False Promises: The ‘Green Revolution in Africa’ is failing on its own terms

14 July 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Time to change course

A negative report card. Yield increases for key staple crops in the years before AGRA were just as low as during AGRA. The number of people going hungry has increased by 30 percent during the AGRA years. (Click image to download report.)

The Gates Foundation’s billion dollar project is a vicious circle that drives small-scale food producers further and further into poverty


Timothy A. Wise is a Senior Research Fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, and author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness. Family Farmers and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press, 2019).


by Timothy Wise

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Africa to Become Testing Ground for “Trust Stamp” Vaccine Record and Payment System

10 July 2020 — Mint Press

A boy sells fish at his street stall in front of an informational mural warning people about the dangers of the new coronavirus and how to prevent transmission, with words in Swahili reading “We are the Cure”, painted by youth artists from the Uweza Foundation, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the true number of cases among Africa’s 1.3 billion people is unknown as its 54 countries face a serious shortage of testing materials for the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, cashless payments, and potential law enforcement applications.

Facebook Surrounds Africa

18 June 2020 — Global Research

By Manlio Dinucci

Many industries and service companies are failing or shrinking due to the lockdown and subsequent crisis. Instead, there are those who have gained from all this. Facebook, Google (YouTube owner), Microsoft, Apple and Amazon – writes The New York Times – “are aggressively placing new bets, as the coronavirus pandemic has made them nearessential services.” All these “Tech Giants” are from the United States.

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Africa’s Future: The Gravest Untruth Will Tell

21 May 2020 — New Eastern Outlook

By Phil Butler

AFR4342There is a 21st-century scramble for the remaining resources of Africa. The Anglo-European scavengers who drained African blood the last two hundred years are telling us it’s the Russians and the Chinese who seek fortune there. The reality is, as it has always been, an ongoing tragedy perpetuated for profit. And the biggest profiteers are familiar ones.

Perspective is an interesting thing. For instance. If you work with US backed institutions, almost everybody and everything outside America has a huge black cloud hovering over it. Or, the sun only shines on American ideas, I guess. Take the think tanks. Even the smartest people working there in Washington seem to believe the rest of the world is pure evil. A good example comes in the form of an intern set on becoming part of the US national security brotherhood. Dylan Yachyshen, an intern at the Foreign Policy Research Institute writes:

“The world faces a renewed struggle for influence in Africa. Notably, China, Russia, some Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar) and Turkey have employed private entities, state-run companies, and predatory lending and diplomacy to secure economic and political power across the continent.”

Well, there’s an A+ for Dylan from the University of Colorado, and kudos from FPRI for carrying on the mission of the intellectual prosecution of Cold War II. There’s a job at the NSA sitting waiting, probably for Africa research. Like 1,000 of his job-seeking collegiate colleagues, the intern preaches US State Department propaganda like a Baptist minister on a roll. According to the high priests of the hegemony, Russia under Vladimir Putin is hell-bent on world domination. Yachyshen rolls Mr. Putin’s Africa Summit in Sochi in with Russia’s Syria moves, and everything but the kitchen sink of Russophobic propaganda. China gets the same treatment, only with a bit more fear-mongering laced in. But what is the reality? Are Amerca and her Europe buddies really the good guys?

If you cover your ears and turn your head away from the newsreel, you might just see or hear the distant muttering of truth about Africa. The constant US propaganda portraying America’s geopolicy as run by John Wayne on his trusty American saddlebred steed is not real. My country and the colonial European ones, their “efforts” shape Africa’s legacy as surely as Stanley and Livingston shaped it. Sure, Russia and other nations have deals going on, but nowhere near the shenanigans going on to feather Anglo-European nests. ESI Africa, May 20th:

“The board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has unanimously voted to amend the agency’s previously approved September 2019 direct loan supporting US exports for the development and construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique.”

Elsewhere, headlines read like these:

  • “Gambia wins World Bank aid to reform the energy sector” – As if the new puppet Adam BaRrow is going to be less of a tyrant than predecessor Yahya Jammeh.
  • “Mali First In Africa To Win Paris Club Debt Moratorium” – Let’s consider the French military intervention in Mali in context, shall we? Operation Serval. Why just the French?
  • “PARIS CLUB CREDITORS GRANT SOMALIA DEBT RELIEF” – In big BOLD letters, no less. The fine print tells us of new debt the Paris Club expects to leverage in the ruined nation.

Meanwhile, the UK government pays for events like the recent UK-Africa Investment Summit so that private investors and corporations can sop up more African gravy. Funny thing, some activists are complaining about the high cost of wining and dining everybody at these conferences. From the story, the event cost £3.14 million, but raked in “£6.5 billion worth of commercial investments in infrastructure, energy, retail, and tech.” Make no mistake here, the House of Lords is ever busy discussing how Africa can feed the coffers of UK investors. The elites make no secret of their intentions, they only rely on the fact the world is distracted by the COVID or other crises.

The Brits are the busiest of those busy scraping the last vestiges of profit from a continent stripped almost bare by imperialists. If you look for a few minutes, recurring logos and brands appear in any search for the UK investing. Africa Global Funds is but one of dozens of hubs focused on everything from agriculture to nuclear power. Researching is a bit like watching sharks slashing in to finish off a great whale. It’s disgusting, just to be honest. Armadale Capital, Apollo Agriculture, Ethiopia power, Kamoso Africa, Vast Resources, the list of players governmental and private only searching for this month, is endless.

And then there’s the good old U.S.A. While the Brits still seem to swarm at new and old “opportunities,” the United States just sucks Africa’s blood as if connected by a feeding tube. This report on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from the US International Trade Commission lists commodities like petroleum and minerals as if Africa were a cereal box’s nutrients panel. While the US State Department, think tanks and owned media harp about Russia and China taking over Africa, the facts show America selling more tanks, planes, guns, and other products to SSA nations than anybody on the planet. Let me quote exports from 2016 to 2018:

“The sectors in which US exports of goods to SSA experienced the most growth in absolute value terms between 2016 and 2018 were petroleum products; aircraft, spacecraft, and related equipment; certain motor vehicle parts; motor vehicles; natural gas and components; and poultry.”

Yes, America is sending Africans chickens, right along with the F-16 fighter planes. And, of course, the United States is importing; crude petroleum; precious metals and non-numismatic coins; natural and synthetic gemstones; spices; ferroalloys; and certain ores, concentrates, ashes, and residues, as always. But, what about the new COVID-19 crisis? What’s to come from all the debt restructures and forgiveness from the Anglo-European investors? This Brookings Institute story hints at the coming debacle. What’s about to take place will be the finishing off of any hopes Africans can have of prosperity. The Paris Club and the others are going to do Africa a huge “favor” to help beaten governments “cope” with the coronavirus. The payoff will be in diamonds, gas, coal, rare minerals, and African blood.

The $11 trillion in external debt and about $3.9 trillion in debt service due in 2020 the emerging nations of the world owe is not going away. You read that correctly. $3.9 trillion owed just for servicing this year. In contrast, China’s investment in Africa is only about $400 billion. Russia’s role is even smaller, but the propaganda says otherwise. The reasons are obvious. The imperialists don’t want anybody else in their game. And while this seems natural from a business sense, it’s the style and ideology of investment principles of the west that are the problem for Africans. I’ve discussed this many, many times before. China and Russia’s investments are much more “user friendly” compared to those of the Paris Club, etc.

As I said, perspective is everything. For Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and New York investors in Africa, I guess Russia, China, and the Saudis represent a real crisis. I mean, put bean counters in charge of policy and you can expect a world war or two over squabbles over a few loads of diamonds or coal. This is what you are witnessing. The feeding frenzy grows more hectic. This is clear as I research in the changed time of COVID-19. The UK seems particularly scared that the lifeblood of the British Isles might get diverted somewhere else. Americans still seem arrogant and just downright greedy. Not even the think tanks in the US have caught on. They will soon. What’s sad for me is thinking about that kid somewhere in Mauritania or Somalia, who will never, ever have the privileges the rest of us enjoy. We are rich even though we only get the crumbs from Lords and oligarchs, compared to the people of the original continent. Untruth has a way, you know?

Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

Covid19: A case for medical detectives Is medical malpractice causing the deaths of BAME patients?

13 May 2020 — OffGuardian

Dr Wolfgang Wodarg

The numerous and disproportionately frequent deaths of Covid19 patients with dark skin colour and from southern countries are apparently also the result of a drug-related mistreatment. Those affected are people with a specific enzyme deficiency, which occurs mainly in men whose families come from regions where malaria was or still is endemic.

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Coronavirus: Drop the debt

2 April 2020 — Global Justice Now

As coronavirus gets a foothold in every country, governments in the global south are facing an appalling choice: pay for emergency healthcare, or pay off international debts.

Across Africa, Asia and Latin America, lower-income countries urgently need to scale up their health spending. But they’re due to spend over $25 billion on debt payments in 2020. This is money that could be used now to save lives as this terrible virus continues to spread.

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BigPharma’s Role: U.S. Sanctions Lead To Global Rise In Coronavirus

10 March 2020 — Workers.org

By Sara Flounders

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Marchers on International Working Women’s Day in New York City on March 8 demand an end to sanctions and comprehensive support for workers during the COVID-19 epidemic. Credit – Sarah Flounders

March 10 – As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, it is a clear reminder that germs and viruses don’t respect national boundaries in an interconnected world. But the mainstream press has certainly not publicized how corporate capitalism and imperialism cross national boundaries to destroy people’s health.

The Violence of ‘Conservation’

3 March 2020 — New Internationalist

By Fiore Longo

Fiore Longo of Survival International argues for an end to big conservation projects that abuse and destroy the very peoples who know how to protect the land.

In a leaked report revealed to The Guardian in February, an investigation by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) found that armed eco-guards, partly-funded by the WWF to protect wildlife in the Republic of Congo, subjected Baka tribespeople to violent abuse and human rights violations.

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Marxism and the Climate Crisis: African Eco-Socialist Alternatives

16 February, 2020 — MROnline

Originally published: ROAPE (Review of African Political Economy) by Vishwas Satgar (February 14, 2020)   |

Introducing an important book series on Democratic Marxism in Africa, Vishwas Satgar explains that the project is premised on a rejection of the authoritarianism of vanguardist politics and the need to learn critical lessons from all the left projects of the 20th century. There is a rich inheritance of emancipatory Marxism in Africa, which includes Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Samir Amin, Sam Moyo, Harold Wolpe and many others. Today, Satgar argues, the challenge is to defeat carbon capitalism accelerating the climate crisis and fomenting exclusionary nationalisms and for this there has to be a return to Marx.

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