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


this & that

  • Kate managed to collect some happy news about the Congo. (I'm not going to be the one to tell her that there have been on-again, off-again plans to build a bridge between Brazzaville and Kinshasa for quite awhile, but maybe it will actually happen. It might actually be a really bad idea, seeing as bridges make it easier for mischief-makers, smugglers, and rebel leaders to ply their trades.)
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf responds to the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission report that may ban her from future participation in politics.
  • Aggressive, comprehensive, community-based approaches to combating HIV/AIDS in Haiti worked.
  • Surfers, Liberia may just be your spot.
  • Nigeria's MEND takes hostage a ship's crew. They're being called "militants" rather than "pirates." Why? Because a pirate is only in it for private gain, and they usually stay onboard a ship while holding their hostages.
  • Oh, mercy me, this is a brilliant profile of Sarah Palin's own private crazytown.
  • Sarah Vowell makes the case for keeping the "and Providence Plantations" part of Rhode Island's name.
  • Well, you don't see this headline every day.
  • A thirteen-year-old reviews the original Walkman, now 30 years old.


Blogger Joe Powell said...

Hi TIA - just thought I'd let you know about a new blog you might be interested in. It's called Uganda Talks and is hosted by The Independent magazine in Kampala: http://www.independent.co.ug/index.php/uganda-talks


Tuesday, July 07, 2009 11:54:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Thanks, Joe - and thanks for the follow on Twitter!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 1:22:00 PM


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