It is rather perplexing that so many countries around the world is mourning the death of Fidel Castro. Yes, it is indeed true that he looms large as a political personality, with an oversized role on the frontline of Cold War-era, pan-Latin American, and even global anti-Americanism disproportionate to the small size of the island country he governed. But that oversized role cannot compensate for the dismal conditions of modern-day Cuba, a country mired in economic crises despite strong performance on the social welfare, healthcare, and educational fronts.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
at 12:46 AM
"You know, after you guys delivered the inputs out here to your shop. Another big NGO came to the village officials asking if they can open a shop here to sell inputs like you guys," the local agricultural officer nonchalantly mentioned as he chatted away with the program staff on a rather not-so-busy afternoon, "apparently the village officials told them they already have your shop, so they can go somewhere else for their own shop-opening." With that, the agricultural officer threw a sly smile at the program staff, not willing to explain further the process of the village officials' decision-making.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
at 8:24 PM
People surround themselves with other people who have similar views and opinions. And people of certain views and opinions tend to refer to similar sources for information. So when one looks for certain information, and go to their regular sources (whether it be friends' posts on SNS or news outlets), they see only one side of the story that they agree with. Given the universally unanimous opinion expressed in their social cycles, they falsely believe that the views they agree with are shared by intelligent people and are definitely in the majority, while the radical fringe has some extremist perspectives.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
at 10:10 PM
For many rural Tanzanians, coming face to face with pieces of modern technology for the very first time is more than simply learning about its various functionalities. The personal computer, the Internet, and its various websites are more likely than not, written completely in English, or to a lesser extent, another foreign language, and the prevalence of foreign languages is all the more comprehensive when the subject becomes more technical (e.g. manuals for troubleshooting software problems, guidelines on network configuration, FAQs on how to use a online system).
Saturday, November 5, 2016
at 12:50 PM
There are many things provided as public goods that people in other parts of the world take for granted. Many of those public goods simply do not exist out here in Tanzania, and the importance of those public goods are not realized until they are found to be non-existent. One of these public goods is street addresses. Even in the largest and most developed cities of the country, most streets have no names, there is no such thing as house numbering even on the streets that do have names. Partially given the woeful state of the postal system, no systematic effort is undertaken to change this reality.