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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Week in Review: Maghreb, Poetry, Cocaine, East Africa, Nigeria and Flip Flops

Breaking News : News of police violent repression against demonstration in  this evening. Several injuries and detainees
 court jails Feb20 activist/jobless grads group member Hakim Baqqali for 4 years, fines him $12,500 after Beni Bouayach protests

Morocco To Start 4G Licence Process 

Fascinating  report from Maghnia, on the not-so "closed" Algerian/Moroccan border: 

The deafness of the world.Night turns Homewards,sheathed in notes of solace,pleats The broken silence of the heart. 

don't hold your breath -  meeting on  coming up

Sometimes prayer feels like dry ground longing for rain. Sometimes I don't really feel how dry I really am until I've started to pray.

Your heart thumps —/ as if she were already/ at your door./ Or — as if expecting her —/ all the birds in . . . 

Et nous baignerons,mon amie,dans une présence Africaine Des tapis étincelants et doux de Tombouctou.  

Maybe - though I do not bleed - I am wounded, walking along one of the rays of your life. 

Dangerous To Know: On Philip Larkin’s Complete Poems

Washington's response to LatAm-Africa-US drug trafficking triangle will cause more problems than it'll solve, I fear 

New blog post: East Africa’s Oil/Gas Rush Highlights Kenya-Somalia Maritime Border Dispute -   

 thanks Christians for protection and solidarity during crackdown  

What could possibly go wrong? RT : U.S. to Provide Kenya With Drones to Fight Militants 

Exploring the oft-mentioned 'animists' in South Sudan. Oh, wait - there aren't any.  Illuminating blog by 

This young man in Kenya, who was able to open a business & look after his siblings thanks to a cash transfer. Video: 

The Life of An Outlaw (aka A Kenyan Matatu Driver): Anyone who has spent significant time in East...  (new post)

Nigeria's iPad :The man behind Africa's low-cost tablet computer (     ) 

Dissecting the Nigerian pop princess: 

new blog post: China Provides Another $20 Billion to Africa 

's defunct school in  to be converted into heroes acre / cemetery   "I have a problem..."

This org has 52 projects on our Horn of Africa Aid Map () working on both short term recovery and long term development

forecasting civil conflict onsets is hard, especially in countries with other ongoing disputes. 

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

27 of history's strangest inventions, in archival photographs 

Way better than TOM'S, hipster flip flops made in Kabul.

So cool! RT 
: Getting married? Have an anniversary coming up? Let me turn your vows into art. 

Added to my wish list! A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa...+

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