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Message 76 of 78 (43272)
06-18-2003 3:47 AM
Reply to: Message 75 by Geno
06-17-2003 9:42 PM

Re: Food Aid
Geno writes:
I imagine Compmage could enlighten us on that one...
I try not to think about that much. It boils my blood, and the fact that our president isn't doing anything about it makes it even worse. However some funny, and sad, stories sent to a local radio station about the economical situation:
Zimbabwe is probably the only country in the world where the countries largest bank note can't buy a beer at the pub.
The average toilet roll (in Zim) has about 72 of those little squares (do they have a proper name) and costs you 1000 Zim Dollars. If you had to take your 1000 and exchange it for 10's at the bank, you could keep you bottom clean for just as long and still have 280 dollars left.
I take no responsibility for the accuracy of these stories as they are quoted from memory and originally heard third hand.
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Message 77 of 78 (43294)
06-18-2003 9:39 AM

Whether Compmage does or doesn't, I certainly do.
or as in the case of Somalia and many others, caused by fighting.
Indeed. And American terrorism certainly didn't help. And western arrogance launching an invasion that was supposed to be a humanitarian effort. Nor, of course, Western efforts that keep many African countries, of which Somalia is but one, under permamenent debt-bondage.
Or as in the brewing catastrophe in Zimbabwe, by the actions of one real jerk.
Or, indeed, by the failure of the British government to fund the land transferes made in treaty in 1979 and which it has totally, totally failed to honour. Or indeed, by the self proclaimed "Commercial Farmers 'Union'" which happily exports grain to wealthy international markets to fund their oh-so-necessary purchases of german TV's and Japanese stereo's, while the populace whose country it nominally is starves for lack of food and don't have enough GDP to afford parafin.
Frankly, the colonial farmers in Zim have nobody to blame for their plight but themselves. Much the same prospect is in store for South Africa unless land redistribution gets a serious start, which shows no sign of happening at present.
Despite centuries of colonialism, the West is still in endemic denial of its culpability and historic responsibility to Africa and the third world as a whole.

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Message 78 of 78 (43319)
06-18-2003 1:08 PM
Reply to: Message 77 by contracycle
06-18-2003 9:39 AM

Closing topic
The current discussion is most worthy of its own "Coffee House" topic.
Please supply a link back to this topic, when it is started.
A "where are the WMD? 2" topic is also a posibility.

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