No. 98: The Next Wave

Julian Bond died last night.

I can’t shake this image of a wave of folks fighting for equal rights in this country. Every year, key fighters pass on. Every year, new fighters emerge.

The photo above is of W.E.B DuBois on the left holding 2-year old Julian Bond’s hand.

Bree Newsome

Clint Smith

Phillip Agnew

There are so many I could list.

Johnetta Elzie

Deray McKesson

Stacey Abrams

Who are some folks who come to mind as part of this next wave? 

No. 79: Mother Ghana is Struggling

My neck hurts after shaking my head while reading this Economist piece on Ghana’s economic woes. Some highlights:

  • Public debt could reach 70 percent this year
  • The Ghana Cedi has lost over 99 percent of its value to the dollar (Keep in mind Ghana switched from the New Cedi to the Ghana Cedi)
  • Since 1966, Ghana has sought IMF help 16 times

Elections are coming up next year, so we will probably see more spending. President Mahama has a lot of work on his hands in the lead-up. I imagine he will cite progress made on addressing power issues and the exploding budget, and that he should be re-elected to continue righting the ship.

Elections are a lot of work. Perhaps, the better move would be to not seek re-election, double down and get reforms right over the next 18 months, and hand off an improving situation to his successor.