Tjebbe van Tijen on Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:41:52 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Frontex: libertas ~ securitas ~ justitia & the migration of stolen money from Africa

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[big tableau image]
These last weeks my research for making a momental monument for  
migration involves collecting pictures on a daily basis and this  
morning a press release in which the EU agency Frontex* was mentioned  
(once again) made me do a search just for that word, limiting the  
search to high resolution pictures only. One of the first pictures  
that came up was on the website of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU  
in the year 2008 and showed a dinner that formed a part of the  
Ministerial Conference on the Challenges of the EU External Border  
Management (day 1); the caption of the happy crowd well attended by  
waiters did read ?Dinner at Grand Hotel Toplice.? Next picture that  
catched my eye was the high rise office building, seat of this EU  
border policing organization Frontex in Warsaw (it is said that the  
EU had a hard time to find sufficient personnel to serve in Poland  
because of its lower wage level that the Western part of the EU). The  
emblematic pictures of what may be Saharan desert road traffic and  
dangerous rubber boat trips on the Mediterranean were quickly found,  
as were the few extra elements that show a way of possible reading of  
the tableau in the diagonal between Frontex logo and member state  
special police uniforms with golden lettering symbolizing the new  
European ?el dorado?.

In the middle of the green EU fortress map there is a hole:  
Switzerland. One day some smart migrants will dig a tunnel all the  
way form Africa to that hole in the EU  ?. to arrive directly into  
the bank faults containing mountains of gold safely deposited by  
African leaders and their cortege favoring ? for over half a century  
now ? the silent Swis banks as a place to deposit their revenues.  
Every year 148 milliard dollar are stolen from the continent by its  
leaders and civil servants and it is not just old time business ? la  
Mobutu, there is for instance a new trade in special minerals from  
Rwanda and profitable deals made by depositing toxic waste in  
Somalia. Till this very day  (money) migration from Africa has  
heartily been welcomed in Europe. Has that fact been a table talk  
topic of the ministers ? last year ? having their nice dinner in the  
Slovenian Toplice Hotel (as a less corrupt and more equal Africa may  
diminish the urge and need to sneak through the walls of the EU  
fortress and may greatly simplify the task of the Frontex agency)?

Not only the Swiss fraudulent hole has to be closed, but also the  
Guernsey postal box firms, the Luxembourg and Liechtenstein bypass  
and who knows what other financial loopholes are offered by European  
Fortress bank managers and the like to the African elite, who are  
always most welcome and just take a legal airplane for a visit or a  
more permanent stay, instead of an attempted illegal entry in a  
leaking rubber boat. Where will be the European headquarters for this  
new organization that will forcibly round up all those deposited  
African milliards and send them back to where they came from? and  
what would be a good catchy name for such a new agency? Or ? would  
such honorable seizures trigger yet another financial crisis because  
most of  our trustful banks may collapse once again without the use  
of these migrated African assets?

(*) European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at  
the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union)

Tjebbe van Tijen
Imaginary Museum Projects
Dramatizing Historical Information
web-blog: The Limping Messenger

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