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Foday and Abdu

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Building Online Support Strategically: Lessons From the Obama Campaign

Last week at the InterAction Forum I had the pleasure of hearing Sam Graham-Felson, former director of blogging for the Obama Campaign talk about their strategy and success.  Lots of what Sam talked about can be translated into useful tactics for small and large organizations who are building communities of people who care about their issues.

BBC: Sudan women 'lashed for trousers'

Primitive and deplorable:
"I was wearing trousers and a blouse and the 10 girls who were lashed were wearing like me, there was no difference," [Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein] told the BBC's Arabic service.
Ms Hussein said some women pleaded guilty to "get it over with" but others, including herself, chose to speak to their lawyers and are awaiting their fates.
Under Sharia law in Khartoum, the normal punishment for "indecent" dressing is 40 lashes.

Grading Obama's Africa speech

Bill Easterly grades Obama's Accra speech.  He comes away generally positive, but this bit irks him. 
“We welcome the steps that are being taken by organizations like the African Union and ECOWAS to better resolve conflicts, keep the peace, and support those in need. And we encourage the vision of a strong, regional security architecture that can bring effective, transnational force to bear when needed.”

Malaria ramblings

This week was a little rough. We had a misunderstanding with our NGO in which the program was temporarily threatened. Luckily, it’s all been worked out now. We made plans a few weeks ago to travel to Kibale this weekend to visit Ian, Matthew, and Francis’s deployment at Kasissi School. (Or lets be honest, mostly just to hang out in the national park and watch chimps and monkeys wandering around the forest.) Unfortunately, I’d been feeling kind of sick since Monday of last week. At first I just assumed it was from switching my malaria prophylaxis.

GeoAméricas Project

GeoAméricas Project

RegionCaribbean, Latin America

Programme Summary

This project uses geographic information systems (GIS) to present cultural, tourist, educational, environmental, and health-related sites and sources of information in coordination with local institutions and authorities.

The Million Dollar Homepage

Some of the best ideas are so incredibly simple that, after-the-event, we’re all left wondering why we never came up with them. When I first heard of The Million Dollar Homepage back in October 2005, that’s precisely how I felt (like millions of others, no doubt).

A fruitful Weekend

Good weekend in general....7/11/2009Blow hole and foodgasms

Teenage Health Freak

Teenage Health Freak

CountryUnited Kingdom (UK)
RegionGlobal, Western Europe

Programme Summary

Teenage Health Websites Limited is an interactive web-based initiative launched by two United Kingdom (UK) physicians who are authors of the "Diary of a Teenage Health Freak" series.

Assessing MONUC

An informative look from Al Jazeera on MONUC, the UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo and the largest in the world.

One minor issue: MONUC is no longer just dealing with the "aftershocks" of the Rwandan genocide. Congo's conflict, while tied up in dynamics that cross the border into Rwanda, has long since morphed into its own multi-headed problem.  But that's still more than enough for MONUC to deal with.

Morning Coffee - 13 July 2009

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SPOOKS: CHENEY MUZZLED CIA

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Former vice president Dick Cheney ordered the CIA to withhold information from Congress about a counter-terrorism program, U.S. intelligence officials say.

UN Plaza: "The Reckoning"

In this edition of UN Plaza, I interview the film maker Paco de Onis, who's new documnetary about the International Criminal Court will debut nationally in the United States on PBS this week.  Check your local listings.  It's a great film. 

Out of the box(es)

Today we began teacher training at Ecole Notre Dame. Over the weekend we mapped out our three day plan and got up on time to start the part of the project that we have anticipated for the past weeks. We arrived at school around 9 am before our scheduled start at 10. We moved the desks around the classroom, where we have stored the computers, into a circle and then waited for the teachers to arrive.

It was the day for all the pomp and circumstance.

Today we hosted a formal event, designed to give parents, district and city officials, and school administrators a look at the wonderful opportunities that are coming their way.The event – highly publicized and attended by several popular leaders, including Senator Balinda, who is also the founder of the Independent University of Kigali (ULK) – was covered by Rwanda Television, and showed the country some of the things that ULK and The UNGANA Foundation are doing to enable progress.

It was the day of pomp and circumstance.

Today we hosted a formal event, designed to give parents, district and city officials, and school administrators a look at the wonderful opportunities that are coming their way.The event – highly publicized and attended by several popular leaders, including Senator Balinda, who is also the founder of the Independent University of Kigali (ULK) – was covered by Rwanda Television, and showed the country some of the things that ULK and The UNGANA Foundation are doing to enable progress.

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