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The Great African Scandal

Posted by Dave (The Void) on April 12, 2008

Academic Robert Beckford visits Ghana to investigate the hidden costs of rice, chocolate and gold and why, 50 years after independence, a country so rich in natural resources is one of the poorest in the world. He discovers child labourers farming cocoa instead of attending school and asks if the activities of multinationals, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have actually made the country’s problems worse.

3 Responses to “The Great African Scandal”

  1. Robert Beckford is taking part in a month-long series of events in Birmingham leading up to the 10th anniversary of the G8 summit in the city.
    Tens of thousands took part in a human chain protest around Birmingham – although most of the media seemed intent of getting a shot of Bill Clinton drinking a pint in a canalside pub.
    More info here if you’re interested:

  2. Dave, The Void On Fire said

    Do you have any more specific links, Paul? Couldn’t find any info there on particular events.

    I also think that trade injustice is just part of the injustice of capitalism, and that fighting against it an only be part of a broader class struggle. For that reason, I’m more excited about the strike on the 24th April than about what Jubilee are up to (much as I do respect their work).

  3. The main event is the Journey to Justice on May 18 – which is the 10th anniversary.

    I’m hoping to get some more info early this week myself as I’m trying to put together a few articles.

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