Post on arms sales to Madagascar for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.
In 2012 CAAT released a new database of UK arms sales, and I looked up Madagascar out of curiosity. It turns out Britain had licensed several shipments of arms to the country, despite its current un-elected coup government.
An article from yesterday’s Observer Travel section, in praise of Madagascar’s railways. I took a very similar journey myself once.
Making tracks in the jungle | Travel | The Observer
Here’s a great exhibition that’s on in New York at the moment, that I sadly am only getting to read about – “The majority of the world’s designers focus all their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest 10% of the world’s customers. Nothing less than a revolution in design is needed to reach the other 90%.”
Among the genius ideas are the Q drum, a rolling water carrier that will save the backs of those having to haul water over long distances.
And this pick-up version of the classic carry-all African black bicycle. If you’ve ever seen the way a Kenyan can fit his entire family on a single bike and then weave through traffic, you’ll appreciate how practical, simple and necessary innovations like these are.
Check out more details of design for the other 90% here. There will always be more toys for rich people, but this is the real cutting edge of design.