reply to post by Skyfloating
I was watching a chanel 4 (UK) programe not so log ago it was called "The Great African Scandal" i had a quck look on youtube but couldnt find it
maybe you will have better luck itis very intresting here is a quote from a site i fond about the programe
On paper, Ghana should be an African success story - rich in minerals, fertile, a stable democracy and free from conflict - so what would I find?
My journey began in the hot dry north of Ghana - in the small rice farming village of Gbirima.
I joined the men in their backbreaking effort to clear a new rice paddy. As we worked, they talked about how Ghana used to be nearly 50% sufficient
in rice production, partly due to the help offered by government in the form of grants and subsidy.
Such was the success of the rice industry there was even a colloquial saying 'as rich as a rice farmer' that signified their prosperity.
But as I looked around me, 'rich as a rice farmer' was definitely not how it felt any more.
Enter the World Bank
And this was in no small thanks to more than 20 years of IMF and World Bank policies - macro-economic, free market driven -and in Ghana it meant a
stop to state subsidies while at the same time opening its rice market to foreign competitors.
No surprise then that cheap rice flooded in, much of it subsidized by foreign governments, and Ghana's indigenous rice industry collapsed as it had
no access to government protection or support. So, villages like Gbirima were left devastated and impoverished.
And there was more human tragedy as families lost their young daughters to the cities in search of work. Going in search of two girls from Gbirima I
found them working in slum areas, at risk of their well being, somehow surviving in a place where no young woman should have to find herself trying to
make a living.
Was this the net result of IMF and World Bank policies drawn up in Washington for Ghana's poor?
And foreign businesses are not setting a shining example of how to make trade work for the poorest either. Our film looks at Ghana's two prime
commodities –gold and cocoa.
It seemed to me that those cocoa farmers included in the fair trade system see real benefits but for the rest it’s a very hard life.
Cocoa and gold
What’s more we discovered that even at a Fair Trade co-operative only 3% of the cocoa was purchased at the fair trade price. After 100 years of
importing Ghana’s cocoa is that really the best that international companies can do? I was left thinking who is really profiting from the cocoa
industry? In my opinion, it’s not the cocoa farmers.
Gold offered no better a story. We witnessed shocking conditions in the gold mining areas where people claim they are forced to live with dangerously
high levels of pollution around the mines and where poverty drives men to mine illegally.
And in Accra, the former Ghanaian finance minister told me that the country received as little as 3 per cent of the profits from these mines.
I thought back to Bob Marley's assessment of the 'Babylon System’ - how economic systems work to quote Marley, 'suck the blood of the
sufferers(poor) day by day.'
And so I wondered about 'independence'. I asked myself how - when bodies like the IMF and World Bank, or international businesses have such
widespread influence and control - could Ghana exercise any economic independence at all?
Of course there is a Conspiracy against blacks ..........crack coc aine was inveted for black people that is a fact ..they got a chemist out in
the jungle trying to find a way to make coc aine smokable because black people didint like to sniff it and.... there was a void in the market
I could go into the ins and outs of how he "invented" crack but id probly get a ban so i wont ....but belive me crack was invented spasificly for
black people ..........and while we are on the subject alco-pops where invented because when Rave culture was at its hight in the UK people where off
there faces on Extasey and didnt want beer on wine they only wanted soft drinks/sodas juice's or water so the alcohol companys invented alco-pops
.........sad but true
[edit on 08/10/2000 by N.B.A.Y.S.O.H]