Who is Walter Rodney?

Who is Walter Rodney?


Via Nate H.

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Repost: Theories are like maps…

In my International Politics class, we’re talking about theories of International Relations. Like maps, we need theories to navigate a complex world. Maps and theories show the world from different perspectives. For example:


Some maps are just plain wrong, though:

Thanks to Naoto for the Japanese map.

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Yvonne McCain

  • These American Lives profile, The Whole Truth

The first night that my children and I were at the Martinique was one of the worst nights of my life. I can still remember how desperate and scared I felt. I spent hours sponging off the mattresses with disinfectant and trying to clean up our rooms. Because the windows in our 11th-floor rooms were jammed open and had no guardrails, I stayed up all night crying, terrified that if I didn’t watch them, one of my children might fall out the window (more here).

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Season’s Greatings

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LA county, Land, and Loss

A series from the LA weekly that they called “L.A. County’s War on Desert Rats”

Tough code enforcement has been ramped up in these unincorporated areas of L.A. County, leaving the iconoclasts who chose to live in distant sectors of the Antelope Valley frightened, confused and livid. They point the finger at the Board of Supervisors’ Nuisance Abatement Teams, known as NAT, instituted in 2006 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich in his sprawling Fifth District. The teams’ mission: ‘to abate the more difficult code violations and public nuisance conditions on private property.’

Reporting by Mars Melnicoff and photography by Kevin Scanlon for LA Weekly (source).

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Cesária Évora

Via Africasacountry: This morning, Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora passed away in Mandelo, São Vicente, the island were she was born. One of the many meanings of “Sodade” — that most difficult to translate Creole word — is a feeling of loss.

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Labo(u)r links

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