Paul Collier: Post-conflict recovery

Paul Collier, former director of the World Bank’s Development Research Group and current director of the the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford, gave a TED presentation at the State Department on rebuilding broken nations. He says when long conflict has wrecked a country, peacekeeping is needed to build security ad hoc, […]

Question: Which thinker taught you to think? Play in new window | DownloadOut on the streets of Tehran the opposition is protesting, disputing the June 12 election. The brutality being used against them by the riot police is just horrible. I’ve read that this election and the US election of 2000 are both being discussed as “stolen elections” and being compared, […]

The stolen election

“Persepolis” cartoonist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi says Iranians were robbed of their votes. Along with renowned filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Satrapi asked the European Union not recognize President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election. Satrapi read from a paper allegedly from the Interior Ministry in Iran that stated opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi had received 19,075,723 votes compared with 5,698,000 […]


Obama said it’s the risktakers, the doers, the makers of things that are responsible for our current prosperity (and we are still the most prosperous society). He said “we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start rebuilding America.” He talked about government programs needing to be analysed for whether they work. And he […]

The Eagle Nebula

Today is the big day. To celebrate a president we can be proud of and who allows us to dream of a more humane world, have a look at the beautiful Eagle Nebula, described as follows: From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the […]

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we talk only w/ppl who accept R rt 2 live David Saranga, Cons. Gen. of Israel in New York, on Hamas, using Twitter (SZ, 5/6 Jan 2008) Stop for a moment and look at’s Big Picture series on Israel and Gaza. Goddamn it all. Healing gypsy music from Titi Robin, Dino Banjara and La […]


Now Zimbabwe urgently needs sorting out. See Eamonn’s editorial about Zimbabwe in Spotlight Online and find out about the dark humor that is keeping Zimbabwe going.