It is unclear if Zimbabwe and South Africa, under their new leaders will continue to advance the pan-African resistance against American bullying.
Zimbabwe, Burundi and South Africa were recently revealed to be three of ten countries that were likely to vote against the United States of America at the U.N. In a fair world where smaller countries have rights to opinions, this would be good for global politics. However, this is not that world. America has money and the recently released "Voting Practices in the United Nations 2017 Report" is going to be used to punish any country which dared have an opinion different from that of the United States of America. According to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, "When we arrived at the UN last year, we said we would be taking names, and this list of voting records speaks for itself. President Trump wants to ensure that our foreign assistance dollars – the most generous in the world – always serve American interests, and we look forward to helping him see that the American people are no longer taken for granted." The United States of America is not funding the United Nations so that it can be a league of nations but an American turf. It is buying dominance. Haley says America pays 22% of the UN budget and "In spite of this generosity, the rest of the UN voted with us only 31 percent of the time, a lower rate than in 2016." She says this is not an acceptable return on their investment. Global politics has been reduced to such transactional terms as "return on investment". It is an interesting page in global affairs.
The President of the United States is the power behind this transformation of politics into business transactions and contracts of sale - allegiance being the merx. He appealed to Congress that it "pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests and only go to America’s friends." In a widely circulated memo, Haley is championing an attempt to tie aid to allegiance. According to Foreign Policy, "Haley’s staff cite three U.S.-funded projects worth reconsidering in view of the recipient countries’ frequent lack of support for U.S. positions: A $3.1 million job training program in Zimbabwe, a $6.6 million climate change program in Vietnam, and a $4.9 million school construction program in Ghana. The memo tallied $580 million in total U.S. support for those three countries in fiscal year 2016, but saw support for U.S. positions in the U.N. only 54 percent of the time from Ghana, 38 percent of the time from Vietnam, and 19 percent of the time from Zimbabwe."
In fact, Zimbabwe, Burundi and South Africa are among the countries with the least voting coincidence with the United States of America. It should be appreciated that Zimbabwe in 2017 was under the leadership of Robert Mugabe who was not about to let America walk all over Africa. It is unclear if Zimbabwe and South Africa, under their new leaders will continue to advance the pan-African resistance against American bullying.
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