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Pat Robertson, Naomi Campbell und Charles Taylor

Posted by entdinglichung - 10. August 2010

Die Vernehmungen von Naomi Campbell und Mia Farrow vor dem internationalen Kriegsverbrechertribunal zur Annahme von Blutdiamanten machen derzeit weltweit Schlagzeilen in den Medien – ein Sachverhalt, welcher dem US-amerikanischen rassistische und homophobe Hass- und Fernsehprediger, Religious Right & Republican-Politiker und antisemitischen Verschwörungstheoretiker Pat Robertson nur recht sein kann, wird doch seine enge Beziehung zum liberianischen Expräsidenten Taylor in den Medien bisher kaum kritisch beleuchtet:

Ein Beitrag auf Foreign Policy vom Februar 2010 merkt an:

„Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, testifying in his own war crimes trial today, said that the American conservative evangelist Pat Robertson was awarded a Liberian gold-mining concession in 1999 and subsequently offered to lobby the Bush administration to support his government.

The revelations came in the midst of a U.N.-backed trial of Taylor at The Hague on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone’s 1990s civil war. Taylor is accused of directing a Sierra Leone rebel group, the United Revolutionary Front (RUF), in a campaign aimed at securing access to the country’s diamond mines. The rebel movement stands accused of committing mass atrocities in the late 1990s in the West African country, including the mutilation of thousands of civilians.

The international prosecutors contend that Taylor offered concessions to Western individuals in exchange for lobbying work aimed at enhancing his image in the United States. The prosecution maintains that Taylor also spent $2.6 million on lobbying firms and public relations outfits in the hopes of influencing the policies of former President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Under cross-examination, Taylor said that Robertson had volunteered to make Liberia’s case before U.S. administration officials, and had spoken directly to President Bush about Taylor. He also confirmed that Robertson’s company, Freedom Gold Limited, signed an agreement to exploit gold in southeastern Liberia, but that it never generated any profit.“

einige weitere Hinweise zu den überaus engen politischen und geschäftlichen Beziehungen zwischen dem baptistischen Laienprediger Taylor und Robertson auf atheism.about.com:

„None of this, however, sits well with Pat Robertson. In broadcasts of his 700 Club program, Robertson has criticized President Bush’s call for Taylor to step down, has praised Taylor as a „fellow Baptist,“ and has accused the State Department of being the real cause of Liberia’s problems. To quote Robertson’s own words:

So we’re undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country. And how dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, ‚You’ve got to step down.‘

So why is Pat Robertson such a big fan of Liberia’s President Charles Taylor? What you won’t hear much about on Robertson’s shows is the fact that he has a huge financial interest in Liberia. Under Taylor’s regime in 1999, Robertson negotiated an $8 million investment in a gold mining venture. A new government may or may not honor Robertson’s claims – if they don’t, he’ll be out an awful lot of cash.

Robertson’s motives probably aren’t entirely financial: he also seems to have a strong religious motivation, or at least he claims to. Charles Taylor professes to be a Christian and claims to want to lead Liberia as a Christian Nation. This, naturally enough, sits very well with Pat Robertson. He may not be able to force Christianity onto American citizens, but helping an African leader do it to his own citizens may be easier.

In addition, Robertson has repeatedly framed the civil unrest in Liberia as that between Christians like Taylor on the one side and Muslim rebels on the other. Thus, any efforts to get Taylor to step down are portrayed as a means of „handing over“ Liberia to Islam. This is what Robertson accuses the State Department of doing and why he believes that they are to blame for much of the violence. This is also the sort of thing that leads to the (justified) accusations made by Muslim leaders that many conservative and evangelical Christians are trying to influence American government policy against Islam. „

Taylors „National Patriotic Front of Liberia“ hatte u.a. auch im Zeitraum von 1991 bis 1994 tausende (mehrheitlich muslimische) Mandingo und (überwiegend animistische oder christliche) Krahn massakriert

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William Wilberforce – Sklavenhalter und Kolonialist

Posted by entdinglichung - 22. Juli 2010

William Wilberforce stellt in Britannien speziell für die Mitte der Gesellschaft eine wichtige Integrationsfigur dar: ein „konservativer Reformer“ (und keine radikale Schmuddelfigur) und Gegner des Sklavenhandels, auf den mensch sich berufen kann, um zu zeigen, dass „unsereins damals gar nicht so schlimm war“ … und nun sowas (gefunden auf Ekklesia):

für Wilberforce und Konsorten viel zu radikal: Ein Text von Benjamin Lay

„New evidence has come to light which suggests that the evangelical campaigner William Wilberforce was involved in slavery, despite his successful campaign to abolish the transatlantic trade.

The claim that Wilberforce was actually implicated in slave trading and used slave labour himself following abolition, is made in a new book about the Clapham Sect – a small but influential group of south London social reformers and evangelical Christians – which included Wilberforce. Prominent in pre-Victorian Britain, they campaigned for the abolition of slavery and promoted missionary work at home and abroad.

The group centred on the church of John Venn, rector of Clapham. As well as Wilberforce, its members included Henry Thornton, Zachary Macaulay, Hannah More and James Stephen.

The author, Stephen Tomkins, depicts the story of the group as one of a web of family relations. Woven into the account of the characters is their famous campaign against the slave trade, and how they founded the British colony in Sierra Leone and the British and Foreign Bible Societies.

They also founded and funded many schools and privately gave away vast sums of money to people in need. They campaigned against vice and attempted to regulate prostitution and reform prisons.

Tomkins has however, also uncovered new evidence that Wilberforce was implicated in slave trading and used slave labour himself after the abolition of the trade. He was even doing so in the abolitionist colony of Sierra Leone, which he (and the Clapham Sect) had helped establish.

The facts are contained within Colonial Office papers for Sierra Leone.“

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Abschiebung von Florence und Michael nach Sierra Leone verhindern!

Posted by entdinglichung - 7. November 2007

Die sierraleonische Asylbewerberin Florence Moses und ihr Sohn Michael sollen nach dem Willen des britischen Staates nach Sierra Leone abgeschoben werden. Florence wurde von ihren Eltern und ihrem Ehemann, (einem Cousin, welchen sie gegen ihren Willen heiraten musste) geschlagen und vergewaltigt, nachdem sie ihr coming out als Lesbe hatte.


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