Tuesday, September 28

Blog Round-up

Crispus writes about 'How Regulation Feeds African Poverty' based upon a clear interpretation of a World Bank report, “Doing Business in 2005”.

Healing Iraq on 'Conspiracy Theories and the Ummah' delves into how many Mid-Eastern governments and radical movements have used implausible conspiracy theories to spread ignorance and to serve their own agendas.

Andrew Sullivan ably defends himself from fellow pundits. A.S. has been a political touchstone of ours since he began blogging years ago. Recently he has tried and did not succeed at using 'the power of wishing really hard' to bind the Kerry Campaign to the war on terror. Given a chance he would no doubt blame Bush's 'hubris, incompetence, arrogance etc.' for the current hurricane season. However, he remains an essential read for his usual passion and common sense.

Chrenkoff on 'The Post-Totalitarian Stress Disorder' takes an informed look at how the horrific national wounds created by the dictatorial past of Iraq may hamper the transition to democracy. The ongoing series Good news from Iraq and Good news from Afghanistan should be read next time you hear the word quagmire. Thanks to this Australian blogger for the idea for this blog round-up.

Baldilocks in 'Fair Trade?' explores the issues raised by a recent article in which the Iraqi "insurgents" describe particularly targetting Black soldiers because "To have Negroes occupying us is a particular humiliation". Her take on Black-Arab-Islam relations is a lucid and revealing read.

The Belmont Club in 'The Sword is Mightier than the Pen' describes how intimidation of journalists by Palestinian and Iraqi terror groups seems to be working.

Booker Rising is a valuable blog that spreads its net very widely for news and commentary and then converts them into engaging posts. Written in the spirit of Booker T. Washington, it is worth frequent visits.

EURSOC in the 'The Loony Latin Left' takes on the new Spanish Prime Minister and his campaign against the pillars of Spanish culture.

Little Green Footballs also takes Zapatero to task for appeasement of terror and nostalgia for Saddam.

Foreign Dispatches in 'How the Middle East Lost the Wheel' discusses how the wheel is not necessarily 'the mark of civilization'. This intelligent blog covers material from ancient Rome to election 2004.

The Head Heeb in 'Reuniting the Seperatists' discusses a little known twenty year old insurgency in southern Senegal that may be near a resolution.

No Pasaran notes that in France many blame the usual suspect, Uncle Sam, for the kidnapping of Frenchmen in Iraq. (This blame is in addition to that America gets for everything from Waterloo to ants at le picnic.) You can't go very far wrong with a blog that has Che Guevera with Mickey Mouse ears on as part of its title.

The Marmot's Hole in 'Kim Il-sung’s family and North Korean place names' talks about that dynasty and its cartographic mark on the land.

Ambra Nykol who has been "bothering people since 1981" has a regular column now and remains as ever charmingly opinionated and enjoyable.

The Belgravia Dispatch clearly has some issues with the NYT's Maureen Dowd as evident in 'MoDo is the Marionette'.

Unganisha continues with life observations in 'Two Haircuts'.

Viking Pundit, the only conservative in Western Massachusetts, continues his lonely vigil with up to the minute election news.

Air Vectors is one of the best air enthusiast sites and every month has a detailed piece of a featured plane. Elsewhere in Vectorsite there are write-ups on historic and technical subjects.

Michelle Malkin has some upsetting news in 'The Rape Jihad'.

Over at Fear and Loathing in Iraq actual experiences at war are no longer allowed but current pieces and the archives make for a unique blog.

The Religious Policeman is back but not active. His archives are well worth a visit for an insiders view of Saudi Arabia.

This unique blog dedicated to 'Bringing Electricity to the countryside in Ethiopia' was shortlived but is a glimpse into a whole other world of (professional?) interests.

Best of the Web Today has a wry take on current events.

FuturePundit lets us know that 'Obesity Causes Inflammation Which Accelerates Aging'. This blog is far more interesting than that title would have you believe. It does a good job of translating current hard research into bite sized pieces for curious science 'browsers'.

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