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How Europe and America Are Still Underdeveloping Africa: Neocolonialism and the Scramble for Strategic Resources in 21st Century Africa: Josephy R. Gibson

The fact that 50% of the world’s currently impoverished is African is a calculated result of European and American neocolonialism in Africa, a concept Dr. Walter Rodney could only began to analyze. What he did thoroughly recognize is that “in order to understand present economic conditions in Africa, one needs to know why it is that Africa has realized so little of its natural potential, and one also needs to know why so much of its present wealth goes to non-Africans who reside for the most part outside of the continent.” I wrote this book for two reasons. One, Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is arguably the most brilliant and influential book I’ve personally ever read. As a social studies teacher, I can’t teach a world history, economics, or global issues lesson without somehow referring to it. Same thing goes for many of the books I’ve written. However, with all due respect to Dr. Rodney who himself even realized that “ideally an analysis of underdevelopment should come even closer to the present than the end of the colonial period in the 1960s. The phenomenon of neo-colonialism cries out for extensive investigation in order to formulate the strategy and tactics of African emancipation and development. [How Europe Underdeveloped Africa] does not go that far,” but How Europe and America Are Still Underdeveloping Africa does.

Moreover, several current issues related to neocolonial underdevelopment in Africa, which are again beyond the scope of Rodney’s original volume, need special emphasis, such as the tyrannical role of the International Monetary Fund and its Structural Adjustment Policies, the assassinations of several socialist African leaders like Muammar Gaddafi, water privatization, the external debt crisis, global warming, environmental racism, the scramble for African oil, genetically modified food with “Terminator” technology, land grabbing for agrofuel production and export, AFRICOM, endemic African-on-African violence, joblessness, food insecurity and imported food dependency, father hunger, endemic HIV/AIDS, toxic waste colonialism, and hazardous drug trials led by and for the principal benefit of Western pharmaceutical companies. Two, is the impact of the image of Africa accepted by African-Americans on our collective self-concept. The image of Africa internalized by African-Americans largely determines our self-concept and self-confidence, and if that image is egregiously negative, then we, especially African-Americans, should have access to the true reasons why this image exists. The situations that this negativity is based on are often blamed on corrupt, rapacious, immoral African leaders and the haplessly apathetic African masses, with little if any mention of the fact that European and American governments and multinational corporations are still intentionally underdeveloping Africa.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08RYLG1Y4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (January 3, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 456 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8645073749
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.32 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 1.03 x 11 inches

The Scramble for Africa: White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912: Thomas Pakenham

From the rear cover of this 738 page book: “A phenomenal achievement, clear, authoritative and compelling……Thomas Pakenham’s fine book tells the story of this particular gold rush with admirable and judicious poise….Contains some of the best-known episodes of 19th-Century history as well as some of the most mythologized and colorful characters the world has ever seen…..Livingstone and Stanley, Brazza and Rhodes, Kitchener and Gordon, Lugard and Jameson…..Highly readable.” and “Taking the entire continent as his canvas, Pakenham has painted a picture of heroism and horror. He writes both with compassion and with an effective combination of detachment and judgement. A splendid book.”

Review

From the rear cover of this 738 page book: “A phenomenal achievement, clear, authoritative and compelling……Thomas Pakenham’s fine book tells the story of this particular gold rush with admirable and judicious poise….Contains some of the best-known episodes of 19th-Century history as well as some of the most mythologized and colorful characters the world has ever seen…..Livingstone and Stanley, Brazza and Rhodes, Kitchener and Gordon, Lugard and Jameson…..Highly readable.” and “Taking the entire continent as his canvas, Pakenham has painted a picture of heroism and horror. He writes both with compassion and with an effective combination of detachment and judgement. A splendid book.”

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Chapter One

Leopold’s Crusade

Brussels
7 January-15 September 1876

‘The current is with us.’

Leopold II, King of the Belgians, at the Geographical
Conference in Brussels, 12 September 1876

‘He [King Leopold) first explained his views to me
when I was his guest in Brussels some years ago . . .
his designs are most philanthropic and are amongst
the few schemes of the kind . . . free from any selfish
commercial or political object.’

Review

From the rear cover of this 738 page book: “A phenomenal achievement, clear, authoritative and compelling……Thomas Pakenham’s fine book tells the story of this particular gold rush with admirable and judicious poise….Contains some of the best-known episodes of 19th-Century history as well as some of the most mythologized and colorful characters the world has ever seen…..Livingstone and Stanley, Brazza and Rhodes, Kitchener and Gordon, Lugard and Jameson…..Highly readable.” and “Taking the entire continent as his canvas, Pakenham has painted a picture of heroism and horror. He writes both with compassion and with an effective combination of detachment and judgement. A splendid book.”
 

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0380719991
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avon Books (December 1, 1992)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 738 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.64 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.28 x 9 inches

The End of American Exceptionalism


New Economic Thinking

Published on Oct 3, 2018

“We don’t look after each other at all,” says Jeffrey Sachs on America today Jeffrey Sachs sits down with Rob Johnson to discuss his new book, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Michael Parenti, The Darker Myths of Empire: Heart of Darkness Series


College of DuPage

Published on May 11, 2012

http://cod.edu College of DuPage, Writers Read, Heart of Darkness Series – “The Darker Myths of Empire” Michael Parenti Jason Snart, SRC 2800, November 16, 2005,

Advice to Young People as they face Annihilation | Roger Hallam | 2021


Extinction Rebellion

Published on Jun 9, 2021

00:00 Introduction 22:50 The Real World 51:38 The Liberal Left 1:06:36 The Radical Left 1:22:45 Action 1:41:15 Organisation 1:59:20 Wisdom and Balance

“In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something – namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below one billion people” – Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, New York Times, (March 2009).

This was predicted by Schellnhuber, one of Europe’s most eminent scientists, then director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, on the premise that if the build-up of greenhouse gases and its consequences were to push global temperatures 9°F higher than those of March 2009.

Current world population: 7.9 billion.

One of the main reasons why youth are so demoralised about their future is that older people lie to them, and young people know this. Older people lie to them about the climate crisis – that is it not as bad as it actually is – that 1.5°C is still attainable. Unless we come up with some miracle technology, it is not. Worse still, older people lie to them about what it takes to make real political change. Going on a march and standing outside schools doesn’t even reach the foothills of effectiveness. Only mass non-violent civil resistance (thousands of youth blocking ‘business as usual’ and getting arrested and going to prison) is in the ball park of creating the massive change that everyone knows is now necessary. The following quote is the founding ethical basis of Extinction Rebellion and Burning Pink,

“To love truth for its own sake is the principal part of perfection in this world and the seed-plot of all other virtues” – John Locke

The basis of respect to another person is to be truthful with them, even when that truth feels unbearable. Roger Hallam shows this respect in this video. Young people face annihilation, which means the collapse of their societies into an endless hell of rape, slaughter and starvation, unless they enter into non-violent civil resistance against the carbon addicted political regimes which are taking them to their death. This is the way it is.

If this video has interested you, check out international youth organisation Last Generation. Last Generation calls for non-violent REVOLUTION.

“Our Generation is forced to do this – we have no choice. We have a duty thrust upon us when the government is guilty of treason. Our demand of Binding Citizen’s assemblies is our path to life, democracy and justice for all.”

See Last Generation’s Core statement and Manifesto: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T…

Leaked IRS Files: Billionaires Bezos, Musk, Bloomberg, Buffett Avoided Taxes as Wealth Soared


Democracy Now!

Published on Jun 9, 2021

A major exposé by ProPublica has revealed how U.S. billionaires pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth, or sometimes even nothing. Private tax records of some of the country’s top billionaires show that between 2014 and 2018 the wealthiest 25 Americans saw their collective wealth jump by more than $400 billion, but they paid just over $13 billion in federal income taxes — amounting to a tax rate of just 3.4%. “Typical wage earners like you or me, we pay taxes every time we get a paycheck,” says Jeff Ernsthausen, a senior data reporter at ProPublica. “But for the ultra-wealthy, it’s a completely different story.”

World Bank Group Youth Summit 2021 | DAY 1 | Resilient Recovery for People and Planet


World Bank

Streamed live 2 hours ago

Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG) to engage with youth globally on the most pressing topics facing our generation. The theme for the 2021 Summit is Resilient Recovery for People and Planet. The economic hardship, loss of life, and global human suffering seen at an unprecedented level as a result of COVID-19 has highlighted the deficiencies in our society and ignited a call to action that is practical, inclusive, and sustainable. At the heart of the 2021 Youth Summit theme is the opportunity for a global conversation that emphasizes the role of the youth in addressing the effects of climate change and examining the measures and opportunities for a resilient recovery for people and planet.​ Learn more: https://live.worldbank.org/world-bank…

Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’: No more shelter for far-left fugitives in France?


Published on Jun 9, 2021
The Paris Court of Appeal is considering whether to extradite eight Italians convicted of murder in their native country more than 30 years ago. These former members of far-left groups are wanted by Rome for taking part in violent attacks and murders between the 1960s and 1980s. They were arrested in France in April and later released on bail. For decades, France gave refuge to these individuals under the “Mitterrand doctrine”, which granted asylum to people convicted or wanted for “acts of a violent nature, but of political motivation”. The case is being closely watched in Italy, as our correspondents report.

Webinar 3: Biodiversity in agriculture for people and planet


CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Streamed live 68 minutes ago

Key actions to achieve climate security, food security, nutrition security and environmental security include avoiding further conversion of intact ecosystems and restoring ecosystems where they are in deficit; reducing the impacts of food production and consumption on the environment and biodiversity; diversifying production practices to regenerate ecosystem services to and from agriculture; and transforming food system objectives to harness food’s full potential to contribute to these goals. Major investments are needed, notably in LMICs, to support the development and improvement of diversification practices. Investment should not only target technologies and practices but also provide the necessary enabling environment that ensures that farmers and farming communities thrive when contributing to the global goals.

Global conventions on the environment and food systems recognize that biodiversity reaches far beyond conserving species in protected areas—it is a critical means to securing healthy, diverse diets and sustaining ecosystem services such as the carbon and water cycle as well as pollination and natural pest control. This session will review the current evidence for the links between biodiversity and agriculture. We argue that it is possible to achieve food and nutrition security while retaining biodiversity within planetary boundaries. This can be done via a diversified agricultural system that also contributes to climate and hydrological security. However, this requires a significant transformation in how we produce food, which depends on a rethinking and recentering of biodiversity as part of our food systems.