Monday, August 08, 2005

Revolt In Mauritania - Africas Problem......An Impossible situation

The recent coup in Mauritania, a vast desert country in the North Eastern Fringes of the Sahara and N. Atlantic Coast is symbolic of the paradox in the continent of Africa. While the continent is filled presently with governments that can at best be called pseudo-democractic best known for their non-tolerance for opposition, electoral malapractice and sit tightism, as well as their inability to implement a coherent socio-economic policy to uplift their people from poverty. They span from Harare to Tripoli and makes it very difficult to condemn illegitimate coups. Indeed, if a leader has been in government for over 20 years with no remarkable improvments in the life of her people, such leaders deserves whatever they get...but this is no excuse for coup making which in it ownself is self destructive, primitive and utterly despicable. I wish the people of Mauritania well and hope they can kick the khaki boys out (no pun intended) very soon, before they start stealing the soon to be flowing oil money...Africa shall be free!


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Akv said...

Hiya, firstly Mauritania is on the north WESTERN fringes of the Sahara... And about the coup, it was bloodless, compared to so many other coups around the world(including those in Europe). Your remarks about khaki boys makes you sound like a good ole boy, and kinda dumb(if you did write this article). And what's worse? A Mauritanian getting money for their oil, even if it is unfairly squandered or a foreign company making billions on that oil and keeping a regime in power that does all the horrible things that you stated? Maybe it's best to clean the trash out of our own yards before criticizing our neighbours...? There are alot of homeless and starving people in the U.S. and many more who live below the poverty line.
Now about Tripoli, it is a dictatorship with socialist leaning s but it has been getting better recently. It is also quite a benchmark, Socio-economically speaking.


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