Monthly Archives: January 2006

A modest proposal for Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Dear Prime Minister Zenawi – I realise this letter is arriving at a particularly busy time for your administration. Simply keeping track of the more than 100 opposition politicians and activists (including a 15 year old boy) you’ve detained on … Continue reading

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Two posts worth your time

Two must-read posts: Sokari Ekine offers a roundup of posts around the African blogosphere reflecting on the persistence of racism and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. She’s especially concerned that nations that have made some racial progress – … Continue reading

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Cote d’Ivoire lurches towards civil war

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) was West Africa’s economic success story in the early 1990s. When I lived in Ghana in 1993-4, Ivory Coast was where people in the region looked for economic opportunity… and where Europeans in the region went … Continue reading

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“Blogging” Davos

My friend Bruno Giussani has just made me feel better that I didn’t receive an invitation to the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. (Of course, remembering that the last time I went to Davos, I paid $250 a … Continue reading

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Elijah on Sudanese refugees in Cairo

Elijah Zarwan, an American human rights activist who lives in Cairo, has been following the protest by Sudanese refugees against discrimination and mistreatment in Egpyt, including a number of key posts about the violent dispersal of the refugees on December … Continue reading

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How blog comments can eat your morning

And this is why comments rock. I wrote the other day about a translation of the 23rd Psalm into Nigerian pidgin. Robbie Honerkamp, a US-based unix geek who’s spent years living and working in Nigeria, posted a comment to let … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ben!

“If you would not be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.” – Ben Franklin It’s Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday, and I can’t think of a better … Continue reading

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Berkman welcomes Dan Gillmor

It’s Dan Gillmor’s first day as a Berkman Fellow, and many members of the extended Berkman family have come out to welcome him to the Center. We’ve got a packed house here to listen to Dan articulate his vision for … Continue reading

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Monday Africa Roundup

I’m spending Monday catching up on all the work I’d intended to do over the weekend before I got distracted by a series of surprisingly close football games. (American football, that is. The African match I was interested in this … Continue reading

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Berkman in the Spotlight

The Berkman Center has gotten a lot of love from the mainstream media this weekend. My Global Voices co-founder, Rebecca MacKinnon, has spent the past few weeks making noise about MSN’s censorship of Chinese dissident Zhao Jing, aka Michael An … Continue reading

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