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SPIEGEL: "For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"—Interview with African Economics Expert

Posted 27 August 2005 by SPIEGEL

The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. The avid proponent of globalization spoke with SPIEGEL about the disastrous effects of Western development policy in Africa, corrupt rulers, and the tendency to overstate the AIDS problem.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Shikwati, the G8 summit at Gleneagles is about to beef up the development aid for Africa...

Shikwati: ... for God's sake, please just stop.

SPIEGEL: Stop? The industrialized nations of the West want to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Shikwati: Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40 years. If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should finally terminate this awful aid. The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor.

SPIEGEL: Do you have an explanation for this paradox?

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The Executive Order that Created Thanksgiving, 1863.

I found this today on my travels over the vast wastelands of the Internet. They are the words of President Lincoln, set down in pen and ink by William H. Seward, the Secretary of State and digitized now for the world to see.

It shows how politically savvy Lincoln was. In a time of war amongst his people, he commanded all to bow down and humble ourselves before God.

It just goes to show that Abraham Lincoln was indeed the original Conservative Republican.

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Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.

To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity,, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

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Has this happened to anyone yet?

I frequently purchase prepaid gift cards. Anything from local grocery to the Visa or Mastercard. I stopped using banks and I like to use them when going out or traveling.

I purchased several in September for a trip I went on. Tonight I went to Walgreens to get a friend a birthday card, a store gift card and a prepaid Visa card.

On the card rack there was a sign saying 'cash only'. I thought that was different. I had never seen that before. No problem, I brought plenty of cash. That was how I planned on paying.

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The first use of "V for Vendetta" masks in the liberty movement...

Who knows the answer?? I'll give you a hint, it did not have to do with the Ron Paul presidential bid...

I was associated as a supporter of the "movement" having been an "illegal tax protester" pretty much all of my life (something about slavery just irks me, even the economical type).

Give up?? Ok, it was Bob Schultz of "We The People Foundation" used the entire V costume on November 6th, 2006 to protest the unconstitutional income (slavery) tax.

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America's Original Terrorists

Happy Thanksgiving, Paulers!

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Ted Cruz: 'I Don't Think I'm All That Conservative'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) attended a lunch with influential members of the Jewish community hosted by former Democratic Leadership Council chairman and mega-philanthropist Michael Steinhardt, according to the New York Observer.

After listening to concerns that his association with the tea party movement could potentially wreak havoc on his prospects should he run for president in 2016, Cruz blamed the media for inventing "a new caricature" that portrays him and some Republicans as "crazy."

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GALLUP: Obama Approval Plunges With Working-class Whites To 27 Percent

GALLUP: Obama Approval Plunges With Working-class Whites To 27 Percent

by WYNTON HALL 26 Nov 2014

A new Gallup poll finds that President Barack Obama's approval rating with working-class white Americans has fallen to just 27 percent, a record-low for his presidency.

Among whites who've graduated college, Obama's approval stands at 41%, also a new low in the Gallup poll. (See graph below)

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Instead of pardoning turkeys, can we pardon whistleblowers and non-violent drug offenders?

Tweet of the day:

Instead of pardoning turkeys, can we pardon whistleblowers and non-violent drug offenders?

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Guardian: Ron Paul and other gold bugs keep fingers crossed for Swiss vote that could add $50 to price of gold

Ron Paul and other gold bugs keep fingers crossed for Swiss vote that could add $50 to price of gold

The Save Our Swiss Gold vote that would require the Swiss National Bank to repatriate its gold, keep 20% of its reserves in gold and ban further gold sales is up for a vote November 30.

Ron Paul says: “In my view point we always win if we can get the discussion out.”

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Thanks For All - The Fish

I am a seriously blessed woman.
1. Let me begin with DPs #1 user. I have met him once, about a 30 second conversation at the 2008 RNC. Still, if I were "Time Magazine" I would have to pick him as the most influential person in my life these days. Yep, over Ron Paul. Ron brought me to the party, but it was Nystrom who booked the venue and kept the party rolling long after the clock struck midnight. Thanks again, Mr. Nystrom, for this charming pub where tin hats are all the fashion rage!