Listen to Your Ancestors By William Bowles

18 October 2003

[This is another essay out of the past that on rereading, seems even more relevant than it did when I wrote it almost exactly ten years ago in 2003. It exists in its old non-Wordpress form but republishing it here, makes it more accessible as well as tying into my current writing. WB]

I am a big fan of history. Ever since I was a kid, history fascinated me and perhaps in another life I might well have become a historian. And, in an age where history gets rewritten by the corporate media hour by hour, day by day, understanding where we come from and how we got here is a critical issue.

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Market Madness By Craig Murray

5 January 2013Craig Murray

The first post of 2013 comes to you from the cardiac care unit of the QEQM Hospital in Margate. Three days ago I collapsed for the second time in two days; an ambulance was called and a paramedic arrived within 5 minutes, with a full ambulance arriving inside a further five minutes. The NHS at its amazing best. I am well looked after.

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Libya: If democracy is the keyword used to justify the destruction of human lives and property, then God help us all!


Ghana Joins Nigeria and Does Obeisance To NATO

After what recently happened in Libya, one is apt to wonder what democracy really stands for. If democracy is the keyword used to justify the destruction of human lives and property, then God help us all!

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Wkileaks Newslinks 12 September 2011

12 September 2011 —

Latest Wikileaks Releases Give Zimbabweans Insights Into Political Parties
Voice of America
11 September 2011 Latest Wikileaks Releases Offer Zimbabweans Candid View of Political Parties The United States embassy for its part strongly condemned the release of the cables. Sharon Hudson-Dean, US Embassy spokesperson, says the disclosures could …

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NATO, ICC Criminalise Stone Throwing, Legitimise Street Shooting By Bernard Anbataayela Mornah

15 August 2011 — Joy Online (Ghana)

‘This is pure criminality and must be confronted and defeated’. Just in case you were wondering where I was going with this statement, these are the words of Prime Minister David Cameron, which also represents the official position of No.10 Downing Street on the current unrest in what we use to know as the Great Britain. You know what; I will come back to that.

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 13, 2011

13 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Africa Must Challenge Military Occupation Of World By One Superpower
  • Military Land, Sea, Ground Robots: U.S. Hosts 6,000 Experts From 30 Nations
  • Turkey, U.S. Preparing For War With Syria?
  • NATO: U.S. Commando Raids In Afghanistan Almost Tripled Since 2009
  • Afghan War: NATO 2011 Death Toll Approaches 400
  • CSTO: Former Soviet Republics Hope To Contain NATO
  • U.S. Ship Pays Africa Partnership Station Visit To Ghana

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A New Bandung? Samir Amin Interviewed by Christophe Champin

14 December, 2010 — MRZine

Would you say that you’re among the pessimists who regard the five decades of African independence as five lost decades?

I’m not a pessimist and I don’t think that these have been five lost decades.  I remain extremely critical, extremely severe with respect to African states, governments, and political classes, but I’m even more critical about the world system, which is, largely, responsible for Africa’s setbacks.  You know that colonization which people brag about today has been a historic catastrophe.  At the end of its colonization, there were nine Congolese educated to university level in the Belgian Congo.  After 30 years of Mobutu’s regime — one of the vilest regimes ever — this figure grew to hundreds of thousands.  In other words, the worst African regime was 3,000, 5,000 times better than the wonderful Belgian colonization.  It’s important to remember these things.

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Billionaires and Mega-Corporations Behind Immense Land Grab in Africa By John Vidal

12 March, 2010 — Mail & Guardian

20+ African countries are selling or leasing land for intensive agriculture on a shocking scale in what may be the greatest change of ownership since the colonial era.

March 11, 2010 “Mail & Guardian” — Awassa, Ethiopia — We turned off the main road to Awassa, talked our way past security guards and drove a mile across empty land before we found what will soon be Ethiopia’s largest greenhouse. Nestling below an escarpment of the Rift Valley, the development is far from finished, but the plastic and steel structure already stretches over 50 acres* — the size of 20 soccer fields.

The farm manager shows us millions of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables being grown in 1,500 foot rows in computer controlled conditions. Spanish engineers are building the steel structure, Dutch technology minimises water use from two bore-holes and 1,000 women pick and pack 50 tons of food a day. Within 24 hours, it has been driven 200 miles to Addis Ababa and flown 1,000 miles to the shops and restaurants of Dubai, Jeddah and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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Most Vulnerable Nations Seek Climate Justice

10 November, 2009 — Climate and Capitalism

Final Draft of declaration issued November 11 in the Maldives, by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, comprising the 11 countries considered most vulnerable to climate change: Maldives, Kiribati, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Barbados and Bhutan.

We, Heads of State, Ministers and representatives of Government from Africa, Asia, Caribbean and the Pacific, representing some of the countries most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change:

Alarmed at the pace of change to our Earth caused by human-induced climate change, including accelerating melting and loss of ice from Greenland, the Himalayas and Antarctica, acidification of the world’s oceans due to rising CO2 concentrations, increasingly intense tropical cyclones, more damaging and intense drought and floods, including Glacial Lakes Outburst Floods, in many regions and higher levels of sea-level rise than estimated just a few years ago, risks changing the face of the planet and threatening coastal cities, low lying areas, mountainous regions and vulnerable countries the world over,

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Obama Visits Africa’s "Oil Gulf" By Emira Woods

16 July, 2009 —

President Barrack Obama makes his historic visit to Africa. Born of a Kenyan economist father, Obama will go not to his ancestral lands but to Ghana, Africa’s newest oil State.

Oil was discovered in Ghana just in 2007. A wide swath of the Atlantic‘s Western shores, the area stretching from Morocco to Angola is becoming Africa’s “Oil Gulf”.  Oil-producing countries in Africa, including those in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, now provide 24% of U.S. oil imports. Africa has outstripped the Middle East as an oil supplier to America. Increasingly, Africa’s oil is being produced offshore.

Off Ghana’s deep Atlantic shores, the Texas-based, Kosmos Energy already controls the Jubilee Fields, one of the largest oil
finds in West Africa in the past decade, which is predicted to hold 1.2 billion barrels of oil.  In May, 2009 Kosmos began to draw bids for shares of its stake in the oil-rich fields. Global energy players – Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, China National Offshore Oil Company, and British Petroleum – all with a focused eye on Africa, and a bloodied record on the continent are beginning to circle like vultures.  After all, the deadline for Kosmos Energy Bids has been set for July 17, a week after Obama’s visit to Ghana.

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