South Africa’s president fired his respected finance minister — and now the rand is tumbling


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What Can’t Google Do?


(Re)Structuring Journalism

google-logoWhat can’t Google do?  And why does it matter?

The subject came up while I was talking to a journalism class the other day, discussing an upcoming site that would collate and curate information about a particular topic, bringing in context, related information, documents, and background.  There wouldn’t be a huge amount of original content, with most of the focus being on collecting and organizing information from elsewhere.

To which one student asked: Can’t I get all of that from Google?

And it’s true, you can.  To be sure, there’s already a huge amount of value in curating, verifying and organizing information that’s easily available via a Google search.  Just sifting through the flood of links that come back on any search is massive public service.  But it does raise the question: How much different do you have to be from a Google search to really add value?  Do you…

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Micah 2


Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Micah 2 has the prophet continuing to call out those who are guilty of sin.  “Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand”.  Micah is direct with those who are taking advantage of others because of their power and planning.  This evil didn’t just happen – it was premeditated and intentional.  And it was possible because of the power that these folks had.  They were able to take things away because of their power and position.  With that, God also expects accountability and obedience.

Sin is sin in every way.  But there are different kinds of sin that we commit.  Some sin is done with intention – a sin of commission, while others may be done because we fail to do something we are commanded or expected –…

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Guest Post: Rolling Back Anticorruption


GAB | The Global Anticorruption Blog

Laurence Cockroft, a founding board member of, and current advisor to, Transparency International, contributes today’s guest post:

The global campaign against corruption has become a cornerstone of Western foreign and development policy for the last 25 years. This campaign built on a number of earlier measures, most notably the 1977 enactment of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which criminalized foreign bribery by companies under US jurisdiction, but the campaign really accelerated beginning in the late 1990s. For example, while European countries had resisted adopting legislation similar to the FCPA for 20 years, this changed with the adoption of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in 1997, which was followed a few years later by the 2002 UN Convention Against Corruption. International financial institutions like the World Bank have become more aggressive about debarment of contractors found to have behaved corruptly, and we have also seen the proliferation of corporate-level…

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