The future of Africa will affect us all so learn the truth about Africa and the hell that many children are going through.
Africa has valuable resources that are being measured and coveted by many greedy eyes.
If you read the two very short stories called War & Money and Terrorism is not new you will grasp some idea of
why Africa is in turmoil.
Many Africans are going through turmoil because they have resources that the world wants to steal. If individual Africans suggest that they should have a right to their natural wealth they are labelled as terrorists or insurgents and duly dealt with, often by a despot that is strangely in place to keep the booty flowing.
The despot usually has an equally despotic underpaid army to support and protect him so, because the regulars in the army are often as desperate as the civilians, corruption is rife; so everybody suffers except the despot and his few henchmen.
Once a despot is overthrown it is usually only a person of an equal caliber to the previous dictator that seems to get the top job. So of course it is business as usual. It is strange that the leaders of the so-called great democracies never refer to such regular shenanigans; perhaps it�s because their own vulture mates are the ones that are extracting the loot.
This does not happen in every African country but it is a rule of thumb and every country that is rich in resources has this common trend. Many thugs that rule neighboring countries are usually left to their own devices, so now and again we do hear of some little dictator who treats the people that he controls so cruelly. Let�s not delve too deeply however or the penny might drop.
Oh yes, and we have all heard of the trickle down effect from those jobs that are created by the extraction of a countries wealth. The problem with the trickle down effect is that it always seems to trickle in the wrong direction. But a few crumbs here and there always look good for PR.
Paradoxically most intelligent and educated people know this story too well as it is recurring and familiar, however, there are many intelligent people who are in denial; but there is nothing new about it and it has all been said before.
If this story upsets you and if you think this story is too simplistic, then by all means do come up with a more complicated one and it can go here with your name beside it.
Many large newspapers deal with the aforementioned issues by employing the services of a Shock Jock Journalist. A shock jock can make anything look whiter than white; and has the skills to look �oh so balanced�.
|The Africa Guide|
|Perry-Casta�eda Library Map Collection (A great set of maps on Africa)|
|Africa � World Atlas|
|Africana Map (A good map of Africa in relation to Europe)|
|War & Money - How to make lots of money out of war|
|Terrorism is not new (A short history of terrorism beginning at the Crusades)|
|The Horrible but true Story of Child Soldiers in Africa|
|Useful sites about Africa|
|Wars for Africa�s wealth|
|Human Rights Watch - Africa|
|Royal African Society|
|Internet African History Sourcebook|
|School Net Africa (A great site for schools in Five Languages)|
|African Studies Quarterly|
|The Republic of Congo (World Fact Book � The Congo)|
|Congo � African Studies Center|
As alluded to previously the President of America and the Prime Minister of Australia are big on terrorism.
However, you�ll notice that they never mention these poor kids. The use of Child Soldiers in Congo
|Children at war in the Congo � Amnesty International|
|More about Child Soldiers - There are at present about 300 000 of these brutalized kids in the world|
|Darfur � Human Rights Watch International|
|Doctors without Borders - Darfur|
|Sudan � Darfur|
|Sudan Darfur still a conflict zone � Amnesty International|
|The killing fields of Africa|
|Genocide in Darfur|
Please help by contacting or visiting your local politician, tell him/her what you think.
Politicians love to receive visits and short letters from you.
|Politician�s Addresses and phone numbers. (For: - Federal and State Governments)|
Ten letters to a politician of no more than 30 to 50 words can be much more valuable than collecting 1000�s of signatures. Your letters count because they are counted, and ten letters are seen as over a 1000 votes.
Politicians are actually busy people so never write long letters and only ever write about one issue per letter. Letters should be polite, short, sweet and to the point.
Ask for a reply and when you get an answer that is nonsense send it straight back and ask them to address the issue and not send you another standard letter that had nothing to do with what you were writing about.
|Remind them that you and your friends want to know who is worth voting for.|