Lesley Anne Warner, “Potential Takeaways on Africa in the 2012 Failed States Index.”
Laura Seay: “Obama’s Africa strategy…reads like a litany of the continent’s well-known challenges. To be sure, poverty, war, and limited opportunities are still problems for millions of people on the continent. But increasingly, these are not the realities the vast majority of Africans know.”
China has taken a “quite different” approach to the oil sector in Chad than previous western involvement, according to the SAIIA report. Western companies such as Exxon-Mobil and Chevron, as well as the Malaysia’s Petronas, have focused exclusively on extracting crude for export. With the Rônier project, China has located value-added refining processes within Chad itself.
In doing so, China has implicitly backed the regime of President Idriss Déby. The World Bank, who previously invested in Chad after oil production began in 2003, eventually pulled out when Déby wanted to use oil revenues on military spending. The World Bank had required Chad to spend oil revenues on human development projects. China hasn’t imposed the same conditions.
Dan Moshenberg on women’s involvement in (responsibility for?) the current protests in Sudan:
In response to an announcement of astronomically increased meal and transportation prices, the women students staged a protest. A few male students joined in, and together they moved off-campus. Then the police attacked the students, raided the dorms, and, reportedly, beat and harassed women dorm residents. News spread, and the campus exploded. And the police again invaded. And then…something happened. Something that feels different. Some say these are anti-austerity protests or food protests or anti-regime protests. But those have happened before. Others however call them Sudan Revolts or Sudan Spring. Some dare call them the Sudanese Revolution.
Whatever they are, just remember, they began with 200 young women getting up, walking out, and chanting, Enough is enough. Ya basta!
Jim Sanders on the shuffle of Nigeria’s top security personnel.
Richard Dowden on Kenyan politics in the aftermath of the death of George Saitoti: “The Kenyan election is wide open. Victory will go to the person who builds an alliance of tribal leaders.”
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