Ebola and the Construction of Fear
by Karen Sternheimer (Everyday Sociology)
"Sociologist Barry Glassner, author of The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things, explains how misguided panics are not just benign opportunities to prevent something horrible, but can divert attention and public funds away from more likely threats. He notes:
Panic-driven public spending generates over the long term a pathology akin to one found in drug addicts. The money and attention we fritter away on our compulsions, the less we have available for our real needs, which consequently grow larger (p. xvii).
- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
and Leymah Gbowee
of Liberia and Tawakel Karman
of Yemen share the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
"for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work".
"War has returned
to the Ivory Coast
in the guise of massacres
, a besieged capital
, and a humanitarian nightmare
." Several months after incumbent Laurent Gbagbo stole the presidential election
, the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has escalated
as the forces of rightful president Alassane Ouattara have reached Abidjan
to force Gbagbo's surrender
. [more inside]
Mr. Gbagbo was not on-board the plane.
A French foreign ministry spokesman told reporters, "'the legitimate authorities' of Ivory Coast asked that the plane be grounded and, in his words, 'that it is precisely what we have done.'" [more inside]
Adam Higginbotham wrote an interesting article in 2007
about Chuckie Taylor's reign of terror in Liberia. (Note: PDF link) [more inside]
Waka Waka Hey Hey
- tracing a tune's spread across the world.
African land reform,
plot by plot, may be the foundation for solving so much else – from famine to poverty to genocide.
General Butt Naked
is now a preacher
of some kind of Christianity. But in his adolescence he ran a gang of soldiers
in the Liberian civil war which killed, he thinks, about 20,000 civilians. They fought naked except for their army boots, crazed on drink and ganga. Before the fight they would kill children and eat their hearts. Now he claims that it was all down to evil spirits
and wants forgiveness.
Bush OKs troops in Liberia
even though President Charles Taylor
remains. (Taylor's abdication of the presidency had been a US requirement before troops would be sent.) It's obviously a tough call for the White House to make, but are we in for a repeat of Somalia 1993
Maps of Liberia
, 1830-1879. The American Colonization Society was founded in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. Here's a brief history of the American Colonization Society
, with images of places, currency, letters etc.The Yekepa Memory Project
includes materials about Yekepa, Liberia, such as postcards
Related :- Liberia, June 1999 photoessay.
Also of interest :- a collection of photos of neighbouring Guinea, 1905.