My apology to only English speaking readers of this blog, because the video here presented is in French.
Many questions that the French journalists ask to the Burkinabe president, Blaise Compaore, are very embarrassing. Some of his answers make me speechless, so much so that one wonders if these African dictators are either out of touch with reality or are effectively faking it.
At the question of an African High Military Command to protect institutions and populations, it is interesting to note that the issue is being seriously looked into at the continental level.
The problem which might arise will however be, as in any other area for Africa, the absence of searching adequate solutions within own realms instead of seeking dependence from the same sources which don’t want to see a stable continent.
Don’t Be Blind This Time
They died in wars engineered by US, Britain and Israel mainly in the Great Lakes region with Joweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda as their grounds’ commanding officers. Can these victims be too mourned? You can do that by signing the petition which can be found at this link. By doing so, you can make their death officially acknowledged and the murders possibly taken before a court of justice. Continue reading
Posted in Africa
Mandela and Mobutu
This title for the following article is mine but the author is the Congolese writer Patrice Mbeko and the English translation of the French original text is from the Congolese historian BK Kumbi. Continue reading
Posted in Africa
Tagged Mandela, Mobutu
By David Himbara
Yesterday (4 Dec 2013) the New Times newspaper was celebrating the claim that Rwanda is the least corrupt in the region. The newspaper’s assertion is based Transparency International’s Index.
Let us first of all get one thing clear. Transparency International Index DOES NOT MEASURE corruption. It merely analyses people’s PERCEPTIONS of corruption. I repeat, the index does not presume to measure the actual corruption but the perception of corruption. That is why the index is called “Corruption Perception Index” because it is based on aggregating and averaging people’s perceptions of corruption. Continue reading
Posted in Africa
Tagged EAGI, Kagame, Rwanda
“…The continued diversion of minerals is not the only exploitative practice. Today Africa is the largest recipient of external aid in the world. A continent where half of the population survives on less than 1$ a day, but for every 1$ of aid coming in 10$ are lost through illegal capital heading out,” indicates Al Jazeera’s commentator in the documentary.
“437 billion $ have left African countries between 2000 and 2008; they left illicitly, secretly, illegally. And much of that has flooded into tax heavens owned by European countries, Britain particularly, and so the ordinary people of Africa haven’t benefited from this last decade which has been a very good decade for Africa economically. But when you go there you still see people as poor as ever,” explains Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society.
“Under the shadow of financial system built on the ruins of colonialism, foreign banks and multinationals working in Africa avoid paying taxes. Anonymous trust accounts, fake foundations, money laundering, tax heavens, and trade mis-pricing all go unchecked. Since 1970, an estimated 854 billion $ has been lost, enough to wipe out external debt. And has also left 600 billion $ more for development. The financial rewards can be traced back to those countries proudly bailing out aid depending African countries: a striking parallel to the colonial story. Also echoing the past, China is entering the scene once monopolized by Europe, opening up options for African commerce,” continues explaining Al Jazeera.