Bill Easterly tweeted today (twice, actually):
It directs you to his recent post about Madagascar, Chronicle of a death foretold. I read the article he refers to, that no one seems to be noticing, on IRIN News: MADAGASCAR: Textile industry unravels.
Bill asks a valid question. Even though I haven’t been blogging lately, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking about Madagascar – because I’m finishing up my travel guide and writing my capstone, it seems like overkill to keep harping on everywhere. But maybe more of us should be harping.
Malagasy people are about to face huge problems, and the world knows nothing about it. This won’t be the beginning of their problems either – the country has been going down the tubes since Rajoelina did his overhaul, and it’s not as if the place was doing too well before that. Do we not care because the US doesn’t really import much from Madagascar besides coffee and vanilla? Is it that graduate students, biologists, and lemur-lovers are the only people who are invested in the people, the ecosystems, the complexity of Malagasy history and traditions? Maybe.