- Angela Merkel, perhaps inspired by Gordon Brown’s recent celebration in India of the wonders of free-trade, reassures us from the chilly heights of Davos about the universal benefits of globalization…
- … while dozens of hungry street children in Nairobi – clearly unaware of her speech – raid one of the reception tents of the parallel World Social Forum, stealing food destined for the global delegates
- Orion mulls over the arrest of six environmentalists, sentenced to prison in Eugene, Oregon: are they terrorists, or the first-responders to a planetary emergency?
- China gives the Central African Republic $15 mln worth of debt relief and aid, the fifth African country to receive such aid over the past few days
- Ali Mufuruki – writing in Business in Africa – argues against more foreign aid interventions and for a renewed effort by Africans to become masters of their own future and start fixing their own problems [via Africa Unchained]
- The Globalist takes inspiration from The Last King of Scotland to start looking into how to get Uganda right
Information Technology & Innovation
- The BBC reports on technologies at war, and how they have changed the life of ordinary people in Iraq… [via Ebed]
- … while Hillary Clinton makes full use of the Internet for her newly-launched presidential campaign, reports the Washington Post [via Jon]
- A ‘vague’ (sic!) scent of elitism pervades Miguel Mesquita da Cunha’s commentary of the risks of increasing democracy in the European Union, perhaps forgetting that it is quite hard to get people’s support for a common endeavour without explaining to them what they’re buying into. Or perhaps he thinks the EU doesn’t need the Europeans’ support?
- And finally, everyone has been wondering why the Danes are the happiest people in Europe. Apparently, the secret is not having too many expectations in life…!
PS: on the 23rd, a great Polish writer and journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski, died aged 74. This entry is dedicated to him and to his restless search for the soul of Africa.