Breaking Chains

Thursday, November 10, 2011

George Ayittey, one of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers of 2009 and an advisor to the Obama administration on Africa, talks about his book Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World and looks at what the fall of dictators in Eastern Europe and North Africa might promise for South-Saharan Africa.


George Ayittey

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Cold hard economics, i.e. "Globalisation" is not being spoken about, surprisingly. Multinational corporations have acted very much as neo-colonials and have fueled, if not caused, most of the corruption that has taken place throughout Africa. The idea that free market capitalism inevitably fosters democracy has been disproved from Hitler's Germany to present day Russia and China. In the same way that our drug demand is fueling much of the violence and corruption in Central America, our demand for oil and minerals is doing the same to degenerate the chance of successfully enacting democracy in African states. We like to judge drug takers for contributing to Latin America's problems but just by writing this message from my computer makes me just as culpable in the problems of Africa. Until we "globalise" our economic systems and regulations, to keep up with the advantages taken by multinational corporations for decades, the outlook is bleak.

Nov. 10 2011 11:34 AM
khadija from brooklyn

Painful to listen to this gentleman. Makes me miss my late friend John Damis, more painfully. Wrap it up, please, please.

Nov. 10 2011 11:23 AM
Ernest CHICHO from Brooklyn ,New York

A questions for Mr Ayittey:

1): Would you refer to the collapse of the Gbagbo and Ghadaffi regimes of Cote D'Ivoire and Libya respectively as an "African Solution to the African Problem?"

Nov. 10 2011 11:20 AM

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