JUST FAITH AND ACTION: A BI-MONTHLY THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION FROM THE WASHINGTON OFFICE ON AFRICA

The advantage of exchanging bananas
(No. 1)
by Leon Spencer, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
February 2001
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
1 page
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Africa, Burundi, Mauritius, Rwanda
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
This newsletter is a comment on economic justice. The newsletter says economic justice struggles these days are repeatedly up against a system and an attitude that declares economic considerations not merely to be paramount but singular in decisions about local and global society. Can a nation take exceptional steps to protect the environment? Not if it restricts trade. Can an African nation protect fledgling local industries against international giants? Not if it wants to secure the "benefits" of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Can Africans take steps legal even from the standpoint of international trade regulations to secure affordable medicines to confront the AIDS tragedy? Not if they want to keep in good stead with the US government. Can they offer free health care and education to an impoverished people? Not by the standards of the international financial institutions.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.