new at learning italian

3 years after my last italian classes in Lugano, i’ve enrolled for yet another italian language course for advanced learners. Today was the first lesson. And it looks like it’s going to be fast-moving and challenging. I’m introducing a new category at, learning Italian, in which I’ll post notes and useful links from time […]

Basler Zeitung on Malawi Hunger Crisis

Due to poor rains Malawi is experiencing food shortages: Hungerregion in Malawi zum Katastrophengebiet erklärt Blantyre. AP/baz. Angesichts der bedrohlichen Hungersnot in Malawi hat die Regierung alle 28 Provinzen des ostafrikanischen Landes zum Katastrophengebiet erklärt und die internationale Gemeinschaft um Hilfe gebeten. Die Krise bedrohe fünf der elf Millionen Einwohner, sagte Präsident Bingu wa Mutharika […] article on Hernando de Soto

Absurd bureaucracy in many poor countries leads to the fact that only the rich and well-connected elite can get around the laws and regulations. Better than doubling development aid and cancelling debts would be to promote private property, set up a fair legal system and a free economy. Die Entwicklungsländer, sagt er, könnten die Armut […]

cycle tour along the shores of Lake Malawi…

There’s a Malawi cycle tour being organized by a British charity organization next Sept 2006: Cycle Malawi for Transaid Registration costs £299 and you need to raise a minimum of £2,750 in sponsorship. The itinerary is very scenic along the shores of Lake Malawi. Sounds like a lot of fun and something I would love […]