the ‘Great Competitor China’: in Africa

This is indeed a bit of a tome as I reckon it needs to be given the subject matter, but I’ll offer a shortcut in a bit.  I’d like to start with ‘The Bolton Speech on Africa: A Case of the Wolf and the Foxes’, Ajamu Baraka, Dec. 19, BAR.com, and will quote liberally for background, and since BAR content is all CC.  (click image for larger)


“The Trump administration claims China and Russia are exploiting Africa, but US policy offers nothing but more guns, more bases and more subversion.

Malcolm X reminded us that we had to be careful about the difference between the wolf and the fox. The wolf for black people were the hardcore, racist white folks with the hoods and clearly articulated stance in support of white supremacy. The fox, on the other hand were the liberals who were supposed to be our friends. Their ultimate support for white supremacy was always just as deadly but sugarcoated in diversionary language like “humanitarian intervention” and the “responsibility to protect.” The game, according to Malcolm, was that black folks would recognize the danger of the wolf and run from the wolf straight into the jaws of the fox with the consequence being just as fatal because both the fox and the wolf are members of the same canine family.

This captures in many ways not only the nature of the ongoing saga of U.S. politics in general where there is really no substantial difference in the class interests and fundamental priorities of the two capitalist parties, but specific policies like U.S. policy in Africa.

In a speech last week before an audience at the right-wing Heritage Foundation, John Bolton unveiled the Trump administrations’ “new Africa Strategy .” In what could only be characterized as another example of the White supremacist racial blind-spot, Bolton revealed an understanding of Africa and the role played by the U.S. and Europe that was a compete departure from the reality of the systematic underdevelopment of that continent by Europe and the U.S.”

Baraka characterizes Bolton’s world as (ahem) not getting that the colonial powers that had divvied up Africa in order to enslave black bodies to create more European wealth, and that it wasn’t Amerika that overthrew black leaders and install brutal neo-colonial dictators.  Instead, in Bolton’s world it’s the Chinese (and Russians for some reason) who are the predators who are stunting African economic growth and threatening the financial independence of African nations.

“Therefore, in typical colonialist arrogance in which Bolton’s analysis represents objective truth, he states that African states have a choice. Either surrender to Chinese and Russia interests, or aligned themselves with the U.S. to secure “foreign aid” and avoid subversion from the U.S.!’” [snip]

“Bolton didn’t mention in his statement that U.S. strategy for Africa which centers military recolonization would be a continuation of the U.S. policies of the last few decades and in particularly during the Obama administration that saw the expansion of the U.S. military presence by 1,900 %.

It is clear that the Trump “strategy” offers nothing substantially different. The policy continues to be more guns, more bases and more subversion.

The destruction of Libya that resulted in the enhanced military capacities of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, the disastrous decision to carve up the Sudan and create yet another colonial entity called South Sudan, military and political support for President Kagame of Rwanda, President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Museveni of Uganda and expansion of AFRICOM reflects the murderous continuity of U.S. African policy.”

He then notes that the Joltin’ Bolton claims that the current administration is developing a new initiative known as “Prosper Africa” to increase Amerikan investment that will grow the middle class, and ‘improve the bidness climate ‘in the region’.

“This approach is not in any way a departure from the Bush-Obama “African Growth and Opportunity Act, ” which made similar claims and focused on extractive trade policies to exploit African natural resources and served as basis of continued conflict over those resources in nations like the Democratic Republic of the Congo where more than six million Africans have died in resource based conflicts.”

Yeppers, as Ajamu notes: same policy, different and more crude verbiage is afoot this time…but so is the same rape, plunder and pillage.

“We say to Bolton, Trump and the neoliberal democrats – U.S. out of Africa, Shut down AFRICOM, Africa for Africans at home and abroad! “

Now in glen Ford’s Dec. 20 ‘Bolton Threatens to Force Africa to Choose Between the US and China’, BAR.com, he writes in part:

“The Americans wager that they can exercise veto power over African political alignments by force of arms, through AFRICOM’s massive military infiltration of the region.”

“Access to new markets for its raw materials has spurred Africa’s exports, which quintupled in real value over the past twenty years ,” the staffers wrote in their in house IMFBlog . “But maybe even more importantly, sub-Saharan Africa’s trade engagement with China and other new trading partners has reduced the volatility in its exports. This helped cushion the impact of the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2009, when advanced economies experienced a deep economic deceleration, and thus curbed their demand for imports. At the same time, China actually increased its contribution to the growth of sub-Saharan African exports, which helped cushion the impact on sub-Saharan Africa growth during the Great Recession. On the import side, access to cheap Chinese consumer goods, from clothing to mopeds, has boosted African living standards and contributed to low and stable inflation.” [snip]

“There is no question that China’s deep penetration of African markets has caused lots of dislocation of existing African enterprises, or that China’s policy of importing its own workforces to staff major projects is cause for resentment among Africans in need of work. It is also true that Chinese entrepreneurs have flooded the nooks and crannies of many African economies, sometimes crowding out real or potential local small businesspeople. But it is generally agreed that China’s trade policies in Africa are not coercive or marked by “bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive,” as Bolton alleges. Rather, as Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) lead organizer Ajamu Baraka writes in this week’s issue of BAR, “China provides African states a modicum of space  to exercise more effective national sovereignty than had ever been afforded them by the European colonial powers that carved up and unmercifully exploited African labor and land.”

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Now opinions abound on the downsides of Chinese investments in sub-Saharan Africa’ you may want to skip this section between the lines,  ; this is one. On Dec. 5 Phil Butler at journal-neo.org had written: ‘Deciphering Economic Warfare Code: The Sub-Saharan Africa Front’

He opens with:

“This week Moody’s warned the whole world of Kenya struggling to repay heavy Chinese debt. News from the South African gained over 400 social media shares too, amplifying the hysterical warning that all of Sub-Saharan Africa is at risk of having “strategic assets” seized when unpaid debts come due. Once again, it’s interesting to note there’s no mention of the Anglo-European debt circle. So, here’s the dissenting view on Chinese versus western imperial economic war.”…then proceeds to unwind the Western Economic Propaganda a piece at a time.  His other headings are:

Other cases
Down and Out in Africa
concerning Economic Occupation by the IMF and World bank are hideous to read, if unsurprising.

From ‘Trump’s African Pivot: Another Swipe at China’, Kenneth Surin, counterpunch.org, Dec. 19, 2018:

In contrast to the hypocrisy and meaninglessness of “Prosper Africa”’

“By contrast, as a Liberian academic I met in the US a couple of years ago described to me, the Chinese have a different approach.

The Chinese make targetted loans, asking African countries what they need (nearly always in the way of infrastructure but not limited to that), then provide the loans, and undertake the projects themselves. The opportunities for an African kleptocrat to divert money into a Swiss bank account are thus reduced, and the chances of the project succeeding are enhanced because of direct Chinese supervision.

China’s aim here is not entirely altruistic, of course, and the slogans it uses (“aid that is mutually beneficial” and “soft power”) give an indication of a self-interest purportedly compatible with the interests of other parties.” [snip]

“But China’s role on the African continent has of course been defined largely by infrastructural development– according to AidData China has been involved in more than 3,000, largely critical, infrastructure projects.

These projects range from bridge, road, airport, and harbour construction; to railways and electricity grids, and technology transfer.

Chinese projects are powering Africa, and Chinese firms are creating jobs in Africa. China is boosting Africa’s economic transformation, and Hillary Clinton was egregiously mistaken when she warned of a “new colonialism” in Africa while she was US Secretary of State. Clinton did not mention China in her remarks, but their import was clear.”

More analysis: From Joseph Thomas, Nov. 21, 2018: ‘Washington’s Dirty Fight Against China’s OBOR; Five years into China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative sees analysts and political circles around the globe taking stock of Beijing’s progress’, altthainnews.blog

Headings:

Predatory Lenders: It Takes One to Know One (hint: the IMF)

His heading: Washington‘s Campaign of Subversion, Disruption and Sabotage exposé enough to make a sentient being sick.

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Now comes the yummiest stuff on the many Evils & Designs of Africom:

‘AFRICOM ‘Exerts a Huge Influence’ in Africa, Steps Up Airstrikes in Somalia’, Dec. 18, 2018 sputniknews.com

“Over the weekend, US military airstrikes in Somalia targeted an al-Shabaab base near the capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 62 militants, according to Somali officials and intelligence sources.

“US Africa Command and our Somali partners conducted these airstrikes to prevent terrorists from using remote areas as a safe haven to plot, direct, inspire and recruit for future attacks,” the US military said in a Monday press release.

Glen Ford, the executive editor of Black Agenda Report, joined Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Monday to discuss the recent military operation in Somalia.”

“You should conclude that the United States’ systems of warfare are intact in Somalia. I think, and some people suspect, that the slackening of the pace of the US military effort against al-Shabaab had to do with the weakness of the Somali government itself,” Ford told hosts John Kiriakou and Brian Becker.

AFRICOM was designed to have a very low profile. It’s a different kind of US basing strategy. What they didn’t want was to stir up latent African nationalism… So, AFRICOM claims to only have one permanent base, that being a facility in Djibouti, a French colony where the French stayed militarily. Everybody and their mama has a base in Djibouti,” Ford noted.

“Elsewhere in Africa, the US AFRICOM forces live on the military bases off the coasts [of] African countries. That way the United States can claim it doesn’t have any military bases in Africa except for the one in Djibouti. The actual reality is that the US, through its AFRICOM connections to every single country in Africa, with the exception of Eritrea and Zimbabwe, exerts a huge influence on all the militaries of Africa. The US, through AFRICOM, exerts a huge influence on every African country, and this is in stark contrast to… the lack of economic development in Africa,” Ford added.

However, according to Ford, “AFRICOM can’t explain what they are doing there [in Africa].”

Some of these wars are not being fought, they are being instigated. That is, the US special forces are sent in in order to create situations of warfare where none exist, and all of this is very difficult to explain to congressional committees that are supposed to then inform the rest of Congress, which then appropriates money to fund these wars,” he added.”

Well, of course he’s absolutely correct.  Africom’s initial mission was close to: ‘Quell chaos in failed nations under seige by (alphabet soup) Islamist extremists’ or some rubbish like that.  So if ya can astroturf some wars by way of those ‘groups’ by CIA/NED, mercenaries, AfriBomb is happy to ‘help’; we’ve watched this movie for years.

Now I hadn’t known what Ford says about bases off the cast of Africa, but there used to be a great youtube up on the USMC’s Seabasing’, noting that ‘the host nation didn’t even have to give their permission for our involvement, and we’d unload our pontoon rafts to travel the rivers…wherever we need’.  “Who else would head toward chaos; would you?”

But here’s United States Army Africa (SETAF) – 2009 Command Video and Mission Overview – AFRICOM

“…a team like no other”.

But at the crux of it all, imo. is that AFRICOM sho’ don’t like it that the Chinese created a military base in Djibouti, a few miles away from US Camp Lemonier.  Franca and Japan also have bases in Djibouti.

“More than 4,000 US personnel are at Lemonnier, the US’s largest permanent base on the continent, and it has long hosted sensitive US drone and air operations. The US also has run drone operations out of East Africa, and China has 2,400 peacekeepers on the continent.

Lemonnier, and Djibouti, are strategically located in the Horn of Africa. They sit on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a gateway to Egypt’s Suez Canal, which is one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors.”


And from the estimable crossedcrocodiles, April 22, ‘Origins of AFRICOM’ tagged Bush administration, Cheney report, colonialism, Heritage Foundation, neocolonialism, Nigeria, oil, PNAC…as hints.

XCroc had also provided in 2012: ‘From Failed Index To Aid At Gunpoint’

“Two items came out this past week that are intimately related, although probably not intentionally linked. Foreign Policy and The Fund For Peace released their annual Index of Failed States. Africa Ia A Country calls them out, it is a failed index.

We at Africa Is a Country think Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace should either radically rethink the Failed States Index, which they publish in collaboration each year, or abandon it altogether. We just can’t take it seriously: It’s a failed index.

“The US Africa Command puts heavy emphasis on fighting terrorism. But a terrorist may be anyone acting against US perception of its self interest, frequently those called terrorists are just political opposition. You can see this at work in the Index of Failed States.”

It’s called the Fragile State Index by now, bless their hearts: quite a map, no? Ready for Prime Time Pluckin’.
And right on cue:

Africom on Twitter

Africa’s a country’s: ‘John Bolton’s African power play’.

(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)

24 responses to “the ‘Great Competitor China’: in Africa

  1. Mhlangane, Dingane and Mbopa Lie in Wait – Cecil Skotnes – Capetown 1973

  2. TIA, This Is Africa, as they say in Africa, Africans and Europeans alike, and while the usual suspects are ragging on AfriCom, they should probably remember that the God damned Han Chinese are perpetrating a genocide in Tibet that makes the AfriCom look like the Little Flowers of St. Francis.

    • who are ‘the usual suspects’, rootie? your link says ‘cultural genocide’, and read the ‘debate entry. but teh wiki is always teh place to go, isn’t it? there actually was a ‘this is africa’ website funded by the financial times in london. let’s hear a little Har Har, eh?

      as to africom looking like the flowers of st. francis, sure, the cia/ned/mercenaries ginning up ‘chaos’ in africa so that US troops can quell it by yanno, murder, then make better deals with compradors to plunder their resources. walk in the park in comparison to re-neo-setller colonization, you betcha. you sound like hanna arendt on africans; gawd’s blood.

      • I walked around Africa and I walked around AfriCom and I saw plenty of black faces in both places, but in the CCP and what passes for high society in China what I saw was Han Chinese racists that also make the KKK look like the Little Flowers of St. Francis, because the KKK only hangs the most uppity Negroes, but the Han Chinese exterminate everything that isn’t them, and no, Virginia, I didn’t learn what I know about China/Africa/Tibet from Wikipedia, but it’s still a better source than a tweet from the Club des Cordeliers.

        • your first gambit rootie was: “This Is Africa, as they say in Africa, Africans and Europeans alike”. well, the europeans are the crux of the problem, of course, and have been since settler colonial days. i get now that your shaka zulu stuff was by way of saying what barbarians on The Dark Continent were/are, but if all europeans were gone from africa it would eventually be a better place.

          yes, you bat for the empire, jacob freeze, pretending one can ‘walk around africom’, even knowing you spent your early life as a military brat. given you’d mentioned cordelier’s tweet, it makes me wonder if your even bothered reading my diary, and the abject misery that africom, the IMF and world bank foist onto the black africans dealing with corrupt compradors chosen by the europeans after the pustches resulting from phony R2P’s by US afrciom and related NGOs like…human rights watch?

          at least the chines concerns admit that their investments are ‘mutually beneficial’, but transparent, unlike others who then promote neoliberal austerity when their loans…default.

  3. When did you your walking, Jacob Freeze, may I ask? I know very little about either place, but in my own attempt to get ‘up to speed’ on wendye’s informative post here, I was unable to locate the carnage a la China you infer here. Perhaps they have indeed a sorry record – some parts certainly did when my own family was there – I will attend your link for further enlightenment.

    Parts of my family still have family in China, and those relatives I esteem highly. I think a lot has changed there, maybe not to the degree it should in Tibet, but I hope the good things are true, for the sake of my family’s family still in residence there.

    wendye, thank you for this wellresearched article, drawing together much about the countries involved that I did not know. I did notice on your map how very close Djibouti is to the conflict area in the Persian Gulf where the Saudis are bombing Yemeni fishermen. ( I guess they are not worried about facing their Maker come the certain end of their days the way I am.) And that little country, Djibouti – China’s one military base overseas – who knew?

    I didn’t.

    • welcome, ww. my oeuvre on nato and its step-child africom is large, due to being at the military center of the amerikan empire and plans to control the globe rather than accept a multipolar world. the over-reach will be the death of the empire, which many say is happening already, and herr trump is hastening its final death throes. sadly, for now, it’s not imploding quickly enough.

      but to me, the core of africom is who create it and why, even though the resource wars are now more broad than oil: strategic and rare earth minerals of all sorts, etc., which is why the US will never get out of afghanistan until it’s forced out. and i’m sure GIs are still guarding the opium poppy fields as long has been true.

      but this is xcroc’s ‘origins of africom’ link, and my stars, i’m on the omments a couple times. ;-) a bit or two:

      In 1992 Paul Wolfowitz, on instructions of his boss, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, prepared the Defense Planning Guidance, DPG ( excerpts ) that set forth a plan for US world dominance and military superiority. It was widely criticized and condemned. But the people who wrote it kept it in reserve.

      In 2000, the Project for a New American Century, PNAC , called for total global domination by the US military in order to prevent rivals from emerging, and to deter potential rivals from even thinking about competition with the US. Members of PNAC include Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and other leading neo-conservatives who occupy key positions in the Bush administration. When Bush was running in 2000 he gave a speech calling for military buildup to “project our power” into distant combat zones, reflecting the thinking of the earlier DPG, and PNAC. Subsequently, many of PNAC’s conclusions and recommendations were written into the White House’s National Security Strategy.

      In 2001, Cheney produced the National Energy Policy, the Cheney report.
      Complete PDF version: PDF Report of the National Energy Policy Development Group .” [snip]

      “This set the stage for AFRICOM. The Heritage Foundation published a document in 2003 calling for the creation of an Africa Command: U.S. Military Assistance for Africa: A Better Solution. Donald Rumsfeld took particular interest in the Heritage Foundation arguments. It was Rumsfeld who created of the Africa Command, though he resigned before it was announced.”, etc.

      https://crossedcrocodiles.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/origins-of-africom-2/

      xcroc really taught me everything about africom back in those early days. i love him ‘witless!

    • Meanwhile in Tibet, as if anyone cares…

      • https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/activities-01042019165444.html

        “Chinese authorities in Tibet’s Lhoka Tsethang city have ordered Tibetan students not to enroll in workshops or other outside activities during their winter break from classes, according to Tibetan sources.

        The order also forbids students in the large municipality southeast of the regional capital Lhasa from taking part in religious events while they are away from school, a Tibetan living in India told RFA’s Tibetan Service, citing sources in Lhoka.The restriction on religious activity in particular “exposes the lie of Chinese propaganda that Tibetans enjoy freedom of religion,” Jampa said. Further information on the ban is difficult to obtain due to Chinese authorities’ strict control of social media channels, he said.”

          • New Self-Immolations, Protest Reported in Sichuan’s Ngaba

            https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/new-12142018173410.html

            “In a new surge of opposition to China’s rule in Tibetan areas, two young Tibetans have set themselves ablaze in Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) county in Sichuan province, with another teenager launching a solo protest in the county town calling for Tibetan freedom, sources say.”

            Ngaba’s main town and nearby Kirti monastery have been the scene of repeated self-immolations and other protests in recent years by monks, former monks, and other Tibetans calling for Tibetan freedom and the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

            Before the burnings reported to have taken place on Dec. 9, there were 155 self-immolations by Tibetans since the wave of fiery protests against nearly 70 years of Chinese rule of their homeland began in 2009. Of these 42 took place in Ngaba.

            • https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/villagers-10012018151232.html

              Tibetan Villagers Forced From Their Homes in Chamdo’s Gonjo County

              “Chinese authorities have ordered Tibetan villagers living in a resource-rich county in eastern Tibet to relocate to other areas to make way for mining and development projects, according to a local source.

              “The move affects nine villages in Chamdo (Changdu, in Chinese) prefecture’s Gonjo (Gongjue) county, and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, a resident of the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.”

              “The villages to be moved include Chaka, Pallo, Yasha, upper Deb, lower Deb, Chulsum, and Garnyi,” RFA’s source said, adding that residents will be relocated to Meldro Gongkar and Toelung in the Lhasa municipality, and to areas in Lhoka farther west.”

              “The Tibetans in these villages believe that the local Chinese authorities in Gonjo plan to build an electric power plant and do mining in the area, and that this is why they are being moved from their ancestral lands,” he said.”

  4. Meanwhile in China, the cockroach-pawns who form a huge class of sub-human playthings for the Han Chinese ruling class have been dispossessed and driven off their ancestral land on a scale unprecedented in human history, while bleeding-heart snowflakes in the USA piss their pants every time somebody drives a go-cart over some putative pet-graveyard in South Dakota.

    China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

    “The government, often by fiat, is replacing small rural homes with high-rises, paving over vast swaths of farmland and drastically altering the lives of rural dwellers. So large is the scale that the number of brand-new Chinese city dwellers will approach the total urban population of the United States — in a country already bursting with megacities.”

  5. So these are the bad people, Wendy, the God damned ruling class of Han Chinese who destroy the way of life of hundreds of millions of people for absolutely no other reason than increasing their own obscene power, while knee-jerk snowflakes blame AfriCom for everything that ever went wrong in Africa, where as you may not know, we never ruled a colony or even made a profit on anything at all. No profits! Never! And if you’re looking for atrocities, look no further than the World Capital of Rape around Lake Kivu, where there isn’t a white face for 500 miles.

    https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/congo-we-did-whatever-we-wanted-says-soldier-who-raped-53

    • no, jacob, we ‘snowflakes’ blame european settler colonialism, but africom has taken up the baton in no-colonizing africa. but your asia free radio evidence is about as reliable as voice of america, and seems to be driven/funded by the cia.
      https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000846953.pdf

      but some of the articles note stuff like: ‘insiders say’, or ‘rfa was told’. some of the stories may have the virtue of being so, i reckon, and what ugly stories they are.

      w/ your last pulitzer center link, you’re arguing against yourself, as i noted you likely hadn’t even read the diary. above, from ajamu baraka: “…the disastrous decision to carve up the Sudan and create yet another colonial entity called South Sudan, military and political support for [genocidaire] President Kagame of Rwanda, President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Museveni of Uganda and expansion of AFRICOM reflects the murderous continuity of U.S. African policy.”

      who’ this ‘we’ of whom you speak?: ‘we never ruled a colony or even made a profit on anything at all. No profits! Never!” clearly you’ve blown by the rulers the west has deposed in africa to install comprador grifters, and no profits is either willfully disingenuous or wishful thinking, but of course US companies profit enormously in africa, including the sales of weapons to the Bad Guys. just one quick link i’d grabbed. https://www.trade.gov/dbia/

      now i’d thought the new york slimes piece might have been about china damning the yangtze for hydro power, meaning peasant farmers would be shit out of luck, and forced to move to cities. that may have been earlier than 2013, though, and it…er…didn’t work well at all. but did they carry thru with that plan? looks awfully speculative. but sure enough, the slimes is gonna hit state commusnism in china hard, just as they do the actual socialist nations, esp. venezuela.

      but i’m seriously done with this, jacob. i do see a trend here with your barrage of 8 comments that could have been accomplished in two or three. i’ll combine them later when i have the time and energy. but please do read:

      Joseph Thomas, Nov. 21, 2018: ‘Washington’s Dirty Fight Against China’s OBOR; Five years into China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative sees analysts and political circles around the globe taking stock of Beijing’s progress’, altthainnews.blog in the OP for a different take.

  6. So many snowflakes completely befuddled by low-concept Chinese propaganda, and so many Chinese trying desperately to escape from the nightmare shit-hole of China. What a beautiful country, and isn’t it strange that NOBODY wants to live in it except for the predatory class of corrupt billionaires who rule and prosper.

  7. But all due respect to Wendy Davis for dis-interring archaic terms like “state communism” and applying them to a country with almost twice as many billionaires (819) as the USA, and more than 100 BILLIONAIRES in the National Party Congress!

    China isn’t a communist state, it’s barely any kind of state at all, or more like a run-away gangster version of a SLAVE STATE, with 1 billion slaves, 819 masters, and 100 million bourgeois boot-lickers oiling the system until their bosses replace them with robots.

    But so many useful idiots in the West are still obsessing over 19th Century injustices while they don’t even notice the modern version of chattel slavery flourishing directly under their silly little noses.

    HARHARHAR!!!

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/billionaires-in-china-xi-jinping-parliament-income-inequality-2018-3

    • yes, state capitalism i might have said; quite a mix. but after this, i’m out. look who you’ve become. gonna name the numbers of oligarchs in russia next, accuse putin of loving/protecting them next? and i repeat: this diary was about china’s investments in africa, period. sorry you never read the diary.

  8. And now for a little more news that one-dimensional snowflakes can dismiss as a CIA confabulation!

  9. https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/09/19/china-has-chosen-cultural-genocide-in-xinjiang-for-now/

    “The news out of Xinjiang, China’s western region, this summer has been a steady stream of Orwellian horrors. A million people held against their will in political reeducation camps. Intelligence officials assigned as “adopted” members of civilian families. Checkpoints on every corner and mandatory spyware installed on every device.”

    “The targets of this police state are China’s Muslim Uighur minority, whose loyalties the central government has long distrusted for both nationalist and religious reasons.”

    “The vast network of internment camps has more than doubled in size since the beginning of 2018, and people no longer emerge from them after a few days or weeks. Now, they disappear for months or what may become years. Uighurs living abroad report that their relatives back home don’t answer their calls anymore.”

    “By any measure, China is committing crimes against humanity in its treatment of the Uighurs.”

    But don’t let me interrupt your tear-jerking rant about how AfriCom knocked down 62 of the monsters of al-Shabaab in Somalia. The world is a much better place without those cockroaches, which is something you can’t exactly say about every Uighur in western China.

    So God damn the stinking CCP and its parliament of genocidal billionaires, and God bless our brave soldiers, both black and white in AfriCom, who risk their lives to save Africa from the monsters of al-Shabaab.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/al-shabaab-who-africa-terror-group-jihadi-group-somalia-islamist-a8449201.html

    • fuck off now, jacob freeze, and i say that in the most polite way possible. the indie.uk and fp? let’s hear some more har har. yeah, go to africom on twitter: w/ the help of locals, we defeated al shabaab!…

      i will not respond again. your wont to not see thru colonialist agitprop blows me away. why not quote CFR and george clooney, don cheadle, and friends: cuz they’d starred in the movie?

      but srsly, any further comments of yours will either be ignored or deleted, as . your ignorance is epic.

  10. a morning addition: ‘Trump deploys troops to central Africa following disputed Congo election’, dec. 7, wsws.org

    “In the wake of a hotly contested poll December 30 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Trump administration has deployed a contingent of troops to nearby Gabon, for the purpose of “protecting US assets from possible violent demonstrations” following the election to determine a successor to longtime leader Joseph Kabila. Election results which had been expected to be released Sunday by election officials have been delayed indefinitely due to a delay counting all ballots.”

    Trump sent a letter to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday informing Congress that he had ordered the indefinite deployment of around 80 troops to Gabon to protect US citizens and embassy officials in the DRC. Trump’s letter noted that the first soldiers arrived in the country on Wednesday with the “appropriate combat equipment and supported by military aircraft.” The letter also stated that more troops could be deployed to Gabon, the Republic of Congo and the DRC “as needed.”
    By deploying troops to the region, Washington is making it clear that it intends to install a pliant government in Kinshasa that will ensure that America’s economic interests in the country are secured.

    Also fueling the western imperialists’ lack of confidence has been the inability of the government to secure the Eastern provinces, long wracked by paramilitary skirmishes, home to the greatest concentration of the country’s immense mineral wealth. According to recent estimates, the DRC has $24 trillion in untapped raw resources, including cobalt and coltan, two metals that are critical to the growing smartphone and electric vehicle industries.

    Kabila, who came to power in 2001, has backed his ruling party’s candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to be his successor. Washington in contrast has favored Shadary’s opponent, wealthy businessman Martin Fayulu, a former [Rexxon] oil executive educated in the United States and France.
    Both Shadary and Fayulu belong to the tiny layer of parasitic elites that make up the Congolese bourgeoisie, hoarding the massive resource wealth of the Congo among themselves and cutting lucrative contracts, while the Congolese masses experience widespread social misery, with the majority existing on little more than $1 per day.”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/07/cong-j07.html

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