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by Bjinse on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 08:34:42 PM EST
East Africa: 'Evolving Ethnicities' [Podcast Transcript]
... JOK MADUT JOK:  The United States and the rest of the world in 2011 focused on building the state. So they gave more power and more resources to the political system, to the state. What they failed to do concurrently is building a sense of citizenship in that state such that people graduate from their citizenship in the community and the ethnic group into a sense of collective citizenship in the nation. That disconnect is part of the problem today. ...

SCOTT MALCOMSON:  What do you think remains of a sense of citizenship in South Sudan in a situation where half of the population is in Internally Displaced Persons camps or outside the borders and where the political elite has now failed for a number of years to even resolve the differences amongst themselves?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 11:59:38 PM EST
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RAF airstrike against Isis fighters in Syria unintentionally killed a civilian, says Gavin Williamson
"It is the first time the Ministry of Defence has confirmed a civilian casualty during Britain's campaign against the terror group in Iraq and Syria.'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 3rd, 2018 at 02:48:51 AM EST
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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2018 in Rio de Janeiro
Despite of what many people may think, Cinco de Mayo has no relation with Mexico's independence, but the military victory of the city of Puebla, which defeated the French army in 1862.
In Rio de Janeiro, one of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations among expatriates will be a themed dinner party and fundraiser night host by the U.S. Consul General and his wife, Jimmy and Susan Story.
A 'Ho Salute' From Detroit for Cinco de Mayo
The parade has fewer in attendance each year, the flags sell less and less. Revelry dwindles as daily tensions add fear and violence to joyous celebrations when beer is cheaper than water, and so many in Detroit are about to implode.  And so come May, it might take a little longer to fill your dance card.  It may be harder to decide what to wear with this fickle weather. But you will not go unseen.  Remember when we were little and we joked "the bigger the hoop, the bigger the ho?" Bring the hoops on. Bring them on as wide as a thigh.  Let them sparkle in the reflection of mirror face aviators staring your way from a car going by at 2 mph taking in Detroit's heavenly scenery.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 5th, 2018 at 05:53:47 PM EST
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The Conservative Case Against Gina Haspel | The American Conservative
Chuck [Murphy]'s final [exam for his intelligence analysis class] had only four questions. The first was this: let's say you are a CIA operations officer. You've just captured one of the most important terrorists in the world. You know from other sources that there is a bomb about to go off in two hours in a major American city, but you don't know exactly where. You know that the terrorist knows the details of the attack. Do you torture him? Explain your answer.

Question two made things a little more difficult. You torture the terrorist and he doesn't tell you anything. But you have his wife in custody, too. You know that she knows her husband's secrets. She has the information you need to prevent the attack. Do you torture her? Explain your answer.

Question three is a little more existential. You've tortured the wife, but she's a true believer. She doesn't tell you anything. You have the couple's children in custody. Do you torture the children in front of the parents to force the parents to talk? Explain your answer.

Question four brought the exam all together. Its simplicity and directness were like a punch in the face: you're standing before the judgment seat of Christ. He asks you to explain your actions. What do you tell him?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 03:11:06 PM EST
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