There is a report that there will be an investigation into the death of the two marchers at the demonstration in Kisumu last week. Apparently the police on crowd-control duty ought not to have been issued live bullets.
Sir Edward Clay, Her Majesty's High Commissioner to Kenya, expressed his dismay at the undiminished levels of corruption in NARC's Kenya in highly undiplomatic language (at a lunch held to encourage investment in Kenya, no less!) :
"We never expected corruption to be vanquished overnight. We all recognised that some would be carried over to the new era. We hoped it would not be rammed in our faces.", and [referring to Francis Muthaura, head of the Civil Service] "He is perhaps trying to whistle up his courage, aware that we know a lot, but perhaps uneasily aware that he does not know just how much we know."
To general surprise, African leader speaks African language at African leaders' summit.
"More importantly, we have little claim to Obama as a Kenyan...We are psychologically and politically predisposed to rejecting outsiders. For Kenyans, whether as official government policy or as evidenced in our private interactions, refugees are a bothersome lot of people – poor, smelly folk whose sole mission in life is to compete with us for scarce resources. We keep them in refugee camps in places that are out of sight. For the few lucky ones who manage to make it into our cities, we put them into ethnic ghettoes such as Eastleigh, hoping they will keep to themselves...Kenyans are entitled to support Obama and to celebrate the proximity of a Kenyan descendant at the centre of American power, but they should do so in the full knowledge that they are hypocrites.
- Resonance fm, London's first radio art station.
- EveTushnet's perceptive musings on God, violence, isolation, and American literature:
"So many American stories have this sense of radical aloneness, the ferocious quest to find out whether there's anyone else out there...
- A logician a day...
- Fahrenheit 9/11, despite Michael Moore's ineptitude finding an ending, or indeed a coherent argument. So, Ok, it's propaganda, but counter-propaganda propaganda is good propaganda.
- Ratzinger's confidential note to the American bishops on the matter of pro-abortion politicians and the sacraments.