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(Kristin Schwartz)

The Ravaging of Africa

Length: 3:52:00
Uploaded: 18 Jun, 2007

Recording Date: 30 Jan, 2007
Recording Location: Nairobi Kenya, produced in Toronto Canada
Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: Timeless
Copyright: non-profit use only

Program Title: The Ravaging of Africa
Description: A four-part radio documentary series about the destructive impact of U.S. imperialism on Africa, featuring voices of African activists interviewed at the 2007 World Social Forum held in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Credits: Written by Asad Ismi, produced by Kristin Schwartz

Comments: The Ravaging of Africa has been enriching Europe and North America for more than 500 years. First, European empires imposed slavery and colonialism on the continent. After 1945, the United States took over as the dominant neo-colonial power.

Through the Pentagon and the CIA, the U.S. government has fueled 14 wars in Africa. The methods employed include direct and proxy nvasions as well as arms transfers and military training. The U.S. has used the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to systematically
demolish African economies and health and education sectors. This military and economic war enables the looting of Africa's resources by
Western multinational corporations. Washington's genocidal imperial strategy has killed more than 26 million Africans but failed to suppress
popular resistance.

Twenty-eight activists from 16 African countries were interviewed for the series. The documentary is based on Asad's award-winning article of the same title. For his publications visit:


1. "Militarizing Africa" describes how the United States has fomented the devastating war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as
taken part in and engineered the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia. With Mfuni Kazadi, Millicent Okumu, Farah Maalim and Halima Abdi Arush.

2. "Economic War" focuses on the World Bank's and IMF's decimation of the economies and social sectors of Guinea, Zambia, Kenya and South
Africa. With Bakary Fofana, Sarah Longwe, Caroline Adhiambo, Njuki Githethwa and Molefe Pilane.

3. "Corporate Plunder" details the disastrous effects of Royal Dutch Shell's operations in Nigeria and those of Canada's Tiomin Resources in
Kenya. Also highlighted is the tax looting of Africa by Western corporations. With Ifieniya Lott, Mwana Siti B. Juma, Charles Abugre and
John Christensen.

4. "African Resistance" celebrates the liberation of Southern Africa, the defeat of U.S. aims in the Congo and Somalia, as well as the diverse
non-military struggles against U.S. domination that were represented at the World Social Forum. With Wahu Kaara, Amade Suca, Mfuni Kazadi, Farah
Maalim, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi, Emilie Atchaka and Njeru Munyi.

The documentary series was funded by:

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903
CUPE National
Canadian Union of Postal Workers National
CUPW North Bay Local
Canadian Labour Congress
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
MiningWatch Canada
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (Univ. of Toronto)
CHRY 105.5 fm Toronto
Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson
50 Years is Enough (Washington, DC)
Fair Trade Clothing Co-op

Type: Documentary

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