Tuesday, June 07, 2005

African Aid

Oh joy to the world. The Bush admin. is going to give aid to Africa. The US is pledging $674 million for Africa. Or at least i think that's what they're going to do. Excuse me for being cynical, but haven't we been down this road before? Hasn't Bush said he was going to give money to Africa? I want some assurities that the money isn't going to fall into the hands of some warlord. Don't they realize they can't just throw money at the problem? There needs to be a comprehensive plan to deal with the Forgotten Continent. I was talking with a friend on this subject yesterday. She made the point that since we've been alive, all we've seen are commercials with Sally Struthers showing the emaciated kids of Africa. That's over 25 years. And now we're just throwing money at the problem? It's a cultural thing now. We need a plan. Maybe we need another invasion. Of course, what does Africa have to offer? We already have their diamonds.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/07/bush.blair.africa/index.html

1 Comments:

Blogger Perfection said...

No more hand holding and singing of kum-ba-ya....

"The other issue topping Blair foreign policy this year — fighting global warming — may further strain his relationship with Bush. Blair has made the issues the twin focus of Britain’s yearlong chairmanship of the G-8 group of wealthy nations, yet Bush has rejected many of his close ally’s ideas on Africa and the environment.

Bush was welcoming Blair to Washington on Tuesday, their first meeting since Blair won a third term in office and his Labour Party suffered heavy losses in Parliament, largely because of voters’ unhappiness about his support for the Iraq war.

Divide on climate change
Blair and Bush have had trouble finding common ground on climate change. Blair says it is one of the most pressing issues, while Bush rejects scientists’ view that manmade pollutants are causing temperatures to increase.

“The important thing is that we do deal with it, that we recognize that there is a need for clear and immediate action to tackle the problem,” Blair told reporters Tuesday after arriving here. “We need to be thinking about how we move beyond the present situation where there is huge emissions of greenhouse gases,” he said." msnbc.com

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