Good Governance Still Africa’s Achilles Heel

None of the three options are sustainabl­e for the continent and I align with your critiques. A consistent stance on governance is the best policy move for the internatio­nal community to take in engaging African countries. For example, the World Justice Project is working to bring a consistent definition to the rule of law around the world. The index applies the same metrics to Liberia as it does to the US. That is very powerful, and I believe that policy shapers leveraging uniform standards to shape their engagement with countries goes a long way in applying pressure for good governance­. On that foundation­, the internatio­nal community can say to a Gbagbo, “I just submitted myself to the same process you went through. I lost and we know that you did too. Step down.”
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Irish Potatoes for Kenyan Food Security

Kenyan Ambassador Odembo spoke of the country’s work to improve food security: http://ping.fm/aNw9y

Ghana Bridges North-South Development Gap

Ghana president announces Savannah Accelerated Development Authority launch to bridge development gap between North and South Ghana: http://ping.fm/sVICN

Black Gold in Ghana/Black Days Ahead in Cote d’Ivoire

Ghana taps oil: http://ping.fm/dhCMq
Cote d’Ivoire gets worse: http://ping.fm/S9Zgb

Presidential Stalemate in Cote d’Ivoire

Things are not looking good in Cote d’Ivoire. “We do not need the international community.” The desire for power is crippling. http://ping.fm/bd58x

Wal-Mart Makes Moves on African Continent

Wal-Mart makes big offer for largest retailer on African continent. SA Labor unions not happy. http://ping.fm/1ZRWw

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Xiang Liu is Back?

13.09 – A long cry from the 12.88 Liu Xiang ran to set the world record back in 2006, but I am happy to see him getting back into form: Since his achilles injury Liu has absorbed a lot of disappointment from the Chinese people beginning in the 2007 season when he started showing signs of injury. Infamously, he walked off of the track in the 110 hurdle prelims during the Beijing Olympics.

The hurdle void Liu left was quickly filled by Dayron Robles, a kid from Cuba. In 2008, he lowered Liu’s world record to 12.87 and went on to win the Beijing Olympics in 12.93. When Robles injured himself in 2009, David Oliver took over and finished this past season undefeated. By the way, Oliver makes Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson look like a normal person.

Now that Liu seems to be on his way back to good form, I’m interested to see how the 2011 season shapes up. Hopefully, Dayron Robles is healthy also, and the three fastest men in hurdle history get to battle it out.