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Who Aid Whom?. Africa Aid the World Not the Other Way Round.

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Who Aid Whom?. Exposing the True Story of Africa’s $192 Billion Losses Research released by a coalition of African and UK partners reveals that Africa loses almost six and a half times the amount of money that it receives in aid. ARTICLE | 15 JULY 2014 - 12:32PM | BY JUDITH CAVANAGH “It says something about this country. It says something about our standing in the world and our sense of duty in helping others… in short – it says something about the kind of people we are… And that makes me proud to be British.” As exhibited by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who made the above comment on 8 June 2013, governments of wealthy countries like to tell tales of generous aid spending and a common responsibility to help those less fortunate in the world. But there is another story to tell. And it is not a story of what is given to continents such as Africa, but of what is taken away. Research published today reveals that whilst the continent receives $30 billion in aid a year

Why Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa.

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 Why Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa Money from rich countries has trapped many African nations in a cycle of corruption, slower economic growth and poverty. Cutting off the flow would be far more beneficial, says Dambisa Moyo. A month ago I visited Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. This suburb of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is home to more than one million people, who eke out a living in an area of about one square mile -- roughly 75% the size of New York's Central Park. It is a sea of aluminum and cardboard shacks that forgotten families call home. The idea of a slum conjures up an image of children playing amidst piles of garbage, with no running water and the rank, rife stench of sewage. Kibera does not disappoint. What is incredibly disappointing is the fact that just a few yards from Kibera stands the headquarters of the United Nations' agency for human settlements which, with an annual budget of millions of dollars, is mandated to "promote socially and

African Governments Are Destroying Their Countries with Foreign Aid.

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 The Sorry Record of Foreign Aid in Africa. African Governments Are Destroying Their Countries With Foreign Aid. August 01, 2001 by James Peron For almost half a century the countries of Africa have been awash in aid. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been given to African governments. More billions were lent to these same governments. Countless tons of food have inundated the continent, and swarms of consultants, experts, and administrators have descended to solve Africa’s problems. Yet the state of development in Africa is no better today than it was when all this started. Per capita income, for most of Africa, is either stagnant or declining. Just a few years ago a World Bank report admitted that 75 percent of their African agricultural projects were failures.1 Other aid agencies weren’t any luckier. Operation Mils Mopti in Mali was supposed to increase grain production but the government imposed “official” prices on the grain and had to force farmers into

Last Message From Patrice Lumumba.

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  Last Message From Patrice Lumumba Patrice Lumumba shortly before execution My dear companion, I write you these words without knowing if they will reach you, when they will reach you, or if I will still be living when you read them. All during the length of my fight for the independence of my country, I have never doubted for a single instant the final triumph of the sacred cause to which my companions and myself have consecrated our lives. But what we wish for our country, its right to an honorable life, to a spotless dignity, to an independence without restrictions, Belgian colonialism and its Western allies-who have found direct and indirect support, deliberate and not deliberate among certain high officials of the United Nations, this organization in which we placed all our confidence when we called for their assistance-have not wished it. They have corrupted certain of our fellow countrymen, they have contributed to distorting the truth and ou

Why The West Killed Patrice Lumumba.

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Why The West Killed Patrice Lumumba  Patrice Lumumba battling for his life in the hands of western engineered mobs. Alexandra Valiente / February 6, 2012   Later this year, the Belgian Parliament is due to report on the murder of the Congo’s first prime minister after independence, Patrice Lumumba, in January 1961. The circumstances of Lumumba’s death have been shrouded in mystery for 40 years, but as the Congo’s vast mineral wealth is once again becoming a focus for imperialist rivalries, documents long hidden in official archives have been brought to light. Last year, the BBC ran two documentaries on the tragic history of this central African state. “Who Killed Lumumba?” was screened as part of the channel’s Correspondent series. It drew heavily on the forthcoming new book by Belgian historian Ludo de Witte (“The Murder of Lumumba”, Verso Books, ISBN: 1859846181, published June 2001). De Witte has put together the facts of the case fro