Illiteracy Retarding Growth in Africa

I whole heartedly agree with the basic premise implied by this article that a lot of problems Africa faces are due to the fact that Africa has very high rates of illiteracy. Unfortunately many African leaders (and I use that term rather loosely) have not really stepped up to the plate when it come to…

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Documentary

Image Source: Flickr: REFUGEEALLSTARSFILM I just finished watching an amazing documentary about Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band for musicians formed in a West African refugee camp where they had escaped to during the brutal ten year ‘civil’ war that ravaged Sierra Leone and its people. One thing I really liked about this movie…

and that is that… the end

“…and that is that… the end.” That is how Tony Blair, Britain’s former Prime Minister ended his last speech at the House of Commons just before he resigned from his post as Prime Minister of Britain for the past decade… And so begins a new era with the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown…

What Does the Future Hold for Darfur?

Though I haven’t really spoken much about what is going on in the Darfur region and the conflict that has being going on, I wanted give a mention to the attack on the African Union force that is currently stationed there that happened back in late March or beginning of April as an illustration of…

Real Heroes: Chinue ‘Sempo’ Sugihara

I have read this book twice and I find this story absolutely incredible and very inspiring. This is the true story of Sugihara, who was a Japanese diplomat (consul) in Europe just before and during World War II. He is notable for helping hundreds of Jews escape the murderous Nazis by granting (against the wishes…

Central African Republic: Life in the Bush

Central African Republic – Family Living in the Bush Originally uploaded by InternationalRescueCommittee.   Cenral African Republic: Life in the bush is a multi-media presentation by Melissa Winkler of the International Rescue Committee, documenting the lives of displaced and fearful villagers in the spiraling violence in the Central African Republic, relatively small nation in Africa…

EU Agrees on the Amendment…

They did it. The BBC is reporting that the EU leaders have agreed to the Amendment… “The new treaty preserves much of the planned EU constitution, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters during referendums in 2005….” BBC article In other words, ‘we don’t need no stinking voters…’. and so even though they are…

The World failing Darfur Say Rice

“I will be very frank. I do not think that the international community has really lived up to its responsibilities here…” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice I wholeheartedly agree with this statement by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking ahead of the Paris summit on Darfur. I hope and pray that somehow,…

‘Amending’ the Constitution for the EU Superstate

This article, Secret New Plan for EU Super State, totally caught my interest when I found the headline link via Drudgereport. What’s the article about? In a nutshell, the article talks about the intent of Tony Blair, the outgoing Prime Minister of Britain, to bring back the EU constitution that failed in a public referendum…

The Amazing Kenyan Camel Mobile Library

Image Source: BBC: Kenya National Library Services’ Mobile Camel Library I found the Camel Book drive site by way of Boing Boing’s posting on this subject. This is about the Mobile Camel Library operating up in Northeastern province of Kenya, pretty close of the border with Somalia border which brings books to the semi-nomadic folks…

Lousy Commute, Rear-ended Again

Once again I was rear-ended! I am getting sick and tired of the really lame drivers here in Seattle who just don’t seem to know what they are doing on the road. Today’s is the fifth time I have been rear-ended plus one other time when this driver simply pulled out of a side road…

Bomb Blast in Nairobi

There was a ‘small’ bomb blast in Nairobi that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to a number of folks. Three persons have been arrested. This is pretty upsetting and I think it is important that Kenya Police find out who is responsible for this and bring them to justice swiftly. This…