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Dust from Our Eyes


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Introduction Part I Breaking the heart-shaped continent 1 Who's crazy? 2 No longer ourselves 3 The case there for God 4 Miracles, marabouts and magic 5 Burying African hopes 6 Greasing the political gears 7 You are a good friend and we welcome you 8 Austerity ... for some Part II The inevitable curse 9 Coffin of gold 10 All that glitters ... is taken away 11 Washing the blood from the diamonds 12 Strategic minerals, strategic games 13 Cotton-pickin' hypocrisy 14 Why do you bring your mistakes here? Part III Everyone is waving at me 15 Lots to sing about 16 The library is burning 17 View from Timbuktu

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Joan Baxter worked as an anthropologist in Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana and Kenya for 25 years, and reported for the BBC World Service and many other media.


I learned an enormous amount from this fine book and am angrier than ever at the great damage so many western governments, institutions and businesses routinely inflict on Africans. Dust from our Eyes should be compulsory reading for all Westerners. Gerald Caplan, author of The Betrayal of Africa Before we blame Africans for the corruption, chaos and anarchy - across their continent, we should determine who the corrupters are, how they corrupt, and why they are permitted to continue. A course in Exploitation 101 might well prescribe Dust from our Eyes as its text. Judy Kennedy, The CCPA Monitor Even while tackling so many politically charged issues, Dust from our Eyes remains a deeply human book, with a narrative and a set of interviews running through every chapter. This is a compelling work that could change your perspective on Africa and the West's impact there. Joseph Howse, The Chronicle Herald

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