Brazil’s biggest enemy Argentina is going to the final in the cathedral of Brazilian football in Rio de Janeiro. This adds insult to injury. Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat to Germany, its worst World Cup performance ever. Now, fans here are forced to choose between supporting an arch rival from their home continent or a team that delivered the fatal blow. Which team will they choose? If local TV is any indication I can say `anyone but Argentina’.
You know, the American media, by and large, doesn’t cover Africa in terms of a place of economic activity. We think of Africa, typically, as a place of disaster and conflict and humanitarian interests. And so our own public is not conditioned to think, as the Chinese have come to think, of Africa as this place of huge demographic expansion where much of the growth of the future may occur. We’re sort of stuck in a old, outmoded view of Africa, and if you don’t have a vision of opportunity, you’re not likely to pursue these sorts of things.Howard French on Morning Edition (via maximumplanet)