By Sam Akaki
09 August, 2008
The African Executive
The last Cold War saw the savage murder or violent overthrow by the British, Americans, Belgians, French and Portuguese of nationalist African leaders including Patrice Lumumba, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Luis Cabral, Eduardo Mondlane, Samora Marcel, Milton Obote, Hamed Sekou Toure, Gamel Abdel Nasser and Ahmed Ben Bella who were dubbed terrorists or Russian and Chinese sympathizers.
The lucky ones - Jomo Kenyatta, Robert Mugabe and Nelson Mandela were given long prison sentences from which they were never expected to come out, alive. Today, Mandela's statue stands as a
The human, social and economic wounds inflicted on
Overall, the last Cold War left
Recently, the Africa Progress Panel (APP), headed by the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, issued a report, "Africa Progress Panel responds to the G8 Summit in
"G8 countries have done little to show how they will fund the shortfall of US$ 40 billion in programmable aid and debt relief identified by the Africa Progress Panel last month...The G8 has yet to present clear timetables outlining future aid provision or to provide increased transparency required to improve the quality of aid."
On "Global food crisis", the report said, "The Panel welcomes the commitment of US$ 10 billion to support food aid and measures to increase agricultural input as a necessary first step... More needs to be done, however, to increase the supply of food to the world's most vulnerable citizens, and immediate measures must be taken to relax export restrictions on commodities such as rice"
On trade, it said "The Panel welcomes the G8 leaders' commitment to the conclusion of an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive
And in conclusion, Mr. Annan declared "The success in supporting African development will not only result in tangible benefits for her people but ensure a more secure and prosperous future for the world. For G8 leaders, helping
The July 11 UN resolution accused Robert Mugabe of "killing 100 opposition supporters and displacing 2,000", and called for punitive sanctions including imposing an arms embargo, a clear signal for attacks on Zimbabwe. Thankfully,
To disorganize the AU, the International Criminal Court (ICC), is planning to arrest
"The Western ruling groups are conceited, full of themselves, ignorant of our conditions, and they make other people's business their business."
Incidentally, the conflict in Darfur started 18 years after the one in northern
That is not surprising. The West is less interested in human rights in
A recent World Bank confirmed that
In their most direct statements yet recorded, African leaders made their views about the West clear during the Chinese Africa summit, held in
For his part, President Museveni who is seen as a darling of the West said, "The Western ruling groups are conceited, full of themselves, ignorant of our conditions, and they make other people's business their business. Whereas the Chinese just deal with you, you represent your country, they represent their own interests, and you do business."
And Russia is an enemy because it is sitting on huge gas and oil reserves, and opposing not only the expansion of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to its borders, but also US plans to build Missile Defense facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Given the devastation of the last Cold War, won't a new one be a double crime against humanity exceeding not only the massacres by the Germans of 6 million Jews, but also the genocide committed by Belgians in
Aren't African leaders facing a simple choice: stand firm and tell the west not to touch al-Bashir, or keep silent and wait to be picked off one by one?
Sam Akaki is Executive Director, Democratic Institutions for Poverty Reduction in Africa (DIPRA).