‘How DFID Learns’. Or doesn’t. UK aid watchdog gives it a ‘poor’ (but the rest of us would probably do worse)

April 5, 2014

What are the limits of transparency and technology? From three gurus of the openness movement (Eigen, Rajani, McGee)

April 5, 2014

Now that’s what I call transformation: Latin America then and now, and Tony Benn RIP

April 5, 2014
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For those of you yet to join the twitterati, here are two images that went viral when I tweeted them recently. First up, the presidents of Brazil, Argentina and Chile, now v 1970s (h/t @rabble). Amazing, eh? It’s actually a bit messier than that- the three military dudes are all Chilean (Messrs Leigh, Pinochet and Merino), but the generals were indeed in power in Argentina and Brazil at that point.  Second, a particularly memorable set of ‘questions to the powerful’ suggested by the late Tony Benn. Enjoy.
South American presidentsTony Benn RIP


  1. The president of Argentina from 1974 to 1976 was Isabel Peron, the first non-royal female head of government in the Western hemisphere (second in the world, to Jiang Qing, aka Madame Mao).

    ‘Three military dudes’ isn’t accurate even symbolically.

    1. Thomas, I’m afraid you picked the wrong knit. By the end of 1976, all 3 countries were under military rule. So 3 military dudes is entirely accurate for the latter part of the 1970s (and I am no more specific than the decade)

  2. Ok. I assumed you’d missed the fact that Argentina had one of the first female heads of govt. If you knew about it but didn’t think it was worth mentioning, I apologise.

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