In terms of politics there is nothing new under the Sun.More than half a century ago African leadership of integrity encountered the very same negative forces that leadership of integrity encounters today.Ghana`s president, Kwame Nkrumah, explained to us what these forces are and how they operate, he explained this to us over fifty years ago.
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NKRUMAH SPEECH FORCES AGAINST AFRICA
“The forces arrayed against us are, and I use the word most carefully, formidable. They are entrenched and powerful, they are, as I`ve taken some pains to explain, the forces of imperialism, acting through their instruments new colonialism and colonialism, ably assisted by the agents of the Cold War. They operate in worldwide combinations at all levels, political, economic, military, cultural, educational, social and trade. And (thats) not all, and through intelligence, cultural and information services (media). They operate from European and African centers using agents who I`m ashamed to say are open unpatriotic sons of Africa buying personal satisfactions with the betrayal of their country`s safety and integrity. They seduce leaders of the African political, trade union and peoples organizations; thus creating rifts and quarrels within the national front. On the border fronts, they are amassing their forces in a determined effort to stay the advance of African liberation and the march of unity. It is not accidental that the countries of the European Common Market and those spear heading the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the imperialist powers who have brought in their vassals Spain and Portugal; Portugal in fact since the wars of the Spanish Succession, 1700-1714; being a protectorate of Britain, which has enjoyed special treaties and unnecessary rights in both Portugal and the Portugues territories for over 200 years. It is not difficult to understand, therefore, why Britain has not raised her voice against atrocities in Angola and other protected Portuguese territories and naturally supported Portugal`s preposterous scheme at Goa in India which is an integral part of the multicultural continent.The arms and troops that are pouring into Angola cannot be regarded in isolation from the international organization of imperialism and the Cold War militarism with which they are most definitely linked. It is absurd to think that Portugal, one of the poorest countries in Europe, that`s a fact, could support so large an army, so well equipped as that which it defended her colonial acquisitions in Africa without the active aid she must be receiving from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. nor can we look upon the way in which South Africa is busily building up an armed force equal to any held by the nations of Europe without the international obligations which are obviously involved. She has , we hear a secret military pact with Portugal and the interlacustrine imperialist interests collected in the Congo and the Rhodesias, Angola and Mozambique which are also linked with the great mining and financial interests which are operating out of South Africa; created chain of allies which seriously threatens both the fight for extending African emancipation from colonialism and the independence of the new African states. Now that African independence has been achieved over a large part of the continent and the national consciousness of Africans from north to south, from east to west, is adding momentum to the struggle for independence; every kind of means is being used by the colonialists to arrest its progress and defeat its objective. They are attempting many methods some sinister, some beguiling to wreck our efforts. They strike antipathetic postures: on one side they perform acts calculated to strike fear, on the other they try to hood-wink us with fictitious gifts which superficially pander to our hopes and aspirations. They are the present attempts to deflect our purpose, to weaken our determination.”
What the great Kwame Nkrumah was talking about was an empire and how this empire controls its colonies.Nothing has changed in Africa since this great man had the courage to speak out.The empire that controls Africa is no longer visible as `colonialism`, but it is still completely in control. It is now the Invisible Empire. This Invisible Empire does not just control Africa, it controls almost all the world. It is the global monetary system that enslaves through economics, that enslaves the majority of people through poverty. The Invisible Empire is at war with us, the majority of us, at economic war.
We cannot attribute a nationality to this empire but we can attribute a residence which is the City of London.This is the financial centre of the world and the global raw materials market which has deliberately underdeveloped the African Continent for several hundred years,deliberately enslaved her people and withheld from them any meaningful development, ie., industrialization. Many of Africa`s great leaders and true heroes have in the past attempted the industrialization of their countries. They have each and everyone of them either had their characters assassinated and demonized or have been met with untimely deaths.Such great men are the likes of Gamal Nasser of Egypt,Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Muammar Gadhaffi of Libya.
In 1961, another courageous leader tried to expose the Empire, as did Kwame Nkrumah.John F Kennedy of the USA had this to say:
“For we are opposed around the world, by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means of expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of election, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly efficient, machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”
Kennedy was telling us that the great country and generous people of America are as much in the grip of this Empire as anywhere else, and this explains the murderous foreign policy of the USA since the end of World War II.
But the enemy is not the Empire. The enemy is ourselves. It is our refusal to open our eyes and recognize the games and tricks of austerity, poverty,war and divisions within society which the Empire uses to keep us from uniting, from recognizing each other as our brothers and sisters.