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The case of the decorated donkey

Suhuyini reports on the African Union—the brainchild of Col Gadhafi—and in whose interests it can be expected to operate.


Created in 1963 ostensibly to address problems of the people of the continent, the OAU ended up only serving the selfish interests of African Heads of State, their foreign ministers and the staff of the secretariat in Addis Ababa like Salim Ahmed Salim. The masses of the African people still wallow in poverty and disease, die in senseless wars whilst illiteracy and ignorance are on the increase. The toothless bulldog that was the OAU looked on helplessly.

Financial wizards or great pretenders? The IMF and Ghana

Financial wizards or great pretenders?

In the 1990s when, under the cunning guidance of the IMF and the World Bank, the Ghanaian people were literally being strangled by the Economic Recovery Programme of the Structural Adjustment Programme, the financial advisers to President Jerry Rawlings always managed to conjure figures and statistics which indicated that the economy was doing excellently well. These statistics not only earned Ghana the epithet "darling state" of the West but Rawlings himself was so glad with his economists that he bestowed upon the title "financial wizards". But the truth is that these accolades were for the purpose of damage control. Rawlings knew deep within his heart that his "wizards" were in reality great pretenders like himself as together they had been stashing away huge sums in foreign banks.

Tunisia – people power, but…

The new regime won’t be able to improve the lot of the population.

Ghana – can oil make a difference?

Who will benefit from the discovery of offshore oil in Ghana?

The fanfare and euphoria that greeted the discovery of oil in Ghana is not only based on the assumption that it will help boost the not-so-healthy economy of this poor nation but more fundamental though unvoiced factors also account for the uproar. The dismal reality of the actions of the global oil magnates in African countries is one such factor. They act in brazen defiance of the norms of civility and dignity of the local populations. The humiliating treatment meted out to Liberia’s Charles Taylor due, in part, to his refusal to do business with Dick Cheney’s Halliburton is a prime illustration of such corporate arrogance. But more importantly, the expectation of Western oil companies to make their super-profits is also a cause of the excitement.

The debates

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