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I strongly urge everyone to read Amy Goodman's book called "The Exception to the Rulers".  I am half way through it and I have learned so much from it. The Third chapter is called "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship". As I was reading it, I as trying to figure out a way to get by without a car. I always thought most of Africa's problems were due to diseases such as Malaria and Aids (which is a huge problem) but the corruption brought on by Oil and other companies is unbelievable. The Africans are really being taken advantage of. It is just mind numbing how countries in Africa with a huge amount of natural resources are not spreading the wealth amongst its people but being stripped by rich greedy people that are not even from Africa. These people should be in JAIL!!!  

I don't understand why any country in Africa should have to pay so much for importing fees. Why can't they buy oil from other countries in Africa that produce oil?  

by Hausfrau on Sat Jul 2nd, 2005 at 10:22:54 AM EST
I agree, Hausfrau. But many, possibly most, of the rich greedy people are from Africa. See, for instance, my recent post on Nigeria.

Corruption and lousy governance are without doubt the greatest immediate obstacles to development in Sub-Saharan Africa. It may not be PC to say so, but it's the truth.

Of course, many Western governments and corporations are deeply implicated in this, so there is plenty of guilt to go around.

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by Sirocco (sirocco2005ATgmail.com) on Sat Jul 2nd, 2005 at 01:39:27 PM EST
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