A constant source of amusement.. I mean news.
The Arusha Times is unfortunately (or fortunately, if you like a laugh) almost the only newspaper that turns up on our table from time to time. I think it’s written by someone whose second language is English, and doesn’t understand the concept of news articles being neutral or having to contain any facts. The stories are written similarly to gossip magazine articles back home, and are constantly biased with no sources given, like the article about a female mzungu tourist who likes to take off her clothes “and engage in fleeting relationships with the sole aim of conceiving, she confessed, ‘because children born to black and white parents are fantastic!’ she quipped”.
Here’s some of the best bits of another story titled “Maasai cattle cause global warming” (remember this is copied directly from the newspaper):
“Needless to emphasize, climate change that is caused by global warming is life-threatening… Water bodies particularly the ocean will fill up and overflow to drown human settlements that are located on low lands. Then the water will rise to reach higher areas say in Arusha. It sounds like a dream. But it is real.”
“The term “Greenhouse Effect” refers to experiments which scientists carried out at some point in time to determine the characteristics of the medium on which heat travels… therefore, the terms greenhouse effect, global warming as well as climate change have nothing to do with the green houses for flower farms that are located along the Arusha Moshi highway in Arumeru District. It is misleading to say that the greenhouses in Arumeru District or anywhere else cause global warming or climate change.”
The story went on to say that it has been suggested that global warming may be a world wide problem...