‘Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo–a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried underground. For five centuries, the continent of Africa has been ravaged by the world’s Empires for its vast untapped treasure. Today, the U.S. Empire is increasing it’s military role through their massive command network, AFRICOM, carrying out several missions a day. With the Congo being arguably the biggest prize for imperialist powers, Abby Martin is joined by Kambale Musavuli, spokesperson for Friends of the Congo, to look at Empire’s role in their history and current catastrophe.’
(Unfortunately, there is no transcript, and the interview was on April 12)
Best quote from Kambale Musavuli; Martin had asked him at the end of the interview how we can build solidarity within the Empire to help the Congolese.
Kambale Musavuli: “American people can help by having a true and real democracy…because the Empire has so many tentacles. We can be successful in the Congo in having a revolution and changing the country, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same for Chad, for Afghanistan, and other places around the world who want to have a better life, better opportunity…it all starts here.”
For further reading referenced in the interview:
Re: former Africom commander Rick Cook, see: ‘AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly; an AFRICOM official says the U.S. has been “at war” in Africa for over two years’, by Nick Turse, April 15, 2014
Friends of the Congo’s website.
‘Report highlights plight of DRC’s ‘cobalt children’’; Western firms turn blind eye as child miners toil in dangerous conditions for precious “battery” mineral, Amnesty says.’
(Yeah, I know: ‘Amnesty’, but still worth reading); AJEnglish.
‘Patrice Lumumba: Remembering ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’ It’s a crime that has haunted the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1961 – the death of Patrice Lumumba, murdered with the help of the CIA and Belgium. To date no one has been punished for the crime. dw.com
‘Obama’s young African leadership initiative (YALI)’, usaid.gov
“USAID is proud to be part of this presidential initiative and works closely with the Department of State and the U.S. African Development Bank (USADF) on program implementation.”
‘USAID Invests $38 Million in New YALI Centers to Support Young, Emerging Leaders in Africa’
“The Centers will focus on engaging leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 from a variety of backgrounds and a diversity of experience, providing accessible leadership training, incubating organizations and entrepreneurship, and supporting professional connections among African leaders. Based in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa, each center will be run as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the ingenuity and dynamism of the private sector and the programmatic and educational resources of USAID. Ten private sector partners and foundations have joined USAID in supporting the effort.”
Ha ha ha: just look at the list of the ‘private sponsors’, ooh-la-la.
Yeah, among The Big Dawg & Miz Big Dawg, ‘Black African Lives Matter Too, But Not for Clinton‘(via HuffPo) and Obama, who needs the CIA to admit its role in destabilizing and re-colonizing Africa? Gotta hand it to the insane power of the Clintons and their charitable Foundation. Coltan is another crucial mineral Congo has plenty of, and their BFFs at the World Bank and IMF:
“As a consequence of the Congo War, Rwanda and Uganda’s economies boomed from coltan and cobalt, and Western corporations such as American Mineral Fields (AMF), headquartered in Hope, Arkansas (Clinton’s hometown) and Barrick Gold (whose board included George H.W. Bush and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney), received concessions for mining and mineral resources worth over $157 billion.”
It’s long, perhaps almost exhaustive, but what monsters these folks are, and how the rubes love ‘em.
From 2011, a long trailer to a feature film documentary: ‘Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth’
But let’s hear from Africom on Twitter:
(Tweeted by Africom) ‘Why the United States Needs AFRICOM: Terrorist threats have mushroomed across swaths of Africa, NationalInterest.org (no less).
‘The U.S. Marines have a new plan to prevent another Benghazi’; And not a moment too soon, either! (won’t embed so far)
Africom and: Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, New Guinea, ‘defensive equipment to Burundi, New partnership with Ethiopia, the Cape Verde Island nation, yadda, yada… but most of the Tweets are incomprehensible word salad.
Wasn’t it the need for bauxite that really caused Clinton to wage war in Somalia? Heart-rending Agitprop™:
‘AFRICOM: Keeping Africans Safe from Chaos…or Something’, wd, Café Babylon
‘Sincere Apologies to Africa: The West Needs to Save You from Their Propaganda’, wendydavis My.fdl, Feb. 3013
OTOH, speaking to ‘they taught us how to use forks, ‘civilized us’ trope-a-dope: ;-)