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April 23, 2012

People power, transformation and existential crisis: the state of global civil society:

April 23, 2012

Sudan meltdown; homeland security v secret police; global carbon map; ethical supply chains; Kony2012 ebook; private sector-led aid; stuff organizers say; the dangers of texting: links I liked

April 23, 2012
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The anti-bra hunt forces have mustered over the weekend and are now ahead in the poll, by the way

The Guardian’s Simon Tisdall warns that the looming conflict in Sudan could be far worse than Syria, but is alarmed that the international community is largely ignoring it.

Homeland Security in Washington = Secret Police in Africa: Tom Murphy explores some linguistic double standards in the way Americans describe themselves and others.

How can you map the world to show global datasets in an immediately compelling and clear way? Check out the carbon map and see the world move before your eyes.

Useful update from the Economist on the impact of campaigns for ethical supply chains.

‘This book is for those who know a little about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, and want to know more.’ Instant e-book for $2.99 on the reality behind the Kony2012 hoopla. Interesting new format, combining rapid response with some ‘behind the news’ context from a dozen authors who either know about the LRA, or are big on digital campaigning.  

‘Donor-private sector partnerships are of limited use for meeting the needs of small scale agricultural producers. And since smallholder farmers, especially women, make up the majority of the world’s poor, it’s tough to argue that these partnerships will be the ticket out of poverty for most.’ Oxfam America’s Porter McConell summarizes research from Tanzania that questions the G8 default preference for private sector solutions in aid to agriculture.

And a couple of random videos to spice up your Monday morning. Sxxx online organizers say – I am doubly traumatized, because half is stuff I say, and I don’t even understand the other half ….. [h/t Martin Hall]

The dangers of texting – being eaten by a bear……. [h/t Grandiloquent Bloviator]

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