The Imperialist U.S., who in the 20th century had its hands, dollars and guns in every corner of the world, now appears to be in retreat. Africa, a continent rich with natural resources and beauty, is on the upswing, and the major powers are hard at work building infrastructure and investing money. Those powers are India, China, Brazil, as well as the Arabian and European nations.
Here in the U.S. we don’t talk much about Africa, except for Nigerian scams, fundamentalist Nigerian anti-gay laws that punish homosexual activity by death by stoning, and rape headlines in Congo and Sudan, or more exactly Darfur.
Africa is mostly a place to stay away from. This will come at a price.
Here is a very insightful article by Howard French, an expert on Africa and Asia.