William H. Longyard's A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable PDF

By William H. Longyard

ISBN-10: 0071440291

ISBN-13: 9780071440295

A gripping compendium of noteworthy small-boat voyages remodeled the centuries." --John Harland, writer of Seamanship within the Age of Sail

A Speck at the Sea chronicles the best ocean voyages tried within the littlest boats. those feats include:
• Diego Mendezs voyage to rescue Columbus
• William Okeley's break out from slavery in a folding rowboat
• Ernest Shackleton's death-cheating journeys
• And extra.

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The Japanese have been relaying highways in Zambia. They had only recently been laid with Swedish aid but the Swedish technical consultants had designed the roads for snow conditions. Gleneagles also agreed to cancel the debt of the 18 poorest African countries. This will be very welcome, but some of these countries have been scrambling to be certified among the poorest; they have no other economic strategy but the anticipation of relief; they have no productive plans or capacity. They will find that the cancellation carries extremely fine print.

The African variant is more buffoonish: Idi Amin brought something to a view of Africa that has not yet been erased. But there have been many types of African dictatorship and many levels of ‘democracy’ in more recent times, not to mention efforts to dictate exactly what democracy should deliver. Robert Mugabe would have won the 2005 parliamentary elections without rigging, but he wanted not just a victory but a nationwide validation that allowed him dictatorship by ‘democratic’ means. Mugabe has become the potential successor figure to Amin, and he represents a complexity never associated with Amin.

Greater transparency will not automatically lead to greater democracy if it disrupts what are now often beneficial systems of patronage. It can instead lead to exactly the sort of destabilization of government that stamping down on interest groups can generate in the West – except that in Africa the interest groups 30 CORRUPTION have a composition and social dynamic pretty much ignored throughout the report. Little fellows need the big man There is an assumption that African corruption starts at the top, and that the remedy must be the ability to change the top.

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