Africa’s urban struggle

There’s been an explosion of Africa’s urban population in the last few decades, yet the infrastructure to base growth on is commonly lacking. As a result, over 60% of Africa’s urban population growth is in slums. Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is home to 12 million people – more than London. Yet it’s only the third largest city in Africa. In the mid 1950s, there were no cities south of the Sahara with a population of more than 1 million people, yet today there are dozens.

Click the picture below to read an article which suggests that as long as the developing world’s cities close themselves off to the world outside, becoming more secure, stable, productive, and wealthy will be hard to achieve.

Kinshasa

Majority Islam

In the following video, Hussein Aboubakr makes the case that moderate Islam isn’t majority Islam. He suggests at the end that Islam can be reformed to become moderate, and the West can play a part in that reform, “but only if it tells the truth” (that moderate Islam is the minority).

This is an uneasy concession. If the West was going to tell the truth, it would “tell the truth” about religion in general, not just Islam: that it’s a regressive force that gets in the way of truth itself.