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Monday, December 11, 2006


Sudan | Glittering towers in a war zone | Economist.com

Sudan | Glittering towers in a war zone | Economist.com:

"AT THE confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile in Khartoum lies Africa's largest commercial construction site. Across 1,500 acres, at a place called Alsunut, Sudanese and Chinese workmen are working in shifts around the clock to build a new Dubai: a vast complex of gleaming offices, duplexes and golf courses that will turn Khartoum, it is hoped, into the commercial and financial hub of Islamist east Africa."

I previously thought of Sudan as just some desert country in East Africa with constant warfare between a tyrannical government and secessionist movements that are probably equally tyrannical (but closer to the people, at least). However, it seems that there's a lot of oil in Sudan, meaning that international capital has gotten involved. Foreign finance and engineers are preparing to extract the natural resource, while government thugs clear the land of the native population.

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