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US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs, Not Because of Al Qeda

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The US has boots on the ground and manned & unmanned aircraft in the skies of Mali, to answer supposed threats to US national security poised by Al Qeda. If you believe that, you believe Saddam actually had nuclear weapons. The US and France are in Mali to prevent its civil society from controlling its land and water, & to preserve predatory Western leases on hundreds of square miles in Mali that prop up the recent reconquest of Libya.

US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs, Not Because of Al Qeda

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

On March 15, former General and AFRICOM commander Carter F. Ham testified before the House Armed Services Committee that the situation in the West African republic of Mali is, along with that in Nigeria and Somalia, “a direct threat to the national security of the United States.” In plain language, claiming a direct threat to US national security is the standard justification for murderous military intervention around the world, and Mali has just been added to the hit list.

Echoing official sources like General Ham, corporate media tell us that Al Qeda and related Islamist forces, flush with weapons from the recent conflict in Libya, are poised to overrun Mali. Should we believe them? Aren't they the same folks who once assured us Saddam, and nowadays Iran, have nuclear weapons? Of course they are, and the real reasons for US intervention are something else entirely.

Since the Clinton administration, the US has provided military aid, weapons and training to 52 out of 54 African nations, ensuring that Africa, the motherland of humanity, remains the poorest and most war-torn region on earth. The US is in Africa to lock down its resources, Africa's energy, water, minerals, timber, agriculture, and biodiversity for the Western corporate elite. Strong African civil societies are, in the view of the US and its allies, bad for business, because they would mean Africans controlling their own energy, water, minerals, timber, agriculture and biodiversity.

Al Qeda, the Islamists and Tuareg rebels aren't the big problem in Mali. The big problem is that Mali's so-called democratic government discredited itself by evicting tens of thousands of farmers and their villages to grant foreign concerns long term leases on vast tracts of prime farmland and water, so Malians didn't much care when it was swept aside by another government committed to the same policies, and seem in no rush to defend that regime either. So the US stepped in, and is currently airlifting, supplying, feeding and providing gasoline to a French mechanized infantry battalion in Mali to make sure foreigners keep that Malian land and water.

The largest of the predatory land grabs in Mali is called Malibya, that's M as in mother, A as in apple Libya, google it for yourself. Malibya was a deal signed with the Khadafi government to ensure Libya's food security with a long term lease of 150 square miles of Malian territory for a vast GMO rice and cattle plantation, irrigated by a 25 mile canal that would drain vast quantities of water from the Niger River. Libya produces vast amounts of oil but little food. Now that the US and their junior partners, the French, have re-established control over Libyan oil, they need Mali's water and agriculture to make their neocolonial contraption sustainable, even if Malians and the tens of millions downriver in other countries suffer. The Pentagon, and its local tentacle AFRICOM, also require Mali for drone, mercenary and special ops bases that can directly penetrate the dozen or so African states west of Nigeria.

Some of the forces of Malian civil society, such as Malian farmers were present at the recent World Social Forum last month in Tunisia. Western corporate media however, is uninterested in reporting their stories, and despite its highly visible and self-celebrating African American political class, there exists no effective constituency for Africa in the US.

For Black Agenda Radio I'm Bruce Dixon. Find us on the web at www.blackagendareport.com.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and a state committee member of the Georgia Green Party. He lives and works near Marietta GA and can be contacted at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com or via this site's contact page.

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I don't know if MIP (Making It Plain) archives their shows, but Bruce (as a guest) as discussed this along with several other people. 

 

The US is in Africa to lock down its resources, Africa's energy, water, minerals, timber, agriculture, and biodiversity for the Western corporate elite. Strong African civil societies are, in the view of the US and its allies, bad for business, because they would mean Africans controlling their own energy, water, minerals, timber, agriculture and biodiversity.

 

 

The politics of the waterways in that region along with the thwarting of any type of African alliance  is why the U.S. is seeding western media with the 'beware of China' theme.  While not 100% altruistic, the Chinese dynamic is much different than western corporate (military backed) interest.

I don't care for some of Bruce's (IMHO) unnecessary character attacks on politicians but he (and BAR) get props for paying close and careful attention to these issues and asking real questions about them.

Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher:

I don't know if MIP (Making It Plain) archives their shows, but Bruce (as a guest) as discussed this along with several other people. 

 

The US is in Africa to lock down its resources, Africa's energy, water, minerals, timber, agriculture, and biodiversity for the Western corporate elite. Strong African civil societies are, in the view of the US and its allies, bad for business, because they would mean Africans controlling their own energy, water, minerals, timber, agriculture and biodiversity.

 

 

The politics of the waterways in that region along with the thwarting of any type of African alliance  is why the U.S. is seeding western media with the 'beware of China' theme.  While not 100% altruistic, the Chinese dynamic is much different than western corporate (military backed) interest.

I don't care for some of Bruce's (IMHO) unnecessary character attacks on politicians but he (and BAR) get props for paying close and careful attention to these issues and asking real questions about them.

I agree on some issues. However, regarding the Chinese question in my thoughts different dynamic doesn't mean different result. Just different methods. I'm somewhat against the Chinese and Asians being on the continent because its clear as to what their needs are, especially as they are in need of minerals and natural resources to support their population. We are clear as to what the Western plans are, militarization. No one regards the Africans... we are going to have to regard ourselves.

A people divided WILL ALWAYS BE CONQURED AND AT THE MERCY OF THE WHIMS OF THEIR CONQUERERS!

 

While Western, and now Asian countries divvy up Africa and it vast wealth of resources for themselves, the exact same what that they did during colonalization, Africans, African Americans, Black people throughout the entire Diaspora stand divided against each other because of bullshit like culture, nationality, tribe, class, educational levels, religions shoved down their ancestors throats, the chosen few Africans themselves that do their damnest to exploit anything they can that is Africa or African at the expense of all other Africans, and at the expense of the future of the entire Black Race. 

 

It is a shame that African American politicians, "leaders", and African Americans with clout do not ever speak out for Africa/African countries that are being exploited by Western (and Asian) nations.  Western nations like America, have every intention of depleting every ounce of natural resources while simultaneously blocking native Africans from profiting from their own wealth. 

 

 African America is virtually a microcosm of Africa itself;  far too many of us stand divided against each other, far to many of us will sell out the Black race in America in a heartbeat, while African Americans with political power or forums, or that have the clout or money, sit and do or say absolutely nothing. 

and now Asian countries divvy up Africa and it vast wealth of resources for themselves, the exact same what that they did during colonalization,

 

 

I still scratch my head when I read stuff like this.   China is not a colonial power and they have not approach African nations as such, nor do the African Nations engage them as such.  Both parts are making use of Capitalism to develop the respective lands and as such are subject to Capitalist logic in confronting its contradictions.  Neither Africa nor China is immune to this.   

 

A problem for China is the lack of export markets and a problem (among several) for African countries are particular types of internal development.  From a Capitalist standpoint the solving of those problems that cannot happen in a vacuum......that is why China and Walmart where/are closely linked.   No conspiracy needed, its just how capitalism & markets works. 

http://www.archives.gov/exhibi...tion_transcript.html

 

US Constitution, Article 2, Section 2:  

"The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-877741

 

Your buddy, President Barack Obama to whom, possibly a lot of you voted for is also the Chief executive. 

 

http://www.archives.gov/exhibi...tion_transcript.html

 

US Constitution, Article. II., Section. 1.

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

......Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16804247

 

http://www.mediaite.com/online...ericans-on-u-s-soil/

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-899597

 

https://www.africanamerica.org/...operty-ownership-etc?

 

Since President Barack "the Magic Negro" Obama and his appointee U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder  have held office there have been more un-Constitutional infractions against U.S. citizens, more freedoms for illegal aliens, and you can forget Constitutional protections for any U.S. born descendant of slavery, because Barack Obama could care less, the unemployment rate of Black men and women is the highest it has ever been, more Drone strikes than ever, U.S. soldiers....U.S. Veterans are more vulnerable than during any previous U.S. President, or Presidential Administration.

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-955888

 

After all, more than any other U.S. President, President Barack Obama is more likely to be used, because as it stands Barack Obama will to throw anyone under the bus to promote himself, to make history to be the first Black President, to keep from being held accountable for unethical, criminal, illegal, un-Constitutional, inhumane, and treasonous decisions he has made, or will make. 

 

If former President George Bush were to give the order commit all the inhumane things in Sub-Sahara Africa that have occurred during President Barack Obama's tenure, U.S. born Black men and women would have been marching on the White House, protesting, condemning the President, you name it.

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