2012: The rise of the Globalist

I’ve had the privilege of being involved in the launch of the Seattle Globalist, a “hyperglobal” blog that covers everything international-related in Seattle (and there is a lot to cover). I designed the website and contributed some 17 blog entries about the city’s connections to the wider world – everything from the Libyan revolution to Tibetan civil disobedience, and more.

The Common Language Project, the journalism nonprofit that publishes the Globalist, put out this infographic reviewing the Globalist’s successful year. They encourage you to donate here.

2012: Highlights

What Progress? Flash Timeline of Haiti’s Disastrous 2010

There are a fair number of narrative reflections by journalists on Haiti’s past year, probably the most moving by the Associated Press’ Jonathan Katz. Of course none of them can be totally comprehensive in covering the past year’s events, tracking promises and pledges, and showing what has changed. Neither is the Flash timeline below, to which I’m still adding posts. But I do think it’s useful as a visual overview of the past year’s ups and downs (mostly downs) and a way to zoom in and out (click on the plus icons along the bottom) on specific months to recall what claims and progress were made at various moments.

For me, something that stands out is the number of times the UN indicates an understanding of humanitarian failures but seemingly ignores suggestions from others on how to do better – for example, that it do a better job of including Haitians and civil society in decision-making.

Let me know in the comments if there are any big events or statistics you think are missing.

No Democracy! Flash Timeline of American Policy Towards Haiti in the 20th Century

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One of the biggest flaws in the major news media is its apparent allergy to important historical context. Past events that help explain complex present-day contours of wealth and power are either inconvenient or uninteresting to reporters and editors, often rushing to make deadline or publish something splashy that will grab readers and boost revenue.

Even the BBC, often seen as the premier international news channel, recently ran a series of stories along these lines. Continue reading “No Democracy! Flash Timeline of American Policy Towards Haiti in the 20th Century”

New web design: Flip Flopping Joy!


I finished assembling a new WordPress theme for brownfemipower’s Flip Flopping Joy! last night. Now it’s live at her site!

I feel fortunate to have been given the chance to design her blog. bfp is a creative, prolific, and eclectic radical woman of color blogger based near Detroit. She’s a key organizer with the Allied Media Conference, which I had a blast attending last year. I’ve learned a lot from her writing, on everything from what “feminism” stands for, to community health, to media justice, to coalition work, to radical movement-making in general…

I tried to create a clean, earthy, and uplifting design that reflected some of the themes of her blog. The header image was made by Tumis for Incite!’s 2004 Sisterfire tour. If you haven’t been reading her, why not start now?

Multimedia map: Tibet Uprising 2008

Thanks to my rhetoric professor from last semester, Sean McCarthy, for inspiring this project.  This multimedia map aims to demonstrate the truly international and unprecedented scope of protest against the Chinese government’s repression of Tibetans this year, from an uprising that erupted inside Tibet last spring through the summer’s Olympic games.  I’ll be posting a few more interviews and pieces from last semester over the next few days.

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