Consider it a jumpstart on Tuesday.
No time for small talk or lame jokes. Just links:
Six months into recovery efforts, Haiti is still a mess. BBC spotlights the plight of orphaned children. Racewire reminds us that Haitian women have been victims of a “second wave of disaster” that includes “poverty, sexual violence and political disenfranchisement.” (Blackink)
Speaking of Racewire, I wanted to echo G.D.’s sentiments and again include a link to their excellent coverage of the Oscar Grant trial. Also, Racialicious compiled a series of written pieces and images following the verdict. (Blackink)
Photos of former Cuban president Fidel Castro in his first public appearance since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in 2006. And he appeared “relaxed and lucid” in a rare TV appearance Monday. (Blackink)
Politics Daily has a list of “the next 10 women to watch in politics.” Among the ladies: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas‘ wife, Ginni Thomas. (Blackink)
In response to Arianna Huffington’s critical column last Monday, PolitiFact answers the media mogul’s charge that “attempt to bend over backwards to find the comfort of the middle ground is part of the problem (PolitiFact) was presumably formed to combat.” (Blackink)
Amanda Marcotte surmises that more women are opting out of motherhood because “we’re finally admitting that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” (Blackink)
Hugh Hefner answers a few questions from NYT‘s Deborah Solomon. (Blackink)
The population of wild tigers around the globe has dropped by nearly 97 percent in the past 20 years. (Blackink)
Dayo Olapede explains how Africa won the World Cup. “For one month of one South African winter, the tournament brought an international celebration to a continent more widely known for malnourished bodies, grandstanding leaders and the ravages of AIDS.” But Susana Ferreira of Foreign Policy says that it’s too soon to celebrate, warning that “anti-foreigner violence … is about to boil over again.” But on a lighter note, Paul the Octopus is retiring from prognostication on top. Also, SI‘s Ben Reiter has 50 observations after spending the past month in South Africa. (Blackink)
More about LeBronukkah: a number of commentators, columnists and pundits weigh in on Rev. Jesse Jackson’s comments about Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert; Richard Florida considers whether LeBron is our generation’s Bill Gates; Nate Silver estimates that LeBron could have cost himself as much as $150 million following his awkward departure from Cleveland. (Blackink)
Close but no cigar in this week’s roundup: The New Black Panther Party, the BP oil spill, Sen. David Vitter is an embarrassment, Mel Gibson too and could someone tell me if they’ve confirmed Elena Kagan yet?
If there’s anything we missed – and I know it happened – don’t be afraid to let us know.