this & that
- UN staff in Nairobi (where you can buy a latte while surfing the iPhone that you bought at the mall) are about to lose some benefits due to the UN's decision to change the city's security status to Level B (which is safer than the current Level C). And they are Not Happy about it.
- The BBC examines the interaction between religion and soccer in Africa.
- This is a remarkable story on health care, immigration, and a very lucky Congolese mother and child.
- A pilot's view of the TSA & airline safety, which calls elements of the current approach "a childish, rock-paper-scissors version of national security."
- Here's a very helpful update on the eruption of Mt. Nyamulagira. And here's another from the ground that notes that it appears that Lake Kivu's methane gas is stable. Contaminated rainwater, however, is making Sake residents sick.
- An awesome satellite photo of the UK after a snowstorm.
- A reflection on December 1999 in the Cote d'Ivoire, in two parts (part I and part II). (HT to Shelby Grossman for the link to this new, English-language blog on the country.)
- The NYT's annual list of 31 Places to Go is out. I highly recommend Montenegro and Macedonia, both of which can easily be visited on the same trip.
- Seven myths about the American Revolution.