You guys should not be surprised when you hear the most ignorant words ever from the west. Because, all form of just dangerous ignorance is native to them (it is only just different from the one in Africa). Someone might be so surprised hearing me say “they are ignorant”. At very first glance of their few comments on tweeter, you can see that they are living in a very confined environment (during a globalized era), short of information, poor organized in wording, unethical in action, and ill-educated.
While poverty is not a new phenomenon unique to Ethiopia, and Ethiopian Airlines is not just a happening but existed as Africa’s world class Airline for the last 60 years, I wanted them to know that THEY ARE ‘DEVELOPED’ BECAUSE WE (THE ‘THIRD WORLD’) ARE ‘UNDERDEVELOPED’. They are center because they succeeded in making as periphery through their WILD ENCROACHMENT for centuries. Take a tour of the following facts to gain some insight of how their so called ‘development’ is the result of our ‘underdevelopment’.
1. Most post-colonial African economies are DISTORTED BY WESTERN IMPOSED MODELS like the “Structural Adjustment Program (SAP)”, needless to mention the impact of COLONIALISM & NEO-COLONIALISM itself. As they boldly advocate for their miss-informed “Modernization” & “Neo-liberal” theories, the west concluded that African underdevelopment is 100% tied to its being “traditional”. So as a way out, they imposed their neo-liberal and capitalistic ‘redemption’ models on ‘traditional Africa’ without giving due attention to the difference in dynamics in Africa and the West. That again failed in many places. And they knew it from the very beginning that it won’t be an easy exercise – in fact, it seems that they were intentional.
2. Governance: Following all GOVERNMENT COUP in the ‘third world’, we often hear sooner or later that there had been a heavy involvement of a western intelligence agency. The turmoil in mineral and or fuel rich regions of Africa like Nigeria, the DRC, CAR, Libya, Algeria,… is said to be rooted in the interest of the west in those regions - sometimes, in the name of fighting ‘terrorism’. I am sure that Africa has indigenous democratic culture that can be developed its own way. However, it is not easy (though possible) to do that now – because it is already assimilated and poisoned by the imposed modes.
3. Conditions for cooperation: The West (through their agencies) come to poor countries and tell them to do x, y, z before they give them money for ‘boosting’ development. Like the IMF & the World Bank tell you “if you want to get our support – then devaluate your currency, privatize A-Z of your manufacturing and service sectors… which might be working but needs a TRANSITION PLAN. They very well know that these are dangerous and can poison economies and trigger famine if not planned properly. But this is not surprising as these agencies were originally not intended to care for Africa, Asia & Latin America – they were formed in a Bretton Woods/New Hampshire (USA) conference with a purpose of re-constructing the post-world war II Europe. I THINK THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB – WHY WE EXPECT THEM TO DO OUR JOB?
4. Resource Utilization: I don’t know if these ignorant comment givers know that 80% of the world’s wealth is owned by the 20% west. The origin of all this wealth is not the west. Significant share of the ever utilized resources, if not most of it, comes from the third world. Again these ignorant people may ask ‘what is this poor third world offering us to say that they are source of resources in the west?’. The answer is simple - we are living in an era of INTERNATIONAL DIVISION OF LABOR (IDL) which is fabricated by the west itself. IDL is a concept explaining this plain fact - the third world is providing unprocessed (semi-processed) products to the West. After a slim value addition, we are receiving these products back in a very disgusting UNFAIR TERMS OF TRADE. Irrespective of our understanding of this reality, we are still manipulated to stick to the role of providing raw materials to the world. The TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS are doing this assignment for the west – they should not care much. Take just an example of what that selfish STARBUCKS was doing to Ethiopian Coffee just some years back. I am suggesting this people to read what ‘DEPENDENCY SCHOOL OF THOUGHT’ uncovers about how the west has been unfair. I am sure that at least the political elites in the west who know this theory, will take offence of me – but just the theory is true in practice. Because we don’t afford to pay our debts back – we again go to another vicious circle of CRAZY AID – just a cycle: ‘Aid’ – debt – aid. I am also wondering if these people know that A RESOURCE UTILIZED BY ONE WESTERN CHILD IS 20 TIMES OF THAT USED BY A CHILD RAISED IN AN ABOVE ABERAGE AFRICAN FAMILY? If they know this abomination, they should feel guilty than being proud of their garbage ‘AID’.
5. AID IS TRADE WITH UNFAIR TERMS OF TRADE: I suggest these ignorant people to have a look at what many scholars have to say on aid politics discourse and lexicon. There is nothing given free to the third world – at least there is nothing exchanged for equivalent monetary value. We are receiving it in exchange for our countless cooperation and resource provision to the west. In short, aid is a strategy to ensure that “WE ARE NEITHER DYING NOR LIVING”. Because, either will be dangerous for the west. For instance, you know why we are receiving wheat, corn soya blend, and Yellow Split Peas (YSP), and oil from the west as aid package with value of billions of dollars every year instead of getting financial & soft-skill support for modern agriculture in Africa where we have friendly soils & agro-ecologies? Don’t you think that this money can be invested in diversified agriculture and specialized agriculture to feed us home and to boost export. Take an example of the PRODUCTIVE SAFETY NET PROGRAMME – and then read PL 480 of US. You will learn that we are supporting development of the US agriculture too. For your information the cost of a 100Kg bag wheat coming through Djibouti port might be 4 fold of price of the same (of course sometimes better quality) quantity of wheat produced home. That at least exaggerates the AID money four fold – while distorting the confidence and willingness of our society to work on domestic solutions. We can successfully get these entire items home since we can grow wheat, oil crops, and pulses. I don’t have time to talk of IMMENSE POLITICAL, SURVEILLANCE, AND MILITARY AGENDA OF THE WEST that this ‘AID’ is settling for them.
6. Those guys, at least could explore about “THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (though is a bit controversial because of multiple claims)” text placed on the body of the plane, to see what history has to offer to their wonder about Ethiopia instead. It is a country which has HISTORY AND WELL-MARKED MILESTONE OF CIVILIZATION before even most of the western countries were discovered (like for instance the recent north America). They should then ask why this country stagnated then for several millennia. That one could be educated way of inquiry. And they could most probably learn why.
7. Take the global warming issue: The most polluters are the list affected so far. The third world contributes list, if any - but has been facing the most challenges from it. The Earth is already highly transformed especially during the last 200 years or so. African famine, drought, and other catastrophes… are directly related to this to a significant extent. The west has the capacity to counterbalance this quickly in their territory. But this is not an easy task to the disadvantaged South – AGAIN COMES AS A RESULT, ANOTHER AID BUSINESS. Thanks to time however, the west started feeling the pinch now. At least the hurricanes, forest fires, flood… are all getting momentum than ever there. Recession & terrorism are also other curses robing some money from them - though sometimes it is not false that fabricated war (for no genuine reason) against terrorism might just follow a precise calculation of economic gain by those who wage the war.
8. Finally, they could have a look at the history of the now affluent societies (at least China and Japan) to see that poverty is not inherent to anyone and that it is controllable – though the time it takes to do so vary based on the level and type of challenges one faces.
What do you feel guys?