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Hillary Clinton's trip to the eastern Congo is all over the news.
- My friend and fellow eastern Congo researcher, Barnard College assistant professor Severine Autesserre, gave an excellent interview to Martin Savidge on World Focus this evening; check out her wonderful explanation of what the U.S. should be doing to help end the crisis there.
- We here at TIA HQ are incredibly flattered to have been quoted in some pretty cool places this week. Definitely check out Georgianne Nienaber's excellent, heartbreaking reflection on the poor coverage of Africa that pervades Western news outlets for the Huffington Post, as well as World Focus' coverage of blog posts on the Congo rape crisis. (I have to admit that hearing Martin Savidge read something I wrote was pretty cool, even if it was about such a depressing issue.)
- Amanda and Kate of Wronging Rights point out some of the delicious/appalling ironies of the U.S. government's decision to send camcorders to the Congo, including but not limited to the lack of electricity and sending handheld electronic devices into a conflict blamed on the mineral trade.
- The U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, pens a "This I Believe" column on the country's situation. I wish we had more people like him involved in U.S. Africa policy.
- Thought on one of Ethiopia's supreme cultural values.
- Karl Rove let politics win out over the integrity of the judicial system? Shocking.
- College credit for commenting on blogs? Only at Southwestern Seminary.
- The neocons love Jon Stewart because he's a grown-up who lets them talk.