Monthly Archives: July 2011

Marauding Monkeys






Now, this is just silly… Except that I am sure it is also a serious problem for some people.  I once had to take care of a Patas monkey while her caretaker was on vacation and I quickly learned that she could be far more dangerous than the typical cat or dog (though she had…

Humberto Leal is dead. Does this threaten our own rights?






As I posted recently (“The Right to Access Your Consulate”), Humberto Leal was scheduled for execution by the state of Texas yesterday. Despite appeals from a large number of external actors (the UN, Obama, and apparently 4 of our current Supreme Court justices), Texas Governor Rick Perry decided to continue with the execution. As I…

“China-smooth”






“In clustered Central Accra, they pave the streets in praise-pursuit; china-smooth like heaven’s highway.” – That is Nana Yaw Asiedu on his blog Anti-Rhythm, contrasting the “two Accras”, one that is more rougher and the other, “china-smooth”. Which makes me wonder, in Africa how much might “China” be associated with modernity and higher standards of…

Cheating






Indonesian schools: More cheating, or else! | The Economist. I wish I could say I was surprised. h/t to my colleague at UT, Bill Hurst

The Right to Access Your Consulate






Let’s say you are on vacation somewhere outside of the United States–let’s say it is Europe–and you run into some serious legal problems. Perhaps you find yourself being charged with a serious crime, such as murder or being an American spy. An unlikely scenario for most of us, but it might still make you feel…

Neat old maps of Africa






It is unclear to me why this post was titled “Evolution” of the Map of Africa.  However, these are great classic images. Evolution of the Map of Africa « HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT. [h/t John Sides at the Monkey Cage]

China and Africa: Recent Links






Deborah Brautigam has posted a couple of nice quick reviews of two great sources relevant to understanding the role of China in Africa: “The Untold Story of China Development Bank”. The focus is not just on Africa here, but useful nonetheless. “Applause for New Study on Africa and Its Emerging Partners [China]”. The most recent…