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One of many possible high-speed rail
networks. Note that one can, as in
this example, bypass Eritrea and
Somalia in the northeast. Similarly,
while we expect that the King of
Morocco is much too intelligent not
to want Casablanca as a
multi-modal port,were there some
sort of  problem in northwestern
Africa one might discard the purple
route in favor of the yellow. There
are several variations on how to get
from Tripoli in Libya to Bamako in
Mali. From there the choice of which
port to connect to is arbitrary.  
If the yellow line continues west to Bissau, or of the purple line connecting to Nouakchott in Mauritania
gets built out, all is well for Guinea-Bissau. Instead, if the yellow line swings south to Conakry in Guinea
Guinea-Bissau and Senegal are in for a very bleak future. We burned through an enormous amount of
non-GPU cycles exploring the economics of an east-west route running from Boosaaso near the
northeastern tip of Somalia almost due west across to Bissau. Feasible only if Suez is really blocked.