Black People Politics : Amaaraba (welcome), Mr. Obama.

Discussion in 'Black People Politics' started by ibrahim, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. ibrahim

    ibrahim Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Welcome to the land of your ancestors.

    Sir, are you going to follow the status quo and tell us how nice our gutters look, how cheerful the people are? Or will you be asking, giving answers to why despite our rich and vast natural resources, we still go globe-trotting begging for money,aid? Or maybe you will muster courage and tell us about the unfair and unjust world economic order or how to utilise our rich resources FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT.

    Enjoy your visit to the land of your ancestors.
     
  2. Putney Swope

    Putney Swope Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I hear the spirit of Kwame Nkhrumah...

    in your words!!!!!!!!!!

    This post is very important to all of us of African descent
     
  3. ibrahim

    ibrahim Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Well, he will be visiting the "slave castle" afterall.
    I will be among those who will line up on the streets to see him tomorrow. lol
     
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    Brother Ibrahim it's good to see you again after a long absence.

    Bro Ibrahim, I must be candid and inform you that I don't believe Obama is going to do anything different than his predecessors in regard to Africa.

    I tried to convey to some that Obama is not bigger than the corrupt government he now works for. Obama is a manager of a wicked system not a reformer. I predicted Obama would eventually support AFRICOM in one form or another. Sadly, it appears my prediction is coming true....again. The use of force on the African Continent to "stabilize" certain regions is nothing but a RUSE to impose imperial Amerikkkan policies such as AFRICOM.

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    Obama seeks to end African conflicts 'Forceful' new US policy towards continent; President to visit historic slave fort.

    The US is planning a dramatically more assertive policy in Africa, sometimes backed by a threat of force, to end conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria that are seen as among the principal obstacles to the continent's revival. Barack Obama is to address Ghana's parliament tomorrow on his first visit to Africa as president with a speech that is expected to emphasise that the key to prosperity is democratic, accountable government. But an important part of the new administration's policy will focus on ending key conflicts through more forceful diplomatic initiatives after years of drift by the Bush administration.

    The White House is shortly to appoint a special envoy to central Africa with a brief to tackle a web of conflicts that have afflicted eastern Congo for 15 years,and destabilised the region, in the belief that the success or failure of one of the continent's largest countries will decide central Africa's future.

    A senior administration source said that the US believes the primary problem is the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is led by men wanted for the 1994 genocide of Rwanda's Tutsis who fled to Congo and controls swaths of territory close to Rwanda's border.

    The source said that the priority will be to break the FDLR leadership with a mix of diplomatic pressure, including the prospect of war crimes trials, backed by the establishment of "a more professional force" to replace the ill-trained troops serving in the UN largest peacekeeping mission who have failed to contain the conflict. However, the source said that there is a belief that the threat may be enough to force the FDLR to give up the fight. He said that the make-up of such a force is unresolved.

    The initiative will also focus on confronting the Lords Resistance Army, a particularly brutal Ugandan rebel group also based in Congo. But the source said that broader pacification will require more interventionist diplomacy to press other countries such as Rwanda and Uganda that contribute to the destabilisation to recognise that their security is intertwined with Congo's success.

    The administration is also eyeing the continuing violent upheaval in the Niger Delta which is a major source of America's oil imports amid deep scepticism over the capabilities of President Umaru Yar'Adua who is seen as weak and indecisive as his country fragments.

    The conflict is deepening with several rebel groups and parts of the military now acting as warlords and some major oil companies warning that they are considering pulling out of the region altogether.

    But the emphasis there is likely to remain firmly diplomatic as the US presses Yar'Adua to address seriously the issues of impoverishment, environmental devastation and endemic corruption that have alienated people in the delta and given rise to rebel groups and armed gangs that now control large parts of the region.

    However there are fears that US intervention could result in the further militarisation of the continent. Confronting the FDLR is likely to draw in the US Africa Command (Africom) which is increasingly involved in conflicts on the continent, including overseeing a botched Ugandan attack on LRA rebels in Congo.

    The US military is also now supplying weapons to the fragile government in Somalia as it tries to stave off Islamist insurgents. The Americans also allied themselves closely with Ethiopia's repressive regime during its attack on Somalia.

    Daniel Volman, director of the African Security Research Institute, one of three dozen organisations which wrote an open letter to Obama urging him to reverse the militarisation of US policy in Africa, said Africom's growing role will further destabilise the continent.

    "It encourages governments to rely on the use of force to deal with internal problems, to avoid democracy, to avoid addressing the internal issues these African countries face," he said.

    "The US is now engaged in a major new military project in Somalia, providing arms and ammunition to the Somali government there, encouraging countries like Burundi and Rwanda which have peacekeeping forces there to conduct military training so we don't send to have our own troops there, all of which encourages that government to seek a military solution instead of developing a political solution to the kind of problems that exist."

    There remain deep divisions over other aspects of Africa policy, especially Darfur. Before his election, Obama promised strong action against the Sudanese regime but the state department is at odds with itself on the crisis. The US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, believes the Khartoum leadership is not to be trusted and wants a hard line taken with Sudan but others argue that the conflict has been over simplified and that it is in any case largely over.

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    Source:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/10/obama-africa-democracy-ghana
     
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/10/obama-ghana-visit-africans-vox-pop

    'Obama is like the Messiah': Africans react to Obama's visit to GhanaAfricans give their opinions of Barack Obama as he makes his first visit to the continent as president

    Sfiso Buthelezi, 26, customer services assistant from Soweto, South Africa

    You should have seen the celebrations here when Obama was elected. People are really hoping that he's going to come up with something. He has African roots and an instinct for Africa that he's shown by going to Kenya before. He'll come to Africa more than any other US president.

    What worries me is that there is still corruption in our governments. It's not easy to put money in and be sure that it will get to the poorest of the poor. It ends up being used by the ministers. I would love Obama to say this is his major concern and it is a reason not to invest in African countries. The African Union is playing hide and seek and we need people like Obama say he is not going to invest in Zimbabwe.
    If it can come from his mouth, people will be happy, because Obama is the Messiah of Africa.
     
  6. Putney Swope

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    That truly is historic

    that he made that his first visit, and brought the entire family
     
  7. Putney Swope

    Putney Swope Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Oil was found in Ghana

    AFRICOM was the brainchild of Dr Phibes himself-Dick Cheney, and it was under his influence Bush stated in 2007 that 30 percent of US oil needs will come from West Africa.
    What do the nations of western Africa have to say about the matter, after watching what happened in Iraq?
     
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    I am concerne bout Obama's speech


    Ironic that he would encourage young folks and citizens to speak out about corruption since Africa's poverty is "thier problem".
    I doubt that a Harvard scholar and CFR member would be ignorant about how despots in the Motherland quckly massacre those who criticize the way thier tie tilts or the color of their shoes let alone any fairness in governmemt or wealth distribution.
     
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    the last report i am aware of i heard on July 10th 2009,an interview with a person from Nigeria. most nations in Africa,with the exception of Liberia,have declined the us Africom . they are serious,they see the attempt to in bed troops by the us, and have stated that us military bases have no place on the continent.