Monthly Archives: May 2009

Reminder of my Watsan days






An old Peace Corps friend posted this link on Facebook.  It reminded me of the work I did as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana.  In many parts of rural Africa it is still normal to have no access to a toilet or latrine, and it is still normal to get water from unsafe sources. …

Suspect in Wesleyan Shooting Apprehended






Many of you have heard of the recent tragedy here at Wesleyan. A student was shot and killed yesterday by a man who  — reportedly — harrassed her in the past. Fortunately, the suspect turned himself in this evening. Hopefully, the campus will be able to heal and recover from the tragedy. I have only…

Some good news from Darfur






clipped from news.bbc.co.uk On Thursday, the minister for humanitarian assistance, Haroun Lual Ruun, said Khartoum would allow those UN agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) remaining in Darfur to “expand their existing operations”. I think what we’re hearing… is that new NGOs with new names, new logos, if necessary, can come in John Holmes UN humanitarian…

Zuma has officially done it






So, Zuma has officially done it.  He is President of South Africa. It will be interesting to see what impact he has.  Will those who threatened to leave South Africa really leave?  Will he be successful with his populist agenda? I was able to meet him at a lunch at UC Berkeley a little over…

FT.com / Africa – Kenyan women call for sex boycott






Not sure how I missed this story last week–though I’ve been quite busy between the normal end-of-the-semester routines, a Varieties of Democracy conference, celebrating my wife’s passing the CT bar, and preparing for a new baby… Kenyan women call for sex boycott By Parselelo Kantai in Nairobi Published: May 1 2009 02:42 | Last updated:…