By Berhane Woldu,
World renowned, richest, endowed with high skill and technology have monopoly of “World news” enabling them to report most fitting to the interest of big businesses, never caring to the truth of their reporting. News broadcasted on these major news media in some form or shape promotes the evils that are being conducted by the Western powers. Regime changes that went on in Iraq, Libya and one that is perpetuating in Syria with loss of 280,000 innocent Syrian lives and mass explosion of refuges into Europe are promoted, instigated and wrongly reported on these news media giving it a humanitarian face. Facts are that these wars are external wars leaving these Nations fractured, divided on ethnic and religious lines and transformed into failed states. Main Western news media shamelessly promotes and perpetuate the wickedness and malevolence of these powers.
Reporting on African continent Western media falsely praises’ their “client states”. Not long ago there were reports of Ethiopia’s economy growth in double digit only to hear that 8 – 15 million of its population are faced with dire starvation. Catholic Relief Services, Food for the hungry and Save the Children are running around Ethiopia to help and save lives. USA and Britain funders have allotted Billions of dollars to Relief Society of Tigray (REST).
Nigeria Burkina Faso , South Sudan, Central Africa, Mali are all in disarray due to foreign interference assisted by false reporting that sway public opinion. African voices, Focus on Africa are programs that broadcast superficial report glorifying very few African entrepreneurs forgetting to report that major economic assets and utilities are owned by Western companies. In the case of Eritrea, a forcefully independent nation that refuses to sag or bow, it is reported as the malevolent state of Africa.
Very recently French president Holland stated that Eritrea will depopulate due to the young fleeing the country. The fact of the matter is that Eritrea’s population growth has increased by over 7%. As much as I hate to see people of any nation leave their birth place, there is a positive side of migration; Eritrean refugees have become one of the major source of income transferring money into the Eritrean economy and a great majority are supporters of the government and are ready to defend the national interest at all cost; to think otherwise is naivety.
The misguided policies by the USA and Western governments have benefited other African immigrants to enter the U.S. and Europe as documented by the Nordic states and EU that 30 – 40 % of the refugees that claim to be Eritreans are in fact Ethiopians.
The number of Eritrean’s fleeing their country is relatively smaller and most are in search of greener pasture. President Holland’s statement is outrages, undiplomatic and much further from the truth. What World media doesn’t broadcast is their dirty laundry case in point: France is the major beneficiary of African wealth, the “Colonial tax system”, that transfers over 500 billion dollars from Africa to France’s treasury every year.
“We have to be honest, and acknowledge that a big part of the money in our banks come from the exploitation of the African Continent.” – Former French President Jacques Chirac.
The World largest News media never reports about the economic exploitation of Western Colonial powers. They are keen in reporting how superficially countries in Africa are showing economic progress.
“Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third world power.” – Jacques Chirac.
There are 14 African countries that still pays colonial tax to France for the benefit these countries got from French colonization. I cannot understand how one can benefit from slavery become rich and pay your master
tax. Adding salt to injury; the Francophone Africa is forced to put 85% of their foreign reserve into France central bank managed by French minister of Finance. This colonial system puts 500 billion dollars from Africa to France treasury every year. The colonization continuation pact agreed upon in 1950 has many components. National reserves are to be deposited into France Central bank without their wish yet most of these countries claim to be “Democratic Nations” like Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon, and Ivory Coast..
Francophone Africa is obliged to keep at least 65% of its foreign exchange reserves in an “operation account” held at the French Treasury and another 20% to cover financial liabilities. Only 15% of the money is available in the preceding year. This means that 85% of the foreign reserves of Francophone countries are deposited in the “operation accounts” controlled by French Treasury invested in Paris Bourse to the benefit of the French. Central banks of African states are not aware of where these funds are invested; how the investments are performing. Only 15% of the money is available in a given year. If the countries need more they have to borrow the extra money from the 65% of their own money and only 20% of their public revenue in the preceding year at commercial rates from the French Treasury.
The “Right of first refusal” on National Wealth; meaning that France has to negate for other countries to extract minerals and doing business in the ex-colonies French companies have the right regardless of better value for money elsewhere. In many of French ex-colonies major economical assets are in the hands of French expatriates. For example French companies own and control all major utilities: electricity, telephone, transport and major financial institutions, construction and agro-businesses.
Militarily, France dominate it has the right to pre-deploy troops on the ground and intervene militarily in Francophone countries to defend its interest and to station troops permanently in bases and military facilities like it has in Mali and doesn’t allow its ex-colonies to seek other military alliances. While exploiting their ex-colonies Western Countries like France are advocating for superficial, shallow and phony democracy in Africa propagated by their massive news media.
The pope touring Africa has talked about religious tolerance, government corruption, ethnic violence exempting the call for Western colonizers to give back African’s their rightly wealth and to advise and enlighten France that it should end its evil Colonial tax system.
Compared to what Francophone Africa provides France, its no wonder the Western media is keen in bashing Eritrea calling it the “hermit Kingdom” or “Africa’s North Korea.” Because of its repudiation not to be the” Cash Cow of the West”. Eritrea has been labeled and branded as the malevolent state of Africa. Eritrea preferring sovereignty in poverty than lavishness in slavery is cogently independent nation that refuses to sag or bow to Western domination. A lesson that other African State need to learn.