FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Week in Twitter: Somalia, Mali, State, Nigeria and Islam

Twitter Highlights from the past few days

Somalia's president shields pirate leader by issuing him a diplomatic passport: 

Rushing to  book fair  . Don't want to miss launch of new book on  Proverbs Don't Lie by man from

"The brutal force they are using is against the basic principles of Islam.” A useful stance from Mali's Muslim notables 

The State Department is running out of diplomats. Congratulations, America, for your foresight! 

Need a good backgrounder on the current Jos crisis? Look no further than P. Ostien's 2010 report on the Jang admin 

I really recommend you check out this hacked Shell public ad competition before they get someone to take it down:

My observations:

Reuven Firestone is a smart dude. Just read first chapter of "Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam."  

Abrogate: to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law. 

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