Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Case for the "New Cameroon" and the "New Africa"

Paul Biya of Cameroon is regarded in many patriotic circles as an “SOB” for exploiting and allowing his country to be exploited by foreign interests in such a detached manner, leaving Cameroon today as a beggar nation, but he is France’s “Son of a B....” all right, and one accepted by France’s political allies and the economic powers that be in Africa. Unlike Gadhafi who was not the “Son of B…” of any of the world powers, and so was expendable---given the resources that Libya had; Biya and the system his masters put in place with the tacit or open support of western powers will be defended by France. The worst that the French can do is ease him out of power as they did to his predecessor Ahmadou Ahidjo, and then put in place another puppet that would sustain the six-decade old system they put in place in Cameroon.

As Howard W. French wrote in an article published in February 28, 1995, Herman Cohen, a former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs stated that, "The U.S. policy was very explicit, giving major responsibility for Africa in global terms to the major metropolitan powers…The problem with the French, is that they never believed it, because they extended the Gaullist vision of the U.S. as an imperialist power in Europe into Africa."

Howard W. French (the author of  A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa )  wrote in the article that “…For most of the period from the dawn of African independence in the late 1950's to the end of the cold war, the United States gave assurances that it was content to see France govern over the affairs of its former colonies as part of a sort of division of labour between Western allies that was aimed at minimizing Soviet advances in the third world…”

Today, Africa, Anglophone Africa especially, and Francophone Africa increasingly, is becoming an arena that is no longer a privilege given to the former colonial masters by an America that was contented to see Britain and France hold sway in the continent; today Africa is being increasingly scramble for by resources-hungry China and a USA that does not want to lose out to the new scramble for Africa that the former colonial powers are powerless to prevent.

This development is something that must not be overlooked by the African civic-nationalists who understand that Africa and Africans must secure the continent’s interest so that its human and material resources gets exploited in a rational manner that ensures the development of the land and the progress and wellbeing of Africans.





Janvier Tchouteu                                                                2011


                                   

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ernest Hemingway Quote on War





War is no longer made by simply analyzed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule.



Ernest Hemingway,                                                                                                 1935








        

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kindle Book Deals for the Week

   

Liberating a People from Mental Slavery (Thomas Sankara)

Je ne pense pas que Blaise (Blaise Compaore) veuille attenter à ma vie. Le seul danger, c'est que si lui-même se refuse à agir, l'impérialisme lui offrira le pouvoir sur un plateau d'argent en organisant mon assassinat. Même s'ils parvenaient à m'assassiner, ce n'est pas grave ! le fond du problème, c'est qu’ils veulent bouffer, et je les en empêche. Mais je mourrai tranquille car plus jamais, après ce que nous avons réussi à inscrire dans la conscience de nos compatriotes, on ne pourra diriger notre peuple comme jadis.

 ------THOMAS SANKARA of Burkina Faso


I do not think that Blaise (Blaise Compaore, his deputy and best friend) wants to make an attempt on my life. The only danger is that if he refuses to act, the imperialist powers will offer him power on a silver platter by organizing my assassination. Even if they succeed in assassinating me, it does not matter! The bottom line is that they want to eat, and I am stopping them. But I shall die peacefully, for never, after what we have succeeded in instilling in the consciences of our countrymen, they cannot control our people as formerly.
  ------ THOMAS SANKARA, head of state of Burkina Faso

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Terrorism Virus (From the story "The Sweetest Madness" in the collection entitled "Me Before Them"

“Terrorists are not only those who believe they are chosen by God to commit mass murder in his name, but can be governments and other systems of faith or worship that also believe it is their exclusive right to deprive others of their lives, freedom, prosperity, peace and harmony. When the majority in their communities, states or nations acquiesce to this twisted notion of exclusiveness, the people too get infected by the bug of terrorism and become dehumanized in the process without knowing it."
Janvier Tchouteu





              

Monday, February 13, 2017

Aging (Quotes from the book "Me Before Them")

“You know you are getting old when yesterday turns out to be a fading memory you have difficulties recollecting, when today becomes a challenge that is hard to grasp and when tomorrow promises an uncertainty that you dread encountering.”


“Never go for someone that represents something that is more of a fantasy than reality in this crazy world of lonely people, unless it is for the shortest time possible, and unless you have clearly figured out an exit strategy.”



Outlook on Cameroon (An excerpt of "Me Before Them")

...Based on the way things have developed in that country, Samuel looks more like a victim of the struggle than the hero he truly is, than the hero who gave his people a vision. He is like all the other dead heroes of that land, heroes who saw their splendid legacies denigrated by the evil system. I think Cameroon is one of those accursed countries on earth that may never be able to redeem itself unless there is intervention from above or from abroad. The only figures that seem to hold sway in that country are the scoundrels that give humanity a bad name, the superfluous men that are the curse of any country they dominate. Truth be told, Cameroon under the half a century system is a complex country. Most of its good brains are out, and few Cameroonians in the Diaspora see anything good coming out of the country unless the mafia system is dismantled and unless power is taken away from the hands of the oligarchy.”...



             

Thursday, February 2, 2017

An Insight into the Leopard (Panther) by the Bamileke People of Cameroon, Africa (Excerpt of "The Usurper:and Other Stories)

“I wonder why you are still puzzled by the panther or leopard, or whatever name you choose to give to that wise cat. The leopard is the smartest of all the wild cats. You can’t understand it unless you are a natural soul of this area. It is our totem, our pride in the spirit form as natural animals of this world. See how dignified that cat looks. Understand it and you have understood the nature of the world and what it takes to make us natural survivors. People wonder why the leopard is defensive, caring, agile, sly, illusive, solitary and yet strangely aggressive. It developed those attributes because it was forced to learn to survive during the thousands of years that man and other wild beasts hunted it down...