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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:32 PM
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I humbly admit my ignorance, I've never heard of this country...
or it's former ruler, and I consider myself fairly well informed..

It's amazing how little we as Americans know or care about Africa.


Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who became Djibouti's first leader after it achieved independence from French rule and served as a mediator among warring neighbors in the Horn of Africa, died Nov. 21 at his home in the capital city of Djibouti.

Mr. Gouled, formerly one of the world's longest-serving heads of state, was believed to be 90, more than twice the average Djiboutian's life expectancy. :wow:

No cause of death was reported, but he had been increasingly ill since he left the presidency in 1999 after 22 years in power.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...




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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:33 PM
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1. It's near Ethiopia and Somalia
Edited on Thu Nov-30-06 12:34 PM by Freddie Stubbs
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:35 PM
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2. Big volcanic eruption their a few years ago.
Thousands of people had to be evacuated.

Lots of "Djibouti's erupting" jokes floating around the intertubes at the time. Kind of reminded me of the "Phuket" jokes after the tsunami.
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zappa_parappa Donating Member (280 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:37 PM
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3. The capital of Djibouti is Djibouti
droppin some knowledge on you.
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:38 PM
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4. All I needed to know about Africa I learned in a Pepsi commercial
n/t
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:45 PM
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6. One more thing.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro was a fine piece of fiction... there is no more snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/ima...

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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:50 PM
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8. That one I knew
But hey Pepsi, is there anything it can't do?
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:40 PM
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5. It's the most secure site for US and French activities in the Horn of Africa
Edited on Thu Nov-30-06 12:44 PM by leveymg
Both have an active diplomatic and military presence there. See, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4421515.stm
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:49 PM
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7. used to be known as French Somaliland = gained independence in 1977
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:50 PM
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9. I had heard of "Ja booty" but I didn't know it started with a D.
nt
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:53 PM
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10. There was a really good article in the September Esquire about Djibouti and drugs...
http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2006/060807_mf...


it's long, but it's very well-written.
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jilln Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:54 PM
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11. Current leader: Sheik Djibouti
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 01:17 PM
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15. or so the Frank Zappa song goes n/t
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 12:57 PM
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12. Claiming Ignorance here also
Djibouti?

Also, I couldn't even begin to know how to pronounce it.
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reichstag911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 01:10 PM
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14. Ja-booty...
Edited on Thu Nov-30-06 01:11 PM by reichstag911
...Oh well, couldn't do a schwa, so I put an "a" after the "J" sound.
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zreosumgame Donating Member (862 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 01:00 PM
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13. you probably have, but did not realize it was a real country
It is one of those place names people find 'funny', normally prounounced as 'Di-Ja-Booty' in a kind of sing-song voice so it sounds like a made-up name in a movie.
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 02:58 PM
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16. I would have pointed to this at the map if asked to find Djibouti.
But I was a bit confused, because if you had pointed to the tiny country and asked me its name I would have called it "Afars and Isis" (or Issas). "Isis" pronounced something like ee-SEECE.

Between being French Somaliland and becoming Djibouti, that was the name it had. "Afar" is an ethnonym. Can't account for the "Issas" bit.

I suspect the Islamic Courts will aim for a greater Somalia; while they may be itching to fight Ethiopa, there are smaller, weaker areas that could be annexed first. Including the Somali areas of Djibouti.
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