Welcome to Hell

Ah, Foreign Policy Magazine. From their perennially ridiculous lists to bizarre ramblings by the likes of our man in Africa, Jeffrey Gettleman, they never cease to amaze with the levels of sensationalism and hyperbole that seem to define their work. Now they’re back with a “photo essay” entitled, Postcards from Hell. And as you can expect from a publication like FP, 30 of the 60 states (the most failed of the failed states!) on their list are in Africa. That’s more than half of the countries on the continent. So, essentially, Africa is hell on earth.

From the magazine:

For the last half-decade, the Fund for Peace, working with Foreign Policy, has been putting together the Failed States Index, using a battery of indicators to determine how stable — or unstable — a country is. But as the photos here demonstrate, sometimes the best test is the simplest one: You’ll only know a failed state when you see it.

And there, ladies and gentleman, is the mark of excellent journalism.



  1. This is ridiculous! Amerikkka should be topping that list for being the most aggressive nation on the planet, holding almost half the world's prison population and for being the fattest, most doped up (pharmaceutical & street) nation on earth.

    But most of all, Amerikkka tops the list for 'aiding and abetting' others to become 'failed states'.

    My country made the top 10, but honestly life is FAAAR from hell for many of us.

    This is a waste of some really good pictures.

  2. The photo from Liberia is one that I took for AFP. This points to the fact that there is a pretty big difference between content makers and editors who piece these things together. My photo is of some girls walking through a market – not all that hellish. Liberia is no Malaysia, but it also isn't Somalia.

  3. @KonWomyn: "This is a waste of some really good pictures."

    @Scarlett Lion confirms your point.

    @thirdworldgoesforth: For me Foreign Policy, while more at ease with the web than the staid Foreign Affairs–the moment of the "opinion magazine" is kinda over; read Michael Massing on this here: http://bit.ly/bwqtXF–is turning opinion/analysis of foreign/international affairs intoa version of tabloid "journalism." Something like People or US Weekly.

  4. Wow, 60 countries on the MOST failed states list…who makes the lesser failed states list?

    My favourite is 'East Timor is arguably the most uplifting story on this dismal list…the country's gas and oil reserves offer hope that the fledgling country will one day be able to stand on its own'.

    Sure, cos we all know that natural resources are the secret to success.

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