Quick links

1. “Shame on me: Why it was wrong to cost the Millennium Development Goals” : Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist for MENA at the Bank, on why he thinks that costing the MDGs may have “helped shift attention away from what is needed to reach the goals, and hence contributed to the perpetuation of poverty.”

2. Is teaching in college no longer a middle class job?

3. Dark Leviathan: How even the deep web, in desperate need to signal credibility, cannot escape the need for the “law merchant” (and eventually the state, or some generalizable norms a la Avner Greif).

4. The American South, on the map and in the mind.

5. Doing a book tour in China (with a censor in tow).

Kenyatta to burn 15 tonnes of ivory in an admission of failure to end poaching

The Daily Nation reports:

President Uhuru Kenyatta will Tuesday become the third president in Kenya’s history to set ablaze 15 tonnes of elephant ivory to mark the World Wildlife Day.

I hope this doesn’t become a thing that every president does over the duration of their tenure (well, by definition, if it is we’ll eventually run out of elephants).

Also, burning 15 tonnes of ivory sounds like such a waste. Can’t we just pile them up as a monument? A reminder each year – as the pile grows – of our collective failure to stop poaching? Just a thought.

Happy Wangari Maathai Day. Happy Wildlife Day.

Fact: 15 tonnes of ivory is worth about USD 28.3m in China.