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Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola – commentary

 Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola

Media is blowing Ebola out of proportion. First world countries like the U.S. can handle the virus. More immediate concerns are lack of gun control, smoking, Obamacare, coal, and obesity.

The odd hysteria about ebola is being driven more by a media frenzy than the actual public health risks.  Ebola is not the sort of disease that is likely to turn into a pandemic, becoming really wide spread.  It is too hard to contract (it doesn’t spread by infected persons just breathing on others) and kills too many of its victims (diseases don’t survive well if neither do their hosts).  Moreover, countries that are relatively well-governed, with good public health systems are not at high risk from this sort of disease.

Even Senegal and Nigeria in West Africa have dealt with small outbreaks professionally and right now have no ebola cases, in contrast to countries ravaged by years of civil war like Sierra Leone and Liberia (wars, by the way, in which former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi played a major and cynical role). Continue reading

Africa: Beware of China’s $$$ – NYT commentary

Beware of China’s $$$ – NYT commentary

MAY 23, 2014 | BY  | By Howard W. French
Africa: political map

Africa: political map

“The problem (though not limited to China) is relying on shady arrangements made at the very top of the political system, often in the president’s office itself. Contracts are greased with monetary bribes and other enticements like expense-paid shopping trips to China and scholarships there for elite children.”

(Taken from the New York Times)

NAIROBI, Kenya — For nearly a decade, as China made a historic push for business opportunities and expanded influence in Africa, most of the continent’s leaders were so thrilled at having a deep-pocketed partner willing to make big investments and start huge new projects that they rarely paused to consider whether they were getting a sound deal.     Continue reading