The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), is the largest church in the world1
. Completed in 1990 for about $300 million by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny - with profits skimmed from the slave labor best cocoa (chocolate) industry - in the small rural town of his birth, it sits today in the bush a vast empty palace of marble and crystal gawked at by the occasional backpacker. Among other trappings it has the only airport big enough in Africa to take the Concorde, a presidential palace with a lake stocked with scores of Sacred Caymans (crocodiles,) and a mansion next to the Basilica reserved exclusively for the Pope on visits from Rome (used once). The President enjoyed his complex for less than 3 years before dieing in 1993.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 27, 2008 -
There is time, and there is "African time"
. The Ivory Coast is fighting chronic lateness
with a contest that offered a $60,000 villa as its grand prize. The winner, legal adviser Narcisse Aka, is known by his colleagues as "Mr. White Man's Time" and said
that his punctuality makes him feel like "an extra-terrestrial."
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 9, 2007 -
The peace process in the Ivory Coast
has collapsed (again)
. I haven't seen it reported yet but have it first hand from an official stationed there that the UN is evacuating all personnel. The evacuations in 2002 were limited compared to this. How could the Ivory Coast have come to this point? What does this mean for the rest of the region? sigh
posted by Grod
on Mar 29, 2004 -
U.S. forces head to Ivory Coast
- with all the debate for/against military action in the middle-east, I'm pleased to see US forces being deployed to protect innocent people.
"Their first task may be to retrieve about 100 American children who have been trapped at a school in the city of Bouake for five days and to protect Americans in three or four Ivory Coast towns held by rebels. "
posted by Stuart_R
on Sep 24, 2002 -
"Do loose numbers do more harm than good?"
That's the question asked by Norimitsu Onishi in a thought-provoking article in today's NY Times
(reg req). Inflated numbers have often had an impact on policy and people's thinking, but when the truth comes out it can make a difference, for good or ill. (More inside.)
posted by languagehat
on Aug 18, 2002 -