Monday, October 31, 2005
Today I drove back from the Fargo/Moorhead, North Dakota/Minnesota metro area to the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Along the way I toured the rural communities around the St. Cloud, Minnesota/Stearns County area including Richmond and St. Martin. This area's topography of gentle hills, flat land, the chain of lakes, and stands of trees is very beautiful but the local asset that caught my attention is the Sauk River, http://www.co.stearns.mn.us/departments/parks/canoe.htm#THE%20RIVER, which looks like an ideal river for canoeing. My search is on for someone to join me for a day trip on this river once the Spring 2006 thaw is complete.
During one of my breaks from driving today I read in my local newspaper's Travel Section that the US State Department, ".........recommends Americans avoid travel to the following countries......":
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bolivia, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kyrgystan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
My immediate observation from this list is that 15 of the 32 countries listed in this "Travel Warnings" wire story (equal to 47% of this entire list) are AFRICAN NATIONS. Granted the work of Bono and Bob Geldolf to bring the African Continent out of poverty is well-intentioned by this list suggests there are a full range of challenges beyond national debt relief these gentlemen overlook. Such massive, historical poverty in Africa requires VERY new and creative approaches so now is the time for world leaders to adopt global free trade especially with African nations. For more information on free market options for and news items from Africa please consider utilizing this website -- http://www.uhurugroup.com/default.htm and/or attending the Africa Resource Bank being held in late November in Kenya -- http://www.africaresourcebank.com