Africa's tense ties with West ... Tense Britain-Malawi relations are symptomatic of how African nations are increasingly intolerant of Western criticism as China steps up its no-pressure approach to aid and trade. Malawi's president on Sunday defended his decision to expel Britain's senior envoy, a move symptomatic of how African governments are increasingly prickly toward criticism from the West. In his first statement on the issue, President Bingu wa Mutharika (pictured left with Chinese President Hu Jintao) told reporters that he would not take insults from Britain, including former envoy Fergus Cochrane-Dyet's statement in a leaked diplomatic cable that the president is "intolerant of criticism" – which led to his April 26 expulsion. The president's spokesman had previously explained that "the tone in the leaked cable was not diplomatic." – Christian Science Monitor
Dominant Social Theme: Africans get upset from time to time, but they know the West is right – and most especially right for them.
Free-Market Analysis: We've stayed with the recent Ivory Coast neo-colonialist incident because we think it represents a sea-change in the West's sway over Africa. We try to identify important turning points in elite memes – the fear-based propaganda campaigns with which the powers-that-be have controlled the world in the past and readied it for global governance and the Ivorian incident seemed to be one of them in our view.