I've been off the radar for a bit mostly because I have been engaging in discussions on another site that took up my spare time. So. First up:
According to the BBC the new president of Liberia is making a trip to the US to:
Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to meet President George W Bush and will address the US Congress.
She also aims to attract investment to her war-torn nation that was founded by freed American slaves in 1822...
She planned to hold extensive talks on the issue during her visit, Liberian officials said.
We here at Garvey's Ghost have already stated our position on Liberia's relationship with the US in the Past and guidance for the future. In our January 17th 2006 post we quoted Marcus Garvey:
“We also beg to draw to the attention of your honorable body the great danger that lurks in the future through the granting of Firestone Rubber and Tire Company of certain concessions, which we do hope have not yet been ratified by you. Whilst it is not in out province to interfere with your legislation, we beg to point out to you the motives generally underlying white capitalists when they seek entry into the countries of weaker peoples. It is our firm belief that the Firestone concessions in Liberia will lead them ultimately to seek the usurpation of the government, even has been done with the black Republic of Haiti after similar white companies entered there under the pretense of developing the country.”
The selfish and heartless capitalist of the white race conspires to rob Negroes of their land and values in many instances by employing and using the conscienceless and disloyal members of the race who happen to be removed from the majority by intelligence, to betray the people into a false sense of feeling security. In some instances , entire countries are thus stolen with their mineral, agricultural and other wealth; in others the people’s investments and interests in banks, insurance companies, real estate holdings, including private dwellings, churches, corporation stocks and allied financial undertakings are pilfered with the concurrent and conniving consent of these so called “intellectual” Negroes…”
We hope that the past does not repeat itself in Liberia, but already it seems that it is headed in that direction.