April 8, 2016

Popcorn Ted, Panama & Bunnies: Our Twitter / Instagram Favs of the Week

In our weekly Twitter / Instagram Roundup, Cruz and Sanders lead the charge. And there is all that toxicity hiding in plain sight.

In the campaign without end, Wisconsin was a game changer. In knocking off Trump, the hard-edged, fundamentalist Cruz is actually being showcased … as a regular guy. The revolutionary Sanders, on the other hand, continues to inspire (and stir the creative imagination) outside the establishment. Along those same lines, the release of the Panama Papers threw light —for a moment, at least — on the rich and powerful gaming the system. If and when we look (or the media looks), it’s everywhere. On the golf course, of course. In our (prescription) drug crisis. Even, in white rabbits.

One hour south of Luanda lies the 18-hole Mangais championship golf course, host to PGA tournaments. Mercer, a leading financial analysis firm, ranks Luanda as the most expensive city in the world. This is despite the fact that two-thirds of Angola’s population lives on less than $2 a day and 150,000 children die before the age of 5 each year, from causes linked to poverty. Over 98% of Angola’s exports come from oil or diamonds. Researchers James Boyce and Léonce Ndikumana showed that Angola suffered $80 billion in capital flight from 1970-2008, with most of the money ending up in tax havens. Angola. Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galiberti









Photo 1: Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galiberti; photo 6: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America; photo 7: João Pina for The Wall Street Journal.

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