Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arab racial supremacists show influence by White American racial supremacists in describing the African

(via~Mazen Alaa Eldain, 2014-08-28)
The man holding the newspaper is NUBIAN, he and his friend are showing disgust with the today's issue of the daily Egyptian paper "ELYOUM ELSABAA"  describing anonymous criminals originating from South Sudan as "NIGGERS", a word originating in the USA specifically to dehumanize all African people as sub-human.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

USA IT Corporations set to incorporate Africa into World Wide Web

"Facebook offers Zambia free Internet access"
2014-08-16 by Wendy Lee for "San Francisco Chronicle" []:
In the African nation of Zambia, few can afford an Internet connection. Watching a few mobile videos on YouTube requires a data plan that costs 51 cents - roughly half the daily earnings of many Zambians.
It may seem purely altruistic, then, that Facebook is working to provide free Internet access to the country. But the Menlo Park company stands to benefit greatly if it manages to connect the developing world to its social network.
Working through its coalition, which includes a number of tech firms including Samsung and Nokia, Facebook has launched a free app that provides limited Internet access to Zambians who have cell phones without data plans.

Bigger base -
Customers of cellular provider Airtel can download the app for access to 13 outlets, including Facebook and Wikipedia. They can find out about the weather, women's rights and job openings for several months before they will eventually need to decide whether they want to buy a data plan. The app doesn't directly show ads, but users can see ads through certain websites accessed through the app.
Facebook says that by increasing Internet usage, it will improve access to health care and boost the economy in developing nations.
"Growing the Internet is going to pay off for a lot of different companies and a lot of different people," said Guy Rosen, product management director for "We really think it's going to be beneficial for everyone."
For Facebook, expanding Internet access helps expand its user base. Facebook wants to remain the dominant social network in the world. But after saturating developed countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, the company is rushing to convert people in developing nations into Facebook users before competitors can target them. Anyone who signs up for Facebook in Zambia through the free app will count toward the company's more than 1.3 billion monthly active users worldwide.
"There's a lot of companies that are racing on how to bring those people onto the Internet," said Brian Blau, a Gartner research director.

Google balloons -
Count Google as one of them. The Mountain View search giant is testing technology that uses balloons that float 12 miles above the Earth's surface to offer the Internet to rural areas of the globe. Google says each balloon could connect hundreds of people to 3G speed Internet. Last year, Google released 30 such balloons in New Zealand, serving several dozen testers.
Google hasn't revealed how much it's spending on Project Loon. Facebook says there is no business plan for its project and declined to disclose the budget of its initiative or how many people in Zambia have downloaded the app. Currently, 33 percent of Airtel customers are using the Internet, either through a data plan or through the app.
Google's Project Loon floats balloons above the Earth's surface to offer the Internet to rural areas. (Photo: Jon Shenk, Associated Press)

Advertising experts say there is great demand for a digital way to reach consumers in developing countries.
Right now, advertisers in developing countries run billboards and print ads - forms of advertising that don't provide as much data as social media ads, which can target specific consumers based on their age and interests, said Leo Ryan, group head of digital consultancy for Social@Ogilvy, United Kingdom. If Facebook's app becomes the primary way people in Zambia access the Internet, it could dominate the nation's ad market, Ryan said.
"In some ways, that makes it more valuable than a mobile phone does in a developed market," he said.
Even though more than 85 percent of the world lives in areas with cellular coverage, only 30 percent are accessing the Internet, according to But Facebook spokesman Derick Mains said there are no plans to monetize the app.
"If we wanted to focus on just making money, the right strategy for us would be to focus solely on the developed countries and increasing the engagement of people already on Facebook," Mains said. "Facebook's mission to make the world more open and connected means the entire world - not just the richest, most developed countries."

Generating followers -
It could take a while before Facebook is able to generate the number of followers for advertisers to be interested in specific markets, like Zambia. Eight years ago, Myspace struggled to sell ads in areas like Malaysia and Vietnam, even though it had a large audience in those countries, said Jay Stevens of the Rubicon Project, which automates the buying and selling for ads online.
"The biggest barometer of how online spend (by advertisers) is going to go is how big the middle class is," said Stevens, who used to run the European operations for Myspace.
For example, the cost of a desktop ad viewed 1,000 times in the United States would be roughly double that of an ad in Southern Europe, Stevens said. The cost would continue to go down from there for emerging markets like Southeast Asia and Central Africa, he said.
Simply put, ads are cheaper in Zambia than in the U.S. because customers there don't have as much disposable income. But if Facebook is able to increase its base of users worldwide, it could become especially attractive to companies that operate on a global level, Stevens said. For example, if a global brand like Dove or Coca-Cola wanted to run a single campaign in many countries, Facebook could be its best avenue.
"The reality of it is, Facebook is making a play largely on their belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," Stevens said. "That puts them in a very, very unique position. They have the ability to command the lion's share of marketing spend."
Facebook has had experience whetting users' appetite for Internet. Last year, the social media company partnered with a cellular carrier, Globe, to give its customers free access to Facebook in the Philippines. In the first three months of the campaign, 3 million people who didn't pay for Internet before tried the service.
There is potential for huge growth in emerging countries. Even among the few people who do go online in such nations, social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are popular, according to a report by the Pew Research Center. About 1 in 4 cell phone users in those countries go to a social-networking site "regularly on their phone," the report said.
"Once people have the opportunity to use the Internet in those nations, they tend to incorporate it into their lives very quickly," said Richard Wike, the center's director of Global Attitudes Research.

Testing out apps -
Earlier this year, Facebook and Ericsson announced a lab in Menlo Park where they will test out apps for developing countries. Rosen says the initiative is a "really, really long-term project." He recently swapped his iPhone 5s for a much simpler device - a Moto E phone - and tried to maneuver his way online.
"We're all trying to really understand using the Internet outside of California," Rosen said.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

USA charter corporations using AFRICOM to protect future market investments

"Obama Pushes Africa Investment as US Corporations 'Drool' over Resources; Critics warn Obama's multibillion dollar push to open Africa for U.S. business will further dispossess and impoverish people across the continent"
2014-08-06 by Sarah Lazare for "" []:
At a Washington, DC gathering of African state leaders and U.S. corporations, President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a multi-billion dollar drive to promote U.S. business investments in Africa. While the President said the plan will unleash "the next era of African growth," experts warn it amounts to more of the same extractive policies that have already impoverished and dispossessed people across the continent.
"All you have to do is look who has a seat at the table to understand what is happening," said Emira Woods, expert on U.S. foreign policy in Africa and social impact director at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice, in an interview with Common Dreams. "We're talking African leaders, some with bad human rights records, and American CEOs."
Obama's much-touted "Africa Summit"—which started Monday and ends Wednesday—is co-sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation, and was attended by chief executives of General Electric, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, IBM, and other multinational corporations.
Obama took the opportunity to announce $7 billion in what the White House describes as "new financing to promote U.S. exports to and investments in Africa." Obama also championed $14 billion in new investments by U.S. corporations in Africa, which includes $5 billion from Coca-Cola for manufacturing equipment. This is in addition to another $12 billion in new commitments for Obama's Power Africa initiative, which will give multinational corporations—including GE—billions of dollars in energy deals to "double the number of people with access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa." The total bill comes to $33 billion for "supporting economic growth across Africa and tens of thousands of U.S. jobs," according to the White House [].
"We've got to do better, much better," said Obama. "I want Africans buying more American products and I want Americans buying more African products."
General Electric chief executive Jeffrey Immelt put the interest of U.S. corporations more bluntly at a discussion moderated by former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Tuesday. “We kind of gave Africa to the Europeans first and to the Chinese later, but today it’s wide open for us," he said, according to the Washington Post [].
“I’m excited about Africa,” Wal-Mart chief executive Doug McMillon said at the same discussion. “For us, it’s a long-term proposition. We invested $2.6 billion in 2011, and that’s just the beginning.”
But that is just what critics are worried about.
"Strip away all the modern PR and prettified palaver and it’s an ugly scramble for oil, minerals, and markets for U.S. goods," writes John Feffer for Foreign Policy in Focus on Wednesday []. "Everyone wants a piece of Africa: drooling outsiders, corrupt insiders, cynical middle men."
"What we are seeing are that the rules of the game have long been stacked in the favor of one percent: multinational corporations and CEOs and the local elites who do their bidding," said Woods. "If there is business as usual, we will continue to have a situation where people on whose land resources lie will be pushed further and further to the brink, left without health care, housing, education, or any means of benefiting."
In an analysis published last year [], the World Bank found that Africa's economic growth and foreign investment over the past decade have failed to benefit a majority of people living on the continent, and deep poverty and inequality are “unacceptably high and the pace of reduction unacceptably slow.” The report predicts, "Almost one out of every two Africans lives in extreme poverty today," and by the year 2030, "a vast majority of the world's poor will be located in Africa."
Woods warned that that drive for investment from oil and gas extraction industries is especially dangerous for a continent that is already at the "epicenter of climate catastrophe." According to Woods, "Power Africa is very focused on accessing new sources of oil that have been discovered in and around the African continent without recognizing the long-term implications of continuing on a path of fossil fuels."
Woods emphasized that the push for U.S. investments, represented at the summit, takes place alongside the expansion of the U.S. military's AFRICOM, as well as weapons, across the country, furthering the destabilization and militarization of numerous communities []. "Economic interests are bolstered by military power to reinforce the opportunity to fully extract resources," said Woods.
"What is needed now is a change to the status quo."

Monday, August 4, 2014

Aug. 2014 meeting of USA's subsidiary governments of Africa

2014-08-04 []:
Moderator Shaka Ssali: photo shows part of panel -- Gatebuke, Allimadi, and Bakoko

Activists who deal with issues of human rights, democratic governance, economic development and social justice in Africa met on the eve of the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington to prod President Obama to stop his administration's support for dictators such as Uganda's Gen. Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda's Gen. Paul Kagame and Congo's Joseph Kabila.
The activists, who held a July 31 news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., stressed that President Obama's 2009 declaration in Accra remains a brilliant insight into Africa's priorities -- Obama said: "Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.”
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit opens today in the nation's capital -- President Obama will host several African presidents; the D.C. events include those related to trade and investment and electric energy to power Africa's economies.
The activists believe democratic governance should also take center-stage and they deplored the U.S.'s continued backing for dictatorships in primarily five African countries: Uganda; Rwanda; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; and Egypt.
However, they also noted that the policy applied to all authoritarian-regimes in Africa that are U.S.-backed. They urged American citizens to demand that their taxpayers' dollars not be used to prop brutal regimes that don't rule based on the consent of voters.
The presenters spoke for about three minutes each; the event was moderated by Shaka Ssali, the prominent Uganda-born journalist and host/producer of VOA's "Straight Talk Africa." He later opened the session up for questions-and-answers with the audience.

The first presenter, Claude Gatebuke, from Rwanda deplored the U.S. support for Gen. Kagame's regime even after his army was implicated in several United Nations reports in genocide of Hutu refugees in Congo and in the recent assassination of Patrick Karegeya the former intelligence chief who had been granted asylum in South Africa.
Gatebuke, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda stressed that American taxpayers should demand an end to the support to Gen. Kagame's regime.
In addition to the 1994 genocide, Gatebuke also spoke about the atrocities committed by the Uganda-backed Rwanda Patriotic Front, which was commanded by Paul Kagame and which invaded from Uganda in October 1990.
He said continued U.S. support for Museveni and Kagame, even after the role their militaries played in the Congo atrocities -- where the death toll has been estimated at up to seven million, was "unconscionable."
He said Rwanda gets up to $200 million annually from the U.S.
"I really call on the American public and the American people to hold our government accountable, to hold President Obama accountable; for him to have a strong conversation and make it clear, in no uncertain terms that, not on our watch and not on our dollar will atrocities continue to be committed," Gatebuke said.

Milton Allimadi, from Uganda, said as far as he was concerned Gen. Museveni and Gen. Kagame were unindicted war criminals. He noted that for its army's role in the Congo atrocities, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2005 found Uganda liable for war crimes in the Congo: massacres of civilians; plunder of resources; and, mass rapes. He noted that Congo was awarded $6 billion to $10 billion in reparations; not a dime of which had been paid.
Allimadi, who publishes The Black Star News said after the ICJ's ruling, the government of Congo referred the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which initiated its own investigation. He said The Wall Street Journal reported on June 8, 2006 that Gen. Museveni was concerned about possible criminal indictment and personally contacted then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and asked him to block the investigation.
Allimadi wondered how the investigation had been blocked.
He said corporate media are a part of the problem by shielding Western governments and corporations that benefit from relationship with African dictators. He urged media to use activists as a resource for information and different perspective.

Nii Akuetteh, Ghana-born, put US-Africa relations in historical context. He noted that U.S. support for tyranny in Africa predates the 1960s independence period with American administrations backing the centuries-old apartheid system in South Africa. He said while it is politically expedient for every U.S. administration of the day, policies backing dictators are counter-productive and hurt real U.S interest.
To the list of today’s “friendly tyrants” highlighted by panelists (Rwanda, Uganda and DRC), Nii added Ethiopia and Egypt. He spoke about the divergence between the message President Obama delivered in Ghana, Nii’s country of birth (“Africa doesn't need strongmen; it needs strong institutions”) versus the practice of supporting dictators.
Nii, a democracy campaigner and founding Executive Director of George Soros’s West Africa foundation, talked about the powerful role played by the American people in ending Ronald Reagan’s support for white supremacy in South Africa and stressed that Americans today can distinguish themselves from U.S. government and help liberate the 5 African countries still tyrannized by America’s favorite dictators. The American people can do this by demanding that U.S. taxpayer money no longer goes to support those regimes. He said: “For at least a century, an essential truth (American support for countless predatory African tyrannies and warlords) has been hidden from the American people. The US media must now begin performing its sacred democratic duty by working with democracy campaigners to tell the American people this vital truth.”

Zoe Bakoko Bakoru spoke from the position of a former insider -- a cabinet minister in the Museveni regime. She recalled how Museveni and his family members raided Uganda's National Social Security Fund to the tune of $5 million per month -- retirement money that belonged to hard working laborers.
She recalled how she instituted an audit which stopped the stealing and eventually led to her dismissal as a minister. She spoke about the importance of the need for peaceful transfer of power in Africa and recalled the emotion she felt --crying-- when she watched the formal transition in the U.S. from George W. Bush to President Obama. She recalled that she had become emotional because in all her years, she had never seen a president peacefully hand over power to his successor.
She said both Gen. Museveni and Gen. Kagame regard Congo as a province of their respective countries, Uganda and Rwanda, where they can plunder resources at will. She said African dictators abuse ordinary citizens as if they were "political condoms."

Nita Evele, a Women's Rights activist from Congo, spoke about how Eastern Congo had become the rape capital of the world and how the government did nothing to protect the women and children who were the primary victims.
She referred to a report in Forbes Magazine that estimates President Joseph Kabila's wealth at $15 billion. She wondered how the world could stand by and watch the crimes being committed against the people of the Congo. She deplored U.S. support for the militaries in Africa rather than investing in the civilian population.
Shaka Ssali, the moderator, in closing noted: ''Democracy should really be an equal opportunity employer," on the African continent.
He said societies that developed were those where the citizens had "unfettered" access to information.
"What we don't need frankly is where we have an individual or a couple of individuals who think they are everything for everybody," he added.

"USA: Washington's Ethiopian community stage protests at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit"[]:
Several hundred members of Washington's Ethiopian community on Monday (August 4) staged a protest against the participation of the Ethiopian leadership in the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit. The protesters marched to the State Department where African leaders were meeting. The protesters carried banners calling for the release of opposition figures held in Ethiopian prisons and chanted slogans against the government and U.S. President Barack Obama. "The rights of the Ethiopian people have been trampled and we are here to protest. The fact that America, despite its values, standing for liberty, democracy and injustice, is whining and dining with dictators, tyrants, blood thirsty dictators ruling Ethiopia," said one protester named Neamrn Zeleke.

"Activists Humiliate Gambian Dictator" 
2014-08-06 by Musa Saidykhan []:
Gambian leader has once again been humiliated and holed up in his hotel in Washington D.C. for more than 18 hours by protesting activists who denied him the opportunity to participate in the first US-Africa Summit hosted by President Barack Obama. None of President Yahya Jammeh’s delegates, including the Secretary General Dr. Kalilu Bayo, dare left the hotel.
Activists, who blame their country’s dictator for continuously denying Gambians their constitutional rights and freedoms as well as persecute them, started converging on Washington, D.C. at 6:30 in the morning.
Determined activists have been blocking Mr. Jammeh’s hotel, chanting slogans “Yahya is a murderer, Yahya is a rapist, Yahya must go, USA must not reward tyranny in the Gambia with military aid .” Numerous attempts by Metropolitan police to relocate the crowd of protesters were met with resistance. Activists stood their grounds, saying “that will be a victory for the dictator.” The man who claims personal ownership of the Gambia fears to come out of hiding because he fears being “booed and yelled at.”
Alkali Conteh, who led an eleven-man delegation from Raleigh, North Carolina, described the protest against Yahya Jammeh a “huge success.” Mr. Conteh hopes this will teach the Gambian dictator an “unforgettable lesson.”

"Washington Meeting of African Leaders Opens to Protests"2014-08-04 by Andrew Siddonsaug for the "New York Times" daily newspaper []:
Joseph Kabila, left, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Secretary of State John Kerry at a news conference on Monday during a summit meeting with African heads of state. Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the State Department on Monday, the start of a summit meeting here of more than 40 African heads of state, to denounce some of the leaders as “torturers” and “killers.”
The protesters, who were mostly from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, said they were angry that the White House was looking to enhance economic ties with repressive governments. “Stop financing dictators,” the crowd chanted. “President Obama, shame on you.”
Obang Metho, director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, referenced Mr. Obama’s message to African leaders during his 2009 trip. “Africa doesn’t need strongmen. It needs strong institutions,” Mr. Obama said at the time.
“Now he is sitting with strongmen,” Mr. Metho said. “Where are the strong institutions?”
On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will host the leaders at the White House for dinner and will then take part in a series of meetings on Wednesday, mostly focused on increasing United States investment in Africa and promoting peace and stability on the continent. As the summit meeting began, the White House also announced that it would institute new programs and foreign assistance aimed at promoting gender equality in Africa.
The sessions on Monday began with a forum on supporting civil society, and the leaders heard from Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “It’s not possible to succeed for your people unless they have a chance to shape the policies of their government, identify problems and root out injustices and find ways for groups to resolve their differences peacefully,” Mr. Biden said.
Secretary of State John Kerry also addressed the leaders and met one-on-one with Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. When Mr. Kerry was in Congo earlier this year, he urged Mr. Kabila to step down after his current term, as Congo’s constitution requires. “Large majorities of Africans support free, accessible and fair elections and limiting their presidents to two terms in office,” Mr. Kerry said Monday.
Protesters outside the State Department said they hoped that the Obama administration would continue to press Mr. Kabila on the term limit.
“Obama must give a clear message that the president doesn’t change the constitution to stay in power,” said Constant Mbala, who moved to the United States from Congo 15 years ago.
The streets between the White House and the State Department were largely absent of traffic on Monday, as Washington residents had been warned of street closings and the likelihood of traffic congestion because of heightened security and the dozens of motorcades that would be driving around town.
African trade officials also convened with their American counterparts on Monday for annual meetings on the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The program, known as AGOA, lowers the tariffs on certain African goods imported to the United States, while countries in Africa are not obligated to lower the duties on any United States goods. It has been credited with helping to diversify and improve other sectors of the African economy, but oil still accounts for three-quarters of the African goods imported by the United States duty free.
The program requires reauthorization by Congress next year, and one of the questions is whether South Africa should continue to benefit from preferential trade status, as some say that its current economic growth means that it should extend a preferential tariff system to some United States goods as well. But while speaking at a luncheon hosted by the National Press Club on Monday, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa dismissed this idea.
“We look forward to a seamless, unconditional and long-term renewal of AGOA with South Africa included among the beneficiaries,” Mr. Zuma said.

Friday, August 1, 2014

East Zimbabwe Conference of the evangelist Christian Seventh Day Adventist Church

"WORLD REPORT: More Than 40,000 Expected at  Evangelistic Series in Zimbabwe" 
by Andrew McChesney, August 2014, "ADVENTIST WORLD" newsmagazine: 
Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Zimbabwe are preparing to welcome more than 40,000 people to a two-week evangelistic series next year. The May 2015 event, which will be held in Harare, the capital of the southern African country, promises to be one of the most ambitious efforts to share Jesus under the auspices of the world church's "Mission to the Cities" initiative. Jonathan Musvosvi, president of the East Zimbabwe Conference, which is organizing the event, said the evangelistic series would begin with world church president Ted N. C. Wilson speaking to business-people and government officials at the Harare International Conference Center, an upmarket venue in the affluent section of Harare, for the first week. 
"This is a segment of the population that is difficult for us to reach, and where the church is not growing as fast and strong as we would like to see it," Musvosvi said by e-mail. Conference leaders are looking at working with wealthy Adventists to invite people to the meetings, similar to what was done for "Hope Manila 2014: iCare," a two-week evangelistic series that resulted in more than 3,000 baptisms in the Philippine capital in May 2014. For the second week, the evangelistic series will move to the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in a densely populated area of Harare, Zimbabwe's largest city with a population of 1.6 million. "We expect attendance to be in the range of 40,000," Musvosvi said. Zimbabwe has reeled amid political and economic instability for much of the past decade, a reality that Musvosvi said has made the time ripe for the 2015 evangelistic series. "Yes, we have passed through our political and economic turmoil, but this has caused us to turn to God," he said. "The people's receptivity to the gospel is high."