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Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

What One Book Should Obama Read?

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2009 at 12:45 am

What a great question to ask twenty-five public intellectuals–and the Washington Monthly has published the responses for us!

The entries seem to fall into a few different lines of reasoning. There’s the My-Case-for-the-Most-Important-Thing-Going-on-in-the-World-Today-and-the-Thing-We-Most-Need-to-Know-About-It entries, which I like because the authors proceed to give you their recommendation for the best, most concise resource for getting caught up to speed!

There’s also a few entries from the Leadership-Lessons-from-Books-that-Avoid-Using-the-Word-“Leadership”-in-the-Title category, and the similar Historical-Moments-that-Might-be-Good-for-Someone-to-Recall-Right-Now category. Throw in Macro-Trends-in-American-Culture and Surviving-the-Great-Depression-v.20.09, and you’ve got a pretty interesting mix.

To justify sharing this on this blog, which I am trying to keep strictly on-topic, here’s the three books that caught my eye that speak to international issues and global citizenship.

The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS by Helen Epstein

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran by Hooman Majd

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha (“India will have to concern the president on occasion; China will undoubtedly concern him more often, but in view of its closed political system no equivalent book could be written on China.”  Darn, I want to read that China book!)

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“This is Lagos”

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2008 at 2:50 am

I read The Megacity: Decoding the chaos of Lagos two years ago, and I will never forget it. It changed the way I will think about global cities forever. Now I can’t think of London or Shanghai or Dubai, and not think of Lagos too, out there, demanding to be reckoned with.

The impulse to look at an “apparently burning garbage heap” and see an “urban phenomenon,” and then make it the raw material of an elaborate aesthetic construct, is not so different from the more common impulse not to look at all. And that reaction is understandable, for the human misery of Lagos not only overwhelms one’s senses and sympathy but also seems irreversible.

This article, lingering in the back of my mind like a nightmare, was one of the things that made me want to do a blog like this. It propels me into the world. It makes me recoil.

Praying for Sudan

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Today is the day Operation World designates for prayer for the country of Sudan, where Trinity has new friends living. The situation in Darfur continues to require enormous prayer, but OW also calls attention to a lesser-known contemporary situation:

“Sudan’s leaders proudly boast that they are the leaders of the Islamic Revolution in Africa.”

Michael and Karen Masso [blog] and their three children have just moved into Sudan to open a new field for World Harvest Mission. The Massos were formerly members of the World Harvest Mission team in Bundibugyo, Uganda, where Trinity supports the Myhre family and Ashley Wood. If you pray for Sudan, remember the Massos and all the challenges they face as they settle in Sudan and begin to live at the fault-line of Islam and Christianity in Africa. Pray too for Bishop Bismark Avokaya, a Sudanese Anglican bishop with whom they are partnering. (Some of his prayer requests are listed here.)