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Of Shitholes and Shriveled Souls

A little more than a year ago, I spent two weeks in the Pearl of Africa—or what the President of the United States has proclaimed a “shithole.” Uganda may be poor in terms of economics, which for the past few centuries has been measured in how rapidly and cheaply foreign corporations and governments can exploit another country's people and natural resources. The Americans in power right now consider economics in terms of short-term gains for themselves and the wealthiest people in the world, never in terms of long-term sustainability, how clean the air and water are, how robust and sustainable wildlife populations are, or how happy and healthy the poorest people are.
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