Niger Compared to Egypt

Niger Compared to Egypt
4:38 PM Wednesday September 22, 2005

This is a photo taken in front of my Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

I never seen only a couple of newspapers in Niger.

This rather stunned me when I saw the quantity of newspapers, magazines and books unavailable. Egypt has the same types of problems as Niger I am sure, there are just too many people living in Cairo.

However, with all the social ills of the world at least in Cairo there is a chance that the public would know there is a problem. There are newspapers, television, and radio enough to cover the nation.

Startling to me sometimes is the lack of desire of the world to learn, the real learning happens in the English Language. This is the Language of people that study the planet. Egypt is an Ex-Colony of England; therefore, there is a huge jump ahead of the Ex-French Colony of Niger.

It almost appears that the grouping of lowest educated people on the planet came from what I think they call the Francophone world of Africa, hard to see, however there is what they call the Francophone and the Anglophone people. World that are evolving around a second language as adopted by the colonization process.

I was and am always a little frustrated with what Spain did to Mexico, Central and South America; however, all of these people are evolving educationally very fast, however they are in some way a greater disadvantage than Central and West Africa. Farming on the sides of mountains is not easy, and the Amazon River Basin or the Flood Plain is terrible place for people.

However, the inability to enter the modern world because your second language is French is a sad reason. There is this hooked at the hip connection between France and many of the very strapped countries of Africa. There are also areas that speak English, I am going to try to separate and see if there is a correlation between the languages and the levels of poverty.

Education is needed for people to transform a difficult place into a better place, the Israeli people have taken much of Israel, that is a horrible place to farm and live and created many types of businesses, industry and farming techniques that are evolutionary. While their neighbors have mal-nutrition from inability to create good sources of food. Now it is much easier to feed 7 to 9 million people than it is to feed the 200 to 300 million Middle East countries that surround Israel.


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Besides education, the Jews of Israel had a head start on money in which to start businesses upon reaching the "Promised Land."

I think you get the chicken and the egg mixed up.

The reason they have the money is because like the Chinese or the Germans or many culures, they are workers. The secret to having money is always work, it does not take brains to make money, it does take work.

Education though does give you knowledge of the possibilties in life.

Howeve as the son of a couple of Factory Workers I really do no feel sorry for anyone. Most countries and most cultures get what they ask for, no more, no less. Not what you take, it is asking yourself and demanding of yourself.

HDI - If you work you can change your fate.

Or you can be a person that believe everyone had a better chance than you.

Israel does very good with what they have.

Palestine is 20 times better place to live than Niger, 10 times better than Egypt, 5 times better than South America.

What a Brain!! : therefore you must be from the sun toasted suburbs of LA.
I received a French education in a french colony (Morocco). I have been shocked many time to hear my school mates asking me, a foreigner, how to spell words in English, like : "imaginary", "atom" or even "tough"
I have had to teach them to spell their own language on many occasions. There so close to Mexico, forget expecting them to speak any Spanish, never mind spell it, unless their are Hispanic. I would also translate for them from Spanish to English, another language I also learned in the French school system in Morocco. By the way, had you been in Marrakech or Casablanca, you would have seen as many Newspapers in French, Arabic, Spanish, etc... As you did in Cairo. Did you miss the ones in French?
If you think Francophone Africa is poorer because of the language, take a trip to Sierra Leone, Somalia or Zimbabwe where they speak English and compare them with Cote D'Ivoire, Senegal or Cameroun! In the Carribbean, you could compare also Guadeloupe, Saint-Barts and Martinique to the English-speaking islands like Grenada, Saint Vincent or St Kitts. Your argument is disturbed.
Your globetrotting must have been very frustrating when dealing with natives in French or Spanish, when you could only speak in English and expect all to go to your "level".
If you feel frustrated about what Spain did in Mexico or South America, I assume you should be outraged about what the English did to the Australian Aborigenes, the Maoris, the Acadians, or what Americans did to the Indians.
If you are not outraged, I would not be surprised, it's probably because you glad Aussies and Yankees will talk back to you in English whether you're in Seattle, Cincinatti or Sydney.

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