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New Recolorization of Africa
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independence, without economic independence, is but an illusion."
ago, the President of the Empire, George W. Bush, paraded throughout
West, and southern Africa, to pave the way for corporate expansion
and, of course, further Western exploitation of Africa.
He gave some
mindless speech about freedom at Goree Island, in Senegal (which,
like his infamous State of the Union speech, he didn't write); even
as he defiled the place of colonial rape of a continent, he comes
to Africa with shackles in his pockets, designed to re-enslave the
people for the wealth and enrichment of others. This time, he came
to chain African workers to the leeches of the International Monetary
Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the neo-liberalists of the World
Trade Organization (WTO).
leaders of the global credit cartel, have done untold damage around
the world, forcing governments to follow socially destructive policies
against their own people, in order to gain access to Western markets.
The IMF/World Bank are, to use a now-common phrase, weapons of mass
destruction. These are instruments of U.S. imperial policy. In the
book, "Power Trip: U.S. Unilateralism and Global Strategy After
September 11" (Seven Stories, 2003), the writers explain how
powerful these groups are:
These are ostensibly
multinational organizations, but it is well-known that the IMF is
primarily controlled by the U.S. Treasury Department. The World
Bank is subordinate to the IMF, and most other lenders including
the governments of the major industrialized powers and even much
of the private sector defer to the IMF's judgment.
cartel, in conjunction with what Columbia economist Jagdish Bhagwati
has called the "Wall Street-Treasury complex," confronts
most low - and middle-income countries with enormous power. It is
analogous to the power that the Oil Producing and Exporting Countries
(OPEC) have over oil. OPEC uses its cartel to control, as much as
possible, the price of oil; the IMF/Treasury uses the creditors'
cartel not to control the price of credit, but to decide the economic
(and sometimes political) policies of borrowing countries.
In other words,
*the IMF is able to tell most governments that if they do not adopt
its policies, then they will not get credit from most other sources.*
This is the most concentrated power in the world, *greater in its
efficacy than the might of the U.S. military.* (p. 86)
Bush came to Africa for the same reason that Henry the Navigator
sent ships down the West Coast of Africa 500 years ago, and Arab
dhows sailed the eastern African coastlines for a thousand years
to exploit Black life for their own enrichment. Period.
think this guy, who presided over the racist death penalty in Texas,
who mis-governed the state as it experienced a racist, violent resurgence,
who became president only because tens of thousands of Black so-called
citizens were disenfranchised of their right to vote in Florida,
gives a hot damn about Africans?
Texas, we should
recall, fought a war with Mexico, to extend slavery into its territories.
And so, he comes
to Africa, to sit and have photo ops with African leaders, while
they both look at the people the way lions look at gazelles
The lion doesn't
announce his presence. He creeps in the tall grass, its color blotting
out his intent and his threat, until he gets close enough, to pounce.
The People of
Africa must unite, across borders, across languages, across tribes
and clans, to beat back this perverse second colonization.
It is possible.
It is necessary. All it takes is will.
today are not the friends of Africa. They weren't a century ago;
they ain't today. They come with smiles and suits, and promises.
History has taught us that where they walk, bones will surely follow.
be an important part of the anti-globalist movement that has grown,
and blossomed since the surprising explosion of Seattle.
If we could've
saved centuries of heartache for our ancestors, what would we have
We are the living
ancestors of those to come; it is our duty to save them the heartache
that America wants to bring - again.
2003 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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