Mention Africa in polite company, and those around you may grimace, shake their heads sadly and profess sympathy. Oh, all those wars! Those diseases! Those dictators!
Naturally, that sympathy infuriates Africans themselves, for the conventional view of Africa as a genocide inside a failed state inside a dictatorship is, in fact, wrong. In the last few years, Africa over all has enjoyed economic growth rates of approximately 5 percent, better than in the United States (although population growth is also higher). Africa has even produced some “tiger cub” economies, like Botswana and Rwanda, that show what the continent is capable of.
Más en la crítica de Nicholas Kristof al libro Richard Dowden Altered States, Ordinary Miracles (editado en EEUU por PublicAffairs). No he leído el libro, pero me gusta mucho el texto de Kristof.
By Richard Dowden