6 Replies to “The Economist on Africa: Hopeless to hopeful”

  1. “These acts are not exclusively African—brutality, despotism and corruption exist everywhere—but African societies, for reasons buried in their cultures, seem especially susceptible to them.” wtf? I had heard about that cover story from 2000 and the subsequent fall-out from it. The new piece is better, and more politically correct (blessedly), but seems equally superficial in its own way….

    1. I agree with you completely. Re-reading the 2000 article recently was no less than shocking. I wrote about this for a column in the Rwanda edition of the Independent this week, trying to express sentiments I share with you, I think, about both pieces. I’ll post it as soon as it’s up online.

  2. As I wrote in my previous comment…“The hopeless continent?” Just another Western grave-like disease. And God bless that this generation could live and see the next 25 years when Afghanistan and Iraq would become “hopeless countries–2nd Africa.” Colonialists sent Africa to its grave ( leave alone the sin that was committed by King Leopard in the Democratic Republic of Congo.) Still, with its gimmicks, the “West” is continuing its exploitation in Africa with so plain pretexts–foreign aid. Couldn’t you say that even all these “AK47″ are sent to Africa by the “West?”

  3. Well, experience does matetr. And Melina’s experience includes a high level leadership position in a mayors office that has nearly dismantled the community concept in policing. So why the change in heart? Could it be politics? Just maybe? And some more experience: Melina was a high level leader in an administration that cut the budget for the prosecutors office. But now she’s proposing increases? Again, why the change in heart? Could it be politics? Just maybe? And how about the jail situation? She keeps on criticizing Brizzi for early releases, but as a high level leader in the mayor’s office she did nothing to solve the jail overcrowding problem that is the rea cause for nearly all the early releases. Yes, experience does matetr. On the one hand, Melina has NO experience for the job she is seeking. On the other hand, the experience that she COULD have demonstrated in her current job has been spent doing exactly opposite of what she now promises to do.

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