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Obama’s Africa Summit Included 9 Outrageous Dictators

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Obama’s monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators and homophobes and turned blind eye to their human rights record

By Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill | 6 August 2014

President Barack Obama drew a diplomatic line at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe.

Even Obama has to draw the line somewhere.

But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records… The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of any homosexuals in the country and for Cameroon’s Paul Biya, who has the dubious honor of ranking 19th on author David Wallechinsky’s 2006 list of the world’s 20 worst living dictators.

Many of the leaders were later photographed in the White House, posing for individual portraits with Obama and the First Lady…

Let’s one more time play the old game, ‘Just Imagine If Bush Had Done That.’

The President’s opening speech avoided the prickly [sic] issues of homophobia and torture and instead sought out similarities between the two continents.

Well, who can deny that there are more and more similarities?

He opened with: ‘I stand before you as the president of the United States, a proud American. I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa’. Before going on to say: ‘Our faith traditions remind us of the inherent dignity of every human being and that our work as nations must be rooted in empathy and compassion for each other, as brothers and as sisters.’ …

The Daily Mail provides a rap sheet for each of the nine dictators. But I have omitted all but the most colorful, for brevity:

[1] President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s longest serving dictator after seizing power from his uncle and mentor (who used to hang regime critics from the capital’s street lights) in 1979. Since then he has won the yearly elections with 99% of the vote. Taking the lead from his uncle, he has since had shot or jailed virtually all political opponents and ruled the country with an iron fist. Despite running one of sub-Saharas biggest oil-producing countries and amassing a personal wealth in excess of an estimated $600million.. The average income of his citizens is $2 a day, few live beyond 53 and 20 per cent of children die before they reach five years of age…

[5] Gambian president Yahya Jammeh took power in a military coup in 1994. Although the coup itself was bloodless, in the 20 years since he has been accused of countless breaches of human rights. In 2008, he threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of any homosexuals in the country. The following year, it was reported up to 1,000 Gambians had been abducted by the government on charges of witchcraft – they were taken to prisons and forced to drink poison.

Lest we forget, Obama also was very upset with Mr. Putin about his supposed ant-homosexual attitude. And yet he isn’t bothered by what these ‘leader’ have actually done?

[7] Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria, signed harsh anti-gay laws this year. They criminalise gay relationships, being involved in gay societies and organizations and gay marriages. Violation of this law can result in up to 14 years in prison, with dozens of homosexuals already jailed. Jonathan also sparked major controversy over his decision in 2012 to end fuel subsidies. He is also accused of pardoning corrupt politicians.

And, lest we forget, he is also far too mean to the Muslims, like Boko Haram.

[8] Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is embroiled in major controversy over electoral violence. He has pleaded innocent to murder and other charges for an alleged role in organizing violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after Kenya’s 2007 elections. The case is before an international criminal court..

Bear in mind that Obama met with and feted these amazingly corrupt and ruthless ‘leaders.’ Meanwhile, he is barely civil to Republicans, especially conservative Republicans.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama’s Africa Summit Included 9 Outrageous Dictators”

  1. Chrispbass

    That’s racist. UK Daily Mail just hates them because they’re black. FACT.

    Why are meeting with them in the first place?

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Hm,

    I posted this in “News Selected” last night.

    I guess great minds think alike, Steve.

    Glad it got more “front page” attention.

    For all intents and purposes, I can certainly see what obama’s actions look like.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      In addition, a copy of obama’s speech is included in the article and barry refers to these cutthroats as “my fellow leaders”.

      Interesting.

    • Steve

      Yes, I saw it. I was just too lazy to move it — or thank you. Sorry.

  3. Helena

    How envious he must be of their freedom to do whatever the hell they feel like and if the racist right-wing press bugs them – they get whacked.




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