Mapping the next coup

Political scientist Jay Ulfelder has used mathematical models to compile a list of countries that are likely to face coups in the coming year. Map image: Max Fisher/Washington Post.

Business

Emerging Markets Are Crashing: Should We Be Worried?
The Atlantic
Developing countries used to be sources of stability for the global economy. Now they're its biggest threat.

An awakening giant
Economist
If Africa’s economies are to take off, Africans will have to start making a lot more things. They may well do so.

The Challenges of Running Responsible Supply Chains
NYT
Bangladesh is just one link in the global supply chain. As a result of globalization, almost every item bought by consumers in developed countries is produced at least in part by low-wage workers in developing countries. While it’s true that these jobs have lifted many individuals out of grueling poverty, it’s also true that many of them work in conditions that violate acceptable standards in the United States and other developed countries.

The Limits of Buy-One Give-One
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Most socially responsible businesses won’t succeed by giving away something for free.


Food

The Ethiopian Approach to Food Security
Stanford Social Innovation Review
How one African country is changing how we feed the world.


Peace

A worrying map of the countries most likely to have a coup in 2014
Washington Post
By tracking over a dozen variables – from political system to years of independence the presence of absence of an "elite" ethnic group – the model roughly estimates the likelihood that each country will experience a coup this year.

South Sudan’s Unfinished Business
NYT opinion
Even peace would be a partial solution, because it cannot address the underlying cause of the strife: the lack of competent institutions of governance in the fledgling republic.


Energy

The World's Horrible Weather Just Means We Need To Keep Supporting A Clean Energy Revolution
Fast.Co.Exist
Projects around the world--from bamboo bikes in Ghana to solar power in Bangalore slums--might seem small. But together, they might change our footprint.


Aid

In Syria, aid workers brave mortar shells, gunfire to deliver food to Homs

Washington Post
Humanitarian workers braved mortar shells and gunfire Sunday as they pushed forward with their mission to deliver aid into besieged parts of the Syrian city of Homs and evacuate citizens, a day ahead of peace talks between the two sides.

Philippine Children Still Struggling Months After Deadly Typhoon
Wall Street Journal
Three months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, children living in the disaster zone still face daily challenges from ongoing disruptions to school and family life – and will continue to struggle if they fail to find some normalcy.


Interest

‪Bill Gates Debunks Myths About Poverty
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy asks Bill about some of the myths debunked in the 2014 Gates Annual Letter, including the idea that poor countries are doomed to stay poor.

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