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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...


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