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George Ayittey, Author of “Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World: In his book, Ayittey argues that while it is virtuous of the U.S. and other countries to offer financial and other support to aid Africa, it is done in vain unless the continent is free of its violent dictatorships.  Guest will discuss recent uprisings against dictators in Libya and Tunisia, as well as how best to assist those who still live under dictatorships.  Guest will also discuss the recent announcement of U.S. troops assisting those in Uganda defeat Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Watch the video on C-Span

Dr. George Ayittey’s New Book, Defeating Dictators:
Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World,   will be released in October 2011
Despite billions of dollars of aid and the best efforts of the international community to improve economies and bolster democracy across Africa, violent dictatorships persist. As a result, millions have died, economies are in shambles, and whole states are on the brink of collapse. Political observers and policymakers are starting to believe that economic aid is not the key to saving Africa. So what does the continent need to do to throw off the shackles of militant rule? African policy expert George Ayittey argues that before Africa can prosper, she must be free. Taking a hard look at the fight against dictatorships around the world, from Ukraine’s orange revolution in 2004 to Iran’s Green Revolution last year, he examines what strategies worked in the struggle to establish democracy through revolution. Ayittey also offers strategies for the West to help Africa in her quest for freedom, including smarter sanctions and establishing fellowships for African students. Read the Review and See the Book on Amazon

Publisher’s Weekly Review (Sept 2011)

“The only good dictator is a dead one,” argues this hard-nosed, outspoken pro-democracy manifesto and how-to manual. Economist Ayittey (Africa Unchained) surveys current and former dictatorships, aka “vampire states,” from his native Ghana, where he helped lead a successful movement against the despot Jerry Rawlings, to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus, and the tottering tyrannies of the Arab world. Ayittey mixes right-leaning socioeconomics—he champions capitalism against socialist development schemes—with a bullet-pointed primer for activists, one that’s full of practical insights on the need for unity among opposition groups, the centrality of independent radio stations and other “free media,” the potency of civil service strikes against military rulers, and the usefulness of motor oil for toppling antidemocracy thugs from their scooters. Ayittey’s unorthodox political theories—he favors traditional modes of “consensus” decision making over Western-style multiparty majority votes, and insists that political reform must precede economic liberalization—will be as controversial as his one-size-fits-all conception of dictatorship, lumping together countries as dissimilar as China and Ethiopia, which can seem simplistic. Still, his forthright language, lucid analyses, and pragmatic attitude make this a compelling and timely challenge to the despotism-as-usual status quo.

Reviewed on: 09/05/2011


Dr. George Ayittey Listed by Foreign Policy Amongst Worlds Top 100 Intellectuals, 05/10/2008

20/20 – Foreign Aid Reaches Only Corrupt Officials, Not the Poor 05/12/2006
MYTH: More Foreign Aid Will End Global Poverty

Food and Financial Aid Often Reaches Only Corrupt Officials, Not the Poor

John Stossel and “20/20” shovel through more myths, lies and downright stupidity. The conclusions may surprise you.  (ABC News) B y JOHN STOSSEL AND PATRICK McMENAMIN

China digs in on a struggling continent 05/12/2006
China is investing in Africa on a vast scale that goes well beyond efforts to meet its growing need for oil.  In Zambia, seven Chinese companies have invested $170 million in the mining sector. In Zimbabwe, exploration of the world’s No. 2 platinum reserve is largely dominated by Chinese companies. China is even sending unemployed laborers to farm and set up small factories in parts of rural Africa. “We bring machines and expertise that the locals have never seen,” said Liu Jianjun, who has set up 28 Chinese communities in Africa in the past eight years.  “To attract and retain us, they gave extremely good terms, such as charging a symbolic annual fee of …..

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