11 thoughts on “Africa, from 19th century colonialism to 21st century wars

  1. Libye sommet Hollande pour masquer le fiasco

    MARC DE MIRAMON

    La guerre menée par l’Otan en Libye a achevé un processus de déstabilisation régional où les Etats « faillis » (Mali, Niger) côtoient des géants pétroliers et économiques aux pieds d’argile (Nigeria, Cameroun). Déjà rongés par la misère et les inégalités sociales, les voilà promis aux merveilles de la guerre moderne, aux drones, aux mercenaires, et aux bombardements ciblés. Merci Boko Haram ?

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    http://www.michelcollon.info/Libye-Sommet-Hollande-pour-masquer.html?lang=fr

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  8. Should criminals be in charge of correcting the wrong they inflicted?

    Puerto Ricans vote in elections every 4 years at an 80% level of participation. Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States (US) government for the past 116 years. If the US government has the final say in what happens in Puerto Rico, what is the purpose of these elections? The purpose is to fool the world that Puerto Rico is a democracy.

    The United Nations (UN) declared colonialism a crime against humanity in 1960. The UN has asked the US government 33 times to decolonize Puerto Rico immediately. The US government has refused. It says that Puerto Rico’s political relationship with the United States is none of the UN’s business. The US says that it is a domestic affair.

    To appear that the US government wants to decolonize Puerto Rico, it promotes the use of plebiscites to determine what Puerto Ricans want. Doesn’t that sounds innocent and democratic? So what’s the problem?

    To begin with, the international community already rendered its verdict and determined that colonialism is illegal. So to have a political status option in a plebiscite that favors maintaining Puerto Rico a colony of the United States is not permitted. To have a political status option of Puerto Rico becoming a state of the United States is also not permitted under international law. The problem goes back to the beginning of this article. In order to have free elections, the country must be free. So before these elections and plebiscite could be valid, Puerto Rico would have to first be an independent nation.

    What people must realize is that Puerto Rico is a colony of the US because the US government wants it that way. That is why it has used terrorism to keep it that way. That is why it refuses to release the Puerto Rican political prisoner of 33 years Oscar López Rivera. That is also why it is ridiculous to believe that decolonization is a US internal matter in which the UN has no jurisdiction over. If we allow the US government to decolonize Puerto Rico, she will remain a colony of the United States forever!

    José M López Sierra
    http://www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com

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