Eritrea: The Threat of a Good Example

photo of Isaias Afwerki“Fifty years, and billions of dollars in post-colonial international aid have doe little to lift Africa from chronic poverty. African societies are crippled societies. You can’t keep these people living on handouts, because that doesn’t change their lives.”

– Eritrea’s President explaining to the World Bank why he was rejecting their $200M aid package.

The video below is an excerpt from a speech delivered by geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser of at the 2015 Young People’s Front for Democracy and Justice Conference  on August 22 this year.

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Cashless Society Arrives in Africa

It was recently announced at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa that MasterCard and the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) under the government of Nigeria would form a partnership to distribute a new identity card to every Nigerian citizen.  The purpose of the card is to have all Nigerian citizens participate in the financial services sector under the control of MasterCard, a multinational financial services corporation headquartered in New York.  MasterCard’s press release ‘MasterCard to Power Nigerian Identity Card Program’ stated:

As part of the program, in its first phase, Nigerians 16 years and older, and all residents in the country for more than two years, will get the new multipurpose identity card which has 13 applications including MasterCard’s prepaid payment technology that will provide cardholders with the safety, convenience and reliability of electronic payments. This will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of these Nigerians who have not previously had access to financial services.

Read more at Archived as pdf: Cashless_Society_Arrives_in_Africa

Bankers Dam Scam in Ethiopia

As if the bankers hadn’t stolen enough money in the so-called bailouts. The record bonuses they gave themselves while pensioners and the poorest part of society had to take cuts in income or pay more tax to pay them were obviously not enough. Now the parasites have Ehtiopia in their sights for yet another ‘development’ scam.

Africa Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the World Bank are among the ‘potential funders’ for this project, along with the Italian government whose company Salini Costruttori, has been contracted to build the dam. This in spite of the fact that the previous dam they built in the area partially collapsed after 10 days. What a bunch of bankers!

In a place where people are already dying of hunger, the dam will cause even more by stopping the regular floods of the Omo River, which deposits fertile silt on the river banks. And just to make sure, government plans to lease huge tracts of tribal land in the Omo Valley to foreign companies and governments for large-scale production of crops*, including biofuels, which will be fed by water from the dam. Doubtless this is the only way they will get any money off the parasite bankers.

This all shows what you get when you involve corporations and banks in your development projects. It’s stupid to expect anything else really. You can let them know what you think (as if they give a sh*t).

*Just in case you’re imagining that crops would be a good thing where people are starving, don’t bank on it! In the year that Live aid happened, when loads of rich westerners had a big party to “help the poor starving ethiopians”, there were 30 MILLION HEAD OF CATTLE in Ethiopia. But they were destined for export. And if that isn’t enough, here’s a little gem from a Barclays Bank report on “Prospects for Investment in Ethiopia” (Oct.1985)

“The chief cash crop is coffee, grown on the plateaux in the South West, providing around 60% of the country’s total export earnings. Output in the 1984/85 {famine year} harvest is expected to be some 20% down on the previous season at 160,000 TONNES . Additionally, transport difficulties arising from the diversion of vehicles for drought relief are hindering exports

Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction

Our non-interference with traditional culture approach is supported again by news that at least one indigenous livestock breed becomes extinct each month as a result of overreliance on select breeds imported from the United States and Europe, according to the study, “The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources,” conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Continue reading “Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction”

150,000 Indian Farmers Commit Suicide Due to Debt

One of the guiding principles of our organization is to help people find ways to solve their problems without introducing new problems, one such problem that commonly occurs is debt. India may be the trend-setter here, with an estimated 150,000 debt-ridden farmers succumbing to suicide since 1997. With guns in short supply in rural India, the desperate farmers have taken to drinking the pesticides meant for their crops. Continue reading “150,000 Indian Farmers Commit Suicide Due to Debt”