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.