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

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Weekly Reading List: African Borders, A Cure for Blindness, Family, Wine, Fish and a Muslim State

The "Real" Map of Africa: Redrawing Colonial Borders
The age old question.  And an article that examines the important question of territorial sovereignty as a function of state legitimacy.

In 5 Minutes, He Lets the Blind See

Project cure.  I am hard pressed to see a better way to spend $100.  

Review: Michel Houellebecq’s ‘Submission’ Imagines France as a Muslim State

Yeah, the title of the article says it all.  Not an impossibility 100 years from now.  

A Poor Man’s Guest in Addis Ababa

A lovely little vignette that captures the special relationship enjoyed by the children of ex-pats and their household help.

Why the Best War Reporter in a Generation Had to Suddenly Stop

CJ Chivers is pretty much the man when it comes to reporting and this is an amazing tribute to him but also to the importance of family. 

What to do with 36 hours in Capetown

Quick summary--a ton.  If you are an American, South Africa is pretty much the most awesome place to vacation right now.  The dollar is super strong--you can live like a prince there.  An amazing dinner for two with apps, dinner, dessert, bottle of wine at a nice restaurant will run you maybe $40...it's crazy--why haven't you bought your plane ticket yet.

In Sicily, Tasting Seafood With a Skeptical Son

Beautiful little vignette on Sicily but also father-son relationships.

Setting the Oven to ‘Broil’

Can't hate on the good old broil.

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