Conakry, Guinea Conakry (Accredited Times) – Accredited journalists are always searching for the next scoop. We are desperate to report the EXCLUSIVE story and crush the competition. Due to the little-understood science of crowd dynamics, however, accredited journalists act more like flash mob participants. How otherwise do we explain the weird phenomenon of the same news stories appearing at the exact same time, with the same political slant?
What is the next big story? Ah, that is harder to predict; besides, we’ve not yet received our instructions. What we can say is that we need a change from:
(i) Disaster-porn – Hurricane Irma and Houston’s flooding were tremendously helpful for pushing the climate change narrative, but these stories are pretty much done. We’ve done our bit by connecting two wholly disparate things subliminally in the public minds, so that the next time disaster hits, the developed world will be ready to commit economic-suicide through agreeing to the elimination of all white-man-made CO2.
(ii) North Korea – things have quietened down in the accredited media now that even more sanctions have been approved. We have boldly stood up to North Korea’s greatest ally, China, issued stirring rhetoric, and then courageously retreated whilst vaguely keeping ‘all options on the table’ through inaction.
Brexit? Nah, done that. Worldwide Pandemic? We’re waiting till late 2017/ 2018 for that. Global financial collapse? That’s so 2008. And 2018/2019. No, we sense that the next big story will be the 2020 presidential elections in Guinea Conakra.
As someone who took a correspondence course on modern Guinea Conakry history, I sometimes forget that the average person lacks even a basic grasp of this country’s rich tapestry. If they can even locate it on a map, they will simply mumble about it being ‘only the 142nd biggest economy’ or ‘riddled with corruption.’ Such people are ignorant, however, of the tremendous contribution Guinea has made to the world. Did you know, for example, that this country has a type of bird and a dis-used British gold coin named after it? One of the most famous horse races in Great Britain today is called the ‘1000 Guineas’, although this shamefully refers to the number of slaves the winning horse-owner would receive from the king.
The word Guinea is also employed as a compliment to the Italian-American community to recognize that, in some ways, they are people of color.
Guinea also gave the world Ebola in 2013, thus helping with the United Nations’ population sustainability efforts.
We can also add that Islam is the majority religion of Guinea Conakry, with Muslims comprising around 85% of the 14.5 million population. Guided by the charitable principles laid down by the Prophet Mohammed, Guinea has a long history of welcoming refugees. War-ravaged families from Sierra Leone and Liberia, for example, have all found shelter at Guinea’s warm and ample bosom. Guinea Conakry serves as a wonderful example to the Alt Right, who cruelly demand that refugees stay away and ‘stick to their own countries where they belong.’
Recent focus has been on Guinea’s role in modernizing business practices. Not only is Guinea a leading player in the awarding of no-bid contracts to select corporations, it especially welcomes accredited investors from lofty positions on the pyramid of oppression itself. Such benevolent investors are keen to help Guinea to exploit its huge mineral resources for the benefit on the people. Take Israeli miner, BSG Resources, for example, which is owned by billionaire Benny Steinmitz. In 2008, Guinea awarded Steinmitz’s BSGR the country’s huge Simandou Iron ore deposit for ‘a small fee’, just before the death of former president, Lansana Conté. Using all his experience and business acumen, Steinmitz was able to sell half the rights over Simandou to Brazilian mining giant Vale for $2.5 billion. This transaction was acclaimed as the ‘deal of the century’.
Shamefully, enemies of Guinea (including Rio Tinto, which used to own the deposit before it was “appropriated” and who had paid a much larger fee in 1997) took BSGR to international arbitration, alleging corruption and bribery. Legal counsel for BSGR asserted that:
“There is no direct evidence of BSGR making payments to secure its rights…Guinea has set itself up for a fall.”
The article in the Daily Telegraph also reported:
“BSGR denied paying bribes to Mamadie Touré, the fourth wife of President Conté, for helping gain access to Simandou. Mrs Touré, who fled to the US and was arrested by the FBI, “simply had no role in BSGR’s lawful granting of rights”, it said.
In their opening remarks, lawyers for the government of Guinea said there was “damning evidence of corruption”, including witness statements, FBI transcripts and documents detailing bribes, although some evidence could not be presented to the hearing because it was the result of ongoing investigations in Switzerland, France, the US and the UK.”
Allegations of corruption aside, Guinea Conakry clearly warrants watching. The Accredited Times proudly remains the undisputed thought-leader when it comes to this strategically-important West-African country. For this reason, you can be sure that we will be covering the key issues from all possible progressive angles. As the clock turns slowly but surely towards 2020, our fearless readers will ensure that the presidential candidates provide honest answers to even the toughest questions.
The Accredited Times stands firmly behind people’s favourite, Abu Berete, a young unassuming man with a beautiful family who live together in the United States. Abu has a vision for his nation which brings hope to a people who dream of better days. Unlike many politicians today, Abu is not afraid of giving honest answers to some of the most difficult questions on the issues that matter. LGBTQ+ rights, for example, as well as the persecution of bronies by President Trump. This exchange between BLM and Abu is a clear illustration of the latter’s integrity:
Black Lives Matter: “Abu, one of my big concerns is Trump’s policy with respect to the LGBTQ+ community. In particular, as I’m sure you’re aware, Trump has repeatedly insulted and attacked so-called “bronies” (male fans of Hasbro’s “My Little Pony”, which was originally marketed to preteen girls). What’s your position on that and on the LGBTQ+ community more generally?”
Abu Berete: “War, they said bring nothing but distribution , while peace in the other hand they said bring nothing but prosperity, love, and many good things. We will all live happily with peace, the world can be a better place to live. “
We agree with Abu and will be following his progress with fascination.