back to the topics at hand
- Via Chris Blattman's blog (which is, by the way, great for those of us interested in African political economy and conflict issues), Obama in Kenya is the most awesome Africa-based blog I've seen. Now I need to get to Nairobi to find a "Relax, Obama is in control" t-shirt.
- A former colleague and I are starting a blog on genocide and ethnic cleansing around the world. It will be as much of an upper as you might guess, but it won't be nearly as funny as Wronging Rights, which has excellent coverage of this week's events involving infighting Congolese rebels. Congolese rebel groups divide like Oklahoma chokes in the BCS - all the time.
- None of this deterred Rwanda's army chief-of-staff from visiting Kinshasa for talks with M. Kabila this week. That's because Kinshasa's like a whole 'nother country from the east.
- Texas Governor Goodhair's pet lobbyist-driven project, the Trans-Texas Corridor, is dead. Craddick's out and no more TTC? We must be prayed up.
- However, the idea that we still really need I-69 from Texarkana to the Valley is still a bad one. What will it take to get the people who govern this state to realize that the future is not in single-occupancy vehicles?
- Just before I left for the holidays, Theoneste Bagasora was convicted for his role in planning the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This is long-overdue justice for a man who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
- While we were out, Ethiopia passed a law that basically makes it illegal for international NGO's (and local organizations that receive more than 10% of their funding from international donors) to engage in any kind of political debate or advocacy with the state, as well as work to promote equality, human rights, or conflict resolution. It's a piece of work. The government of Ethiopia is authoritarian, and they want to control all aid dollars that flow into their country. Since they're also highly corrupt, wise international agencies direct their funding elsewhere, and foreign governments direct funding to private groups that promote the ideals the Ethiopian government hates. This will be very bad for the Ethiopian people, whose governments have varied widely across the decades in outlook and philosophy, except in their lack of concern for the well-being of the population.