Ultraviolent conflicts

Between economic austerity and riot stories, my reading is out of sync with the headlines. I’ve been reading more about African conflicts, especially very recent and ongoing ones. Specifically: -Allen and Vlassenroot’s book on the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. -Jason Stearns’s book on the Congo war, “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”. -My friend […]

Numeracy alert. Gravy drain.

I read Metro Today on the subway today. There was a story blaming City of Toronto staff for squandering – wait for it – up to $1 MILLION dollars in sole-sourced contracts. So, Rob Ford is right, and there is waste to be cut, eh? Except that $1 million is, for example, 1/3 of what […]