politics

Basics
0 Video humor: American media ignoring rest of the the world

“What are you talking about India for?” asked John McLaughlin, the host of the TV news program the McLaughlin Group. “It’s not even in our hemisphere.” As is getting to be almost routine, the comedy team at The Daily Show and now John Oliver in his new show are trying to expand…

World Politics
0 Much Ado about Power and Rice

Donilon, Obama, Rice and Power walk in the Rose Garden of the White House, yesterday.Evan Vucci If there were such a thing as a foreign policy earthquake, the magnitude of yesterday’s White House reshuffle would have measured quite high. Twitter, blogs and media were abuzz with the news that the…

World Politics
1 Seattle talk: Philanthro-capitalism and the politics behind the global health agenda

On Friday, 3:30-6 pm, UW Health Sciences Hogness Auditorium, historian Anne-Emanuelle Birn gave the Stephen Stewart Gloyd endowed lecture, “Philanthrocapitalism, Cooption and the Politics of Global Health Agenda-Setting.” ——————————————————————————————————————————– The words “global health” usually conjure images of health workers vaccinating children in Africa, major initiatives aimed at getting anti-HIV drugs…

Human Rights
0 Africa’s leading ladies

This is another one of those perhaps counter-intuitive and positive stories about Africa — presuming you see the increasing political power of women as positive. Most of us do. The ONE Campaign cites a CNN series featuring some of Africa’s leading women politicians and activists. I cite the ONE blog’s…

World Politics
0 “An African Election” now available

I wrote about this documentary “An African Election” last May when I saw it and talked with its director, Jarreth Merz, at the Seattle International Film Festival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FC_6PDuJRXs It’s an amazing film and it’s finally available on Netflix. I highly recommend it. As I wrote about it last year: The…