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Sunday, July 06, 2003

:: President Bush's trip to Africa ::
This article from the Economist does a good job of summarising the social problems + conflicts President Bush will be addressing during his forth coming trip to Africa.

President Bush has said that “It’s in our national interests that Africa become a prosperous place" and Earth-Info.Net is pleased to see him taking the time to visit Africa, and the US starting to engage with the long-term problems in
Liberia, Congo, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda + Sudan.

The cynics out there may (or may not!) be right when they mention the growing importance of West African oil to US national security and/or the interests of seed + pharmaceutical producers being behind this visit... we'll just have to see what happens.

P.S. Earth-Info.Net is still not convinced that US plans to spend $5 billion (out of $15 billion) on teaching abstinence from sex is the most effective means of fighting AIDS in Africa...