LONDON - The backers of a $5 million prize celebrating good governance in Africa said Monday they cannot find anyone to award this year.
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership brings the winner $5 million over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life thereafter.
The prize-giving committee could not select a winner after considering "some credible candidates," said former Botswana President Ketumile Masire, a board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
There are dozens of nations and hundreds of millions of people in Africa. Yet it remains in a state of arrested development.
For those who would attempt to blame Africa's sad state on colonialism, it would pay to keep in mind that Africa was dramatically lacking in civilization BEFORE colonialism began.
It's also worth keeping in mind that Europeans only set up ports along the coasts. The interior of the continent (the 2nd largest on Earth) was not colonized and has many areas to this day upon which no European foot has set. At best Europeans probably directly controlled 5 t0 10% of Africa, leaving about 90% of Africa free from Western influence (or arguably, hindrance).
The greatest blow to the argument that colonialism is to blame for Africa's stagnation is the fact that so many other places came under European rule as well. North America, South America, the Middle-East, India and Asia all saw European colonization, yet there is a world of difference between Hong Kong and Chad.
Add to that the fact that areas once ruled by Whites but are now in the hands of "black rule" are deteriorating at a rapid level, and it becomes clear to all but the most Orwellian obtuse, that race is always a factor in the fortunes of a nation, be they good or ill.
DETROIT (CNNMoney.com) -- At 1300 E. Warren St., you can smell the plight of Detroit.
Inside the Wayne County morgue in midtown Detroit, 67 bodies are piled up, unclaimed, in the freezing temperatures. Neither the families nor the county can afford to bury the corpses. So they stack up inside the freezer.
Albert Samuels, chief investigator for the morgue, said he has never seen anything like it during his 13 years on the job. "Some people don't come forward even though they know the people are here," said the former Detroit cop. "They don't have the money."
Detroit is less than 10% White (as in people of European descent).
Races in Detroit:
- Black (81.6%)
- White Non-Hispanic (10.5%)
- Hispanic (5.0%)
- Other race (2.5%)
- Two or more races (2.3%)
- American Indian (0.9%)
The situation is nothing new.
Race is not a social construct, societies are racial constructs.
And for those who, due to their programming, declare that to be "stereotyping", it would be well to remember that another stereotyoing is just another way of saying, pattern recognition.
On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in military fatigues, combat boots and what appears to be a flak jacket. He looks straight out of Baghdad. But this isn't Iraq. It's southeast Detroit, and he's there to guard the groceries.
"No pictures, put the camera down," he yells. My companion and I, on a tour of how people in this city are using urban farms to grow their own food, speed off.In this recession-racked town, the lack of food is a serious problem. It's a theme that comes up again and again in conversations in Detroit. There isn't a single major chain supermarket in the city...
- Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
- When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
- Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
- The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
- Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
- Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
- Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
- Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.
- Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
- Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.
- Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
- Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are three times more likely.
The table does not gives statistics for Hispanic victims and offenders. But the bottom line on interracial white/black and black/white rape is clear:
In the United States in 2005, 37,460 white females were sexually assaulted or raped by a black man, while between zero and ten black females were sexually assaulted or raped by a white man.
What this means is that every day in the United States, over one hundred white women are raped or sexually assaulted by a black man.
Zimbabwe began officially trading in foreign currency Friday in what is seen as tacit acknowledgment that its own currency has collapsed.
President Robert Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, blames Western sanctions for the economic collapse. But critics point to his 2000 order that commercial farms be seized from whites.
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
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.
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"....-source
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?”-sourceThe 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
ill patents.-sourceAfrica 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
Africa, where the disease has killed ten times more people than war.
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 -source
Africa at war: The genocide spilling from the Darfur region of Sudan intoFormerly White ruled South Africa, now in the hands of blacks,
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
South Africans today are deeply demoralised people. The lights are going outFormerly White ruled Rhodesia, now renamed Zimbabwe and ruled by blacks,
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...-source
HARARE (AFP) — Zimbabwe's inflation rate, already the highest in the world,Formerly White ruled Kenya, now ruled by blacks,
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.-source
Several people were beaten and hacked to death with machetes in a NairobiFormerly White ruled Congo, now ruled by blacks,
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.-source
Le Blanc and I are into our 500th kilometer on the river when he turns myFormerly White ruled Detroit, now ruled by blacks,
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."-source
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick took his text message scandal to the MichiganFormerly White ruled New Orleans, now ruled by blacks,
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.-source here is a photographic essay
of the post-White ruin that has come upon Detroit.
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.-source
can read more about post-White ruled New Orleans here.