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Originally posted by N.B.A.Y.S.O.H
Ill go as far as to say:
"I doubt Africa had many problems untill the white man showed up"
[edit on 29-9-2008 by N.B.A.Y.S.O.H]
Originally posted by Areal51
reply to post by Sonya610
I'd love to see your ass dropped into the middle of anywhere sub-Saharan to see if in fact you would be able to feed yourself. How about a rain forest in the Congo? That should give you a head start with plenty of wildlife to choose from. ...
How the World Sees China
Dec 11, 2007
The rise of anti-Americanism in recent years has given China a decided image advantage over the United States. Considerably more people around the world have an unfavorable view of the America than think poorly of China. But signs in Pew's polling suggest that perceptions of China's increasing power – both military and economic – could boost anti-Chinese sentiment in years to come. In fact, there are some signs that this has already begun to occur in Western Europe where worries about China's economic power are on the rise.
China's growing presence on the world stage is clearly evident in Africa and Latin America. Majorities in most countries in each of these regions say China exerts at least a fair amount of influence on their countries.
In eight of 10 sub-Saharan African countries surveyed, majorities say that China has a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of influence on the way things are going in their countries. And in four of seven Latin American countries majorities also say the same thing about China's influence on their countries.
In Africa, China's influence is now seen as rivaling American influence. In such major nations as Ethiopia, South Africa, and Nigeria, equally huge numbers see America and China exerting an important influence in their countries. Ghana, Uganda and Kenya still rate American influence more potent in their nations. But in Senegal, Mali, and Ivory Coast, greater numbers say China has an important influence than say the same about the United States. Most striking is that while clear majorities in 8 of 10 sub-Saharan African nations surveyed say that America's influence in their countries is generally good, China's influence is almost universally viewed as having a more beneficial impact on African countries than does that of the United States.
China-Africa Cooperation Forum in October 2000 in Beijing, the Chinese government pledged to write off African countries' 156 overdue debts totaling 10.5 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion) in two years. The pledge was fulfilled ahead of schedule.
China has provided African countries with a total of 44.4 billion yuan (US$5.55 billion) in aid as of May 2006. It has helped build textile mills, hydropower stations, sport venues, hospitals and schools, more than 800 projects in all.
Recently China has twice provided debt relief on its own terms to African countries. In 2000–02, it wrote off overdue obligations totaling 10.5 billion yuan ($1.3 billion), and in 2006 it announced that it would cancel another 10 billion yuan in debt owed by 33 heavily indebted and least developed African countries that have diplomatic relations with China. Incomplete data make it hard to compare the terms on which China provided debt relief with the terms of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative—the debt relief program jointly run by the IMF and the World Bank.
Originally posted by Areal51
I'd love to see your ass dropped into the middle of anywhere sub-Saharan to see if in fact you would be able to feed yourself. How about a rain forest in the Congo?
In Bunia, the town's population has swelled from 6,000 to 120,000 people. Most have left everything—crops, possessions, their families—to escape the ongoing massacres in the bush. Through a network of local human rights organizations, I arrange to meet with a handful of survivors. One Sunday morning, over a hundred people show up to tell their stories.
Draping a green batik cloth over her left shoulder, Chantal says that at 5 in the morning on Aug. 27, 2002, she woke to gunfire in the gold-mining town of Mabanga-Gélé. She was alone with her 6-year-old son, Claude, as men armed with machetes entered her house. "Today we are going to cut off your arm so you can't prepare mandro [traditional beer]" they said to her. She tells me, "They cut off my arm and took it outside where they had made a fire. They cooked it, while they were drinking our mandro, and ate it with the rest of the beans and rice." Claude had escaped into the bush with relatives. Then, she says flatly, "They told me they were going to find my husband and eat his heart."
After the attack, Chantal spent three months in the Drodro Hospital, where, later, the patients were killed bed by bed. Then her husband abandoned her because she can no longer work. In the village, Chantal's mother, Eliza Dz'da, lived with another daughter, Georgette, and Georgette's four children. That August morning, Eliza says, she heard Lendu women ululating as the fighters entered the village to attack. Georgette and Eliza's grandchildren tried to escape. All of them, Eliza says, were caught and killed. "We had a shed made of leaves, and they tore it down to build the fire. They took our leftover food and cooked pieces of Georgette and the children," she tells me.
Oh sheesh the chinese shills are hitting the board again
Originally posted by tdogg1
VIVA South America!
For now and for all eternity
African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuk
"My only concern about Chinese investment in Africa is there's not enough of it," Kaberuka said at a post-meeting news conference. Kaberuka had said earlier that Africa now finds itself in its best economic shape in decades, despite persistent poverty in much of the continent.
Are the Chinese pointing a gun at their heads?
China is a giant locust and they won´t stop until everything is gone.