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Of What Corruption Do You Speak, John Kerry?

August 4, 2014

Copyright Howard W. French

John Kerry challenged African leaders on corruption, during the opening of US-Africa Summit in Washington DC today. Here is my tweeted challenge to John Kerry. Please read it via the link.

 

Part two of my Tweetcast on the meaning of corruption in Africa and the world.

 

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High Stakes in Africa: Can the U.S. Catch China?

Published August 1, 2014


Although at a glance Africa still looks overwhelmingly poor, it’s recently become the fastest-growing region of the world, and its share of global gross domestic product has increased to 4.1 percent, from 3.4 percent in 2000—a trend that figures to accelerate. Africa already has a middle class larger than India’s, albeit a balkanized one.

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The Emperor Far Away

Published July 23, 2014


Mr. Eimer displays a boyish enthusiasm for these remote locales, but he rarely pauses long enough to convey much beyond the surface. “Smart, pretty but single women are an increasingly common phenomenon in China,” he asserts at one point. “Like so many ordinary Chinese I’d met, the future wasn’t something he planned for: Things just happened, good or bad, whether you liked them or not,” Mr. Eimer writes about one character. “Mostly they were bad. . . . China is a cruel and unpredictable country, so it is understandable why most of its people concentrate on the immediate—the next meal, the next bus ride—and leave the rest to fate.” Not only are passages like these suffused with dumbfounding generalizations and cliché, but they also ignore the fact that most Chinese, whatever their individual problems, have witnessed startling improvements in their standard of living over the last generation.

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A Bouquet of Radio Interviews, Reviews and Excerpts from China’s Second Continent

Published June 3, 2014


A selection of radio interviews from May and June 2014 about my new book, China’s Second Continent.

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