Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sub-Saharan Africa without Zimbabwe

The Economist has a long piece on the southern two-thirds of the Darkest Continent.

They managed to stress a silver lining without mentioning a lot of the huge hurricane of corruption and disease buffeting the hapless kleptocracies south of the Equator [or north of it in Sudan and some other god-forsaken hellholes].

Zimbabwe gets no mention at all. Mugabe has looted the country back to an average life-span of 34 for females---and is selling the rest of whatever is worth anything to the Chinese, who are busy building him more Saddam-style palaces.

And, of course, most Africans would say it's all the US's fault!

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