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Ebola: neo-colonialist chickens coming home to roost


Political Review

Ebola is a crisis of inequality, in the words of US evangelist Jim Wallis. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has written:

“The knowledge and infrastructure to treat the sick and contain the virus exists in high- and middle-income counties. However, over many years, we have failed to make these things accessible to low-income people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. So now thousands of people in these countries are dying because, in the lottery of birth, they were born in the wrong place.”

But it is not just a public health crisis. It is the direct consequence of global neo-colonialism, which was characterised by Kwame Nkrumah in 1965 (https://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/nkrumah/neo-colonialism/introduction.htm) as “imperialism in its final and perhaps its most dangerous stage”.

In the neo-colonial stage of imperialism, he wrote,

“. . . the State which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the outward…

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