New York Times

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Stuff White People Do*

He’s back. If you’re new to the discussion, here’s a brief recap: Kristof recently answered some of his reader’s questions, including one submitted by Texas in Africa (TIA) in which she asked why his columns about Africa seem to portray “black Africans as victims” and “white foreigners as their saviors.” His answer left a little

Monday, July 12th, 2010

No surprises: Nicholas Kristof prefers “white saviors”

The New York Times columnist and savior of sex workers in the developing world, Nicholas Kristof, is at it again. Last week he announced that ‘over the next several days’ he will ‘… be responding to questions submitted via...

Monday, June 7th, 2010

“Fierce is Iman”

Tonight, Somali-born former model, and current entrepreneur, Iman will receive the Fashion Icon award from from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Past winners of this special award, which is “awarded to an individual whose signature style...

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Kristof promotes the missionary position

Via @Siddhartha Mitter: “… The Great White Savior really outdid himself with this one. A blame-the-poor classic with particularly overt Calvinist moral messaging, even less appreciation than usual for colonial legacy, public finance and global economics, and that...

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Bujumbura is hot*

The newest in expat chic? Bujumbura, “a freewheeling city of palm trees and colonial-era Art Deco buildings thrust against the shores of Lake Tanganyika Congolese, Rwandans and aid workers from across the region are flocking to...

Friday, April 2nd, 2010


It’s Friday so here’s some links and stories I have managed not to give the proper treatment to this week. * What’s Jeffrey Gettleman problem? This week he has a story in The New York Times about...

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

All About Nicholas Kristof

I try not to post about either Nicholas Kristof or Jeffrey Gettleman, the Henry Morton Stanleys of their age.  But even I could not resist this video. In the clip, Kristof sets out to draw attention to...

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Soweto to Johannesburg

The New York Times does some real reporting for a change in a story (last week) about a new 16-mile long bus rapid transit service which offers fast, affordable, dignified travel on bus lanes cleared of other...

Monday, October 5th, 2009


Instead of another story on the white refugee crisis, “The New York Times” recently did some real reporting on the state of education for the majority of the country’s black schoolchildren. And they did not just blame...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


The paper’s editorial board, not a friend of Jacob Zuma, likes the change in the South African government’s AIDS policy. Most recently the new health minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, “… accepted a withering critique by South African...

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009


Jeffrey Gettleman, the New York Times correspondent in East Africa (who seem to report about nothing else but violence, war and death) has a harrowing piece in today’s paper about increasing rape of men by men in...

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