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  •  oh wow, I couldn't read your diary during the day (0+ / 0-)

    just posted some links, because I was so happy to find a  diary about an African country here on dailykos and the scepticism with how it is received. So, I thought, a couple of mainstream links from BBC and Aljazeera can't hurt to read for those, who are too scared to read your stuff... :-)

    Now I was able to read it in full and I think it's a very thorough and up-to-date report. Wade is one of the kind old Daddy Africans, who don't want to go. Just because they are nice and play by the rules, as you describe here:

    While the various western governments may be trying to distant themselves from Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade now that he is faced with rising opposition to his rule, he has been able to maintain his position because he has been very useful to them. The changes he made to the constitution to increase his power and ensure his rule were accepted by them because they also further opened up the country to foreign investment
    doesn't mean they can't show their other sides when it comes to the point where they should leave power.

    Your sentence:

    Before that, the union at the national broadcast company carried out a demonstration and brief labor disruption to protest the misuse of the company as a Wade propaganda machine in violation of journalistic ethics. The workers at Fox News could learn something from these Africans
    made me chuckle.
    And this is always the case (unfortunately) in other countries even more, I think. But I never researched it to back it up, just what I briefly heard about oppositions to other countries "benign" African Daddy dictators.
    This is because most of these opposition candidates are themselves opportunists that have not stood on any principal and have been in and out of Wade's PDS party as the political climate suited them. They tend to limit their complaint to the whine "Wade's too old."
    And my guts feelings to this question:
    Could the dramatic scenes witnessed in Tunis, Cairo and Tripoli be played out in Dakar, Abidjan or Harare? Could the revolutions engulfing countries north of the Sahara spread their way south ?
    Very slowly and if they do, not in all countries in the same manner. But when it happens, in some of those countries it might turn into something very ugly. I would understand that the population would be too scared to join the rebels and opposition groups.

    And yes, I agree with you on this one:

    would add to that one more, a slavish submission of their national economy to the needs of multi-national corporations, for a fee, of course.
    And the fees better be high ... We ain't cheap around here no more.

    Looking forward to your diaries. Very good to read.

    I have no idea who you are, just your Linux Beach brings back some memories. I am now an old lady, who hates technology, but my first computer and my first rather huge website I built between 1994-96 was on a Linux box...heh, in the end it was too much for me, all the script language and Perl, hundreds of hours of coding and only some meager sales. Never again, but I can honestly say that I tried hard to do something with the internets back then...when everybody still had dreams about it.

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