Oxfam and the Beatles; crowdmapping corruption; no more pity; rise of the megacities; telenovelas v babies; big in Bangkok; land grabs on camera: links I liked
Oxfam GB was 70 last week, and the Beatles were 50. Here’s a pic from when they combined forces in 1963. You never give me your money? Give me money (that’s what I want)? Money can’t buy me development love?
Crowdmapping corruption through mobile phones has now spread from India (ipaidabribe.com) to Russia, Colombia and Kenya.
No more ’pity shit’: ‘African wildlife is portrayed with dignity. We have all seen the majesty of giraffes, lions, zebras and elephants parading across the screen. But African people are either portrayed as corrupt, evil or pathetic.’ From the Guardian’s promising new Africa blog.
Also from the Guardian, rise of the megacities, ornate interactographic
So girls education may not be the best contraceptive after all. Studies of TV soap operas and fertility in Brazil concludes that getting access to TV coverage (where women soap stars usually have zero or one child) has an impact on fertility ‘comparable to that associated with an increase of 1.6 years in women’s education’. Not quite sure what to make of this……
My interview in the Bangkok Post from last week’s book launch
Hard hitting 1.5 minute video from Guatemala to back up Oxfam’s campaign for a freeze on land deals