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It is not Africans buying the timber.
It is not Africans hiring mercenary to invade and destabilize African countries.
This is not totally true. Once again I refer the Nacional Geographic Review article of last month (portuguese edition, not sure if it was the same cover in the US and in other countries) about the killing of the Virunga's silverback gorillas.
They say it was about the wood that's chopped down to be used in the domestic everyday activities of africans. Also, they mention that the Congolese army is hired by the Utsis to attack the Tutsis and vice-versa.
Although you're right on your points, there are some problems that are in fact endemic to Africa.
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This is not totally true. Once again I refer the Nacional Geographic Review article of last month (portuguese edition, not sure if it was the same cover in the US and in other countries) about the killing of the Virunga's silverback gorillas.
They say it was about the wood that's chopped down to be used in the domestic everyday activities of africans. Also, they mention that the Congolese army is hired by the Utsis to attack the Tutsis and vice-versa.
Although you're right on your points, there are some problems that are in fact endemic to Africa.
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Only a few dozen miles from this village, convoys of lumber trucks filled with stone are bringing material to French-led crews laying the paved roads that will open up this area as never before. In the capital, Libreville, and in the headquarters of European logging companies, plans are already being laid for the forest's exploitation.
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That tree is not going into some poor locals cooking fire.

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Commercial logging is the second largest contributor to deforestation in Africa, threatening the continent’s existing indigenous forests and, in some cases, its political stability. Part of the problem, say environmentalists and forestry experts, is the common use of clear cutting and other unsound methods that strip large areas of trees and vegetation, damaging the forests’ ability to retain water and provide habitat for animal and plant life. Clear cutting sometimes erodes the exposed soil to a point at which natural regeneration or reforestation efforts are impossible.
http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/...s-forests.html

In addition a lot of Africa's forest have been cut to to sell coffee and more recently palm oil to the western countries.


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In April 2003, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw warned a UK company against recruiting mercenaries to work in Ivory Coast.

He said he was gravely concerned at reports that Northbridge Services Group - a security company - was recruiting ex-servicemen from Britain, South Africa and France.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3501632.stm
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They get payed very poorly and corruption is a way of life. Sad, but true.
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i'm sure that Obama will sort it out
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i'm sure that Obama will sort it out
How will Obama sort it out? I'm just curious why you think Obama can do it better given how messed up the situation in Africa is...
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How will Obama sort it out? I'm just curious why you think Obama can do it better given how messed up the situation in Africa is...
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Well...

As usual, forget about the UN. Those "responsible actors", China and Russia BOTH vetoed a UNSC action. Yep, they don't ever want the UN to interfere when a country is wiping out it's own citizens.

Now why would that be?
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As usual, forget about the UN. Those "responsible actors", China and Russia BOTH vetoed a UNSC action. Yep, they don't ever want the UN to interfere when a country is wiping out it's own citizens.

Now why would that be?
I believe it is called "creating your own opportunities". A power vacuum in Africa could be a very good thing for certain nations, and blocking action by the UN has taken the place of the Olympics as an international sport.
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How will Obama sort it out? I'm just curious why you think Obama can do it better given how messed up the situation in Africa is...
Its because hes bl- uh, I mean he is more, um, well. . .

He represents change, damnit!



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It is not Africans hiring mercenary to invade and destabilize African countries.
Mobutu nonwithstanding?
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So much for Mauritania grabbing democracy with both hands...
But they did, and they are are now choking the crap out of it.
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