Andrew Davidson, who blogs at DeepFriedGold, has an amusing post about trying to get face-time with Jay-Z and crew during Caribana.
The NYT's A.O. Scott says Hubert Sauper's documentary film Darwin's Nightmare is an ethical work of art about the costs of globalization to developing countries. An excerpt: “Darwin's Nightmare,” Hubert Sauper's harrowing, indispensable documentary, is framed by the arrival and departure of an enormous Soviet-made cargo plane at an airstrip outside Mwanza, Tanzania. The plane, [...]
This BBC story looks at the East African ties of the bombers who attacked London's transit system on July 21. An excerpt: Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, came to the UK from Somalia aged 11, Muktar Said Ibrahim, also known as Muktar Mohammed Said, 27, arrived from Eritrea aged 14 and Osman Hussain, or Isaac Hamdi, [...]
A new Technorati State of the Blogosphere report (part one) reports continued explosive growth in said sphere. An excerpt from the BBC story: In its latest State of the Blogosphere report, it said the number of blogs it was tracking now stood at more than 14.2m blogs, up from 7.8m in March. It suggests, on average, the [...]
The BBC is reporting the death of a U.S. freelancer — Steven Vincent, in the southern Iraq city of Basra. Update: Baghdad-based freelancer Tom Popyk has posted links to Vincent's blog and his last NYT piece over at Canadian Journalist. An excerpt: Mr Vincent was abducted with his female Iraqi translator at gun point in [...]
Robert Novak, the right-wing columnist who actually named CIA agent Valerie Plame, is hinting he got her name from Who's Who in America. An excerpt from the NYT story: One of the most puzzling aspects of the C.I.A. leak case has had to do with the name of the exposed officer. Why did the syndicated [...]
The Toronto Star had a veritable festival of discussion on this topic this past Sunday — namely, why would li'l old Canada be at risk of a terrorist attack? There was an entirely predictable left/right pseudo bunfight between Linda McQuaig (port) and Rondi Adamson (starboard). For example, McQuaig wrote this: In the official, mainstream view [...]