Vancouver and Toronto. Just a couple of weeks in Canada and then back over to Africa. This time, to Monrovia, Liberia.Read more
I left Bhutan on June 8. A few days in Kathmandu, Nepal. Then it was back to Vancouver. A week or so there. Then, June 18, Toronto. June 28, we leave for Blantyre, Malawi.
I’m in Toronto with Journalists for Human Rights, an international ngo that promotes human rights through media development. They’re sending me to Blantyre—Malawi’s second-largest city—to work with a newspaper called the Daily Times. I’ll be in Malawi right through until the end of December.
Malawi is one of the world’s “least developed countries”. The United Nations Human Development Index ranks it 156 out of 170 listed nations. But on the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index, Malawi places just 39 from the top —higher than any other African nation save Botswana.Read more
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The Guardian‘s Douglas Haddow has written a real nice piece about a photograph that came out of Vancouver’s June 15 riot.
Vancouver, “the world’s most livable city”, has been devastated. Not so much by the riotous violence that came soon after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup, but by what the international media’s coverage of the carnage may mean for the city’s image.
City hall, the province of British Columbia, and indeed the federal government of Canada, are worried that potential tourists will no longer think of Vancouver as a city of yoga pants, sushi and skiing, but of mayhem and fire.
Despite all the sorrow and disgust expressed by Vancouverites over the PR fallout, one image, absent of violence or destruction, has come to define the riot.Read more