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Africa Betrayed
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Acknowledgements - Foreword - Prologue - Introduction: Black Neocolonialism - Solving Black Africa's Problems - Indigenous African Political Institutions - Africa Under Colonial Rule - Indigenous Africa After Independence - Quasi-Apartheid Regimes in Black Africa - Military Regimes: Rule by Uniformed Buzzards - The March Toward Tyranny - Repression of Freedom of Expression - The Looting of Africa - External Props of Tyrannical Regimes in Africa - Internal Props of Tyrannical Regimes - The Second Liberation of Africa - Conclusion: Aluta Continua! - Appendix - Bibliography - Index

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This vigorous attack on corruption and mismanagement by post-colonial African leaders is bolstered by the author's experience as a dissident in his native Ghana. Ayittey, who teaches economics at the American University in Washington, D.C., blames African elites, foreign powers and even black Americans for aiding and abetting black dictators. Surveying indigenous political institutions--but neglecting the treatment of women--he argues that current leaders distort history when they claim their heritage supports not democracy but one-party and/or military rule. He ranges through the colonial and independence periods before cataloguing depredations in places like authoritarian Zimbabwe and Zaire, the ``epitome of African kleptocracy.'' Ayittey proposes decentralized, democratic government based on indigenous principles to counter tribalism, a problem examined too briefly. Arguing that the West can best help Africa by promoting freedom of expression, Ayittey calls upon Africans to author their own intellectual, political and economic reforms. (Jan.)

"As a black African, Ayittey brings a personal, passionate commitment to his analysis. He develops a comprehensive prescription for addressing the continent's lack of representative, responsible government."--"Christian Science Monitor"
"Mr Ayittey's bitter reading is an appropriate first therapy to the malaise American politics have helped to breed."--"Wall Street Journal"
"This vigorous attack on corruption and mismanagement by post-colonial African leaders is bolstered by the author's experience as a dissident in his native Ghana. Ayittey, who teaches economics at the American University in Washington, D.C., blames African elites, foreign powers and even black Americans for aiding and abetting black dictators. Surveying indigenous political institutions--but neglecting the treatment of women--he argues that current leaders distort history when they claim their heritage supports not democracy but one-party and/or military rule. He ranges through the colonial and independence periods before cataloguing depredations in places like authoritarian Zimbabwe and Zaire, the "epitome of African kleptocracy." Ayittey proposes decentralized, democratic government based on indigenous principles to counter tribalism, a problem examined too briefly. Arguing that the West can best help Africa by promoting freedom of expression, Ayittey calls upon Africans to author their own intellectual, political and economic reforms."--Publishers Weekly

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