Monthly Archives: December 2004

Send lawyers, guns and money…

The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the news again, and per usual, it’s not good news. The Times of London reports a new, especially sordid chapter in the ongoing scandal of UN peacekeepers sexually exploiting the young Congolese women … Continue reading

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The tsunami and Burma

It’s becoming clear that we won’t know the full scale of the disaster caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean for weeks to come. Death tolls from countries affected has now exceeded 76,000 and is expected … Continue reading

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The Tsunami in South Asia

As most folks have already heard, a tsunami caused by an 8.9-richter earthquake has killed at least 20,000 people, many in Sri Lanka, but throughout the whole region and as far away as Somalia. Dina Mehta in Bombay is blogging … Continue reading

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Translation and Information Flow

I was researching a piece for WorldChanging when I found myself wondering how many texts are translated from Arabic into English in any given year. It’s well-documented – and much bemoaned – that there’s little translation from English into Arabic. … Continue reading

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Catching up with Global Voices

If you missed the Global Voices conference we had at Harvard two weekends ago, there’s a great chance for you to catch up on the conversation. Rebecca Mackinnon and Ben Walker have edited hours and hours of audio from the … Continue reading

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The people versus John Perry Barlow, or, as we like to say, “Barlow versus The Man”

My friend John Perry Barlow was arrested a last September at SFO. He was flying from San Francisco to New York and was removed from a Delta flight when his bag was screened by security and a very thorough search … Continue reading

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14 hours from good news to bad news in Somalia

Well, that could have been really good news. Yesterday, BBC ran a story celebrating the arrival of a ship at Mogadishu’s main port for the first time in several years, under the headline “Rare Ship Docks at Somalia Port”. By … Continue reading

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Darfur: Where’s Europe?

There are some points I’m happy to concede to Dr. Thomas Barnett – that disconnection from the global economy and media leads to danger, for instance. And then there are others where my strong temptation is to dig in my … Continue reading

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If the Jamaicans can bobsled, the Ghanaians can ski

I was driving home from the Albany train station last night at 2am, feeling grateful that our local NPR station becomes (for all practical purposes) the BBC from 1am – 5am, when I heard a great story about Ghana’s olympic … Continue reading

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Great new African music blog

Matt Yanchyshyn is a Canadian reporter for the Associated Press, living in Dakar, Senegal and, apparently, having the time of his life in a town renowned for its live music scene. (I get the sense that Matt generally has a … Continue reading

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