Last week’s top tweets, a day late, as we enjoyed a traditional rain-soaked August bank holiday yesterday.
It was World Humanitarian Day last Monday: In South Sudan, Oxfam’s staff ‘walk for 12 hours through mud & rain, in an area with a lot of men with guns’.
A brilliant account of the evolution from terrorists (al-Qaida) to insurgents (ISIS) from the Guardian’s Jason Burke. Covers the role of territory, funding, who they target and alliances. And his follow up piece on ISIS’ long term prospects.
Ebola (like HIV) is gendered. 3/4 of dead in Liberia (one of the hardest hit countries) are women, because they get sick caring for victims
You want electricity? Ensure your guy gets into power. Political patronage can be seen from outer space. [h/t Rakesh Rajani]
In Mexico, municipalities with lower inequality saw lower rates of crime, according to new research from the World Bank
If inequality was an airplane [h/t Ben Phillips]
Meanwhile, the US decided it was all about them last week, in particular Ferguson, producing some top satire from the ever-wonderful John Oliver
[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
or how the US media would cover Ferguson if it was somewhere other than the US… [h/t Tim Harford]
but when it comes to culture wars, nothing can match Fox News’ capacity for self-parody. Here’s their panel on ‘Race in America’. Notice anything odd?……