Black People Politics : UK, US, and Africa

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  1. UBNaturally

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    Will just go straight to the meat of it:

    Blair's Africa charity bids for share of £8bn foreign aid budget

    13 November 2011

    Tony Blair is facing questions after one of his charities launched a bid to grab a slice of Britain's £8billion foreign aid budget.

    His organisation has taken the first steps to become eligible for grants awarded by the Department for International Development to rebuild war-torn countries.

    The highly sensitive move has prompted concerns over a possible conflict of interest with Mr Blair's complex business dealings.

    Tony Blair is being made an honorary Paramount Chief in the village of Mahera in Sierra Leone. Of his estimated £7m-a-year earnings, about £2m comes from merchant bank JP Morgan, which has major interests in many of the countries receiving British aid

    Of his estimated £7 million-a-year earnings, about £2 million comes from merchant bank JP Morgan, which has major interests in many of the countries receiving British aid.

    Mr Blair's charity has applied to join the tendering process for the Department for International Development (DfID) 'security and governance' scheme, which undertakes 'peace-building' work in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The remit has raised eyebrows given the former Premier's disastrous decision to back the Iraq War.

    Last night, Conservative MPs said Mr Blair must prove that the pitch would not conflict with his lucrative commercial activities.

    Tory Philip Davies said: 'This is a very sensitive issue. The Government will have to be scrupulously careful with the award of any contracts to Mr Blair to ensure there can be no possible conflict of interest with his widespread business dealings in the Third World.'

    However, when asked about MPs' fears that the application could conflict with Mr Blair's business activities, a spokesman for the former Prime Minister said: 'On what basis do they claim there is a conflict? There is none, and to claim or imply otherwise is defamatory.'

    Mr Blair has applied to be considered for grants via the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.

    Curiously, the application has been made in the name of the Tony Blair Governance Initiative, omitting the word Africa. Mr Blair's spokesman said the charity only operated in Africa.

    Ex-PM Tony Blair talks with health workers at Rokupa Government Hospital in Freetown on a visit to Sierra Leone, where his charity and JP Morgan operate, last year

    The charity is run from the same office in London's Grosvenor Square as his business empire, the Office of Tony Blair.

    They share the same PO Box address in Paddington and are registered at the same address near St James's Park. The PO Box address is also shared by Cherie Blair's Foundation For Women charity.

    DfID – the Whitehall department whose budget will rise to £11 billion by 2015 – is spending £787 million this year on 'governance and security' schemes.

    Of this, £34 million is going to Afghanistan and £1.7 million to Iraq. Large sums also go to African and other Asian countries.

    Individual contracts can be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. It is believed that some are worth millions, although a DfID spokesman refused to confirm this.

    A secret DfID document seen by The Mail on Sunday shows Mr Blair's name on the list of those who have applied for 'Lot A' of the DfID governance portfolio. If successful, his charity would then be on a list of organisations eligible to bid for contracts as they came up.

    Others on the application list include the 'Big Four' accountancy giants – Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers – plus charities such as Save The Children and Christian Aid.


    Philip Davies MP warned Mr Blair is entering a very sensitive area of policy and the Government will have to be careful when awarding contracts

    The document suggests that Mr Blair's record in Iraq and Afghanistan could be significant, as it states: 'Bidders should describe their approach to operating in conflict-affected and fragile states.'

    A DfID guide says bidders must prove their expertise in public sector reform and be able to help with 'the effective functioning of the Cabinet and PM's/President's offices'.

    Read more:

    Tony Blair’s charity strikes gold as it expands across Africa

    Tony Blair's African leadership charity spends more than £1.8million on staff and enjoys income of £3.16million as it expands across the continent.

    Tony Blair (L) wears a ceremonial robe after being made an Honorary Paramount Chief of Mahera Village on 30 May 2007 near Freetown, Sierra Leone

    07 Oct 2012

    With offices in presidential departments across five countries, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative was known for its increasing presence in the continent. New figures, however, reveal the full extent of the former Labour prime minister’s African ambitions.

    Mandrake can disclose that the charity now spends more than £1.8million on staff alone in countries including Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Liberia and Guinea.

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    The phrasing of the above article was a bit Freudian, considering Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has an abundant amount of minerals, and whoever manages and oversees these minerals well will be compensated by their government (via taxes levied on citizens).

    Now, look at this:

    The White House
    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release
    August 06, 2014

    FACT SHEET: Security Governance Initiative
    Today the President announced the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), a new joint endeavor between the United States and six African partners that offers a comprehensive approach to improving security sector governance and capacity to address threats.

    Africa is a dynamic and diverse region that is experiencing significant gains in economic growth and development, and African states are increasingly stepping up to confront security challenges. But transnational and domestic security threats hinder progress, and gaps in security capacity to address both internal and external challenges persist. These threats include terrorist groups, such as Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and others, which remain active on the continent; illicit activities - such as trafficking (drugs, humans, weapons, and wildlife) and piracy – which tear at the security fabric and help fund criminal, and in some cases extremist, activities; and domestic and regional conflict.

    A New Presidential Initiative

    Against this backdrop, the United States remains committed to working with our African partners and providing assistance to strengthen their security sectors. The SGI is a new Presidential Initiative that offers an enhanced approach to security sector assistance beginning with six countries: Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia.


    • It is no coincidence that UK and Blair's front foundation is labeled:
    • And the US and Obama's front initiative is labeled:

    AGI - Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea (UK)
    SGI - Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia (US)

    WHO - Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CAR, DR Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria, South Sudan and Togo

    Source for the WHO countries:

    The WHO is essentially been receiving "earmarked contributions" from Bill Gates.

    And of course, Bill Gates became an "Honorary Knight" (KBE)

    Bill Gates becomes honorary knight

    Wednesday 2 March 2005 11.23 EST

    Bill Gates, the billionaire chairman of Microsoft, received an honorary knighthood today for his charitable work and his achievement in creating the world's most successful software company.
    Mr Gates and his wife, Melinda, met the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace for the ceremony. Despite receiving the KBE, or Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Mr Gates will not be known as 'Sir', a title reserved for British citizens.

    Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the couple have given away billions of dollars, most being spent on programmes to improve health in developing countries. Malaria and Aids have been a particular focus, as have childhood diseases. Recently the foundation donated $750m to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, which Mr Gates was instrumental in setting up.

    Honorary knighthoods are awarded by the Queen, on the advice of the Foreign Office, to those who have made an important contribution to British interests. Microsoft directly employs almost 2,000 people in the UK, including 80 researchers at the Microsoft Research Cambridge, the company's first research laboratory outside the United States, which was set up in 1997.

    Being given a KBE is similar to being given a Nobel Prize.

    These are charges that are sometimes given to officials that may be affiliated with NGO, while still being under the command of the orders of these allegiances they swore to.

    Pay close attention to Obama as he speaks about "situations or crisis", he will often use the term "manage".

    These are agents that are used to "manage" areas where they are to represent the interest of their allegiances.

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