DIE IN GREECE AND LIVE IN ADDIS ABABA (Daily Trust (Nigeria))

The brutal diplomacy attributed to Germany over Greece may be rooted in long historical competition between the two countries for who was the first to benefit from the Ancient Egyptian Civilization created by BLACK African Pharaohs who ruled Egypt. Feeling looked down upon as primitive Visigoths by owners of Greek and Roman beneficiaries from Ancient Egypt, the Germans claimed that the Egyptians were their direct ancestors. When that claim was dismissed with derision they turned to claims of migration from the ”Aryans” who created the Sanskrit civilization in India. Professor Cheik Anta Diop, the Senegalese nuclear scientist and Egyptologist, asserted this record of relations between Greece and Germany.

The economic policies imposed on Greece in mid-July 2015 was seen by Greeks as a plot to humiliate and impoverish them. The International Monetary Fund affirmed publicly that debt repayments imposed on Greece ”were unsustainable”. Demands that pensions should be cut; public enterprises be sold to private (most likely non-Greek) companies; more people be dismissed from their jobs – would deny local enterprises consumers of their products. The program shall ”under-develop” the Greek economy and society. Germany, Britain, Scandinavian, Australian are welcoming unemployed Greek university graduates.

As Greece was being mercilessly cut-up by European governments and bankers, the United Nations was holding the ”Third International Conference on Financing for Development” in Addis Ababa. Its loud promise of providing Africans and the Group of 77 with a ”financing for development”, sounded morally hypocritical and cynical cannibalistic.

In one of the series of preparatory meetings held for the conference, an Indian delegate complained that the language used in the official document was ”barely understandable” and hoped that ”this time around the developed countries will also have to be held accountable for their actions”. In Greece the IMF screamed in protest against the economic cannibalism thrown by Europeans at Greece but it was shown that it was powerless against its own bosses and financiers. European leaders did not feel accountable to Greek victims of their so-called ”austerity measures”.

Ambassador Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo , permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nations – had stated that the ”African Group” wished for ”respect of development policy space” so that they can ”make use of policy tools and measures that are required to implement their policies for poverty eradication and other development plans”. He was saying that African countries are not free to govern their countries for the welfare and growth of their societies. The convoluted language is used as diplomatese; while peoples of Africa are not told this truth, let alone be called upon to protest and support their governments.

The futility of the voice of the people was demonstrated by European leaders who imposed harsher commands at Greece following the ”NO VOTE” by Greeks in a referendum about the war of anti-development being plotted against them. European capital mocked at a Greek tradition of democratic governance through popular consultation.

In Addis Ababa this contempt for the voice of the exploited was shown by the developed countries killing a demand to end the loss of $ 138 billion illicitly exported out of Africa annually through collusion between corrupt officials and foreign corporations; as well as $ 100 billion of taxes NOT paid for exports sold cheaply by one subsidiary of a company to a sister subsidiary and earning more money for it in a third country market. Demands for intervention by governments whose companies engage if exporting tax funds was rejected and cynically replaced with an ”Addis Ababa Tax Initiative” by which 18 developed countries would increase funds for training skills for tax collection in exploited countries.

A measure labelled as a ”Global Financing Facility” would support health needs by women and children. It is not for promoting technological innovation by women towards meeting these health needs. With patents owned by women and technologies fabricated by urban and rural women, either as individuals or cooperatives, it would create wealth in their hands. Likewise, $ 2.5 billion to be derived from royalties from mining enterprises for supporting ”nutrition intervention” could fund food-related technological creativity by millions of women trapped in urban and rural food processing activities. Government budgets tend to ignore this silent population.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, made the grand claim that the ”Addis Ababa Action Agenda is a major step forward in building a world of prosperity and dignity for all”. Most of that ”all” had not been consulted – through ‘talakawa development summits’ – by their governments, the UN or the African Union. National, regional and multilateral banks made promises to ”provide hundreds of millions of dollars” for SMEs, but may continue to find them ”un-bankable”; and living as the voiceless.