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In the good old days, this was what Africa was, and still is, famous for!

By Mike Cunningham On August 17th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

So how do you combat an outbreak of a virus which is virtually unstoppable?

Well, if you are in Africa:-

Three Liberian patients received ZMapp on Friday, according to Tolbert G. Nyenswah, a Liberian assistant minister of health and social welfare. The patients signed consent forms stating that they understood the risks of the untested drug, and waived liability for any adverse effects.

The doses had been flown into Liberia after appeals from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to President Obama and senior American officials. Its arrival last week lifted morale and “raised the hope of everybody,” Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf said. The situation, however, was volatile. On Saturday afternoon, several hundred people in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum broke through the gates of a former school that had been converted days earlier into a holding center for people with suspected Ebola.

Samuel Tarplah, 48, a nurse running the center, said Saturday evening that the protesters wanted to shut it down. “They told us that we don’t want an Ebola holding center in our community.” He said the intruders stole mattresses, personal protective equipment, even buckets of chlorine that had just been delivered. “They took everything.”


Yep, the very place where the ‘experts’ hoped to contain the sick and the dying was trashed and ransacked.

Modern Africa…………..Just like the old Africa!

Update comment!

‘in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum’ which is really difficult to distinguish from all the other slums!


and what say the brave Black nations? Send your aid and charity cash; and your soldiers!

By Mike Cunningham On May 18th, 2014 at 10:04 am

I note that Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, (perhaps his mother should have chosen a Christian name less prone to fortune or chance) has cancelled a visit to the village from where all those schoolgirls were abducted some weeks ago. His security men were worried that the road to the village passes through an area largely controlled and patrolled by the Muslim bandits of Boko Haram, and they decided that they could not guarantee the safety of their leader.

Surely a further indictment of this corrupt and crime-laden country, which is possibly the wealthiest of all Africa, with oil and gas reserves totalling billions, is that the only Army it can field is so afraid of contact with a well-armed and –motivated group of terrorists that some opened fire on the commander who is ordering them to move against the Boko Haram terror fighters.

So all the so-called African leaders are heading to Paris, and will be asking the British, the French and the Americans to help in their battle against a determined and disciplined rebel force. I hold no liking for the Muslim bandits of either Africa or the blood-soaked sands of Arabia, but one thing which must be agreed of these savages is the fact that they believe in their cause; no matter how blood-soaked it becomes! The corruptions which have crippled Nigeria’s attempts to even govern itself are but typical of the mindset of the Black nations of Africa, who, once ‘freed’ by ‘Independence’ from the allegedly ‘despotic’ regimes of the Colonial West, decided to enrich themselves and their lackeys, as we have seen time and time again, from Zimbabwe to South Africa, from the Ivory Coast to Kenya, they are all at the trough, Black leaders driving in their limousines past the shacks of those who once hoped for better times; and then, when the bullets commence flying, seek the white man’s help to dig them out of the cess-pit they have helped construct after their ‘Freedom from the White Man’!


Not guns; but butter?

By Mike Cunningham On August 5th, 2011 at 9:35 am


“To the British taxpayer I say this: our aim is to spend every penny of every pound of your money wisely and well. We want to squeeze every last ounce of value from it. We owe you that.

That is incredibly good value for the taxpayer. It’s incredibly good for development and everyone wins – most especially the poor and disadvantaged people you describe.

We are currently strengthening the existing processes in place for review of our programmes annually during implementation and at completion, which will place greater emphasis on results and value for money.

Thirdly, that transparency, accountability, responsibility, fairness  and empowerment will be our watchwords.

Andrew Mitchell Sec. State Dept. for International Development.

“They have a point. Some of our money has been wasted. But that’s not an argument to stop aid. It’s an argument to change the way aid is delivered and that’s what we’re doing.”

“This is a time for the whole of Africa to meet the aspirations of its people. A time when aid, trade and democracy can come together to offer a new future for Africa.”

“We have the vaccines and the tools to do it. All that’s missing is real and sustained political will to see this effort through to the end.

David Cameron Coalition Prime Minister


An Ethiopian farmer speaking to Angus Stickler on the Today Programme regarding DfID funding to the Ethiopian Government: “If you don’t support the Government, you are denied access to vital supplies, seeds, fertiliser!”


By David Vance On July 20th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

David Cameron has announced that millions of pounds of foreign aid has been ‘wasted’, but insists this is not a reason to turn off the tap.

The Prime Minister, on a curtailed tour of Africa,  hit out at those in his own party who criticise his decision to pour billions more into foreign aid at a time of cutbacks at home. In a speech in Lagos, Nigeria, he will declare: ‘The aid sceptics are wrong. Aid is essential. It can work and we are making it work”

Nonsense. Of course Africa needs help. It just doesn’t need cash thrown at. As is argued eloquently here by Dambisa Moyo, there is much we can do to help African countries but Cameron has it precisely wrong. He is lavishing OUR cash in order to keep assorted thugs, tyrants, and theocrats in the sort of limos they feel they deserve.


By ATWadmin On December 4th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I have been very critical of African political leaders over the years, in my view with great justification. So it is a pleasant change to report that Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said that power-sharing in Zimbabwe is dead and it is time for African governments to oust President Robert Mugabe. His comments are some of the strongest by an African leader against Mr Mugabe. “It’s time for African governments… to push him out of power,” Mr Odinga said after talks with Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. I think this straight-talking is a very good sign and I hope other African leaders support him and do what is required to topple the thug Mugabe.


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2008 at 8:21 pm

OK then, any consistent reader of ATW will know I have damned the thug Robert Mugabe time and time again. But I suggest that he made a good choice by banning the unholy trinity of Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Nelson Mandela’s most recent wife, Graca.

These three clowns, along with a gaggle of other “humanitarian” serfs, were aiming to visit Zimbabwe to “hear what the people have to say.” 

Why? Mugabe is a tyrant, the people live in a police state and hunger, the breadbasket of Africa has been reduced to the basket case. And all the time, those like Mandela and Annan did nothing. Carter is useless beyond further comment. The Zimbabwean people need democracy and they will not get it by this troupe of goons using the dire state of Zimbabwe for one more PR opportunity. Well done Mugabe. Mind you, the sooner you burn in hell the better.


By ATWadmin On October 11th, 2008 at 9:38 am

Is ANYBODY out there surprised to read that Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe has allocated key ministries to his own party – in defiance of a power-sharing deal?

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the move had put the deal “in jeopardy”.  The MDC had signed the power-sharing agreement with Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party on 15 September. But the parties have been deadlocked in allocating ministries and have called back South African mediators. South African President Thabo Mbeki was invited back after a meeting on Friday between Mr Mugabe, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC splinter group head Arthur Mutambara. But state media on Saturday reported that Mr Mugabe had allocated the ministries responsible for the army, police and other state security to Zanu-PF

OF COURSE he will do this. It is in the nature of the scorpion to sting and Mugabe is a thug, a despot, a cruel evil man who is merely playing with the notion of powe-sharing. I have opposed the Mbeke brokered deal from day one and believe no good will come of it. You just CANNOT compromise with tyrants whilst they hold the whip hand in power.  


By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Interesting to read that South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki has agreed to step down after his own party
urged him to go,
opening the way to the presidency for his bitter rival
Jacob Zuma. Mbeki  has been very disappointing  during his years in power and South Africa will be the better without him. Of course Jacob Zuma promises little better and so we see the so-called Rainbow Nation with a large dark cloud sitting over it.
  Perhaps the greatest problem is the fact that South Africa is effectively a One Party State and the ANC itself is profoundly corrupt.


By ATWadmin On September 14th, 2008 at 9:01 am

I hate to be the spectre at the feast BUT I must be honest and say that I think that no good will come from the compromise deal between Zimbabwaen thug Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mr Tsvangirai has said: “When you negotiate, you ought to have faith and
confidence in each other. Otherwise, there is no point in negotiating,
because you are bound to fail. I am therefore giving him [Mr Mugabe]
the benefit of the doubt.”

Fool. Mugabe is not be trusted and compromise with evil is always wrong. I am aware how Morgan Tsvangirai has suffered personally but I think he is wrong to cut a deal with Mugabe and it makes me wonder if in years to come, Zimbabwe will end up swapping one egomanical tryrant for another?


By ATWadmin On August 11th, 2008 at 7:16 am

So is the news that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe is expected to sign a power-sharing deal
which will see his rival Morgan Tsvangirai become prime minister good news or bad?

Part of me recoils from the idea of appeasing the genocidal thug Mugabe by allowing him to stay on for possibly years to come, given the crimes he has committed. I realise that there is calculated realpolitik at play here, and Tsvangirai has endured much , as have the people of Zimbabwe, but somehow this deal does not strike me as a good deal and the fact that Mbeke is so keen to ensure it endures is a further sign of compromise with evil.