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Top 10 best account balances

This according to http://www.photius.com/rankings/economy/current_account_balance_2011_0.html

I posted this next one on the Montana Reporters Abroad website, but here’s another look. (Again, you could check this out at http://www.photius.com/rankings/economy/current_account_balance_2011_0.html)

This shouldn’t be news to you, but it’s always nice to check out a list to gain some perspective (if you share the same side brain as I).

I have no new facts or analysis on this matter.

Colonization of Africa

I mentioned earlier an article by Ali Mazrui in which he explained the two main causes of conflict in Africa: over identity and over resources.

Here’s a map that explains the problems of colonization in the late 19th century.

A continent as diverse as Africa cannot be split by land grabs. Obviously this was not the thought of these countries, and tribes were forced to share the same boundaries and live amongst each other.

Africa battles

A recent article by Ali Mazrui for The Guardian revisited Kwame Nkrumah‘s idea of “Pakistanism” – dividing nations over religious disputes.

Southern Sudan is no different than the rest of the continent of Africa, thousands of tribes vying over land organization. Southern Sudan did, however, succeed in passing the referendum for secession.

Mazrui wasn’t quite optimistic of the situation in Sudan today. He named two main causes of conflict in Africa since colonization by European countries in the late 19th century: conflict of identity (Hutus v. Tutsi in Rwanda) and conflict over resources (Niger Delta).

Southern Sudan is becoming Africa’s newest nation, but for only so long, Mazrui hinted. He noted the identity conflict that continues in the Darfur region.

Sudan isn’t the first case where tribes have relocated boundaries in Africa, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Mazrui’s article in the Guardian’s Sudan section



Forget about Darfur?

The general feeling today is that, after peaking in 2005, the conflict known as the “War in Darfur” came to an end. Here is a screen shot of Wikipedia page, war in Darfur.

But a recent post by  Amnesty International’s Christoph Koettl suggests that the recent referendum has replaced the violence in Darfur in the international spotlight, yet the attacks remain a problem.

Amnesty’s Science for Human Rights Program  captured satellite imagery of the continued violence.

The evidence calls for a reiteration of the fact that though the focus has shifted from the region in western Sudan, reporters must continue coverage of the issue until it completely dissolves.

Another Amnesty International report documents just how much the attacks by the government military forces has increased. The report, written before the referendum vote in January, called for the focus of the government in south Sudan to remain on human rights issues.

The referendum has passed, but much remains unanswered as to what action will actually be taken and in how much time. An estimated 20,000 displaced civilians in Darfur have been displaced since December 2010. The violations of international law are very much a reality in Sudan today.


A map