conflict resolution requires richer neighbours
Posted May 31, 2006 4:00 UTC (Wed) by xoddam
In reply to: conflict resolution requires richer neighbours
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I reckon crime was a much bigger problem in Glasgow in 1986 than it is
now, too (I lived there 2001-2003). Inequality breeds disrespect;
development permits civility.
There is no good solution to the Darfur conflict; probably no solution at
all except depopulation, which is proceeding apace. The region no longer
receives sufficient rainfall to support its population without severe
rationing, which it doesn't have a government strong enough to impose, so
violence, famine and mass exodus are the inevitable result. The only
sensible long-term use of such land resources is nomadic, following the
monsoon, but a long wet period in the 1960s led to permanent settlement
and rapid population growth while long-term nomads who failed to settle
are now denied territory in all parts of their range.
The Sahel no longer receives a reliable monsoon, almost certainly because
of global warming. That, and inadvisable cultivation of marginal
near-desert lands, is likely to hinder any reasonable development of most
arid near-sub-Saharan parts Africa for a long time to come.
Congo and Sierra Leone certainly don't fall into this zone though, so
your scenario of constructive 'neigbourly' development may be applicable
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