Again, I can't say enough good things about janinsanfran of Happening Here.
Every day this past week, she has written and posted a piece on national or international politics, including human rights and the presidential race in the U.S. She presents both facts and commentary and helps her readers ask questions that even the better news programs don't put before us. She's been doing this long before this week, of course, but this week has been particularly rich. I have yet to catch up on my reading at her blog, but I've skimmed her entries of the last ten days and I recommend them all. Do have a look.
Recent posts include:
**Two posts on Rwanda based on Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dallaire's recent book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda: here and here.
**A book review of Mike Davis's book Planet of Slums and Jan's related reflections, with a reference to the work of Franz Hinkelammert, whose work I know a tiny bit in relation to both U.S. Latina and Latin American (and other Third World) theologians.
**Presidential qualifications: the "authenticity" test and other matters, like calm in the face of terror. (That's presidential as in POTUS and the U.S. presidential campaign.)
**Also re: the presidential campaign, the place of the English-only issue. And of the war in Iraq.
**A tribute to recently deceased --at far too young an age-- political blogger Steve Gilliard of The News Blog.
**And then there was the imam held at the U.S.-Canadian border. Read about him here.
**Just a little farther back, there was a post on something called the Global Peace Index. There are some interesting comments there, too.
As her name indicates, janinsanfran also posts on local culture, society, and politics here in the Bay Area, particularly in the city of San Francisco where she and her partner live. (Some examples: here and here.)
Once in a while, there are bird pictures and other beauties of nature, too.
Also adventures in clearing logs and taking care of trails.
This is a lot of material, but you can keep it around as a reference or read it bit by bit. You won't regret it.