Saturday, September 11, 2004

HELP AFRICA: CANCEL ALL DEBTS TO THE WEST - Mbeki discusses Darfur with Bush

End exploitation by multinationals

The World Socialist Web Site states their aim is to build a socialist movement of working people in Africa and internationally. Here is an excerpt from a September 11, 2004, piece and set of articles entitled An exchange on Sudan's Darfur conflict:

" ... The international unity of working people against the profit system is the only way to deal with regimes like that in Sudan and throughout Africa. Nationalism, accepting the division of the continent into a patchwork of competing and antagonistic nation states, has been shown to be a dead end. There is not a single national government in Africa that will come to the aid of the people in Darfur unless it has finance and backing from the West, and will benefit the interests of its own elite. The answer to the disastrous situation facing people in many parts of Africa, not only Darfur, is to break the grip of imperialism, cancel all debts to the West, end the exploitation by the multinationals, and develop the vast productive resources in the interests of working people. It means an alliance with the working class of the imperialist countries, as opposed to placing any confidence in the imperialist rulers and their governments. ..."
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Mbeki discusses Darfur with Bush

Sorry, no time to post commentary here. Just filing a copy of this September 10 report, for future reference:

US President George Bush on Friday discussed the situation in Sudan's violence-wracked Darfur region with South African President Thabo Mbeki, said a White House spokesperson.

The two leaders "discussed Darfur and they discussed the African Union efforts in the Darfur region" as well as Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's meeting with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir," said Scott McClellan.

Bush and Mbeki also "agreed on the need to move forward on completion of a free trade agreement between the United States and the Southern African Customs Union", McClellan said as Bush made a reelection campaign stop here.

"They also discussed the importance of addressing the situations in the Congo and Zimbabwe," said McClellan.

Bush also thanked Mbeki "for the recent steps South Africa has taken to pursue individuals and firms associated with the A.Q. Khan network", the nuclear proliferation group run by the father of Pakistan's nuclear programme, he said.
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The Arab League, UN, G8, EU and CAP

Notes to self: Algeria is the lone Arab member of the UN Security Council.

Explore scrapping of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and cancellation of debts of the poorest nations in the world.

Find out who is for and against these two issues, and why.


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