Although I hate to change the topic…
Turn Your Canopeners into Plowshares: In an ongoing series about the global food crisis, National Geographic reports that the South African government is encouraging the rural and urban poor to return to subsistence agriculture. Not mentioned, of course, was just how to ‘return.’ National Geographic did not report on any government initiative to distribute seeds, topsoil, or farming knowledge. And correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t many traditional South African societies cattle-based?
Open-Access Objects: Reuters reported on the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology’s plan to digitize and make an accessible catalog of their entire collection.
Peer tested, journal approved: Tony Waters at ethnography.com shares with the reader some of the more colorful peer review comments he received on a recent article and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of the system.
The New York Times posted the obituary of Ruth Cardoso, urban anthropologist and former first lady of Brazil.
New Digital Divides: French blog Internetactu (English translation here) interviews Japanese sociologist Mito Akiyoshi on growing forms of inequality via moblie technology. Akioshi explodes the myth of the techno-overloaded Japanese citizen. Meanwhile, the Miami Herald wrote on the family remittances of migrant-worker that are fueling a mini technology boom occurring in Maya communities in Chiapas, Mexico. [Thanks to Neuroantropology for spotting the Akioshi interview).
“We’re Quite Comfortable with Our History:” Quote by a member of the Accohannock tribe in the U.S. midatlantic. The Accohannock are petitioning the state of Maryland for official recognition, but have been accused of fraud on their tribal website.
Archaeological Crime Scene: Earlier this year, the FBI barred archaeologists from the Bureau of Land Mangement from participating while the crime agency excavated the remains of a recently-discovered 100+ year-old corpse. According to the article in the Utah Daily News, the FBI are investigating the case for undisclosed reasons.