Thursday, June 26, 2008

The link between oil and xenophobia

By Simon Radcliffe

What have oil and xenophobia got to do with each other? What is the link between the finiteness of oil and South Africans driving Zimbabweans living in South Africa out of their homes?

Much of what we are witnessing in real time on our television screens and in our newspapers seems unconnected and yet when we dig into it, we find that events taking place in one part of the world can lead to profound changes in other parts.


NVDL: My immediate assessment of the xenophobia mirror these, that they were based on radically changed circumstances for the poor, and thus it is less xenophobia than the poor lashing out in frustration, blaming anyone convenient.

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