Africa has been presented to us for decades as the continent of hunger, tribal wars, lions and elephants in the savannah, diamonds and explorers. These are all small categories that try to simplify a vast territory that contains 54 countries, around a thousand million inhabitants and exceeds the 30 million square kilometers, more or less 60 times the size of Spain. Africa, after the economic meltdown in the beginnings of this century, is living a slow but unstoppable transformation thanks to neoliberal globalization. What was once a big container of slave workforce and raw material during the early stages of capitalism is now becoming an emerging market for investors and companies who can reach new potential consumers and spaces to “develop”.
The title I chose for this article might seem somewhat harsh - like busting a door down - but while it may be unpleasantly true, it's necessary just the same. No possible effort should be spared at this point to alert the public to how they are being lied to and used -- in the worst meaning of the word -- as "cash cows" to be milked of their money.
All governments in the globe are about to tackle a very delicate problem, especially after the absolute and resounding failure of the war on drugs they declared a good few years ago. That war, as we have explained a number of times, has only achieved an increase of violence, the criminalization of consumers, hundreds of thousands of deaths for no reason and a brutal economic expense that has proven useless.
In the first part of this article we described a series of general considerations about substance dependence throughout history and we defined the criteria to correctly diagnose this disease.