Curious Worldview Podcast

66: Tim Butcher | The Congo & Africa's Broken Heart Through The Eyes Of A War Journalist - Blood River

February 01, 2022 Tim Butcher Episode 66
Curious Worldview Podcast
66: Tim Butcher | The Congo & Africa's Broken Heart Through The Eyes Of A War Journalist - Blood River
Show Notes


The following is a conversation with Tim Butcher, author, adventurer, international journalist. 

Tim served as a journalist for over 20 years with The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom, holding a series of positions including lead writer, war correspondent, African Bureau Chief, and serving as the Middle East Correspondent. 

Tim Butcher travelled overland the great, powerful, consuming and hostile, lungs of the Earth which is the territory we know as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And what makes this one of the great adventures is that at the time he did, and likely since as well, it had been over 100 years since someone had successfully completed the journey.

You can expect to hear in this podcast about the following and moreโ€ฆ

  • The Risks Of The Congo
  • The Beauty Of The Congo
  • Tim Explaining Why Progress Is Inverted In The Congo (This Is The Most Important Part)
  • Corruption & Kleptocracy Of The Congo
  • + A Window Into Timโ€™s Latest Work

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  • 00:00 โ€“ Introduction.
  • 06:37 โ€“ What Makes Traveling The Congo So Exceptionally Difficult.
  • 11:41 โ€“ The Risks Of Traveling Through The Congo.
  • 35:21 โ€“ Why The Congo Is So Beautiful & The Unbelievability Of The Congo.
  • 45:01 โ€“ Timโ€™s Motivation For Going To The Congo.
  • 47:57 โ€“ Tim Explaining How Progress In The Congo Is Inverted.
  • 1:08:21 โ€“ The Corruption, Kleptocracy & Crony Capitalism In The Congo.
  • 1:13:47 โ€“ Why Nations Fail, Corruption & Giant Infrastructure Projects.
  • 1:26:52 โ€“ Amazing Anecdote Regarding Health, Corruption & Covid.
  • 1:29:28 โ€“ Classic Despotic African Corruption & Clichรฉ Yachtlife.
  • 1:31:50 โ€“ The Illusion Of Normalcy & What Makes A Nation.
  • 1:46:46 โ€“ On Special Economic Zones In Africa.
  • 2:01:36 โ€“ A Country You Are Most Bullish On.
  • 2:04:06 โ€“ Afterthoughts & Ambition For The Podcast

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