should it happen? should it be stepped up to cancellation even? these questions are of much concern.
what do we say as we battle for "democracy" and the "freedom" of capitalism? is that freedom really freedom from responsibility? while africa is dependent on the so-called first world, we continue to live in ignorance. these african countries live in extreme poverty that may never be conquered due to roadblocks and constricting control by the west.
did you know 35 of the world's poorest countries owed $226 billion in 199--less than the U. S. fiscal year 1998 defense budget. 28 of these countries are in africa!
so with countries under heavy debt, barely able to make minimum payments, much less the full amount or the interest, do we have any reason to expect this money back? i did say "we," for we must accept responsibility for the situation, ALL of us. everyday we live relatively pain-free and enjoy much at the expense of our brothers from the south.
the flip side of the coin is that the world is now smaller than ever, and capitalism holds more control each year. we call this freedom from strict government control, yet half of the world is hungry. if it is a capitalist world, isn't it only fair that these countries pay their debts?
well, i don't think we have a flip-side as an option. how will these countries ever recover with virtually no control of their own precious resources, TNC's(trans-national corporations) reign supreme sucking the blood of the sufferers(c) bob, and this debt looms overhead?
should the world let it go? or relieve it little by little?
before u answer...consider...if it is all let go, will things change? will more money be lent? it may not be as simple as that old "give everyone in the U.S. $20,000 and they'll be alright," because we are dealing with molded attitudes, and cultures totally infected with the idea that west=best while is is the west that is the cause of their problems.
what u think?
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1. "RE: Debt-relief in the Third World" In response to Reply # 0
I think that the 3rd world debt should be absorbed and more aide should be funneled to Africa and South America... "America's still five centuries deep in cotton money"-Mos Def If we took a % of the profits Private prison industry enjoys and redirected it to these places that would resolve a lot of the health care problems. I don't have the stats, but this monster was created by Corporate greed and capitalism's chase for profit! Now think about this. This is an "Election" year. Have either candidates mentioned this issue? Will they? McFeely I strongly suggest that during the Republican Con. You go out to the demonstrations and show solidarity with those protesting over this exact issue. I'll be in LA for D2K! JOIN THE FIGHT!!!!
3. "America the "booty"full" In response to Reply # 0
America sure does have it's arm ahead in the imperialistic game of capitalists gains. It's funny whenever I hear some lame-ass politician (shit, who isnt lame?) say "we're gonna get tougher on crime!" Shit, anybody who buys into that is a dumb-ass. AMerica couldn't be any more tougher on crime than it already is, having the highest percentage of people in the world who are imprisoned and having the most number of prisons being built. All of our money goes to these prisons, and capitalist ventures are investing in them. You think that money will ever be sent to Africa or Haiti? Hell f***ing NO!
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5. "RE: Debt-relief in the Third World" In response to Reply # 0
I wish that 3rd World debt could be forgotten. Unfortunately, there are a few barriers to that.
1. The world system runs on debt/credit. Think about it. Which is the richest country? Which is the most indebted? One and the same. To eliminate debt, even for the poorest few, is to call into question the lubricant of the world economic system, and we all know that that isn't going to happen.
2. When debt is relieved, immediately talk of conditionality follows, which means "We'll give you more help, if you give us more control." Seeing the track record of those taking more control, who do you think is going to benefit?
3. Debt isn't generally owed to countries but to private companies. The money might not be much for a country (or even for the company), but as above, debt isn't going to be forgotten for free, especially not by companies. In any case, the companies will want their money, so the rich countries would have to pay these companies the debt in some way or other.
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If Africa(im using the continent as a whole,including the "28" countries) was given a pass on paying back then othr countries would expect the same...thats how the world works. Africa' situation may never be solved...its not one answer...its 100 answers needed.
I am going to play devil's advocate here...... How about if the rulers continually take the money that is supposedly given to them to help their country. why then should debt be forgiven if the President or whomever is in power have their debt forgiven? one
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11. "Debt-relief in the Third World" In response to Reply # 0
> >should it happen? should it be >stepped up to cancellation even? >these questions are of much >concern.
as a ugandan I'm interested in what korr and eddydon had to say..debt should be relieved by all means (nobody on either side expects full repayment) but it still remains at a level far above your ordinary person in the sense that african leaders continue to borrow what they can't repay and huge slabs of that money & aid vanish almost as soon as soon as they enter the country.
say, uganda's poorest wouldn't care either way because they saw hardly a cent of that money as it came in..so it's fair to say that they shouldn't have to pay for it's return.
progress has been made with corruption but a few of our politicians have learnt how to play the game..scapegoat the most visibly corrupt, funnel less obviously, shave fractions off fractions of the military budgets, then 'satisfactorily' justify increased spending in the next budget, introduce 'free' education that costs - thus you're percieved as a model nation, deserving off massive debt relief and aid packages.
ah, lemme not be so cynical/pessimistic..we'll see who benefits. _______________________________________________________
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12. "RE: Debt-relief in the Third World" In response to Reply # 11
>as a ugandan I'm interested in >what korr and eddydon had >to say..
In essence, the leaders of lesser developed nations want to become developed nations like the G-8 nations.
I am questioning this goal personally. I don't think everyone in the world needs to rock Hilfiger, push a suburban on blades, and run out for the new Harry Potter novel.
I do think we should aim our economies to self-sufficiency and not growth.
But to get to the Us status that so many folks want there have been 2 options.
1. Loans to government 2. Corporate/capitalist involvement in both countries.
Neither of which have brought the masses of people in lesser developed nations to live like members of the G-8. Option 1 has put them in major debt, and Option 2, well I'm sure the others on the board could get you up on corporate crime.
I think it is possible for every country to have the US type of living, but the costs of doing so are great.
A good example is what is happening in Zimbabwe. the current president is using the killing of the white farmers as his personal tool for the natives to back him up yet he's taking money from other countries and pocketing it himself. Sometimes debt relief or forgiveness should be given to some but some leaders truly eff it up for their countries by pocketing the money. one
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