Who is the enemy?

Watching Good Morning Vietnam, there is the constant juxtaposition of humanity and war plus humor and sadness throughout. 
And then the near final scene where Adrian Koronhaour chases a young man, the brother of his love interest through the back alleys of Saigon and finally meets up for the big confrontation. Adrian screams at him for being both his friend and VC “terrorist.” And the young man screams back…

Alexander asked at breakfast the next morning, “weren’t the VC kids fighting just like the patriots in the American revolution ? To defend their country against the big strong enemy just like the Americans fighting the British during the Revolutionary War? Is that what you mean when you say, “The victor writes the tale” Alexander queried? …Nicholas…”or to the victor go the spoils”? Yup, as I often say, the answer to many questions?

“it depends…”

South Africa, 25+ years since apartheid

I can’t put my finger on it. The awesome beauty. The rawness. The restaurants with amazing food. The poverty of the townships. The distrust. The incongruity of amazing riches and rampant dangerous street people. The seething anger just below the surface. Young kids, 12, 13, 14, working cars at traffic lights, begging for money. Our local driver says, “Don’t…those are just glue sniffers.” The crime in the papers. REAL CRIME. Violent murders, violent breaking and entry, violent sexual assault.  And barbed wire, bars on every door and window, and alarm systems maxed.

And this is the best of cities.

Khayelitsha is a township, one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with a median income per family of R20,000 (US$1,872) a year compared to the City median of R40,000 (US$3,743). Roughly over half of the 118,000 households live in informal dwellings. That’s a euphemism for corrugated metal sheds.

Lovely Zulu word

Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù] is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity”. It is often translated as “I am because we are,” and also “humanity towards others”, but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.

Cape Town. Nearly sans H2O

It is difficult to imagine a city of 3.78 million people potentially without water. You know that last little dripping part of a shower, when you turn off the spigot and there are those last little pathetic droplets? Yup, that. You’ve entered Capetown, 2018.”

Hard to imagine if this goes on and gets worse. One of the most stunning cities on Earth. There will be rioting. It will be like Mad Max, Thunder Dome.

The Chinese invade Africa

The Chinese have invaded Africa for years. One example, Lusaka International is completely transforming. The new airport has multi-level  drive up ramps.

Airports like this are built all over Africa using Chinese workers, materials, designers and payoffs…ooops. And this one looks just like the one in Maputo Mozambique, and probably 25 airports in China.  Weird.