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Old 09-12-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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All because I told you historical facts? What would you do if you were being bankrupted? I've actually talked to people from Haiti. Alot of institutions had to be shut down because Haiti was forced to pay a debt to France.
Haitians tend to blame everyone but themselves for the pathetic state of their country. Owing money to France does not cosign Haiti to 1/5 the wealth of the Dominican Republic. Haiti could have easily traded with Latin America but did not. Why? Because the first thing the freed slaves did was break up the plantations into little unproductive parcels. That could only feed themselves but not generate enough for market. In fact one Haitian leader seeing the error of this tried to essentially re enslave Haitian peasants with predictable results.

You can only generate wealth through trade 200 years later and Haiti still hasn't gripped that fact.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:43 PM
 
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What happened in post colonial Africa that caused the continent to end up with so many corrupt governments?
The puppet dictators are put in place by the West enable to allow the West unlimited access to their country's abundant natural resources. Just look at what happened with Ghadaffi. In fact a great segment on Anthony Burdain's episode on the Congo was aired a couple of months ago. In that segment he pointed how the Belgium devils (who killed and enslaved over 10 million Congolese) with the assistance of the U.S. had the promising Congolese leader KILLED...simply because they were salty.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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The puppet dictators are put in place by the West enable to allow the West unlimited access to their country's abundant natural resources.
Somewhat of a faulty generalization. Some of these despots are in place because they are the tribal man (the name varies with the tribe). And yes, these elders are courted by the West, but the West was not the one to install them.

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Old 10-10-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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Most african leaders are imposed by the former colonizers,as simple as that,to continue sucking natural resources, benefiting from contracts and imposing bad deals through IMF,world bank and so forth,France for example has destroyed many african states.
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