Monday, October 27, 2008

positive reinforcement's always nice to start the week with some good news....

Women Run the Show In a Recovering Rwanda (By Stephanie McCrummen - Washington Post)

Friday, October 10, 2008

friday shuffle: takin' you back

today's friday shuffle is brought to you by, 'awwww, that's my JAAAAAAAAM!' (c)

here is part of the playlist that will keep that looming friday deadline from throwing me into a fit of panic-induced hysteria:

'back to life'--soul ii soul

'real love'--mary j blige

'i ain't too proud to beg'-TLC

'don't walk away'--jade

'if i ruled the world'-nas (feat lauryn hill)

'cowboys'-fugees feat. outsidaz

'one more chance (remix)--notorious b.i.g

'cold rocks a party'--mc lyte

'healin''-beenie man and lady saw

woo hoooooo!!
ok, time to write.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

we're [potentially] screwed

some think it ridiculous to live half a world away and be so invested in the outcome of an election in which we have no say. but one cannot ignore the fact that whatever happens in november will have a massive impact on the rest of us. and i live in fear of what may happen if Barack Obama does not become the next President.

last year, the Bush administration came up with the brilliant idea to launch Africom, about which i have already expressed trepidation, albeit in a rather perfunctory manner. the establishment of this military command was decided upon despite Africa's general outright resistance to the notion of consolidating American military presence on our territory--whatever 'good intentions' said command may claim to have. essentially, this is the image that comes to mind when i think of the recently fully operationalized Africom, which apparently "represents part of a new US strategy to engage with Africa":

i simply cannot help but conjure up images of the scramble for a continent, especially as part of America's strategy is to ward off Chinese influence in Africa.

the role played by and the impact of Africom will very much depend on the US administration and it's approach to foreign policy. and, um...if this [below] is an indication of what may be in store for us...we're screwed:

*blinks rapidly*
i'm just saying.
the next four years cannot be dominated by this kind of jackassery.