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U.S. Fiscal Commission Suggests Killing OPIC - The Government's Cash Cow

Yesterday, the two Fiscal Commission co-chairs, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, put forward their long-awaited draft proposal.  I was looking forward to seeing bold, creative ideas for getting America’s fiscal house in order.  I wasn’t disappointed.  They leave no sacred public cow untouched.  However, one thing nearly made me fall out of the chair.  These seemingly well-informed insiders want to shut down the O

Six Months, Three Elections, The Future of Africa

Long-delayed elections finally happened last Sunday in Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea (even the New Yorker noticed). Good for those countries and for West Africa. But it strikes me that there are three absolutely huge elections coming up in the next six months that—at the risk of being over-dramatic—will determine nothing less than the future of Africa.

The True True Size of Africa

The Economist has a nice piece here on the True Size of Africa. It’s about geographic size (Africa is bigger than you think – which is true for all countries and regions near the equator that don’t benefit from the Mercator distortion in our two-dimensional map world).