The Son of Africa Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels

By John Pilger
October 20, 2011 – johnpilger.com

Barack ObamaOn 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

Obama’s decision is described in the press as “highly unusual” and “surprising”, even “weird”. It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945. Take Vietnam. The priority was to halt the influence of China, an imperial rival, and “protect” Indonesia, which President Nixon called “the region’s richest hoard of natural resources …the greatest prize”. Vietnam merely got in the way; and the slaughter of more than three million Vietnamese and the devastation and poisoning of their land was the price of America achieving its goal. Like all America’s subsequent invasions, a trail of blood from Latin America to Afghanistan and Iraq, the rationale was usually “self defence” or “humanitarian”, words long emptied of their dictionary meaning.

In Africa, says Obama, the “humanitarian mission” is to assist the government of Uganda defeat the Lord’s resistance Army (LRA), which “has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa”. This is an accurate description of the LRA, evoking multiple atrocities administered by the United States, such as the bloodbath in the 1960s following the CIA-arranged murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first legally elected prime minister, and the CIA coup that installed Mobutu Sese Seko, regarded as Africa’s most venal tyrant.

Obama’s other justification also invites satire. This is the “national security of the United States”. The LRA has been doing its nasty work for 24 years, of minimal interest to the United States. Today, it has few than 400 fighters and has never been weaker. However, US “national security” usually means buying a corrupt and thuggish regime that has something Washington wants. Uganda’s “president-for-life” Yoweri Museveni already receives the larger part of $45 million in US military “aid” – including Obama’s favourite drones. This is his bribe to fight a proxy war against America’s latest phantom Islamic enemy, the rag-tag al Shabaab group based in Somalia. The RTA will play a public relations role, distracting western journalists with its perennial horror stories.

However, the main reason the US is invading Africa is no different from that which ignited the Vietnam war. It is China. In the world of self-serving, institutionalised paranoia that justifies what General David Petraeus, the former US commander and now CIA director, implies is a state of perpetual war, China is replacing al-Qaeda as the official American “threat”. When I interviewed Bryan Whitman, an assistant secretary of defence at the Pentagon last year, I asked him to describe the current danger to America. Struggling visibly, he repeated, “Asymmetric threats … asymmetric threats”. These justify the money-laundering state-sponsored arms conglomerates and the biggest military and war budget in history. With Osama bin Laden airbrushed, China takes the mantle.

Africa is China’s success story. Where the Americans bring drones and destabilisation, the Chinese bring roads, bridges and dams. What they want is resources, especially fossil fuels. With Africa’s greatest oil reserves, Libya under Muammar Gaddafi was one of China’s most important sources of fuel. When the civil war broke out and Nato backed the “rebels” with a fabricated story about Gaddafi planning “genocide” in Benghazi, China evacuated its 30,000 workers in Libya. The subsequent UN security council resolution that allowed the west’s “humanitarian intervention” was explained succinctly in a proposal to the French government by the “rebel” National Transitional Council, disclosed last month in the newspaper Liberation, in which France was offered 35 per cent of Libya’s gross national oil production “in exchange” (the term used) for “total and permanent” French support for the NTC. Running up the Stars and Stripes in “liberated” Tripoli last month, US ambassador Gene Cretz blurted out: “We know that oil is the jewel in the crown of Libyan natural resources!”

The de facto conquest of Libya by the US and its imperial partners heralds a modern version of the “scramble for Africa” at the end of the 19th century.
Like the “victory” in Iraq, journalists have played a critical role in dividing Libyans into worthy and unworthy victims. A recent Guardian front page carried a photograph of a terrified “pro-Gaddafi” fighter and his wild-eyed captors who, says the caption, “celebrate”. According to General Petraeus, there is now a war “of perception … conducted continuously through the news media”.

For more than a decade the US has tried to establish a command on the continent of Africa, AFRICOM, but has been rebuffed by governments, fearful of the regional tensions this would cause. Libya, and now Uganda, South Sudan and Congo, provide the main chance. As WikiLeaks cables and the US National Strategy for Counter-terrorism reveal, American plans for Africa are part of a global design in which 60,000 special forces, including death squads, already operate in 75 countries, soon to be 120. As Dick Cheney pointed out in his 1990s “defence strategy” plan, America simply wishes to rule the world.

That this is now the gift of Barack Obama, the “Son of Africa”, is supremely ironic. Or is it? As Frantz Fanon explained in Black Skin, White Masks, what matters is not so much the colour of your skin as the power you serve and the millions you betray.

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45 Responses to “The Son of Africa Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels”


  • Obama is very popular in the Middle East and Africa. I think if he is given another term in office, his policies will be better than those of his predecessors. America is quickly losing influence in Africa, the new chief on the block is China. They are building hospitals, schools and other structures to foster good will.

    In T&T for instance the Chinese are interested in building a military hospital. In Antigua they built a stadium, in Surinam a hospital. Across Africa, Chinese influence is growing at a heart beat per second. They are developing these nations in exchange for raw material and goodwill.

    Obama could change the tide in Africa, his father is African and there he holds enormous psychological influence in the region. In Libya, the freedom fighter were shouting “thank you Obama”.
    In Egypt they were saying the same thing. The Middle East and Africa will always be open to Obama, the problem is can he see that and capitalize on this good will.

  • Another bullcrap “article” I have never read so much nonsense in a while.

  • He returns with the colonial legacy of his Mother.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw12KGSj53k

  • So Gadaffi was a noble and honorable man, the Libyan people were free and happy,China is full of good and unselfish intentions towards Africa and others, the LRA is not so bad, America is a tyrannical superpower, President Obama is a puppet without power and he has no interest in improving his ancestral homeland. Hmmmmmmm!!!! How strange.
    Wake up John Pilger, the time for your propaganda has passed.

    • Hi Derick why not take your own advise, at least he JP travels and makes a career through investigative Journalism and is recognised by intellectuals scholars on both sides of the fence including the apolitic. Its not strange why you couldn’t debunk JP’s documented arguments in the same manner he JP did: which are facts figures and historical & scientific evidence. Add to the debate rather than mere huuummmms like the musing of unlearned folks in the market places!Its your right to doubt anything that goes against the Mass-Media and to have conditioned fools as scholars and Wizards parroting what the masses should swallow yet who we must reject. I recalled how we as children mocked our darker skinned brother & Sister ridiculed the broad noses and thick lips thus accept as right & proper light skinned and straight noses as presenters broadcasters announcers as if it is they that interpret the news more over who we debug what’s coming from assumed beautiful(RIGHT&PROPER)folks. You have no idea what JP are up against though from amongst the privilege.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqGf7zZaN-Y&feature=player_embedded

  • The illuminati would like to establish a ‘New World Order’ which would take the planet into dark and terrible times.The 1 billion spent in Libya by the illuminati to take control of Libya and kill Gadafi will be used to take Libya’s oil and make a profit,oil is the major reason for taking control of Libya.The illuminati are cunning,deceptive,evil and satanic.As 2012 comes closer we are seeing a lot of changes n the middle east and the use of haarp on cerrtain countries.Positive aliens are helping the planet but the negative reptilian and grays are in alignment with the illuminati families.In the end light will victor over darkness as earth ascends into a higher dimension.

    • Their aim is to perpetuate slavery and bondage; any non-European nation that gains self-suffciency or even makes an attempt to gain its nation’s autonomy is perceive as a threat. Gaddafi had to go because Libya was becoming self-sufficient.

      http://www.goumbook.com/4729/libyas-great-man-made-river-project/

      • Did Gaddafi make mistakes; who among us that are human haven’t? Clearly, he had a vision of a unified, independant and self-sufficient Africa, which placed him in the crosshairs of Western Imperialists and their indifferent Capital and for that he paid the ultimate price. “Be careful for what you ask” how many more Western Sons and Daughters will now be lost to the future wars of ideology between East and West? Lets see how long Sharia Law prevails before the outbreak of civil war in Libya. Cause and Consequences; as a consequence of Gaddafi’s free education, religious oppression will have a short shelf life in Libya.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17H0pG7Yxw8

    • Thank God for Dan Brown some people have a life

    • Thanks for the link Loyal Trini and for highlighting the struggles of the black Libyans. Of course, it is not by accident that the mainstream media has ignored their struggle.

      As I’ve commented before, while many of them are European migrants from Sub-Saharan countries, many of them come from indigenous Arab tribes and are shemitc in ancestry. Of course, if I may be permitted to coin the phrase of Al Gore’s Global Warming campaign, this is an “inconvenient truth” and is inimical to the agenda of the white supremacist global mindset which would like nothing better for dark-skinned peoples to disappear, Arab and non-Arab.

      As a dark-skinned person with Arab ancestry myself, I fear for the future of Libya, because Gaddafi, for all of his imperfections, ensured that black Libyan communities, lived well without any fear of ethnic reprisals from their pale-skinned Arab brethren.

      Also, more importantly, if the US administration is so concerned about human rights and democracy, why the silence about the current atrocities that the Syrian, Bahraini and Yemeni governments have perpetrated against their own citizens? The singling out of Gaddafi seems to be very suspicious, to say the least. I believe that karibkween may have a valid argument when she argues that Libya was targeted because the Libyan government wants to opt out of the present global economic system. It is certainly a claim that merits further study and analysis.

  • “As a dark-skinned person with Arab ancestry myself, I fear for the future of Libya, because Gaddafi, for all of his imperfections, ensured that black Libyan communities, lived well without any fear of ethnic reprisals from their pale-skinned Arab brethren.” Well I’ll be da..” Just listen to our simi arab/ afrikan cousin ,with the sobriquet Trinamerican, ehhh? He is already lamenting the demise of Gaddafi,but only on one grounds however.
    Therein, he allegedly ,took care of real, grateful , Bantu Afrikans, that so happened to be in his country, performing menial labor. Surprise , surprise that these loyalist , became easy prey , for self serving , NATO supported ,criminals ,and of course future pro sharia law ,statesmen , that like Tunisia . would dominate the political landscape in any future election , not because the people love them mind you, but the fact that they are the most organized , and like a Columbian dealing organization, and Mafia thugs , are the closest to the people in need. Go figure!
    What a sick tragedy! I also heard clueless idiots across these United States, aka ,de land of the free , idly boast, that folks in Libya ,are all doing well, possess cars,health care ,homes of their own, blah , blah , blah. It’s the same nonsense ,they claim of Fidel Castro, as that octogenarian comedian , hold on to power , and halt the full development of his country, no longer able to get a few pittance from Papa USSR, at ‘the end of history.’
    http://www.wesjones.com/eoh.htm
    Would someone please tell our clueless friend, trinamerica, to take his head out of the sand a bit, quit feeling sorry for barbarians , and recognize that this idiot, held political power for 42 years , the result of a coup , has stolen the majority of Libya’s wealth , and worst yet , wasted the rest, on stupid pro nuclear toys,and global terroristic escapades, thus making him a pariah figure , not only of the Western world, DOMINATED International community( whether justified ,or not) but the numerous ,likewise undemocratic , confused , divided ,beduin Arabs ,scattered across the fiefdoms/ clubs ,of the Middle East, he clamored -unsuccessfully one might add-so desperately ,to be accepted in, and the Afrikans, on the continent, he despised so much.
    This penchant for discrimination , on authentic Afrikans ,is part of the despicable habit ,of these and similar , phony, wannabe Arab , North Afrikans ,that are permitted to be part of the continent.
    We wish them all well.In ending , I’ll add,for the benefit of trinamerican ,that these similar , foolish, neo racist, class discriminatory , culturally driven, charade, that passes for real PROGRESSIVE politics ,in T&T,and particular countries in the surrounding regions , are not that which folks in more advance quarters, with a greater appreciation of international relations, as well as the tools for sustainable development, finds acceptable.
    Guess what, if it’s despicable for T&T citizens , we find it equally appalling ,for others far and wide. Your call!

    • Neal,

      As I said, I am fully aware of Gaddafi’s imperfections, but in the context of what is to befall Libya, he is the lesser of two evils, trust me on that. Does it not occur to you, that NATO and other Western imperialists targeted him for a reason? Think about it.

      If Gaddafi was so universally hated in Libya, why did it take so long for the rebels to overthrow his loyal forces? Again, think about it.

      Gaddafi was no angel, but I always take anything I hear in the mainstream media with a huge dose of salt, since it represents the interests of countries bent on delusions of grandeur and fantasies of heading empires.

      Here are some opposite views on Gaddafi’s rule:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA1_tbjeFAw

      http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=626622

      Remember, the rabbit hole goes quite deep.

      Why Libya and not Bahrain or Syria or Saudi Arabia for that matter.

      Somehow, I think there is more in the mortar than the pestle here.

  • Listen trinamerican ,this Neal you are talking to ,is not of your typical ,rum shop drinking , clueless buddies , that occasionally a Triniwannabe like yourself , might run into on Flatbush , or Liberty Avenue Queens ,as you try a grab a doubles , or waterdown curry goat / shrimp roti,before running back to the Connecticut , or New Jersey suburbs, to listen to your CNN, and Faux5 talking points.
    For de record , I was learning the finer intricacies of Politics, and it’s twin brother , International Relations, long before you could figure out how to brush your teeth , without mama holding your hands, or better yet knew that Caracas was not a
    Not only that , but for the past two decades , I have fortunately , or unfortunately , been working deep in the belly of the beast , where the machinations of global, real politick takes on all forms and fashion , that would make the Tower of Babel , look like a Sunday School play in comparison.
    I therefore do not need you to tell me about deceptive NATO, and other Western imperialists, that targeted Libya.
    To answer one of your well thought out though naive questions , as to why “Libya and not Bahrain or Syria or Saudi Arabia,” let me respond in kind, with why poor Afrikan peoples, from Nelson Streets, Lavantille,Beetham , and Caranege ,were targeted ,by your government’s directed law enforcement officials, during a selective curfew, and not central, Tunapuna, and other similar more compliant places, where the loyal party ,voting base resided?
    Why is Basdeo Panday, walking free, but everyday, there is empty talk about persecution for Patrick Manning , even on empty issues such as impropriety ,re scholarships grants?
    Why is there a security plan for most of Trinidad , but none for Tobago,where those in the struggling ,sole employment, tourist industry suffers?
    Why is there a purge of the entire Public service , but not accountability , and demands by the private sector to pull their weight , including demanding that the owner of the container ladened with drugs be brought to justice , just like a low end never dirty , alleged criminal?
    I know that you are aware of the answer to all these thought provoking , rhetorical questions, and so can figure out what is the mortar in the pestle , which has saved the three countries mentioned.
    The political demise of idiots such as Pananma’s Manuel Noriega, Iraq’s Saddam Hussain, and now Libya Mummar Quaddafi, is one of the principal reasons, why I fervently believe that no military guy, has any reason to be indulging in hard core politics. Nuff said .

    • I think I know more than you give me credit for. I may not type long paragraphs, but I am quite knowledgeable nevertheless. If you thought I was being patronizing in my previous post (I was not), I apologize that you thought so. Please afford me a little respect when replying.

      Coming back to the topic, Qaddafi (it is so difficult to get the correct spelling of his name)was certainly no angel, but I am sure you are aware that the future does not bode well for the post-revolutionary Libyan republic. The new Libyan government has already announced that it will be installing Sharia law in Libya

      http://news.yahoo.com/sharia-law-declaration-raises-concerns-libya-174347939.html

      Again, as I am sure you are aware, sharia law is incompatible with our modern notions of a democratic society. So, in my view, totalitarian rule will continue to hold sway in Libya. Nothing will really change; except of course that any any Libyan or African migrant with dark skin and kinky hair better be careful.

      As a dark-skinned person with Arabic ancestry, I do worry about the survival of my brethren (If I do not care, who would? Certainly not the pale-skinned Arabs, or major media entities). So I make no apologies for this fact. Many groups in North Africa, from the Haratin of Morroco to the black Arabs of Tawergha, have been marginalized in their societies by the descendants of Persians and Turks, whose ancestors mixed with indigenous Arabic populations back in antiquity.

      Contrary to what you believe about me, I do not rely on mainstream outlets such as CNN and Fox News or even BBC for the truth about international Affairs. If I did, I would most likely not be aware of the existence of indigenous dark-skinend Arab populations in North Africa and the Middle East. Even the way that these media reported the Libyan conflict was duplicitous. Qaddafi had more support from his loyalists tham we were led to believe.

      In fact, I am sickened by the continuing hypocrisy of the American government, who is led by President Obama, who is simply another pawn on the global chessboard who is being moved around by his masters. The United States is not going lobby NATO to act in Syria and Bahrain, because it does not affect their regional interests. Saudia Arabia has been tyrannical for years. Where is the international outcry?

      Qaddafi may have been targted because perhaps, maybe he threatened the survival of the global economic system through his plans to introduce the dinar.

      http://libya360.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/gaddafi-targeted-introduced-the-gold-dinar-as-africas-single-currency/

      This would have freed the underdeveloped global south from the clutches of the current system.

  • ‘Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha

    I here you cuz trinamerican, and as the old folks often say, ‘one good deed deserves another ,’ so I too ,owe you an apology for my seemingly dismissive, over de top remarks.
    Can I blame it on de fact that I did not partake in my usual ,early morning Starbucks latte as yet?
    Like you , I am also concerned about the cause for justice, overall peace , and sustainable development in complex , multi ethnic, resource ladened societies, where foreign destructive forces lay waiting , with ulterior motives.
    Part of my bigger frustration lies in trying to find a useful mechanism for channeling such concerns , so as to effect a positive difference. Politics , governance ,and management of people as a leader ,like any thing else should be viewed as a science.
    There is a therefore a right and wrong way to go about it , and too many leaders will never understand how to do it, even if you hit them in the end.
    In 2004 , I utilized almost an entire month of my personal vacation time , researching a still important subject- Nuclear technology ,and NPT compliance- for a thesis paper, that should be part of a book, but is instead ,gathering dust for the time being in some College across Zoo York, where it is no iuse to anyone, but maybe a few pimple face alums.
    Care to guess which four major countries were used as a backdrop? Here they are :-Libya, North Korea,Iran,and Brazil.All remain hot news items, with differing successes,for a multitude of reasons. There remains two fundamental problem with the world today and here it is. Firstly, since 1492,only one strong consistent voice dominate the thinking, and dictates what is best for us all. It is called a EUROPEAN VOICE, hell bend on global domination.
    Secondly, people who remain socially ignored , marginalized , and demonized, would always find a way to push back ,and shape their own agenda someday.
    For some , religion is the form it takes. We the socially conscious, have a choice , sit on the sidelines , or find a way to get engaged to effect change , in short incorporate a win/ win strategy to help if feasible, and share the overall positive returns as members of the human race.
    In the past 2 years or so ,I have traversed dis here , information highway , I have encountered quite a few disingenuous social comedians ,and phony intellectuals, masquerading as caring humanists, but more concerned with idle boasts ,and time wasting touting, of their personal past achievements, that no one cares to still hear about in 2011. They pontificate about noble cultural ancestries in continents they know absolutely nothing about, and even attempt to convince us as to the merit of all past leaders to no avail.
    Maybe , as I sense ,you are the exception. If so , we can find a way- if the will exist , of course.
    I wish you well my friend, and as brother Stokley Carmichael said, get ready for the revolution, while bearing in mind that some would not like to see it televise.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGaRtqrlGy8

    Rumor has it- weather true or not- that the infamous 1990 attempted coup ,was linked in some way with the Libya now demised leader, but that’s yesterday news.

    By the way , how far is Venezuela from T&T. Sit and learn my friend, about the power of global powers, and just remember who gets the majority of that country’s oil and gas exports, even with all the anti American rhetoric, from our militaristic neighbor- dat know not only where his bread is butter , but a thing or too about prudent survival alliances .
    In the IR world we call this ‘BANDWAGONING.’Pity Uncle Q after 42 years of rule, had no conception of what that was.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id–ZFtjR5c

    What’s your endgame again, trinamerican? Your call!

    • Thank you Neal for the apology and kind sentiments. You are right, the European voice has largely failed to effect true unification of all groups, because the Europeans has been paternalistic and condescending about issues that they do not even have a full understanding about.

      The problem is that they suffer from a superiority complex, which is not rooted in reality but in psychological fantasies such as the “white man’s burden.” The reality is that the Eurocentric model has resulted in the attenuation of an American economy that has maxed out its national credit card by raising the debt ceiling and this means that the good ole’ USA is flat broke. Any money that comes into the US Treasury has to be paid to their creditors. Yet, this country continues to spend money on its foreign adventures, while the quality of life continues to deteriorate in many towns. Again, the delusion of grandeur and fantasy of empire manifesting itself.

      As misguided as Qaddafi was, his vision for a United States of Africa was a noble vision. The problem is that many African leaders are weak and their non-response to the murder of the man who pushed for this initiative showed this lack of integrity. But then again, the IMF literally has many of their countries by the you know what.

      I wish you all the best in your research endeavors and hope that your work is made available to key political figures as they can use it. In this belly of the beast that is the USA, hopefully there is someone with a conscience. Barack Hussein Obama, for all his bleating about change and hope, is now in lockstep with the illuminatist cabal that cares nothing about the plight of the ordinary people and view them as insects that have to be squashed.

      The global south must rise up against the capitalist cabal that has exploited the world’s resources to the point of extinction.

      Strong ldeadership is needed and people must be willing to die for what they believe in. I personally would like to see the cancer of racial supremacy, which has divided so many groups from the Brahmin to the “Dalit” Ashkenazi Jew to the Mizrahi Jew, eliminated. This I feel is my calling in life.

  • Trinamerican said, “I personally would like to see the cancer of racial supremacy, which has divided so many groups from the Brahmin to the “Dalit” Ashkenazi Jew to the Mizrahi Jew, eliminated.This I feel is my calling in life.”
    You are most welcome buddy. Igualmente ,likewise. Hope I paid enough attention in my Espanol 101 classes,as well as those Maraval, Venezuelan Embassy intra cultural , free language classes, that were given back in de days ,long before the emergence of Chavez , and so got that right.
    Yes , ‘ethnic divisions,’ (not solely racism as you have indicated) is one major cause of more mayhem, and destruction, since the end of the Cold War, and one that is worth addressing, be it Sri Lanka/ Pakistan/India,China,Asia , Afrika, North America, Europe,Middle East(Sunni/ Shiite)debacles, or Latin American.
    Fortunately , we are blessed in our wonderful Twin Repulic to have avoided much of the ugliness prevalent in other parts of the globe ,due in great measure that we possess a culture ,that with few exceptions , finds such practices abhorrent/ counterproductive-even though paltry short term gains might accrue -and not only would denounce it, but would likewise work together to eradicate the incipient influence , of disingenuous , politically driven ,conniving proponents, across our society , from pushing their poison, to capture the imaginations of the gullible, and desperate, yes?
    No need for me to highlight names ,since you know fully well the culprits,many of which today, are inclined to excitedly chant kumbaya, since …., well , fill in de blanks , as to why, hmmm?

    Seriously though , speaking of America, and your hope that someone would rise up. The bigger question is, who should ,what do you propose they do individually, or collectively, and who in actuality ,is an American today?
    Since it represents you, a half Arab, as claimed, me -a 2 decade serving employee ,on the première IGO on the planet, and as a result ,have seen close up, how it’s power was used to legitimize bombing of Libya , Afghanistan, or Iraq ,back to the stone age ,or selectively place sanctions, that indirectly kill maybe some 100 million kids across the globe,as political culprits, and corporatist bandits that finance them ,roam free ,all in the narrow interest, of 5 Global elite nations, but I should add, would simultaneously , fall asleep ,as 800,000 ethnic Rwandans Afrikans , murder each other, and do nothing as you indicated as a Syrian goon Assad ,emulate his father massacre of fellow Arabs.
    It entails also a half Chinese Trini/ Yankee,one time naive ,sexually exploited ‘budding movie star,’ now ,suddenly turn top end designer,your engineering, and computer student Pakistani, and Saudi ,Arab classmate ,disgusted with the socio political policies of their respective countries / region, but confuse as to how to shift the paradigm for good, and still love both country, and religion, and on , and on, but you see where I am going with that.
    For the record, every commission , or omission ,as far as policy, that took place in America ,either during it’s early development, post WW2,or post Cold War,to present day, was shaped via the actions of forceful interest ,coming to bear on their government in these United Sates.
    So therefore ,Japanese internment, German appeasement ,before and after WW11,screwed up immigration ,that led to cuddling of Jews, and Cubans,but demonization of globalized Islamist,and Mexicans, the extension of Latin American , Monroe Doctrine, Apartheid South Afrika,Somalia ,Mobuto SeSE Seko Congo exploitation , and discard, Sudan division,Neoconfake Christian , G.W Bush,condescending abstinence or financial aid,Ugandan AIDS policy, Grenada ,Noriega Panamanian Canal , Egyptian Suez, Iraqi / Iran, Tibetan ,Taiwanese , Post slavery Afrikan Genocidal Prison Industrial Complex , you know the deal , so go for it.
    While at it , get John Perkin’s book, ‘Confession of an Economic Hit man,’ and remember, the advice of de greatest woman dat ever lived in my luving granny,’one hand can’t clap,’ yes?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTbdnNgqfs8
    I wish you well my friend. It’s a beautiful life, so make to stake to advance the cause for humanity in whatever way you deem feasible. To me ,education of the masses is a first key step, yet understand that dropping an occasional two paragraph,on a closely guarded , social media forum ,is a mere drop in the ocean , especially ,where half our population cannot read,possess a decent job , or own a computer, much less ,can get consistent electricity.
    Luv country.

  • Linda Edwards, class of '67

    While we are busy bashing Obama, and fighting internal racial struggles, the bigest land grab in Africa is going on right under our noses. LAt year when I was in MAlawi, the news reported that three Indian agrobiusiness companies had acquired 100,000 acres of land each for gian wheat farms, for export only, in Ethiopia. Now the BBC has reported that British and Israeli farm conglomerates are farming hundreds of thousands of acrs in Zambia, pushing the indigenous people off the land on which they have lived for thousands of years, but to whch they only have traditional titles. As the older people die off, who knew the boundaries, foreign interests are acuiring the land by encroachment, and every subterfuge.
    Europe, India, China are determined to feed themselves at the expense of Africa while African children continue to starve.
    “There was corn in Egypt” four thousand years ago, when Joseph went there and his family folowed because the Middle East was drying up. The romans considered North Afrca to be their bread basket- they were too busy making wars to plant food, and now, their successors, the Europeans, the Chinese and the Indians are engaged in the largest land grab Africa has ever seen. So, as the world reaches its 7th billion person, expected to be born on Monday, the greedy west and east are making a sandwich, of which Africa is expected to be the meat.

    The US is not involved in this, yet, because there are still amber waves of grain for miles in the US and cornfields as far as the eye could see in some states.Saudi Arabia will stop growning wheat-(too water intensive); but Africa has the East African Highlands, from Cairo to Cape Town,and more than five hundred miles wide, it alsio has the Western Sudan Aquifer, once controlled by Ghadaffi, where the weather is mild enough to grow European food products, for export among starving Africans. Pres. Obama is not the problem. That is a smokescreen of hate designed to distract from the real culprits who are bent on re-enslaving Africans. Such a pity Mandela gave up his nuclear weapons. We might need them yet.

  • There is no Indian land grab: Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi

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    Amid some misgivings here about India’s acquisition of vast stretches of land, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Wednesday rejected charges of land grab as “loose talk” and welcomed Indian investment for development.
    “There is no land grab and there will be no land grab. Indian companies should not be constrained by this loose talk,” Zenawi, the longtime leader of Ethiopia, said at a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after their bilateral talks.
    He was responding to a question on reports in sections of the international media about Indian companies acquiring thousands of hectares of land in Ethiopia at subsidised prices.
    “We have three million hectares of unutilized land. This land is not used by anybody. This land should be developed,” Zenawi said, adding that it was difficult for him to accept reports of land grab.
    A host of Indian companies like Karuturi Global, which grows roses on Ethiopian soil and exports them to Europe and now will grow maize, and Ruchi Soya, have acquired thousands of hectares of land in Ethiopia that have triggered accusations of land grab.
    Manmohan Singh and Zenawi held bilateral talks after the conclusion of the two-day India-Africa forum summit in the Ethiopian capital. The two leaders sought to scale up economic and security ties and agreed to combat the twin problems of terrorism and piracy.
    Besides pledging $300 million for an Ethiopia-Djibouti rail link, India announced setting up of capacity-building research institutions in the areas of agriculture and textiles.
    During the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Ethiopia, Manmohan Singh also announced an increase in scholarships, training programmes and slots under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme for Ethiopia.
    Zenawi also made a strong pitch for attracting more Indian investment in diverse areas, including agriculture, technology, infrastructure and information technology, saying such investments were for the development of his country.
    He said bilateral trade between India and Ethiopia, estimated to be $660 million, was “peanuts” and sought to scale it up to $1 billion.
    Rejecting concerns over the widening trade imbalance, Zenawi called for more than doubling of the $4.5 billion Indian investments in Ethiopia to $10 billion by 2015.

    • Linda Edwards, class of '67

      But did the ruler of Ethiopia say what part of that many hectares of land would be used to feed those starving children my taxes send money to every year? No. Why? Because all the wheat grown is for export. Ethiopians eat millet and tef. So, how does that differ from the 9000 square miles of land the United Fruit Company owns for growing export bananas in Belize. Not at all. What part of the profits of the “Unutilized land” will go to the traditional farmers who are put off the land? None. If Mr. Manning had said something like this, about leasing one quarter of Trinidad to some foreign company,there would have been a hullaballoo. There should be in Ethiopia also, but the majority of the people are illiterate in English and do not know what is going on. You have obviously responded to a piece in the Indian media, have you TALKED TO ANY ETHIOPPIANS about this? Why is a group of international lawyers in the US and Britain gathering info about this, to act on behalf of the now landless people? A monoculture destroys the land by depleting nutrients, causing run-off of pesticides into the drinking water of the people and cattle, and when that piece of land is exhausted, they move on to another piece. I gave moral support to the people in Bhopal, India who were victims of the DOW Chemical disster, twenty years ago. Now my support is on behalf of the Ethiopians and Zambians.

      • You never really cared about Bhopal my friend,if you did you would have enough empathy for both the Indians and the Africans.But then again maybe your heart is not big enough.

        • Linda Edwards, class of '67

          What the F do you know about the hard time friends and I in the US gave Dow Chemicals, and others like Monsnto who used pesticides on farms in India, sold by the five gallon bucket, with the cautions about not using the container for food storage written in English which none of the people could read? Nor could they read the cautions about not standing downwind from the spray, and removing and washin clothes afterwards? A lot of them died.Poor people in the countryside used the bright yellow fiive-gllon buckets to carrry and store water, and the poisons leached out. The usual results.What the hell do you know? You must think that every person on the planet has a narrow mind like yours. You are wrong. MAny of us care about Humanity, recognizing that we are one people. Before you try washing your dirty tongue on me, get your facts straight.When Indian originated people in Tnt act like bigots, I verbally kick their butts, but you have no idea of the support I gave and still ive to indians who come to the US to teach, and do not understand the system. So, shut the h— up, will you?

  • Until humans can eat money, drink buildings, clothe and shelter themselves, or not, with diplomacy, there will always be an imbalance of trade between Africa and the rest of the world!

  • Africa is the Garden of Eden, she needs nothing from the outside.

    • If in it’s current state it is the Garden of Eden, I would rather rot in hell.

      • Hell is that place where unfortunate Christians go after death. Africa is still the place where Divine Providence is palpable and the reason why every Prodigal Son, not sleep walking through life, has decided to plant his flag.

        • So says who? The millions who are victims of war, starvation, and or political leaders who can’t wait to make Europeans and the U.S. government happy by doing their dirty work?
          No, there is nothing divine about Africa in the eyes of the world except for it’s resources which are extracted at such a high rate and low cost that any western indulstrialst would call it a mugging. The people are asleep, sick or both. They cannot even uplift one another. They dislike one another more than anyone else dislikes them. Yeah, it’s better to be anywhere but there. But I guess that if you are waiting for divinity, you will find it in the afterlife and none of this matters anyway.

  • AfrikanSunGod , have mercy upon us please , for here we have our infamous 1986 T&T citizen ,turn Canadian Friend, in T-man himself ,touting de virtues of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi,and his recent backdoor dealings with Manmohan Singh, a one time rabid socialist, now turn Western darling, since he more than ever, is prepared to turn his billion of mostly starving cheap exploitative laboring citizens ,into the foot cloth of Europe, and papa America , more hell bent, on keeping Red China at bay, irrespective of the cost.
    Listen buddy , when it comes to that Ethiopian sell out leader ,and his cousin in break away , ungrateful Eritrea , you would not like to hear the commentaries of my Ethiopian buddies, as to the role of these two conniving Yankee/ European puppets, that helped destroy , by dividing that once great country, that gave us de wise Queen of Sheba.
    By the way,wait a cotton picking moment ,and let me catch my breath here folks.Italians , via Rajiv wife Sonia ,are running India ,like a Mafia stable/ den, Ethiopia was once the play toy of Mussolini , and the two crooked ,once allegedly rivaling cousins ,that are in control of Ethiopia , and Italy adoring Eritrea, are all in bed with India?
    Something smells like the overflowing Ganges in Monsoon season, or MAYBE ,the contaminated WHITE Nile ,is brewing something not fit for consumption in both Ethiopia , and MadamL’s Egypt, don’t you say T-Man?
    As a follow up , cuz T, tell Madame L, dat no one on this board ,is bashing her Uncle Obama, for any damage he acquired since assuming power ,were self inflicted.
    Tell her don’t worry , as he has a year to salvage his position, to prevent becoming a one termer ,like unfortunate peanut farmer, I sin in my heart, fake Christian, Jimmy Carter, and GH ,’read my lips,’ new fresh taxes Bush ,’ who both had similar appalling economic conditions, and numbers at this stage of their tenure , to contend with.
    Better yet , inform her that de Texan hot behind de ears governor Perry,would either shoot Mormon , no christian conservative Ronmey, or Newet Gingrich ,might strangle Michelle Bachman on de live stage, to see would get a chance to drown in a pitcher of scaling black coffee, Georgian ,self hating billionaire in chief, Herman Cain , a la the Republican flavor of de month , no serious white republican would support to lead their party. All this would work in the skinny Hawaiian kid’s favor, along with his authentic Afrikan wife ,still pretending to care about inner city obese kids, but not immigrant kids of color , about to be deported , for political expediency by her husband.
    These petty elites, ah tell you. Just not too certain any more , who is more harmful to Afrikan folks , de rabid racist Europeans, and their decedents,that ran rough shod, over their rights for centuries,with little if any remorse, desperate ,fringe races ,that mimic their much adoring Euro massas , or de morally unsound Afrikans themselves. We wish dem well. As for me I am celebrating my East Asian roots, as my ancestors too , have some connection to Cocorite Plymouth rock , where they landed back in de day. Luv country.

    • Linda Edwards, class of '67

      Ethiopia fought a war with Italy just prior to WW11 and kicked their butt. It was the only time an African country sent a European one scuttling away. Check your facts. Italy had invaded Ethiopia, called Abyssinia then, but they got their butts whipped.

      • Yes. we know of the defeat Madame L, but sometimes , it is alleged ,that one can win the war ,and loose the battle. So today Ethiopia , has become landlocked , does not have a port to call it’s own, and their entire economic fortunes are being dictated by an extremely hostile neighboring enemy, that looks , and talk just like them , but despise the every Ethiopian alive, since they see themselves as more Italian.
        They are called Eritreans, and perhaps the Italian warlords, are having a last laugh ,from the grave, to see what that country has turned to. Again the dirty hands of the Brits , is somewhere to be found.

        In response to Trinamerican ,what can one say but that democracy , and sustainable development is not a sprint race , but a long distant journey. It is therefore imperative that the people of the Middle East starting in Tunisia , and Libya , must be vigilant, so as to ensure that their country not regress to the foolishness it was under decades of misguided politics. Often the masses get used to oppressions , and are reluctant to free themselves from bondage.
        Kind of remind me of a certain section of our country that was forced to co exist, so not surprising if one day , equally disgruntled folks decide , ‘no mas ,’ they are mad as hell , and cannot take it any more.
        We will see, as Afrika , is way above our pay grade. Luv humanity , and denounce all foroms of injustice .

  • I think the description, “a dark skinned person of arab ancestry” speaks volumesabout this fake that calls himself trinamerican. The most dangerous groups for Africans today are those who describe themselves as as “dark skinned this and that”. What they attempt to do with that description is to avoid scrutiny of their inherent racist traites, while at the same time separating themselves from the real Africans.

    IT was these same dark skinned people of Arab descent who first enslaved Africans. In fact, about the most visceral anti-African racists in this world today are these “dark skinned persons of non african descent”.

    Whether it is India, China or the Arabian conglomerate, Africans need to understand that the only difference between these new slave masters and there predecessors is that they might choose a shorter tree from which to sling them up. They cannot survive on their own, and their development from time immemorial has always been incidented by internal oppression and marginalization of some group. Today they are feasting their greedy bloodshot eyes on the riches of Africa. Tell them to go to hell.

    • I think the description, “a dark skinned person of arab ancestry” speaks volumesabout this fake that calls himself trinamerican.

      First of all, the ad hominen attack actually detracts from your argument. You have not met me in real life, but yet call me a fake. You form an opinion of me based on what I have typed and seem to have an inability to udnerstand that people can be nuanced and have different viewpoints. Not that I owe you any explanation, I have always opposed the treatment of the black Africans in South Sudan. The Khartoum government was wrong to try imposing Shar’ia Law in Sudan.

      I have Arab AND African ancestry and make no apologies for either. So, please spare me the lecture and patronizing tones.

  • Ethiopia need to be very careful of this gambit. In every, and I mean every, area of this world where Indians have moved to and which has large African populations, there is been disharmony. This disharmony is a function of the racist attitudes these Indians bring to the table. Regardless of whether they are dark skinned or light skinned, when they come into these African areas they immediately morph into Bramhins, assigning their previous dalit roles to Africans.

    Africans have not learned the lessons of history. Throughout the history of this world, Indians have always followed Africans into those geographies where the two groups exist in relatively large numbers. There is not a single event of Africans following Indians. Fiji, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, The USA, you name it, and the pattern is consistent. I di not expect it to be any different in Ethiopia, as India tries to find space to store her poor and down trodden.

  • Linda Edwards, class of '67

    There are many different groups of people in Ethiopia. The Meneleks are just one. Each has its own traditional area. What the government is doin is giving away the land that does not belong to the ethnic group that is running things. It is a displacement as terrible as what was happening in Darfur, before it became South Sudan.

    If you have never been to ANY African country you can have little idea of how vast the places are that I am talking of. Trinidad is 1760 Sq.Miles in area, Ethiopia is 350,000 square miles.So what is happening to their lands bein alienated to strangers, is happening far away from the cities , away from the information easily available; and unfortunately, its very “tribal”, like Trinidad, If it happens to one not of your race,or your party, you are not generally concerned. There is no oneness of the people. Somalia broke away, and so did the terrirtory of the Afars nd Issas, but the world was not overly concerned. One dustuy desert bandit looks much like another, so perhaps the west wants Ethiopia, the cradle of civilization, broken up by that other group of haters whom the Brits (Brutes, really)love to pit against the Africans.
    If Mary Leakey was alive, she would have been lying in front of the harvesters and ploughs, because she knew that the ground itself, held clues to our antiquity.The ground is sacred.

    • Injustices: political or racial?
      PETER O’CONNOR Sunday, October 30 2011
      Barbados and Jamaica, and indeed all the former British colonies in the Caribbean, are spared a phenomenon peculiar to us in TT and possibly to the Guyanese
      When governments change following elections in those countries, there is, as there is here, a great shuffling of plum government jobs and perquisites, as the incoming victors move to place their people, their supporters, and yes, their friends, in the positions previously held by the supporters of the outgoing government—the party which lost the election.

      But because of how we are politically and ethnically, we pretend that we do not understand this reshuffling.

      In Jamaica, following a change of government, heads of state boards, agencies and the like, if they do not resign, are dismissed. Previously favoured lawyers lose their briefs, as do advertising agencies, and previously favoured consultants and contractors become sidelined. And they all accept this as part of the political environment in which they live. Their turns will come again.

      We live in an essentially similar political environment, but we have one basic difference. When a new government is elected in our country, the departures of directors, attorneys, commissioners, friends and hangers-on are not seen as the basic norm in a society where free elections bring changes of government, and changes of government bring changes in the personnel which governments appoint.

      We claim that these changes are “racially motivated”, and we call them “ethnic cleansing” (can you believe that statement?), and make comments like “another black man bites the dust” and “they trying to ‘Indianize’ the country”.

      We all know that these statements are inflammatory and divisive, and indeed banned in countries which we seek to emulate. We also know that while the physical changing of the guard, down through the ranks, gives an impression of the other “race” taking over, the truth is that that the change represents a political, rather than a racial reality — a reality which occurs in all democratic countries.

      I have addressed this issue in the past, and I was pleased to see that someone of the stature of Dana Seetahal wrote about it recently, as have others. Because our political parties depend largely upon specific ethnic groups for support, every action, or lack of action is now interpreted as “racial”, when it is in fact more likely to be “political”.

      Listen, any committed supporter of the PNM, who may be of Indian descent, will have access to the PNM’s largesse when the PNM is in power. And of course, to special favours.

      If Sat Maharaj had ever declared support for the PNM, he would have had his radio license long ago. And maybe a TV license as well! How can we claim that the PNM was objecting to an “Indian radio station” in Sat’s case?

      We have Indian and specifically, Hindu radio stations operating with licenses and without interference, so how was Sat’s denial racist? Come on, Sat was being punished — and that is the word to use — because he speaks against the PNM.

      I would never get a radio license, not from the PNM, nor from Panday’s UNC. And this has nothing to do with my being white. They would never give me a voice beyond what I write! And for what I write they go beyond me. When this country celebrated one hundred years of our petroleum industry, the Ministry of Energy published a list of 100 pioneers, and sought nominees. Among those submitted by the Energy Chamber was one PET O’Connor, my father.

      Now, it would be difficult to name ten “pioneers” and not include “PET” But the Minister at the time vetoed my father’s nomination! And not that the PNM had anything against him: he had served under Errol Mahabir as chairman of the Port Authority, and as a commissioner of TTEC. But that was before I started to write.

      So, for my “sins”, one of TT’s true petroleum pioneers was excised from the history of the industry! That was not racist, as some have suggested. That was straight political petulance and spite. Williams did not excise Gomes from TT’s history because of Gomes’ race, but again, simply out of spite.

      So, please everyone, get off this false racial bogeyman. We do have racial prejudices in TT and they fly in all directions, but mostly they stem from personal ignorance and fear. The spitefulness of our politicians, again flying in all directions, is not necessarily racist.

      Let us catch ourselves, TT! We are a wonderful mix of peoples, faiths and cultures, who live among ourselves better than peoples anywhere else in the world. We are brilliant, creative and joyous. But we suffer an element of indolence and self-loathing, which our leaders exploit to keep us from fulfillment.

      Free yourselves from your leaders and embrace your neighbours!

  • Cuz Kieth Williams might just be on to something here cuz trinamerican. Guess what , we might have to do a reexamination of your horns to see if you are the real deal, buddy.
    Speaking of destruction, pay attention to how the historical beneficiaries of racial barbarianism , are turning on each other , all and sundry.
    http://www.zimdiaspora.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4875:racism-in-south-africa-turns-into-blows&catid=55:lnternational-news&Itemid=297 Sad indeed, but we wish dem well, yes?

  • “Cuz Kieth Williams might just be on to something here cuz trinamerican”

    With all due respect, in my years of using the Internet, it is always wise to actually meet a person and actually interact with a person before you form an opinion of them. As I stated in my reply to Mr. Williams’ unfortunate attack, I am actually very nuanced and my identification of my Arab ancestry has to do with my process of self-discovery and as I have stated, many indigenous Arabic tribes actually have dark skin and kinky hair, and do not have any genetic relationship to Africa.

    The purpose of my stating this fact is to try to dispel the lies that white media would portray to the world of Arabs only being pale-skinned and descendants of the Turks, when in fact many of them actually are mixed. Many people do not realize that the dark-skinned Arabs are virtual outcasts in their societies and are called “Abd” or slave by their racist wannabe White Turkish and Persian-descended counterparts

    I am extremely proud that as a Trinidadian, I have found my Semetic roots and am not about to apologize to anyone.

  • The media has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant whatever you want to call him. However, the media as usual has also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of. Gaddafi unlike most dictators I will refrain from naming them has managed to show his humane side, the very side we dream of seeing in other dictators who just talk and talk. I consider Libyans lucky to a certain extent and one wonders with the new democratic rule they cry for will it improve or worsen life for them. Yes, Gaddafi has spent millions of Libya`s money on personal ventures but is the average Libyan poor? We know others who take a country and destroy it until you feel like there is no hope of restoring this country… looting some prefer to call it. Did Gaddafi loot Libya in any way?
    Now let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
    3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

    Traditional wedding in Tripoli, Libya
    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
    6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
    8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

    Great Man-Made River project in Libya… $27 billion
    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
    13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
    Which other dictator has done much good to his people besides.

    P.S. If this is the dictator Gaddafi, then give us one like him here in the Bolehland!

  • Davy de Verteuil said,”The media has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant whatever you want to call him. However, the media as usual has also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of.”
    Not certain which type of national I despise more , non patriots, or disingenuous, frauds. Just curious cuz Davy de Verteuil, but if one oh dem typical Afrikan / Indo Trini bandits, came into the pristine Westmoorings enclaves to a particular , Royal Bank ,dat your parents saved most of the family’s $US5 billion , old money fortunes, and proceed to rob it at gun point , after shooting a few employees ,and desperate customers – including one of your pretty French creole, simi portuguese nieces de accounts manager, to only escape, in a waiting car, without Commissioner Gibbs , and his guys and gals , busy with curfew ,noe de wiser, and unable to find them.
    He then takes that money , got a plastic surgery job in Cuba – via escaping to Venezuela , on one oh dem Commissiong ,fast boats / expensive yachts-to help elude capture for decades, invest some wisely to bolster his social war chest, and in true Robin Hood fashion, used the rest, to help build up poor neighborhood across T&T. These can include creating jobs, and a multitude of well intentioned social services , to the delight of beneficiaries.
    Is this something you can live with , applaud , and even forgive,when purchasing his best selling memoirs 25 years hence, in which he lay bare his soul, seeking sympathy?
    Don’t worry,to respond , as I know exactly what your answer should be.
    For de record, Quaddafi the pro terror bum , did not rob anyone, but after stealing / squandering same, on egoistic nuclear ,idiot projects , attempted to get back into the good graces of the global community power brokers,as he used his people’s wealth to pay bribe , hush money, to terror victims, but dem European tend to be quite unforgiving when they are victimized , as you might guess.

    Ah tell you folks, but de unconscionable naiveté ,of my Trini people never ceases to amazed me. This is the same type of 6th grade level, educational logic,as expounded by cuz D ,I would likewise encounter, on a daily basis ,with my numerous continental Afrikan blokes , fortunate enough to escape the ravages of Afrika.Zimbabwe Mugabe is great.
    Hear dem:- Long live Quaddafi, as he empowered women body guards, and luv black people. Uganda ‘s cannibalistic Dada Amin ,was a hero,especially in movies. Ghana’s Black Jesus Rawlings was excellent, though a one time treasonous , murdering of political enemies ,criminal.Tribalist Moi of Kenya was good , even if he empowered Asians over all his people-for private economic gains naturally , and kept the latter desperately poor, and ethnically divided.
    Now , my Afrikan brothers and sisters might be excused ,as their are a multitude of socio/ psychological reasons for their hedonistic, neo imperial , almost god like ,monarchist follies, but what about the comedians that masquerades on dis here, information highway ,and idly boast, of being educated, and globally sophisticated?
    Here dey go, in Jambalaya / Callaloo country, T&T,with over the top praises for egomaniac in chief ,Papa Deffy Eric, and unwarranted excuses ,and compliments for Manning the Sand Fernando Nepotistic/ Pro cronism Clown ,was good, dey say ,because we got free education,useless ,insignificant jobs, and feel good, escapist , idiot holidays.
    Those on de other tribal link ,would likewise pontificate dat,Bengal Tiger in chief, a la , Papa Basdeo Panday , aka Nehru incarnation,was our hero, as he elevated us Hindustani folks ,to national respectability,kept our ancestral Islamist Indo, historical enemies, at bay, got us all de governmental spoils we deserved , including , but not limited to former sugar , and Rice paddies fertile lands, dat some more wiser than us all, might rightly claim ,should have gone to more deserving Afrikan ex slaves, and most importantly for dem, he ensured our first female PM, came into T&T fruition.
    We got to stop this stupidity guys, and in case my position is not absolutely clear,no one did anything to Quaddafi ,that he did not deserve ,after holding undemocratic rule for 42 years, and so became an overbearing, fake Afrikan buffoon , and phony Muslim caricature,to his people- belated ,CIA , NATO ,destructive operatives, not withstanding.
    Just wish that anyone , within the AU had the guts to do something, though I know why his so called Arab cousins in the Arab league sold him out.
    We know the Trini grateful billionaires, who won’t loose any sleep over the demise of yet another Afrikan ,De Verteuil, for they were likewise silent , when fake Arabs Jenjuit in sudan were destroying their bantu christians in the South.
    Luv Humanity, and say no to all forms of injustices, and barbarianisms!

  • Now that Qadaffi the dictator is gone, here are some more interesting developments:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055630/Nato-ends-Libya-mission-Al-Qaeda-flag-flies-Benghazi-bad-omen.html

    A case of say hello to the new boss, just like the old boss? Hmmm.

  • Linda Edwards, class of '67

    I believe in those people who were rioting in the square in Tripoli, and who rioted in support of the poor fruitselle in Tunisia who immolated himself to protest injustice. A gilded cage, is a CAGE.

  • http://www.pbs.org/opb/thenewheroes/whatis/

    Unlike some ,I instead ,celebrate life, and have absolutely no concern for folks ,that subscribe to defeatist ,martyrdom.
    ‘Where you at , my T&T massive?’
    Care to celebrate, by replicating this, and similar progressive initiatives,or do we likewise feel that , supporting blindly evil / benevolent dictators , for decades , then after one day, waking up, and realizing that the middle class ,have little to celebrate, just like their lower caste counterparts , for all the expensive lofty education acquired, lands stolen, and other paltry ,so call wealth,which of necessity mean , resorting to burning down cities, to replace such political fiefdoms , with paganish , ideological systems, controlled from afar , if resources are available?
    Luv Humanity , and so continue to think outside de tribe folks.

  • Could this be the beginning of the true revolution; resurrecting Frederick Douglass and John Brown, sounds like CHANGE might really be on the way. Wake Up!

    http://blackagendareport.com/content/occupy-all-harlems-save-ourselves-dictatorship-wall-street

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