Tuesday Links

I hate to be such a blue Monday cliché, but my new year resolutions seem to be flying out the window. If you fail, you can either give up or pick back up and try again. And I’m not one for giving up. At the moment, paid work is coming before blog, but soon I’ll […]

Tuesday Links

As you’ve no doubt noticed I’m cheating and running behind on my schedule. I’m as behind on my reading as on everything else, but I thought I’d let you know about these three new additions to my list. To get back on track on Boko Haram, I hope to have time very soon for this […]

Review: Hand to Mouth

Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado is funny, yet dark. The observations about what it means to be poor in America are her own, the author repeatedly says, but they are very on point. The author takes us through her daily life, from work to children and relationships, via cleanliness, propriety and a host of other topics. […]

Sarko Benefits

This very funny post appeared in social media from France, after former president Nicholas Sarkozy had managed to put himself in nearly every press photo of last Sunday’s manifestation. Sarko is back, thanks to the Charlie Hebdo Massacre. In the French presidential elections in 2017, it seems very likely the former president will at least […]

Tuesday Links

I’m going to spend 6 hours on a train on Friday! This is a good thing! I can finally read my entire Pocket! So excited to read the following: Žižek’s take on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and what it means for humanity, in the New Statesman. About the horrible things that can happen during travel […]

Young Turks Revolution

In 1908 the Young Turks, an unlikely mix of people who were unhappy with the Sultan’s policies, heralded the second constitutional era in the Ottoman Empire. They brought back the 1876 constitution (which had been abolished in 1878) and put a new Sultan on the throne; Mehmed V. They originated as a secret opposition group […]

Scheduling Notice

Have you missed me yet? I couldn’t face the prospect of having to work on the blog all weekend, as it turns out I really need time to muck about a bit. So I’m changing this year’s ambitious blog project. Just a little tweak. I’m cutting out the weekend posts. You can find the new […]

Serial Questions

It’s proving harder than I thought to pick up where I left off with the series about Ukraine. So in good academic tradition, I thought I’d share my struggle with you, and my research questions, so you can help me get better. In this series I attempt to answer the question: why are Russians and […]


The horrible attack on Charlie Hebdo is so fresh it’s very hard to see its context. We don’t know who did it, or why exactly, or even what exactly happened. I recommend @AFP for the latest news. This brutal attack on the razor sharp and thoroughly funny paper (excellent for one’s French) is indescribable, at […]

Tuesday Links

Just a short link post today as I’m far too busy catching up on the blogging to read much of anything.