So here are some blogs that I’ve discovered in my time away from blogging and some a little more recently:
- Passport, the blog of Foreign Policy’s editors. It’s all about foreign affairs. The blog is okay, I can take it or leave it.
- Managing Globalization, from the International Herald Tribune. Jagdish Bhagwati and Jeffrey Sachs are apparently attached to it. This blog is slightly more appealing to me since it’s all about the big G. It’s especially interesting reading the interview with Jeremy Hobbs, the executive director of Oxfam International, since he talks about the role of NGOs, a subject near and dear to me right now.
- The US State Department’s blog. It’s pretty much the National Geographic-y depoliticized (ha!) PR copy you’d expect. It’s no accident that it sounds like National Geographic, since the magazine itself was founded with the express purpose of American aggrandizement. But still, interesting to look at in a car accident sort of way.
- And speaking of car wrecks, what about the Private Sector Development Blog run by the World Bank? Check out the subtitle: A market approach to development thinking. If that doesn’t sound off neoliberal alarm bells in your head, then you should get your internal capitalism detector checked.
- Continuing on with the theme of disaster, I’ve just now seen that the IMF has a new blog called the Public Financial Management Blog. Considering the low point the IMF is in right now, I guess every little bit helps in convincing the public that it’s relevant. But as far as I’m concerned, the sooner Bretton Woods is dismantled, the better.
- While we’re dismantling, why not dismantle the whole thing? Down with nation-states, up with anarchism, says Molly’sBlog. It’s more activist-oriented than the usual theory blogs on my RSS feed, but it’s certainly helped me get a better grasp on the intellectual underpinnings of anarchism.
- There’s also International Political Economy Zone, a blog devoted to, well, international political economy. It comes at things from a Marxist-influenced angle. It’s only because of the blog that I understood what exactly the subprime mortgage problem was–briefly, banks gave money in the form of mortgages to people who didn’t have the income to meet their mortgage payments, a.k.a. the less well-off, a.k.a. the subprime.
- Lastly, there is the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s blog, cBook. With articles in French and English, the blog explores issues related to citizenship: multiculturalism, surveillance, policy issues, recipes for tossed salad, etc (NB: one of these things is not true). One of my friends writes for them, do check them out; judging from their very empty comments queue, they need all the readers they can get.