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Media now cares about Pakistan; aid workers’ surprising lack of confidence in Afghan army protection; North Korean jeans

Now abundant coverage of Pakistan flood, is it making up for previous non-story?

Sorry, Karzai, Aid workers do want to keep their own guards in Afghanistan, as compared to corrupt and incompetent offical Afghan forces.

I always argue that comparative advantage is surprising, but even so was caught off guard by newly fashionable North Korean jeans.

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  1. joe wrote:

    Eh? I don’t see the connection between aid workers and North Korean jeans. Seems to me the jeans are likely no worse than those many other factories supplying low-value products.

    Posted August 21, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  2. William Easterly wrote:

    Joe, I’m alarmed to hear that you expect logically coherent links to aid workers, you must be thinking of some other better blog.

    Posted August 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

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