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Spending in Afghanistan - 1 soldier or 20 schools?

on July 31st, 2010 at 6:54:58 AM

I like what Nicholas Kristof has to say in a recent article about the spending on the war in Afghanistan compared to what we could be spending to help rebuild the education system.

What’s more, an unbalanced focus on weapons alone is often counterproductive, creating a nationalist backlash against foreign “invaders.” Over all, education has a rather better record than military power in neutralizing foreign extremism. And the trade-offs are staggering: For the cost of just one soldier in Afghanistan for one year, we could start about 20 schools there. Hawks retort that it’s impossible to run schools in Afghanistan unless there are American troops to protect them. But that’s incorrect.

CARE, a humanitarian organization, operates 300 schools in Afghanistan, and not one has been burned by the Taliban. Greg Mortenson, of “Three Cups of Tea” fame, has overseen the building of 145 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and operates dozens more in tents or rented buildings — and he says that not one has been destroyed by the Taliban either.


Mr. Mortenson lamented to me that for the cost of just 246 soldiers posted for one year, America could pay for a higher education plan for all Afghanistan. That would help build an Afghan economy, civil society and future — all for one-quarter of 1 percent of our military spending in Afghanistan this year.

Gardens is in open beta!

on July 23rd, 2010 at 6:58:29 AM

This was a big week for the Gardens team. We moved from private beta into open beta which means people don't need beta codes anymore. They can click Get started on our home page and get a site right away - no waiting for a code. Yay!

The Boston Globe wrote a great article about Gardens with some fantastic quotes

The service, called Drupal Gardens, is designed to make the creation of complex websites easier than it has ever been before. And the Woburn company — which sells products and services for Drupal, a website creation software platform that is popular with developers — hopes to achieve that goal via “ridiculous simplicity,’’ according to Jeff Noyes, the head of user experience for the firm.

And includes a photo of Chris (Engineering VP), Kevin (Designer), and me. I look a little crazy :)


Come see us at DrupalCon in Copenhagen

on July 20th, 2010 at 6:22:12 AM

If you're using Drupal Gardens or thinking about using it and you're going to be at DrupalCon in Copenhagen, we'd love to meet you. Come talk to us at the Acquia table or find us talking about Gardens at these these sessions.

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