Let’s continue along the same lines as the previous posts.
I have five minutes for lunch.
W’ell start with this article from the International Herald Tribune.
Despite embargo, Sudan builds a booming economy based on oil
KHARTOUM, Sudan: To understand Sudan’s standoffishness toward the world, especially the Western world, consider the Ozone café.
Here young, rich Sudanese, wearing ripped jeans and fancy gym shoes, sit outside with scoops of ice cream as an outdoor air-conditioning system sprays a cooling veil of mist. Around the corner is a new BMW dealership unloading $165,000 cars.
“Tell people you only live this life once,” said Nada Gerais, a saleswoman.
While one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises continues in Darfur, all across Khartoum bridges are being built, office towers are popping up, supermarkets are opening and flatbed trucks are hauling plasma screen televisions through thickening traffic.
Despite the image of Sudan as a land of cracked earth and starving people, the economy is booming, with little help from the West. Oil has turned Sudan’s economy into one of the fastest- growing in Africa – if not the world – emboldening the nation’s already belligerent government and giving it the wherewithal to resist Western demands to end the conflict in Darfur.
American sanctions have kept many companies from Europe and the United States out of Sudan, but companies from China, Malaysia, India, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are racing in. Foreign direct investment has shot up from $128 million in 2000 to $2.3 billion this year – despite an American trade embargo.
“Khartoum is hot – in all ways,” said Hashim Wahir, chairman of Petronas Sudan, a Malaysian oil company.
Yes, we need to exclaim WTF.
Think of California and its residents being wiped off the face of the earth by groups of militia which the government of the US paid for.
New Orleans was, and still is, a pathetic testament to how government here feels about those on the lower socioeconimic l of this country, but at least the people of this country were appalled, cried out in anger, horror and shame and did and are doing something about it.
What of the rest of Sundan?