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2005-08-27 20:17:34

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - British writer Martin Meredith pulls no punches in his assessment of Africa: it is a bloody mess, its leaders are to blame, and no amount of aid from the West will solve that. "Most African states have become hollowed out. They are no longer instruments capable of serving the public good," he concludes in his recently published 'The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence'. "African governments and the vampire-like...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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