The future of Africa looks bleak, here is why

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Contrary to what some have been hoping for, the future of Africa looks to be bloodier than its past. The reasons for this are as vast and varied as the continent itself, such as resources (oil, water, land, minerals), economic interests of external powers (growth, trade, monetary policy), and ideological differences (structure of governments, corruption, tradition, ethnicity).

One of the main reasons that this scramble for Africa has intensified in the last few years and will most likely continue to escalate for the next few decades is because western nations are losing major battles on multiple other fronts. Just to name a few: the coalition of the willing has lost Iraq as well as Afghanistan; Syria is a stalemate; Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Algeria, Congo, and Mali are a disaster; Bahrain is in lockdown; Latin America is freeing itself from U.S. control; and Israel has gone rogue.

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As Noam Chomsky has pointed out:

“Iraq was an attempt to reinstitute by force something like the old system of control, but it was beaten back. In general, I think, US policies remain constant, going back to the Second World War. But the capacity to implement them is declining….

“Take the Clinton doctrine. The Clinton doctrine was that the United States is entitled to resort to unilateral force to ensure ‘uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources’.…

“Then he expressed the reason. He said that ‘one of the main functions of the international institutional order is precisely to legitimate the use of deadly military force by western powers’.…

“So the principle on which the international system is based is that the United States is entitled to use force at will. To talk about the United States violating international law or something like that is amazingly naive, completely silly.…

“That’s why you get all this talk about American decline. Take a look at the year-end issue of Foreign Affairs, the main establishment journal. Its big front-page cover asks, in bold face, ‘Is America Over?’ It’s a standard complaint of those who believe they should have everything.

“If you believe you should have everything and anything gets away from you, it’s a tragedy, the world is collapsing. So is America over? A long time ago we ‘lost’ China, we’ve lost Southeast Asia, we’ve lost South America. Maybe we’ll lose the Middle East and North African countries. Is America over? It’s a kind of paranoia, but it’s the paranoia of the superrich and the superpowerful. If you don’t have everything, it’s a disaster.”

This mentality has become a serious problem, especially since international law is not being applied equally across-the-Board. It’s equivalent to giving the bully in the yard the right to do anything they want, with impunity, without accountability, for all to see:

“Italy’s former intelligence chief Nicolo Pollari has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the rendition of a terror suspect. The court in Milan also sentenced his former deputy Marco Mancini to nine years in jail over the 2003 kidnapping….

“The Italian trials, which began in 2007, were the first in the world to bring to court cases involving extraordinary rendition, the CIA’s practice of transferring terror suspects to countries where torture is permitted….

“Pollari was [initially] acquitted when the first trial ended with the conviction of 23 Americans – all but one of them CIA agents – in 2009. The CIA’s Milan station chief at the time, Robert Lady, was given an eight-year term, while the other 22 Americans convicted – one of them a US air force colonel – were sentenced to five years in prison.

“All of them are believed to be living in the US and are unlikely to serve their sentences.”

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And this is the agenda that threatens Africa. The United States has been given a mandate to do what it deems necessary to maintain western supremacy and its dominant role on the world stage. Africa happens to be an integral part of that plan, guaranteeing its bleak future. The following are the first three parts of a series that is meant to delve deeper into this subject. More will follow over the next few years as events unfold:

  1. Western Powers Go Full Retard on Africa: China vs. AFRICOM, a Resource War (permalink)

    • tl;dr – Africa has resources that are required to maintain our current economic system.
  2. France Has Forgotten the Battle of Algiers, Africa Never Will: “Ordinary Victories” by Manu Larcenet (permalink)

  3. Recolonization of Africa, a Symptom of Our Addiction to Growth: Differential Accumulation, Why GDP Growth Rates Influence Foreign Policy (permalink)

    • tl;dr – Many western powers are facing a serious economic crisis and they believe that Africa, assumed to be a soft target, will provide a lifeline.

continued at chycho

26 Comments on "The future of Africa looks bleak, here is why"

  1. What a surprise.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Feb 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

    Do the Chinese have an equivalent of “white man’s burden” for rationalizing their presence in Africa?

    • BuzzCoastin | Feb 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm |

      The Chinese see it as a win win. Unlike Uncle Homeland & the Willing, the vast majority Chinese aid is for infrastructure. China had 1 million workers in Libya before it’s liberation by Der Homeland. They see it as an opportunity to help future trading partners develop and profit from that at the same time. That’s how they see it.

      My brother was a US Marine officer serving in Africa in the 80′. Der Homeland has several hundred military bases in Africa; China has zero.

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  3. So. the the article’s idea is: Africa free from US and Europe will fall into chaos. And the world being controlled by US and Europe is better (or less bad) than idependent. Cause if this is the article’s idea i have to say it is a big piece of shit, i’m brazillian and these last years are better for Brasil and our neighbours than the 60’s and 70’s was for Latin America when US decided to wage their war against comunism by supporting dictators all over the world. With the exception of Honduras and Paraguay when coups supported by Obama & Co. subverted their governments and put their puppets in power.

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

      No I think that’s the opposite of what the article is saying.

    • As Anarchy Pony pointed out, that’s actually the exact opposite of what this piece is trying to say.

      • Still, i don’t think that Africa’s future is bleak at all. Soon US will be so much bankrupt that they will not be capable to wage war anywhere.

    • lazy_friend | Feb 16, 2013 at 1:52 am |

      I am also a brazilion 🙂 We were better at soccer when the economy was stagnant.

  4. Unless The Empire crumbles, and soon, the poor bastards in Africa are FUCKED. I should say, even more fucked.

    “They [The Empire] were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force–nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
    ― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

  5. InfvoCuernos | Feb 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm |

    This should come as no surprise to anyone here, but it looks like the CIA is actively involved in the drug trade into Africa-specifically khat to the east coast of Africa. Is there any drug these criminals will not pedal?

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