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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WITH INVESTMENT OUTPACING AID FUNDS, IS AFRICA HEADING TOWARDS A GOLDEN AGE?   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY GEOFFREY YORK IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

There are good reasons Africa is so poor, and they have little to do with colonialism.

Africa’s governments, almost typically, are irresponsible and short-sighted and corrupt.

The laws and customs in many places are antithetic to modern society too.

Capital goes where it is welcome and safe, and generally that is not Africa.

Also, capital comes in several forms, including financial, physical plant, and human.

Human capital – an educated and ambitious and hardworking population – is key just to the good use of financial and physical capital.

This is missing to a great extent in Africa.

A country like Japan, basically a set of rocks in a sea, became advanced owing to its human capital, an educated population with a good work ethic and one with the kind of technical skills needed in advanced society.

China, too, after casting off its dark ages of communist religion, is booming owing to the innate intellectual gifts and traditional values of its people.

Africa’s people remain stuck in tribalism and immense superstition. For example, it is Africa that is home to female genital mutilation, about 3 million young women every year suffer this mad ritual.

Africa has poor infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, good quality schools, etc.

That fact plus the relatively poor state of human capital and the poor governance do not promise a bright, progressive future.

Further thought.

China is doing some remarkable things in Africa, doing them because it wants to secure resources.

The understand Africa’s shortcomings, and they try to build support for their investments there.

But already there are mumblings about the Chinese “running things.”

How long can it be before they too are sent packing?

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MARGARET WENTE HALLUCINATES ABOUT THE POSSIBLE STONING OF A WOMAN IN IRAN – OR HOW TO IGNORE SCREAMING REALITIES FOR A PROPAGANDA POINT   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY MARGARET WENTE IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL‘This regime has taken so many lives. There’s got to be a time when it stops’

Ms. Wente appears now to have exhausted her rational mental faculties in the relentless drive to create propaganda supporting Israel’s military and the Pentagon.

The United States, I remind readers, has killed about a million people in Iraq, unknown tens of thousands in Afghanistan, and three million in Vietnam, and those numbers don’t count all the smaller murderous efforts like Somalia, Pakistan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, and its loving support for Israel’s bloody predations against largely defenseless people.

In the total of all these places, the United States has created millions of refugees and countless cripples.

It has overthrown legitimate governments all over the world, including democratic ones in Chile, Iran, and Guatamala.

But somehow, Ms. Wente assures us, Iran is so terrible?

Iran, which has started no wars in its entire modern history?

Iran, which while a theocracy (just like Israel) is a relatively open place where one may visit and a great deal of information flows (compared to many other societies on earth)?

Iran, compared to the 3 million annual cases of genital mutilation of women in Africa?

Iran, compared to the routine rape of girls by their fathers and other elders in Africa?

Iran, compare to the bride-burning in India?

Iran, compared to the hideous treatment of millions of widows, including young girls who had been married off for profit to old men who die, in India?

Iran, compared to occupied Afghanistan where a majority of women still wear the burka?

The world is filled with cruelties, and Iran is one of lesser parties to them, but Israel wants Iran attacked, so Ms. Wente does her duty churning out more unbalanced rubbish.
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One further thought.

And just whose holy book is it which commands the stoning of unfaithful women?

Israel doesn’t stone women, but the Ultra Orthodox there often attack women they regard as “loose.”

There have been cases in recent years of prostitutes having been burned alive in homes mysteriously set alight.