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Liberal guilt that hurts Africa


Martin Kettle
guardian.co.uk,
Sunday 24 May 2009 14.30 BST
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Dambisa Moyo pulls no punches. International aid to Africa has failed, she says. It hurts rather than helps. It does not equip individuals for the world. It destroys rather than empowers local leaders. Not a single country on the continent has become prosperous or stable through aid. Aid creates failed states rather than rescuing them. The situation is deteriorating not improving. An entire generation of young Africans is growing up in states which don’t work and in states where there is no work. The consequence is civil strife and the breakdown of order. Things will get worse, not least because the west cannot sustain its aid policies during the recession. The developed world should set a five-year deadline to stop aid altogether.

Views like these, expressed by the Zambian writer in her book Dead Aid, have made Moyo the darling of the old Anglo-American right and the despair of the old left. So you might think that her ideas would cause a riot, even among the herbivores who mostly comprise a Hay festival audience – or at least an outbreak of tut-tutting. But what was striking about Moyo’s discussion of her book with Jon Snow on Sunday morning was that most of the audience seemed content to take her views on the chin. Very few of the questions or comments from the floor were critical, while none of them mounted a fullblown challenge to her views.

I conclude from this that Moyo’s argument makes a liberal audience uneasy but that they rather suspect she may be right. If good intentions could change the world then the advocates of aid would have redeemed Africa a dozen times over. Yet good intentions and admirable motives, while obviously better than malign intentions and suspect motives, are not enough. Africa has 100,000 millionaires. Every African alive today has received roughly $5,000 in aid. If aid were the solution to Africa’s problems it would be a rich continent. Calls for Marshall Plans for Africa — a favourite ploy of Gordon Brown — rather overlook the fact that Africa has already received the equivalent of six equivalents of the original postwar Marshall plan in cash terms. Calls to open hearts and wallets make good headlines and make donors feel good but they don’t actually solve the problems. Playing on liberal guilt does not build a new Africa for its people. As Moyo says, no one would look to Michael Jackson for the answer to the credit crunch. So why would anyone expect Bono to have the answer to African misgovernment and dependency?

It is beyond dispute that Moyo sweeps casually over many issues that are more complicated than her analysis and well-crafted phrases allow. But I am equally sure that she is asking questions that need to be articulated and debated honestly rather than emotively, or as a test of moral sincerity, even if she has a somewhat scatter-gun approach. The issues around aid are best compared to the issues around the welfare state. Handouts do not automatically create welfare dependency. But they certainly can do so. And where dependency is not addressed, disorder and deliquency can follow. The lesson of late-20th-century welfare system is that dependency needs to be replaced by incentivisation, but without abandoning moral obligation. The same is true for aid. It’s a pity that the left, which has begun to face the facts over welfare reform, has not yet collectively faced them over aid. That’s why the Hay audience was right to feel more uneasy than angry at Moyo’s iconoclastic views.

Liberal guilt that hurts Africa

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May 25, 2009 Posted by | Africa, Africa's riches, African resources, Africans, Amnesty International, Belgium, Britain, Colonial Africa, Dambisa Moyo, Denmark, France, Germany, Gonzi, Holland, Italy, Jesuits, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, MSF, Netherlands, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Poland, Poverty, Poverty in Africa, Spain, UK, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta Government,EU and UNHCR telling us truth ?


The Clip all our Malta MEP’s never told us about!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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May 22, 2009 Posted by | Amnesty International, Britain, France, Germany, Gonzi, Illegal Immigration, Incompetent Malta Government, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Spain, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta’s Contribution in Europe towards Africa


Why is it that writing the truth id condemned by so many, I’d say the majority of people. I am going to explain better, Africa and the African are a hot issue, every where you go in the world. There is this misconception and impression that Africa and its people are poor, they need to be helped, they need more money, hospitals schools and everything else under the sun that we in the West are used to and taken for granted in our daily lives.

Well, I can assure you we (in the West) are wrong. We have shackled Africa and Africans permanently to poverty. God (who ever you might want him to be) blessed Africa and the African people with an unimaginable amount of wealth. The wise people of Europe and America, knows this, starting in the bad old days on the Scramble for Africa (1885), where major European countries (Scramble for Africa) to avert conflicts between colonized African Countries decided to have a conference on how Africa should be divided between European Countries and the USA. Everybody knows the tragedy and consequence since. As a side note: to add insult to Africa and Africans we made the Belgian capital Brussels as the European Capital, Belgium having the worst colonial track record in what is today DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) then Belgian Congo, under King Leopold of Belgium.

Since African Countries where given Independence (most of them middle of last century), Europe and the USA, still meddled in Africa’s politics, to gain advantage to Africa’s riches European Countries and USA started aid programs to African Nations, in return both Europe and USA secured access for their Companies in exploiting their resource for a pittance. By doing So, European Countries and the USA did not give a hoot who or how African Countries are Governed, namely in Africa you have vast amount of Countries Governed by tyrants. That is why you have whole Countries in Europe and the America that are literally Ali Baba’s caves (Switzerland, tax haven islands etc) for these despot leaders where they hide their cash diverted from what should money invested in their economies. Having a destabilized Africa is an advantage for European Countries and the USA and their mult-National Companies that exploit this to their advantage. Trillions of dollars in resources are cunningly taken from African resources in return for a few Billion of dollars given as aid and keeping African Countries in our dependence for their daily survival. These billions given as aid are then stolen by the second scavenging group under the banner of hundreds ngo groups in Africa and UN agencies.

Enter in the scene Dambisa Moyo, with her book ‘Dead Aid’. It is the best book I have ever read by a well educated woman and well versed in the economy, how whole Countries where elevated or being elevated out of poverty (like India and China), while Africa after being the receiver of over a trillion dollars in aid in the last sixty years and more than 400 million deaths since after the last world war, people still die in Africa of petty diseases that have long since been eradicated from most of the world. Something is wrong in how we treat Africa and the African people. I would make it compulsory for every Politician, NGO organization group member and charity groups to read this book if it is our intention to lift Africa out of poverty and decease. She states her case for Africa’s and African’s defense in her great book. Aid should be a short term solution to the problems in Africa not dependent on them.

I have been in my line of work in quite a few African Countries. I can’t believe the vast riches that open up in front of your eyes. Everywhere you look is a business opportunity, yet you just encounter death, poverty and decease. It is a hallmark of disgrace on humanity, where it should be a paradise for their own wealth and an engine to the world economy. They have the resources to feed the world economy with new clean energy resources, wind power generation, hydro power generation, solar power generation, hydro thermal power generation, apart from traditional fossil fuel. They are blessed with vast amount of mineral recourses. Water abundance that that could literally feed the world, you name it they have it, and they could do this from their excess to their needs. What is lacking is our commitment in efforts to lift Africa out of poverty by choosing to continue to rape Africa’s resources.

NGO and charity groups are not excused from this hideous crime either. They should force Western governments, and all governments for that matter to only commit aid if it is coupled first and foremost for African Countries to commit themselves to human rights conventions and have their own check and balances of how to control regimes and military. Secondly, yes commit our knowledge and expertise in building their education system, so that they are able to run their economy (hospitals, banking, agriculture, minerals etc) as a short term  solution not establishing our own permanent education as is done by most charity groups, thirdly assist in establishing investment in their Countries, so that it incentivizes Africans to get educated as it will be able to provide them with jobs to run their economies. We are doing them no favor by keeping them dependent on aid, because by doing so we are aiding despot African leaders to buy whole armies that terrorize their citizens to keep them in power while they abdicate their responsibility towards their citizens in providing for education, health care and a social network they deserve and have a right to. Europe will also gain from this experience because Africa will be a reliable trading partner in an infinite amount of resources that is available, with the only difference being  that we have to pay for them instead of stealing them through corrupt Governments. As for NGO groups and charity groups, I am hoping that this is their aim; as their business will suffer a decline; but after all the goal is to provide stable Countries with stable Governments that can provide the services for their citizens and beyond, or is it? After all Switzerland seams to provide a haven for Ali baba’s African stolen treasures, the UN headquarters in Europe (Geneva) and the NGO groups headquarters (Geneva), so who knows what’s in the Pot.

In the ideal world of doing what is right and good, all of the above should reverse the trend of people being displaced, humans being used for gain in human trafficking and illegal immigration, will relieve Africa of their dependence on outside governments and do-gooder groups, lift its people out of poverty and disease, make it a trading partner on the world stage. It can only be done if set targets are set to release Africa from its shackles of slavery and misery.It is a fallacy riding on the myth that Africa and Africans have a right to eternal aid because of their colonial past, India done it, Singapore done it and Malta done it, it’s time to move on  from self pity and get down to work.

Hear it yourself from Dambisa Moyo on Q&A (one hour interview),

a Zambian Born economist that has a vision for Africa, she should be employed by the European Union for the creation of a road map for Africa.

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Africa, Africa's riches, African resources, Africans, Amnesty International, Army, Britain, Colonial Africa, Dambisa Moyo, France, Germany, Gonzi, Illegal Immigration, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Poverty, Poverty in Africa, President Of Malta, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta and Europe – Self on a Self Destruction Mission


The European Elections has jolted our own Politicians (PL and PN) and the European Politicians to crawl out of hibernation and will be active for a wee while (till after beginning of June) and then they will either be going into hibernation once again till another election threatens their job or they go on a partying/spending spree (off EU tax money).

The funny thing is that they sprung into action and acclaiming credit to a problem that they have ignored and denied for years, something that Malta, Italy and the EU Politicians are guilty in it. Now that their very job is under threat by not only the Maltese electorate but also a host of EU Countries electorate, as Polls on Euronews and other European Countries polls indicate, the people demand solutions. Most politicians of major parties with big budgets to ward off any flack from illegal immigration problems are as usual resorting to presenting themselves as fighters for the peoples cause and concerns, but by now surely the EU public knows very well that the Politicians efforts will only last till after June elections, then it’s the usual silent invasion of Europe continues. The usual European workers losing their jobs and free handouts to illegal immigrants.

Mentioning all of this, it is also true that since the start of this year, the number of boat people carrying illegal immigrants have fallen, not because there is a lack of illegal immigrants wanting to start their journey to Europe, but precisely because of the European Elections. The hidden hand behind this lucrative human trafficking business know very well that if hard line Politicians are voted in, it will be the end of their business. Who might have a stake in this high income business?

Well my grave suspicions are with those that have a lot at stake, the obvious losers of income if illegal immigration comes to a halt are- Yes, you’ve guessed it, our beloved EU Politicians with our Tax money cheque book , giving infinite amount of unaccountable money to African Nations to supposedly elevating those Nations out of Poverty. If the results in Africa looked promising, it would have been money well spent, as Africa could have started on the road to recovery, with less lives being lost and living standards improved. That is obviously not the case as everyone with a brain can notice. The other equally worried entities that will stand to lose if the traditional politicians are voted out of the EU are quite a few world class agencies and NGO groups. They are equally beneficiaries of infinite amount of money with no accountability, namely UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Amnestity International, the Jesuits and other highly tax money paid groups. They are also the once holding whole Countries hostage by blackmailing politicians into either playing into their hands or otherwise exposing their Countries into International shame and condemnation. Believe me they have enough power and friends in the media to do just that, even if it is not just. Their failure (Politicians and the other groups) will be dumped on our conscience just like they shirked off their involvement and responsibility when the financial crises hit the man in the street.

If, and only if, one supposes that the EU electorate manages to push in change in Europe, at least one battle would have been won for Europe, and delayed the occupation of Europe by this subtle masonry groups, which on one hand claim separation of church and state and on the other hand they manage to privilege other religions (namely Islam) .Try as you might, the day will come when Europe be no more and out of its ashes will rise Eurabia. The new World Order will be Islamic, like it or not. George Orwell predicted it as did Nostradamus. At the end of the day, Europe would have got what it has deserved, as it was to drunk and continually raped by its European sons and daughters that despised her by their neglect in finding true leaders among its midst to protect and legislate in keeping her(Europe) safe and powerful for her future generations. Europe deserves its self imposed doom.

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Amnesty International, Britain, Britain without identity, Discrimination against Christians, France, Germany, Hostage, Illegal Immegration, Illegal Immigration, Incompetent Malta Government, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Maltese Justice, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, Modern Christian Persecution, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Sangatte, Spain, Terrorism, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment