Angus Deaton, recent recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics, suggests that foreign aid might be less helpful than we’d like to think. Other scholars suggest that cash grants given directly to the poor may be our best bet. If all else fails, you can forego the more traditional routes altogether and join Oxfam in their support of a reality show featuring female agriculturalists in Tanzania.
While Angela Merkel’s embrace of migrants is laudable, recent trends suggest that the German public’s eagerness to accept refugees may be waning. Unfortunately, such sentiments manifested themselves over the weekend in a horrendous attack on a mayoral candidate in Cologne. While such attacks tend to garner the most media attention, one Eritrean refugee-turned-Catholic priest demonstrates that a single person can still be a force for good.
And although some would argue that “immigration is the greatest anti-poverty program ever devised”, recent history in South Africa demonstrates the need for a thoughtful and carefully nuanced long-term solution – for the sake of the German state and the migrants that cross its borders.
The US military’s latest “fashion” trends have much to say about the country’s broader geopolitical strategy in coming years. The new look may find action sooner than anticipated with the recent announcement of direct US involvement in the fight against Boko Haram.
The fear-mongering and politicization of Islam, specifically the wearing of the niqab, continues to dominate headlines in the run-up to Canadian elections on the 19th. On a related (albeit it surprising) note, the National Front in France is actually making a targeted appeal to Muslim voters while their leader, Marine Le Pen, simultaneously faces charges of hate speech for a 2010 comment comparing Nazis and Muslims.