this & that
- Via Africa is a Country, very disturbing new statistics about the prevalence of rape in South Africa. If there's one good thing that comes out of this, it's that survey methodology that allows respondents to be completely anonymous seems to provoke more forthright responses. That's the first step towards developing better policies, providing more services for victims, and changing cultural attitudes about sex and power.
- Alanna at Blood & Milk has a fantastic post on what aid workers can learn from missionaries.
- Grant at Mo'dernity, Mo'Problems' post on Sarkozy in Africa is hilarious. Knowing that Sarkozy was booed at the funeral makes Grant's post even funnier.
- Apparently a two-month relationship is enough to make being mayor of San Angelo seem like the less ideal alternative. Go fig.
- Neo-con Middle East specialist Danielle Pletka is making news regarding her comments on the situation in Iran, where she really, really wants to go to war. Here's a note from one of her former interns about just how serious her agenda-driven "scholarship is." Pletka worked in the office in which I interned during the Unfortunate Summer in the Senate. I agree with the assessment.
- I know very little about Iran, but Kate's found some people who do. Check out the Ask an Iranian series at Wronging Rights.