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

5.29.2009

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.

2 Comments:

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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