Sorry guys, I really wanted to do a Feature Friday today but honestly, I do not have the time. Finals are next week, I’m frantically writing papers and cramming information into my brain for exams, and I’m running around trying to last-minute finish Fellowship applications! Thus I’ll probably won’t be posting anything very interesting or extensive next week. But the week after, I’ll be back with a vengeance (due to winter break :D)! So please bear with me…
In the meantime check out these interesting articles/videos I found throughout the week!
- The 25 Best Philanthropists – Barrons rates them by the effective, immediate impact they’re making. But can they even BE ranked?
- Similarly, how Philanthrocapitalists are reshaping the world of charity, in Foreign Policy
- Foreign Policy’s huge list of 100 Top Global Thinkers. However, I’m not sure how much I trust the list due to Dick Cheney’s debut at #13…
- This week, India steps up and pledges emissions targets. Nice job, India!
- Nice Foreign Policy article – Never again? What the Holocaust can’t teach us about modern genocide.
- Amazing, and inspirational closing speech at Pledge2Protect Conference by Sam Bell, the Executive Director of Genocide Intervention Network (I am so jealous – amazing speaker and I wish I was there!)
- Oh man…New York Senate votes down gay marriage bill…
- Great article by Nisha Chittal at Politicoholic about Obama’s Afghanistan policy – we can’t afford more war. I don’t necessarily agree because I don’t think the choice is that clear, or that stark. If we backed out right now, the country might spiral further downwards. War isn’t good, but we started this. Perhaps we owe something to wrap it up well.
- What was Twitter thinking? Nice article that sums up my thoughts too — why did Twitter turn all tweets with the word “Africa” in them red for World AIDS Day? Stereotyping at it’s best – there’s more to Africa than AIDS.
- Pretty horrible “badvocacy” over at Wronging Rights…as you tear open a ketchup sachet, you are “tearing off” a kid’s leg to raise awareness of landmines. Crazy!
- Good piece in The Atlantic about the trial of Thomas Lubanga. I got to sit in on the trial when I visited the ICC, so that was incredibly exciting! I’m happy to nuanced articles about transitional justice issues (I’m doing my thesis on trans justice in Rwanda and Sierra Leone). H/T Texas in Africa!
- Top Ten Gen Y blogs for December, I received some votes so thank you all who voted for me!!
- Check out the transcript for #ypsc – Young Professionals for Social Change – chat which took place last night. We talked about social change & blogging; how to turn online action into offline change.
- Lots of frustrations about Gration’s words during his testimony to the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. Just admit it’s genocide, be firm about the issue, and tell us the benchmarks/incentives/pressures, dammit!
Hope you enjoyed, guys. Also — I changed this layout but I’m thinking of changing it again. Any suggestions? I’m not sure I’m a fan of this one. So let me know I really dislike wordpress because it requires so much manipulation to get it to look the way I want. I find it frustrating. Anyway, good bye for now and wish me luck on finals!