Before 1883 the US had over 300 different time zones--who knew? A well-researched cogent argument for ditching the daylight savings system. You can follow her on twitter here.
The Ivory-Funded Terrorism Myth
McConnell is quite simply one of the best reporters in Africa today. If he writes it, I read it--you should too. This is a must read article for senior military leaders and policy-makers alike. Key quote: "It matters because global terrorism and the international ivory trade are distinct problems, requiring different strategies; conflating the two risks undermining the fight against both."
How to Avoid a People Hangover
Donald Miller's 'Storyline Blog' is mandatory reading for introverts (I'm a borderline introvert) and I know exactly what he means about a people hangover.
Unsolicited Advice About Shoeboxes
If your church or group sends Christmas shoeboxes abroad to Africa --PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read this helpful post first.
How Would Lawrence of Arabia Defeat the Islamic State?
Great article by the prolific Staviridis. Some great food for thought--I especially liked the idea of integrating the Af-Pak hands cadre across appropriate military planning staffs. And of course, I also appreciation his plug for foreign area officers.
Mystery of Madagascar's stunted children
A rather complex wicked problem here in Madagascar. Over 60% of children in Madagascar suffering from stunting--that is to say, chronic and lasting malnutrition that not only affect height but also long-term cognitive ability.
The Norwich Review of International and Transnational Crime (NRITC)
Looks like an interesting new magazine--but unfortunately the only way to read it is to download it as a PDF...not the most user friendly.