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Re: Weekend Longread

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Interesting, but kind of overblown. Some press attache confabulates a story, media reprint it without fact-checking, press office covers its ass with security stonewalling. Dire, but I don't see that the direness of this particular story resides in the micropolitics of migration, where the author apparently wants to put it.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 10:30 AM
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It's been a while since the word Ghana was posted, but still he hasn't shown up. I guess the internet has changed.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 3:25 PM
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Let's make it easier: Stalinism AND Ghana AND academia


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 3:27 PM
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I think you need to also mention "university".


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 3:28 PM
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4 before seeing 3.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 3:28 PM
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2: He comments on another blog I read. He no longer lives in Ghana, having moved to one of ex-Soviet 'stans (I forget which). So maybe that explains it.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 3:30 PM
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1: yes, there is a lot of work going on there to make the story "US visa policy is awful" and not "there are a lot of bad, lazy journalists working for major UK and international titles".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 3:37 PM
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Inexplicably, the Guardian does not mention that, as well as the awful Sun, Fox News and Xinhua, one of the papers that ran the fake story about the fake embassy without doing any checking was... the Guardian.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/04/fake-us-embassy-in-ghana-shut-down-after-ten-years-issuing-visas


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 3:41 PM
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Wasn't he in Iraq? In Kurdistan I think. Does he still comment at LGM?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 4:32 PM
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9 to 2, 3, 6


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 4:34 PM
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I honestly can't place who we're talking about.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 7:20 PM
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You could probably just bluff along.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 7:24 PM
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OoooOOOOhhh.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 7:41 PM
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Did you step on a nail?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 7:48 PM
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I'm happy to report that I forgot the name of the person in question though I still recognize the references.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 12- 2-17 7:56 PM
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J Ot/to P/oh/l


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 3:22 AM
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9: No. He still posts on his blog, though.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 3:30 AM
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His blog suggests that he is in Kurdistan.


Posted by: Doug | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 6:01 AM
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So I guess there's a job open in Ghana.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 6:47 AM
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I hear visas can be a real hassle there.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 6:56 AM
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Come get a work visa at my embassy I just made.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 6:56 AM
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Of course, I only help knowledge workers if I think they are worthy. I bless the brains bound for Africa.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 7:33 AM
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22 made me laugh out loud. Very nice.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 8:29 AM
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Brains are unusually nutritious for their weight.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 10:00 AM
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7: In fairness, I expect many of the journalists are underfunded and time-constrained in addition to being bad and lazy.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 10:02 AM
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Forgive me, I needed something nutritious.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 10:02 AM
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Also, the article suggests that Diplomatic Security Service officers might have really fascinating careers.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 10:03 AM
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8: Shocked, shocked, to find that sort of thing going on at a reputable newspaper </Captain Renault>


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 12- 3-17 11:12 AM
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