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Notes on the News: Zimbabwe Talks End, No Deal

Zimbabwe Talks Break Without Deal
For the past three days, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai have been in intensive negotiations to resolve the political crisis. Today, the two clashed over the key issue of which of them should lead the new unified government. Though many hoped the talks would provide a quick settlement, they were adjourned with no date scheduled for their continuation.

Opulence and Chaos Meet in an African Boomtown
Lagos, Nigeria has long been known as Africa's most traffic-plagued, most populous, and fastest growing city. Now it is also being called the most expensive and elite city in Africa. In the world it ranks 30th, making it slightly less expensive than New York, but far more so than Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington D.C. However, the contrast is all the more extreme here, as the average Nigerian makes $2 a day.

Amid Ruined New Orleans Neighborhoods, a Gadfly Buzzes
Citizens of New Orleans are beginning to grow accustomed to officials promising various plans that will do wonders for the cities rehabilitation, yet never seem to get off the ground. Most people have stopped listening to such promises as a result, but not Karen Gadbois, who investigates every claim made by officials and then blogs about their lack of progress. The New Orleans Affordable Homeownership Corporation has been the target of much of her research. "It wasn't even that the house didn't exist; the whole block didn't exist."

Megastar Pastor Straddles a Divide
"America's most influential pastor" Rick Warren will be holding a Civil Forum on the Presidency this Saturday, and both Barack Obama and John McCain plan to make an appearance. Though they do not plan to debate yet, it will be the first time in this campaign season that the two candidates will appear on the same stage.

The Ugly Truth
After reports were released that Hilary Clinton's chief campaign strategist Mark Penn had planned to base their attack against Barack Obama around painting him as a foreigner and criticizing his "limited" connection to "basic American values and culture", TheRoot.com takes the Clinton campaign to task.

Sports
Angola Hangs Tougher
Angola proved to be a bit more of a challenge for the U.S. Men's Basketball Team, losing only by 21 points. But the U.S. has bigger fish to fry, with matches against tougher teams such as Greece on Thursday and Spain on Saturday.

Woods Not Even Close to Getting Back on Course
Tiger Woods, who had reconstructive knee surgery immediately after winning the U.S. Open in June, posted a comment on his Website saying he has begun his rehabilitation process but does not feel he will be able to swing a club again until 2009. "I just don't have a choice. We simply don't know what type of swelling there would be or if there would be any residual effects the next day once you start wheeling and dealing on the knee."

Entertainment
BET Premiers New Original Weekly Talk Show
This Friday, BET will premiere their newest talk show: The Truth with Jeff Johnson. As the Democratic National Convention looms, political correspondent Jeff Johnson will air weekly examinations of topics ranging from pop culture to politics from "an unapologetically black point of view."

Grae's Anatomy
After artist Jean Grae's last (and first) album Jeanius was leaked onto the Internet in 2004, it looked to be the end of her career. But now she is staging a comeback by remaking the album to appeal to the white market, since the black market already had it.

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The opulence in Lagos only underscores the abject poverty in which the majority of Nigerians live. Such are the mysteries of the First Law of Petropolitics:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3426

Sent by Ron Mwangaguhunga | 12:47 PM | 8-14-2008

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