Saturday, February 18, 2006

Africa News

It's heartening to see the New York Times devote two stories today to Africa, but it is a little bit disappointing that news stories from that continent are almost always grim. The first story tells of how President Bush, wisely I think, wants to increase NATO's role in the Sudan. Why did it take him so long? We've fiddled as Africans die. The second story involves corruption in Chad. Basically, oil riches that should be going to help the country's people have been diverted, mismanaged, misappropriated or just plain stolen.

Meanwhile this week's Mail & Guardian has a useful primer on the upcoming elections, telling where the parties stand on the major issues. As an added bonus, today's Zapiro depicts disgraced former Vice President in (how to put this delicately?) a tumescent state.

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