Veckans länkar

En ny idé för bloggen. Jag läser en massa saker hela tiden och det skulle vara intressant att samla några av de mest intressanta sakerna. Här är den första veckans skörd.

Två länkar om mäns problem i samhället. En trevlig en mindre trevlig. Den trevliga handlar om att mäns livslängd närmar sig kvinnors allt mer. The Economist skriver:

”In England and Wales, the biggest peacetime difference between the life expectancies at birth of the two sexes was 6.3 years. That was in 1967. It is now 4.1 years, and falling. In the early 1980s women who made it to 65, the traditional age of retirement for British men, could expect to live four years longer than their male counterparts. The gap now is less than three years (see chart), though there is still some way to go before things return to the nine-month gap that prevailed in the 1840s, when records began.”

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21569362-rich-world-men-are-closing-longevity-gap-women-catching-up

Den mindre trevliga texten handlar om att i vårt samhälle verkar premiera usla män snarare än bra män. Angående James Holmes, han som sköt ner en massa folk i en biosalong, skriver Jeremy Nicholson i Psychology Today:

”Holmes killed because he actually benefited socially from the behavior. He is now being rewarded with love and attention. He will get more adoration (and possibly sex) as a mass murderer than he ever would as a neuroscientist. If he avoids the death penalty, then he might find himself very popular indeed.”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-attraction-doctor/201208/james-holmes-mental-illness-or-social-frustration

Sedan lite internationella relationer – Vi och dem; bilder på olika människor på varsin sida i olika konflikter som kort beskriver vad slåss för vilket ofta visar sig vara samma sak:

”Over the course of three years, Belgian-Tunisian photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa has traveled to both sides of the world’s longest-simmering conflicts to ask these pointed questions. What he heard from combatants in the Gaza Strip, the disputed Kashmir region along the India-Pakistan border, and tribally divided South Sudan captures the futility of wars that never end — and can’t be won. Tragically, bitter rivals are often fighting for the very same reasons.”

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/02/my_enemy_myself

Ekonomisk utveckling, del i allmänhet och två artiklar om Afrika. The Economist har en lång artikel i senaste numret om tillväxtens drivkraft:

”Innovation pessimism – Has the ideas machine broken down? The idea that innovation and new technology have stopped driving growth is getting increasing attention. But it is not well founded”

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21569381-idea-innovation-and-new-technology-have-stopped-driving-growth-getting-increasing?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/pe/innovation

En artikel som beskriver Afrika som nästa starka tillväxtregion och en annan som anser att det är en myt:

”Most of the globe may still be reeling from the great recession, but one continent is booming. Surprise—it’s Africa. Jake Bright on what’s driving the growth, and whether the opportunities are trickling down.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/06/africa-is-rising-inside-the-continent-s-great-economic-leap.html

”The Myth of Africa’s Rise. Why the rumors of Africa’s explosive growth have been greatly exaggerated.”

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/04/the_myth_of_africa_s_rise

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