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calendar   Monday - August 08, 2005

More Money For Africa?

imageimageEveryone says we should throw more money at Africa. U2’s Bono is running around the world begging for money, LiveAid gives concerts and the UN wrings its hands over the starving and dying. In my opinion, it is a ”money pit”. For those of you who never saw the movie (of the same name) or bought a house that was a “fixer-upper”, it is a way of throwing away good money after bad. Africa is no exception to this rule. In fact, as long as we throw money at the continent it will only prolong the agony. Why can’t we pass some legislation and call it the “No African Left Behind Act” .. where they only get money if they show reasonable signs of progress in solving their problems?

Take a look at the two quotes below. They both concern the West African country of Mali. The first comes from the US Department Of State and the second is from a news story today from AP ....


Mali

Area: 1,240,278 sq. km. (474,764 sq. mi.); about the size of Texas and California combined.

Population (2002 est.): 10.5 million.

US Foreign Aid: In 2003, U.S. assistance reached $44.2 million: This included $40.7 million in sector support made available through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs; a Peace Corps program budget of $2.8 million for 190 volunteers serving in Mali; Self-Help and the Democracy Funds of $153,000; and State Department Public Diplomacy Funds of $300,000 for educational opportunities and local projects. Military assistance includes $100,000 for the International Military Education Training (IMET) program, and $200,000 for the Regional Defense Counter Terrorism Fellowship (RDCTF) program. The Department of State dedicated $1.05 million to train militaries of the Pan Sahel countries, including Mali.

Hmmmm .... a somewhat large country with a very small population receiving over $4 per person annually in US foreign aid. And you, the US taxpayer, are paying for it!

MARSI, Mali (AP)—While the world’s attention has been fixed on famished Niger, Sidi Mohammed’s big, tearful eyes and cries of hunger reveal another food crisis unfolding next door. The year-old baby, mewling as his mother tries to feed him a cup of vitamin-rich gruel provided by aid workers, is one of an estimated 1.5 million of Mali’s 11 million people are said to be facing hunger, among them an estimated 144,000 children already suffering malnourishment.

Aid workers say they fear a replay of what happened in neighboring Niger, where the world ignored repeated warnings and only rushed in aid in recent weeks when images of starving children hit TV screens. The U.N. World Food Program said an appeal for $7.5 million was facing a shortfall of 85 percent, which it called “devastating. A similar appeal for Niger got 70 percent of the $16 million sought, mostly from Australia, Germany and the United States. But that was at least seven months after the first calls for help went out for the entire region.

Across the chronically dry and dusty West African region on the edge of the Sahara, malnutrition is a yearly blight. Poor rains and locusts worsened the situation last year, and now Sidi and his three siblings are dangerously underfed and dependent on food aid. Burkina Faso and Mauritania also are affected. “We had nothing to eat except the milk of our three sheep. I was very afraid. What could I do for my children?” says Sidi’s mother, 25-year-old Ahmetan Ahmedu.

Now that we’ve had our “Sally Struthers Moment” from AP and the UN, consider this: maybe we’re just making things worse by propping these people up. If we keep giving them handouts, they’ll just keep their hands out. That’s just human nature. Why take on the tough task of remedying the problem with internal decisions and real solutions when somebody externally will just keep pouring money into the mess?

Besides, the only memorable thing about Mali is that it is home to a city named .... ”Timbuktu”, legendary city in “the middle of nowhere”. No truer words were ever spoken .. nor money spent in a more useless cause.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/08/2005 at 02:15 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 01, 2005

Sudan For Dummies

Attention, class! Today’s lesson will be about a country in Africa. The country in question is Sudan. It lies just to the South of Egypt. Sudan is divided along racial and religious lines into three main sections. The Muslims control the North of the country and the capitol of Khartoum (regions 1,5,16,17,18 on the map below). The Christians control the South of the country (regions 19,20,21 on the map below). The Western part of the country is mostly black African tribes (region 7 below) and is called Darfur. You may have heard of Darfur recently. The Muslims in the North, who control the government and the military, have employed militia gangs of Muslim gunmen to practice genocide on the West Sudanese in Darfur. They are killing these people off because their skin is black and they are not Muslims.

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The Muslims in the North do not like anyone who is not a Muslim. They have employed every means possible to eradicate the people in the Western part of the country. The United Nations has helped them by doing absolutely nothing and ignoring the mass murders. No one has an accurate count of how many black Africans have been killed in this genocidal war. Estimates are that as many as 2 million have died. Condaleeza Rice visited the Sudanese capitol last week and she and her entourage were roughed up and manhandled by the Sudanese security police but the Sudanese government issued an apology afterward so that makes it alright, right?

What you may not know is that the Muslims in the North engaged in a 21-year civil war against the Christians in the south that only ended last year. The Muslims in the North and the Christians in the South fought to a standstill and declared a truce, offering to share the government. Part of the agreement was that there would be a Muslim President and a Christian Vice President. The office of President was given to Omar el-Bashir, an ugly looking Muslim thug. The office of Vice President was given to John Garang, who had been the leader of the Southern Sudanese Christian rebels fighting the Northern Muslims.

Now we come to the part of our story that the Brits would call a “sticky wicket”. Two days ago, John Garang went missing as he flew by helicopter to his home in the South. It turns out Garang’s helicopter crashed in the mountains, killing all on board. Christians in the South are naturally suspicious and angry at the Muslims, suspecting foul play. I don’t blame them. Muslims cannot be trusted, believed or relied on. Especially in Africa. So it looks like Sudan may be on the verge of another civil war between the North and the South. The Christians and the Muslims. Meanwhile the black Africans in the West continue to starve and be murdered by roving bands of Muslim thugs. Now you know as much as Kofi Annan & the UN as well as Jesse Jackson and all the “African-Americans” know. They are doing nothing to stop this. This murder and genocide of “their people”. Millions more will die this year as Africa spirals back into darkness and the Muslim invaders purge the continent of all non-Muslims ....

KHARTOUM, Sudan—Rioters burned cars and threw stones in Sudan’s capital Monday after a helicopter crash killed the country’s vice president, who until recently was a southern rebel leader. Sudanese leaders appealed for calm and said the nation’s peace process would remain on track. But some southern Sudanese were suspicious about the circumstances of the death of John Garang, who was a key figure in the fledgling peace deal between the predominantly Arab Muslim government and the Christian south.

Anti-riot police were deployed to several areas of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, where crowds pelted passers-by with stones and smashed car windows. At least 10 private and government-owned cars were set on fire. Khartoum’s governor ordered a 6 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew and the city’s streets were empty of people and traffic an hour before the order took effect. Witnesses reported at least two people had been killed during clashes in the capital. There was no official confirmation.

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum said there were reports of violence in southern Sudan and issued a reminder of its warnings to Americans to avoid nonessential travel to the country. There were no details on the southern violence. The violence and widespread grief surrounding Garang’s death forced most in the capital to lock themselves inside their homes. Shop owners shuttered their stores.

“Murderers! Murderers!” yelled some southern Sudanese protesters who alleged the Sudanese government, which had battled Garang’s rebel force for two decades before this year’s peace deals, might have been behind the crash. “We lost Garang at a time when we needed him the most, but we think that we have made great strides toward peace and we believe that that peace process should continue,” said Garang aide Nihal Deng during an emergency Cabinet meeting.

Garang’s longtime deputy, Silva Kiir, was quickly named to succeed him as head of his Sudan People’s Liberation Army and as president of south Sudan, Garang spokesman Yasser Arman told The Associated Press. Kiir said he called a meeting of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement top decision-making body to assemble for an emergency meeting. The SPLM became part of the national unity government in July, when Garang became vice president.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/01/2005 at 10:56 AM   
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