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Obama’s Africa Speech: Lies, Hypocrisy, and a Prescription for Continued African Dependence

Posted by seumasach on July 21, 2009

Q. Is Obama better than Bush?

A. It depends how you like your imperialism – with a white face or a black one.

By Stephen Gowans

What’s Left

17th July, 2009

US president Barack Obama’s speech at Accra, Ghana on July 11, 2009 was equal parts jaw dropping hypocrisy, outright fiction, sound advice for Africans if taken literally, and advocacy for institutions ideally suited to capital accumulation in Africa by Western investors. Africans should heed the US president’s call to embrace the idea that Africa’s future is up to Africans (and Africans alone) and to build their own nations, but the path Obama proposes, if followed, would condemn Africa to continued underdevelopment and perpetual dependence on the West.

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Obama-Stop Blaming the West (or We’ll Bomb You)

Posted by seumasach on July 12, 2009

Having established saintly status for himself Obama can now get off with this mendacious, racist caricature of Africa and rebrand Western plunder as “patronage”. The nerve of this charlatan, fresh from putting the finishing touches to the US kleptocracy, in attacking African leaders for self-enrichment is astounding and puts him firmly in the Blair, Goebbels school of deception and hypocrisy.

Here is a particularly brazen lie:

“But the West is not responsible for the destruction of the Zimbabwean economy over the last decade”

For in depth exposure of this lie we recommend Stephen Gowan’s blog, What’s Left. Alternatively look at our Zimbabwe section in “categories” ( left-hand column)

Africans need to take cognisance of the fact that behind the “partnership” verbiage lies the menace of Africom. ITNT strongly recommends that African states reject any “health” initiatives coming from the USA.


11th July, 2009

Adopting a tone his white predecessors never dared employ, the US President told Africa it could no longer blame the West for all its woes.

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Concerned Africa Scholars’ Jacob Mundy

Posted by smeddum on March 18, 2009


By Stephen Gowans

March 17, 2009



A member of the executive committee of the scholars’ organization that has accused Mahmoud Mamdani of falling for the anti-imperialist rhetoric of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has volunteered and worked for pro-imperialist organizations and has given briefings to the US State Department and Intelligence Council. (1) Read the rest of this entry »

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African Leaders: Lift Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Now!

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2009


Jan. 31 (EIRNS)—London, which has consistently taken the lead in attacks against the Zimbabwe government for not being democratic, is taking a chilly attitude toward the agreement between three Zimbabwe parties to form a Government of National Unity, instead of helping the new government to be a success.

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Ahmadinejad and Mugabe blast West

Posted by smeddum on December 1, 2008

Ahmadinejad blasts West
Web posted at: 11/30/2008 5:52:4
DOHA: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday called for developing an alternative economy in the face of the “total failure” of socialism and capitalism.

Addressing the plenary session of the International Conference on Financing for Development here, Ahmadinejad hit out against the “capitalist bloc”.

“Knowing (the problem) is the best way to address the problem. The capitalist bloc is facing an impasse in its philosophical, cultural and economic arena”, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Government Report Undermines Zimbabwe Opposition’s Claim of Independence

Posted by smeddum on October 5, 2008

US Government Report Undermines Zimbabwe Opposition’s Claim of Independence
Filed under: Civil Society, Zimbabwe — gowans @ 10:20 pm
By Stephen Gowans
The US government had a hand in formulating the policy platform of the Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, and funded community-based newsletters to create a platform to persuade Zimbabweans to accept Washington’s point of view, according to a US government report. The report boasts that Washington is the undisputed leader in nurturing anti-government civil society organizations in Zimbabwe, operating through a CIA-interlocked organization led by former New York investment banker and Michael Milken right-hand man, Peter Ackerman. Read the rest of this entry »

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Heidi Holland’s Dinner with Mugabe: Failed Demonography

Posted by smeddum on September 28, 2008

Heidi Holland’s Dinner with Mugabe: Failed Demonography
Filed under: Zimbabwe — gowans @ 5:31 pm Whats Left
By Stephen Gowans
Journalist Heidi Holland’s biography of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, Dinner with Mugabe, begins with the assumption that Zimbabwe’s long-standing president is a monster. In addition, Mugabe, who recently struck a deal with factions of the opposition MDC to share power, is accused by his biographer of creating “a de facto one party state,” [1] and of “failings and excesses” that have left Zimbabweans “starving” [2] – standard fare from Western journalists.
The fact that Zimbabwe’s opposition now controls the legislature and is due to hold a majority of cabinet posts clashes violently with Holland’s depiction of the country as a de facto one party state. By comparison, no one, much less Holland, complains about South Africa, truly a de facto one party state, which suggests that whatever beefs she has with Zimbabwe have nothing to with it being a de facto one party state, (which it isn’t) otherwise we might expect South Africa, and not just Zimbabwe, to fall within her sights (which it hasn’t.) Read the rest of this entry »

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NAM backs Iran’s right to acquire peaceful nuclear energy

Posted by smeddum on August 3, 2008

NAM backs Iran’s right to acquire peaceful nuclear energy
Posted: 2008/08/02

The 15th meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement ”NAM” foreign ministers wound up on Wednesday releasing a final statement and two documents on Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities and the Zimbabwe crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mugabe’s Biggest Sin-Anglo-American and Chinese interests clash over Zimbabwe’s strategic mineral wealth

Posted by seumasach on July 31, 2008


F. William Engdahl

Global Research

30th July, 2008

Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, presides over one of the world’s richest minerals treasures, the Great Dyke region, which cuts a geological swath across the entire land from northeast to southwest. The real background to the pious concerns of the Bush Administration for human rights in Zimbabwe in the past several years is not Mugabe’s possible election fraud or his expropriation of white settler farms. It is the fact that Mr. Mugabe has been quietly doing business, a lot of it, with the one country which has virtually unlimited need of strategic raw materials Zimbabwe can provide—China. Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is, along with Sudan, on the central stage of the new war over control of strategic minerals of Africa between Washington and Beijing, with Moscow playing a supporting role in the drama. The stakes are huge.

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‘Dodgy Dossier’ on Zimbabwe crushed

Posted by smeddum on July 13, 2008

‘Dodgy Dossier’ on Zimbabwe crushed

Philip Murombedzi

Sat, 12 Jul 2008 10:22:00 +0000 Zimbabwe Guardian

WHAT exactly is happening to the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown? In June he suffered a humiliation local election defeat which left his party with one of the worst election outcomes in decades. Then came the Mayor of London election which Labour candidate Ken Livingstone dismally lost to ‘cartoon character’ Boris Johnson. Yesterday his ‘dodgy sanctions dossier’ calling for sanctions on Zimbabwe was crushed by Russia and China. Read the rest of this entry »

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Africa Advocacy and The Zimbabwe Factor

Posted by smeddum on July 11, 2008

By Netfa Freeman AfricaSpeaks
July 10, 2008

Like some commentaries of the last two weeks, accounts of the situation in Zimbabwe by Africa advocacy organizations are virtually identical to those of corporate media, UK and US government officials. Solidarity With The People of Zimbabwe by Nunu Kidane, the quote by featured cartoonist Tony Namate published in the June 26th issue No. 283, and Bill Fletcher’s commentary titled, Mugabe Sworn in Officially…Simultaneously Loses his Legacy, in last week’s issue No. 284 all depict Zimbabwe as descending to hell in a hand basket at the hands of a despotic Mugabe. Read the rest of this entry »

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