24 April, 2007

More Morocco action!

There is an interesting enough article about Morocco on the Guardian website, which I think appeared in the most recent Observer: Morocco's turning tide

It does the usual PHEAR TEH ISLAMISTS thing of questioning the pro-democratic bona fides of the Morocco's largest and semi-banned Islamist party while asserting that they are seen by 'many' as "potentially very dangerous". Meanwhile, the journo gets on famously with a minister of the supposedly pro-democratic government that does not allow free elections.

The one great thing I have learned about Morocco in Spy School is that the country has really serious problems about which not much is being done, with their being a real likelihood that the country is going to blow up in the next couple of years. Deadly stuff.

Boris Yeltsin - the Judgement of History

My impression is that Boris Yeltsin will go down in history as a fun-loving boozer who loved to party, who also climbed on a tank to end Communism. I wish there were more world leaders like him (so long as they are not in charge of nuclear weapons or any country I live in or near).

13 April, 2007

Join the fight against corruption!

The World Bank has an anti-corruption hotline. The number is 1-800-831-0463. I reckon that is one of those USA numbers, so you may need to put some kind of prefix before it. Anyway, if you are aware of any senior officials engaging in corrupt behaviour, such as ordering a $60,930 tax free pay rise for their girlfriend, then give the World Bank a call.