Tuesday August 4, 2020

Africa's bitter harvest

The current strife raging across north Africa is a classic case of the West reaping what it chose to sow during the colonial era, writes Tom McGurk.

3rd February, 2013
'It may well be that the so-called "war on terror" that George W Bush unleashed after 9/11 has, in fact, metamorphosed into something much more significant -- a war between the have-nots of the Third World and the secular, market-driven society of the First World.'

That was the week that was. In Egypt last Monday, the new (and democratically-elected) government of the Muslim Brotherhood had to put three major cities under curfew after a weekend of rioting and deaths. One seasoned Egyptian diplomat commented that the country was on the brink of collapse.

Last Tuesday, as French troops finally captured Timbuktu from what the western media term the "jihadi extremists", British prime minister David Cameron was flying into Algeria to...

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