What We’re Reading 6/29/09


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Xinhua.net: A/H1N1 flu knocks at doors of African countries in sub-Sahara
The A/H1N1 flu which once spared the African continent as it was ravaging the most parts of the world is now knocking at doors of African countries in the sub-Sahara region with at least three countries reporting confirmed cases of the virus in the past weeks.

Global Post: China competes with US in Africa
This article examines the competitive nature between China and the U.S. when it comes to development and investment in Africa.

The Independent: Berlusconi turns to G6 and Gaddafi for Comfort
Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, today takes to the world stage by announcing the program for this year’s G8 summit. Mr. Berlusconi will say that the economic crisis and the need for greater financial regulation, food supplies for developing countries and climate change are the key issued facing the informal but exclusive gathering of the world’s seven richest nations, plus Russia, to be held in earthquake-torn L’Aquila from 8 to 10 July.

Washington Post: Spiritual Counsel to the G8
At the annual G8 religious summit, spiritual leaders from many faiths gathered to convey advice to the world’s leaders with the resulting declaration. The 2009 call reflects a broad and familiar agenda: water, health, education, food security, environment, disarmament, peace, the challenge of Africa, foreign aid, and the looming shadow of the world economic crisis. But the religious leaders want to go beyond conventional policy advice. Their aim is to inspire, to offer a prophetic voice that will call the world leaders to heed their moral as well as practical responsibilities.

The Guardian: One Small Step Forward
Last week, the international community, coming together at the UN to discuss the global financial crisis and its impact on the developing world, reached a consensus on an agreement. This spelled out the issues to be addressed and laid out the way forward. Many had said it would be difficult for 192 countries to reach consensus, and that was why discussions should be limited to a self-selected group of 20. In fact, the UN agreement was stronger and more forceful than the G20 communique.

Wall Street Journal: A Buffett Turns to Farming in Africa
Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman report on how Warren Buffett’s son, Howard, has quietly become a player in the fight against global hunger. He travels through West Africa, looking for ways to help African farms equip themselves with the kinds of tools used in the Western hemisphere.

-Chandler Smith

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