Monthly Archives: April 2013

Africa in DC: new blog launches

Via the H-Africa list: A recently launched blog, Africa in DC covers African affairs and culture in the greater Washington DC region. While the blog covers numerous facets relating to African affairs in the DC area, scholars and students in all geographic regions should find Africa in DC’s reviews and summaries of Africanist events hosted […]

Africa’s Sources of Knowledge in Ajami Scripts

In this video of a lecture given on March 21, 2013 at Dickinson College, Fallou Ngom, Associate Professor and Director of the African Language Program at Boston University,  addresses the myth of illiteracy in Islamized areas of Africa. It highlights important sources of African knowledge written in the modified classical Arabic script known as Ajami. The event […]

Global Information Technology Report

“Report: Digital Divide Remains Challenging for Countries to Bridge” by Mariette DiChristina. April 10, 2013. Observations: Opinion, arguments & analyses from the editors of Scientific American. From the blog: Countries need to invest in an infrastructure and innovation to get the benefit of information and communications technologies. But a digital divide remains between those who do […]

Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security

The Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security (IPRIS) is a non-profit and independent NGO, based in Lisbon. IPRIS is dedicated to research on issues of International Relations, with particular interest regarding Portuguese foreign and defense policies The IPRIS blog is available at with subscription links for those who wish to follow any of their series, […]

Validation and credentialing of scholarly publishers

A graduate student sent me the link to an article in the New York Times last week (Kolata, Gina. “Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too).” April 7, 2013). Among its messages was that: …researchers are now raising the alarm about what they see as the proliferation of online journals that will print seemingly anything for a […]