I have been procrastinating posting news items, so I apologize in advance for some of these being from over a week ago. But, at last, here they are:
- The election is well on its way: TEMCO (an election monitoring organization) and Synovate (a media monitoring organization) do a great job of breaking down what is happening
- The UN in Tanzania just released a document outlining its work in Tanzania. I can’t find it online, but here is their website.
- Chris Blattman on why Latin America is more popular than Africa
- Pictures of the middle class in Africa
- Uganda provides an important lesson about education
- Now old news, but this is horrible: A newspaper in Uganda provided a list of names/addresses/phone numbers of 100 “top” homosexuals in the country.
Here is an interesting map that shows the true size of Africa (see the link for more cool facts):
- A must read article: What the Chilean Miners Tell Us About the Limits of Compassion
- The author of the above article also links to this organization that randomly evaluates development projects. Very interesting.
- A great post by Texas in Africa summarizing her thoughts and providing links on the latest UN/MDG weeks (Must read for DVM students)
- Cross dressing girls in Afghanistan
- I received many comments about my packing posts, but the more I think about it, the more I feel like I packed too much. This felt particularly evident when I read this blog post from a man who is travelling around the world with no luggage. Although, I think this guy is probably going to should raise a lot of suspicions at security.
- For my brave friends doing their Masters, here is a great article on How to write a scientific paper (Or how to start writing period).
- A new Hans Rosling video (!)
- I don’t think I fit this description (go figure) but an interesting article looking at whether development practitioners are addicted to misery.
- HT Jason Stearns: “Eleven African countries have now adopted the certification system of minerals proposed by the International Conference for the Great Lakes – they are supposed to implement the system within the next year. This is good news, although the system relies on each country carrying out the certification themselves – in the Congo, this will be the ministry of mines and ITRI, a tin industry body. They have several pilot projects just starting up, but they are relatively few and to my knowledge just indicate the origin of the minerals, not whether military are present in the mine or along the trade routes.”
The last one I annotated. Would people rather I put in a small summary in with the links? Let me know.