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AFRICA = HELL ON EARTH
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:51:40 AM »


 … The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRuSS0iiFyo


… I ask: What can we do? Are these people beyond help?

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 01:28:40 PM »
St. Augustine: “The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it.
Let it loose; it will defend itself."

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2013, 03:50:50 PM »
 They are victims.

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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2013, 07:10:01 PM »


… VOODOO RITUAL WEST AFRICA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q4wvoq5rB0


 … VOODOO CHILDREN.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67_WYt28Bhk


 … DEADLY HUNT: Albinos in Tanzania

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd7RRr5Eubg


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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2013, 08:58:22 PM »
St. Augustine: “The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it.
Let it loose; it will defend itself."

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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 05:32:45 AM »
It is only so, because those who live in "heaven on earth" made it so. Just couple of centuries ago people over there were happy, healthy, strong and socially closer.

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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 08:03:33 AM »


Yes, European and Mid-Eastern meddling and continuing
ripping-off of resources have exasperated the situation …
but Africa, almost as a whole, has been, and remains, quiet savage
and primitive. Accounts from 18th/19th century explorers
are harrowing to say the least… as are those, of course, from
other areas … the South Seas come to mind … and now,
after 200-300 years of mis-guided, brutal colonialism … this.
Nothing of the "noble savage" remains, nothing of the life
of the bush, in harmony, in balance with nature remains.





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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2013, 03:13:13 PM »

Yes, European and Mid-Eastern meddling and continuing
ripping-off of resources have exasperated the situation …
but Africa, almost as a whole, has been, and remains, quiet savage
and primitive. Accounts from 18th/19th century explorers
are harrowing to say the least… as are those, of course, from
other areas … the South Seas come to mind … and now,
after 200-300 years of mis-guided, brutal colonialism … this.
Nothing of the "noble savage" remains, nothing of the life
of the bush, in harmony, in balance with nature remains.


Well said Holly.

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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2013, 11:27:24 PM »
Well said Holly.

… thanx chris.



Here's another short documentary … Minerals, Rebels and Child Soldiers in Congo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYqrflGpTRE






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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2013, 10:41:18 AM »


South Sudan crisis: Voices from Juba

20 December 2013 Last updated at 09:34 ET

Two residents in South Sudan's capital, Juba, tell BBC about their experiences following clashes between rival army factions which have spread around the country.


At least 500 people are believed to have died since last weekend, when President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of a failed coup.

There are concerns that the unrest could descend into civil war and inflame ethnic divisions between the majority Dinka group and Mr Machar's Nuer community.

Ayaga, a civil servant:
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Juba is becoming very, very unsafe for the little children and their mum because we are not sure when this will happen again. Currently things are calm but it is uncertain at the same time.

First of all forces that defected withdrew to Bor and captured Bor town and we're hearing that they're regrouping and reorganising to attack Juba.

Number two, the soldiers have gone out of discipline; they're shooting randomly and also looting.

Health official at Juba Teaching Hospital:
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Juba is calm, the problem is outside Juba where things are getting worse. There are six medical doctors in Bor and now they've run out to the bush because there was shelling at the hospital. I texted one of them this morning, they're still hiding in the bush.

They're bringing a lot of bodies to the hospital here - every day bodies have come in - some of them were burned, some with gunshots - some died here.

The first day after the tragedy I think 15 people died, the next day things began increasing. There are quite a lot of civilians amongst the dead - the first day were mainly soldiers but then there were lots of civilians - even civilians holding American passports we found.

It's very hard to identify them as some corpses are very burnt.

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Today we have around 80 bodies - yesterday people started doing mass burials because the mortuary is full - putting 20 or 50 bodies in one grave - that is what is going on.

I don't want you to use my name because things have got out of hand - it's become so sectarian and when somebody expresses an opinion, people might take it the wrong way; it's a big problem.

People are leaving in their thousands, you can see the airport is busy - and taking buses.

I tried to look for a ticket because I want to take my child and wife to Nairobi, but it's impossible to get a flight. People are asking you to pay about 1,500 Sudanese pounds ($265) for a one-way ticket - the prices are very high. I have the money but there are no flights.

But I myself want to stay because if we medical staff leave, who's going to help?

For now in the hospital, it's OK.

READ ARTICLE HERE~~~> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25467445

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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2013, 06:44:09 PM »
A tad of historical context is always helpful . . .



The Murderous Minds of the Europeans (In Africa)

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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2013, 07:03:14 PM »
…but Africa, almost as a whole, has been, and remains, quiet savage
and primitive. Accounts from 18th/19th century explorers
are harrowing to say the least… as are those, of course, from
other areas … the South Seas come to mind … and now,
after 200-300 years of mis-guided, brutal colonialism … this.
Nothing of the "noble savage" remains, nothing of the life
of the bush, in harmony, in balance with nature remains.

LOL! . . . smh





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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2013, 08:35:30 PM »
Note More “African savagery” historical accounts . . . written by an early “Anglo-explorer”. Yes, the poor 'ol African primitive,  whom the gods deemed fit to create as the first and oldest humans on the planet; albeit, arguably the Mother and Father of all humanity, sat around clueless for 10 million years, slaughtering one another, just waiting on their much younger, European "masters" to invade and to "civilize" them . . . .(sigh).

Expounding on The Black Gods of The Ancient World  
  Godfrey Higgins (1772-1833)  
 "In many instances these images and pictures are shaded, not all one colour, of very dark brown, so dark as to look like black. They are generally esteemed by the rabble with the most profound veneration. The toes are often white, the brown or black paint being kissed away by the devotees, and the white wood left.  No doubt in many places, when the priests have newly-painted the images, they have coloured the eyes, teeth, &c., in order that they might not shock the feelings of devotees by a too sudden change from black to white, and in order, at the same time, that they might furnish a decent pretence for their blackness, viz. that they are an imitation of bronze: but the number that are left with white teeth, &c., let out the secret."


 
Buddah in Thailand

"When the circumstance has been named to the Roman priests, they have endeavoured to disguise the fact, by pretending that the child had become black by the smoke of the candles; but it was black where the smoke of a candle never came: and, besides, how come the candles do not blacken the white of the eyes, the teeth, and the shirt, and how can they redden the lips?   The mother is, the author believes, always black, when the child is. Their real blackness is not to be questioned for a moment."  

Shiva in Ancient India

"If the author had wished to invent a circumstance to corroborate the assertion, that the Roman Christ of Europe is the Cristna of India, how could he have desired any thing more striking than the fact of the black Virgin and Child being so common in the Roman countries of Europe?"
A black virgin and child among the white Germans, Swiss, French, and Italians!!!" [emphasis author's].

"The Roman Cristna is black in India, black in Europe, and black he must remain—like the ancient Gods of Greece, as we have just seen. But, after all, what was he but the Jupiter, the second person of their Trimurti or Trinity, the Logos of Parmenides and Plato, an incarnation or emanation of the solar [Sun] power?"







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« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2013, 09:33:03 PM »
An encore . . .  A series of articles about "Hell on Earth" . . .  Without even mentioning China, Britain, France, Israel and the U.S. ultimate scramble for control of her vital resources and fertile land mass, there are other bits of public interest news that dispels the racists propaganda being uttered out of the demented minds and mouths of the profoundly ignorant.

 
British Women Flock To Africa To Find Romance

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4685170/brit-women-flock-to-africa-to-find-romance.html



Reverse brain drain from Europe to Africa widens as more Portuguese flock to Mozambique

http://www.thehabarinetwork.com/update-reverse-brain-drain-from-europe-to-africa-widens-as-more-portuguese-flock-to-mozambique


Foreign workers flock to Equatorial Guinea

http://www.dw.de/foreign-workers-flock-to-equatorial-guinea/a-17210212

More Tourists Flock To Africa Despite Conflict And Wars
http://www.bdlive.co.za/africa/africanbusiness/2013/08/28/more-tourists-flock-to-africa-despite-conflict-and-wars

European Pedophiles flock to Morocco
http://www.eastbound88.com/showthread.php/14053-European-Pedophiles-flock-to-Morocco

Part of the "primitive" African Diaspora . . . .

80,000 North American & Euro women per year flock to Jamaica for sex

http://www.theattractionforums.com/off-topic/55245-80-000-north-american-euro-women-per-year-flock-jamaica-sex.html


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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2013, 10:20:07 PM »
 Hell is not on earth.

 Hell is where heathens spend eternity.

 If you do not believe me...die and tell me I am wrong!
"When the Truth was murdered:
Common Sense ran away..."

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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2013, 10:52:26 PM »
. . . . about that “Voodoo.”. .


Vodou, (not Hinduism nor Judaism), is the oldest religion on the planet. It is the first ANCESTRAL spirituality, born when Europe was still under the ice.  Its moral, philosophical, ritual and cultural structure is not only the source of today’s “modern” patriarchal religions, it also rivals it.   These "savages" are the same descendants who brought the ecstatic Dionysian "cults”to ancient Greece, Rome and all throughout the ancient world. 

The centuries long, vicious, racists Christian and Judaic propaganda campaign to discredit and destroy it notwithstanding; it still survives, and is growing across the world.   Wait until you learn the real truth and origins about your own faiths. . . ALL ROADS WILL LEAD TO AFRICA, and within these very traditions.


There are tons of objective and well researched resources. Being that this is mainly a "Christian" nation, the below might be of assistance to those who really are interested in learning.

Field. M.J.  Angels and Ministers of Grace. An anthropologist Finds Striking Parallels Between Events Observed in Contemporary African Villages and Those Recorded in Ancient Biblical Narratives. New York: Hill and Wang, 1971.

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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2013, 11:16:10 PM »
A word about those Albinos . . .


It is true, just as twins, that there are some African groups who fear them and regard them as a bad omen. It is within those cultures that there is sporadic persecution of them. However, as a whole, they are in the minority, as most other cultures do not view them as "bad."  Here is a great link that portrays a more balanced perspective on how Albinos are treated within the context of the so many different cultural African frameworks.

http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2012/09/albinos-in-africa.html

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« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2013, 10:31:46 AM »
Yes, European and Mid-Eastern meddling and continuing
ripping-off of resources have exasperated the situation …
but Africa, almost as a whole, has been, and remains,
quiet savage and primitive.
Accounts from 18th/19th
century explorers are harrowing to say the least… as are those, of course,
from other areas … the South Seas come to mind … and now,
after 200-300 years of mis-guided, brutal colonialism … this.
Nothing of the "noble savage" remains, nothing of the life
of the bush, in harmony, in balance with nature remains.

… I ask: What can we do? Are these people beyond help?

 … I realize these are incendiary statements … but are true
I do believe. The overwhelming problems in almost all
of the continent seem unsurmountable by any yardstick.
Other poorly developed, war torn areas are just as desperate …
but here it is an entire continent that is destitute.

We see pictures of happy smiling faces, the kids dressed in
Tele-Tubby t-shirts and Nike sneakers and we can tell ourselves
everything is alright, progress is being made. Truth is, those people
most often subsist on handouts from the International community
and those Tele-Tubby t-shirts are bailed up at your local Goodwill
store and shipped over … or they would be without "western"
clothing.

Food? Dismal. Go here and buy a goat for a "returning slave"
in South Sudan ~~~>http://goatfortheoldgoat.com
 … or go here and pick another charity~~~http://www.together4africa.org
 … or buy a water pump~~~>http://www.wateraid.org/us

BREAD AND WATER FOR AFRICA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvNtp-DlsKo#t=17

IS ALL THIS WELL-MEANING FOOD AID REALLY HELPING?

US Food Aid is 'Wrecking' Africa, Claims Charity
https://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/17/3224

Charity finds that U.S. food aid for Africa hurts instead of helps
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/14/world/americas/14iht-food.4.7116855.html?pagewanted=all

Does US Food Aid Cause Famine?

http://pennpoliticalreview.org/2011/11/does-us-food-aid-cause-famine/

MYTHS ABOUT AID
http://www.givingwhatwecan.org/why-give/myths-about-aid

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Healthcare? A disaster.

Social services? Primitive at best.

Education? Yai-yai-yai.

Energy/electricity? Non-existent in most areas.

Housing? What can one say?


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I don't know … it seems to me that the place to
start is INFRASTRUCTURE … the basics …
roads, bridges, electricity … and at this point
in time the sitiuation could not be more dire:


Develop Infrastructure to Develop Africa

As Africa struggles to get rid of her stinking problems such as unemployment and poverty, there is need to rethink of infrastructure. Infrastructure – roads, railway, electricity, waterways and air among others directly correlate with development. Their development and maintenance is key to rapid economic growth and poverty reduction. Production costs, employment creation, access to markets and investment depend on the quality of infrastructure. A poor transport system acts as a “non-tariff barrier.”

Development theorists have in many cases labeled Africa as the “periphery” while developed countries have been regarded to as the “core or center.” What really makes Africa lag in terms of development? Why are most famines and poverty witnessed in Africa yet agriculture is viewed as the backbone of the economy? Do we still see hope for Africa? Some commentators and in particular development analysts in Africa and elsewhere blame the continents troubles to a myriad of problems; with some faulting the Western countries for under developing Africa. Intra African problems are also to blame for the continents poor state of development.

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Many African countries also face huge transport costs in accessing the global market. For instance, transport and insurance payments as a percentage of the value of exports is 55.5% in Malawi, 51.8% in Chad, 48.4% in Rwanda, 35.6% in Mali and 35.5% in Uganda. These costs significantly affect the county’s value of income from exports. Poor infrastructure makes the costs of transporting goods in Africa among the highest in the world. This makes African goods less competitive. World Bank studies show that a 10% drop in transport costs could result in a 25% increase in total African trade. Only about 25% of the decline in Africa’s share of world exports can be attributed to poor prices, the rest is due to non-price factors such as infrastructure.

PLEASE READ HERE~~~>http://www.africanexecutive.com/modules/magazine/articles.php?article=173

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Transportation and its Concerns in Africa: A Review

Abstract: Urban transportation is not up to the demand of African population. The British colonial impact still persists in African countries and hence there is lack of accessibility of transport to all population and areas. Quality of vehicles is too low and less road safety. This study analyses the constraints of transportation in African cities. Specific land use strategies are to be implemented based on the typical geographical conditions of Africa. As a developing continent, Africa needs to address a lot of concerns with respect to urban transportation and to be at par with other developing nations in the world.
 
 
INTRODUCTION

Ample facilities like road infrastructure, appropriate vehicles for the right place and right time is a crucial factor in determining the quality of transport system. For a developing continent like Africa this has always been a great challenge and continues to be so. Owing to the civil wars, lack of proper investment in the transport infrastructure, low quality the transport system, unhealthy transport solutions, improper planning and increasing number of private cars etc., still remains a problem.

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CONCLUSION

Transport systems affects in a great deal the life and development of people and region. This affects their relationships between the countries within and abroad. Compared to other developed countries African countries have a worse urban transport development. Road transport is accompanied with traffic congestion, air pollution, high level of accident rate, waste of time, inaccessibility to vehicles by the poor, poor vehicle condition, high maintenance, travel and repair cost, etc.

Unless, there is an appropriate and united effort to resolve the present condition and promote the urban transport development Africa will continue the pathetic situation as a developing country. The key objective for such a strategy should be to provide high quality and reliable means of transportation accessible to all people by improving the urban transport facilities.

PLEASE READ ~~~>http://www.medwelljournals.com/fulltext/?doi=sscience.2011.51.63

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« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2013, 01:26:55 PM »
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Healthcare? A disaster.
Social services? Primitive at best.
Education? Yai-yai-yai.
Energy/electricity? Non-existent in most areas.
Housing? What can one say?
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I don't know … it seems to me that the place to
start is INFRASTRUCTURE … the basics …
roads, bridges, electricity … and at this point
in time the sitiuation could not be more dire:
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For a minute, I thought [in the above] we were speaking about America . . .  same problems . . . what a glaring coincidence!? . . . lol

Although your "altruistic concern" is "touching", perhaps more of your energy would be better served focusing on saving this sinking ship here . . .  as well as in Greece and most of Europe, where unemployment, homelessness, drug addiction, suicide, starvation, divorce and children begging on the streets etc., is becoming an all too common occurrence.

Nonetheless, since I actually travel to Africa, instead of allowing the CIA-/World Bank propaganda spin to dictate my perceptions, I can assure you that Africans are hardly sitting around waiting on the neocolonial exploiters to render them "aid".

In fact, their wonderful open markets are bustling, as they manage to maneuver around the tightly controlled US, British, Belgium, France  et al trade barriers that prevent them from controlling and profiting from their own natural resources.

Unlike in the West, many African nations have not been so dumbed-down where they no longer rely upon their creative metallurgic, wood working, fabric making, carving and weaving skills. It is a joy to travel and bargain for the best prices, as opposed to the fixed inflated prices of the China made goods flooding the markets and disenfranchising our children here in America.

Most West African markets are still dominated by women. Little girls are taught entrepreneurial skills starting at the age of 5 years old. Unlike in America, children are free to set-up little table stands and sale their wares. They learn the art of marketing and business at an early age. This is why too, African children excel at math over Western children.

The entire goal of the World Bank and the European Imperial elites is to prevent Africa from developing and becoming a powerful economic, military and political force, which would threaten its hegemony and currency around the world. This is very basic NWO 101 . 

However, China, in its cultural shrewdness and superior business acumen, has come in to both fill the economic void and to secure its resource future in Africa.   Many African leaders are jumping at the chance to work with their once ancient trading partners, to also secure their countries future.  This is why the U.S./ AFRICOM is there inciting all of the recent wars, bio-weapons and genocide from Libya, Somalia, Uganda, to CAR to Uganda and beyond. That is all that the West has ever offered Africa.  The final scramble for Africa's prime resources has begun. Many African nations will side with China. . . . as they should. 

Meanwhile, America's infrastructure, resources and prime real estate is being bought for pennies on the dollar by the Chinese. You are owned by the Chinese. You are living in a state of tyrannical economic and political siege with more to come. What's worst . . . you are paying for it.   Thus, instead of "worrying" about what you can do for Africans, who need neither your concern nor your "help," it is best to start worrying about if your own children and grandchildren will be sleeping and prostituting on the streets in the nation "your ancestor's built." . . .

Time for the B.S. to stop. . . . The paradigm has already shifted. Those who are wise, will raise their children to build bridges instead of barriers. They will pay the price for being on the wrong side of history if they choose the latter.

Back to lurking . . .
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The Africa They Never Show You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=826tpNNrCF0

China Helps Build Kenyan Super-Highway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxmPnNQFOeg

The Plan To Build A Five Thousand Mile Band Of Trees Across The Africa Begins In Senegal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI_nRHg-0l4

China Helps Boost Ethiopia's Education Sector
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAF9PYzpE70

Chinese-Built Angolan City
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8HyDGCNxpo

Africa Construction News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fID6M9ySmxY

Dambisa Moyo:  Why Aid To Africa Has Been A Disaster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyf2Cf5GkTY


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« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2013, 03:23:19 PM »


oyashango: Your posts are indeed positive and hopeful …
                 maybe I am being way too negative, dwelling
                 on the horror stories we hear daily coming out
                 of the often rural areas. 

                quote:
                The Africa They Never Show You
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=826tpNNrCF0

                …. very beautiful cities! I was just reading up
               on one of the more succesful of the cities,
               Addis Adaba, Ethiopia.
               The following article seems quite positive
               about the great strides made in the past
               decade … it also states that, "It is ruled by
               the (Maoist) People's Revolutionary Democratic
               Front …"  Is this China's Communist influence
               we are seeing?

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Addis Ababa is the showcase for Ethiopia's economic great leap forward

Middle-class aspirations blossom among the new high-rises, though poverty is far from conquered

Florence Beaugé
Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 18 June 2013

The capital of Ethiopia seems to be one vast building site. As the high-rise blocks, broad avenues and roundabout take shape, a new Addis Ababa is springing up. The priority for the regime is to build at all costs, the work being supervised by impassive Chinese foremen.

Ethiopia (population 85 million) is the second largest country in Africa and busily modernising. It is ruled by the (Maoist) People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, which is set on turning the country into the tiger of Africa, after the Vietnamese model.

Once synonymous with acute poverty and famine, Ethiopia has over the past decade enjoyed one of the highest growth rates in Africa – between 8% and 10%. Although a third of the population still live in poverty – on less than $0.60 a day – an urban middle class is appearing. Its members cannot compete with western countries, as earnings and careers are still very uneven. But they share a fierce determination to improve their lot.

Mekonnen Tilahun, 32, is an accountant. He is ambitious, switching jobs every two years. In eight years his wages have increased fivefold. To save money, he still lives with his mother. Were it not for inflation – 33% in 2011, 20% in 2012 – Tilahun would count himself very lucky. One day, if he puts enough money aside, he may marry. With "no more than two children", he promises. Meanwhile, he works hard. His only luxury is the sports centre where he goes three nights a week. His younger sister wants to emigrate to the US, but not him. "Everything remains to be done here," he says.

Hanna, one of his workmates, came home last year for the same reason after finishing university in France. "I realised that in Europe I would never matter as much as I do here," she says simply. The chauvinism of her male compatriots, the ingrained conservatism of society and the weight of religion irritate her, but she nevertheless thinks the country is "starting to open up to the outside world".

Lily and Mimi Kassahoun hesitated a long time before deciding to head home. The two sisters finally returned to Addis Ababa at the end of 2011. It was a wrench because after 20 years in Canada it felt like home. "Our parents kept saying: 'Why won't you come back to Ethiopia? Business is booming here'," they explain.

Three months ago Lily opened a restaurant in the Bole neighbourhood, appropriately named "Oh Canada". The place is already packed . "I paid attention to three things generally lacking in Ethiopia: clean toilets, quality service and atmosphere!" she says brightly. The bureaucracy, unreliable contractors, the need to train staff, the irregular supply of ingredients and the constantly rising prices bother her, though. "I thought it would take six months to open. It took three times that much. You have to learn to be patient here, but I've no regrets," she adds.

Sales of beer are another unusual indication of Ethiopian gentrification. Bernard Coulais heads the local branch of BGI Castel, which sells wine and beer all over Africa. "I aim to bring beer to everywhere in Ethiopia," he brags. In Angola, which is heavily urbanised, average per capita consumption now stands at 50 litres a year. In predominantly rural Ethiopia it is only four. "But things are changing so fast. Our sales are progressing at the same pace as the road network and electrification. It's a revolution. We can barely keep up with demand," he adds.

For the time being there is more evidence of extreme poverty in Addis Adaba (population 4 million) than upwardly mobile prosperity. The churches in this predominantly Orthodox Christian country are surrounded by maimed beggars, street children and mothers, their hand outstretched, an undernourished child in their arms.

Whenever he passes a church – roughly every 300 metres – Samuel crosses himself. A young taxi driver, he belongs to Ethiopia's lower middle class. He lives in one of the countless shacks with corrugated-iron roofs which are spreading all over the city, home to two or three generations of a family. The father of a 14-year-old, Samuel owns his car. An 80-strong network of relations and friends helped him buy it. Every month he repays about $8. But his prime concern is paying his daughter's private schooling, convinced as he is that "state school is for the poor".

Regardless of Samuel's misgivings, Ethiopia has achieved almost 100% school enrolment, largely thanks to former prime minister Meles Zenawi, who ousted the dictatorship in 1991 and ruled the country with an iron hand until his death in August 2012. At midday and in the evening children in uniform stream out of state schools under the watchful eye of the former leader, whose portrait still adorns all the capital's main thoroughfares.

Come back in five years' time and the place will have lost its rural air, with donkeys, cows and goats wandering among the pedestrians and traffic. It will be a modern city, with broad tarmacked avenues and ultramodern blocks and shopping malls.

LINK from the GUARDIAN~~>http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/18/ethiopia-addis-ababa-middle-class

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THE ODDITIES OF ‘REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRACY’
MAY 10, 2013
Nolawi Melakedingel, Special to Addis Standard

Why Ethiopia’s ruling party needs to redefine its leading ideology if it wants its dream of building a developmental state to succeed

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The developmental state model is, and must be, here to stay. The worry would better be about how a confused political mindset may render it ineffective.

What has worked so far – aside the hit-or-miss and incoherent interpretations of an ideology rooted in Maoist communism – will certainly not go a long way in responding to the basic political demands. Sooner or later EPRDF will have to choose to embrace a developmental model with practical democratic approaches     (similar to, say,  Japan, Korea and Thailand) and learn that for a developmental state to work and take credit for, authoritarianism, let alone a confused brew of communist schools, is not a precondition. The other choice would be continuing to gamble with ‘revolutionary democracy’ whose democratic credentials are too thin to recognize and its revolutionary zeal constrained in a world that is fast becoming difficult to govern.

It is equally important to distinguish that the stakes in the developmental state experiment hinges on its ability to deliver on the pledges of better life, more opportunities and economic freedom. ‘Revolutionary democracy’, its very nature combined with its fondness for making enemies at home, may stifle the coming into fruition of a good part of these pledges.

Article from ADDIS STANDARD~>http://addisstandard.com/the-oddities-of-revolutionary-democracy/


               
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The following article seems quite positive
               about the great strides made in the past
               decade … it also states that, "It is ruled by
               the (Maoist) People's Revolutionary Democratic
               Front …"  Is this China's Communist influence
               we are seeing?

In general, African's do not subscribe to western ideological concepts; as much as they do practical results that benefit the African people. Western imperialism has already shown its brutal indifference towards Africa and African lives. Africans embracing China's economic support proffers them much more than the "democratic" rhetoric of western imperialism, which offers ticking-time-bomb "aid" with genocidal strings attached.

In other words, Africa's embracing their ancient trading partners (China), is no different than many Americans who display America's dirty laundry and growing tyranny on Russian TV, because they have finally realized that they are not "free" in their own democratic republic. Are they too embracing Stalin-Lenin Socialism because they do so?  . . . .