What’s going on in Venezuela? Check out this video of the protests from the last four days.

After hearing countless stories from friends about life in Venezuela, it seems the social and political issues facing the country will finally begin making western news, even as it’s censored locally. 

And more information from the Daily Beast. 

Venezuelans are accustomed to their government using Orwellian language. Indeed, this is a government that claims the scarcity and inflation caused by its own disastrous economic policies is somehow the consequence of an “economic war” engineered by the opposition. It is a government headed by a man who claims his predecessor died of cancer because his enemies—namely, the U.S.—“inoculated” him with the disease. The feeling that lunatics have taken over the insane asylum is what is driving much of the protests.

Yikes, y’all. but oh so hilarious and tragically common

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

You’ll recognize the stock characters. The new Aid for Aid Country Director, Scott, who lacks any experience working in Kenya makes his debut in the Pilot with this brilliant introduction, “many of you will be asking who I banged to get this position…I’m not as wet behind the ears as some of you may think, I’ve worked for my mothers NGO since I was six years old.” With two master’s degrees from the U.S. and an internship to his name, why shouldn’t he be running the organization? Then there is the mistreated intern, the pill-popping Deputy Director, and of course a male employee who calls everyone “sweetie”, etc.

Instead of tweeting all day, I’ll leave the #businessmeetshumanitarian at this: good business practices can help create more sustainable humanitarian aid projects. And the creating shared value concept is intriguing. But lumping capitalism and humanitarianism in together is grossly manipulative and irresponsible before thinking about the ethical repercussions of such bedfellows.

Another day at the Creating Shared Value conference at UCD. but I’m so annoyed and confused about why the Centre for Humanitarian Action thought we belonged here. I’ll leave it at this and try to continue swimming through these new ideas and concepts.