Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Why Africa Is Africa...

The men who pulled up in three white pickup trucks were looking for
Patson Chipiro, head of the Zimbabwean opposition party in Mhondoro district.
His wife, Dadirai, told them he was in Harare but would be back later in the
day, and the men departed.

An hour later they were back. They grabbed
Mrs Chipiro and chopped off one of her hands and both her feet. Then they threw
her into her hut, locked the door and threw a petrol bomb through the window.

Mrs Chipiro, 45, a former pre-school teacher, was the second wife of a
junior official of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) burnt alive last
Friday by Zanu (PF) militiamen. Pamela Pasvani, the 21-year-old pregnant wife of
a local councillor in Harare, did not suffer mutilation but died later of her
burns; his six-year-old son perished in the flames.

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A defiant Robert Mugabe has sailed unchallenged through the first test
of his presidency by his peers.


Western leaders from France, the United States and Canada joined
Britain in ratcheting up pressure on the organisation to reject Mr Mugabe’s
authority.


Freshly sworn in after a single candidate election, he received a
leader’s welcome when he strode into the African Union summit in Sharm el-Sheikh
yesterday and emerged unfazed, his authority intact.
He dined at a lavish
luncheon given by his Egyptian hosts, hugged heads of state and other diplomats
in the corridors and stayed at the Peninsula Hotel, one of the most luxurious in
this Red Sea town. “Mr Mugabe is staying there as a courtesy by the Egyptian
Government,” a hotel spokesman said. Delegates from the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) lodged at the Sheraton, while their leader, Morgan
Tsvangirai, remained in Zimbabwe.
The African Union’s public response to Mr
Mugabe’s seizure of power was seen as a key measure of the organisation’s
commitment to democracy after Zimbabwe’s violent run-off elections.
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Mugabe has said time and again he regards the upcoming vote not as an
election but as a continuation of the liberation struggle against western
imperialism and its "puppet", Tsvangirai. "This country shall not again come
under the rule and control of the white man, direct or indiret"....-
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Elsewhere in previously White ruled lands...
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects
Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make
voters afraid of him.“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young
and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s
black?”-
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The first ever purpose built village for people living with the Aids disease
has opened in South Africa aiming to give more dignity and purpose to
terminally
ill patents.-
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Africa accounts for only one tenth of the world's population but nine out of
ten new cases of HIV infection. Eighty three percent of all AIDS deaths are
in
Africa, where the disease has killed ten times more people than war.
In nine
countries in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 10 percent of the
adult population is
HIV positive. In Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and
Zimbabwe, 20 to 26 percent of
the population aged 15-49 is living with HIV
or AIDS -
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Africa at war: The genocide spilling from the Darfur region of Sudan into
neighboring Chad has captured attention in the United States mainly because of
(belated) media coverage and an aggressive advocacy campaign by concerned
groups, but the prospects of Washington dealing with the problem seem slim.
Darfur, however, is only one of a pox of conflicts that, together with HIV/AIDS,
are depopulating parts of Africa and robbing it of potential wealth from
mineral, oil and gas deposits. Wars have also raged in Chad, Congo, Liberia,
Sierra Leone and Somalia. Were it not for the Iraq war, Washington may have
acted to stop what the Bush administration admits is genocide in Darfur, or
taken steps to prevent the chaos sweeping Somalia after a group affiliated with
al-Qaeda took over the country and left Ethiopia no choice but to invade in
hopes of preventing a more disastrous war. Unfortunately, even designating a
small presence of U.S. Special Forces to lead a U.N.-approved peacekeeping force
in Darfur appears beyond the capability of the badly stretched American
military.-
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Formerly White ruled South Africa, now in the hands of blacks,
South Africans today are deeply demoralised people. The lights are going out
in homes, mines, factories and shopping malls as the national power authority,
Eskom - suffering from mismanagement, lack of foresight, a failure to maintain
power stations and a flight of skilled engineers to other countries - implements
rolling power cuts that plunge towns and cities into daily chaos.Major
industrial projects are on hold. The only healthy enterprise now worth being
involved in is the sale of small diesel generators to powerless households but
even this business has run out of supplies and spare parts from China.Newly
elected African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma, the state
president-in-waiting, narrowly escaped being jailed for raping an HIV-positive
woman last year, and faces trial later this year for soliciting and accepting
bribes in connection with South Africa's shady multi-billion-pound arms deal
with British, German and French weapons manufacturers.Commenting on the massive
power cuts, Trevor Gaunt, professor of electrical engineering at the University
of Cape Town, who warned the government eight years ago of the impending crisis,
said: "The damage is huge, and now South Africa looks just like the rest of
Africa. Maybe it will take 20 years to recover."Last week, for example,
18-year-old Razelle Botha, who passed all her A-levels with marks of more than
90% and was about to train as a doctor, returned home with her father, Professor
Willem Botha, founder of the geophysics department at the University of
Pretoria, from buying pizzas for the family. Inside the house, armed gunmen
confronted them. They shot Professor Botha in the leg and pumped bullets into
Razelle.One severed her spine. Now she is fighting for her life and will never
walk again, and may never become a doctor. The gunmen stole a laptop computer
and a camera.Feeding the perfect storm are the two centres of ANC power in the
country at the moment. On the one hand, there is the ANC in parliament, led by
President Mbeki, who last Friday gave a state-of-the-nation address and
apologised to the country for the power crisis.Mbeki made only the briefest of
mentions of the national Aids crisis, with more than six million people
HIV-positive. He did not address the Scorpions crisis. The collapsing public
hospital system, under his eccentric health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang,
an alcoholic who recently jumped the public queue for a liver transplant,
received no attention. And the name Jacob Zuma did not pass his lips.Zuma, a
Zulu populist with some 20 children by various wives and mistresses, hoped to
prove that last year's rape case, and the trial he faces this year for
corruption and other charges...-
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Formerly White ruled Rhodesia, now renamed Zimbabwe and ruled by blacks,
HARARE (AFP) — Zimbabwe's inflation rate, already the highest in the world,
has soared to a new high of 66,212.3 percent, according to official figures
obtained by AFP on Thursday.Zimbabwe's economy has been on a downturn for the
past eight years characterised by galloping inflation and shortages of basic
foodstuffs such as sugar and cooking oil.At least 80 percent of the population
is living below the poverty threshold, often skipping meals to stretch their
income, which frequently fails to cover basic needs.-
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Formerly White ruled Kenya, now ruled by blacks,
Several people were beaten and hacked to death with machetes in a Nairobi
slum Sunday in renewed ethnic fighting over Kenya's disputed election, residents
said.Elsewhere, police managed to quell more than two days of fierce fighting
around a Catholic monastery that killed 22 people and left 200 homes burned in
the Rift Valley, 190 miles northwest of the capital Nairobi, officials said.A
government commission says more than 600 people have been killed in violence
that erupted after the Dec. 27...One man staggered past with blood streaming
from the stump of his arm, which had been cut off with a machete. The arm was
taken by a group of youths and placed on top of a pile of stones barricading an
alleyway. In a separate incident, around 50 people attacked welder Dominic
Owour, a 23-year-old Luo, and tried to cut off both his hands at the forearm,
Owour said.Both men said police watching the attacks did not intervene.A local
reporter at the scene counted 14 people dead from machete wounds, three bodies
stuck with arrows and five people shot dead by police.-
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Formerly White ruled Congo, now ruled by blacks,
Le Blanc and I are into our 500th kilometer on the river when he turns my
view of modern African history on its head. "We should just give it all back to
the whites," the riverboat captain says. "Even if you go 1,000 kilometers down
this river, you won't see a single sign of development. When the whites left, we
didn't just stay where we were. We went backwards.""The river is the artery of
Congo's economy," he says. "When the Belgians and the Portuguese were here,
there were farms and plantations — cashews, peanuts, rubber, palm oil. There was
industry and factories employing 3,000 people, 5,000 people. But since
independence, no Congolese has succeeded.Around 45,000 people die each month in
the DRC as a result of the social collapse brought on by civil war, according to
a study released in January by the International Rescue Committee. It estimated
the total loss of life between 1998 and April 2007 at 5.4 million. For many
Congolese like Le Blanc, the difficulties of today blot out the cruelties of the
past. "On this river, all that you see — the buildings, the boats — only whites
did that. After the whites left, the Congolese did not work. We did not know how
to. For the past 50 years, we've just declined." He pauses. "They took this
country by force," he says, with more than a touch of admiration. "If they came
back, this time we'd give them the country for free."-
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Formerly White ruled Detroit, now ruled by blacks,
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick took his text message scandal to the Michigan
Supreme Court on Friday, urging justices to strike down decisions from two lower
courts to provide the public with secret documents he used to settle police
whistle-blower lawsuits last year for $8.4 million.The city filed the appeal
under seal, but city law director John E. Johnson Jr. said in a statement the
city asked the high court to consider the same arguments that were rejected
Wednesday by the Michigan Court of Appeals and on Feb. 5 by Wayne County Circuit
Judge Robert Colombo Jr., in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the
Free Press.Councilman Kwame Kenyatta said in a statement, "Either the mayor has
something to hide or he's buying packing time.""When you have two lower courts
going against you, it's pretty rough," said Wayne State University law professor
Peter Henning. "It's any litigant's right to seek review, but it's not a
cost-free decision."He questioned -- as have many council members -- whether the
city Law Department is acting on behalf of the city or just the mayor.-
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of the post-White ruin that has come upon Detroit.
Formerly White ruled New Orleans, now ruled by blacks,
As District Attorney Eddie Jordan descended last week to his moment of
greatest political vulnerability, a group of prominent business leaders met with
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to craft an exit strategy for the beleaguered
prosecutor -- one that chiefly involved giving him a soft landing in a private
sector job, sources familiar with the talk said Tuesday.The unprecedented move
ends a tenure mired in criticism over a widely perceived failure to successfully
prosecute violent criminals, chronic turnover in his office, and most recently
the bizarre disclosure that a robbery suspect fled to Jordan's Algiers house
only to then become a suspect in the shooting of a New Orleans police
officer.Now, Jordan's undoing appears rooted in one of his first official acts:
Systematically firing white employees and replacing them with black applicants
two weeks after taking office. While it's hardly uncommon for politicians to
clean house and install loyalists, a federal jury of eight white and two black
jurors unanimously found that Jordan, who is black, fired 43 employees -- all
white but for one Hispanic -- because of their race.Of 56 total dismissals, 53
of the employees were white. Within six months of his administration, Jordan had
hired 68 people, 92 percent of them African-American. Critics further have
suggested that the firings had the effect of stripping the office of
institutional knowledge and experienced talent, throwing its daily management
into confusion and setting off a trend of poor working conditions and chronic
turnover.This criticism climaxed this summer, when his office dismissed charges
against suspects in the 2006 murders of musician and teacher Dinerral Shavers
and the Central City massacre that left five teenagers dead in the street. Both
cases fell apart, with Jordan claiming uncooperative witnesses.Earlier this
year, Jordan was further lambasted for his office's repeated release of
suspects, even occasionally ones arrested for violent crimes, because his
prosecutors could not make a decision about whether to press charges under the
state mandated deadline. These releases are called "701s," shorthand for Article
701 of the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure, which states that no one can be
held longer than 60 days on a felony arrest without an indictment.In the latest
and strangest flare-up, police recently questioned Jordan after robbery suspect
Elton Phillips, 20, allegedly fled to his home after holding up a man outside a
nearby Algiers Shell station.-
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can read more about post-White ruled New Orleans here.
Below is excerpted review by Jared Taylor of 'Why Race Matters'........................................................................................................"

As Prof. Levin points out, a book like Why Race Matters should not have to
be written. The only sensible conclusion to be drawn from simple observation is
that races differ: “To put the matter bluntly, the question is not why anyone
would believe the races are unequal in intelligence, but why anyone would
believe them equal.” For centuries, people as different as Arabs and Englishmen
have judged Africans to be unintelligent, lascivious, jolly, and keen on rhythm.
Today, in whatever corner of the globe one looks, blacks behave in certain
consistent ways.There is now not much informed opposition (though a great deal
of uninformed opposition) to the conclusion that IQ tests test intelli- gence,
that intelligence is at least partly hereditary, and that the races differ in
average IQ.Prof. Levin is at his most original and provocative when he sets
aside well-established data on intelligence and takes up the even more
controversial question of morality.
For example, the widely used Minnesota
Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), which subdivides personality into a
number of categories, shows consistent differences in how blacks and whites
evaluate themselves. Blacks, for example, hold themselves in higher regard than
whites (or, in today’s jargon, have “higher self-esteem”). They are consistently
more likely to agree with statements like:
I am an important person.I am
entirely self-confident.If given the chance I could make a good leader of
people.I have often had to take orders from someone who did not know as much as
I did.
The common assumption that blacks are “taught to hate themselves” is
wrong; blacks are quite pleased with themselves. At the same time, they
consistently score higher than whites on the MMPI scales for such things as
Hypomania, Psychopathy, Schizophrenia, and Masculinity, which are precisely the
traits that distinguish incarcerated criminals from the rest of us. They tend to
agree, for example, with statements like:
Most people are honest chiefly
through fear of being caught.Most people make friends because friends are likely
to be useful to them.Most people will use somewhat unfair means to gain profit
or an advantage rather than lose it.It is not hard for me to ask help from my
friends even though I cannot return the favor.
Another finding is that
blacks are more impulsive or present-oriented than whites. Given a choice
between a small candy bar today and a big one tomorrow, black children are more
likely than white children to want the small one today.
Finally, even within
races, moral reasoning is closely associated with intelligence. Intelligence
does not guarantee good behavior, but a certain level is necessary for
self-knowledge and the comprehension of moral distinctions.Prof. Levin does not
flinch from drawing what may appear to be an unkind conclusion: Given the crime
rates, social irresponsibility, lack of foresight, impulsiveness, and general
self-centeredness of black behavior, blacks probably have a different inherent
capacity and appreciation for morality.
He proposes that this difference can
be explained by the environments in which blacks and whites (and Asians)
evolved. In a warm climate where food can be gathered year-round, people do not
need to develop habits of cooperation and planning in order to get through the
winter. In the north, it took mutual trust and cooperation for groups of men to
bring down large game, so reciprocal morality evolved along with intelligence.
Climate and terrain could also have influenced sexual behavior. Since
African women could gather food for themselves and their children even if a mate
abandoned them, there was less pressure to insist that men support their
children. For the same reason, there was less evolutionary pressure on fathers
to stick around. In the north, a man who abandoned his children might well leave
no descendants to behave in like manner. And in fact, the family habits of
Africans and transplanted blacks are extremely loose by white standards.
What we think of as moral behavior, including sexual morality, is now known
to be heavily influenced by genes. As Prof. Levin points out, there is no
biological reason to expect different populations to have evolved exactly the
same distribution of morality-influencing genes. Therefore it is likely that
“the races have … evolved divergent evaluations of cooperativeness, aggression,
rule-following, and concern with the future.”
That blacks care less about
others and worry less about the future is suggested in virtually every area of
behavior. Crime is only the most obvious example, nor is it the expression of
wretchedness and self-loathing that excuse-making whites pretend it to be. Prof.
Levin notes that “the criminal behavior of young black males just does not look
like an expression of despair. In account after account, these individuals come
across as full of themselves and unrepentant.” He might have added that if
blacks were really reduced to hopelessness by white oppression, they would
presumably have high suicide rates, whereas in every age group blacks kill
themselves at only one half to one quarter the white rate. "more of this review
of Prof. Levin's book 'Why Race Matters'
here

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