/ colonialisme / nouveau /
From Le Monde Diplomatique, an analysis about the Ivory Coast's troubles. A very interesting look at French colonial undertakings in Africa:
The actions of the French Operation Unicorn peacekeeping force in the former French west African colony of Ivory Coast have exposed the greed and seaminess of France’s dual role as both mediator and participant...
THERE is a widespread belief, never clearly formulated, that the culture of violence is deeply rooted in Africa. The underlying assumption is racist: that power struggles in the continent are the expression of secular ethnic hatreds.
Unsurprisingly, western media have persisted in imposing their cliches and preconceptions upon the conflict in Ivory Coast, presenting the head of state, Laurent Gbagbo, as a wily but brutal visionary, the rebels as good communicators and the shouting masses as young patriots."