Foreign Policy–A Marshall Plan for Africa

Think about it: something has to change in how we work in Africa!
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Think Again: A Marshall Plan for Africa

America brought Europe back to life a half-century ago. Why not give Africa the same chance?

The
Marshall Plan was fundamentally different from the aid that Africa has received
over the past four decades. The Marshall Plan made loans to European businesses,
which repaid them to their local governments, which in turn used that revenue for
commercial infrastructure — ports, roads, railways — to serve those same
businesses. Aid to Africa has instead funded government and NGO development
projects, without any involvement of the local business sector. The Marshall
Plan worked. Aid to Africa has not. An African Marshall Plan is long, long
overdue.
Aid
groups will argue that such a plan, grounded in building up the local African
economy, can never work. Here are the objections they’ll make to an African
Marshall Plan — and why they’re wrong.
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Life in the West Bank

I can’t be in Jordan without facing the reality of what is happening one the other side of the Jordan/Israel border. If only CNN and their pals would pay attention!!! Please read this quick posting (clipped below) , then watch “Who profits from Israeli occupation” (also below or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L32Nama7ad8). I heard about both from Juan Cole (Uof Michigan Middle East expert-guy and great blogger) at http://www.juancole.com/. Get the word out!!
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On August 3, my husband Mohammed Khatib, and my little brother Abdullah, were taken from their beds in our West Bank village of Bil’in at 3 AM by the Israeli military. My husband is a member of the Bil’in Popular Committee, which has been leading our village’s nonviolent campaign against Israel’s construction of a Wall and a settlement on our land. For nearly five years, every Friday we have been joined by supporters from Israel and around the world as we attempt to march to our land on the other side of the Wall. According to the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the settlement amounts to a war crime, and in 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled the Wall illegal.

Despite this, the construction of the Wall and settlements continued, and we are treated as criminals in our quest for justice. On top of tens of arrests, hundreds of protesters from Bil’in have been injured and one has been killed by the Israeli military.
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System of Lies… What happened to us?

I just read this article about how the press has been usurped by political agendas–see clip below and read the whole, well-researched article at http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=33681.  I am depressed, the people who claimed they would save us from Orwell’s 1984 style governance were busy CREATING it.  Glad I never bought their crap, but still depressed that so many do.  When did we as a nation stop thinking and start just following the crowd?  Sigh…

Then I read an article about all the protesters showing up at health care town halls (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090812/ap_on_go_co/us_health_care_protests).  I am now considering the possibility that such people are being planted to disrupt the meetings and discredit reform that might actually ensure that we get better health in spite of an industry that only wants to profit on our illness.  Seriously, if ppl knew what HMOs, suppliers, and others did, they’d be BEGGING the government to get involved!!!

Gaaa!!!  Yep, I’m a leftest loony. But I’m also an idealist, and I believe in American democracy at it’s finest, where a free press challenges government assertions. This perversion of the press as marketing tool is depressing and disgusting.

Get the word out!
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Palin’s ‘Death Panel’ and GOP Lying
During the early 1980s, Republicans were adopting a conscious approach to deception that was qualitatively different from what was common in politics. With the aid of a growing right-wing media, the GOP covered up ghastly crimes by its allies and enflamed public opinion against its adversaries, regardless of the facts, notes Robert Parry.
False Republican claims about President Barack Obama’s health-care initiative, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s demagogic charge about a “death panel,” are part of a pattern of systematic lying that has marked the GOP’s political tactics at least since Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s.
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush , can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com.
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VOA Censored in USA!

I can see VOA propaganda being problematic–but shouldn’t we be allowed to hear what they’re telling others? This article is interesting (and pro-VOA) but also, we should have access to the media supported by our taxes.  I recommend reading it in full (it’s only 2 short pages!)…
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Censoring the Voice of America

Why is it OK to broadcast terrorist propaganda but not taxpayer-funded media reports?

This
muzzling of VOA comes at a time when the U.S. media is shrinking, eliminating
foreign bureaus, and increasingly relying on stringers (of sometimes dubious
quality) for its news. VOA and other U.S. public diplomacy organizations,
meanwhile, are staffed with professional journalists and editors who are adept
and experienced with covering goings-on about the world.
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Death of Macho

I recently re-discovered Foreign Policy magazine online. Lots of good articles and ideas, some worth passing on. This is one. I love the article, but think it’s missing one thing: as traditional “male” careers (think finance, construction) disappear, men will start doing the growing “female” careers (nursing, education, government). Patriarchy is incredibly adaptable!
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The Death of Macho

Manly men have been running the world forever. But the Great Recession is changing all that, and it will alter the course of history.

The era of male dominance is coming to an end.
For years, the world has been witnessing a quiet but monumental shift of power from men to women. Today, the Great Recession has turned what was an evolutionary shift into a revolutionary one. The consequence will be not only a mortal blow to the macho men’s club called finance capitalism that got the world into the current economic catastrophe; it will be a collective crisis for millions and millions of working men around the globe.
BY REIHAN SALAM
JUNE 22, 2009
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