Poverty in the Third World
comentarios (en verde) por Carlos A. Trevisi (2006)
This report was published at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Poverty will continue to devastate the people of Africa and maggots will only be beaten by mulesing until something better comes along.
DON´T YOU THINK “THAT COMING ALONG” NEEDS A PUSH?
Despite Sir Bob Geldof's self-important and morally superior on-stage antics, and those of the superannuated rock musicians basking in the reflected glow of rejuvenated piety, nothing will change in Africa until the Africans decide to make the changes themselves.
DO YOU THINK IT IS REALLY POSSIBLE TO MAKE A CHANGE WHEN YOU ARE BURIED IN POVERTY AND FAMINE?
The truth hurts the Live8 lobby, because it reveals that corruption, not debt, is Africa's biggest problem. African corruption.
WHAT ELSE BUT CORRUPTION CAN THERE BE WHEN PEOPLE LACK EDUCATION, HEALTH, JUSTICE…?
The moral relativists who fester in our universities may preach anti-colonialism but the simple fact is that Africans, en masse, were better off when their nations were being run by colonial powers. In the past half century since the United Nations has been running its anti-colonial agenda, the heart of Africa has become more rotten, not less.
IT HAS BECAUSE COLONIALISM NEVER LOOKED AFTER THEIR COLONIES BUT TO CRUSH THEIR RICHES. WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT THE EMPIRE RETURNED HOME. THEY NEVER CARED FOR THE NATIVES.
The African nations aren't the only ones to go backwards in the post-colonial era either. Just look at our nearest neighbour Papua New Guinea, and the problems it faces because it did not have a sufficient buttress of educated people to carry the load when Australia prematurely launched it on its independent path 30 years ago.
Sir Bob thinks that scenes of hand-clapping fans wearing message-stained T-shirts have the capacity to change the African landscape, but they won't even make a ripple at Gleneagles where the heads of the G8 nations are meeting.
THEY DON´T HAVE SOLUTIONS. THEY JUST ALERT THE WORLD OF WHAT IS GOING ON.
Debt cancellation is as meaningless as more aid unless the problem of corruption is solved, and Sir Bob, for one, doesn't want to know about that. The hundreds of billions of aid dollars that have flooded Africa have been diverted to Swiss bank accounts and disappeared without trace.
INSIDE SOMEBODY´S POCKETS, NO DOUBT.
The Western media has been awed by the performances of geriatric rockers but has failed to listen to the authentic voices of Africa, people like Senegalese Ousmane Sembene, revered as Africa's most important filmmaker. Ousmane said African heads of state who "buy into that idea of aid are all liars. The only way for us to come out of poverty is to work hard."
SOME POLITICIANS IN ARGENTINA SAID THE SAME: “WORK HARD”. The question is DOING WHAT?. That´s what I´ve always asked myself: Making cars, satellites or just wooden toys, or breeding cattle? Perhaps wheat? Becoming civil servants?
That hard work would have to be rewarded but the Europeans show no inclination to reduce the huge subsidies paid to their farmers which effectually choke African products from their markets. Sir Bob wants people to sing and sway at the Live8 concerts, to feel uplifted and buy the DVDs, but unless Africans can send their bananas and beef to Europe, the gesture is as empty as an Ethiopian kid's belly.
Everybody knows that. What about USA? They have never been protectionists, have they? What about the commerce they keep with Japan?
He also questioned the flow of educated Africans, doctors and nurses, particularly, into Western nations, and asked whether they shouldn't be encouraged to stay at home and treat their own people rather than find jobs in the West.
"Most African villages have no power source. Providing one would need a massive programme of power-station construction," he wrote. "Nuclear? Many of Saturday's protesters would blanch at the prospect.
"Coal-fired? The climate change lobby would not be happy.
"Oil? The Chinese are already working overtime to get their hands on as much of the continent's supplies as they can. What about investment in African business? Bill Gates was rewarded with a big cheer when he appeared on stage in Hyde Park but to the anti-globalisation demonstrators, Microsoft rivals McDonald's as public enemy number one. If he invests in Africa, is he helping, or exploiting, its people?"
THIS IS EVIL.
Chamberlain's questions go to the core of the problem but they make those out to get a quick hit of moral superiority squirm in the mosh pit.
He might also have made the point that the anti-globalisation marchers are working directly against the solutions needed for Africa. Without a sound global economy, there can be no hope for help for Africa's struggling masses.
BUT DOESN´T HE SEE THAT GLOBAL ECONOMY ONLY WORKS SOUNDLY IN THE FIRST WORLD?
For multi-millionaire entertainers to create the impression that the G8 can put meals in the mouths of millions is cruelly delusional. The developed world is not responsible for African impoverishment any more than it is responsible for Asian and South American disadvantage.
SORRY TO SAY IT HAS. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ARGENTINA´S DISADVANTAGE, AS IT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 50.000.000 PEOPLE UNDER THE LINE OF POVERTY IN USA. Shall I remind Akerman what happened recently in New Orleans? What about those thousands of Black that have become homeless?
I give up. It is useless. (CAT)
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