WTF Friday, 2/4/2011

Missed pun opportunity of the week: Demockracy. Am I the only one in journalism (erm…) trying anymore?

A U.S. appeals court has upheld the landmark September ruling that companies cannot be tried in U.S. courts for violations of international human rights laws. The suit, brought against Shell by families of seven Nigerians who were executed by a former military government for protesting oil exploration in the 1990s, may make its way to the Supreme Court. This is definitely one to pay attention to.

Are Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez trying to tell Evo Morales something? You knee one guy in the groin and all of a sudden it’s an international intervention…

PS, there’s also some other stuff going on.

WTF Sunday, 10/10/10

A lot of change going on in Cuba right now, but any more important than this?

And as long as I’m in a silly mood, Evo Morales kneed a political rival in the groin during a soccer match. Two players from each side got ejected, Morales excluded. I guess if this guy can avoid ejection, why shouldn’t the Prez?

The ANC is making efforts to increase its support both racially and geographically. I’m not sure saying things like this is the right strategy: “‘We got a fisherman to be a candidate and every time I went to a meeting with him he was mumbling something,’ said Mantashe. ‘I couldn’t understand him, but the fishermen in the area understood him perfectly. The point is we have to have people in those communities who can speak to those communities.'”

How to successfully seek political asylum: look gayer!

WTF Friday, 9/17/10

  • Something does not sound quite right about this: British-born Jessica Jordan, Miss Bolivia 2006, is now responsible for development in Beni, north-east Bolivia, including the allocation of $700m in development funds.

    Bolivian President Evo Morales met Jordan while she held the Miss Bolivia crown, and was apparently impressed by the political skill she had demonstrated by parading around in a nude body-stocking, draped in plastic vines. Mr. Morales “encouraged her” to stand for governor in Beni, and then appointed her Director of Development for the region after she lost the election.

    In response to critics who claim she lacks the proper experience and background for the position, Jordan said “Sometimes there is discrimination only because you’re young and you’re a woman. The President is a huge example of this.” Right, because misogyny and age discrimination are really what’s holding Evo Morales back.

  • The Lao Brewing Company has made a contribution to the Ministry of Education in Laos for both school supplies and scholarships for children in poor districts. It’s good that the kids will learn early on that “alcohol” and “education” go together like “cigarettes” and “looking cool.”
  • This is “gotcha” journalism at its best. If Eddie Murphy makes a film, you better damn well be aware of its cultural legacy before invoking his character, or you’re gonna get got.