February 19th, 2011
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(CNN) - How infectious is this wind of change sweeping through North Africa? Will it blow south? Or continue to move east across the Middle East?

These are questions that are being debated in Africa.

The East African, a Kenyan-based newspaper, recently had an article entitled, "The Revolution in Black Africa won't be played out in the streets."

The Mail and Guardian’s Zimbabwean proprietor Trevor Ncube just published a hard-hitting analysis entitled, “We are our own liberators." In it he urges the "Zimbabwean masses to do what they have got to do; the cost of doing nothing is too high."

Both articles, and countless others written in the past month, reflect a deep sense of soul-searching by Africans. Hard questions are being asked if Africans can emulate what has been achieved on the northern edges of the continent.

On face value, conditions are ripe for some Africans to "do what they have got to do."

Sub-Saharan Africa, like the Middle East, has its fair share of autocrats and repressive governments. Also, in varying degrees, there is the same heady concoction of youth unemployment, corruption and heavy-handed government suppression.

Crucially, even the poorest Africans are networked into the global dialogue. Mobile phone growth is staggering. More people are connected than ever before. Text messages are a particularly powerful form of communication here.

But will this heady mixture be enough to stoke revolution in Zimbabwe or Nigeria or Uganda?

The general consensus is no.

Africans themselves say many communities are too divided to coalesce around one issue. Cultural, tribal and ethnic differences limit the possiblities for a sustained, organized protest with a unified goal, say many here.

More importantly, the security apparatus in places like Zimbabwe are ruthless and totally dedicated to preserving the status quo. The army, for example, acts as a wing of Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party rather than a non-biased state actor.

There are many other suggestions as to why protests won’t rock Sub-Saharan Africa in the way they have rolled across North Africa. What do you think they are? Or do you think the conditions are right in some countries?

However, we all know it’s difficult to predict revolution and what the ‘tipping point’ might be for a population.

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  1. thomas okosun

    Of course whats happening in North Africa could spread to Sub Saharan Africa.A change in Africa is eminent and it would take more than strong will for Dictators to hold on to status quo.

    February 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  2. chrisozman

    I think you'll find some interesting things happening in Ethiopia soon, especially in Addis.

    Prime Minister Meles has taken an all too familiar route, the Liberator (against Mengistu and the infamous Socialist "Derg") has become the Oppressor, drunk with power. He is universally hated in Ethiopia and his U.S. protected (so far) "democracy" is a sham. The usual imprisoning Opposition members and violently suppressing protest worked practically up till now, but has emotionally caused a seething hatred of him and his government amongst the average citizenry. The U.S was caught out with Mubarak, then the Bahraini royal family, others will follow. Obama will now want to distance himself from anti-democratic hypocrites like Meles, who were seen by the U.S. as the devil you know rather than true friends anyway.

    Goodbye Meles, hello a free Ethiopia!

    February 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  3. Tunners

    No. Africans have a long legacy of "taking it" from other Africans (rising up against their European oppressors was different). They appear to have few qualms about murdering their own kind en masse.

    February 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  4. Tony

    I think:

    1. Most people don't care about Africa which you may come to see by the lack of comments.
    2. I don't think much of African culture reinforces a deep desire to improve, so I don't think you will see the same things across larger section of black Africa.

    February 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  5. scndnva

    It would be nice. Maybe someday they'll even reach Wall Street.

    February 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  6. Phil

    Where there is poverty and unemployment to the degree there is in South Africa,here comes the perfect storm. Something very interesting to think about. Zimbabwe was the bread basket of Southern Africa years ago, then the ownership was taken over by the locals,who where the ones farming the exact same land and over night it became unproductive to the point we now have to send food aid over. The climate has not changed. The soil has not changed. The farms were GIVEN to the new owners(read little or no overhead). The farms are no longer getting worked. Seems like a simple answer.

    February 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  7. Babatunde

    Yes,It is not easy,becos of the ethical divide on the continenent,and our oppessor know this so that is why they can continue to do everything with impunity.I am a Nigerian living in Lagos so I can tell you the experince first hand,I have seen graduate of engineering getting less than $75 in month and you wll be requiredto work at least 9hrs in a day.so the situation is so bad that sometimes,I wish I were not born at all.The irony of the situation is that there is no hope in sight

    February 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  8. Angolain Man

    We hope so!..

    February 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  9. ArbuthnotLG

    Mugabe has chinese soldiers who now prop up his regime. He has also just came into the world's largest deposit of alluvial diamonds and, he is quite adept at playing the race card. Official records say 50% of Zimbabwean women have HIV. Zimbabwe people are probably too tired, sick and spent to put up any resistance. Thankfully, Mugabe is 84 so the Good Lord will soon take care of this African problem. As for Nigeria, its hopelessly and hideously corrupt media will "kill the story" so nothing will be known to be happening, even if something is happening. That is all they do. The place is not so much a country as a criminal conspiracy.

    February 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  10. New York

    Actually Sub-Saharan African countries are the vanguards of revolutions on the continent. That is an indisputable fact. It’s the Arab/Muslim north African Countries that are slow to political and socio economic change. The chains are tighter in the North because of a very powerful religious influence and their cohesive partnership with corrupt governments; Arabs have been slaves to religion and dictators for over 1500 years longer than any other group or race of people. For example Sothern Sudan fought for their freedom from an oppressive northern Sudanese/Arab government at the cost of over 2 million lives! So to say that they should follow the North on its revolutionary trend is nothing less than ridiculous.

    February 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  11. Ask

    Forget about all those reasons you think couldn't help. The single biggest reason why we won't see that in sub sahara Africa is: fear. Arabs are fearless. They don't care about pain. Look at that guy (peace be unto him) in tunisia who torched himself, you can't see that and you won't see it down here...Arabs are fearless and when you don't care you can do big things...really big things

    February 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  12. starrydreams

    Agreed. In the Middle East/North Africa, there's really only one ethnolinguistic group per country: the Arabs. People are on the same page in terms of culture and language. The exact opposite is true in sub-Saharan Africa, where you have dozens if not hundreds of different languages spoken, and only the upper class is united by a colonial language.

    February 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  13. akteddy

    Sub-saharan Africa is a very complex mixture of clans, sub-clans, oppossing cultural values and thousands of different languages. Lets take the case study: Cameroon.
    The President of Cameroon , Mr. Paul Biya has been president since 1982. The country has crumbled in every sense of the word. Although there is no war, people are generally fed up with Byas rule. Yet there is hardly any chance of organising an opposition group with the goal of pushing out the dictator. Why?...well Mr. Biya belongs to one of the countries biggest cultural/traditional/ethnik groups, the betti. His rule is good for them while the rst perish. Apart from the betti people, there are about 300 different ethnic groups with different languages, somewhat different cultures. For there to be a revolution in Cameroon, a majority of the coutry has to gather behind one agenda....well that means many of these ethnic groups will have to work together against others like the Betti who profit from Biyas rule. The tow government languages , english and french do not make things any easier. Now not only are 300 ethnik groups opposing each other, now english speakers are opposing french speakers, and have even been want to split from the country for many years now. Ironically, only a tiny fraction of the population masters english or french. I n other words, before the opposition in Cameroon comes together, they need to first of all find a uniting language to communicate, one that can be understood by all. This is where north africa has an advantage...a majority of the populations master their languages...be it arabic or whatever. Language is the key to separation, or to unity. Sub saharan africa including cameroon still has to solve that problem.Even European countries would be pretty instable if they did not have single languages that unite them as a country. Germans have german, french have french, spain has spanish, UK and USA have english....North Africa has arabic, Sub saharan africa...has....well many, many , many dialects!

    February 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  14. David Scheinman

    African big men have nothing to worry about from their own beleaguered citizens. Mugabe has destroyed Zimbabwe yet he remains in power. The Apartheid government fell in South Africa due to severe economic pressure applied from outside. The internal rebellion was haphazard and accomplished little. Why?

    1. Tremendous mistrust amongst tribes and clans. The belief in witchcraft is pervasive and people generally don't trust each other. Without some degree of trust in our fellows, rebellions go nowhere. This mistrust means movements are easily infiltrated, co-opted, and crushed.

    2. From the day they are born, kids are taught not to question authority. They are also taught not to reveal how they really feel about an issue until they know the expected answer.

    I lived in Tanzania for 24 years and wondered how the beaten down Tanzanians tolerated socialism. They did it through
    stoicism, perseverance, religion, fear, and Vumilia (accepting difficult conditions). Tanzania dropped socialism when they asked the IMF for $500 million in 1985 when their economy was in total collapse. There was no soap, fuel, or medicine. The IMF said drop your economically crippling system. They dropped it like a hot potato, got the IMF cash, and life has been improving ever since.

    No Tahirir Squares in sub Saharan Africa.

    February 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  15. Elliott Elitzik

    Can we raise the bar CNN? I can't even count the number of generalizations in this article. "Both articles, and countless others written in the past month, reflect a deep sense of soul-searching by Africans." I'm offended as you try to speak for all Africans, as if they are some kind of species. Believe me: they've been "soul-searching" for a long time.

    February 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  16. Bobo watuutu

    I feel the Wind Of Change will go to UK and Meet the Queen then to Ashanti the it is in order

    February 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  17. Phiona

    I think Ugandans should stop being coward and stand up to get ride of the so called president.

    February 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  18. hussein

    its gonna be difficult in africa.too much language diversity and people who simply don,t want to see the big picture.

    February 20, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  19. Phil

    What does this photo have anything to do with the article?

    February 20, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  20. Erika

    This is ridiculous. Have we forgotten the student revolution in Ethiopia that overthrew the 60 year tyranny of Haileslasie four decades ago. In other words, if Sub Saharan Africa doesn't protest it is not for lack of cohesion or political activism as this article implies. It is because of the unparalleled brutality of the regimes in power. Meles killed more than 150 people in one day in 2005 when people protested the stolen election.

    February 20, 2011 at 4:08 am |
  21. TheOldOne

    Global scale change in (SubSaharan) Africa practically never originated there; colonial powers brought most of the development and wars between them often spilled into Africa. Inter-tribal warfare is part of the culture yes but the kind of change seen in the Arab world us just not part of southern African culture. This time round it might happen due to global influences however.. let's hope.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  22. chrisozman

    "Erika" above attempts a breathtaking re-write of history by inventing the so-called "tyranny" of Emperor Haile Selassie. No mention of the murderous Mengistu who followed the (according to Erika) Lovefest student revolution. Apart from killing the Emperor himself this Socialist Dictator is still alive today as a guest of Zimbabwe's PM Robert Mugabe. To quote Wikipedia: "In May 1977 the Swedish general secretary of the Save the Children Fund stated that "1,000 children have been killed, and their bodies are left in the streets and are being eaten by wild hyenas . . . You can see the heaped-up bodies of murdered children, most of them aged eleven to thirteen, lying in the gutter, as you drive out of Addis Ababa." Mengistu Haile Mariam is alleged to be responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Ethiopians between 1975–1978."

    While Meles has proven to be no better, take your lying radical Socialism elsewhere Erika.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  23. Tom

    I read the comment about Cameroon. I live there myself since 15 years. Most of it is correct. Another problem is de history of Cameroon. They fought long and hard before the independence. There where two tribes that fought together against the French. It was the Bassa and the Bamileke tribes. The first problem is that the Bamileke have so many differend languages within their own tribe. Second there was a lot of mistrust created between them through traitors from both tribes. Both tribes had lots of people killed. You can say the French created a genocide in Cameroon. At the end it was another tribe who brought in the first President and he continued the rule of the French against the same people who fought for the independence. After all this horror I personaly think that the people of Cameroon had there share of fighting and suffering, so they now what they have and they know what they can lose so they are not very motivated to fight again. Another important thing about Cameroon is that there is injustice, poverty, lack of health-care but there is no hunger. Cameroon is very lucky that there is an overload of food. This also helps the government to stay in power.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  24. Lloyd

    Possibly one of the laziest articles ever written – such articles are an exercise in ignorance and ignorant discourse.

    What ever happened to the editorial process?

    February 20, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  25. JPRS

    Many parts of sub-Saharan Africa are decades ahead of the Arab countries. For example, Ghana has had five free and fair election cycles now since 1992. The largest African country, Nigeria, has its problems but is still at least a decade ahead of any Arab country in terms of democratic process and rule of law, as is the case for South Africa. From Botswana to Liberia to Mozambique to Senegal, democracy is taking root. The writer needs to stop reading so much sensational journalism and learn a bit about Africa.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  26. Okanlawon

    The wind of change will surey blow across and all over Africa. The problem maybe how soon will this happen. It will be soon as the nature of evil is self-destruct. That is why the evil leaderships will feed their ego balloon to the point of explosion. All over Africa, that is all that is going on in different forms. Our leaders are banking on these various ideas that make change appear impossible to perpetuate their wrong-doings, while unwittingly feeding the explosion. If it comes too soon, it could be dangerously exposive. But if fed to maturity, and surely that's what will happen, it will expode naturally, target only the wrong-doers and blow them to political extinction. Our societies will be free someday and true democracy will be installed to tackle all the problems and poverty of Africa.

    February 20, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  27. Meloky

    The World has forgotten that "the population organized riot" has started in 2009 from the island of Madagascar! and hit some african countries before slamming the Northern Africa to the arabic world!
    Hope the world have to listen the voice of the people who usually left unheard!
    This wind will unveil the double game the western countries have played since!

    February 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  28. Kevin Matuseski

    Social change anywhere in the world is a complicated, difficult and slow process. It always seems to me though, that the media is covering the negative aspects of Africa. Perhaps, when the rest of the world can view the different African countries in a more positive light, change will stem from that. Despite social inequities and the after effects of apartheid, I have never seen a country more beautiful than South Africa. On top of that, the people I met were some of the most kind-hearted, generous and passionate people. It is important to be critical of injustice, but I do believe focusing on the positive can alleviate some of the negative. Despite, the media portrayal of Africa, I believe western culture has a lot to learn from traditional African values.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  29. KINGS

    The best for the sub-saharans is to split, mostly NIGERIA. everybody should belong to the palce and people thats speaks the same language with you, this will make them have a common goal and trust in every of their pursuit.
    when a fellow tribal man betrays another, it's seen as a brother's betrayal, while a betrayal from another another language speaker or tribe is seen as an enemy's betrayal, and it hurts more. this is the bitter truth.
    and the rulers of the world know this truth, and they will never allow people who cannot co-exist with the other bcos of cultural,ethnic,language and religious differences to go seperate for peace sake, like in the case of (NIGERIA) bcos they benefit from those everlasting conflits and blood shedding.
    It's left for the black african to take their destiinies in their hands.
    MY PEOPLE WE CAN DO IT, WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  30. ScorchEarth

    Cote D’Ivoire: The French Freemasons and Neo-Colonial Wars
    Ivory Coast: Freemasons Key to Imperialist Control

    by Gary K. Bush

    le 5 janvier 2011

    French Freemasons and their African lodge leaders play a key role in the current impasse in the Ivory Coast.

    Virtually all the African leaders ranged against Laurent Gbagbo and supporting the elite cadre of French business and political leaders are Freemasons affiliated to the same lodges as the elite French business and political group. It is impossible to understand how Françafrique works without reference to the Masons.

    French Masons represent the elite of French business and politics, Most of them were educated together at the same two elite schools and most pursue a career in the French government or French business. These schools are École Nationale d’Administration, the École Polytechnique and École Polytechnique.

    Freemason lodges maintain a formidable, covert influence within the French judicial and police structures. All three Freemason lodges in France were caught influence peddling and false invoicing on state contracts. Freemasons in the judiciary hamper any investigations and muzzle the press.

    As in France, Freemasonry is ubiquitous at the very top in many African states. For eg. Denis Sassou Nguesso, the Congolese president, is Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Congo – Brazzaville linked to the National Grand Lodge of France; President Mamadou Tanja of Niger; Chad’s Idriss Deby and François Bozizé of the Central African Republic are among at least twelve African presidents linked to the Masons. In November 2009 Ali Bongo, the new Gabonese President was ordained as the grand master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon (GLB) and the Grand Equatorial Rite, the two predominant Freemason orders in Gabon.[ii]

    The Masons have always provided the leaders and the staff of French colonialism. François Xavier-Verschave described the secret control system of its leaders as “the secret criminality in the upper echelons of French politics and economy, where a kind of underground Republic is hidden from view.”

    By tradition in France, foreign affairs are the French president’s private domain. The foreign affairs minister only applies his policies. France is the only Western country where foreign policy is not a debating topic in the national legislative bodies. The sovereignty of the French people does not count for anything even if it has elected the president directly. The Parliament has no checking powers and is quietly relegated to domestic matters.

    The war of the French against the Ivory Coast was a war by Jacques Chirac against the Ivory Coast. It was his fit of pique which ordered the French ‘peacekeepers’ to attack and destroy the Ivory Coast air force. It was his order to send over a hundred tanks to surround the Hotel d’Ivoire and President Gbagbo’s house. It was his decision to allow his soldiers to open fire on a crowd of singing youths, totally unarmed and non-threatening, seeking only to stop the French from making a coup or killing President Gbagbo.

    French agents have had no compunctions about ousting African Presidents or defending others against coups. Their role in attempting to overthrow Gbagbo is well documented. A recording of several meetings was copied from a French laptop which was captured which shows, inter alia, how the French behaved.

    The French method of making a coup was well-documented in an intelligence report on a meeting in Burkina Faso. The parallels with Madagascar are clear. They decided to promote a coup in Abidjan on 22-33 March 2006.

    Alassane Outtara [now backed by the West to replace Gbagbo] opened the meeting and introduced Pouchet. He spoke and said that he had come directly from Chirac with the message that “ADO (Ouattara) your son and brother will be President of the Republic of Côte d`Ivoire before the elections of 2005.” Chirac has promised “There will be no disarmament in Côte d`Ivoire without our agreement. It is necessary that the agreements of ACCRA III are voted on before they can insist on disarmament.

    All France and JACQUES CHIRAC support ADO to lead him to taking power in five months; i.e. in March. We have recruited mercenaries who are currently in training in Mali and in Burkina Faso. In March we will lead ADO to power with the assistance of the mercenaries who are in training with Burkinabé officers and Malians. Our objective it is to put ADO in power”. “I shall come again in December, with President Compaore, and will introduce you to the mercenaries. Ouattara will return in March to take power.”

    The next speaker was Blaise Compaore, the President of Burkina Faso, who thanked Pouchet and Chirac. He criticized the Ivory Coast government for ignoring the rights of Ouattara and said “It is my name which spoiled in this business. In Burkina my officers are doing remarkable work with the mercenaries to make them ready. I support you. We are moving to put things in place from there for you. Do not be afraid; we will win the battle in a little time. In five months all will be ready”.

    There were several attempts at making a coup against Gbagbo over the next five years. Most were anticipated and prevented. Others died for lack of interest. In almost all these cases the active participants were envoys from France, combined with elements of the French (UN) peacekeepers and local African Presidents linked by their Masonic ties to the French business and political elites… The implementing parties and logistic suppliers were French agents working in the man French multinationals in Abidjan.

    This is normal French neo-colonial behavior. It has always been done in the name of France but without any democratic debate. It advances French business interests and rewards the Presidency. This impasse in the Ivory Coast is just another French plot by the same people and using the same collaborators. However, this time the French have managed to hook in the ‘international community’ to support them.

    In summary, the colonial pact maintained the French control over the economies of the African states; it took possession of their foreign currency reserves; it controlled the strategic raw materials of the country; it stationed troops in the country with the right of free passage; it demanded that all military equipment be acquired from France; it took over the training of the police and army; it required that French businesses be allowed to maintain monopoly enterprises in key areas (water, electricity, ports, transport, energy, etc.). France not only set limits on the imports of a range of items from outside the franc zone but also set minimum quantities of imports from France. These treaties are still in force and operational.

    It is probably very little surprise to other Africans that the attempts by Gbagbo to break free of these chains irritated the French. The African Presidents were kept in power by French armies. The economies were kept under the control of French businesses licensed to have monopolies. Other nations were kept out. The African presidents, in exchange, gave 85% of their national wealth to the French Treasury to hold for them and paid a regular ransom to French politicians for keeping them in office.

    Pact Colonial

    Not really having planned for it, in 1960 de Gaulle had to improvise structures for a collection of small newly independent states, each with a flag, an anthem, and a seat at the UN, but often with precious little else. It was here that Foccart came to play an essential role, that of architect of the series of Cooperation accords with each new state in the sectors of finance and economy, culture and education, and the military. There were initially eleven countries involved: Mauritania, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Dahomey (now Benin), Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Niger, Chad, Gabon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, and Madagascar. Togo and Cameroon, former UN Trust Territories, were also co-opted into the club. So, too, later on, were Mall and the former Belgian territories (Ruanda-Urundi, now Rwanda and Burundi, and Congo-Kinshasa), some of the ex-Portuguese territories, and Comoros and Djibouti, which had also been under French rule for many years but became independent in the 1970s. The whole ensemble was put under a new Ministry of Cooperation, created in 1961, separate from the Ministry of Overseas Departments and Territories (known as the DOM-TOM) that had previously run them all.

    The key to all this was the agreement signed between France and its newly-liberated African colonies which locked these colonies into the economic and military embrace of France. This Colonial Pact not only created the institution of the CFA franc, it created a legal mechanism under which France obtained a special place in the political and economic life of its colonies.

    The Pacte Coloniale Agreement enshrined a special preference for France in the political, commercial and defence processes in the African countries. On defence it agreed two types of continuing contact. The first was the open agreement on military co-operation or Technical Military Aid (AMT) agreements, which weren’t legally binding, and could be suspended according to the circumstances. They covered education, training of servicemen and African security forces. The second type, secret and binding, were defence agreements supervised and implemented by the French Ministry of Defence, which served as a legal basis for French interventions. These agreements allowed France to have predeployed troops in Africa; in other words, French army units present permanently and by rotation in bases and military facilities in Africa; run entirely by the French.

    According to Annex II of the Defence Agreement signed between the governments of the French Republic, the Republic of Ivory Coast, the Republic of Dahomey and the Republic of Niger on 24 April 1961, France has priority in the acquisition of those “raw materials classified as strategic. In fact, according to article 2 of the agreement, “the French Republic regularly informs the Republic of Ivory Coast (and the other two) of the policy that it intends to follow concerning strategic raw materials and products, taking into account the general needs of defence, the evolution of resources and the situation of the world market.

    According to article 3, “the Republic of Ivory Coast (and the other two) inform the French Republic of the policy they intend to follow concerning strategic raw materials and products and the measures that they propose to take to implement this policy.” And to conclude, article 5: “Concerning these same products, the Republic of Ivory Coast (and the two others) for defence needs, reserve them in priority for sale to the French Republic, after having satisfied the needs of internal consumption, and they will import what they need in priority from it.” The reciprocity between the signatories was not a bargain between equals, but reflected the actual dominance of the colonial power that had, in the case of these countries, organised “independence” a few months previously (in August 1960).

    In summary, the colonial pact maintained the French control over the economies of the African states; it took possession of their foreign currency reserves; it controlled the strategic raw materials of the country; it stationed troops in the country with the right of free passage; it demanded that all military equipment be acquired from France; it took over the training of the police and army; it required that French businesses be allowed to maintain monopoly enterprises in key areas (water, electricity, ports, transport, energy, etc.). France not only set limits on the imports of a range of items from outside the franc zone but also set minimum quantities of imports from France. These treaties are still in force and operational.

    It is probably very little surprise to other Africans that the attempts by Gbagbo to break free of these chains irritated the French, The African Presidents were kept in power by French armies. The economies were kept under the control of French businesses licensed to have monopolies. Other nations were kept out. The African presidents, in exchange, gave 85% of their national wealth to the French Treasury to hold for them and paid a regular ransom to French politicians for keeping them in office.

    What is the mystery to many on the African continent (if not among the lotus-eaters of the West) is why the United Nations and the international community would take sides with the Godfathers of France instead of the victims in Africa. This French political and Masonic system is certainly not the future for Africa and sending troops to kill innocent Africans in support of such brazen and deadly corruption is not everyone’s idea of a democratic process.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  31. white-hater

    ArbuthnotLG, you were asked to comment, not to condemn any country. I suppose you must be one of those foul-mouthed white supremacy white idiot who does not see anything good in the black race. Afterall, the mess that most african nations are today were perpetuated by the greedy, tricky white colonists who manipulated their ways into africa in search of gold, oil, ivory, diamond...etc. They set africans at logger-head at each other to achieve their aims. I suppose your country or whatever your origin is, is no better, so shut the crap!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  32. ScorchEarth

    United Nations Helicopters Used To Transport Weapons and Rebel Forces To Destabilize Côte d' Ivoire.
    Current News
    Feb 15 2011

    UN Helicopters used to transport weapons and Rebel Forces.
    February 14, 2011.

    The U.N. has again lied and betrayed their own mandate to be an impartial peace keeper in Côte d’ Ivoire. They are now bringing rebel fighters loyal to Ouattara into Abidjan in helicopters that have been provided by American tax payers money. They were caught in the act on Friday, January 28th 2011.
    Mr. Choi and the so-called U.N. peace keepers continue to support and organize the rebellion. Two rebels were arrested in Abidjan on Friday, January 28th 2011. Both men confessed openly that they had been transported from Bouake to Abidjan via helicopter. This is proof that the United Nations Operation in Côte d’ Ivoire has increased their attempts to destabilize Côte d’ Ivoire by openly sending men and supplying weapons to make war on the Ivorian people and oust President Gbagbo. This is a new strategy with the same old purpose. The U.N. is doing all they can to bring conflict to Côte d’ Ivoire without looking like they are directly involved. Their strategy is to force an open conflict so they can then ask the U.N. Security Council to send in more troops to protect the people that they themselves have attacked through the use of rebel mercenaries. But the veil has been lifted. They are now directly involved in the conflict.

    When will the people of America and the rest of the world wake up and see the truth about the U.N. and how they are used to start and support political coups in African nations. The world needs to know the truth. We can no longer allow these people to say they are protecting or keeping the peace while in the background they are arming rebels, mercenaries and militants for the purpose of bringing death to a nation.

    The U.N. has been transporting Alassane Ouattara’s militant fighters from the rebel controlled north central west areas to Abidjan. The Ivorian military has closed the main corridors leading to the south. It is now difficult for the U.N to transport the rebels by road. So now they have decided to fly them in. They have a rotation set up to bring rebels south. As one helicopter comes south , another goes back to Bouake. It has been proven that at least 24 rebels were transported from Bouake to Abidjan on Friday, January 28th, 2011.

    The United Nations used to fly the rebels into Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan then take them to the Hotel Sebroko (Main Headquarter of UNOCI) and then forward them to the Golf Hotel. But now the mission has changed. The U.N. helicopters now deliver rebel fighters to Abidjan by landing in the banana and pineapple plantations in the cities of Anyama and Agboville. All of these plantations have airstrips for small planes used to water the bananas and pineapples. Yin Young Choi and his so-called peace keepers have not yet given up their dirty work.

    http://www.cotedivoiretruth.com/?p=608

    February 21, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  33. Okello

    The Ethiopian mass murderer, Meles Zenawi, has been in power for the last 21 years. He has killed more Ethiopians than any dictator in that country's long history. people are ready to take him down, but he is armed to teeth by western governments.The arms are given to him to mostly kill Somalians, but he often uses them against Ethiopians as well. In 2005 massacre of Addis Ababa, humvees were being driven into alleys to hunt and kill kids as young as 7 year old. I am sure they will kill thousands of Ethiopians, but we get killed by this butcher anyway. We are going to rise up.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:01 am |
  34. African Revolutionarist

    This is a classic example of animal farm! The pigs take over and Suddently, "some people are more equal then others"! Absolute power corrupts absolutely! and history is bound to repeat itself!

    February 22, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  35. John

    This was a miracle from God, where he blows will the bush fire destroy those that want to cling on power. Libya has many tribe but still the fire blew. Fire on dry bush can not be stopped. Fear of the heart is the straight of the mind, However few the a tribe may be, they may be the glory of the rest.

    The fire will flow to were its to burn not a country like South Africa which has had a president less than 2 years, we are talking of people of 20 and above.

    Let the spirit and the fire keep on blowing.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm |

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