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


Big news this weekend from what remains the single most pro-American place I've ever been:
Thousands of ethnic Albanians braved low temperatures and a cold wind in Kosovo's capital Pristina to welcome former President Bill Clinton on Sunday as he attended the unveiling of an 11-foot (3.5-meter) statue of himself on a key boulevard that also bears his name.

Clinton is celebrated as a hero by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority for launching NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999 that stopped the brutal Serb forces' crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians...

''I never expected that anywhere, someone would make such a big statue of me,'' Clinton said of the gold-sprayed statue weighing a ton (900 kilograms).
In other tourism news, I will apparently (possibly?) be able to spend yet another "spring break in a post-conflict zone" in East Timor. Just as soon as they build a few more hotel rooms.


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