08 April 2014

A belated, but not forgotten, week in review

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An AP report reveals that a US-backed program attempted to develop a Twitter-like service with the goal that it would help spark political unrest in Cuba.
USAID unveiled its new innovation lab to some fanfare and concerns about its partnerships with the private sector.
A documentary now in theaters provides an inside look at an oil company operating in Ghana following the discovery of oil.
Hospitals run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have experienced looting and murdered patients, adding to the high concerns for South Sudan.
We have looked previously at visual representations of migration, but these two visuals manage to capture the scale of movement and its impacts.
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Good Reads
  • It doesn't matter how smart you know, politics blinds your ability to make reasoned assessments
  • The state of inequality and why it is cause for concern in six charts.
  • Recently discovered skeletons show the Black Death was spread by coughs and sneezes, not rats.
  • Why Shakespeare should be read with an accent closer to Scottish than British English.
  • "But here’s the thing the anti-vaxxers need to know, for the one billionth time: You’re wrong. Really, it’s that simple."
  • Catch up on the ongoing debate between Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Jonathan Chait of New Yorker over culture and race.
  • The use of a private debt collector has brought back de facto debtor prisons.
  • Remembering Kurt Cobain 20 years after his death.
  • The abusive behavior of one of the most controversial pastors in America.
  • The UN peacekeeper to saved hundreds of lives during the Rwandan genocide, 20 years ago.
  • It's a lot easier being a white guy, on Twitter.
  • Neil Young's new digital music player has raised more than $5 million on Kicksterter.
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