In 1990, the UN made a commitment to reduce global poverty by 50% within 25 years. That this ambitious goal has been achieved is largely due to China’s success. Within the same period, the percentage of the population living below the poverty line decreased from 56.8% to 42.7% across the continent of Africa. However, with 20% of Africans living under the specter of starvation – a higher percentage than anywhere else in the world – there is still a long way to go.
And the situation has not improved in recent years. In fact, it has deteriorated—especially in Africa. “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” report for 2019 was jointly published by several UN organizations and confirms a rise in world hunger for the third year in a row. It is now estimated that there are 821 million chronically undernourished people in the world. In the period up to 2015, this number had been in decline. It has now climbed back to levels last seen in 2011.
Compared to 2017, the proportion of malnourished people (20%) has increased in almost all regions of Africa. The worst-hit regions are East Africa, where almost 31% of the population suffer from malnutrition, and Central Africa, where the figure is 26.5%.
Does Development Aid Really Help?
As soon as the above figures were published, demands for increased development aid for Africa followed reflexively. Development aid has a nice moral ring to it, and in some people’s view it constitutes a kind of quasi-religious atonement for the sins of colonialism and the “exploitation of the Third World” by capitalist countries. But does it really achieve what its proponents hope it will? In 2002, the then Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said: “I’ve never seen a country develop itself through aid or credit. Countries that have developed—in Europe, America, Japan, Asian countries like Taiwan, Korea and Singapore—have all believed in free markets. There is no mystery there. Africa took the wrong road after independence.”
In Asia, the fight against poverty and hunger has been so effective because so many Asian countries have implemented capitalist reforms. In China alone— thanks to the partial introduction of private property rights and free-market economics—the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has fallen from 88% in 1981 to below 1% today.
Asian countries have received much less development aid than African countries. Zambia-born Dambisa Moyo, who studied at Harvard and earned a Ph.D. from Oxford, identifies Western development aid as one of the reasons for the failure to rid Africa of poverty. “In the past fifty years, over $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa,” Moyo points out in her book Dead Aid. “But has more than $1 trillion in development assistance over the last several decades made African people better off? No. In fact, across the globe the recipients of this aid are worse off; much worse off. Aid has helped make the poor poorer, and growth slower … The notion that aid can alleviate systemic poverty, and has done so, is a myth. Millions in Africa are poorer today because of aid; misery and poverty have not ended but have increased. Aid has been, and continues to be, an unmitigated political, economic, and humanitarian disaster for most parts of the developing world.”
To be clear, Moyo’s criticism is not directed against ad hoc famine and disaster relief but against long-term financial transfers aimed at boosting economic development. These funds have frequently ended up in the hands of corrupt despots rather than those of the poor. William Easterly, Professor of Economics and African Studies at New York University, also believes that foreign aid is largely pointless and frequently counter-productive.
Hope For Africa
But there is still hope for Africa. The rise of broadband and mobile technologies has led to a loosening of state control across many industries and allowed entrepreneurs to thrive independent of government support and political connections. Many of this newly emerged class of self-confident young Africans have studied overseas—typically in Europe or the United States, but increasingly in China or India as well. Many of them work for international corporations before they return to their native countries. Unnoticed by the wealthy global north, Africa is seeing the emergence of a class of entrepreneurs who are driving and shaping the economic upswing across the continent.
Africa offers plenty of economic opportunities. However, some of the predictions of a massive boom across the continent currently bandied about by pundits are based on models that fall short of a realistic appreciation of the facts on the ground. Attempting to replicate Asian success stories in Africa without taking the differences between the two continents into consideration would be too simplistic.
But Africa could definitely learn one thing from Asia: hunger and poverty are not fought through development aid, but through entrepreneurship and capitalism. Even U2’s lead singer Bono, who formerly organized massive festivals to raise aid for Africa and for so long espoused anti-capitalist rhetoric and a seemingly unshakeable belief in foreign aid as a solution to hunger and poverty in Africa, has changed his tune under the weight of evidence to the contrary. “Aid is just a stopgap,” he confessed in 2013 during a speech at Georgetown University. “Commerce and entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.”
The Vaccine From Hell
Take the dark-tech of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), its civilian counterpart BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research & Development), the stealth-ness of nanotechnology, the Gates Foundation funded “Quantum Dot Tattoo” aka “mark of the beast,” and combine it with micro-needling as an inoculation platform that is conceived from how snakes inject their venom into their prey, and nanogels that can connect with external technologies outside your body like smart phones, the cloud or other smart devices (5G from satellites), and what do you have? Answer: Moderna’s new RNA vaccine against COVID-19 coronavirus.
Dr. Carrie Madej’s chilling video explanation of what Moderna is up to is worth 21 minutes of your time. Dr. Madej is a McDonough, Georgia osteopathic-trained internal medical specialist. Her video is a wake-up call to the world. It is not sensationalist reporting. Links to what Dr. Madej talks about are laced throughout this report. Dr. Madej’s report should cause the world to put these new generation of RNA/DNA vaccines on perpetual hold.
Dr. Madej’s blood curdling explanation of Moderna’s new vaccine presents a dark, chilling moment for humanity, a day of no return. It has its roots in something called Transhumanism.
Dr. Madej is saying vaccine makers are up to more than producing antibodies against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Humanity is stepping into re-programming our entire species, homo sapiens, from what she calls version 1.0 to 2.0.
John Summers: Uncovering dark stories of Canada’s legal system in new book
There is an evident rot in the Canadian legal system and even the Canadian Bar Association has admitted that there is a growing gap in citizen’s access to justice. With many people failing to seek redress due to their lack of belief in a broken legal system, Ottawa lawyer John Summers is a perfect example of just how deep the rot has spread.
In a book authored by Peter Tremblay, he uncoversstories of a corrupt system that accommodates abuse in the most inhumane form. One in which John Summers and his firm, Bell Baker LLP, apparently exploiting a disturbed senior citizen with chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes in his continuous abuse of his wife.
The said apparently disoriented man had been witnessed running stop signs and switching lanes erratically on the highway and even losing track of his location when driving or even walking. Yet, this lawyer continued to stand in the way of the law taking appropriate action.
How can other victims trust a legal system that allows John Summers to continually aid this abuse by having prevented the abused wife from accessing medical care and support from her son and even the police—who only seek to perform a wellness check on her.
For years, John Summers had employed every dirty trick in the book by resorting to lies, forgery and illicit collaboration with judges from the University of Ottawa, his alma mater, to frustrate every effort being made by the son to see his own mother and be guaranteed of her safety.
Titled John Summers: The Untold Story of Corruption, Systemic Racism and Evil at Bell Baker LLP, this book takes readers on a shocking journey into the alarming decline of the legal system in Canada, where both lawyers and even judges are complicit. If a court system can allow a lawyer like John Summers to not only trump over the ethical practices of his profession but also violate the constitutional rights of citizens, it becomes quite worrisome for everyone especially when it leads to the abuse, systemic racism and destruction of lives and property.
Tremblay’s book reveals just how effective and damaging certain cabals within the legal system can cripple the pursuit of justice in Canada with no form of accountability whatsoever.
The negligence shown by elites at the Law Society of Upper Canada reveals the legal system in Ontario, which is Canada’s largest province, is apparently being run by incompetent psychopaths. These group of people not only show utter disregard for the human rights of those they pledged to protect, but also for the preservation of human life.
Like many other problems, the issue of corruption in the Canadian legal system is quite complex, but one way towards resolution is to understand just how deep the problem is. This book is a must-read and will open the reader’s eyes to real-life true crime stories about the underground world of the Canadian justice system that is being censored in the media, while also revealing these pieces of evidence in court.
Bill Gates’ Comments on Covid-19 Vaccine Enflame ‘Mark of the Beast’ Worries in Some Christian Circles
If the worries of most quarantined Christians in the United States center on health and when they might resume their lives, there is a segment that wonders whether this moment has greater biblical significance. These apocalyptic-minded Christians seem to have become increasingly less concerned about the disease itself and more concerned about the government’s response to the disease.
To some, it appears Satan’s emissaries are poised to take advantage of the pandemic. Some Christian pastors believe the start of a Last Days battle for religious freedom began with the social distancing orders that have placed weekly in-person church services under fire. Tony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle, a Louisiana megachurch, defended his decision to hold a Palm Sunday service: “The church is the last force resisting the Antichrist, let us assemble regardless of what anyone says.” Another Louisiana pastor, Ronnie Hampton, decried the order “because Caesar is mandating how we conduct ourselves using the pretext of this virus to be able to conduct our lives and run our lives for us.”
American apocalypticists tend to be suspicious of government, of course. This is partly due to their conservative bent, but this suspicion is nearly mandated by a literalist reading of the Book of Revelation. John the Revelator’s arch-villains are political powers that institute totalitarian social controls while persecuting the righteous who refuse to profess their allegiance. The second beast of Revelation 13, commonly known as the Anti-Christ, will, according to many Christians, come to power in the chaos of the apocalypse. John described him as a miracle worker who will deceive the nations to worship the image of an earlier beast, a dragon with seven heads and ten horns that is sometimes identified as Satan himself.
The second beast enforces this strange new religion by slaughtering those who refuse to submit to his sinister call to worship. John also prophesied of an economic dimension to the Anti-Christ’s rule. He stated that this beast “causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name… his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
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