Howard W. French's A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa PDF

By Howard W. French

ISBN-10: 0375414614

ISBN-13: 9780375414619

Africa first captivated New York instances journalist Howard W. French greater than twenty-five years in the past, yet his wisdom of and keenness for the continent has the intensity of a life-time organization. His reviews there woke up him as not anything prior to to the selfishness and shortsightedness of the wealthy, the pain and dignity of the negative and the makes use of and abuses of strength. And during this powerfully written, profoundly felt publication, he provides us an unstinting account of the disastrous results of the fateful, centuries-old stumble upon among Africa and the West.

French delineates the betrayal and greed of the West–often aided and abetted through Africa’s personal leaders–that have given upward push to the expanding exploitation of Africa’s average assets and its humans. Coarse self-interest and outright greed as soon as generated a necessity for the continent’s rubber, cotton, gold and diamonds, let alone slaves; now the sights contain offshore oil reserves and minerals like coltan, which powers mobile phones.

He takes us inside of Nigeria, Liberia, Mali and the Congo, studying with strange perception the legacy of colonization within the lives of up to date Africans. He seems on the tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, the Ebola outbreak and the genocide that ended in thousands of deaths in Rwanda and the Congo. He makes transparent the systematic failure of Western political leaders–the nurturers of tyrants comparable to Mobuto Sese Seko and Laurent Kabila, whose tales are advised right here in complete detail–and the brutal excesses of the CIA.

In aiding us to raised comprehend the continent, and certainly Africans themselves, French is helping us see in addition the wish and chance that lie within the myriad cultural strengths of Africa.

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I knew already how Time gave you everything with one hand while taking it back with the other, for this lament sounded whenever my parents talked about their lives. This lying out at night might never happen again. On verandahs–yes, but there always seemed to be mosquito nets and screen wire between you and the night. And it didn’t happen again. I never again slept out under the sky in Africa, though I have in Europe. I was right to struggle to stay awake, but soon felt myself failing, and tried hard, and saw my mother bending over the fire in her pyjamas, dropping wood into nests of sparks, her face, for once, not presented to be looked at, but full of emotions I was determined would never be mine.

Part of a whole generation of black youth was educated in guerilla armies, sometimes to the accompaniment of marxist slogans, but always unified by their hatred of the whites. The War over, the atrocities on both sides were gently allowed to be forgotten, for when the black population voted–for the first time in their lives–it was Robert Mugabe they chose, and he at once announced a multi-racial society and the end of race hatred. ’ The devastation was not all the result of war, but because the departing Portuguese made a point of burning and destroying everything they could before they left–behaviour we saw recently when Saddam Hussein was forced out of Kuwait.

When he came out of the navy and before he married we did see quite a bit of each other, and this was the only time we did, as grown-ups. A year? Not much more. Not long. If I had left the state of being a True Believer behind I was still full of passionate principles, but at least I had learned it was a waste of time arguing about them. He knew that everything I thought was rubbish. In any case discussion, even ordinary talk, was difficult: gunfire in the War had deafened him, and he faced the world with a stubborn, slow, sweet smile, full of a readiness for goodwill.

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