The staff of The Korbel Report spends its fair share of time on the internet staying up-to-date on a wide-range of international news and trends. Here’s a list of the articles, blog posts, and resources we found interesting, enlightening, or infuriating this week:
- “The Global Elite’s Favorite Strongman” by Jeffrey Gettleman at The New York Times Magazine
- “The Failure of Free-Market Finance” by Adair Turner at Project Syndicate
Five years after Lehman’s collapse, Turner says we still haven’t addressed the fundamental assumptions that generated the 2008 crisis.
- “Huge Aquifers Are Discovered in North Kenya” by Nicholas Kulish at The New York Times
- “Iran Surprises Itself and the World” by Suzanne Maloney at The Brookings Essay
An insightful, interactive, and visually beautiful essay on Iran’s recent elections and the broad implications of presidential change.
- “Malawi Sells Jet to Avert Food Crisis” from AlJazeera
President Banda sells a previously purchased $22 million (USD) jet to make ends meet for a looming food crisis.
- “Should Access to the Internet be a Human Right?” by Doreen Akiyo Yomoah at allAfrica
- “South Africa: Timeline of a Troubled Province” by Laura Watermeyer at allAfrica
The Eastern Cape of South Africa is in the midst of controversy over their health system, stemming from mismanagement and corruption. Although service delivery in the province has been notoriously poor, the accusation is highly political as the Eastern Cape is Nelson Mandela’s home province and a stronghold of the ANC.
- “Syrian Caves a Window Onto the Conflict” by Tara Sonenshine at Defense One
35 miles northeast of Damascus lies Maaloula, a Syrian village home to culturally important and once tourist-attracting caves. This article looks at the importance of Maaloula – both culturally and strategically.