Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Congo War, take three?

Confused about what’s going on in the northern Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people who follow African issues closely were surprised to see fighting in the eastern DRC become so fierce … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Blogs and bloggers, Global Voices | 20 Comments

CSMonitor and the future of international news

A few years back, I observed that the Christian Science Monitor, a small paper with a strong focus on international news, published in Boston, was one of the “bloggiest” papers in the world. Despite a small paper circulation – now … Continue reading

Posted in Developing world, Global Voices, Media | 8 Comments

GV gets love in the press. Obama gets love in Ghana.

The Global Voices project Voices without Votes was just featured in an excellent article in the Washinton Post. Fearless leader of this important effort, Amira Al Hussaini, is prominently featured, and celebrated for her ability to keep together a team … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Global Voices | 3 Comments

links for 2008-10-28

Japan jobs, Japan singles, learn Japanese, teach English in Japan Passionate article by an American sumo commentator and fan about the challenges of anti-Mongolian racism in Japanese sumo (tags: japan mongolia sumo race racism commentary blog)

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Viral videos in blue and red

Bill Bishop, in “The Big Sort“, argues that Americans have sorted themselves into separate Americas, where we attend different choices, eat in different restaurants and shop in different stores. It shouldn’t be a surprise that we watch different YouTube videos. … Continue reading

Posted in Africa | 3 Comments

links for 2008-10-27

Netting Demystified Derivative Dribble The $55 trillion in collateralized debt obligations? Netting helps explain why that $55 trillion figure may not be nearly as scary as it sounds (tags: economics finance bonds derivatives crisis mathematics) Schools in need employ teachers … Continue reading

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links for 2008-10-25

"There's an awful tough tightrope for Obama to walk" | Salon News Frank, challenging interview with Michael Eric Dyson on the challenges a President Barack Obama has with dealing with racial disparity in the US. (tags: uspolitics obama racism)

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links for 2008-10-24

Harvard Business Online's Now, New, Next Monitor Talent – a group of thinkers, innovators and speakers that I'm proud to be part of, now has a blog, edited by team leader Chris Meyer. Hope to see some of my posts … Continue reading

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Jennifer Bussell on eGovernment, corruption and governance

For the past decade or so, there’s been a movement to bring computers, telephones and other “information and communication technology” into developing nations to increase economic development and eliminate poverty. Those of us involved with this movement – colloquially called … Continue reading

Posted in Berkman, Developing world, ICT4D | 4 Comments

Woices, and weird windows on the world

I’ve had an artistic idea I’ve wanted to play with for some months now. It was inspired by a conversation with Dale Joachim, who uses cellphones to study owl populations. By calling forests during the night and broadcasting owl calls, … Continue reading

Posted in Developing world, ideas, Media, xenophilia | 6 Comments