links for 2008-11-29

  • Die beste Chance, eine Antwort auf die Frage zu finden, wie sich guter Journalismus im Internet (oder meinetwegen: in Zukunft) finanzieren lässt, hat man, wenn man sich die Frage überhaupt stellt. Sie ist nicht identisch mit der Frage, die viele Online-Medien gerne damit verwechseln: Wie schaffe ich es, möglichst billig zu sein?
  • This column suggests that in Africa an income drop of 5%—a large but altogether common deterioration in economic conditions—increases the risk of civil conflict in the following year to nearly 30%. This suggests that aid agencies could help prevent war by targeting short-term emergency aid towards countries hard-hit by adverse commodity price movements or weather shocks.
  • The myriad differences in interstate relations between Asia and Europe are more commonly discussed than are their similarities. This is especially true regarding the dual processes of regional integration and multilateral cooperation, where each region’s experiences reflect their distinct histories, diverse approaches and current realities. However, comparing their experiences yields important insights into the evolution of regionalism in Europe and, especially, Asia.
  • The financial crisis has sparked widespread calls for a New Deal-style recovery program to stimulate the economy. It's also focused renewed attention on the life and legacy of the New Deal's creator, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. F.D.R. biographer H.W. Brands joins us to discuss his new book, "Traitor to His Class." Brands is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of over 20 books on history and politics, including acclaimed biographies of Andrew Jackson and Benjamin Franklin, for which he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for biography.