imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles


View article without comments

Scrambling for Africa's Resources

by Stephen Lendman Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
l

anti-war

Scrambling for Africa's Resources

by Stephen Lendman

It's more than about oil, stupid. It's for vast African riches. Resource/mineral wars define America's agenda.

On December 15, 2006, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) was authorized. On February 6, 2007, it was announced.

On October 1, 2007, it was established. On October 1, 2008, it became operational. It's mission is controlling Africa's riches.

They're vast. They're some of the world's largest and richest. Potential new deposits await to be found. Others known about await development. Modern exploration methods enable global exploitation. Virtually nothing escapes discovery.

Africa's rich in oil, gas, gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, iron, copper, tin, lead, nickel, coal, cobalt, bauxite, wood, coltan, manganese, chromium, vanadium-bearing titanium, and much more.

Continental agricultural lands are valued. So is offshore fishing.

Congo, Southern Sudan's Darfur region, Gulf of Guinea, Libya, Nigeria, and Niger, among other areas, hold special interest.

So does Mali. Last October, Reuters headlined "Mali war plan to be ready within weeks: AU," saying:

Military intervention is planned to reclaim territory seized by "Islamist militants." On March 22, an army coup toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure.

At the time, France signaled readiness to intervene. Malian junior officers revolted. They control northern areas. Obama officials call Mali a "powder keg." Conditions threaten regional destabilization, they say.

Reasons are invented to intervene. Obama wants congressional funding. He prioritizes wars. He's eager to begin term two with new ones. Permanent ones define his agenda.

NATO/EU partners are pressured to go along. Last October, the Security Council approved an international military mission to Mali. Ban Ki-moon was enlisted to help develop military intervention plans. Finalizing them was planned for end of November.

France drafted the UN resolution. It was Washington's lead attack dog on Libya. It may have the same role on Mali. US special forces and drone attacks may be planned.

They're already involved. Covert ops and surveillance began months ago. They're prelude for what's planned. Operations may replicate Somalia, Yemen, or Libya 2.0 with less sustained air support.

Reuters called Mali "paralyzed by twin crises." Leadership is divided. Last June, reports said African Union officials asked for Security Council intervention authority.

On December 20, it came unanimously. Timing was left unaddressed. Authorization signaled Washington's intention to intervene. Obama already has. Greater invention is planned.

Security Council members voted days after Malian Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra's resignation.

Coup members arrested him. They forced him out. He strongly supports intervention.

Django Cissoko replaced him. He's silent so far on favoring it. Malian Foreign Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly called authorization "historic." His government supports it.

It asked Ban Ki-moon to "confirm in advance the council's satisfaction with the planned military offensive operation."

Ban's a reliable imperial ally. He's replicated the worst of Kofi Annan's failures and betrayal.

Both men abhor peace. They support Washington's wars and occupations. They ignore Israel's worst crimes. They're indifferent to human suffering. They call aggressive wars liberating ones.

They endorse America's agenda. Mali's in line to be attacked, destroyed and controlled. Ban's comfortable with more African bloodshed. The entire Sahel region and beyond are threatened.

The Security Council resolution authorized an unspecified troop strength African-led International Support Mission (AFISMA). An initial one-year period was called for.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) wants 3,300 troops in Mali. They'll be US/Western proxies. Nigerian forces appear designated to lead them.

They'll conduct ground operations. US, French, and other NATO logistical, air, and intelligence operations will support them.

Timing remains undecided. Tactics are being planned. Clarity may come post-holidays. Perhaps after Obama's January 21 inauguration.

UN peacekeeping head, Herve Ladsous, suggested that logistical planning may delay intervention until September or October.

France's UN ambassador, Gerard Araud, called it premature to say when military operations will begin. African and Malian troops must be trained, he said. Much depends on political considerations.

Extreme weather may intervene. In late March, monsoon season begins. It lasts months.

Timbuktu's Mayor Halle Cisse asked for "rapid military action to liberate our cities."

"There is no school. There is no work and no money," he added. "We are fed up with this situation." Timbuktu depends on tourism. Conflict keeps people away.

Media scoundrel fear mongering said Islamists imposed sharia law. Managed news misreporting made lurid claims. Propaganda substitutes for truth. Claims about banned public male/female socializing were featured.

Other accounts stressed attacking bars selling alcohol, recruiting child fighters, stonings, whippings, beheadings, amputations, and other punishments against non-believers.

Public sentiment is being prepared for intervention. US-style responsibility to protect (R2P) perhaps plans Libya 2.0 light.

For months, France and Washington held secret intervention talks. Rousting "Islamist militants" is pretext. So is waging war on terror. Resource control is policy.

Thursday's resolution welcomed ECOWAS troop pledges. It called for member states' help. Chad, Mauritania and Niger were asked to contribute. Their troops have desert warfare experience.

Resolution language stressed two-track planning. Political and military were called for.

US and French special forces operate in Mali. They're active in other regional countries. They conduct covert operations. They're training Malian forces. Stepped up efforts are planned.

AFRICOM head General Carter Ham called Malian and other regional conditions "vastly different than they were previously. There are now non-Al Qaeda associated (militant) groups that present significant threats to the United States."

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) raises most concern, he said. It's also called "the Salafist Group for Call and Combat." Other regional groups include "the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa."

"It is clear to me they aspire to conduct events more broadly across the region, and eventually to the United States," claimed Ham.

"That is the ideology. That is the campaign plan. Establish the caliphate and spread the ideology. Attack Western interests. Attack democrat forms of government. We are certainly seeing it."

America creates pretexts to intervene. When enemies don't exist they're invented. Imperial strategy prioritizes it.

Algiers University Professor Ahmed Adhimi believes Afghanistanizing the Sahel region looms.

Military intervention will attract "adventurers, terrorists, and all those who want to fight the Crusaders" like flower-containing pollen and nectar draw bees to produce honey.

Cross-border conflict may follow. Algeria may become Africa's Pakistan. Washington may drag Algiers into a war it doesn't want. It'll end up victimized like other US targets. Obama perhaps plans it.

A Final Comment

CIA elements operate covertly virtually everywhere. So do US special forces in 120 or more countries.

Fifty-four nations comprise Africa. In 2013, the Pentagon plans sending "small teams" to over 35 of them. Perhaps they're already in most of the other 19.

Reports about their role limited to training and equipping efforts don't wash. US forces everywhere are combat trained and ready.

Special forces are assassins. They specialize in search and destroy, extrajudicial assassinations, and other lawless acts.

Washington wants unchallenged African dominance. AFRICOM was established to rape the continent's riches.

Proxy and direct wars are prioritized. Expect much more in resource-rich areas.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/scrambling-for-africas-resources/
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


another thought on the matter

by PrionPartyy Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I forgot where I saw it, maybe Alex Jones, but it was pointed out that the globalists ruling the Washington politicians were sending soldiers who said they would not take part in any anti2nd amendment gun grab.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Activists Mark 150 Years Since Chimney Rock Massacre F21 7:00PM

Indivisible local events F16 4:07PM

Help Wanted: How You Can Act Locally To Stymie Trump’s Agenda F16 11:24AM

RACE RELAY - race relations dialogue F16 7:01AM

LA County Greens Oppose S F09 8:52PM

Our Revolution L.A Organizing Meeting F08 12:23AM

First We Marched. Now We Huddle F06 10:54PM

Indigenous, Sacred Lands Disrespected at L.A. Women's March J24 1:52PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 8:22PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 8:00PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 7:42PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 6:04PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 5:48PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 5:30PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 5:02PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 4:23PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 4:03PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 3:39PM

University of California Riverside Students Walkout J22 10:41PM

San Gabriel Valley Anti-Repression Committee Action J22 10:07PM

Staggering Turnout for Women's March L.A. J22 1:09PM

Los Angeles Braves Extended Downpour to Tell Trump Hell No J21 3:32AM

Los Angeles Braves Extended Downpour to Tell Trump Hell No J21 3:04AM

#J20 CalArts in SoCal Plan Walkout; NY Galleries & Nonprofits Plan Art Strike J18 5:25PM

Camp 120 Will Hold Space in Front of City Hall Until Inauguration Day to Protest the Inac J18 5:03PM

Teamsters Local 2010 Initiates Mass Walkout and Strikes at University of California J18 4:12PM

Nurses Storm The Boulevard To Pressure Trump on the ACA J17 4:49PM

Nurses Storm The Boulevard To Pressure Trump On the ACA J17 3:12PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Treasury Extends Anti-Money Laundering Luxury Real Estate Regulations F23 11:00AM

Metal Fist Urban Domination Hack F23 9:01AM

Fbi COINTEL Operations Expand F23 1:33AM

Le travail est une prostitution F22 10:29PM

Art of War : Executive Order F22 10:16PM

Damage Assessment F22 9:42PM

La société future, la société sans relation F21 6:24AM

The Long History of Human Incapacitation by Politics and the Press F21 6:09AM

Kucinich Warns of Deep State's Plans for War Post-Trump Impeachment F20 4:54AM

KLM refuses seven passengers following Trump's muslim ban/KLM accomplice to discrimination F19 3:50AM

Radio Libertaire ou Persona grata F18 3:47AM

Resistance Recess F17 2:21PM

Congress Moves Slowly on Bipartisan Puerto Rico Recommendations F17 9:30AM

The Shortwave Report 02/17/17 Listen Globally! F16 5:01PM

Paraphysique de l'emprise F15 10:34PM

107 More Groups Oppose Neil Gorsuch F15 4:38PM

Cloudflare’s Transparency Report for Second Half 2016 - FBI National Security Letter F15 10:26AM

Attempt the Impossible! Theses for a New Left Majority F15 4:57AM

Breaking: Miller On Bakersfield Incident F15 1:56AM

Trump Voids Dodd-Frank 1504 Transparency Rule F14 1:49PM

Les mafias du capital F13 11:38PM

The Sleazy Corporate Nazi Tactics of Public Storage F13 3:11PM

Geral Sosbee Presents F12 4:58PM

Théodore dit Théo, violé par la police F11 6:44AM

Igor Sadikov urges students to "Punch a Zionist" F11 6:06AM

The Lie of the Civilized Western World F11 5:49AM

Rescue Team Head Straight From Peruvian Mountains To Durham Movie Screening F10 1:38PM

Trumpism and the Working Class F09 8:05PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy