Zimbabwe’s VP Goes Beserk And Attacks Wife With Axe, Takes Cars

Foreign countries are, well, they're foreign, as we understand with this story from Zimbabwe. The current Vice President, Kembo Mohadi, has apparently turned up at his ex-wife's house - Senator Mohadi that is - brandishing an axe, chopping through...

There’s A Simple Answer To The Church Donation Effect On The Ghanaian Cedi

That simple answer being to have a futures market. For any regular price movement will be arbitraged and thus disappear. That does, of course, depend upon the fact that there is this regular effect. And, as with hundred dollar...

What Fun, Ottoman Law Determines Status Of Israelis Killed In Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max...

Obviously this isn't fun for those going through the process but for us outside observers it is rather amusing - it's the remnants of Ottoman Empire law which determine the status of the (ex-) wives of those Israelis who...

Botswana’s New Economics – Salary Hikes Won’t Cause Inflation

It's always interesting to find new economic theories so here's one from Botswana. Government hiking civil servant's wages won't lead to inflation. Weeeelll, yeeees, maybe. But that's not the way to bet to be honest. Because we shouldn't be...

$45 Million in Forex Shows How Trivial Zimbabwe’s Economy Has Become

If you'd like a vision of the Ozymandian achievements of Robert Mugabe then here's a number for you. The central bank governor is boasting that the new foreign exchange market regulations have led to a staggering $45 million in...

Botswanan Marriage Disputes – Bloke Attempts To Crash Plane On Wife

Things can apparently become more than a little heated in the course of marital strife out there in the ex-colonies. A story from Botswana, a man enraged at his wife steals a plane to strafe her and then does...

South Africa’s Continuing Power Cuts – The Result Of An Orgy Of Looting The...

South Africa is currently suffering rolling power blackouts and there's no good indication when this will end. In fact, South Africans are being told that load shedding is just a fact of life and they'll have to put up...

Ghana’s Databank Could Be All Sorts Of Things But It’s Not Menzgold

A claim that Databank is the next Menzgold and that therefore the authorities should move in and take it over to protect depositors' funds. Hey, it's possible that there's something dodgy about Databank and it's even possible that there...

There Is No Shortage Of Forex In Zimbabwe – It’s Just The Wrong Price

Given Zimbabwe's recent history it's entirely remarkable that the government is still getting this wrong. Perhaps some people just need things explained again and again and again before they get it. For there is no shortage of foreign exchange...

Egypt’s Very Silly Decision To Grow More Rice

It's not particularly the decision here itself which is wrong as Egypt plans to grow more rice to cut the import bill. It's the entire madness of the manner in which the decision to plant more rice was made....

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Why Was Jim Crow The Law? Because Discrimination Is Costly, As...

An interesting little historical question is, well, why was Jim Crow the law? If all white Southerners were racists then it wouldn't be necessary...