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Darkest Europe and Africa's nightmare : a critical observation of neighboring continents

Author: Akinyi von K'Orinda-Yimbo
Publisher: New York, NY : Algora Pub., ©2008.
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In an incisive view of the relationship between Africa and the West, the author, who holds diplomas from the London School of Economics and the London School of Journalism, suggests that the aid machinery hurts Africa more than it assists and that Westerners (and successful Africans) perpetuate the negative image of Africa to assuage their consciences as they continue to rip off a rich continent while deploring the  Read more...
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K'Orinda-Yimbo, Akinyi von.
Darkest Europe and Africa's nightmare.
New York, NY : Algora Pub., ©2008
(DLC) 2007021627
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Akinyi von K'Orinda-Yimbo
ISBN: 1281398349 9781281398345 9780875865201 0875865208
OCLC Number: 276222126
Description: 1 online resource (x, 243 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Akinyi Princess of K'Orinda-Yimbo.
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In an incisive view of the relationship between Africa and the West, the author, who holds diplomas from the London School of Economics and the London School of Journalism, suggests that the aid machinery hurts Africa more than it assists and that Westerners (and successful Africans) perpetuate the negative image of Africa to assuage their consciences as they continue to rip off a rich continent while deploring the poverty they themselves help to keep in place. I seriously doubt that the Good Carpenter is happy with those vainly calling themselves Christians but acting like wolves set loose on a flock of new-born lambs, asserts the author. Her principle is that on which the United States of America was based: All men are created equal. Why, then, she argues, does the West preach democracy but behave very undemocratically when their interests are at stake? The Western citizenry have been schooled to think that their countries are wealthy because of the sweat of their brows or the brilliance of their minds, a belief fostered to support hegemonic delusions. The truth, the author maintains, is that they are rich because they have robbed and still rob their wealth from the rest of the world, creating poor countries precisely where the greatest natural wealth is found. American and European corporations, and now Chinese as well, whisk away Africa's resources to enrich their own economies and peoples. The author looks at contemporary political, humanitarian and economic trends, assessing the World Bank, W.T.O., G8 and the I.M.F. to be the long arms of the world oligarchies, primarily the U.S.A. She analyzes the negative picture people (of North and South as well) have of Africa, and shows that those who are making huge profits out of the continent do their best to perpetuate the negative image of Africa to assuage their consciences. She opines that the aid machinery hurts Africa more than it assists. On the other hand, the author also reprimands not only the predator politicians and elite of the continent but all Africans for their passive resignation to a fate they can change through affirmative action. She considers N.G.O.s a menace to Africa while serving as a job-creation blessing to the rich nations. Just as artificial, she argues, is the notion that Africa's alleged poverty and the West's staggering economic and military might could be related to skin color. She makes no bones about the collective psychic damage and self-hate so prevalent among Africans, and contrasts the political, social and intellectual apathy this has induced with the ignorance and arrogance of those of European descent.

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