Category Archives: Burkina Faso

Revenue-strapped government of Burkina Faso? I don’t think so.

Government revenue has been rising steadily over the past 15 years. While there are many competing demands for funds, the amount available has increased. So analyses that start by saying “the government does not have the funds” are misleading. the … Continue reading

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How much is the Trump trade war helping African consumers of soybean?

According to the IITA, Africa imports about 1.5 million tons of soybean a year.  Let’s say that Trump’s trade war with China has been the reason that soybean prices have fallen from $10 a bushel to $7.50 a bushel over … Continue reading

Posted in Burkina Faso, International trade issues

Should anti-vaccination parents be liable under tort law if their child infects a baby and kills them?

With the current measles outbreak this is a “live” issue. From Dorit Reiss at UC Hastings College of the Law: Further, we do make exceptions and impose liability for nonaction when there are strong policy reasons. When parents decide not … Continue reading

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Teaching… and research… that is what a university is.

Just saying, and regardless of controversy, this is what I look for in a university president: when she needs to make a pithy statement about her university, learning and research are the things she mentions. Athletics is not mentioned. Buildings … Continue reading

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Report: Housing bill law could almost triple size of Palo Alto

One of the most controversial of these measures is SB 50. Hailed by advocates as a solution to the Bay Area’s housing shortage, the bill would override cities’ density rules, height limits and parking requirements in areas near public transit … Continue reading

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Points of comparison with Burkina Faso about transition if al-Bashir is ousted in Sudan

I have not followed Sudan politics in over a decade, but I do follow Burkina Faso pretty closely, and in October 2014 long-time president Blaise Compaoré was ousted by street protests. Basically, regime insiders had to choose when to run, … Continue reading

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My relationship to piano almost exactly described

I am not yet even close to Jennifer Weiner’s level after two years of one hour a week lessons, but I know the feeling (and the 15 year old). I open my book to Chopin’s waltz in D flat major, … Continue reading

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