PRODIGAL SONS AND DAUGHTERS

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The rightwing magazine, FOREIGN POLICY, is fond of publishing random lists on their blog. Like “The World’s Worst Daughters” and “The World’s Worst Sons.” Basically a list of the errant children of assorted presidents and dictators.

These kinds of lists mean nothing of course.

But to the list anyway. It comes as no surprises that all the entries come from the old Second and  Third World. (Except for Mark Thatcher, the arms-dealing son of the long-retired British Prime Minister.)

Of course there are Africans on the lists: Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (daughter of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo) who is,surprise surprise, implicated in a number of corruption cases, and Hannibal Qaddafi, the “hard-partying” son of the Libyan leader.

Strangely Liz Cheney and the Bush twins are not on the list? I forgot: they’re American.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the founder and chief editor of Africa is a Country.

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