Foremost, among them all - the Chinese from Mainland China.
In Kenya, East Africa - rare earth deposits have been found and exploited - worth $100 Billion plus. Yes - $100 Billion plus.
Few have heard about Mrima Hill - in the coastal county of Kwale - the wheeling and dealing began a long time ago.
Cortec Kenya Mining - with roots in Canada - offering to give the Kenya Government - some 3% of the profits - of the Kenya Government chose to work with them - which they did.
Rare earth deposits are in demand and reports state the China produces 90% of these rare earth deposits - Riobium for example to strengthen steel - today - exports billions of dollars of steel - even here in the Untied States - we - import steel from China.
Closer here to San Francisco - our newer bridges - but, more our skyscrapers use Chinese steel - and many American Chinese - living here in San Francisco - are involved with the wheeling and dealing - and more.
The production of rare earth have consequences - much like mining other minerals - the production of one ton of rare earths - produces 2, 000 tons of toxic waste.
In China large areas have been contaminated - and more the watershed - impacting rivers and lakes - the fish but also clean drinking water.
Baotou in China's Inner Mongolia -
a cesspool of very contaminated waste -
a result from mining rare-earth.
Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Rwanda - many other Nation in Africa - have deposits of rare earth - many in large measure - countries like Norway, Japan, the United States, China - other Corporations - most of them with one goal in mind - to make large sums of money - in the Billions.
The World Bank, the G -7 Nations, others Nations who are involved in Africa - are not paying any attention to the contamination, pollution, and the many adverse impacts - that mining, oil drilling, and now the production of rare earths - bring to the underdeveloped Nations of Africa.
In the year 2000 some of us here in San Francisco - sat down and organized the National Summit on Africa's Dialogue and Celebration of Africa. Africa and America: Partners in the New Millennium.
It was held from February 16-20, 2000 - Washing D.C. United States of America.
Delegates were sent to Washington D.C. - from many States representing the United States.
We had representatives from some Nations from Africa - who attended the National Summit on Africa - 2000.
Representing the Bay Area - California - the Chair Dr. Ramona Tascoe and I was the Co-Chair - Francisco Da Costa.
We chose topics - headed by experts on topics - like Sustainable Development, Quality of Life and the Environment.
Democracy and Human Rights.
Peace and Security
Education and Culture
Economic Development, Trade and Investment, and Job Creation.
Historical Framework, Paper Written for the National Summit on Africa by: Dr. Elliott Skinner ( Columbia University), member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee.
What was so amazing about this Nation Summit on Africa - 2000 - was the bi-partisian participation - with The National Summit on Africa Initiative Core Partners, the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee, the Youth Outreach Committee - all playing an excellent role - to bring about the fruition - of this one of kind National Summit on Africa - 2000.
Regional Summits were held in Chicago, in Los Angeles, in San Francisco, in Boston, in Oklahoma City, in Baltimore, in Denver, and in Houston, Texas.
The regional policy dialogues, sub-regional policy fora, and numerous local caucuses and educational programs.
The National Summit of Africa both the best minds from Africa and of many African Americans and others here in the United States - the many colleges and universities, the churches and other institution of learning - hospitals, schools, leaders from all walks of life - dignitaries - gathering in Washington D. C. was simply amazing.
We had functions at the Kennedy Center - and other centers - and worked together - to better understand and serve the Continent of Africa.
The deliberations made at the National Summit of Africa - 2000 -led to many initiatives - on health, more initiative to curtail and address AIDS, other diseases such as Malaria, polio and so on.
The deliberations led to initiatives on Transportation, Education, Health, Safety, Outreach to the Youth in Africa, and more.
Sound deliberations on Trade and Economic Initiatives - many led to better things - because we have a sound Blue Print in hand.
Many learned about the many Nations on the Continent of Africa - the dictators that at that time and even today - who have amassed great wealth - and created divisiveness and the gap between the filthy rich and the poor.
Many learned of the advances made on the Continent of Africa - in the area of Telecommunication, Transportation, Health, Education, the rights for women and so on.
Many understood more about the land - the Continent where human beings first originated - and more how we all - in our DNA carry a link and more an attachment to Continent of Africa.
We had serious meetings - linked to the liberation of nation in Africa - the many atrocities committed by the colonial powers - the British, the Belgians, the Germans, the French, the Italians, the Dutch, the Portuguese - you get the drift.
Many of us - I included were born in Africa - I in Nairobi, Kenya.
Americans - more Blacks from the Untied States - can do more for Africa - the time has come for another - National Summit on Africa - the last one held in the year 2000.
The Black Athletes - other Black entrepreneurs - have an opportunity today - more than ever before - to produce models - and work with Africans.
Always - with the Africans in the cockpit - to bring some innovative solutions - the resources are there - to uplift the Africans - and bring about some holistic and much needed healing - with all that Africa has endured - more from the colonists - the worse among them the Belgians.
King Leopold - the worse of them -
a murderer, he has BLOOD on his hands -
he ruled the Belgian Congo - ruthlessly.
Even in the year 2000 - we spoke about the exploitation of those mining gold, precious stones, all sorts of minerals - and even rare earth.
Today, Africa is poised to produce Billions of dollars of much need " Rare Earth " - used to strengthen steel, in the use of our cell phones, in computer chips to make them run faster, titanium and other metals - used in the production on our Fighter Jets - and other one of kind equipment.
No one wants to say - how these rare minerals and rare earth products - help make the Superpower Nation - richer and more powerful.
Not once is there a Blue Print to give back to Africa - with the Africans in the cockpit - the aid given to those who stretch their hands - more African with connection and power - who pocket the money - must STOP.
Today, we have African dictators - with millions if not billions of dollars in off shore accounts - we will not name them now - but can in detail - as we have the empirical data.
There is a another crime - when resource are stolen from Africa - for pennies and sold for thousands of dollars - making profits in access of 500% to a 1000% percent - which is totally uncalled for - and must be not be tolerated - immoral, unethical, and absolutely - lacking justice and unfair.
The Chinese by large measure - are exploiting - every aspect of trade - in meat products, agriculture, rare earths, petroleum - may of them are living in villages - having several wives - and exploiting the situation in the villages.
All over Africa the Chinese from Mainland China - have built large stadiums - that the Africans love to watch and play soccer - but we also have an access of cheap clothing, plastics of all kinds - flimsy and cheap, commercial products.
The Chinese - many of them agents of the Chinese Government - are NOT addressing environmental issues - much as they do not in China - where contamination, pollution, and such issues - have ruined many places - once pristine but now ruined in China - including the rivers, the lakes, the forest, the watershed and most importantly the air.
Africa is a continent - and the exploitation of rare woods like ebony, exploitation of ivory and rhino horns, the fur from other exotica animals - must STOP.
We can still save Africa - by allow the Africans to take control of their own destiny - we need some viable and sustainable Blue Print - created by Africans for Africans - and an understanding that time is running out - time is of essence. Aho.