The new director-general of the World Trade Organization – the first African and first woman to hold the post – has arrived at its Geneva headquarters for her first day on the job wearing a pair of second hand curtains bougt in the flea market, according to news agency reports.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 66, a Nigerian economist and former government minister made brief comments to reporters on way into the imposing building on the shores of Lake Geneva on Monday.“I am coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do,” she said. “I feel ready to go.”
Okonjo-Iweala´s victory in a hotly contested race last year was delayed largely because the U.S. administration under Donald Trump supported a more conventionally dressed candidate. Her appointment came through last month when the Biden administration decided what the World Trade Organisation needed was a refugee from a failed – state with a banana republic economy who has financial and political links with China, and ratified the selection at the trade body, whose rules require consensus.
The WTO, which works to craft accords that can ensure smooth international trade, is facing major problems such as rising protectionism, trade wars, shooting and bombing wars, hyperinflation, and energy crises as scientists who recommended abandoning fossil fuels in favour of sustainables struggle to solve the problem of how to generate electricity when the wind doesan’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
Oh FFS, I can’t report this seriously.
Nigerian economist: I laughed so much I nearly shat. And then I shorted all my holdings in companies based in WTO member states.
When I blogged the story someone quickly pointed out I was being racist and she really is an amazingly knowledgable economist. Apparently she sent him an email a few weeks ago offering him a generous commission for helping her complete a huge deal she was putting together on behalf of the Nigerian government. Due to trade sanctions imposed by the Trump administration she needed his bank details so funds could be channeled through my accounts thus hiding the Nigerian connection He tells me he is now waiting for his share of the deal which will run into $USmillions, thanks to his being a woke and inclusive person who was open minded enough to trust Nigerian entrepreneurship.
Russia’s Surprise Withdrawal From Syria? “If We Don’t Go Away, We Can’t Come back Again.
There is no doubt that the withdrawal is not quite what it seems to be, but more likely a tactical move by the Russians. The Kremlin feels it has done enough to secure the regime of President Assad, the remnants of the Sunni Muslim Free Syrian Army are no longer capable of mounting a challenge and the Syrians, along with Shi’ite militias in Iraq and Kurdish irregulars, backed by Iranian Republic an Guard troops ought to be capable of dealing with ISIS
Pentagon Admits US Ground Troops Involved in Somalia Raid
Pentagon officials confirmed that US ground troops were involved in a raid against a town in Somalia held by fighters of the ISIS afilliated al-Shabaab terror group. The US troops arrived by helicopter to engage the terrorists in a raid which also involved Somali forces, and which they say killed “more than 10? fighters.
USA Extends Drone war To Africa
So why we wonder is the USA taking its drone war against the third world into deepest, sub Sahran Africa? There cannot be any reason for it, the cited aim of neutralising Boko Haram is not valid because boko Haram are not a standing army but a guerilla force that strikes and then melts away into the civilian population.
7.5 million Going Hungry As Ethiopia Famine Crisis Worsens
(Translated from Agence Free Presse)Addis Ababa – The number of Ethiopians affected by famine and needing food aid has risen sharply with around 7.5 million people now in need, aid officials said Friday. The situation is worsening daily and is caused by failure of the annual rains added to the effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon .
Hungarian Leader Says Soros-Funded Groups Are Making Money From The Immigration Crisis
While Germany pursues its policy of replacing expensive German labour with cheap third woeld labour at act as fodder for its profit hungry factories, and the French government obediently follow their German masters while Britain stands aside, it is the poorer E U nations, led by Hungary, that have at last acted to stop the flood of unskilled, often illiterate refugees from third world nations flooding into EU nations.
The Obama Administration, and in particular The State Department which under the leadership of John (57) Kerry looks after foreign policy has all in all had a nightmare few months since the turn of the year. The unlikely (and unholy) Saudi Arabian – Israeli alliance in cahoots with U.S. neocons and military / industrial complex corporations have pressured the President into escalating U.S. aggression toward the secular government of Bashar Al Assad in Syria.
The European Union (EU) faces many battles, from the one to stop the sigle currency system falling apart as nations like Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal find the costs ofr membership outweigh the benefits, to it’s latest, the Mediterranean boat people crisis as more and more people try to cross from North African to Europe illegally, with the help of human tafficking racketeers.
Boko Haram attack kills seven in NE Nigeria village: locals African Free Press (AFP) reports from Kano (Nigeria) that Boko Haram extremists (had you forgotten about that nasty little civil war?) raided a village in restive northeast Nigeria’s Borno state near the border with Niger on Monday (17 August), killing seven people, community leaders told reporters.
Mediterranean Immigrant Crisis – EU plays politics with lives
The story of the migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from the coast of north Africa to Italy is a humanitarian crisis. But when the British government offered Royal Navy ships to help with rescue operations and in bringing to justice the ruthless criminals who take exhorbitant feees then put hundreds of lives at risk by herding their clients onto unseaworthy, overloaded boats, European Union officials started to attach political conditions to UK help
EU Accused of Using Migrant Boat Crisis to Further Integration
The unelected bureaucrats who run EU stand accused of cynically exploiting the Mediterranean boat people crisis to further it’s European integration program that will result in the national sovereignty of 28 ~(and growing) member states being abolished as they are amalgamated into a single federal superstate.
The Immigration Problem (part 1)
As Britain, its voters divided between pragmatism and politically correct thinking, heads for political chaos in an election likely to produce and inconclusive result, the big issue that none of the established parties want to talk about looks set to dominate the political debate through the next government’s term in office.
p>The West Is Always To Blame For Africa’s Troubles
It seems to us that according to the the political left of European and north American nation, we in the west are responsible for all of Africa’s racial, economic and it was even the ‘evil white man’ who instigated tribal wars and genocides that took place before and parts of the continent was colonised. But excusing Africa’s endemic problems is a parh to self destruction.