Posts from November 3, 2003

Constitutionally

Constitutionally
: Afghanistan just got a draft of a new constitution. To those wanting to rush the process in Iraq, note how long it took from liberation to this step. The process has occurred quite quickly, but the process is far from over. Democracy takes effort. Democracy takes time.

Newsman and Blogboy

Newsman and Blogboy
: I spent the end of last week at an Aspen Institute session on whether and how journalists should be involved in public policy. (I wasn’t important enough to be invited on my own; I was subbing for someone more important who generously got me included; in any case, I was glad to enjoy the company, the conversation, and the surroundings.)

[For my report, click on the “more” link…]

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Or should it be Ewwsama?

Or should it be Ewwsama?
: Pedram sees a conspiracy in the spelling of bin Laden’s first name. He says Usama is right but we couldn’t stand having an enemey with USA in his name so we switched to Osama. He gives us too much credit for organizational skills.

Can do

Can do
: J Krank, blogging from Bulgaria, finds deeper meaning in the story to which Glenn Reynolds linked about soldiers who used money they found to rebuild Iraq on their own:

They didn’t steal the money.

You remember the film “Three Kings,” where disaffected angst-ridden grunts went off on their own in search of gold? I mean, they were stuck there in some sort of ‘war,’ and the crisis they face is whether to help the citizens or succumb to greed. It was very 90’s, and brilliant and all that?

Let’s repeat this: A squad found tons of money lying around…

…they started to spend it…on others…without orders.

They didn’t steal the money!

You think they’ll make a movie of that?

Their honesty is simply taken for granted. It shouldn’t be. It’s not how the rest of the world works.

What they did is both outrageous and thoroughly American.

So is not realizing it.

Africa blogs

Africa blogs
: Since I’m a blog internationalist, often linking to Iranian, Iraqi, and German blogs, a reporter emailed me this morning asking whether there were blogs from (or about) Africa. I follow a few and I followed the links on them and in no time, I had quite a list: AfricaBlog, AfricaPundit, Mostly Africa, Ethiopia Express, A Taste of Africa, Swamp Cottage, Letters, AfricaBlog, Head Heeb, Mr. Dutton Goes to Mozambique, and there are more where those came from. Is there a country where there aren’t blogs? I doubt it.

And by the way, isn’t that a smart reporter looking to weblogs to find new news, information, voices and viewpoints?