Referencing Gordon Brown’s January 2005 speech calling for “a doubling of foreign aid, a Marshall Plan for the world’s poor, and an International Financing Facility (IFF) against which tens of billions more dollars toward future aid could be borrowed to rescue the poor today” as a vision of “how easy it is to do good” […]

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I’ve just watched 9/11: The Conspiracy Files on BBC 2 and have finally understood why the official story is true and why nevertheless conspiracy theories thrive. The fact of the matter, it seems, is that a nation that has an incompetent air defence command (NORAD) incapable for several days of each year of telling the […]

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Why has South Africa been so dilatory in its response to HIV / AIDS? Patrick Bond, research professor of political economy in the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies, notes in a recent book that In even relatively prosperous South Africa, an early death for millions was the outcome of state and employer reaction […]

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Larry Summers, former World Bank chief economist, Treasury Secretary in the Clinton administration, and subsequently president of Harvard, in an internal memo leaked to the environmental community and quoted in Bond (2006, p.8): “I’ve always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly under-poluted, their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low [sic]. I think […]

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A wonderfully inspiring article (‘How recycling your computer helps developing countries‘) in The Independent today: James Muthoka is a miracle worker. For 27 years he has tended his small farm outside the dusty town of Machakos, a two-hour ride from Nairobi. That anything grows in this parched land is staggering enough, but this year Muthoka […]

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A mix of excitement and guilt. Excitement at reading in today’s newspaper about Nadette de Visser’s traveling exhibition Objects in Conflict. Guilt at being reminded that, since 2002, I’ve had similar projects in mind that, through lethargy as much as lack of time, I’ve never followed through. This exhibition places the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a […]

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The Museum of London has just launched its “Map My London” site, a Google Map for public memories of London: Do you have a favourite London moment that you want to share? Add it to our emotional map of London at a new website which will revolutionise the way the history of the city is […]

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I have no problem with you wearing the veil, the niqab, the hijab, the jilbab, the burqa, the khimar, the abaya, the chador, whatever you choose. I honestly don’t. I’d prefer to be able to see your face, should niqab be your style; but maybe that’s just because seeing people’s faces is what, in my […]

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Searching the web this afternoon for something wholly unrelated to this, I serendipitously came upon … [EXCERPT] “Suppose we bring online learning, complete with cheap laptops, free wi-fi, and the latest in social software learning pedagogies to the children of Hebron, so that they can continue their education from their homes without risking their lives […]

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