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El País - Spain | 03/07/2008

The continent of the Tyrannosauruses

Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, a journalist and writer from Equatorial Guinea, criticises in El País the West's hypocritical attitude towards Africa: "In Africa there are heads of government who will soon celebrate their 50th anniversary since taking office and no one is making a fuss about it. Like [President Robert] Mugabe they are all cruel and corrupt, and they and their cronies are accumulating huge fortunes at the expense of Africa, which in itself is not poor but which has been reduced to poverty by robbery and abuse of power. The African view is that these kleptomaniac tyrants could not exist without the consent and backing of the Western states, the main beneficiaries of the situation. For they are buying up our immense natural resources for ridiculous prices and profiting from the immigration of intellectuals as well as work migrants for cheap labour. And when the crisis comes they dig up their dirty old mechanisms for restricting the free circulation of persons, but not of goods."

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