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The Independent Culture

In the week of The Good Shepherd this stinging indictment of Western involvement in the Third World is timely - or would be, if anyone bothered to see it. It concerns the trial, staged outdoors in a small Mali village, of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund whose iniquitous exploitation has helped to pauperise Africa. The highlight is the appearance in court of a Mali ancient who proceeds to deliver his verdict in an ululating song: the piece is unsubtitled, but you don't need words to get the gist. He's angry, and he's not taking it any more.