President Obama Slams African Leadership – West, Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism “Cannot Be Blamed For African Catastrophe Of Last 20 Years”

“I think part of what’s hampered advancement in Africa is that for many years we’ve made excuses about corruption or poor governance – that this was somehow the consequence of neo-colonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racism,” Mr. Obama told an African website, AllAfrica , in his only interview dedicated to Africa before his visit.

“I’m not a believer in excuses,” he said. “I’d say I’m probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who’s occupied my office, and I can give you chapter and verse on why the colonial maps that were drawn helped to spur on conflict. … And yet the fact is we’re in 2009.”

The West cannot be blamed for the disastrous policies that have brought catastrophe to Zimbabwe and other African countries over the past 15 or 20 years, he said. “I think it’s very important for African leadership to take responsibility and be held accountable.”

… from Globe and Mail World article Obama’s Mission of Tough Love In Africa

Obama Africa Policy

The Obama Cat Is Amongst The Pigeons!

You really must read the go to YouTube or All Africa.com and let President Obama speak for himself. Read the transcript of the interview or hear him speak on YouTube.

Just do it.

The man has ideas, presence and moral authority unlike any USA President I’ve ever seen. I think that Barack Obama would have a most interesting conversation with George Ayittey and Dambisa Moyo.

As I have said before… Darn, I like Obama… if he would only soften the US position on Barbados offshore banking and our “tax haven” status.

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36 responses to “President Obama Slams African Leadership – West, Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism “Cannot Be Blamed For African Catastrophe Of Last 20 Years”

  1. kiki

    20 years is only one generation ago
    That’s when Nelson Mandella was freed
    After 25 years captivity in a South African jail
    For fighting against Apartheid

  2. Rumplestilskin

    This is for those who thought that President Obama was a punch puller and would excuse African-Americans because he himself is part African-American.

    Remember, he is a man of moral compass and dignity above all else.

    He is right, how much anyone else be blamed for widespread corruption by Government officials or periodice butchery by one tribe on another, but Africa itself?

    Peace

  3. 199

    He is right, how much anyone else be blamed for widespread corruption by Government officials or periodice butchery by one tribe on another, but Africa itself?

    **********

    This is a simplistic analysis as ‘periodic butchering’ occurs in even modern societies, although, usually, on a much smaller scale!! Been to Jamaica, recently?!!

    However, fully agree with his impatience of African excuses for the situ!!

    Anyhow, they (Africans) look down on us, so, guess if I give a **** about Africa?!!

  4. 199

    Don’t worry lads, as I cautioned you before, Sarah’s coming and soon, Obama will be history!!

  5. kiki

    No One Remembers Old Marcus Garvey

  6. John

    Caribbean needs to develop stronger relations with Africa
    BY CMC
    Originally published: July 05, 2009 01:02:00 PM
    Last updated: November 30, -0001 02:54:24 AM
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    To: Bcc: Your email address: Message: 2 comments Skerrit. *Photo credit: CMC
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Two Caribbean prime ministers are urging their regional colleagues to seek to develop stronger relations with Africa.

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and his Dominican counterpart, Roosevelt Skerrit, have recently returned from Libya where they attended the African Union summit as observers.

    Gonsalves said that given the changing global political and economic environment, it was imperative for the region to be strategically placed.

    “The world is very different than it was prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and …a period of American triumphalism. We have now the different centers of influence and power even though the United States remains militarily the most powerful nation on earth,” Gonsalves said.

    Skerrit said that “greater links with the African Union is certainly the way to go,”

    “We believe that seeking to forge closer links with the African union is certainly something the Caribbean should embrace because we have similar challenges and most of us have links back to this continent.

    Skerrit said that Caribbean islands also share membership in a number of international organisations with Africa “and I believe that forging closer links with the African Union is certainly commendable”

    Gonsalves said that the visit to Tripoli allowed the two regional leaders to hold talks with African leaders “some of whom see the Caribbean as a bridge to Latin America and others see it in my view, quite correctly, as a locale in its own and not a bridge to Latin America”.

    He said that while the exact date has not yet been determined, Venezuela will host a summit of Latin-America and Africa possibly during the period September and October.

    Gonsalves said that invitation to attend the African Union summit was also intended to “see if we could evolve the diaspora as the sixth region of the African union”.

    He said the diaspora would also include the black populations in Brazil, the United States and Western Europe.

    “There are more than 200 million people of African descent in the African diaspora and it is a very significant group. It was symbolically important for us to be there.

    “We did not participate in the deliberations in the summit of the African Union because we were observers, but we are laying the basis to develop a firm institutional nexus.”

    He said that a report on the summit had been presented to the regional leaders at their annual summit that ended here late on Saturday night.

    Libya has already announced plans to establish a People’s Bureau in the Eastern Caribbean as well as a bank and investment holding company.

    “We are looking to see if we could build the requisite institutions between the African Union and the Caribbean,” he said, saying he hoped regional governments would look favourably on deepening relations with Africa.

    “I would hope that would happen. Africa strategically is very important to this Caribbean and the African leadership … they all have a sense that there is a deeper connection with us,” he added.

  7. 205

    That presentation totally ignores institutionalized African-Arab slavery and the eastern African slave trade that were in place hundreds of years before the North American slave trade.

    The presentation totally ignores slavery today in Africa, north Africa and Asia.

  8. PiedPiper

    Thanks for my laugh this morning 199. Sarah Palin does not have a hope in hell. Obama has done more for America, in the few short months he has been in office, than any U.S. President in recent history.

  9. 199

    Pied Piper, u in love wid Obama, ent u!! but, I tink he gun brek your heart!! I think he’s all woffle (aimless talk) an not much else! I await to be proved wrong but don’t think I will be plus, I’m not convinced either that he’ll be re-elected in 4 yrs time, especially if my-girl, Sarah (is n’t she gorgeous?!!) is running against him!! Sarah on the one hand and Rihanna on the other!! I would be in heaven!!

  10. John

    Wonder who was looking after the investing of the monies borrowed for the CCJ trust fund.

    http://www.caribbean360.com/News/Caribbean/Stories/2009/07/06/NEWS0000008025.html

    Global crisis hits CCJ Trust Fund

    Last year the fund lost some 19 per cent on its portfolio investment because of the economic meltdown. (File photo)
    KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 6, 2009 -Prime Minister Bruce Golding says Jamaica is concerned about reports presented at the recent Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit that the global economic crisis is having a negative impact on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Trust Fund that could see the money exhausted in 30 years.

    Jamaica contributes up to 23 per cent of the cost of the CCJ, making it a major contributor to the fund which was established to finance the court’s operations.

    Seventy percent of the CCJ Trust fund is invested in international equities, while the remaining 30 per cent is in fixed income securities.

    Last year the fund lost some 19 per cent on its portfolio investment because of the economic meltdown.

    Golding said the state of the Fund now is very disturbing.

    The Jamaica Prime Minister said CARICOM member countries have been put on notice that there will have to review the state of the fund. Leaders have agreed to do so in three years, by which time they hope the global crisis is resolved. (Adapted from JIS)

  11. kiki

    205 if you want to be such a pedantic completist please provide these details yourself

    here’s another slide presentation in the african middle passage series
    http://www.slideshare.net/tranceking/slave-trade

  12. peltdownman

    Skerrit said that “greater links with the African Union is certainly the way to go,”
    ___________________________________
    Ask the local solar water heater manufacturer who went into a joint venture in Nigeria if he agrees with this statement.

  13. PEPPER SAUCE

    BFP

  14. Jack Bowman

    A meandering but semi-interesting thread, this. A meandering reply:

    Can I tell you a secret? The dirty little secret of development policy world-wide, and a notion that actually works, is to get developing countries to be more like Sweden. Or Canada. Or Finland. Or Denmark. Or Britain. Or the United States.

    Of course, everyone should love and celebrate the vibrancy and festiveness of Honduran “culture”, but could you please, Mr. Honduras, stop making an embarrassing spectacle of yourself? Has this Honduran crap EVER happened in Sweden?

    So the secret is … it’s great to be Mexican and all that, but in Canada the outgoing president doesn’t tend to take billions from the treasury and put it into his bank account. Could you be a bit more Norwegian? And Nicaraguan culture is gorgeous, but could you stop being so fantastically corrupt? Could you be a bit more like Holland?

    Barbados needs ties to Africa if African countries buy Bajan stuff and if Bajan companies can generate employment by investing in Africa, or if African countries can make jobs in Barbados by investing in Bim. Apart from that, Barbados needs governance lessons from Africa the way my cat needs a banjo.

  15. PEPPER SAUCE

    BFP – without conducting a ‘scientific study’ I’d venture to say Bajans (I speak in local terms, these remarks hold true for many other places.)Generally speaking, Bajans are not yet ready to get out of the melodramatic prison in which they comfortably reside..

    Instead of taking a lead from Obama who regularly says “I have not come here to talk about the past, I’ve come here to see above moving into the future” … they prefer to laze along and live in the past.

    The people of this world who sit in the chairs of decision-making KNOW that Bajans are, generally speaking, not very productive and they have a work attitude and work ethic that, compared to countries who are moving ahead, defies comprehension.

    I KNOW this post is not going to go over well. Any facts that rock the boat are swiftly attacked. But ~ who are the losers? Who are the winners?

    Over and out.

  16. PEPPER SAUCE

    I guess you people haven’t been able to understand. The ‘media people’ have to ‘say something’ – – otherwise (unlike here) they’ll lose their jobs.

    The ‘general public’ is massaged by the media and the general public does not think … they just pick up and run with whatever is blowing in the wind.

    Why do you assume Sarah Palin is going to ‘run for President’ ?? ?

    Listen: decisions are made from one or more of these bases – (not necessarily in this order) – Sex, Money, Power, Love, Fear. It’s anybody’s guess from which of these, she’s operating.

    Instead of making asses of yourselves, (not that it matters) – why not just stay tuned. ?

    The Truth will out.

  17. PiedPiper

    hahaha….oh Lord, Jack, I love you.

  18. reluctant nonbeliever

    “Barbados needs governance lessons from Africa the way my cat needs a banjo.”

    hahaha!

    Got to be the funniest comment I ever read on BFP…

  19. Sing-a-song

    … and yet a mere outcrop in the sea, with about 1/4 million persons, can have the highest quality of life in the developing world (#37 on the HDI list). I now believe in fairy godmothers since our work ethic and productivity “defies comprehension”.

  20. BAJAN IDDY

    This clip from the BBC : US President Barack Obama urges former Cold War rival Russia to abandon the “great game” of the past and realise common goals.

    Obama is constantly refuting the “past” and talking about the present and the future. This is not a view that Bajans favor. We prefer to remain in the “melodramatic prison” as one writter on this blog calls it.

    Yes, we prefer to dwell in the past and look for every excuse we can find to justify our backward thinking and our unproductive disposition.

  21. My Cat

    My cat can speak to that.

  22. Anonymous

    “Remember, he is a man of moral compass and dignity above all else.”

    Earthly Gods are the product of underinformation and brainwashing. Obama is no such thing that you claim.

  23. POOR BOY

    As the man said when he jumped off the Empire State building… passing the 34th floor….. “Everything going good, so far”

  24. Rumplestilskin

    I never said that he is a ‘God’, particularly as you put it in capitals makes your quote irrelevant.

    Obama is working against corruption in his country, working for the betterment of the average classes.

    He also has inherited an errant military policy, which he is intent on changing.

    He has worked to get where he is, by study, with a solid family life.

    I see that as indicating moral compass.

    If you do not, then that is your opinion.

    Obviously, I would expect the knives to come out, those with good intent always have to fight ruthlessness and haters.

  25. Jodiperry

    Bowman: The article calls for deeper ties with Africa not governance lessons to which you allude. Britain, France and Holland and the US all have profoundly ‘deep’ ties (be they exploitative by nature or not) with Africa and they are all the wealthier for it. Why not us?

  26. Jodiperry

    Obama’s assertion is dead wrong. Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Nigeria just to name a few are being plagued by neocolonialism and its legacy.

    Its not accident that Botswana the highest GDP per capita in sub saharan Africa exluding oil rich Gabon. Why?

    1. Botswana was never colonized by the Europeans but was just a british protectorate. They as a result have a continuous culture and form of government which they practiced for over 30,000 years. Kenya or Nigeria arent so fortunate.

    2. Botswana diamond mines were discovered AFTER they gained full political independence and sovereignity (as opposed to the DRC diamonds or Nigeria’s oil) so they avoided the US/EU funded natural recource grabbing wars that plague the other countries.

    3. They are a homegenous people (unlike Rwanda) where two warring ethnic groups were grouped together in a single country.

    Botswana’s sucess today hinges heavily on the fact that they were of little value or importance to the europeans during colonial days and were allowed to develop with miminal external (european/US) cultural, political or economic influence.

  27. Yes Sir!

    So glad to hear from Jodiperry that nothing was ever wrong in Africa until the Europeans came along. No wars, no ethnic, religious or racial divides. No slavery. No oppression. No religious rites that included eating human beings or raping children.

    All of that happened after the Europeans spoilt paradise.

  28. Yes Sir!

    Jodiperry probably romanticizes North American native tribes too. Probably favours either the “noble savage” or “great civilization” view of history which tend to ignore cultural norms that don’t fit this historical wish list.

    If so, she would do well to study the customs of the Huron, Arapahoe, Pawnee, Algonkin, Iroquois, Micmac, Kiowa and Tonkawa tribes before the appearance of the whites. And many others too.

    Cannibalism and human sacrifice were as common as breathing.

  29. kiki

    prez obama may be a soft touch on this issue
    but michelle is an african queen now officially and will get to the roots

  30. victor

    You know Mauretania? It’s that big chunk on the West coast of Africa, between AIgeria, SenegaI, Morocco and MaIi. 20% of the popuIation are sIaves – that’s 600,000 peopIe. Africans ensIaved by Arab Berbers, for the most part.

  31. Mathilde

    really interesting read, wonder what plans he has.
    Africa has so much potential it makes me want to cry when you see how messed up almost every country there is, poor Zimbabwe, for example, rich with natural resources but what happened? I want to see Africa the way God meant for her to be, a fertile, happy place!

  32. Illuminator

    For those able to take their nose out of the great Obama’s rear for a while , copy and paste this link.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14467

  33. J

    Yes Sir! wrote “Cannibalism and human sacrifice were as common as breathing.”

    If what you say is true that the society could not survive.

  34. J

    In Canada it the outgoing Prime Minister, not President.

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