Monthly Archives: February 2005

Jeff Ooi questioned in Malaysia

cross-posted to Global Voices Update: Here’s a briefing from Reporters Sans Frontiers on background on the Jeff Ooi “Islam Hadhari” controversy. Global Voices ally and contributor Jeff Ooi was taken in for questioning this morning by Malaysia’s Criminal Investigation Division … Continue reading

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No press censorship here. Nothing to see. Move along now.

One of the reasons I’ve found it hard to take the World Summit on the Information Society too seriously is the fact that the second half of the meeting is being held in Tunisia, a country that limits freedom of … Continue reading

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The unequal distribution of global generosity

International mobilization in reaction to the December 26th tsunami has been inspirational and impressive. Sri Lanka’s social service minister recently announced that the nation had received so many more supplies than were needed that the government was now sending some … Continue reading

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A rare bit of good news from Togo

“For so long Africa has had a bad image – this is eloquest testimony that Africa can create solutions to its own problems ” – Remi Oyo, spokesman for Nigerian president Olesegun Obasanjo Faure Gnassingbe has stepped down as “interim” … Continue reading

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Africa roundup

I’m a bad blogger. Between three weeks in India, followed immediately by travel to Boston and San Francisco, my aggregator is crowded with stories I’ve yet to read, and I’m way behind in my posting. So here’s a quick post … Continue reading

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Cool free blogging platform

I”m in San Francisco for about 36 hours, getting ready to give a talk to the Grantmakers in Health conference on social software. (I’m ignoring all the Friends of a Friend stuff and focusing on the stuff I think is … Continue reading

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Travel without filters

9:30 am, February 14, 2005 In the back seat of an Ambassador auto, on the road from Jodhpur to Jaipur. My digital camera can record 129 images on its memory card before running out of space. Then I have to … Continue reading

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Bangalore and the American Imagination

My mother was skeptical when I told her I didn’t know if I’d be able to email her from Bangalore. “Isn’t that India’s cybercapital? Shouldn’t you be able to get connectivity anywhere?” Keep up with the US press, as my … Continue reading

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Eyadema is dead. Long live Eyadema

Africa’s longest-serving dictator, Gnassingbe Eyadema, died a few hours ago while out of the country for medical treatment. Anyone hoping that this would end almost four decades of dominance of Togo by a man named Eyadema may need to wait … Continue reading

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How did that happen?

A great story from Ory from her recent travels in Kenya: • Conversation I had in Kenya (actually this took place more than once): ◦ Curious Kenyan: So you are at Harvard, it must be really hard to get into … Continue reading

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