Global News: AU talks break down over DR Congo crisis

Here we go again. I doubt anyone on the African continent or elsewhere is surprised that the AU (African Union) could not come to any solutions or resolutions in getting any closer to tackling one of Africa’s greatest crisis- The Congo. When was the last time the AU showed itself useful in its leadership in finding African solutions for African problems without the UN or Africa’s former colonizers telling them what to do and how to do it with financial and military aid in hand? The importance of cooperative economics as priority number one for the continent of Africa even for basic intra-African trade can not even be sorted out or realistically put to the agenda of the AU’s priorities. From Rwanda, to Somalia, to Sudan, to Libya, to The Congo, to Mali -the AU has managed to fail Africa and Africans.

As South American nations seem to be taking their power and sovereignty into their own hands in solving the issues of their continent and region with greater and greater solidarity- free of the stranglehold of western imperialism,  it seems African leaders are nowhere close to realizing the same fate. The AU should do itself a favor and take some cues from the UNASUR.

Talks have broken down at the African Union summit in Ethiopia on plans to solve the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)…A spokesperson for Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, announced on Monday at the summit room that the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa had been cancelled…Reporting from the city, James Bays, Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor, said that the talks would continue in private between various heads of state at another location in the city and not at the African Union building…He said he spoke to a delegate from DRC who was not hopeful that anything would be resolved during this meeting in Addis Ababa…READ MORE

Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought…Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment…It is said, of course that we have no capital, no industrial skill, no communications, no internal markets, and that we cannot even agree among ourselves how best to utilize our resources for our own social needs.Yet all the stock exchanges in the world are pre-occupied with Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ores. Our CAPITAL flows out in streams to irrigate the whole system of Western economy. Fifty-two per cent of the gold in Fort Knox at this moment, where the USA stores its bullion, is believed to have originated from OUR shores. Africa provides more than 60 per cent of the world’s gold. A great deal of the uranium for nuclear power, of copper for electronics, of titanium for supersonic projectiles, of iron and steel for heavy industries, of other minerals and raw materials for lighter industries – the basic economic might of the foreign Powers – comes from OUR continent. Experts have estimated that the Congo Basin alone can produce enough food crops to satisfy the requirements of nearly HALF the population of the whole world and here we sit talking about regionalism, talking about gradualism, talking about step by step. Are you afraid to tackle the bull by the horn?” Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

The Reality is People Are Pushed to Poverty. The Original State of Human Beings is Not Poverty. In the Amazon, people aren’t poor in the sense they are not deprived, they have their food, they have fresh water, they have rich culture, they have medicine, their own medicinal plants. Poverty is created first by grabbing the resources of the people. Africa- a continent whose poverty is deeply linked to the appropriation of land historically and today the biggest land grab taking place in history is creating new poor people. We are living in times where the new wealth is highly concentrated in a few people’s hands and there is a new language of oligarchy emerging- the hand full of new oligarchs who’ve made it to the ten top billionaire grab the land of the people, benefited from the privatization of electricity so poor people have lost access to electricity- so the rich are getting richer the poor are getting poorer- it’s totally interconnected because if water is privatized of course 1 company makes more wealth but people get cholera because they lost their access to drinking water. If seed is patented and privatized 1/4 million Indian farmers commit suicide all related to debt, all related to mechanisms of creating wealth by taking away the commons of the people…” Vandana Shiva, Indian activist, environmentalist and scientist