"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting. Come back when you're worthy."I have to admit, was caught off guard, I did not expect the world to drop bombs on Libya and it makes me weak in the knees to follow along with anything the French probably needs for economic reasons.
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Hi, Andy! Already addicted to .? No, I´m just joking, sounds good.
The Western Union problem: this corporation has a monopole in Africa.
Money Gram, another money-transfer corp. wanted to enter the market with smaller fees, but it seems they were pushed out of the market.
Western Union is finally a huge problem for developping countries, because ex-pats are sending money back home to their families and are forced to go trough Western Union, missing any other reasonable alternative. Thats how billions of money are going into the pockets of Western Union. African governements already and instantly are complaining about that int the ongoing negotiations with their european counterparts. Look for example at this official document, page 10: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/er/94126.pdf
There was also the excellent idea, to transfer money through cellphone-credit. Would be really cheap, fast and effective. But as it seems, theres no way to enter the market and no way to overcome powerful W.A. To steal 20 of the tranfered summ is not business, thats medieval thievery, real robber-knight tactics...
Western Union is expensive:
The world does not treat people fair, all businesses want a monopoly, but there is no alternative so i accept life on life's terms.
Paypal.com and Xoom.com are slower alternative, and do not work in half the planet. Western Union is a saint compared to Paypal.com.
I think it said something in the Bible about money changers, banks, etc.
It is almost always cheaper to wire money, however Western Union sells convenience, and speed.
If I had a relative that needed money, I would send them an ATM card.
if there are any banks with automatic teller machines (ATMs), that is an inexpensive way to obtain money from your account elsewhere.
Did you ever explain how Bah/Cynthia came to know about you late last year? Doesn't sound like she's the type to be reading travelogues written in English, but you said she made the efforts to call your USA phone number, which was redirected to your mobile there. With so much mention (and relocation because) of her now, perhaps some back story filler?
Hi Andy -
I guess the "s" key on your computer doesn't work sometimes:
(1) France has had IT hands up the dress of Libya for years
(2) the USA has IT hands up the skirt of Mexico twiddling around
Keep on NOT proof-reading!
I just sent $1,000 to my fiancee in Vietnam via MonryGram - the fee was $9.99, and the money is available for pickup in a few hours.
MG has 142 locations in Ghana at which money can be received:
including two in Elubo:
(Problem with link, I edited and left the root link.
I don't know what "commentor" Peter is talking about re: Western Union's alleged "monopoly" in Africa - on MG's web site ("location search" page), I saw many African countries listed - maybe there is something I don't know about.
Libya was never a French colony. Maybe you are thinking of Algeria, right next to it. Libya was an Italian colony up until the 1940's, when it became a kingdom.
Yes, I see it was Italian, however in French controlled Fezzan. In 1944.
And it is not listed as a Francophone country.
Arabic is primary.... hmm, this means it more Islamic than I was thinking, I felt it was leading toward similar to Lebanon. This seems to indicate that this country is another prime candidate Sharia law.
The question is, how far does France have its finger inside? Can French twiddle their finger to keep these countries from going further into the dark ages by way of religion?
Everyone wants freedom for these countries, and the next boss can be worst, the people in thee countries have no understanding of democracy. The USA believes people dream of the democracy of the USA, they dream of the money.