Poor African_farmerThe World Bank and the IMF (the International Monetary Fund) were set up during the end of the Second World War to rebuild the economies of Europe. However, in order for the world bank and the IMF to implement their policies, they (the world bank and the IMF) began offering loans to poor countries but only if the poor countries privatized their economies and allowed western corporations free access to their raw materials and markets. That was a poverty trap and many poor countries realized it when it was too late. We were already in chains.

That was the beginning of much of the problems we face today in Africa. Now we are in a vicious cycle of poverty and there seems to be no way out.

female-war-victimThe more we fight and kill ourselves, the more profit (money) they make so even as we work very hard to achieve peace and understanding, there are many up there in the top working extremely hard to make sure there are wars and even more wars so they can profit from the deaths of untold number of people. This is the situation in Africa today and that is why every now and then you hear conflicts, political violence and rumors of war all across the continent.

Let me begin with a clear example to explain what I am trying to say. Many of you have heard about Darfur and the deaths of untold number of people (some say about 500,000 although the true figure is far bigger than that). However, not so many people know the Sudan conflict

Street-Vendor-GhanaThe map of Africa looks like a very big question mark at the end of a very big question still unanswered. We cannot leave this question for the next generation to answer. I think now is the best time to answer that question. Africa is a continent of more than 1 billion people yet Africa has very little to no say at all when it comes to trade agreements especially at the international market. Our colonial masters drew meaningless lines separating us and left us separated forever but as we all know, our separation only benefits our colonial masters and keeps us in bondage to the point where we find it so difficult even trading with our own brothers and sisters within Africa. We trade with Europe and we trade with America but the sad thing is that, we find it very difficult trading with our own

Djibouti-womanSome westerners are often surprised when they visit Africa for the first time and see happy faces all around them. They are often surprised why because the Africa they see and hear about in the news is quite different from the Africa they find when they come to visit the continent. Some expect nothing but pain and misery just like the Africa they see on CNN, BBC and the rest. Some expect nothing but poor starving children lying on the streets half-dead with flies all over their miserable tiny little faces. Some westerners expect nothing but teary faces of poor grandparents praying to death to come take them. Some westerners expect nothing but the worst among the worst in Africa why because the western media where they learn from, always paint Africa a "death hole" full of nothing but poverty, hunger, and deaths which is not true at all.

Fidel-Castro-CubaWhen it comes to the case of Africa, only few people care and only few countries outside the continent remember Africa. Cubans are always among the very few people who care and Cuba is always among the very few countries who step in to help Africa. Cuba has been Africa's friend in need for a very long time. Even during Africa's struggle for independence, Cuba was there to help. It is another great time of need and Cuba is already in Africa to help.

The Ebola virus disease is spreading like wild fire across West Africa. Thousands of people have lost their lives and thousands more are waiting on fate. Western countries including the United States of America are tightening their borders so as to prevent Ebola patients from entering their countries.

NeanderthalMy uncle takes away food straight from the mouths of hungry lions and he does so with neither bullet nor spear but with courage, great determination, and wisdom. He is an expert in what he does. Not because he is wiser than the older ones surrounding him but because he is good and knows better what he does best. Taking a kill away from the mouth of a male African lion is just like pointing a well-loaded gun very close to your head and placing a toddler's finger on the trigger. Not so many people are "dumb" enough to venture into such a dangerous business but on the other hand, it is a huge mistake to refer to my uncle as dumb. My uncle ventures into this extremely scary business not to hurt those lions but to benefit from their existence