Saturday, January 03, 2015

The African Story-line

Who benefits from portraying more than a billion people as poverty stricken and an entire continent as nothing more than wastelands for numerous crises? United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) want to utilize Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to spread the message of poverty and crisis on the continent whereas facilitating the exploits of western companies. How can Africa be simultaneously poor with business profit margins that are off the chain? European oil corporations like Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, and British Petroleum which are ranked as the riches worldwide corporations have been exploit­ing Africa for centuries.

The poverty and crisis propaganda about Africa serves the incestuous and imperial relationship between Eu­ropean and African elites. For example, France is able to preach about liberté and égalité while supporting dictators like Mr. Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Mr. Paul Biya of Cameroun. Europeans and Washington speak of freedom and democracy while supplying rulers in Ethiopia, Ugandan, and Djibouti with weapons to derail the interest of their masses. Switzerland is notorious for acting as co-conspirators of these multi-millionaire gangsters that steal from African nations and deposit billions in European financial banking institutions like the original European imperialist.

However, Europeans are not the only ones talking out of both sides of their mouths that think the rest of us are stupid and/or blind. African rulers and their cohorts are major agents in this global conspiracy. For example, it is alleged by some publications that the Democratic Republic of Congo which is now the second biggest African country, is also the poorest in the world. But Congo is one of the largest producers of coltan which is in many elec­tronic devices including cellphones. The African rulers in Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and South Africa have gen­erated billions from the Congo basin through dubious refining and extracting activities. Congolese women have be­come synonymous as the collateral damage of the various schemes to steal resources.

Liberia which is also listed as one of the poorest countries in the world has some thriving mining and forestry industries. The former and present rulers of Liberia are mostly millionaires and Mr. Charles Taylor gave out diamonds to his lovers. Liberia is so poor that Firestone Tire and Rubber Company has generated billions by extracting rubber from Liberian plantations.

But the saga continues because Africa remains under assault from within and without. 

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