Sandra Spataro (Northern Kentucky) and Deirdre G. Snyder (Providence): The Downside of High Status: Relating Status Level and Coworker Status to Stress in the Workplace. From Fast Company, a series on why work has failed us: The broken promise of a “decent job”. How the U.S. economy turned six good jobs into bad ones. Money for nothing: Many jobs are pointless, others are being automated away — in the future, who will still work for a paycheck? It’s not technology that’s disrupting our jobs — the insecure nature of work is a result of decisions by corporations and policymakers. A job for everyone? This 21st-century Keynes says it’s possible.


Debra Bassett (Warwick): Ctrl+Alt+Delete: The Changing Landscape of the Uncanny Valley and the Fear of Second Loss. Why the US won’t break up with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Kathy Gilsinan on the radical evolution of WikiLeaks. Beto O’Rourke blows up the 2020 Democratic primary (and more). Should Beto stay in Texas or go national? Trump wanted to order Justice Dept. to prosecute Comey and Clinton. Carlos Lozada reviews The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis (and more). Facebook is a normal sleazy company now. It’s time to start regulating Facebook (and more). The problem with Michael Bloomberg’s massive donation to Johns Hopkins University. The truth behind the toothless rebellion against Nancy Pelosi.


Arno Tausch (Innsbruck): Africa on the Maps of Global Values: Comparative Analyses, Based on Recent World Values Survey Data. Riccardo Pelizzo (South Pacific), Abel Kinyondo (Dar Es Salaam), and Zim Nwokora (Deakin): Development in Africa. Mahmood Mamdani on the African university. Kim Yi Dionne reviews Political Protest in Contemporary Africa by Lisa Mueller. Dirk Kohnert (Hamburg): Britain and Africa: Heading for the Brexit Rocks. How austerity unravels social ties: The experiences of tight-knit neighborhoods in Mozambique suggest that strict belt-tightening often frays a nation’s social fabric.

Simplice A. Asongu and Nicholas M. Odhiambo (UNISA): Doing Business and Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Joyce Banda on why Africa’s women belong at the top. African countries have started to push back against Chinese development aid — here’s why. Acha Leke, Mutsa Chironga, and Georges Desvaux on Africa’s overlooked business revolution. Aminatta Forna on Obama and the legacy of Africa’s Renaissance Generation.

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