D.J.P. O'Kane

D.J.P. O'Kane

  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Thanks for this, but I think that's a different firm than the one who got caught up-to-no-good in Uganda, and have been invited into Liberia. Which is even more disturbing, if you think about it - the fact that there...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Bloody hell, a google brings up this from a day ago: https://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/news_details/4073 Uganda's government has ordered that country's Bridge schools closed. . . and if this point is true, they sound like nice people: "n June, global condemnation of Bridge...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Thanks very much for this. I'm not at all surprised by this. Non-localisation was an issue I came across in Sierra Leone with regard to an Indian religious order who do a lot of F2F work in Africa. By the...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Scheisse, that penultimate sentence should read: "It might have some value as a stopgap for a country in the sort of situation Liberia is in (I mean with regard to education, etc.), but I don't think it's viable over the...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Re: the Electronic Classroom. I once, long long ago, produced some content for an online course run by a UK university. . . but most of my teaching experience is in the face-to-face meatspace context. And I have to say...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Here's a French take (in English translation) on the same idea of the fantasy world meeting ours: http://english.bouletcorp.com/2009/04/24/war-of-the-worlds/...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    "The Irish had potatoes." And that worked out well, didn't it?...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    If you're interested in understanding the true limits, and the true relevance of that bit of American foundational mythology, you might want to look at Igor Kopytoff's The African Frontier. Kopytoff was a stateless person until he finally got American...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I'm going to reread Evans-Pritchard's The Nuer, in particular the chapter about time and ecology, or 'oecology' to use EP's spelling. Possibly also Rapaport's Pigs for the Ancestors. Maybe also Zola's The Debacle. We'll see what happens....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Greg: Social change in the Republic of Ireland has been very rapid, and, as Charlie noted, there are now pluralities of voters in that state who are now (if the polls can be believed) in favour of repealing the eighth...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    A regular tactic used by the Nacht Hexen/Night Witches of the Red Air Force against the Luftwaffe, during the 1939 - 1945 unpleasantness....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    With regard to renewable energy. . . sometime around 1980 RTE (Irish state broadcaster) used to screen a series they'd bought following a radical journalist who was preparing a report on renewable and alternative energy sources (wave power was a...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    By 1972, the Officials had called a unilateral ceasefire, which they largely stuck to from then on. That was also when they underwent their own peculiar political metamorphosis, from fierce criticism of the Provisionals to being Marxists (Moscow variety) to...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    "At least it's not like in the early 1970s, when the IRA had more weapons and people trained in their use than the Eire government did, and said publicly that Dublin was their next target after throwing the Brits out."...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    No. Just no. Whatever happens, there is no way the north of Ireland will seek independent statehood. It is not viable as an independent state, for a start, with most of its industrial base gone the way of all British...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The Good Friday Agreement stipulates that the end of partition can only be ended with the consent of both populations in Ireland. That agreement is supported by all but the marginal and irrelevant in Dublin, Belfast and London. So the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Speaking of the new members in the East. . . they have their own Europhobics, don't do they? What UKxit mean for them?...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The biggest trading partner, sure, but no longer the destination of two-thirds of Irish exports. A brexit - which ain't gonna happen, but let's say it did - would mean that the pressure cooker would have to be dealt with,...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I'll be very surprised if Brexit passes, by the way. What do the rest of you think?...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Given that even troops sent to Congo or similar places for 'peace-keeping' missions have been caught engaging in disgraceful behaviour - torture, sexual exploitation of minors etc. (and yes, this includes western troops) - I'm afraid I can't share your...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The EU as a vaccine against war in Europe? Great, sign me up? But what if it only means that instead of being sent to die in Flanders, you're sent to die in Central Asia or the Congo? Now regarding...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    And the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 was followed, the next year in Ireland, by. . . Wait for it. . . You'll like this one. . . BLACK '47, the very worst year of the famine. Which,...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Relevant story: in the late 70s the USSR brought off a coup where they used Wall Street-based front companies to buy up a big chunk of the US wheat harvest, and ship it off to the workers' motherland. There's a...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Thanks for this one, Charlie. Any chance the talk itself was filmed and could perhaps uploaded to the tube of you? Furthermore, how much (if any) of this could be transferable to other genres? There's an Ian Rankin novel, one...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I know you're not joking! Alas. In the first volume of Capital, Marx quotes from Blue Book research on schooling in industrial England, schooling that involved (in many cases) "teachers" who were barely literate, or had comparable defects. I'm not...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I see we're discussing education and tech. Some of you may be interested to know that the West African state of Liberia has privatised its education system by outsourcing it to an American firm. http://mgafrica.com/article/2016-03-31-liberia-plans-to-outsource-its-entire-education-system-to-a-private-company-why-this-is-a-very-big-deal-and-africa-should-pay-attention It's a bold strategy, let's...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    " There were plenty of well-run colonies in both the British and French empires. " Well-run for whom? When the epidemiology of malaria became better understood at the end of the nineteenth century, for example, the colonial government in Sierra...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    I'd say the way to conceptualise the orphanages and Magdalene homes is via the concept of structural violence. This "Syndrome E" which I'd never heard of before seems to deal with events that can be classified as "emergencies", where normal...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Now there's a number I didn't expect....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Also tolerating Hamas having bank accounts in the occupied territories. As far as Saudi goes: Is the rise and coming fall of the house of Saud the last example of the pattern noted by Ibn Khaldun in the middle ages,...
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