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Obama Tells Africa To End Tyranny and Corruption; But Latin America Business As Usual

posted at 11:17 am on July 11, 2009 by

Obama stopped over in Ghana, after the European Tour.

While in Ghana he urged, demanded, that African nations stop tyranny and corruption.

No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or if police can be bought off by drug traffickers,” he said in a speech to [the Ghana] Parliament.

“No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.

Meanwhile, back in this hemisphere, Obama’s State Department is still locked in “negotiations” to allow the return to power of  Mel Zelaya, the corrupt former Honduran president, and has continued in his support for better ties to Chavez in Venezuela, and Castro’s Cuba, among other tyrannical and corrupt Latin American regimes.  The US is still working on sanctions against Honduras to force Honduras to negotiate.  Negotiate what, exactly?  Drop major provisions of their Constitution?  Make sure that the “rule of law” that was followed under that Constitution be tossed aside for some other methodology?

Guess that “rule of law” thing only applies when it is convenient for the Administration.

Does anyone else think there is a major disconnect here?

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For most people yes, for him it’s business as usual

Tazz 55 on July 11, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Well, Africa is a land rich in basic feed-stocks and has no organized means to rape and pillage the country for the commodities or transport them to a controlling marketer. I think I can see this resolved with an investment in socialism and taxation without representation. Wait a minute – wasn’t the country like this 500 years ago when Africans were selling other Africans into the slave system?

ericdijon on July 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM