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


this & that returns

  • Ryan Briggs made a really cool map of NYT coverage of African countries in the last three decades. Not surprisingly, there seems to be a very clear preference for English-speaking countries and place with nasty wars.
  • The day I have this cheating student is the day I break down and cry.
  • The Atlantic looks at Zuma.
  • Via Africa is a Country, a piece on Congo's empty lakes. The reporter is painfully overdramatic, but she gets the story told. And it's one that needs to be heard.
  • The pressure is on the UN to stop the planned MONUC/FARDC Kimia II offensive in South Kivu - or at least to ensure that civilians are protected in the process. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict that the offensive will rout out a few rebels, lead to massive human suffering, and do little to resolve any of the region's problems. Just a guess.
  • Grant at Mo'dernity, Mo'Problems proposes a unique metric by which to measure governance.
  • Oh, I hope my flight won't be like this. Please, please don't let my flight be like this. (HT: Chris Blattman)
  • In a tiny bit of good news, the swine flu is not in Kinshasa. Yet.
  • Here's a BBC article that's basically on the topic of our pirate paper.
  • Via @bloodandmilk, this is even worse than the Belgian clowns.
  • People BET on the spelling bee? I just get emotionally involved. And admittedly amused that "caliche" was a word that killed some poor kid's dreams of spelling bee glory. Apparently America's best young spellers don't hail from West Texas.


Anonymous Sister said...

Welcome back, This and That!

Friday, May 29, 2009 10:58:00 AM

Blogger Sneaksleep said...

Great links, thanks! Regarding Knickers for Africa, I agree that particular site is awful. But that doesn't necessarily mean underwear isn't a need. One of my colleagues has been working closely with a women's rights org in Zimbabwe, and when she asked what she could have people do as a show of solidarity to the women, they asked her to have them send undies.

Monday, June 01, 2009 12:14:00 PM


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