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DE BEERS - DIAMONDS - INTERNATIONAL CHARITIES AND AFRICA
AFRICA DOESN’T NEED CHARITY AFRICA NEEDS LIBERATION
    
Subject: DE BEERS,DIAMONDS,INTERNATIONAL CHARITIES AND AFRICA
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 03:38:48 +0100

On 16 August 2001,Kathleen Armstrong kathleen@codep.org.uk sent an Email to Friends and Colleagues concerned with Conflict Diamonds with a petition calling for support for a certification system for diamonds. If you get it, do not add your name to this petition.

It is interesting how all these International Charities are focusing on Africa to allow the diamond monopoly de Beers to take total control of the diamond trade to increase its profits at the expense of ordinary people who mine diamonds ion Africa.

This Email falsely claims that "between 1991 and 1999, diamond revenues worth US $200 million annually, fuelled the civil war in Sierra Leone." How do they know unless they were the ones selling these diamonds? The fact is that De Beers, the British and US governments have been financing wars on the African continent to maintain their raope and plunder of Africa's vast mineral resources.

The report makes reference to the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone. It does not report that the RUF was infiltrated by British agents through another charity, International Alert; that Britain financed the purchase of the weapons used for the RUF attack on Freetown in 1999 through one of those agents operating under the cover of a secret organisation called "NIGHT SHADE". It does not report that de facto, Britain has recolonised Sierra Leone since it controls the main instruments of state control namely the Army, the Civil Service and the Police.

Neither does it show how Britain wrecked the Lome Peace Agreement to allow it to exercise control of the Kabah government. Only this week, a United Nations Agency called for compensation for the families of 20 soldiers executed by the Kabah Government with British approval, even after the United Nations had called for these men not to be executed.

The fact is that De Beers, the Diamond Monopoly has a very large stock of Diamonds and it seeks to restrict the sale of Diamonds in an open market so that it can increase the price it charges for diamonds and thus continue to make super profits. For example, it is reported that in 1992, a one carot G grade diamond was sold for $500.00. Today it is being sold for $2,000.00. De Beers seeks to restrict the mining of diamonds by ordinary Africans. It finances wars on the African continent to gain control of all the diamonds mined or to stop mining operations all together. Only De Beers benefits from this.

It has recently been reported that Diamond Works (probably a front for De Beers) is to resume mining in Kono in Sierra Leone. Ordinary Africans have been mining in Kono under a system that works for the benefit of all. This is known as the "Three Pile System." Under this system, an ordinary African miner splits the proceeds of his work three ways, one for the government, one for the person who leases the pit and one for himself. If Diamond Works is allowed back into ono. Then the ordinary African will n longer be able to mine for diamonds to provide for himself and his extended family.

The two racist reports produced by Ian Smillie of Parthership Africa Canada were meant for precisely this purpose and to aid the overthrow of Charles Taylor's democratically elected government in Liberia. Is it any wonder that De Beers, Britain and America are financing wars against Charles by Taylor by Guinean President Lansa Conte and groups defeated in elections supervised by the so called International Community?

De Beers and Britain seek total control of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to enable them to control the flow of diamonds from that part of Africa. They are only interested in peace if it aids their control. They are not interested in the Africans in Sierra Leone working out an economic and social system that benefits all the people of Sierra Leone. This certification system which Britain pushed through the United Nations based on Ian Smillie's racist reports, aids them in that purpose. That is why these international charities are pushing so hard for it.

In my OPEN LETTER TO THE AFRICAN PEOPLES OF THE WORLD (read it on www.mathaba.net), I pointed called for all these International Charities to be expelled from the continent of Africa since they are agents of neo-colonialism and instruments for the recolonisation of Africa. They are financed by the banks and international companies which extract $8.00 from Africa for every $1.00 given in aid. One of their principal purposes is to wage psychological warfare against African youths whose purpose is to liberate Africa from foreign control and domination, trying to convince them that they are useless and can do nothing without the help of these charities. But as Ngugi Wa Thiongo said, "Africa doesn't need charity, Africa needs Liberation."

Prince Ntum ba Azah


    
    
    

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