"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


weekend this & that

  • Next time you don't think your vote matters, remember this race.
  • This is ridiculous.
  • DRC's government will talk to Nkunda. Finally.
  • A colleague and I are discussing writing a paper on the Somali pirates and their view of themselves as providing a public service. Here's an interesting view from one of those pirates.


Blogger haitianministries said...

The pirate's testimony shows that this situation is, in many ways, similar to that of piracy and privateering in the 16th and 17th century Caribbean, both of which prevailed, in part, because the imperial governments of the French, British, Dutch, and Spanish had limited reach.

On a related note, I find your research on citizens, NGOs, etc. taking government functions into their own hands (when a functional government is lacking) quite fascinating as this is precisely what is happening in Haiti.

Saturday, December 06, 2008 9:23:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Yeah, I think it's a fairly common phenomenon in very weak states. Of course, private groups take stuff over in developed countries as well (think "Baptist Hospital" or "Catholic schools") - the difference is that these groups are usually self-regulating and almost completely on their own.

Saturday, December 06, 2008 10:49:00 AM


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