Africa Today, for January 14, 2013 - 7:00pm
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I have to wonder whether Catman99 actually listened to the whole show. From my point of view gay rights are a legitimate and important issue, but in any case only a very small part of the show dealt with that question. Most of the discussion in fact dealt with the kinds of issues Catman99 suggests are the important ones.
I myself thought this show, as well as the one a few weeks back with Prexy Nesbitt, were terrific - together they taught me a lot obout South Africa.
Dear Professor Tuner,
At the risk of sounding slightly homophobic, may I suggest that spending our valuable airtime on gays in South Africa, you might devote this time to what many of us consider the larger problems facing Africa. “Gay Rights” are a wedge issue here and in Africa.
These are, in my opinion, far more important:
neocolonialist adventures by the US, NATO and most recently France
neo-liberalism – IMF solutions of privatization of national resources and phony debt
corruption and dysfunctional democratic institutions
regional land grabs, such as between Rwanda attempting to take North and South Kivu from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
and yes, Capitalism as the only economic solution for the continent
We need you to focus on the true underlying issues impeding development on the African Continent and not get sucked into what are essentially side issues. I don't think that Africans would have a problem with “gays” if their economies were booming and everyone was walking around with sufficient money in his or her pocket.
This real story of Africa is the forced underdevelopment by imperialist powers – and it is here were the focus should be.
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