Oil's Curse
Re the cover story "Africa's Oil" [June 11]: Africa is still the least developed of continents. It has to be given a chance to rise without dictators who are groomed, financed and put in power by the West. From Gabon to Nigeria to Guinea, it is the same story: a hundred cronies surround a dictator who connives with oil companies to amass wealth while millions live in dire poverty. Western governments and their oil companies must step in and stop the looting. Just as Western banks do not accept al-Qaeda's money, so too should they refuse African dictators'...

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