>Blast from the Past File: Resurgent elements of Rawlings’ communist regime reassert control over Ghana, President Atta Mills an "ex"-Marxist-Leninist

>Today John Evans Atta Mills, who ran on the social democratic platform of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), was sworn in as Ghana’s new president. Between 1997 and 2001 Atta Mills was vice president under “former” Marxist military dictator Jerry Rawlings, a slavish Cold War ally of both the Soviet Union and Libya. Rawlings (pictured here) attended his compliant protege’s inauguration in Accra on Wednesday. Atta Mills won by a very slim majority, ousting the conservative New Patriotic Party that ruled Ghana for the last eight years. Examining their rhetoric, though, we find that Rawlings and Atta Mills are little more than warmed-over communists who survived Africa’s Cold War.

Writing before last month’s hotly disputed Ghanaian presidential election, journalist Kofi Akosah-Sarpong of the Expo Times Independent Sierra Leone writes of Rawlings’ political vehicle, the NDC, which belongs to the Moscow-controlled Socialist International:

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has always been a one trick horse. In its first eight years after emerging from military roots, the NDC ran on befuddled socialism under its founder Jerry Rawlings who ruled Ghana for almost 20 years. Out of power for almost eight years in a new democratic dispensation, it transformed itself and ran on social democracy. In the upcoming 2008 December General Election, the NDC appears to run without the benefit of either. Marxist-Leninist ideology via socialism is on the shelf. Social democracy is in the rear-view mirror, the ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) and minority Convention Peoples Party (CPP) having virtually encroached into the NDC ideological terrain and appropriated its social democracy ethos.

Of Professor Atta Mills, a former law instructor and self-avowed “Marxist-Leninist socialist,” the same political analyst wrote last September that “Atta-Mills is seen as the puppet of Rawlings, who has iron grip on the NDC and whose democratic commitment is suspect.” A larger excerpt follows from the Akosah-Sarpong article:

When I listen to Atta-Mills, and hear him talk about the NDC’s social democracy, I get flash of his years as a Marxist-Leninist socialist. While both the NDC and the CPP are social democrats, there are philosophical differences. While Atta-Mills is sincere, his NDC, as the main opposition party, hasn’t campaigned fully on freedoms and democratic growth. Atta-Mills is seen as the puppet of Rawlings, who has iron grip on the NDC and whose democratic commitment is suspect. Atta-Mills body language doesn’t look like somebody who wants to be president, more because of the brutal shadow of Rawlings whirling around him. With the national view that he is not-his-own-man; Atta-Mills is a mismatch within the overwhelming Rawlings machine within the NDC. Atta-Mills don’t have the freedom to consolidate democracy.

Just in time for Ghana’s neo-Rawlingist regime, old allies Russia and Libya, operating through the Kremlin’s Technopromexport and Tripoli’s African Investment Portfolio, are moving in to town to build a power plant in the West African country. The Libyan media reported last month that the newly founded consortium “Laptechno-Power” will also build and operate power facilities in Libya, Uganda, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, and Namibia. The African Investment Portfolio will finance the projects through a US$6.73 billion investment fund. Although the Soviets, the Libyans, and assorted Third World revolutionaries like Rawlings have toned down their Cold War rhetoric, it seems like old times in Africa.

Resurgent elements of old communist regimes have appeared in other West African states in recent months. Last year the All People’s Congress, which ruled Sierra Leone as a single-party dictatorship between 1978 and 1991, was voted back into power. Under the guidance of former President Siaka Stevens (1967-1985) the APC implemented “pragmatic socialism.” Although it is not clear whether the new generation of leadership in the APC, including President Ernest Bai Koroma, is still committed to socialism, Libya continues to extend its baleful influence throughout West Africa. On January 3 the ruling APC and opposition parties bestowed Libyan strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi, who was then visiting Freetown, with honorary membership in the Sierra Leonean House of Parliament. Since Koroma became president, Sierra Leone has been the recipient of Libyan buses, tractors, shipments of rice, and a large, ultra-modern mosque in Rokupa, in the eastern dictrict of Freetown.

After his stopover in Sierra Leone, veteran revolutionary and advocate of pan-Arab/African unity Qaddafi flew to neighboring Guinea, where he held talks with the new ruling military junta. The AFP news agency did not disclose the substance of those discussions.

2 responses to “>Blast from the Past File: Resurgent elements of Rawlings’ communist regime reassert control over Ghana, President Atta Mills an "ex"-Marxist-Leninist

  1. mah29001 January 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    >No major surprise about Ghana still being part of an African ally of the Communist bloc. I heard Ghana is also closely allied with the Communist bloc’s Middle Eastern allies such as Iran.

  2. mah29001 January 8, 2009 at 12:46 am

    >You may wish to add the website Islamic Terrorism in India to the terrorism news sites:http://islamicterrorism.wordpress.com/Where Daniel Pipes’ website is listed there as well. It’s got good information on allege Pakistani ISI involvement with India’s Islamist insurgency problem. Now reports surfaced that ISI members are copying the tactics of the Red Chinese and neo-Soviet Russian hackers into hacking into the enemy’s computer network.

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