February 25th, 2016

The Short: "Tear down Africa's trade walls"

by The Economist

Two of the largest regional trade accords in history were agreed last year. The Trans-Pacific Partnership involves 12 countries in Asia and the Americas, and was the subject of headlines and heated debate. But most people have never heard of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), which covers 26 African countries. It will create the biggest free-trade area on the continent, “from Cairo to the Cape”, as its supporters boast.

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The Long: "The Power of Unsolvable Problems"

by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal)

The most valuable problems may be the unsolvable ones. The engineering school at Northwestern University is using the power of problems without clear solutions to prepare freshmen for the ups and downs of college and careers. Aware that some of its academically successful students arrive on campus without ever having failed at anything, the university requires all new engineering majors to take an unusual course featuring challenges they often can’t meet: Working in teams, they must design and build devices to help individuals with disabilities perform simple daily tasks.

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