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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This is change we can believe in, right?

No, wrong!  This is just more of the depressing same:

Corruption Is No Barrier to U.S. Visa for Millionaire

"Teodoro Nguema Obiang enters the country easily, although his wealth comes from corruption tied to his father’s regime in Equatorial Guinea."

And the consequences of that corruption?

"Since oil was discovered there in 1996, Equatorial Guinea has become the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, after Nigeria and Angola, with estimated revenues of $4.8 billion in 2007. But although petroleum has made the ruling Obiang family and its associates vastly rich, the oil and gas wealth has not been spread beyond ruling elites.

In 2006, more than three-quarters of the population was living below the poverty line, according to a 2009 International Monetary Fund report.

By some measures, conditions in the country are getting worse. Though the nation’s gross domestic product grew more than tenfold from 1990 to 2007, infant mortality rose to 12 percent from 10 percent, according to a 2009 Unicef report."


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