I am totally allergic to foreign, political, and military involvement in sovereign countries, especially the African countries. If foreign intervention is good, then, African countries should be the most prosperous countries in the world, because we have had the greatest dosages of that: the slave trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism, etc. But all those foreign-imposed phenomena have been disastrous. It is only recently that Africa is beginning to come up, partly because we are rejecting external meddling.
A number of bloggers have written reactions, including Chris Blattman (“One point on which we agree: if external support provides rebels with a speedy victory, expect a disordered and disunited regime to take Qaddafi’s place”) and Rosebell Kagumire (“While many in Uganda and Africa will jump to agree with the president, I see him as part of the meddling he [is] talking about”).
Speaking of Libya, check out Alex de Waal’s “The Vortex in Southern Libya and the Threat to Africa.”
Baobab updates us on the controversy between Kenya and the International Criminal Court: “Baobab would argue that the future of humanitarian law and of the ICC as an effective supranational body depends on the Kenyan case.”
West Africa Rising, a new feature at Christian Science Monitor, asks, “Can Oil and Transparency Mix?”
Maggie Fick looks at foreign investments – and the potential issues with these – in South Sudan.
Amb. John Campbell says that he will be listening to the European Union’s monitoring mission to Nigeria for a straight take on the upcoming elections there.
What are you reading today?