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Unemployed busybodies masquerading as Elders
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Unemployed busybodies masquerading as Elders

By Tafataona Mahoso

WHILE former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was dancing with Laurent Nkunda’s war criminals in the DRC, Zimbabwe was confronted by three other former somebodies demanding to come here also.

These were former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, ex-US President Jimmy Carter and former Mozambican First Lady Graca Machel, who is now married to Nelson Mandela.
These three claim to constitute a humanitarian mission or commission without saying how they were chosen to constitute such a mission or who commissioned them on the basis of what authority and to accomplish what task!
The very same Anglo-Saxon forces who were behind the so-called UN Special Envoys in 2005 are behind the current mission.
People will remember Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka and Jan Egeland who came here claiming to represent Annan’s office and turning out to be "CIA jackals" in the service of Anglo-American interests.
If humanitarian tragedies are that important, why don’t these "Eminent Elders" go to Afghanistan where the Anglo-Saxon powers are fully in charge and where more than four million Afghan women and children face a bleak and severe winter without food or shelter?
If Afghanistan is too far away, the elders could perhaps go to Somalia where "regime change" has made it possible for that country to go for 17 years with no legitimate central Government.
Why do they seek to divide and destabilise a stable country?
From the point of view of Africa and the Sadc region, Mrs Machel and Carter can be forgiven for not knowing what they are doing or how to do it.
Annan, however, is expected to know better because he is a well-trained and experienced diplomat. He is also an experienced African who by now should know enough about the tricks of imperialism and white racism.
Therefore, whether or not the Government of Zimbabwe eventually allows these three busybodies to come in, the people need to examine Annan’s score card.
He became secretary-general of the United Nations in 1997 because one country alone refused to renew Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s second term in that post.
The UN Security Council had voted 14 to 1 in favour of renewal of Boutros-Ghali’s term but the US stopped the renewal because he was viewed as too close to the Non-Aligned Movement to allow the UN to be used as a front for the dismantling and recolonisation of former Yugoslavia by Nato.
The same US administration was instrumental in Annan’s elevation as Mr Boutros-Ghali’s successor.
The US and Nato got their way at the UN, proceeded to dismantle Yugoslavia, waged an air war against Serbia, and created conditions for the final secession of Kosovo from Serbia.
In celebration of this US-Nato colonisation of the UN under Annan, the then Chairman of the US Foreign Relations Committee Senator Jesse Helms asked to address the Security Council and was allowed to do so on 20 January 2000.
This was the first time someone from that US Senate office had ever addressed the UN Security Council.
This is what Senator Helms told the Security Council on 20 January 2000.
"They (US citizens) know instinctively that the UN lives and breathes on the hard-earned money of the American taxpayers. And yet they have heard comments here in New York constantly calling the United States a ‘deadbeat’ . . . They see the majority of the UN members voting against America in the General Assembly.
"They have read reports of raucous cheering of UN delegates in Rome, when US efforts to amend the International Criminal Court Treaty to protect American soldiers were defeated . . . Now, I grant you, the money we (the US) spend on the UN is not charity. To the contrary, it is an investment — investment from which the American people rightly expect a return.
"They expect a reformed UN that works more efficiently, and which respects the sovereignty of the United States . . . So, as the representatives of the UN’s largest investors, the American people, we have not only a right, but a responsibility, to insist on specific reforms in exchange for their investment . . . Most Americans do not regard the United Nations as an end in and of itself — they see it as just one part of America’s diplomatic arsenal."
After Yugoslavia, Serbia and Kosovo, Annan’s most spectacular failure was Iraq.
The secretary-general failed to use the reports of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq to strengthen those powers and organisations who were opposed to the US-UK campaign to invade the country.
This failure is clearly documented in the massive collection of articles by Media Lens Media Alert, which is entitled "The Western Media and Iraq: Selected Articles".
Once Iraq was invaded in violation of the UN Charter and on the basis of lies that UN weapons inspectors and the UN secretary-general knew to be lies, Annan faced another spectacular failure.
His own representative in Iraq was killed, when insurgents against the illegal occupation of that country accused the UN mission there of being indistinguishable from the US-UK occupation forces.
The insurgents bombed the UN mission headquarters in Iraq.
Under Annan, UN offices were again attacked by patriots in Cote d’Ivoire and Lebanon, again for failure by UN representatives there to distinguish themselves from the imperialist interests of France, the US, the EU (in the case of Cote d’Ivoire) and the interests of the US and Israel (in the case of Lebanon).
Zimbabweans of course remember Annan as the UN secretary-general who, when he occupied that office, failed to stop the UK, the US, the EU, Australia and their white racist allies from imposing sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Zimbabweans also remember that President Robert Mugabe has used every UN forum since 2000 to appeal to the UN to stop the Anglo-Saxon axis from its illegal interference in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe.
We received no help from Annan.
But Annan did far worse than failing to use his office to mobilise the UN to protect Zimbabwe.
Annan’s office itself inflicted much damage on Zimbabwe when it agreed to send Tibaijuka and Egeland on missions similar to the one which he now wants to lead.
The 2005 Zanu-PF National People’s Conference in Esigodini condemned the behaviour of Annan’s so-called special envoys.
The same conference urged the Government of Zimbabwe in future to be highly sceptical of any similar envoys and missions.
The behaviour of the two envoys was shocking because it did not fit the manner and style of UN diplomats as Zimbabweans used to know them during our Second Chimurenga in the 1970s and during the best years of the Non-Aligned Movement.
This new and strange behaviour by Annan’s subordinates fits that of the people John Perkins calls "CIA jackals" in his book Confessions of an Economic Hitman. It fits the behaviour of the people whom Cuban patriots call "mules."
Mules are unsuspected people whose job is to smuggle someone’s information or agenda through well-guarded doors or borders.
CIA jackals are spies planted in NGOs, companies and multilateral and inter-governmental agencies to carry out the destabilisation missions of singular countries or blocs of countries.
They are usually called in at the third stage of imperialist intervention, when the first two stages have failed to produce results.
The whole typology of intervention and destabilisation in pursuit of regime change includes five stages, the last of which is direct military intervention as we see in Iraq today, according to John Perkins.
CIA jackals are spy-activists whose aim is to cause social, political and psychological havoc by attacking the public morale and unity of the people as demonstrated in the last two elections in Zimbabwe.
The language of Tibaijuka’s report and the language that Egeland used on the BBC after visiting Zimbabwe was not the language of UN special envoys.
It was the language of CIA jackals, intended to denigrate, provoke, insult, demoralise and divide the people of Zimbabwe.
But besides the language, there was also real conduct. Both Egeland and Tibaijuka betrayed their real agendas when they got to Bulawayo.
This means that the people who sent them believed that Bulawayo in particular and Matabeleland in general provide the soft entry points for clandestine destabilisation forces.
Bulawayo is the place where both "envoys" withdrew from the public domain into backyard and gutter projects and politics beyond the reach of the media and beyond the eyes of the public officials.
This was not accidental.
The NGOs and Embassies who have sought to sponsor divisive politics in the last 15 years have also tended to treat Bulawayo in particular and Matabeleland in general as if they were their pet projects and not local domains of a sovereign country.
Through Egeland, the British, the EU and America were trying to influence the UN to treat Zimbabwe differently from similar cases because here they had already gone ahead with Tibaijuka to condemn the urban ghetto reclamation and reconstruction programmes here as "genocide".
To remain consistent and in order not to embarrass the NGOs that they sponsored to denounce the programmes, these imperialist forces wanted the UN to install refugee tents in Zimbabwe’s cities.
Such tents would serve as photogenic propaganda sites for global mass media and all the imbedded spies and journalists here.
Crisis Zimbabwe Coalition would get a boost to its reason to exist, since Zimbabwe would then appear as a country with a massive and permanent internal refugee population.
The NGOs could be paid to induce ordinary poor people to join the tent tenants just as many were also induced to trek to Britain and South Africa and lie about needing political asylum.
But such scheming on the part of the US and UK is delusional.
The overwhelming majority of the people of Zimbabwe are pre-occupied with land redistribution, resettlement and the agrarian revolution.
How do we know this?
We know this from Zanu-PF’s 2005 Esigodini National People’s Conference which resolved to condemn the two UN envoys serving as spies for Britain, US and EU forces against Zimbabwe.
Therefore the Government of Zimbabwe is to be encouraged to insist that the UN must not make ridiculous demands on member states which are not UN demands but are the bilateral requirements of a minority of white countries such as Britain, Australia, America and some EU countries.
Likewise, unemployed busybodies like Annan, Machel, Desmond Tutu, Obasanjo and Carter must stop making absurd demands on African peoples.
Government must remember that the Anglo-Saxon powers have not yet declared a truce in their media terrorism against Zimbabwe, which has been a critical feature of their overall propaganda war.
In that war, humanitarian intervention has been used most frequently. As Ludo Martens has warned; "This sort of campaign (which applies psychological terrorism under the guise of human rights concerns) is nevertheless nothing new and should not come as a surprise to progressive people.
"Military specialists have written many books and articles about the weapon of disinformation in Nato doctrine (for instance). According to those specialists, disinformation can be a weapon as powerful as heavy artillery.
"In the words of Colonel Trinquier, French specialist in anti-communist warfare: ‘Today war is a whole consisting of actions of all kinds, political, social, economic, psychological, armed, and so on, which aim to overthrow established power in a country.’
"In every important struggle the facts brought to us by the imperialist media are a well-doctored mixture of lies, half-truths and real facts."
The so-called "Eminent African Elders" have been nominated by imperialism to try to reverse the diplomatic achievements of former South African President Cde Thabo Mbeki and Sadc in Zimbabwe.
Martens also cites a CIA specialist in the science of lying who wrote about how the US conducted its "black propaganda" against the people of Vietnam.
"Just writing that communists are bad is cheap. The art is (for the CIA to get certain forces) to commit crimes disguised as communists, that is the way to gain credibility."
In the Zimbabwean case, the US and UK have lost credibility over Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and Abu Graib Prison.
Their forces therefore gravitate toward those institutions, which still have some credibility.
The UN has a long relationship with the leaders of Zimbabwe. Therefore it is a most attractive target for infiltration, manipulation and even intimidation.
In fact, some of the manipulation is not even made known to UN officials.
For example, in 2005 some embedded journalists were supposed to come to Zimbabwe under the guise of covering our Senate elections when in fact their task was to take pictures and stage stories which could be manipulated and sensationalised in order to scandalise the UN humanitarian coordinator against us.
Putting homeless people in make-shift tents, as proposed by Annan’s envoy in 2005, instead of building solid houses in real communities is typical of what is notoriously known as the "misery industry" driven by NGOs.
The tents would provide the symbolic confirmation of the crisis outlined in Tibaijuka’s report but impossible to justify on the ground where the people’s pre-occupation then and now has always been how to get the inputs needed for a potentially good farming season.
Therefore, the best these retired stooges could do for the people of Zimbabwe is to get the US and the UK to lift their illegal and racist sanctions.
However, we have already said the UN and its volunteers are targeted because they are more credible that the British Foreign Office, the US State Department or the CIA.
The UN has a relationship with the people of Zimbabwe going back to their struggles against UDI and apartheid.
That good track record can be abused by a now thoroughly compromised UN system to achieve objectives contrary to those which the people were pursuing during earlier struggles.









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November 27, 2008 | 3:13 AM Comments  {num} comments

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Wall St. crash to cost NY 225 000 jobs
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Wall St. crash to cost NY 225 000 jobs


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Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:38:00 +0000


WALL Street's painful downsizing could cost 225,000 New Yorkers their jobs over the next two years as it recent era of outsize profits may have ended and it adapts to less leverage, the state comptroller said on Monday.

The securities industry could clip a total of 38,000 workers by next October, and another 10,000 employees could be axed in related fields, such as banking, insurance, and real estate, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli forecast in a new report.

Wall Street seems to have overpaid its employees in the first six months of this year, DiNapoli said adding that total compensation ate up "an unsustainable" 97 percent of net revenues. In contrast, the ratio averaged only 53 percent from 1990 to 2006.

And unlike previous cycles in this traditionally boom-and-bust industry, Wall Street might not revisit its recent mistakes, at least for awhile, because the federal bank bailout includes some new curbs while the new Democratic Obama administration views stiffer regulations as a must.

Further, the new bank holding company model adopted by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley after rival Lehman Brothers was allowed to sink into bankruptcy, comes with regulations that did not apply to these titans when they were investment banks.

"The challenge is that we know that Wall Street is going to look different than before we went into this," DiNapoli said,

The end of the leverage generation could transform investment banking, withering mergers and acquisitions. It also might herald a era of lower but more stable profits, he said.

Wall Street likely will employ fewer people -- and reward them less generously, DiNapoli added, predicting that the past few years of "outsize" profits would not be matched again.

The securities industry lost 16,000 jobs last month on a year-over-year basis, the state Labor Department said last week. Because these workers are paid so generously, an average of almost $400,000 last year, these jobs spur hiring in many other sectors, from shops to advertising firms.

That intensifies the pain of Wall Street's breakdown, as each of this industry's jobs could cause two workers to be laid off in New York City and 1.3 employees to be cut in the state, the Democratic comptroller explained.

Securities company executives, moreover, should not reap bonuses because it's "inappropriate to reward poor performance," DiNapoli said, noting that broker/dealer desks of New York Stock Exchange member firms lost almost $21 billion in the first six months of this year.

BEWARE OF SHRINKING BONUSES

Bonuses now could plunge in half, the way they did in the early 2000s, after the end of the Internet speculative fever and the deadly September 11 air attacks in 2001, DiNapoli said.

That might bring these payments down to $16 billion. This will also hurt Wall Street's lower-level employees, who just like investment bankers and top traders, often rely heavily on bonuses. "New York will feel a lot of pain from a shrunken bonus pool," DiNapoli said.

The state and city could lose $6.5 billion in tax revenues from Wall Street over two years. New York City gets 12 percent of its tax revenues from this industry, while the state gets 20 percent.

DiNapoli also warned that job "losses could be greater if the economic downturn is deeper and longer than currently forecast."

Wall Street's job force peaked at 200,300 in December 2000. As of last month, this sector employed 171,400 people, according to the state Labor Department.

New York City lost 232,1000 private-sector jobs in the recession that stretched from 2001 to 2003.

(Reporting by Joan Gralla; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio





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Understanding multiple fronts of regime change
Related to country: Zimbabwe

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Understanding multiple fronts of regime change

AFRICAN FOCUS By Tafataona P. Mahoso

FROM the point of view of the ordinary citizen of Zimbabwe, the population is experiencing semi-genocidal conditions similar to those experienced at the height of the war of liberation between 1975 and the end of 1979, but this time without civil war.

The semi-genocidal conditions include: the closure of a significant number of schools and colleges; the closure of a significant number of hospitals and clinics; food shortages and escalating prices of those foods which are available; hardening attitudes and denials of reality across political divides (despite everyone’s desire for unity and peace); and a general state of shock.

The last symptom, the general state of shock, has been defined by Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, as follows: "A state of shock . . . is a moment when there is a gap between fast-moving events and the information that exists to explain them . . . [The predominance of] raw reality, unprocessed by story, narrative, or anything that could bridge the gap between reality and understanding . . . Without a story, we are . . . intensely vulnerable to those people who are ready to take advantage of the chaos for their own ends. As soon as we have a new narrative that offers a perspective on the shocking events, we become re-oriented and the world begins to make sense once again."

On November 20 2008, the Governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr Gideon Gono, held a Press conference at which he tried to explain to the public the shocking experiences which people have endured at the banks, in supermarkets and elsewhere, shocking experiences which are caused by hyperinflation which shows itself in the form of shortages of cash, escalating prices, dollarisation and the destruction of the national currency.

Dr Gono suggested that the shocking developments which people had experienced for a long time now are related to the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union and their allies related to regime change politics; and related to psychological war as well as corruption and greed.

As we have tried to demonstrate in previous installments, the imposition of illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe devastated society and the economy by increasing opportunities for illegal activity. Under illegal sanctions it becomes difficult to separate illegal activities that are motivated by regime change-related espionage and destabilisation from those caused by sheer greed, from those caused through incompetence and ignorance.

Illegal regime change as the overall objective of the British and their external allies and internal proxies remains confusing because it requires the use of any and all forms of destabilisation short of military invasion. As Ludo Martens pointed out, quoting the French specialist Colonel Trinquier: "Today war is a whole consisting of actions of all kinds, political, social, economic, psychological, armed . . . which aim to overthrow established power in a country"

This is the meaning of regime change. But underneath that umbrella of regime change, there are various fronts: psychological war or propaganda; information warfare; and financial warfare.

While the New Labour government of Britain has been the most open about the desire for a military invasion, the US State Department has been more open about financial warfare and psychological war.

The speech which former US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell gave at Africa University in Mutare on November 2 2005 was entitled "Plain Talk About the Zimbabwean Economy" and it served to launch the planning phase of the financial warfare, four years after the passage of the US sanctions law called the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera). When the planning of the financial warfare was in place towards the end of 2007, Ambassador Dell gave another speech in Bulawayo in which he set a hyperinflation target of 1 800 000 percent by the end of 2007 which he said would bring down the economy and the Government of Zimbabwe.

The psychological war was revealed by former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner to The Washington Times on August 20 2002 and reported in The Herald in Zimbabwe on August 22.

In that revelation, Walter Kansteiner named so-called independent journalists and independent media, "civil" society organisations and non-governmental organisations as well as selected governments in the Sadc region, as partners with the US State Department in the psychological and political war against Zimbabwe.

But the two fronts of the regime change onslaught which have not been explained are information and financial warfare.

In his paper called Financial Warfare Professor Michel Chossudovsky describes financial warfare as: "The worldwide scramble to appropriate wealth through financial manipulation. This manipulation of market forces by powerful actors constitutes a form of financial and economic warfare. No need to recolonise lost territory or send in invading armies. In the late 20th Century, the outright conquest of nations, meaning the control over productive assets, labour, natural resources and institutions can be carried out in an impersonal fashion from the corporate boardroom: commands are dispatched from a computer terminal, or a cellphone. The relevant data are instantly relayed to major financial markets — often resulting in immediate disruptions in the functioning of national economies."

But the vehicles and instruments used go beyond just finance and the financial sector. So do the concepts.

It is, therefore, important to note that the phenomena which the RBZ Governor described at his Press conference on November 20 2008 included both financial and information warfare. It was also clear that the explanations of these phenomena and events given by the regime change forces were aimed at psychological warfare, that is to turn the population affected by financial and information warfare against the RBZ and the entire social and political order behind the Governor.

It is, therefore, important to define information warfare before explaining how it operates with and sometimes as financial warfare. The US Information Warfare Site (IWS) defines information warfare as: "any action to deny, exploit, corrupt or destroy the enemy’s information and its functions; protecting ourselves against those actions; and exploiting our own military information functions . . . US information warriors would be able to disable important enemy command and control or civilian infrastructure systems with little, if any, loss of life".

The US IWS then gives many illustrations of actions which constitute information warfare. Two examples are quite telling: Stock or commodity exchanges, electric power grids and municipal air traffic control systems and . . . air traffic control or navigation systems could be manipulated or disrupted, with accompanying economic or societal disruption, physical destruction or loss of life.

Computer intruders might steal and disclose confidential, personal, medical or financial information, as a tool for blackmail, extortion, or to cause widespread social disruption or embarrassment.

Now, if we look at the daily needs and aspirations of the majority of the citizens of Zimbabwe and the policies of the Government of Zimbabwe in response to those needs and aspirations of the people, we can identify the following social objectives which the financial warfare, the information warfare and the psychological warfare together aim to defeat.

First, both the Government and the people want a stable currency, stable prices and affordable goods produced locally and imported from abroad.

Second, both the Government and the people want to be able to punish those who seek to defeat their objectives regarding the economy and the living conditions of the people. But under the conditions of economic liberalisation introduced at the time of the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme and worsened by the imposition of sanctions, it is difficult to maintain stability and to identify those who are engaged in acts of economic and financial destabilisation — let alone to punish them.

The Government and the people find, for instance, that a barrage of rates have been created, and are constantly thrown at them, and used to justify acts that fuel hyperinflation. For instance, when we use the following terms casually we are most likely describing the information war features of the overall economic war against ourselves:

l Old Mutual Implied Rate

l the transfer rate

l the RTGS rate

l the official Government rate

l the parallel market rate

l the inter-bank rate

l the Zimbabwe dollar cash price

l the foreign currency cash price

l the foreign currency transfer rate

l the bank cheque price

l the personal cheque price

l the parallel market price.

Most of these rates and prices have been used to defeat the official Government rate and the inter-bank rate.

If we now return to the US definition of information warfare, we notice that the unleashing of all these supposed rates, as if they constitute reality, has had many destructive effects on the people.

It has denied many the use of their cheque books, because they are heavily penalised for using cheques. As the RBZ Governor pointed out, even the use of guaranteed bank cheques was recently rendered impossible because a score or so bank managers went on to guarantee and write bank cheques for which there were no funds. But the overall impact of all these contradictory rates has been to drive hyperinflation against the Zimbabwe dollar until the nation as a whole is now being denied the right to use its own currency.

In the end, most people do not know what to believe about the value of goods, the value of their money (in local or foreign currency), the value of their stocks, the value of their labour or the value of their produce.

The purpose of all the various types of warfare, intended to substitute or precede military intervention, is made clear in Chapter 2 of the IWS documents which chapter is called The Conduct of Information Warfare and International Law. The authors conclude that: ". . . manipulating an adversary nation to the extent that its citizens or leaders become unhinged from reality, especially when the effects cannot be known or controlled, may be no less wrongful than to force another nation into starvation or cannibalism. The potentially dangerous results of perception manipulation are more than theoretical . . . The use of propaganda, video morphing, or deceptive broadcasts to the extent that they spur unrestrained civil war or even genocide, may be thus illegal".

But these methods were used in Venezuela in late 2002; in Yugoslavia in 1999; in Iraq in 2003; and in Rwanda in 1994. They have been used in Zimbabwe.

The document produced for ZWNEWS by the so-called Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum and other NGOs was premised on the assumption that the combination of psychological war, financial and information warfare had made the Zimbabwean people and their leaders sufficiently "unhinged" or "freaked up" enough to precipitate a genocidal war far worse than Rwanda 1994. The document was called Is Zimbabwe on the Brink of Genocide? The researchers concluded that genocide was imminent in Zimbabwe and would happen by January 2003!

The fact that this has not happened despite all the attempts is reason to pay tribute to the people and leaders of our nation who have rejected illegal regime change.




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Obama should not be a trophy president
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Obama should not be a trophy president


Philip Murombedzi


ZIMBABWEANS everywhere celebrated the election of Senator Barack Obama as President of the United States of America and so did many Africans and African-Americans who are now hopeful that with this Black man in the driving seat, there is hope for a seismic policy shift in the United States and a reconnection with the rest of the world.

One of the reasons why Sen. Obama was elected, besides the effectiveness of his campaign, his intelligence and his powers of oratory, is because many people were fed up with Washington and its policies which are divorced from reality. Many people questioned the war in Iraq and America’s unilateralism or aggression towards weaker states.

Sen. Obama got support from many people who were fed up with the detached leadership of George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Many people do not doubt the sincerity of these men when they say they want to protect their countries’ democracy from being threatened. We believe them. We do not think they are inherently bad people and when they wake up everyday and look in the mirror, they truly see themselves as good people who want to make change and protect their countries.

But they forgot one thing: There are many countries in the world, not just their own. There are so many interests in the world. There are also good countries outside of the G7/G8 fold. There are also very important countries elsewhere in the world that could help their own countries achieve their objectives.

For instance, Britain and the US are now looking to China and the Arab world to help resolve the global financial crisis. Gordon Brown last week said he was asking Arab countries to contribute to the International Monetary Fund to help resolve the global financial crisis. He qualified his statement by saying he was not going with a “begging bowl”. But we know he was. He was in that region three months ago, trying to persuade them to reduce oil prices again with no “begging bowl”.

President Bush is looking to China – whom America already owes trillions of dollars – to help bail them out, yet we hear (in Bush and president-elect Obama) that America is still the strongest country in the world. It is no longer. There has been a power shift in the world and the countries of South East Asia are changing the global power distribution, and the West has to look elsewhere for cues.

President-elect Obama will have to show that he can bridge that divide – that he can make the connections that Bush and his Allies failed to make, if the world is going to be a better place – after all he campaigned on that ticket and the world is watching.

President-elect Obama will also have to fight for the connection of Washington and those who have fought for civil rights, for so many years in America. He is their only hope and he campaigned on that ticket too, although he specifically avoided mention of those two words in his campaign – ‘civil rights’. Nowhere did we hear Sen. Obama campaign for civil rights, which is one reason why the Rev. Jesse Jackson made the lurid comments he made about him, for which he later apologized.

Rev. Jackson who shed tears on the eve of Sen. Obama’s election, could have had a mixture of emotions – that finally a Black man was going to be President, but also that the speech made was devoid of direct talk about civil rights and about the plight of Blacks in America, who suffered years of slavery and second-class citizenship – are still suffering today. Rev. Jackson was there on the fateful night when Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated and these events are very significant to him and the Black (minority) people he represents. He was a presidential hopeful himself, who campaigned on a “civil rights ticket” in the eighties.

We cannot prejudge President-elect Obama. He has shown some leadership thus far, but we also remember that he made a speech to the US Senate on March 15 2007 to the effect that “regime change” should be supported in Zimbabwe. He has also reached out to MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, but not President Mugabe. We believe that for Sen. Obama to understand the true picture of Zimbabwe, and before he makes public statements about Zimbabwe, he should reach out to stakeholders in the country. The MDC leader is not infallible and neither is President Mugabe. Any outsider who wants to understand the struggles that Zimbabwe has gone through, is going through, will go through, will have to reach out to all persuasions in the country.

Just like we will not prejudge the Black President-elect, he should not prejudge our country, but should help resolve our crisis – and the crisis of the many millions of Blacks, Hispanics, Indians and other minorities in America.

We hope ‘President Obama’ will not be a token president who will be used by the powers-that-be in Washington to justify Black inclusion in American politics knowing fully well that the levers of power are still in the white-controlled institutions crafted centuries ago. Obama has made a giant step, but the small strides being made by Black people daily are very crucial as well.

Trevor Philips, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality in Britain made an interesting observation this weekend. As one of the most prominent civil rights campaigners in Britain, Philips told The Times newspaper: “If Barack Obama had lived here (in Britain) I would be very surprised if even somebody as brilliant as him would have been able to break through the institutional stranglehold that there is on power within the Labour Party.” It has to be said that the same “institutional stranglehold” is still existent in America. We wait to see whether Obama’s appointments will reflect the racial composition of the United States. He should not favour Blacks simply because he is Black, but he should not just favour Whites as well. He should strike a balance in appointments and include skilled Blacks, Indians, Hispanics, etc in his administration.

Those who have been following the campaigns by Sen. Obama will agree that he ran a spirited, rainbow campaign. His rallies were filled with all races and he was loved by everyone. He had record attendances in Berlin, Germany. That spirit should be carried forward to his administration – he should have a rainbow administration.

Indications so far are that there will be very few changes in Washington, which is sad. If, as President, Obama does not address the plight of the Black and minority populations in America, it will take centuries to address those issues and Obama will only remain as a token President to silent those who thought America was never ready for a Black President.

If he manages to address those issues he would have created a precedent that will have a domino effect on the rest of future administrations in America (Black-led or White-led). He will be the standard by which to measure any future administration’s efforts at extending civil liberties to minority groups.

That Sen. Obama chastised those people who did not believe in what he termed “American democracy” at his winning speech in Chicago on Tuesday last week, was unfortunate. Many of those people who did not believe in “American democracy” are the suffering populations in America – the Blacks, Hispanics, the Indians and others. These communities have been at the receiving end of the brutality of a system Obama was fighting in his campaign.

Interesting last note: Sen. Obama’s speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters in Chicago – one of the most widely-watched and repeated political addresses in recent history was partly written in a flat in Notting Hill, West London by a twenty-seven year old White man. Nothing wrong with the skin colour of the speech-writer, but when the speech fails to address the issues of civil liberties that have been at the forefront of Black and minority campaign for many years and fails to mention the forerunner to the cause (like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson), one wonders what type of administration to expect under “President Barack Obama”.

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Sun, 09 Nov 2008 19:53:57 • I share Simpson's views on the Obama presidency. The question is who will be pulling the strings will it be the Money Masters (the rich bankers) and the usual Washington crowd. Time will tell. Yes, we are all awating to see whether he carries out the same failed Bush policies with regards to Zimbabwe. If Obama really believes in freedom and liberty, then the first thing he should do is to repeal the Zidera Act,2001 and lift sanctions against Zim. Why is the US public allowing their govt to make the Zim economy scream and thereby impoverish its people. Zimbabweans have no quarrel with the American people.


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Sun, 09 Nov 2008 16:59:43 • Am a bit sceptical as well - but being as intelligent as he is, Africa wait to see the change it can believe in. That means revisiting american foreign policy in Africa under Bush administration.

Surely if Bush was a disaster at home - he could not have been right away from home. Interestingly, in Zim MDC-T have been enjoying cosy relations with the republicans. Chematama and Mcgee are best of mates, but i was surprised to hear Biti congratulating Obama and refering to Bush as being arrogant. It was the first time any MDC-T official has ever seen anything wrong with the Bush administration.

Obama is going to be tested in the way he is going to deal with the Palestine/Israel conflict, Iran and Zimbabwe. Surely if he represents change that we can all believe in, then Obama must revisit the Bush admin`s policy towards these case studies. He only need to listen to their side of the story and make an informed judgement from facts not from manufactured, stage-managed events.

My only fear is that the american institutions not presidency direct foreign policy and as such Obama may not be able to have any influence at all.

However, as the occupier of the most prestigious house in the world, he should be able to engage these countries not to ostracise based on lies. He shd also not be too close to Brown for that matter - but make independent judgements.

Interesting events are already happening - Claire short is leading a european delegation to Palestine to fight for their oppression from Israel, not sure why at this moment taking into account Short wrote that infamous Zim letter and served in a labour gvt for a long time without taking this radical step. could it be anything to do with making Obama`s presidential tenure difficult, given the fact that Obama`s campaign team was led by jews.

For the first time, sky news had the headline in bold red :Hamas willing to speak to Obama. Very strange indeed since hamas has always been referred to as a terrorist organisation.

I think we are going to see many more interesting developments - however if the developments helps in making the world a fairer place, including Uk paying for land reform in zim without weird conditions, or speeding up real land reform and empowering the black populace in south africa then we would welcome them.

We wait and see.

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‘Poll fraud’ and African opposition parties
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‘Poll fraud’ and African opposition parties

By Stephen T. Maimbodei

"AN election in Africa has once again ended with the opposition rejecting the final results and claiming that the election was rigged". When the headline was read out on Sunday evening, I heaved a sigh, and exclaimed: "Boy oh boy, not again!"

I have always wondered whether the cry about election fraud, which almost always comes soon after election results are announced, is an indictment on our young and fledgling democracies and their ability to successfully administer elections
I have also wondered if this actually is a plus sign in nation state building. And I also question, administer them for whom, and in whose interests? Are the people ever a factor in all these? Are the underlying issues as simplistic as I am making them to be?
There seems to be an unwritten African code, which says that a strong opposition party pitting itself against the ruling party should win any election, whether parliamentary or presidential. If they fail to win, then the election and the electoral system are condemned, and the denunciation carries more weight if the Western media champions it.
For years now, we have witnessed that any opposition defeat automatically becomes electoral fraud, accompanied by the usual jibe that the election has been stolen, and claims that the poll was not free and fair and that these are a potent enough mix to produce a rigged poll.
This is a script whose template has been replicated all over Africa when opposition parties lose to ruling parties. It is tired copy, but one which is happily accepted in the West, and one which reinforces the stereotypical images of undemocratic election processes in Africa, and the inability to govern.
The next step is for the opposition to reject the results, take the matter to the courts, and demand a recount. Zimbabwe is currently in a political malaise because of this phenomenon.
On October 30, Zambians went to the polls to elect a president to replace the late Levy Mwanawasa who passed on last August. Four contestants vied for the post although at the end only two remained major contenders, then acting President Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy and Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front.
Out of a population of 11 477 447, more than 3 million are, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, registered voters, and 1 768 210 people cast valid votes, which is less than 50 percent of the total number of registered voters. It is quite clear then that voter turnout was low. However, when all was said and done, Sata rejected the result, alleging malpractices, demanded a recount and announced his intention to challenge the results in court.
As if to give credence to Sata’s claims, the Western media made an issue of the fact that President Banda won the election by a narrow margin, and went on to be sworn in barely two hours after the announcement of the final result.
President Banda beat his rival by 35 209 votes. One wonders why winning an election with a narrow margin, where the difference between the two is greater than the number of votes grossed by the fourth contestant who polled 13 683 votes, would be an issue. According to election observers — local, regional and international — the elections were conducted in a free and fair manner in accordance with the Sadc guidelines on the conduct of elections.
Sata had initially asked the Electoral Commission of Zambia to delay announcing the full result since he believed that his initial lead was going to be maintained. However, his request was denied and he claimed in an interview that "a bunch of thieves have stolen (his) votes".
This was the second time Sata claimed electoral fraud. In the previous poll that pitted him against late Mwanawasa, he did the same and took the case up to the Zambian courts. What is disturbing in this trend, which seems to be quite unique to African politics, is the number of times election fraud cases arise in most elections. And it is almost like a given that the opposition has to win an election in order for the election to be accepted as free and fair. Why?
Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and many others have had these problems, whether genuine or not genuine. These are problems that stall national development and make it difficult for incoming governments to implement developmental projects as time and scarce resources are wasted in what President Banda has described as "petty squabbles".
Who also says that if a candidate is initially leading, then it is a given that they should emerge the ultimate winner? Who also says that if one wins by a small margin, then the results are questionable?
A Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation reporter interviewed an official from one of the opposition political parties (not PF) who expressed satisfaction with the electoral process. Then, they were waiting for the last batch of results from 20 constituencies in outlying areas and all believed to be MMD strongholds just like urban centres were Sata’s strongholds.
An MMD official who was also interviewed on ZNBC expressed satisfaction with the voting process, and said that despite the razor-thin difference between the two leading contenders, MMD was confident of victory since they already had the results which had been posted outside polling stations in the various constituencies.
Why, therefore, did the opposition claim electoral fraud if the process was transparent and was endorsed by various observers? Is electoral fraud being institutionalised even in cases where it is unwarranted in order to diminish Africa’s electoral systems? Who stands to benefit each time people refuse to accept the results of a process they would have participated in? Not the people obviously!
Depending on what the Zambian constitution says, Sata should accept the results. Doing so is a sign of respect to the Zambian people — his supporters and others who did not vote for him.
Development programmes in Africa cannot be sacrificed on the altar of expediency and personal egos should rise above the people’s interests.


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IMF may need to "print money" to bail out countries
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THE International Monetary Fund may soon lack the money to bail out an ever growing list of countries crumbling across Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia, raising concerns that it will have to tap taxpayers in Western countries for a capital infusion or resort to the nuclear option of printing its own money.

IMF's work in countries such as Turkey is only just beginning.

The Fund is already close to committing a quarter of its $200bn (£130bn) reserve chest, with a loans to Iceland ($2bn), Ukraine ($16.5bn), and talks underway with Pakistan ($14.5bn), Hungary ($10bn), as well as Belarus and Serbia.

Neil Schering, emerging market strategist at Capital Economics, said the IMF's work in the great arc of countries from the Baltic states to Turkey is only just beginning.

"When you tot up the countries across the region with external funding needs, you get to $500bn or $600bn very quickly, and that blows the IMF out of the water. The Fund may soon have to start calling on the West for additional funds," he said.

Brad Setser, an expert on capital flows at the Council for Foreign Relations, said Russia, Mexico, Brazil and India have together spent $75bn of their reserves defending their currencies this month, and South Korea is grappling with a serious banking crisis.

"Right now the IMF is too small to meet the foreign currency liquidity needs of the larger emerging economies. We're in a dangerous situation and there is the risk of extreme moves in the markets, as we have seen with the Brazilian real. I hope policy-makers understand how serious this is," he said.

The IMF, led by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has the power to raise money on the capital markets by issuing `AAA' bonds under its own name. It has never resorted to this option, preferring to tap members states for deposits.

The nuclear option is to print money by issuing Special Drawing Rights, in effect acting as if it were the world's central bank. This was done briefly after the fall of the Soviet Union but has never been used as systematic tool of policy to head off a global financial crisis.

"The IMF can in theory create liquidity like a central bank," said an informed source. "There are a lot of ideas kicking around."

For now, Eastern Europe is the epicentre of the crisis. Lars Christensen, a strategist at Danske Bank, said the lighting speed and size of Ukraine's bail-out suggest the IMF is worried about the geo-strategic risk in the Black Sea region, as well as the imminent risk a financial pandemic.

"The IMF clearly fears a domino effect in Eastern Europe where a collapse in one country automatically leads to a collapse in another," he said. - Daily Telegraph






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Defiant Obama shrugs off neo-Nazi plot to 'assassinate him and slaughter dozens of black school pupils'
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Defiant Obama shrugs off neo-Nazi plot to 'assassinate him and slaughter dozens of black school pupils'
By David Gardner

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Barack Obama is refusing to alter his schedule of high-profile appearances despite increasing fears about his safety.

Security has been stepped up around the Democratic presidential candidate after federal agents foiled a plot by two racists to kill him.

Tomorrow he will appear alongside Bill Clinton in Florida where a crowd of more than 100,000 is expected.

Florida is known to be home to a large number of white supremacists with the group Stormfront based in the Palm Beach area.



Neo-Nazis: Daniel Cowart (left) and Paul Schlesselman, seen posing with guns on their Myspace pages, have been charged over a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and 101 other black Americans
Extra police are likely to be drafted in for the rally with access to Mr Obama restricted to those who have been vetted by his campaign team and undergone stringent security checks.

As the US election enters its final week, and the Democratic presidential candidate remains ahead in almost every poll, concerns remain high among some party members that an attempt on his life could be made.

Mr Obama's bid to become the first black president of America has stirred up hatred among white supremacists.

As details of the latest plot emerged it was revealed that secret service agents guarding the senator were unaware of it.

According to CBS TV, the Obama campaign only found out about it when his plane landed in Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon.

Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, appeared in court on Friday flanked by agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Agency.

Enlarge Enlarge Arrests: Cowart, left, and Schlesselman in their police mugshots
The agency is supposed to share information with the secret service - but the 12 agents assigned to Mr Obama had not been told about the threat.

The two skinheads were arrested on Wednesday after shooting at a church in Brownsville, Tennessee.

They planned to rob a gun store and go on a murderous rampage, with the black Democrat candidate their final target, court records revealed last night.

A predominantly black high school in Tennessee was also high on their hit-list, it was alleged.
Cowart and Schlesselman were charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms and threatening a candidate for president.

The pair intended to shoot 88 African-Americans and decapitate another 14, said Jim Cavanaugh, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The number 88 is an abbreviation of Heil Hitler as H is the eighth letter of the alphabet and 14 refers to a 14-word slogan coined by American white supremacist leader David Lane who is serving a 190-year jail sentence.
The pair told investigators they planned to speed a truck towards Mr Obama while 'shooting at him from the windows'.

According to court documents unsealed last night, they 'stated they would dress in all-white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt'.


Plot: U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was on the hit list of 102 black Americans to be killed in a murder spree in Tennessee
Both said that they were 'willing to die during this attempt'.

'They said that would be their last, final act - that they would attempt to kill Senator Obama,' said Mr Cavanaugh.

'They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying.'

Police became suspicious because the pair used chalk to draw a swastika and 'numerous racially motivated words and symbols' on Cowart's car.

They allegedly began discussing the murder plot after meeting online about a month ago.

In the affidavit, agents said the two men 'discussed the killing spree to include targeting a predominately African-American school, going state to state while robbing individuals and continuing to kill people'.

The plot was similar to one uncovered during the Democratic Party convention in Denver in August.
Then, three white supremacists-were arrested after being found with a sniper rifle and being high on drugs.

Later, FBI agents and the Secret Service decided not to charge them after coming to the conclusion they did not pose a real threat.

The latest plot came to light with just a week to go in the race to be the next President of the United States.

Both Mr Obama and Republican candidate John McCain were in Ohio, seen as a crucial state in the election next Tuesday.

Senator McCain was busily repeating his charge that Mr Obama was a tax-and-spend liberal.

But having said over the weekend that he and President Bush, as fellow Republicans, share some economic philosophies, Mr McCain was accused of doing a U-turn yesterday.

'We (Obama and McCain) both disagree with President Bush on economic policies,' Mr McCain said in Cleveland. 'My approach is to get spending under control.'

He added that the difference was 'he (Obama) thinks taxes have been too low and I think that spending has been too high'.

In Canton, Ohio, Mr Obama said: 'After 21 months and three debates, Senator McCain still has not been able to tell the American people a single major thing he'd do differently from George Bush when it comes to the economy.'

He claimed that 'the biggest gamble we can take is embracing the same old Bush-McCain policies that have failed us for the last eight years'.




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Neo-Nazi plot to 'assassinate Barack Obama and slaughter dozens of black school pupils' foiled by FBI
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Neo-Nazi plot to 'assassinate Barack Obama and slaughter dozens of black school pupils' foiled by FBI
By David Gardner

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A plot to kill Barack Obama and slaughter dozens of black school pupils was foiled yesterday.

Two neo-Nazis planned to rob a gun store and go on a murderous rampage, with the black Democrat candidate their final target, court records revealed last night.

A predominantly black high school in Tennessee was also high on their hit-list, it was alleged.



Neo-Nazis: Daniel Cowart (left) and Paul Schlesselman, seen posing with guns on their Myspace pages, have been charged over a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and 101 other black Americans
Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tennessee, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, in the neighbouring state of Arkansas, were charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms and threatening a candidate for president.

The pair intended to shoot 88 African-Americans and decapitate another 14, said Jim Cavanaugh, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The pair told investigators they planned to speed a truck towards Mr Obama while 'shooting at him from the windows'.

According to court documents unsealed last night, they 'stated they would dress in all-white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt'.

Both said that they were 'willing to die during this attempt'.

'They said that would be their last, final act - that they would attempt to kill Senator Obama,' said Mr Cavanaugh.

'They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying.'

Police became suspicious because the pair used chalk to draw a swastika and 'numerous racially motivated words and symbols' on Cowart's car.

They allegedly began discussing the murder plot after meeting online about a month ago.

In the affidavit, agents said the two men 'discussed the killing spree to include targeting a predominately African-American school, going state to state while robbing individuals and continuing to kill people'.

Anti-racism campaigners said the number 88 is used by white supremacists as an abbreviation for Heil Hitler as H is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

The figure 14 represents a slogan consisting of that many words, coined by American white supremacist leader David Lane, who is serving a 190-year jail sentence.

The plot was similar to one uncovered during the Democratic Party convention in Denver in August.



Plot: U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was on the hit list of 102 black Americans to be killed in a murder spree in TennesseeThen, three white supremacists-were arrested after being found with a sniper rifle and being high on drugs.

Later, FBI agents and the Secret Service decided not to charge them after coming to the conclusion they did not pose a real threat.

The latest plot came to light with just a week to go in the race to be the next President of the United States.

Both Mr Obama and Republican candidate John McCain were in Ohio, seen as a crucial state in the election next Tuesday.

Senator McCain was busily repeating his charge that Mr Obama was a tax-and-spend liberal.

But having said over the weekend that he and President Bush, as fellow Republicans, share some economic philosophies, Mr McCain was accused of doing a U-turn yesterday.

'We (Obama and McCain) both disagree with President Bush on economic policies,' Mr McCain said in Cleveland. 'My approach is to get spending under control.'

He added that the difference was 'he (Obama) thinks taxes have been too low and I think that spending has been too high'.

In Canton, Ohio, Mr Obama said: 'After 21 months and three debates, Senator McCain still has not been able to tell the American people a single major thing he'd do differently from George Bush when it comes to the economy.'

He claimed that 'the biggest gamble we can take is embracing the same old Bush-McCain policies that have failed in the last eight years




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African govts victims of global chess game
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African govts victims of global chess game

By Junious Ricardo Stanton

WHAT the West always forgets to mention in their propaganda about corruption in Africa, is that African leaders are like the queen of England.

They have absolutely no power and are simply figureheads.

The West has put into place a whole set of rules and regulations to ensure that African economies remain in the primary sector and they have created a host of international organisations to implement their strategies.

They never tell us that since independence African leaders have been forced to accept Western advisors and consultants and that these are really the people who actually rule Africa.

They have been prevalent in key decision making positions which concern the strategic interests of African people since independence.

These advisors and consultants were intentionally placed there so that African leaders would not make any decisions that would change the racial composition of the economic system.

One magazine says that consultants and advisers are known for "deliberately holding back or producing part of a solution to a problem" in the hope of getting called in by the client again.

Is it surprising therefore that western advisors work against Africa’s best interests?

Why should we be surprised that the wrong decisions have been made on Africa’s behalf since independence? Would you make the right decisions if you knew that you would be out of a job tomorrow?

In his book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man", John Perkins describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the US cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then taking over their economies.

Let him explain how they did: "So, let’s say we give this third-world country a loan of US$1 billion. One of the conditions of that loan is that the majority of it, roughly 90 (percent), comes back to the United States to one of our big corporations, the ones we’ve all heard of recently, the Bechtels, the Halliburtons.

"And those corporations build in this third-world country large power plants, highways, ports, or industrial parks — big infrastructure projects that basically serve the very rich in those countries.

"The poor people in those countries and the middle class suffer; they don’t benefit from these loans, they don’t benefit from the projects. In fact, often their social services have to be severely curtailed in the process of paying off the debt…

"This third-world country then is saddled with a huge debt that it can’t possibly repay. For example, today, Ecuador… So, now we go back to those countries and say, look, you borrowed all this money from us, and you owe us this money, you can’t repay your debts, so give our oil companies your oil at very cheap costs… it began shortly after the end of World War II.

"It has been building up over time until today where it’s really reached mammoth proportions where we control most of the resources of the world."

Now that you understand the rationale behind Africa’s huge debt and structural adjustment programmes, are you still surprised that the IMF and the World Bank are unable to find any viable solutions for Africa?

According to John Perkins, when leaders in developing countries won an election, they received a visit from him and he gave them two choices.

They were shown a bullet (the stick) or a wad of money (the carrot.)

Many African leaders found themselves caught in the trap.

They had to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea and having signed a pact, they could no longer turn back.

Those who changed their minds ended up like Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein and this is what Perkins says happened to those who refused to comply with the demands of the West.

"Jaime Roldós, President of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, President of Panama died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental.

"They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire.

"We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldós and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in."

What he means here is that these are the two groups who do the dirty work. The strategy of Western governments was to use private companies so that if they were caught, it would be blamed on corporate greed, rather than government policy.

The economic hit men (John Perkins was one of these) tried to convince our leaders and presidents to accept the proposals the West offered (the carrot) and if they refused the jackals assassinated them (the stick.)

Now we know which choices (Patrice) Lumumba, (Thomas) Sankara and all those other valiant African leaders who were assassinated made.

A recent article entitled "EU is using ‘bully tactics’ to push through EPA’s" written after the EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon (in December 2007), shows that today the West continues to use its carrot and stick approach with Africans.

This is a quote from a Namibian diplomat describing why his country succumbed to the West’s demands, although Africans overwhelmingly refused the West’s proposal in Lisbon.

"When negotiating with a stronger partner, you end up only being on the receiving end. Bully tactics are used with the threat ‘you either sign or you don’t have the market’," he said.

This is the classical carrot and stick approach which uses threats to force people to do what they do not want to do.

This statement also demonstrates the tremendous ignorance of African people at all levels even those who negotiate on our behalf, since they too are not the least bit aware of the racial segmentation of the economic system.

As a result, they negotiate from an angle which makes it impossible for them to obtain win-win contracts from the West for their people.

This then, is what African leaders have had to face since independence.

No one has ever bothered to inform the African community of that.

They are simply told that if they remove corrupt African leaders from power, Africa’s problems will be solved.

In our ignorance, we have accepted the explanation without question.

The West knows that African people are hungry for recognition, for status, for all the "trappings of success" and hungry for a change in society.

As a result, many of them jump at the chance when they are promoted to top positions because they sincerely believe that they can finally achieve their goals.

Moral values and human rights are only laudable as long as they do not encroach on profit making in Western society.

Many of our leaders do not understand that they have to pay a price for their "success."

They find themselves trapped in a system where they often have to support policies and make decisions that go against their own values and beliefs.

A new breed of leaders like (Hugo) Chavez, (Robert) Mugabe, Laurent Gbabgo has emerged who refuse to obey the rules, but the West does not know exactly how to deal with them, because more and more people are slowly beginning to understand Western tactics.

There is a fear that if they are eliminated, it may cause the West to lose their entire stronghold on their resources, so they try to discredit and slander them in the worst possible manner, in the hope that their people will hate them and thus make it easier for the West to eliminate them.

This was the standard procedure used in the past, however, today it has the opposite effect.

Excerpted from "The Racial Division of Labour in the Economic System" by Junious Ricardo Stanton.

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Bush’s Iraq chickens come home to roost

By Naomi Wolf

Background The First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has been deployed in the United States as of October 1. Their stated mission is the form of crowd control they practised in Iraq, subduing "unruly individuals", and the management of a national emergency.

I am in Seattle and heard from the brother of one of the soldiers that they are engaged in exercises now.

Amy Goodman reported that an army spokesperson confirmed that they will have access to lethal and non-lethal crowd control technologies and tanks.

George Bush struck down Posse Comitatus, thus making it legal for military to patrol the US. He has also legally established that in the "War on Terror", the US is at war around the globe and thus the whole world is a battlefield. Thus the US is also a battlefield.

He also led change to the 1807 Insurrection Act to give him far broader powers in the event of a loosely defined "insurrection" or many other "conditions" he has the power to identify. The US Constitution allows the suspension of habeas corpus — habeas corpus prevents us from being seized by the state and held without trial — in the event of an "insurrection". With his own army force now, his power to call a group of protesters or angry voters "insurgents" staging an "insurrection" is strengthened.

US Rep Brad Sherman of California said to Congress, captured on C-Span and viewable on YouTube, that individual members of the House were threatened with martial law within a week if they did not pass the bailout Bill:

"The only way they can pass this Bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere . . . Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this Bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day and a couple of thousand on the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no."

If this is true and Rep Sherman is not delusional, I ask you to consider that if they are willing to threaten martial law now, it is foolish to assume they will never use that threat again. It is also foolish to trust in an orderly election process to resolve this threat. And why deploy the First Brigade? One thing the deployment accomplishes is to put teeth into such a threat.

I interviewed Vietnam veteran, retired US Air Force colonel and patriot David Antoon for clarification:

"If the president directed the First Brigade to arrest Congress, what could stop him?"

"Nothing. Their only recourse is to cut off funding. The Congress would be at the mercy of military leaders to go to them and ask them not to obey illegal orders."

"But these orders are now legal?"

"Correct."

"If the president directs the First Brigade to arrest a bunch of voters, what would stop him?"

"Nothing. It would end up in courts but the action would have been taken."

"If the president directs the First Brigade to kill civilians, what would stop him?"

"Nothing."

"What would prevent him from sending the First Brigade to arrest the editor of the Washington Post?"

"Nothing. He could do what he did in Iraq — send a tank down a street in Washington and fire a shell into the Washington Post as they did into Al-Jazeera, and claim they were firing at something else."

"What happens to members of the First Brigade who refuse to take up arms against US citizens?"

"They’d probably be treated as deserters as in Iraq: arrested, detained and facing five years in prison. In Iraq a study by Ann Wright shows that deserters — reservists who refused to go back to Iraq — got longer sentences than war criminals."

"Does Congress have any military of their own?"

"No. Congress has no direct control of any military units. The governors have the National Guard but they report to the president in an emergency that he declares."

"Who can arrest the president?"

"The Attorney-General can arrest the president after he leaves or after impeachment."

[Note: Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has asserted it is possible for district attorneys around the country to charge President Bush with murder if they represent districts where one or more military members who have been killed in Iraq formerly resided.]

"Given the danger do you advocate impeachment?"

"Yes. President Bush struck down Posse Comitatus — which has prevented, with a penalty of two years in prison, US leaders since after the Civil War from sending military forces into our streets — with a ‘signing statement’. He should be impeached immediately in a bipartisan process to prevent the use of military forces and mercenary forces against US citizens."

"Should Americans call on senior leaders in the military to break publicly with this action and call on their own men and women to disobey these orders?"

"Every senior military officer’s loyalty should ultimately be to the constitution. Every officer should publicly break with any illegal order, even from the president."

"But if these are now legal. If they say, ‘Don’t obey the commander-in-chief,’ what happens to the military?"

"Perhaps they would be arrested and prosecuted as those who refuse to participate in the current illegal war. That’s what would be considered a coup."

"But it’s a coup already."

"Yes."

l This article was first posted on www.alternet.org on October 8, 2008. The author, Naomi Wolf, is the author of Give Me Liberty (Simon and Schuster, 2008), the sequel to the New York Times bestseller The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot (Chelsea Green, 2007).

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