First Past the Post: August 10

I somehow missed it from the May/June issue of the American Interest, but it’s good weekend reading from Tyler Cowen on U.S. export growth and what it means for the global (and U.S.) economy.

Not entirely unrelated, an expat on China on why he’s leaving the People’s Republic (for good).

Also not entirely unrelated, Edward Hugh at A Fistful of Euros makes the case for pessimism on Italy.

Brazil gets a new affirmative action law in higher education for Afro-Brazilians, mestizos and indigenous students.

Could Germany hold a referendum on transferring more power to Brussels?

All of China is watching the trial of Gu Kailai (wife of former Chongqing chief Bo Xilai), who’s now admitted to committing murder.

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