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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weekly Reading: Washington's Study, Rosewood Riches, Ragamuffins, Biblical Iliteracy, Sean Penn and One Important Quesiton

A Well-Organized Study
I don't normally put these articles in any order but when I saw I had this one near the bottom I moved it up to the very top.  MY FAVORITE READ FROM THIS PAST WEEK.  A USNA Classmate has put together a detailed look and program for organizing your digital life.

Madagascar continue de fermer les yeux sur le trafic du bois de rose
Some key quotes for my non-francophone readers regarding rosewood trafficking in Madagascar:
- From one diplomat--The entire world is sick and tired of Madagascar's double talk
- No one can even really measure the amount of natural resources being pillaged by Madagascar's political elite

Will definitely check out this movie from about two years back

Life aboard a hospital ship
Great short article on the great work done by the volunteers at Mercy Ships!

‘Excellent Daughters,’ by Katherine Zoepf
Looks like a very interesting read by someone who worked for years with these women.

 My Last Day as a Surgeon
Ugh, a heart breaking article excerpted from the surgeon's swan song/book.

We’ve lost our consciousness of the Bible
This article hits the nail on the head as the majority of the news/media establishment no longer has even a modicum of knowledge regarding what many Americans still believe.

Sean Penn is a college freshman’s Che Guevara T-shirt personified
For real though.  Talk about the lack of a moral compass.

Why We Write About War
The short answer: We write to know we are not alone.

Such a great post: what do you want so much that you are willing to endure pain to achieve/get it?

Brookings: Foresight Africa--Top Priorities for the Continent in 2016
A good reference and starting point for analysis.

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