Another African genocide….

France, the United Nations and the African Union dispatched some 4,000 troops soon after the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, warned that the C.A.R. was “on the verge of genocide.” Yet the country doesn’t face genocide; it is experiencing state collapse and limited intercommunal killings after a military takeover by a coalition of undisciplined militiamen … More Another African genocide….

Why does Islamabad need a farmers market?

One of the first articles I wrote in my first job at The Chester Chronicle was on the new farmers* market in the city. This would have been about 1999. Supermarkets had ravaged the British high street sending traditional family greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers to the wall. Small producers, who couldn’t deliver tonnes of blemish-free … More Why does Islamabad need a farmers market?

African Lions

Interesting piece in The Guardian on Ethiopia as an “African lion” with a rapidly increasing number of millionaires, up from 1300 in 2007 to 2700 this year. During that period, its GDP had grown 93%. But for me, perhaps the most telling line is this: “The millionaires are growing at a faster rate than the … More African Lions