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An Economic Solution for Congo

December 16, 2008

This morning’s New York Times offered a plan for an economic solution to war and destruction in eastern Congo. I blogged about the current situation last month, but the truth is this area has been unstable and dangerous for normal life for many years (even centuries?) Could this plan, which calls for a common market system that would allow Congo and its neighbors to the east like Rwanda to engage in free movement of goods and labor, be the solution? Or would it be another example of the West imposing regulations on central Africa? I’m sure the displaced families, women dealing with rape as a weapon of war, and child soldiers hope that it is, and that a resolution and the chance for a peaceful life comes soon.

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