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Paul Collier´s article in The Guardian

November 3, 2008

Paul Collier signs a very interesting article in The Guardian today on the situation in the DRC. He is the author of the bestseller The Bottom Billion, a great book for anyone interested in understanding the reality of subsaharan Africa.

In his article, Collier openly considers the “resource scramble” in Congo as a factor that “finances and motivates much of the violence”. This is fresh air.

It could be argued that things are not very different to the Scramble of Africa that Thomas Packenham described so well. In an era of mass media and better awareness of human rights issues, though, the current scramble has to take place in a covered, silent, almost invisible way, if it wants to go on. That (a neverending dropping of suspicious trucks, crossing borders in remote areas) is the usual reality around here.

Meanwhile, China, as expected, remains silent on the current crisis.

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