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Foresight Africa viewpoint – Is automation undermining Africa’s industrialization prospects?

By Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Gaurav Nayyar The adoption of labor-saving technologies associated with Industry 4.0—the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, and 3-D printing—in high-income economies is reducing the importance of low wages in determining costs of production. China, too, is automating at a rapid rate and is projected to be the largest user of industrial robots by 2018. This trend potentially narrows the path for less-developed countries in Africa to industrialize—th...
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Joe diGenova: Beyond foreplay

(Scott Johnson) Paul appended former US Attorned/former Independent Counsel Joseph diGenova’s interview with Ginni Thomas to his update on “That explosive House Intel Committee document.” In the interview diGenova lucidly exposes the Trump/Russia collusion illusion for what it is and name checks the principal malefactors. It is well worth the time to t...

Senate bid could land Chelsea Manning back in prison

Not too long ago we talked about the entry of convicted traitor Chelsea Manning in the Maryland Senate race this year. My sentiments about the idea of casting a vote for someone who was convicted on that many coun...

Owls Through the Haze

(Steven Hayward) At first glance this article in a forthcoming issue of Avian Conservation and Ecology about increased mortality of the endangered Northern Spotted Owl from rat poison doesn’t seem to indicate a political angle, at least not from the dense abstract. You just need to wade through it a bit to the payoff toward the end: Exposure to rodenticides in Northern Spotted and Barred Owls ...

Fun: MoveOn rips Dems for “bad, outrageous” shutdown deal

It’s adorable when progressives fight. “This is a bad, outrageous deal. Trump and Republicans in Congress stood with their anti-immigrant nativist base, and too many Democrats backed down, abandoned Dreamers,...

Baltimore Removed As Iowa House Judiciary Chair Following OWI Arrest

I planned to comment today about the Ames Police arresting Iowa State Representative Chip Baltimore (R-Boone) early Friday morning, charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. His blood alcohol level was 0.147 percent which is almost twice the l...

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discuss pressure to wrap up the Clinton email investigation

Yesterday I wrote about some newly revealed text messages between FBI Investigator Peter Strzok and his girlfriend Lisa Page. The texts strongly suggest AG Loretta Lynch knew the outcome of the Clinton email i...

Real Progress In Afghanistan Under Trump While Marchers Ignore It

Nikki Haley Puts Women’s Marchers to Shame With Just 1 Photo From Afghanistan Nikki Haley Sends Epic Message to Women’s Marchers   ...

Trump Tries To Mend Fences, Gets Blasted

Trump Tweeted Support For The Women’s Marches. It Backfired. ...

Shutdown to end as Dems cave [UPDATED]

(Paul Mirengoff) The Senate has reached a deal that will reopen the government by tonight. Only 18 Senators voted against the deal in the context of a motion to end debate. The House is expected to agree to the deal by uniting ...

Norway is offering a Trump recovery immigration program

Here’s a refreshing change for you. Every election cycle we hear any number of celebrities and other notable figures swearing that they will move out of the country if their preferred candidate isn’t elected. 2016 was no exception, but as usual, the list of Hollywood elite who promised to flee fro...

Navigating options on North Korea

By Richard C. Bush, Michael E. O'Hanlon How do publics in East Asia view the threats emanating from North Korea, and how do they view possible military options in response? These and related questions were the topic of ...

What’s at stake in the 2018 Latin American electoral marathon

By Daniel Zovatto 2018 is likely to be a turbulent year in Latin American politics. The region will experience a significant electoral marathon, with six presidential elections. These come amid a super-cycle of elections in Latin America, with 14 presidential elections between November 2017 and November 2019 (Chile and Honduras voted late last year). Costa Rica is first this year, on February 4, Venezuela is likely the last (though it’s still uncertain). In between, elections ...

Erdoğan’s war on the West turns inward—on Turkish academia

By Kemal Kirişci I am writing this article in despair. Not because my alma mater, Bogazici University—one of the most prestigious universities in Turkey where I taught for almost 25 years—has been the target of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ...

Shutdown Ends, However, It Is Just Pushing The Ball Down The Road Three Weeks

Senate ends debate, setting up vote to conclude shutdown, fund government temporarily By MARY BRUCE MARIAM KHAN CHRISTOPHER DONATO ADAM KELSEY   Jan 22, 2018, 1:49 PM ET ...

Maybe She Would Enjoy Gitmo? Or Better Maybe She Should Be Sent To Live With ISIS!

Former student sets fire at Catholic university over U.S. military intervention in ‘Muslim land’ Jan 21, 2018 8:28 pm ...

Shutdown to end as Dems cave

(Paul Mirengoff) The Senate has reached a deal that will reopen the government by tonight. Only 18 Senators voted against the deal in the context of a motion to end debate. The House is expected to agree to the deal by uniting ...

FBI Has Been Corrupted. Pre-determined Outcomes, Missing Text Messages–What Else Could There Be?

Newly released text messages reveal anti-Trump FBI agent knew outcome of Clinton probe in advance Jan 21, 2018 6:03 pm ...

Pence on US embassy: Next year, in Jerusalem

The Trump administration has decided to double down on its Israeli embassy play, in rather dramatic fashion. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Vice President Mike Pence declared in the Knesset earlier today, part of a Middle East tour that has already generated some flak from other ...

Russia denies it violates the INF Treaty. OK, show it

By Steven Pifer The U.S. government charges that Russia has violated the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by testing and deploying a prohibited intermediate-range cruise missile. Russian officials deny the missile in question—the Russian designator 9M729—can fly that far. There is a pathway that might resolve the impasse: the Russian military could exhibit the missile and explain its characteristics to make their point. The INF Treaty, signed in 1987, ba...