this & that
- Sad news: John Hope Franklin, who passed away on Wednesday, was the greatest 20th century historian of the African-American experience. He was on the team that successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. His impact as a scholar and as a person is almost immeasurable. From Slavery to Freedom is the work on African-American history. It's hard to think of a world without him.
- More sad news: Dan Seals died last night from complications from cancer. His songs were such a part of my childhood.
- If you're a runner and live in Texas, get out to the Run for Compassion in College Station on April 18. There aren't many reasons I'd go to Aggieland, but a benefit for Compassion International's Child Survival Fund is one of them. I'll have an interview with Jennifer Bacak, whose family organized the run, up at Inspired to Action next week.
- Monsieur le President de la Republique Francaise Sarkozy was in Kinshasa today.
- Texas: we aren't in the tank economically. That's because we don't do much to help the poor, and our public schools stink. Even The Economist acknowledges that this might be a little bit of a problem.
- The global economy hits China's relationship with African states hard. The deal with Kinshasa may even be in trouble, according to the NYT.
- Here's an interesting analysis of the global drug trade in West Africa. (HT: Chris Blattman)