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Trying understanding ongoing crisis in Libya and the region

By Dan Glazebrook

The original title of the author’s article is :“Egypt is calling the West’s bluff over its phony war on ISIS.”

Sarkozy and Kaddafi

Sarkozy and Kaddafi

This is the state of affairs NATO bequeathed to Libya, reversing the country’s trajectory as a stable, prosperous pan-African state that was a leading player in the African Union and a thorn in the side of US and British attempts to re-establish military domination.

Western states are trumpeting ISIS as the latest threat to civilisation, claiming total commitment to their defeat, and using the group’s conquests in Syria and Iraq as a pretext for deepening their own military involvement in the Middle East. Continue reading

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Land grabbing – a constant in African contemporary and past history

A form of robbery by the powerful through deprivation of rights on properties belonging to indigenous people or their ancestors, land grabbing in Africa took enormous and decisive rip with colonization and significant role of the new African elites which, after the period of independence, came to preside over the destiny of their respective countries on the continent.

In countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, etc land grabbing has almost transformed negatively and irreversibly the lives of millions of Africans who have become destitute in many places. Being a continental problem, it has manifested itself – and continues to be – differently according to local and past history, but also because of involved interests.

Amma Fosuah Poku, an African human rights activist based in London, describes in the following paragraphs the case of the Lang’ata Primary School in Nairobi Kenya.

In Kenya pupils and parents are resisting land grabbing of school land. On 19th January 2015 pupils and parents of Lang’ata primary school protested about the land grabbing of their school land. The response of the state was to send in armed police who tear gassed the people protesting.

Ten days later on 29th January 2015 parents of children who attend St. Catherine primary school took their 20 year land grab protest to the government cabinet secretary for land, housing and urban development who assured them the land would be returned to the school.

Of course land grabbing is not a new phenomenon, 26th February 2015 marks 130 years since the end of the Berlin conference, the biggest land grab in the history of humankind, the colonisation of Africa.

As African people resisted colonial land grabbing, all present day attempts to grab land which rightfully belongs to the people (whether by an African elite class, super rich foreigners, multinational companies or foreign countries) must be resisted.

We must always remember that, despite the challenges, there is power in people uniting to pursue freedom, fairness and justice.

Below, the first of two video reports which I’m sharing courtesy of Chukwunyere Kamalu (posted the video link below in Stop FIIA Facebook group) shows the police response to pupils and parents protesting at Lang’ata primary school. Irungu Houghton, who is know to some of us, can be seen being manhandled by the police towards the end of the clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ubpZbR2U-E

The second video is of parents of pupils of St. Catherines Primary school protesting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TEZ1kpH3Kg

Pupils teargassed as wall at Lang’ata school demolished

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Africa: States of independence – the scramble for Africa

“…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.

Dambisa Moyo – Winner takes all

Newly-built African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa – Courtesy The Guardian

And the winner is? – China.

Winner take all is the title of the book published in June 2012 by the Zambian author and economist Dambisa Moyo. She has already written two other titles which became bestsellers: Dead Aid and How the West was lost. Continue reading

China: US malicious worries for Africa

A while ago I came across a book of which title was ‘If China had discovered America’.

One plausible hypothesis from that would be for example that instead of writing these lines in English and from London I would possibly be doing that in Chinese and based somewhere in China.

The global metropolis the world would be attracted to would be Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai and not Paris, New York or Rome.

Of course, most of the street signs we read in English in the Anglo-Saxon countries would be mainly if not all written in Chinese.

A recent surprise though was to see in London buses covered with ads written only in Chinese without any English word to tell people what these unusual signs meant apart from like pointing to the British public on such script as ‘We are Chinese. We have landed.’ Continue reading