June 04, 2005

Murdering the humanity

George Bush opposes Africa Debt plan.

He says "It doesn't fit our budgetary process."

How the hell would it fit when you are busy killing Iraqis and American soldiers rather than saving Africans.

Grrr !!!! what kind of sick world we are living in ?????


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  1. Given that the US is already the largest direct aid donor with some $19 billion in aid in 2004 (OECD) as well as having its own multitude of aid programmes that are not tied to the OECD, I see no reason for Bush to follow the Africa Debt plan as the US has its own aid packages for Africa.

    The UK plans to raise its money by selling IMF gold reserves, which faces stiff opposition from many countries.

    04 Jun 2005, 14:21

  2. To say America is the largest direct aid donor is a bit naive when the amount it gives per citizen is significantly less than many countries including UK

    04 Jun 2005, 20:39

  3. Yes, but population does not correlate perfectly with the amount of aid available to donate.

    It is all to easy to forget how much the US has done for Africa. The Italians, Germans, French, Dutch and even the British pillaged it to such an extent that it will take it decades to get back on its feet. The US has been the biggest and most loyal donor of development aid to the continent for years. The French have only been interested in keeping their neo–colonial influence in W Africa.
    Whilst American aid to Africa has been for selfish reasons (War on Terror), it has also been a huge positive influence in the region. As a Kenyan citizen (as well as a British one), I can say that without US diplomatic pressure the same corrupt government that ruled Kenya would still be in power right now, and while the 'new' government isn't perfect, improvements in the economy are already becoming apparent.

    05 Jun 2005, 12:06

  4. Yes, both the aspects are two sides of the same coin :(

    05 Jun 2005, 14:08

  5. I don't think for one minute that America are ignoring Africa or aren't doing anything to help. I agree they have done a lot to help the continent especially as they don't have the attachment or you could say 'guilt' to it that UK and others have following the heavy–handedness of colonial times.
    But things don't change over night and progress has to be continued. For Bush to put down the idea of increasing aid in such a public manner before giving it a chance to be discussed is not helping. It's no good America just helping it's own interests while everyone else does the same. The plan may not work for him but just doing your own thing for ever won't solve the problem as a whole.

    05 Jun 2005, 17:56

  6. Fair point. Clearly long term aid over such a long time hasn't done very much. I think what Africa needs is trade not aid. In this respect I guess American has a lot to do referring to trade tariffs etc

    Hello Colin! (Just realised its you)

    05 Jun 2005, 19:56


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