Wednesday, March 10, 2004
I don't doubt the truth of this, but it's not often that someone says it publicly:
Mr Crane said there was a detailed plan by Mr Gaddafi to destabilise several West African countries which had caused widespread suffering in the region.

"We know that, specifically up until last year, that there was a 10-year plan to take down Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, then move to Guinea and then elsewhere as the situation developed," he said.

"The 10-year plan was to put in surrogates who were beholden to Muammar Gaddafi," Mr Crane said.

I highly doubt that Qaddafi will be indicted for his involvement, much less punished. At the same time, it would be nice to know exactly what Libya has been doing. And, more importantly, what is the US doing to put a stop to it.

Peacekeeping in Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is fine, but I think it's targeting the symptom rather than the disease.

Sunday, March 07, 2004
Abiola on the tse-tse fly:
This creature is one major reason why agricultural productivity is so low in Africa - the near complete absence of draught animals of any sort is a major impediment to farmers' output. It also goes some way to explaining the absence of wheeled transport in much of the continent before the arrival of Europeans - what advantage was there to it when the only beasts of burden available were one's fellow men?

I wonder if the US is spending any money trying to cobat Africa's sleeping sickness problem. I bet it pales in comparison to the money that Bush has promised to combat AIDS. One gets the feeling that these decisions are probably based on domestic politics rather than the actual health priorities of Africa.

OTHER DELAWARE NEWS: The News-Journal (local daily) now has blogs.

Ok, one comment... Why is Al Mascitti only linking to articles in the online version of the News-Journal? People who are reading his blog have probably already read the News-Journal. Does he read anything else? Instapundit? Sullivan? Lileks?

Hopefully he'll get the hang of it before too long.

U OF DELAWARE NEWS: This doesn't have anything to do with Africa and probably won't interest anyone...but it's so ridiculous, I can't help myself from posting:
A new Living and Learning Community focusing on gender and sexuality issues will be available in Ray Street residence halls next year.

Michael Diesner, the complex coordinator, said this community is an expansion of a current Haven community and is intended for a broader group of residents who are interested in advocating and discussing social causes related to gender.

"It's a floor dealing with a variety of issues, not just the [gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender] community," he said. "It focuses on a range of causes relating to inequality and also women's issues."

Diesner said the gender and sexuality community, like other special interest housing, offers more than a typical residence hall experience.

"We have a multi-thousand dollar budget," he said, "so there is much more going on than on a regular floor."

Most of the money will be spent on advocacy programs, Diesner said.

"In terms of sexual and gender issues," he said, "we are trying to go beyond just awareness and focus on acceptance."

"Multi-thousand dollar budget"? I wonder where that money comes from... "Advocacy programs"? Oh geez... The purpose of the university is education. If students want advocacy programs, they should arrange them on their own time and with their own money.

I wonder if Dr. Roselle mentioned the sexual and gender issues community in his pitch to Delaware state legislators for more funding. I wonder if they'd be interested in hearing about it.

And people wonder why the cost of higher education keeps increasing...

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