[Editor's Note: If you understand the Illuminati
Agenda for one world governemnt conquest, you probably already know
that the depopulation of Africa is
a major goal of that plan. AIDS was introduced to Africa via the smallpox
vaccine program of the WHO in the late 70's and this economic massacre is
intended to speed along the devastation...Ken Adachi]
By YVES ENGLER <email@example.com> and BIANCA MUGYENYI
June 30, 2003
The G8 and Africa, Proliferating Desperation
Sickening is the best word to describe the hypocrisy between
what G8 nations do and say with regards to Africa.
Last summer, the Canadian media was abuzz with reports on
how Canada and the rest of the G8 were going to help Africa. Before the
G8 met the media was full of stories on the proposed New Partnership for
African Development, allegedly an African led initiative that the G8 was
going to help implement. Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien was repeatedly
hailed for his commitment to Africa's less fortunate.
Skeptics denounced the government's claims as a diversionary
stunt, aimed at drawing attention away from the growing criticism of the
G8 and its undemocratic nature.
It turns out that the skeptics were not far off the mark.
One year later and Canada has only given $70 million of its well-publicized,
though still meager, $500 million in extra aid to Africa.
Similarly, the G8 nations have done little in terms of reducing
agricultural subsidies that undermine Africa's agricultural exports.
Bush's recent complaints about how Europe is causing famine
in Africa by rejecting Genetically Modified foods demonstrates not his care
for the starving but his debt to the biotechnology industry. GM foods do
little in terms of increasing yields. However, they have potential environmental
and health effects. Further, they increase the cost of food production,
which will disadvantage small-scale African farmers.
Likewise, Bush's recent plan to give $15 billion worth of
aid to combat Aids illustrates his commitment to the pharmaceutical industry
not his commitment to those suffering with Aids. It was after all the Bush
administration that recently blocked access by poor nations to life saving
medicines at the World Trade Organization. Even more telling, this US aid
is conditional upon countries accepting American exports of Genetically
This should come as no surprise. The vast majority of G8 assistance
is tied aid, which is usually set up in a manner to further African dependency.
In fact, a central component of NEPAD is the exchange of debt relief and
'aid' for the further opening of African economies.
The ideologically driven governments of the G8 feel that the
past 20 years of intense privatization/liberalization throughout African
economies has been insufficient. According to the G8 more will do the trick.
Yet, the results thus far have been awful for most Africans.
Deprivation has proliferated. Even according to standard economic figures
the liberalization/privatization process has been unsuccessful.
Africa makes up approximately 13% of the world's population,
however, it accounts for only about 2% of world trade (Montreal Gazette).
Foreign direct investment into Africa is even more negligible, between 1%
and 2% of the world's total (Le Monde).
Still, G8 governments demand that Africa further liberalize
its economics. Ostensibly the reason is to bring Africa into the world economy.
The problem is, however, that Africa is already overly dependent on the
world economy. As of 1990, the ratio of extra-regional trade to GDP for
Africa was 45.6 per cent while it was only 12.8 per cent for Europe and
13.2 per cent for North America (these statistics have not changed significantly
throughout the century) (Monthly Review). Therefore, as a percentage of
GDP, Africa is more integrated into (dependent on) the world economy than
are Europe and North America.
Nevertheless, the G8 through the IMF, WB and now NEPAD continue
to push African countries to further liberalize their economies. Even though
countries that prosper, almost without fail, pursue auto-centered (inward
looking) economic policy. As do all G8 nations.
Instead of calling for any more opening up of African economies
or dumping GM foods, G8 nations seriously concerned about the welfare of
Africans would eliminate Africa's debt. Approximately, eighty per cent of
this debt is held by public institutions (the Canadian government, the International
Monetary Fund, World Bank etc...) Debt held by individual members of the
G8 could be alleviated unilaterally. Similarly, G8 countries control 48%
of the IMF and 46% of the WB, resulting in de facto control over all debt
held by these institutions (Montreal Gazette). The elimination of African
debt would not even gravely harm the IMF or the WB. It would, however, save
thousands if not millions of lives.
Not coincidentally, Uganda the country that has received the
most debt assistance in recent years also happens to be one of the only
African countries where Aids has declined sharply from a high of around
20% of the population to 6% (National Post). Nevertheless, the same G8 cou!
ntries that claim to have African poverty alleviation on their agenda, when
its politically expedient, have done little about the debt crisis that soaks
up billions of dollars across the continent.
This must change.
Surveys consistently demonstrate that the majority of North
Americans want an increase in their countries aid, when told the actual
amount given. Nevertheless, politicians beholden to big business and warped
by ideology, continue to disregard their electorates' desires, which undermines
domestic democracy and is tantamount to a death sentence for many Africans.
Yves Engler is a Montreal area activist currently working
on a book about activism at Concordia University. he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bianca Mugyenyi is a Ugandan recently returned to Montreal.
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