Gordon Brown had an idea about how to "make poverty history." The British Chancellor appealed to the richer oil-producing states of the Middle East to fill the funding gap. "Oil wealth urged to save Africa," read a headline in London's Observer.
Here is a better idea: Instead of Saudi Arabia's oil wealth being used to "save Africa," how about if Africa's oil wealth was used to save Africa--along with its gas, diamond, gold, platinum, chromium, ferroalloy and coal wealth?
With all this noblesse oblige focused on saving Africa from its misery, it seems like a good time to remember someone else who tried to make poverty history: Ken Saro-Wiwa, …