The Stray Bulletin

Arts and culture in East Africa and beyond

Mystery of Mysteries July 18, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sophie Alal @ 12:20 pm

This globalisation thing is not easy. Especially when picking out it’s dirty core. This core that involves big business and the tax money of very good citizens doing their bit. On that note, a good number of British people have me mystified. Most being so separated from the legacies of their interactions with people beyond their shores. And simultaneously deeply uninformed about the true character of that insulation. Except when on holiday when the pre-colonial in the Bradt Guide is a fuzzy picture at best, while the colonial is a curio in a token national museum. The neo-colonial, I realised at an unguarded moment, makes people sad, it’s not fun mentioning it in polite company. Don’t ever talk about:
Fair trade coffees and teas produced by slave labour,The indignity of used underwear and old spectacle frames sent away to Africa. This is charity.

Gadgets bleeding Congolese Blood. No way, it’s those rebels spoiling it for everyone.

No need for aid. Africa is perhaps the richest continent. But you need our assistance to reach our levels of development and democracy.

British business dispossessing thousands to bring development. Understand this, New Forests Company is simply creating jobs. Brits love woods, and giving people a chance at better lives.

Arms exports from the UK fueling instability back home. What!?

The latest is a picture of Dave and the Despots at a family planning conference. I say, it’s a ruse to talk about GOD. Tut tut, God doesn’t approve of family planning.

Gold Oil and Diamonds. Silence.

First things first; UK Plc is owned in part by Middle Eastern Money, Russian Oligarchs, Tropical Despots, American Muscle and the ChIndian Corp. Business as usual you can’t fight it, you can only try to understand it and not get bitter about it.

(Perhaps it’s “Heart of Darkness”envy. But at this point note how unsettled listener becomes, it’s the recession after all. Profits and bonuses are soaring at a tangent to jobs.)