Sunday, 7 January 2007

Happy New Blog

For the creation of this new blog, thanks are due to: my boss Philip Dearden and the rest of the team at the Centre for International Development and Training for agreeing to a year's leave of absence; my good friend Mary Allen Ballo of Sahel Eco who provided a little rooftop kingdom in Djelibougou, Bamako for 3 months where I could sit and think (or sometimes just sit); my editor David Hayes at opendemocracy who encouraged my taste for writing political articles; and my family who are always supportive.

The 4 posts below were all written in the final quarter of 2006 and based largely on my stay in Mali / West Africa. Please keep visiting the blog, there's a lot more to come!

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