06 Feb 2012

Dear Mr. Keller, Jimmy Wales is Not Naive

Dear Bill Keller, I wrote this response to your Op-Ed piece in the New York Times this morning, but your comments column rejected it because it was not shorter than 1500 characters. I didn’t want to trim it down to a meaningless response, so I’m posting it here. Please drop

24 Jan 2012

Who is Sheldon Adelson?

Last night, Bin Quick put up a post that speculated that maybe the unlimited funding from the Citizens United decision had the potential to shake up the system and that could somehow be a silver lining. I traded a few be careful what you wish for’s with Bin Quick, or

19 Jan 2012

The three deadliest words

A friend sent this to me.  Please watch.  Between 1980 and 1990, 889,000 female infants went missing in Shanghai province. In recent years, the imbalance of births in the northern provinces in India has reached record proportions.  This is a trailer to a movie, the site for more information is

28 Dec 2011

The Real Cost of Material Support

It’s not my intention to become a fixture here. I find myself writing my second column in twenty four hours, please don’t not read my first. The good people of the Philippines do need you to find them. But there is another issue that burns and needs your attention. It

28 Dec 2011

Got time to turn your eyes outward, please?

This is a short post, to ask people to turn their attention to the Philippines, where what has been described by some as an onland tsunami hit on December 17, when Typhoon Washi (local name for the disaster is Sendong) unleashed flash floods that brought down rivers of mud and

21 Dec 2011

Something I Have to Post

Today, Glenn Greenwald has an update containing the following: On a related note, Mother Jones‘ Adam Serwer looks at a conviction today to document a very ominous trend, one I’ve written about several times: the way the DOJ and courts are jointly converting pure free speech into the crime of

10 Dec 2011

A Message of Peace From A Woman Who Lives in a Tent at a Protest

The Nobel Prize Lecture of  Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman. Very much worth the read.

03 Aug 2011

Somalia — Please try to help

Yesterday, the New York Times put the Somalia famine on its front page, with a poster child — a likely dying child at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. The article was as poignant as the picture, and, according to a piece at Salon for which Bill Keller was questioned, was fully

25 Jul 2011

An Old Fashioned Idea — A Truce

The famine that has been declared in Somalia is part of a larger crisis in five countries in the Horn of Africa, comprising Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya.  All told, there are currently 10.3 Million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with that number expected to go to 12

21 Jun 2011

World Refugee Day this Week the Think Africa Press Special

I already wrote my World Refugee Day 2011 post for the week, the day before the official World Refugee Day, yesterday. But as I mentioned in that post, there are events going on in different places all during the week, so the day is really this week. And besides, due