The very fact that Obama spent only 24 hours in a continent the size of Africa when he said that “what happens there has an impact everywhere," should tell Africans that their concerns are not really a priority for his administration. In comparison, he has visited France 3 times since his election.
I wholeheartedly agree with him that Africa must begin to shape its own destiny. The problem however, is that if Africans continue to believe in the European bible which tells them that a fictional character named Jesus Christ is coming soon to deliver them from this world, I fear they never will. The slavemaster/colonialist intentionally taught the bible to African people literally and today it is very difficult to get them interested in doing anything to change their circumstances, because they sincerely believe they will be delivered from this world shortly. African people do not foresee a future on this planet and as a result are not interested in devoting much time or energy into really bringing about the changes that are necessary. It is a world wide phenomenom among African people and it is this vision which must change for Africa to become a dynamic and vibrant continent again. So, the Obama administration should firstly, contribute funds to setting up religious debrainwashing centers all over Africa, so that our people can focus their attention on THIS world, rather than the hereafter, because as long as they are waiting to die in order to start living, Obama’s “yes, we can message” will have no impact on African people. For a start, he can put a stop to American evangelists going over to Africa and continuing to reinforce that lie. That is how he can really enact change in a tangible way in Africa.
The second message that Obama needs to transmit to Africans is that they do not need western military bases in their land. Africans cannot make real change when the western military bases all around them are there to prevent them from accomplishing this goal. You will not find any military bases from any African country in France, so why does France have military bases in all the French African countries if these countries are indeed sovereign states? In fact, Obama’s visit to Ghana is to encourage Africans to accept another military presence from the West, called Africom. (see below) So, Obama needs to reassure Africans that the West intends to disengage itself militarily from the continent and that the West, starting with his administration, will stop selling weapons to the opposing factions in Africa, as this is the only way to stop wars and give hope to African youth who are abandoning the continent in droves. He also needs to let Africans know that the West intends to hand over the control of Africa’s economic resources to Africans, since they are entirely capable of looking after their resources themselves.
Finally, Africans cannot do anything until they regain complete confidence in themselves which white supremacists from the West has destroyed. That is the fundamental problem of African people worldwide. Michael Jackson was a very good example of that. Such a talented genius is dead today because a racist society had taught him that African skin, African features, African people, have no value and like millions of African people worldwide he believed it. In spite of all the money that he had, he hated himself to the point that he spent hours trying to become exactly like his oppressor, and in the process of doing so, killed himself. Michael Jackson’s life was a chain which started with racism and eventually resulted in his death. (Racism = multiple plastic surgery = painkillers/medication = Jackson’s death). It is this chain, this excess baggage, that Obama can help African people focus on and eventually, jettison. So, Obama needs to encourage Africans to read and familiarize themselves with their history, which predates that of both their Arab and European oppressors. This history shows that African people were not only able to rule and feed themselves properly for centuries, but they also had very orderly and peaceful societies, in comparison to today, so there is no question that they can, but they must first get rid of the excess baggage that they have accumulated over the centuries from contact with their conquerors. In fact, if Obama can help put Africa back into the minds and hearts of African people, the aberrations that he pointed out during his visit, will soon disappear. It’s too late to help Michael Jackson who has "gone too soon," but his death can serve as a lesson to enlighten others. Hort
Africom, a bad omen for Africa and her people
U.S. Africa Aid Is Increasingly Military
How best do we thwart the increasing militarisation of US Africa policy? Wednesday 8th July 2009
Following on from last week's show Déjà Vu?:The US, State Sponsored Intervention in Ghana and AFRICOM, we will continue our discussion on US-Africa policy ahead of President Obama's scheduled first visit to Africa in the capacity of President of the US when he will be visiting Ghana on Friday evening after attending the G-8 meeting in Rome. The official reasons for the visit given by the US government is "strengthening the U.S. relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and to highlight the critical role that sound governance and civil society play in promoting lasting development." However, across the African world there are rumblings that the real reason the Obama administration chose Ghana is two-fold: Ghana's discovery of oil in 2008, and perhaps more importantly, the geographically, economically, and politically strategic advantage of establishing AFRICOM's headquarters there. This is despite the fact that there has been vociferous opposition to AFRICOM from African governments (except for Liberia), the African Union (AU) and African Civil society on the continent and in the Diaspora.
In fact, although there has been a carefully crafted propaganda strategy to the contrary, it is clear that the US policy towards Africa is becoming increasingly militarised. This is evidenced by the doubling of AFRICOM's funds in the recent US budget as has been the budget supporting counter-terrorism projects throughout the continent — including increasing funds for weapons, military training, and education. This has led many campaigners in Africa and the African Diaspora to conclude that that security and energy concerns under the protection and guidance of AFRICOM are what is really driving US foreign policy which President Obama intends to further on his forthcoming Ghana visit. This is more ironic given the fact that 2009 is the centenary year of the birth of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the Republic of Ghana and the widely known knowledge that the CIA helped overthrow President Nkrumah in 1966.
Given what we know about the US's past engagement in the security affairs of the Governments and peoples of Africa and the grave reality that history appears to be repeating itself, this show will therefore explore African solutions outlining how best we as Africans at home and abroad and our allies can best thwart the increasing militarisation of US/EU Africa foreign policy.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a UK and Ghana-trained barrister and solicitor. A former Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman newspaper, PR expert and prominent media commentator. Otchere-Darko is currently the Executive Director of the Ghana based Danquah Institute, a policy think-tank, research and analysis centre. He is also a former strategist for the centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) and one of the key advisers to that party's 2008 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo
Mark P. Fancher, who is a U.S.-based Attorney has held various leadership positions with the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) and currently coordinates NCBL's AFRICOM Task Force. He is also a member of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party. Fancher has written and lectured extensively on diverse topics that include: political repression; Pan-Africanism; the military-industrial complex; and Indigenous Peoples' land and resource rights.
Woods is an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa. She is also Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. Foreign Policy in Focus is also a member of the Resist AFRICOM Coalition. Emira has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to US military policy. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Africa Action, Just Associates, Global Justice and the Financial Policy Forum.
Since this is a dialogue in the African world programme, we are keen to hear your views on any of the following:
Questions for our Audience
FEEL FREE TO ANSWER ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS:
What should the Government and people of Ghana do to ensure that they are not railroaded into accepting AFRICOM?
Is military might the only way the US can further its AFRICOM agenda?
How best can Africans move from protest to power in enforcing our collective will surrounding AFRICOM?
What can we as Africans in the Diaspora do to challenge US/EU foreign policies towards Africa?
What role can and does African and African Diaspora civil society have in setting the priorities for the continent?
Why is the western press not reporting on the vociferous opposition to AFRICOM by African and African Diaspora civil society?
What should President Obama do to show that he is really listening to the predominant view of African governments, the AU and African civil society on AFRICOM?
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