Weekend reading

1. When we discussed the ongoing ethnic violence in Kenya, 850 people had been killed. The number is now over 1,000. Here is the story of one tragedy among the many, with brief background.

2. This New York Times piece investigates the de facto ethnic segregation now taking place in Kenya and gives more background on what’s happening and why.

3. Africa is one of the only places in the world where President Bush remains popular, and he’s visiting the continent starting this weekend. This Economist story begins by citing a pair of artfully-conceived insults directed at Mr. Bush but goes on to survey America’s significant aid efforts on the continent — along with one of the results, prevalent across Africa: a resiliently positive view of the United States.