Monthly Archives: March 2004

Donated Clothing as an Economic Force

PBS has recently released a documentary, titled “T-Shirt Travels”, which looks at the economic phenomenon of used Western clothing sold in Africa. The filmmaker, Shantha Bloemen, became interested in the phenomenon when she was working with a humanitarian agency in … Continue reading

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The Zimbabwe/Equatorial Guinea saga continues

BBC is reporting that the 70 alleged mercenaries seized in Zimbabwe are now being charged with conspiracy to kill Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the president of Equatorial Guinea. The men had previously been charged with violating immigration and firearms laws. None … Continue reading

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Africa as Usual?

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the plane seized by Zimbabwe was headed for the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and that the passengers were to engage in mining operations there. They had stopped in Zimbabwe, according to Charles … Continue reading

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South African mercenaries in Zimbabwe, enroute to Equatorial Guinea?

Sunday night, an aircraft carrying 64 suspected mercenaries and “military cargo” was seized in Harare, Zimbabwe and impounded. Reuters and the AP are both covering the story, and both have chosen to cover an odd angle: the U.S. State Department’s … Continue reading

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Brendan Meehan, take a bow

I’ve been neglecting XDev, a group blog Andrew McLaughlin and I tried to get off the ground last fall. Given that the blog runs on Moveable Type 2.64 and that I didn’t have anti-spam plug-ins installed, I expected to need … Continue reading

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Why C.A.R.?

Anyone looking at a map might wonder why President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, fleeing political violence in Haiti, would choose to flee to the Central African Republic. Colin Powell had one explanation: the first nation Aristide chose wouldn’t receive him. He may … Continue reading

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It’s all about the Benjamin

When two of the web’s smartest thinkers note a visual resemblence between you and a certain plump, bald founding father, should you be flattered, or call the guys at Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to schedule a makeover? Alas, … Continue reading

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