Build them & they will come; maybe



Stud Poker as Statescraft

Eleven nations will formally enter into a new trade pact today designed to lower tariffs and bridge regulatory gaps around the Pacific rim, despite Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the deal last year. The deal, which we will call TPP-11 1, creates the third-largest trade zone in the world after the…

via Mexico and Canada just got more leverage in US trade negotiations — Quartz

The hidden reason American minorities are so much more likely to have diabetes — Quartz

In 1982, in the little town of Afton, North Carolina, residents sat down in the street, blocking trucks filled with toxic soil from heading to a local dump. The predominantly black town had been chosen as a dump site for the soil, which was contaminated with polybrominated biphenyls, or PCBs. (The soil was dug out…

via The hidden reason American minorities are so much more likely to have diabetes — Quartz

Is this the face of a “NEW AFRICA?

There were scarcely any hints of the tumultuous years that would follow the swearing-in of Dr John Pombe Magufuli on Nov. 5 2015 as Tanzania’s fifth president. After all, his Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) had been in power for decades, and his victory seemed to herald continuity with the past. In fact, Magufuli’s opponent attracted…

via John Magufuli has changed Tanzania in just two years as president — Quartz

Realpolitik or an exercise in futility

Over the years, many observers have expressed skepticism about the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) initiative—and skeptics within member states perhaps outnumber those outside. The reason is a clear lack of traditional logic behind the coming together of these countries. They are dispersed geographically, their economies are in different stages of development,…

via It’s time the BRICS nations realised that they’re running a “limited purpose partnership” — Quartz