"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


this & that

  • Non-Afghanis taken to Afghanistan to be held at Bagram Air Base have the right to challenge their detention in U.S. courts.
  • South Africa has come up with what seems like a fairly sensible solution to its Zimbabwean immigration dilemma: they're handing out six-month visas. Apparently, acknowledging that illigeal immigrants who come into the better-off country do so almost entirely for economic reasons made more sense to Pretoria than building a wall.
  • Speaking of Zimbabwe, you do not want to be in prison there.
  • But someone finally found a good use for Zimbabwe's currency.
  • It is increasingly clear that there are some members of the Bush administration who should probably be in jail for their allegedly illegal authorization of the use of torture against terror suspects. But coming to an agreement about what to do with them and restoring the rule of law is pretty complicated, as evidenced by the fight going on in the White House about whether or not to release some relevant memos. I hope the president will recognize that corruption has to be brought to light in all its many forms. Otherwise, it festers and seriously undermines government institutions.
  • This is a pretty amazing story about racism and repentance.
  • You think you've got crazy at your job? Oh, no. You do not have crazy. Check out my friend Lindsay-with-an-A's point #3 in this post on her blog.
  • Things aren't going so well in Lake Wobegon.
  • I, for one, applaud Malawi's decision to deny Madonna the right to adopt another child from the country. That the court refused to make an exception to the country's laws regarding international adoption is a sign that the rule of law is strengthening in the tiny republic. (The court also suggested that adoption laws need a review.)
  • Does anyone besides Governor Goodhair still care what the Young Conservatives of Texas think? (Here's hoping their state chair isn't anything like the head of Baylor's chapter when I was a student there. He looked like central casting's idea version of the Hitler Youth. Seriously. Blonde hair, blue eyes, and a short haircut, a la Rolf in The Sound of Music. He was pretty much the Aryan ideal.)
  • I'm not sure this link will work, but here's a fantastic story from The Economist that explains precisely why Paul Kagame gave up on Laurent Nkunda. Given that we still haven't actually, um, seen Nkunda in two months, I'm not sure that Kagame has really betrayed his former proxy army general. Will he be extradited to Congo or the Hague? I'm not holding my breath.
  • Because I am a total nerd, I sometimes read court decisions for fun. The Iowa same-sex marriage ruling is pretty interesting, and very accessible to a general audience. I think even the top 10% might understand it.


Blogger The Linz said...

Hey, that's me!

I loved seeing you yesterday. It made me very happy!

Also, the news that has failed to be mentioned will be mentioned when it's actually confirmed. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 05, 2009 3:03:00 PM

Blogger Tauratinzwe said...

For years it's been more economical to use Zimbabwe currency notes for toilet paper than to use them to buy toilet paper.

Monday, April 06, 2009 6:29:00 AM

Blogger Michael said...

A couple of posts ago you got mad because Schlitterbahn made "natives" look like savages. Today, you have done the same thing by comparing a YCT Chariman to the Hitler Youth based solely on his looks.

A little consistency, please?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 6:23:00 PM


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