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Malta EU Elections – PN vs PL

The Maltese public seems very weary in putting their trust in the two major political parties. Most say they have close to the same agenda. Well to get an idea you have to think of it as organized crime, You can call the PN as the Genovese’s and the PL the Gambino’s. It’s all a power game to them, where occasionally each party tries to politically assassinate another party’s candidate, especially if he edges into his opponent’s territory. But when they both feel threatened then that’s where both the PN and the PL unite to destroy anybody else encroaching on their territory.

 Sure that they say a lot of crap with regards to their responsibility towards their citizen, let’s face it, how many of us can put his hand on his heart and say that we are living in a safer Country now ( Government, Police and Security forces do not know who or how many foreigners are actually living in Malta), that our health care system is improving (Having an understaffed hospital with long lists of citizens waiting for a hospital service), that our infrastructure is improving (roads, energy services, environment, housing, etc), that our education system is improving (we are creating certified zombies that are qualified but not ready for a working world), That our Social system is improving (yes it is improving for those who knows how to abuse it but discriminatory with those that paid into it for their retirement with the Government now saying it is getting unsustainable), The judiciary system (Justice seems to punish the victims and rewards the criminals), Workers rights improvement (unfair worker competition y authorities turning a blind eye on illegal work being done foreign workers and those abusing the social system, allowing employers to abuse the system by using part timers to absolve them from having to pay workers for leave, sick leave etc).

So one can easily see that by keeping either the Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL), it is definitely not in our National interest but definitely in their interest as they can both keep lining their pockets with our tax money without being accountable. That is why they both (The Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL)) keep delaying in reaching an agreement to audit and publish any of their financial reports. Keeping their propaganda machine costs millions of euros per year even in Malta and that money is coming from somewhere, and those investing in the Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL) will want a return on their investment. I can’t imagine anyone in Malta today believe that anybody gives anything for nothing to a Political Party that are unaccountable of how money is being received and by whom or spent and to whom. I am not talking about the small fry here either.

Malta FlagSmarten up people. Read and look up information. Never rely on any of the Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL) propaganda machine. Research the vast amount of information on the internet and see with your own eyes if what you are paying in taxes is being translated in a better life for you, your family and your community. Use your option if you have to in voting in other minority party candidates to the traditional Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL) parties, at the end of the day we will be better served politically as they will all feel threatened- this time by the public.

To see how credible the Genovese’s (PN) can only be reached by this statement. Before Malta joined the EU we have done a referendum where it was accepted by the Maltese people to join the EU. We also demonized the Gambino’s (PL) for saying that they will not accept the referendum results. Now we had the EU not accepting referendum results of French, Dutch and Irish for an EU Constitution cum Treaty,and the Genovese’s (PN) did not utter a word, in fact they went behind our backs and in conspiracy with the Gambino’s (PL) they denied us a referendum to chose our way forward- Hypocrites by a well organized crime Mafia parties Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL).

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May 24, 2009 Posted by | Gonzi, Incompetent Malta Government, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta Unions, Maltese, Maltese Justice, MLP, PN | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Europe – Lost Idenity , A lost civilization

I am going to start with a statement that everybody knows it’s true but everybody is in denial of:

When your own country sucks because your people have ruined it, the only thing to do is to go steal someone else’s…

Unfortunately, the Ghost that keep haunting most Europeans is the heavy burden carried from past wars in Europe. Now Europe just like an old man that is intellectually capable of thinking smart and able to have a vision for the future, it’s (Europe) body is weak and feeble in realizing those dreams.

We have bought into an unsustainable idea that giving up one’s Country for the European enrichment is good.

 Those who subscribe to this idea because they presume that it will bring them out of a lower/standard of living to a higher/standard of living  and income bracket will realize how wrong they are for these simple reasons.

The harder you work will not be an incentive to elevate you out of poverty alas it will be an incentive for Governments to part you from your earnings to give it away to those that live off the system.

I am convinced of this due to the fact that no matter how honestly one worked in his life, when one retires after completing his working life to retirement and contributing all his working life to his Country and society, he ends up deprived of a decent standard of living that rapidly sends him back into poverty. A sort of a snakes and ladders board game that an honest worker is playing through all his working life aiming to win the game where the last square for winning the game has a snake that sends him down to the first square called poverty!
How can someone really believe Governments that says, let us all in our village(Europe) sell our property (European Countries) and we will all buy into this big mansion (called Europe) where all the village (European Countries) can live, There will be a total of 736 shares (MEP’s) to this mansion where Malta will have (MEP’s) 5 shares and the other Countries have different amount, this same Mansion (Europe) will be managed (European Commission) not by the investors (European Citizens), but by their investment broker (European Governments) that really says his aim is to give value to investors.

This is well and good, if only he points you to the fine print where it says ‘Your investment can go up or go down, past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance, etc etc’ and your broker also does not inform you of your investment risks (type of risk, currency implications etc). The only thing an investor knows 100% is that there are implications for subscribing into the investment and exiting the investment, and that the broker has a monetary gain in making you as an investor to part with your wealth. If things go wrong then tough luck.

This is today’s EU, a plan to gamble Countries in the stock market(Complicated integration of Countries) instead of operating each Country like a Business in a free market where traders (Countries) compete with each other for the creation of wealth of all stake holders (Country and its citizens).

Now this is a simplified version that one can relate to more than the jargon that most Governments like to refer to. Everybody knows about the bubble bursts and stock markets crashes (including the inflated evaluation of non-existant wealth), but I know for sure that if the EU bubble bursts, its implications will be war and chaos.

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Belgium, Britain, broker, Bubble, bubble burst, Denmark, European Market, France, Germany, Holland, Investment, investment broker, Italy, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta Prime Minister, Malta Unions, Maltese, Netherlands, PN, Poland, Poverty, Spain, UHM, UK, United Kingdom | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Malta Government,EU and UNHCR telling the truth about Libya?

Libya a de facto shelter for African migrants

Libya: immigrants wants to go back home

Aid to Africa Debate :

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Ministro Maroni: abbiamo respinto in Libia i clandestini

Il video dei trafficanti di uomini così i libici fermano i gommoni

May 22, 2009 Posted by | Amnesty International, Britain, France, Germany, Gonzi, Illegal Immigration, Incompetent Malta Government, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Spain, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta Government,EU and UNHCR telling us truth ?

The Clip all our Malta MEP’s never told us about!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Another:

EU No Place for sheep but for those who really have their Country and People at heart:

EU – MEP Nigel Farage talks about EU Corruption   Link

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UN Admits Corruption:

UN Internal Probe Finds Massive Corruption
Libya a de facto shelter for African migrants

Libya: immigrants wants to go back home

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Il video dei trafficanti di uomini così i libici fermano i gommoni

May 22, 2009 Posted by | Amnesty International, Britain, France, Germany, Gonzi, Illegal Immigration, Incompetent Malta Government, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Spain, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta – Europe – Trust in Politicians

Euronews – The European Official TV Channel conducted an onlone Poll the Question for this Poll was:

Public trust in politics: do you think your country’s politicians are honest?

Yes:    7%

No:   88%

Not Sure: 4%

http://www.euronews.net/news/you/

So before Our dear Politicians continue with their arbitrary legislation on everything under the sun, it is better to start implimenting a more viable way of doing politics by letting the people partecipate more in HOW THEY WANT TO BE GOVERNED. GIVE US OUR COUNTRY BACK AND GIVE BACK THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

Politicians have hijacked the whole finances of the country while abdicating their responsability towards taxpayers. Yes to helping those that geniunely needs a push to fend for themselves, No to those that abuse the social assistance that live off it- Do not let these abusers live indefenitly of free money inteded to assist them out of falling behind, it should be only intended as a temporary measure to getthem back on their feet. WE demand accountablity from our Politicians, those that underperform should be removed by their own Political Party and should not be rewarded for failure. Workers Unions have more of a responsability than squabling over how much members each union has, you have the moral duty to police the Government on how our Tax money is spent and focus on the deterioration in standards of living. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION, ENERGY,HEALTH  AND SECURITY. Our Police, Judiciary and Security forces systems should focus on what they where created for – TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY AND IT”S CITIZENS FROM CRIME, AND THAT MEANS ALL SORTS OF CRIME AS DEFINED BY LAW.

Discepline and honest should work from the top down, We have created a two tier system where those in Authority can abuse all the systems and law, while the honest hard working citizen end up paying for it all. Politicians preach democracy while participating in it’s decline.

May 21, 2009 Posted by | Gonzi, GWU, Incompetent Malta Government, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, Malta Unions, Maltese, Maltese Justice, MLP, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Poverty, UHM | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta – the island with no statistics!!!

For every EU member Country, one can find statistic of how National statistics relates to each citizens. Unfortunately , financial statistics in Malta a lagging, spaced out or actually outdated. It is actually what our Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and the PN administration nightmare. It is the truth that they want to hide from our Workers unions and employers. It is also a deficit carried by our Newspaper reporters and journalist that also avoid asking the relevant questions to keep us informed unlike their colleagues in Europe . Our National Statistics office is devoid of such interesting information on their website although our Government boasts of world class Government IT. The PL is also more concerned with petty issues and devoid of information and statistics to be made public and uptodate. Here is an example of statistics in the UK:

 The Recession By Numbers

Source: Credit Action, debt facts and figures, May 1st 2009

  • £84m is the interest the Government has to pay each day on the UK’s net national debt of £743.6bn. This is projected to rise to £118m a day (£43bn) in financial year 2010 – 2011.
  • Total UK personal debt at the end of March 2009 stood at £1,459 billion.
  • Total consumer credit lending to individuals over the last 12 months ending March 2009 was £232 billion.
  • Average household debt in the UK is £9,280 (excluding mortgages). This figure increases to £21,580 if the average is based on the number of households who have some form of unsecured loan.
  • Average owed by every UK adult is £30,475 (including mortgages).
  • During March 2009 Britain’s personal debt increased by £1 million every 50 minutes.
  • 3,000 people made redundant every day and 1 in 33 people currently in work are expected to become unemployed in 2009.
  • 1 property repossessed every 10 minutes.
  • 1 person declared bankrupt every 4.5 minutes.
  • 33,600 applications for credit have been turned down every day during the past six months.
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux deal with 7,241 new debt problems every day.
  • A recent poll conducted by the Resolution Foundation found that nearly 3 million people earning between £12,000 and £27,000 per year worry ‘all the time’ about their personal finances.
  • We work the first 83 days of any given year just to earn enough money to service the interest on our debts
  • Total credit card debt in March 2009 was £53  billion.
  • The UK collective credit limit on credit cards is £158bn, which is an average credit card limit of £5,129 per person.
  • The average interest rate on credit card lending is currently 17.6%, which is at least 17.1% above current base rate.

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Gonzi, GWU, Incompetent Malta Government, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta Prime Minister, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, Malta Unions, Maltese, MLP, PBS, PN, UHM, United Kingdom | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta Detention regime of Irregular Migrants criticised

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-201394
illegal immigrants on the Island of Malta, has become an insurmountable problem for the Maltese Government to the extent, that legislation had to be passed to muzzle in on the increasing public outcry to contain and reverse the increasing arrivals of illegal Migration. The new legislation has the aim of containing public opinion from being expressed openly, where the Authorities will be able to prosecute anyone that voices his opinion regarding the scale of illegal immigrants now roaming the tiny island, under undefined racial hatred laws.

The Islands are just an outcrop, in the middle of the Mediterranean sea , and a front line of illegal migration crossing of unfortunate people, that keep being forgotten by the International Community. They have a right to a decent living for themselves and their families as any in the Western or Asian Countries.

The problems for Malta and the Maltese, arises, due to the size of the islands. with an area of 316 sq km (121 sq miles) and a population density of 1282 per sq km (3339 per sq mile), population 2007 estimate of 418,285 and with the arrival of new illegal immigrants superseding the official National Birth rate, on a Country with no natural resources. It is becoming a real strain on the Islands.
The disappointment is further rubbed in on the Maltese population, that after doing their utmost, in getting illegal migrants to shore safely from dangerous crossings on flimsy, un-seaworthy boats. The united Nations agency UNHCR, keeps criticizing the Maltese Government for not doing enough and calls on the immediate release of undocumented, medically unscreened and unproven Country of Origin migrants.
One always thought that the United Nations is there to support the World Community, in getting Countries the Stability and improvement in conditions for their citizens. In Malta, the UN is being seen a de-stabilization medium of our once charitable Nation which is now being overburdened by the financial cost to the Maltese community, that have to outlay the cost for Medical, educating and housing these poor souls and abandon the care for the local less fortunate citizens.
The burden is further instilled by the un-willingness of the Maltese Government and other Political parties to crack down on employers , that abuse the employment system, and hire illegal immigrants, granting illegal migrants inferior work conditions and salaries, escaping Tax and Social Security payments, while these same migrants are allowed to collect Government financial aid thereby creating an unfair employment competition with the local workers.
Although , Malta is part of the EU, the smallest and most populated Country of the EU, the same EU has not been forth coming with assistance to which it is the problem creator for Malta’s migrant problems. Legislation within the EU is very soothing on paper, in that humans have rights to be respected, but then the EU condemned these people to a life without a future on a small island where they do not even want to be, as their aim was to build a future on mainland Europe. Even in the EU’s speeches, there are recommendations for European Governments to legalize these illegal immigrants due to the unsustainable future growth to the economy because decreasing workforce in Europe and the aging population then they do not want to take any of these Migrants to help in building their future ecconomy, altough the EU wants to take credit and want to be looked at as if they are chapions and saviours to refugee and illegal migrants in the World’s eye…… only on paper though. The EU’s support to border Countries has been a matter of throwing some money at the problem and a just one Country (Holland) taking a ridiculous amount of refugees to start a new life in their Country. The USA (not part of the EU), has taken in solidarity support to Malta more than the EU Countries combined, under the assistance of the American Ambassador H.E. Ms. Molly Bordanaro.
The United Nations agency, UNHCR, has been a failure, due to the fact that Countries part of the UN assembly, are not doing enough in condemning Countries not respecting Human basic laws. The Secretary General in the UN is oblivious of problems being created in other Countries overburdened with refugee and illegal migrants on their host Country. He never, ever once sited praise or visited Malta for our efforts in saving migrants from sure death in the deep Mediterranean Sea. Not once has the EU member states took seriously the plight, of their member state or the real wish of these migrants, to see the strain being created on the Islands and the migrants. Instead we are continually being criticized for our genuine efforts in easing the hardship for these unfortunate people.
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<![CDATA[It is getting rather sickening, seeing PN and PL fighting each other to death like a pair of gladiators in a Political Coliseum. I have seen the PN Political spot on TV, which practically says that the PL are working against the interest of Malta and the Maltese. I will never believe that ever, and people with some gray matter for brains can never believe that the PL and PN are actively seeking against Malta and the Maltese. I rather believe that both the PN and PL don’t like to take long term views and actions beyond their five year term in office, which means that their priorities for Malta and the Maltese is somewhere down the line in their priority list. Their first priority is getting or retaining power at all costs. Second on their list is definitely to please those that matter (EU, NGO’s, Financial Party Supporters, and The Media).Thirdly what personal financial gain they are going to get from Politics, then maybe it’s Malta and the Maltese.

What irks me most in Maltese Politics is the lack of accountability of retaining the status quo, in other words limiting our representation to PL or the PN. Let’s face it, everybody seems to know that a few months before any election (General, Local Counsel and MEP), they both start to listen to the public, not to address them, just to address their election campaign accordingly. Everybody also knows that mostly it is based on lies, deceit, or omitting anything of relevance. It is also almost predictable that if the electorate wants to arrive at some sort of true picture of PL and PN intentions, the direct opposite of what they say is almost spot on of what will actually happen.

Accountability is so frustrating, that it begs the question of how truly democratic Malta is. I had visited the website transparency.org (see report 2008) to see how Malta ranks on the corruption perception index for 2008 and was worried for the fact that we rank as number 36 with two other Countries Botswana and Puerto Rico with an index of 5.8 (10 being non corrupt and 0 being corrupt).What is even more worrying is the fact that in 2007 we ranked at number 33 albeit still 5.8 on the scale index (report 2007) . Then I started thinking and realized how rampant our Political system is in corruption. First let us take the last general election, everybody knows that Enemalta belongs to the Maltese Government, He is also the appointee of its directors, everybody also knows that the bills in that election year where delayed by months. Everybody also knows that just after the election all electric bills started coming out of enemalta like hot cakes with hefty bills. I would classify that as corruption to the tune of buying votes by not issuing the bills at their appropriate time for political gain, throwing a lot of the public under financial stress for the sake of PN’s political gain. Same when the PN says that Malta gained a lot financially from the EU in the tune of over a billion Euros. Where the hell did they spend them? Roads – definitely NO as they are in a worse state as when the British left, they might say the Airport to Ghajn Tuffieha road – er NO that was done under the Italian Protocol agreement, where the new Mater Dei Hospital – NO that was under our own budget, the Airport- NO, Power Station-NO, the half baked Cirkewwa sea terminal-NO, where the hell did they go? Can anybody please enlighten me as to the Billion+ euros whereabouts? All I know is that political party’s finances (both PL and PN) are well hidden from the public scrutiny, to such an extent that now there is the VAT department being investigated of fraud by some of its employees that made off with what is described as millions that were lost in public revenue, with businesses and businessmen helping in the police investigation. Accountability – None. Same goes for NGO and Charity groups, I could not  find one that has an audited published account that I could see on their websites. One has one for 2007 but when you look into it there is hardly anything that gets it anywhere near that can be classified as a financial audited report – some of them are getting public grants and exempted from taxation- So should I as a tax payer expect at least as a minimum, an audited published account as to how these groups that benefitted from these grants, donations and tax relief initiatives have spent these benefits, a real break down on how money was spent and from were it was received- that will never happen in Malta. Corruption comes under many different shades and definitions, including not legislating in favor of a whistle blowers act that protects person/s  reporting abuse, it also means taking immediate action when the ombudsman clearly stipulates an abuse has been committed, it also means that when the EU sends a reasoned opinion and threaten to take Malta to ECJ (European Court of Justice) the Government does not wait till 11th hour to take action just for the sake of financial gain like in cases of departure tax and car vat registration and others.

PL has nothing to be proud of either as people had asked for change in their leadership years ago, but the corrupt elements that held the PL hostage for personal gain is a well known fact. The cost was that there was no political alternative to PN to the detriment of Malta’s democracy. The PN’s cunningness to betray the voters at all cost at the last general election is manifested with the JPO case. They have both betrayed the public by not allowing Political competition, they manipulate the media, they both have their deceitful propaganda machine that excludes other political views from making headway, they have secret agreements between PN and PL as was the case on illegal immigration and was recently declared by the PN as gloves are off now that PL has abandoned the agreement. The ‘Independent’ Malta Broadcasting Authority is made up of PL and PN agreed officials, ex-members of parliament that where voted out by the electorate is rewarded by either high profile positions and given a golden handshake from taxpayers money (no different from rewarding failed banks CEO’s in Europe and America). Superficial restructuring like what happened in the transport system, where liberalizing for competition means hefty tariffs on those entering the market to protect the status quo. And much more, it is a political circus more than a free market economy based on democracy. One day we will learn that it is for the common good of our Country and to the Maltese benefit to ‘liberalize’ the political system as the power will only then be handed down to the people and hold those employed by the taxpayer to account.

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Jenny Mackenzie: Harsh truth is that aid hurts rather than helps

Published Date: 19 May 2009

By Jenny Mackenzie

DIG deeper into your empty purse, the letter said. A chief of one big charity urged us, in a letter to this newspaper, to keep up all of our international aid programmes, despite the dark days.

“We must continue to help Africa”, the writer remonstrated, in case you were thinking of cutting back. But let’s just consider that for a minute. Another eloquent writer, African, internationally educated, with a CV to die for, has just shocked the World with a claim, backed up with pages of facts, that international aid isn’t working. She says that charity, and lots of it, is actually killing her country of birth, Zambia, and most of the whole continent of Africa.

Dambisa Moyo’s book, Dead Aid, is provocative, shocking, brutally honest, and brandishes some very harsh facts indeed. It’s not the first time these things have been said, but this time it’s an African who is saying it. Perhaps it’s time to sit up and listen.

“Aid has actually worsened poverty,” says Dambisa. The most aid-dependent countries, she says, have exhibited an average annual growth rate of -0.2 per cent. She notes that when aid flows to Africa were at their peak, for the last 30 years of the 20th century, the poverty rate actually rose from 11 per cent to a staggering 66 per cent.

“Transferring large amounts of money from one government to another encourages corruption, creates aid dependency, kills off exports and disenfranchises Africans,” says Dambisa. Underpinning all of this is a much more serious problem. “Many Africans,” says Dambisa “are now addicted to aid.”

Please stay calm. It’s an emotive subject for sure. We appear to live on the wealthier side of the world. It’s hard to bear that there are others starving and suffering in countries much poorer than our own. Many of us give, generously, sometimes in compassion, sometimes to address our guilt. But have we really thought this through? Just who is that helping?

Musician and trained counsellor Sylvain Ayite was born in Senegal. Now father of a son and a daughter, Sylvain lives in Edinburgh. He would like us to stop seeing the African continent and Africans as separate from ourselves, the problems as being “over there” rather than “over here”.

“We need to focus on education, not aid,” he says. That education should be as much of ourselves, as anyone outside our own borders, says Sylvain.

“We need to reflect on what we really mean by ‘helping’. Who are you helping by being the ‘helper’? What is your authority? If we are not reflective, one just becomes the person with power, a gratifying position for the giver. But there should not be two sides that remain the same, those who give and those who receive. This will never lead to change, to a transformation where there is health and empowerment on both sides.”

Celebrity giving – it’s a touchy subject too, but actually “irrelevant, adding only very negative PR” to the main debate, says Dambisa.

Bono and Sir Bob Geldof have brought a glamour to giving that rocks the emotions. When G8 came to Scotland, it was soul-searching for all of us. Waves of well-wishers poured off the trains with bicycles and backpacks. They cared, it was moving and it created a tide of euphoria that has carried us all along ever since. We can do this thing. We can slash the debt, we can even the inequalities, we can kick poverty’s ass. We can make poverty history.

But that’s not how it has happened. On the contrary, things are not getting better, but worse, and more people are questioning our rationale. Bono lectured one audience about Africa. He slow hand clapped. “Every time I clap” he said piously, “A child dies”.

“So stop clapping!” quipped one audience member. He had heard enough.

These are hard things to hear. It’s not very nice, but there can be sharp lessons to learn. “Gimme the money”. It can get that crude. “What do you mean – how do I plan to use it?” It can get that arrogant.

For every negative tale of cynicism, there could well be ten of successful empowerment and mutual respect. More important though, as Sylvain Ayite adds, we need to think again.

“There is a better way than aid,” says Dambisa. “Of course there is a moral imperative to respond to humanitarian need, but the non-aid models, the emerging market economies, like South Africa and Botswana, are working. Developing macro-finance projects, regulating free trade, actually setting a date for the day that aid to that economy – and dependency – will cease, this is the way for the future.”

Eminent economist and historian Niall Ferguson, among other things a professor at Harvard business school, prefaces Dambisa’s book, naming her “hard- headed and big-hearted”, urging us to listen and asking us to review our own behaviour.

I think I go with his last remark. “This reader was left wanting” he says “A lot more Moyo, and a lot less Bono

Dambisa Moyo Discusses ‘Dead Aid’ at the Cato Institute

FOX Business – Dambisa Moyo says Aid to Africa isn’t working

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Illegal Immegration, Illegal Immigration, Italy, Libya, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Natural Resources, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Maltese, Spain, Terrorism, United Nations | , , | Leave a comment

Malta Political Accountability

It is getting rather sickening, seeing PN and PL fighting each other to death like a pair of gladiators in a Political Coliseum. I have seen the PN Political spot on TV, which practically says that the PL are working against the interest of Malta and the Maltese. I will never believe that ever, and people with some gray matter for brains can never believe that the PL and PN are actively seeking against Malta and the Maltese. I rather believe that both the PN and PL don’t like to take long term views and actions beyond their five year term in office, which means that their priorities for Malta and the Maltese is somewhere down the line in their priority list. Their first priority is getting or retaining power at all costs. Second on their list is definitely to please those that matter (EU, NGO’s, Financial Party Supporters, and The Media).Thirdly what personal financial gain they are going to get from Politics, then maybe it’s Malta and the Maltese.

What irks me most in Maltese Politics is the lack of accountability of retaining the status quo, in other words limiting our representation to PL or the PN. Let’s face it, everybody seems to know that a few months before any election (General, Local Counsel and MEP), they both start to listen to the public, not to address them, just to address their election campaign accordingly. Everybody also knows that mostly it is based on lies, deceit, or omitting anything of relevance. It is also almost predictable that if the electorate wants to arrive at some sort of true picture of PL and PN intentions, the direct opposite of what they say is almost spot on of what will actually happen.

Accountability is so frustrating, that it begs the question of how truly democratic Malta is. I had visited the website transparency.org (see report 2008) to see how Malta ranks on the corruption perception index for 2008 and was worried for the fact that we rank as number 36 with two other Countries Botswana and Puerto Rico with an index of 5.8 (10 being non corrupt and 0 being corrupt).What is even more worrying is the fact that in 2007 we ranked at number 33 albeit still 5.8 on the scale index (report 2007) . Then I started thinking and realized how rampant our Political system is in corruption. First let us take the last general election, everybody knows that Enemalta belongs to the Maltese Government, He is also the appointee of its directors, everybody also knows that the bills in that election year where delayed by months. Everybody also knows that just after the election all electric bills started coming out of enemalta like hot cakes with hefty bills. I would classify that as corruption to the tune of buying votes by not issuing the bills at their appropriate time for political gain, throwing a lot of the public under financial stress for the sake of PN’s political gain. Same when the PN says that Malta gained a lot financially from the EU in the tune of over a billion Euros. Where the hell did they spend them? Roads – definitely NO as they are in a worse state as when the British left, they might say the Airport to Ghajn Tuffieha road – er NO that was done under the Italian Protocol agreement, where the new Mater Dei Hospital – NO that was under our own budget, the Airport- NO, Power Station-NO, the half baked Cirkewwa sea terminal-NO, where the hell did they go? Can anybody please enlighten me as to the Billion+ euros whereabouts? All I know is that political party’s finances (both PL and PN) are well hidden from the public scrutiny, to such an extent that now there is the VAT department being investigated of fraud by some of its employees that made off with what is described as millions that were lost in public revenue, with businesses and businessmen helping in the police investigation. Accountability – None. Same goes for NGO and Charity groups, I could not  find one that has an audited published account that I could see on their websites. One has one for 2007 but when you look into it there is hardly anything that gets it anywhere near that can be classified as a financial audited report – some of them are getting public grants and exempted from taxation- So should I as a tax payer expect at least as a minimum, an audited published account as to how these groups that benefitted from these grants, donations and tax relief initiatives have spent these benefits, a real break down on how money was spent and from were it was received- that will never happen in Malta. Corruption comes under many different shades and definitions, including not legislating in favor of a whistle blowers act that protects person/s  reporting abuse, it also means taking immediate action when the ombudsman clearly stipulates an abuse has been committed, it also means that when the EU sends a reasoned opinion and threaten to take Malta to ECJ (European Court of Justice) the Government does not wait till 11th hour to take action just for the sake of financial gain like in cases of departure tax and car vat registration and others.

PL has nothing to be proud of either as people had asked for change in their leadership years ago, but the corrupt elements that held the PL hostage for personal gain is a well known fact. The cost was that there was no political alternative to PN to the detriment of Malta’s democracy. The PN’s cunningness to betray the voters at all cost at the last general election is manifested with the JPO case. They have both betrayed the public by not allowing Political competition, they manipulate the media, they both have their deceitful propaganda machine that excludes other political views from making headway, they have secret agreements between PN and PL as was the case on illegal immigration and was recently declared by the PN as gloves are off now that PL has abandoned the agreement. The ‘Independent’ Malta Broadcasting Authority is made up of PL and PN agreed officials, ex-members of parliament that where voted out by the electorate is rewarded by either high profile positions and given a golden handshake from taxpayers money (no different from rewarding failed banks CEO’s in Europe and America). Superficial restructuring like what happened in the transport system, where liberalizing for competition means hefty tariffs on those entering the market to protect the status quo. And much more, it is a political circus more than a free market economy based on democracy. One day we will learn that it is for the common good of our Country and to the Maltese benefit to ‘liberalize’ the political system as the power will only then be handed down to the people and hold those employed by the taxpayer to account.
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Jenny Mackenzie: Harsh truth is that aid hurts rather than helps

Published Date: 19 May 2009

By Jenny Mackenzie

DIG deeper into your empty purse, the letter said. A chief of one big charity urged us, in a letter to this newspaper, to keep up all of our international aid programmes, despite the dark days.

“We must continue to help Africa”, the writer remonstrated, in case you were thinking of cutting back. But let’s just consider that for a minute. Another eloquent writer, African, internationally educated, with a CV to die for, has just shocked the World with a claim, backed up with pages of facts, that international aid isn’t working. She says that charity, and lots of it, is actually killing her country of birth, Zambia, and most of the whole continent of Africa.

Dambisa Moyo’s book, Dead Aid, is provocative, shocking, brutally honest, and brandishes some very harsh facts indeed. It’s not the first time these things have been said, but this time it’s an African who is saying it. Perhaps it’s time to sit up and listen.

“Aid has actually worsened poverty,” says Dambisa. The most aid-dependent countries, she says, have exhibited an average annual growth rate of -0.2 per cent. She notes that when aid flows to Africa were at their peak, for the last 30 years of the 20th century, the poverty rate actually rose from 11 per cent to a staggering 66 per cent.

“Transferring large amounts of money from one government to another encourages corruption, creates aid dependency, kills off exports and disenfranchises Africans,” says Dambisa. Underpinning all of this is a much more serious problem. “Many Africans,” says Dambisa “are now addicted to aid.”

Please stay calm. It’s an emotive subject for sure. We appear to live on the wealthier side of the world. It’s hard to bear that there are others starving and suffering in countries much poorer than our own. Many of us give, generously, sometimes in compassion, sometimes to address our guilt. But have we really thought this through? Just who is that helping?

Musician and trained counsellor Sylvain Ayite was born in Senegal. Now father of a son and a daughter, Sylvain lives in Edinburgh. He would like us to stop seeing the African continent and Africans as separate from ourselves, the problems as being “over there” rather than “over here”.

“We need to focus on education, not aid,” he says. That education should be as much of ourselves, as anyone outside our own borders, says Sylvain.

“We need to reflect on what we really mean by ‘helping’. Who are you helping by being the ‘helper’? What is your authority? If we are not reflective, one just becomes the person with power, a gratifying position for the giver. But there should not be two sides that remain the same, those who give and those who receive. This will never lead to change, to a transformation where there is health and empowerment on both sides.”

Celebrity giving – it’s a touchy subject too, but actually “irrelevant, adding only very negative PR” to the main debate, says Dambisa.

Bono and Sir Bob Geldof have brought a glamour to giving that rocks the emotions. When G8 came to Scotland, it was soul-searching for all of us. Waves of well-wishers poured off the trains with bicycles and backpacks. They cared, it was moving and it created a tide of euphoria that has carried us all along ever since. We can do this thing. We can slash the debt, we can even the inequalities, we can kick poverty’s ass. We can make poverty history.

But that’s not how it has happened. On the contrary, things are not getting better, but worse, and more people are questioning our rationale. Bono lectured one audience about Africa. He slow hand clapped. “Every time I clap” he said piously, “A child dies”.

“So stop clapping!” quipped one audience member. He had heard enough.

These are hard things to hear. It’s not very nice, but there can be sharp lessons to learn. “Gimme the money”. It can get that crude. “What do you mean – how do I plan to use it?” It can get that arrogant.

For every negative tale of cynicism, there could well be ten of successful empowerment and mutual respect. More important though, as Sylvain Ayite adds, we need to think again.

“There is a better way than aid,” says Dambisa. “Of course there is a moral imperative to respond to humanitarian need, but the non-aid models, the emerging market economies, like South Africa and Botswana, are working. Developing macro-finance projects, regulating free trade, actually setting a date for the day that aid to that economy – and dependency – will cease, this is the way for the future.”

Eminent economist and historian Niall Ferguson, among other things a professor at Harvard business school, prefaces Dambisa’s book, naming her “hard- headed and big-hearted”, urging us to listen and asking us to review our own behaviour.

I think I go with his last remark. “This reader was left wanting” he says “A lot more Moyo, and a lot less Bono

Dambisa Moyo Discusses ‘Dead Aid’ at the Cato Institute

FOX Business – Dambisa Moyo says Aid to Africa isn’t working

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Malta's Contribution in Europe towards Africa

Why is it that writing the truth id condemned by so many, I’d say the majority of people. I am going to explain better, Africa and the African are a hot issue, every where you go in the world. There is this misconception and impression that Africa and its people are poor, they need to be helped, they need more money, hospitals schools and everything else under the sun that we in the West are used to and taken for granted in our daily lives.

Well, I can assure you we (in the West) are wrong. We have shackled Africa and Africans permanently to poverty. God (who ever you might want him to be) blessed Africa and the African people with an unimaginable amount of wealth. The wise people of Europe and America, knows this, starting in the bad old days on the Scramble for Africa (1885), where major European countries (Scramble for Africa) to avert conflicts between colonized African Countries decided to have a conference on how Africa should be divided between European Countries and the USA. Everybody knows the tragedy and consequence since. As a side note: to add insult to Africa and Africans we made the Belgian capital Brussels as the European Capital, Belgium having the worst colonial track record in what is today DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) then Belgian Congo, under King Leopold of Belgium.

Since African Countries where given Independence (most of them middle of last century), Europe and the USA, still meddled in Africa’s politics, to gain advantage to Africa’s riches European Countries and USA started aid programs to African Nations, in return both Europe and USA secured access for their Companies in exploiting their resource for a pittance. By doing So, European Countries and the USA did not give a hoot who or how African Countries are Governed, namely in Africa you have vast amount of Countries Governed by tyrants. That is why you have whole Countries in Europe and the America that are literally Ali Baba’s caves (Switzerland, tax haven islands etc) for these despot leaders where they hide their cash diverted from what should money invested in their economies. Having a destabilized Africa is an advantage for European Countries and the USA and their mult-National Companies that exploit this to their advantage. Trillions of dollars in resources are cunningly taken from African resources in return for a few Billion of dollars given as aid and keeping African Countries in our dependence for their daily survival. These billions given as aid are then stolen by the second scavenging group under the banner of hundreds ngo groups in Africa and UN agencies.

Enter in the scene Dambisa Moyo, with her book ‘Dead Aid’. It is the best book I have ever read by a well educated woman and well versed in the economy, how whole Countries where elevated or being elevated out of poverty (like India and China), while Africa after being the receiver of over a trillion dollars in aid in the last sixty years and more than 400 million deaths since after the last world war, people still die in Africa of petty diseases that have long since been eradicated from most of the world. Something is wrong in how we treat Africa and the African people. I would make it compulsory for every Politician, NGO organization group member and charity groups to read this book if it is our intention to lift Africa out of poverty and decease. She states her case for Africa’s and African’s defense in her great book. Aid should be a short term solution to the problems in Africa not dependent on them.

I have been in my line of work in quite a few African Countries. I can’t believe the vast riches that open up in front of your eyes. Everywhere you look is a business opportunity, yet you just encounter death, poverty and decease. It is a hallmark of disgrace on humanity, where it should be a paradise for their own wealth and an engine to the world economy. They have the resources to feed the world economy with new clean energy resources, wind power generation, hydro power generation, solar power generation, hydro thermal power generation, apart from traditional fossil fuel. They are blessed with vast amount of mineral recourses. Water abundance that that could literally feed the world, you name it they have it, and they could do this from their excess to their needs. What is lacking is our commitment in efforts to lift Africa out of poverty by choosing to continue to rape Africa’s resources.

NGO and charity groups are not excused from this hideous crime either. They should force Western governments, and all governments for that matter to only commit aid if it is coupled first and foremost for African Countries to commit themselves to human rights conventions and have their own check and balances of how to control regimes and military. Secondly, yes commit our knowledge and expertise in building their education system, so that they are able to run their economy (hospitals, banking, agriculture, minerals etc) as a short term  solution not establishing our own permanent education as is done by most charity groups, thirdly assist in establishing investment in their Countries, so that it incentivizes Africans to get educated as it will be able to provide them with jobs to run their economies. We are doing them no favor by keeping them dependent on aid, because by doing so we are aiding despot African leaders to buy whole armies that terrorize their citizens to keep them in power while they abdicate their responsibility towards their citizens in providing for education, health care and a social network they deserve and have a right to. Europe will also gain from this experience because Africa will be a reliable trading partner in an infinite amount of resources that is available, with the only difference being  that we have to pay for them instead of stealing them through corrupt Governments. As for NGO groups and charity groups, I am hoping that this is their aim; as their business will suffer a decline; but after all the goal is to provide stable Countries with stable Governments that can provide the services for their citizens and beyond, or is it? After all Switzerland seams to provide a haven for Ali baba’s African stolen treasures, the UN headquarters in Europe (Geneva) and the NGO groups headquarters (Geneva), so who knows what’s in the Pot.

In the ideal world of doing what is right and good, all of the above should reverse the trend of people being displaced, humans being used for gain in human trafficking and illegal immigration, will relieve Africa of their dependence on outside governments and do-gooder groups, lift its people out of poverty and disease, make it a trading partner on the world stage. It can only be done if set targets are set to release Africa from its shackles of slavery and misery.It is a fallacy riding on the myth that Africa and Africans have a right to eternal aid because of their colonial past, India done it, Singapore done it and Malta done it, it’s time to move on  from self pity and get down to work.

Hear it yourself from Dambisa Moyo on Q&A (one hour interview), a Zambian Born economist that has a vision for Africa, she should be employed by the European Union for the creation of a road map for Africa.

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Malta’s Contribution in Europe towards Africa

Why is it that writing the truth id condemned by so many, I’d say the majority of people. I am going to explain better, Africa and the African are a hot issue, every where you go in the world. There is this misconception and impression that Africa and its people are poor, they need to be helped, they need more money, hospitals schools and everything else under the sun that we in the West are used to and taken for granted in our daily lives.

Well, I can assure you we (in the West) are wrong. We have shackled Africa and Africans permanently to poverty. God (who ever you might want him to be) blessed Africa and the African people with an unimaginable amount of wealth. The wise people of Europe and America, knows this, starting in the bad old days on the Scramble for Africa (1885), where major European countries (Scramble for Africa) to avert conflicts between colonized African Countries decided to have a conference on how Africa should be divided between European Countries and the USA. Everybody knows the tragedy and consequence since. As a side note: to add insult to Africa and Africans we made the Belgian capital Brussels as the European Capital, Belgium having the worst colonial track record in what is today DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) then Belgian Congo, under King Leopold of Belgium.

Since African Countries where given Independence (most of them middle of last century), Europe and the USA, still meddled in Africa’s politics, to gain advantage to Africa’s riches European Countries and USA started aid programs to African Nations, in return both Europe and USA secured access for their Companies in exploiting their resource for a pittance. By doing So, European Countries and the USA did not give a hoot who or how African Countries are Governed, namely in Africa you have vast amount of Countries Governed by tyrants. That is why you have whole Countries in Europe and the America that are literally Ali Baba’s caves (Switzerland, tax haven islands etc) for these despot leaders where they hide their cash diverted from what should money invested in their economies. Having a destabilized Africa is an advantage for European Countries and the USA and their mult-National Companies that exploit this to their advantage. Trillions of dollars in resources are cunningly taken from African resources in return for a few Billion of dollars given as aid and keeping African Countries in our dependence for their daily survival. These billions given as aid are then stolen by the second scavenging group under the banner of hundreds ngo groups in Africa and UN agencies.

Enter in the scene Dambisa Moyo, with her book ‘Dead Aid’. It is the best book I have ever read by a well educated woman and well versed in the economy, how whole Countries where elevated or being elevated out of poverty (like India and China), while Africa after being the receiver of over a trillion dollars in aid in the last sixty years and more than 400 million deaths since after the last world war, people still die in Africa of petty diseases that have long since been eradicated from most of the world. Something is wrong in how we treat Africa and the African people. I would make it compulsory for every Politician, NGO organization group member and charity groups to read this book if it is our intention to lift Africa out of poverty and decease. She states her case for Africa’s and African’s defense in her great book. Aid should be a short term solution to the problems in Africa not dependent on them.

I have been in my line of work in quite a few African Countries. I can’t believe the vast riches that open up in front of your eyes. Everywhere you look is a business opportunity, yet you just encounter death, poverty and decease. It is a hallmark of disgrace on humanity, where it should be a paradise for their own wealth and an engine to the world economy. They have the resources to feed the world economy with new clean energy resources, wind power generation, hydro power generation, solar power generation, hydro thermal power generation, apart from traditional fossil fuel. They are blessed with vast amount of mineral recourses. Water abundance that that could literally feed the world, you name it they have it, and they could do this from their excess to their needs. What is lacking is our commitment in efforts to lift Africa out of poverty by choosing to continue to rape Africa’s resources.

NGO and charity groups are not excused from this hideous crime either. They should force Western governments, and all governments for that matter to only commit aid if it is coupled first and foremost for African Countries to commit themselves to human rights conventions and have their own check and balances of how to control regimes and military. Secondly, yes commit our knowledge and expertise in building their education system, so that they are able to run their economy (hospitals, banking, agriculture, minerals etc) as a short term  solution not establishing our own permanent education as is done by most charity groups, thirdly assist in establishing investment in their Countries, so that it incentivizes Africans to get educated as it will be able to provide them with jobs to run their economies. We are doing them no favor by keeping them dependent on aid, because by doing so we are aiding despot African leaders to buy whole armies that terrorize their citizens to keep them in power while they abdicate their responsibility towards their citizens in providing for education, health care and a social network they deserve and have a right to. Europe will also gain from this experience because Africa will be a reliable trading partner in an infinite amount of resources that is available, with the only difference being  that we have to pay for them instead of stealing them through corrupt Governments. As for NGO groups and charity groups, I am hoping that this is their aim; as their business will suffer a decline; but after all the goal is to provide stable Countries with stable Governments that can provide the services for their citizens and beyond, or is it? After all Switzerland seams to provide a haven for Ali baba’s African stolen treasures, the UN headquarters in Europe (Geneva) and the NGO groups headquarters (Geneva), so who knows what’s in the Pot.

In the ideal world of doing what is right and good, all of the above should reverse the trend of people being displaced, humans being used for gain in human trafficking and illegal immigration, will relieve Africa of their dependence on outside governments and do-gooder groups, lift its people out of poverty and disease, make it a trading partner on the world stage. It can only be done if set targets are set to release Africa from its shackles of slavery and misery.It is a fallacy riding on the myth that Africa and Africans have a right to eternal aid because of their colonial past, India done it, Singapore done it and Malta done it, it’s time to move on  from self pity and get down to work.

Hear it youself from Dambisa Moyo on Q&A (one hour interview), a Zambian Born economist that has a vision for Africa, she should be empolyed by the European Union for the creation of a road map for Africa.

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