What would we do without her?
Secondly, the coverage shows how quickly the west reverts to racism. Why is the word "tribal" only used to refer to Africa? Why don\’t we talk of Belgian tribes or Middle Eastern tribes? No, only in Africa is inter-ethnic violence cast as "ancient", immutable tribalism, associated in the European mindset with barbarism and irrationality.
She then goes on to give an accurate descsription of the way in which the violence in Kenya has been caused and the way in which it is playing out. For example:
This is the region where Kikuyu, the biggest ethnic group who have done the best since independence, acquired land in the 60s dispossessing the Kalenjin – a grievance that has festered unresolved ever since.
Except for this bit of course:
What we are seeing in Kenya – and in other unstable developing countries – is how human beings behave when faced with the kind of chronic insecurity that globalisation is incubating the world over.
Had to get that bit in, didn\’t she? Quite amazing to think that it\’s globalisation, that is, that you no longer have to depend solely upon local resources, which is driving battles over local resources like land.