Thursday, March 22, 2012

Monopolizing Africa

AFRICOM Report: Combating Chinese Economic Encroachment in Central Africa


Since the time of the British Empire and the manifesto of Cecil Rhodes, the pursuit of treasures on the hopeless continent has demonstrated the expendability of human life. Despite decades of apathy among the primary resource consumers, the increasing reach of social media propaganda has ignited public interest in Africa’s long overlooked social issues. In the wake of celebrity endorsed pro-intervention publicity stunts, public opinion in the United States is now being mobilized in favor of a greater military presence on the African continent. Following the deployment of one hundred US military personnel to Uganda in 2011, a new bill has been introduced to the Congress calling for the further expansion of regional military forces in pursuit of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an ailing rebel group allegedly responsible for recruiting child soldiers and conducting crimes against humanity.

As the Obama administration claims to welcome the peaceful rise of China on the world stage, recent policy shifts toward an American Pacific Century indicate a desire to maintain the capacity to project military force toward the emerging superpower. In addition to maintaining a permanent military presence in Northern Australia, the construction of an expansive military base on South Korea’s Jeju Island has indicated growing antagonism towards Beijing. The base maintains the capacity to host up to twenty American and South Korean warships, including submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers once completed in 2014 – in addition tothe presence of Aegis anti-ballistic systems. In response, Chinese leadership has referred to the increasing militarization in the region as an open provocation.


On the economic front, China has been excluded from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a trade agreement intended to administer US-designed international trading regulations throughout Asia, to the benefit of American corporations. As further fundamental policy divisions emerge subsequent to China and Russia’s UNSC veto mandating intervention in Syria, the Obama administration has begun utilizing alternative measures to exert new economic pressure towards Beijing. The United States, along with the EU and Japan have called on the World Trade Organization to block Chinese-funded mining projects in the US, in addition to a freeze on World Bank financing for China’s extensive mining projects.

In a move to counteract Chinese economic ascendancy, Washington is crusading against China's export restrictions on minerals that are crucial components in the production of consumer electronics such as flat-screen televisions, smart phones, laptop batteries, and a host of other products. In a 2010 white paper entitled “Critical Raw Materials for the EU,” the European Commission cites the immediate need for reserve supplies of tantalum, cobalt, niobium, and tungsten among others; the US Department of Energy 2010 white paper “Critical Mineral Strategy” also acknowledged the strategic importance of these key components. Coincidentally, the US military is now attempting to increase its presence in what is widely considered the world’s most resource rich nation, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.




UN LAND GRAB RAPES AFRICA OF RESOURCES & REBRANDS DISSENTERS AS REBELS


In East Timor, the site of land grabs of agricultural areas, families have been displaced causing hunger and poverty to escalate. The World Bank has been behind such terroristic measures, along with government interest groups and the UN.

With the assistance of the UN, corporations have begun descending on Africa to aid in the securitization of their natural resources. Examples like an $11 million dollar project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cocoa-Cola Corporation are usurping 50,000 Kenyan and Ugandan smallholders to produce fruit for Minute Maid, a subsidiary for Cocoa-Cola.

“Africa is now the last frontier in terms of arable land,” said James Nyoro, the Rockefeller Foundation’s managing director for Africa. “With the population growing to 9 billion, the rest of the world will have to depend upon Africa to feed it.”

In February of 2012, the Rights and Resources Initiative, a non-governmental organization was supportive of the UN’s massive land-grab in Africa which displaced an estimated 500 million citizens from the sub-Sahara as well as targeted 346 billion acres of farmland for the purpose of securitizing food production.

The RRI denies their involvement, however their purpose is to collect data on “forest rights” which assists in the success of a land-grab.


According to a 2011 report released by the International Land Coalition, there is a rush by global networks to acquire land in the sub-Saharan region of Africa by foreign corporations and governments which is causing environmental and agricultural devastation along the River Niger in Africa.

The report states: “The siphoning of water for huge areas of farmland will worsen the already low water levels of the Niger.” The outcome was a “50 percent diminution of the delta flood plain’s land area. Given that social conflict over resources between farmers and pastoralists has always been a feature of the Niger Basin, the Coalition suggests that large-scale irrigation could heighten tension between local and downstream water users.”

While 300 million Africans do not have access to safe drinking water, scientists have discovered undergroundaquifers of water in Africa that are 100 times the amount found on the surface of the continent.

Researchers for the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of London have uncovered this resource; and have written a paper in the Environmental Research Letters journal. The created a detailed map of the underground water.

Helen Bonsor, a co-author of the paper, said, “The amount of storage in those basins is equivalent to 75m thickness of water across that area – it’s a huge amount.”

The researchers have designated many countries as a “water source” with untapped potentials of enormous reserves of underground water.

Dr. Alan MacDonald of the BGS and lead author of the study said: “High-yielding boreholes should not be developed without a thorough understanding of the local groundwater conditions. Appropriately sited and developed boreholes for low yielding rural water supply and hand pumps are likely to be successful.”

The World Bank issued a statement of concern last month for the coming food shortage due to the drought devastating the US and Europe. According to Jim Yong Kim, World Bank group president: “Food prices rose again sharply threatening the health and well-being of millions of people. Africa and the Middle East are particularly vulnerable, but so are people in other countries where the prices of grains have gone up abruptly.”

To quell the locals from interfering with the UN’s agendas in Africa, NATO forces were sent into areas like East Timor to “calm” the people. An anonymous UN official describes how after the citizens “realized they were close to pressing the self-destruct button” they gave up their fight.

The creation of East Timor was purely directed by the UN who installed an “independent government” in 2002. The UN quickly stepped in to bring order back to East Timor in 2006 after soldiers defected from the controlled forces of the puppet government and “launched a mutiny”. Once the UN was able to establish control over the citizens be threat of force, the East Timor government asked for assistance in rebuilding the country.

East Timor is rife with oil and natural gas reserves which are estimated to be worth more than $11 billion. This natural resource is quite attractive to the globalist Elite.

Jeffrey Sachs, professor at Columbia University and assistant to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, states that “the real responsibility of the government is to ensure that the oil revenues are not just consumed in a quick binge — that’s the resource curse. This country started out impoverished, war-torn, under a long era of colonial rule, so there’s a lot of building to be done.”

Turning over the land to the UN, foreign governments and special interest corporations is causing the natives to fight back against the land-grab they are forced to live under.

In 2010, ConocoPhillips begun drilling in the Timor Sea and funding the East Timor government with bribe money that culminates in a $5 billion petroleum fund. Projects to extract the natural resources have been slow to preform and the multi-national corporations involved are feeling their investments are being squandered by the government.

Land-grabs become violent situations when the local people defy the UN’s right to steal their land. The mainstream media rebrands them rebels for the sake of public support while masking the true nature of the resistance. In 2011, President Obama sent a reported 100 US troops to Central Africa to look for Joseph Kony, a member of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

On Capitol Hill, House Representatives passed a resolution to support the US military invasion in Africa under the guise of finding Kony when in reality it was to support NATO Forces in securing locals who had risen up against the UN for stealing their land for privatization. The House also introduced are solution to use the mainstream media to coerce Americans into support the witch-hunt for Kony as a distraction from the truth.

AFRICOM partnered with President Obama to consolidate its military presence. They created the United State African Command. Under the cloak of AFRICOM, the US government’s agenda is controlling the rich resources in central Africa. Vice Admiral Robert T. Moeller openly declared AFRICOM’s guiding principle as protecting “the free flow of natural resources from Africa to the global market.”


IN SOUTHEAST ASIA


"Prime Minister" Hun Sen of Cambodia has occupied the nation's seat of power for 25 years. Term limits don't exist, neither does any real opposition. In 1997, when last Hun Sen lost an election, he butchered and exiled his opposition in a bloodily military coup.

Such a man is surely a candidate for the "Axis of Evil" and should be mentioned in every other breath by the media along side Iran, North Korea, and Burma. But wait ... most people have never heard the name "Hun Sen" nor do they hear any news at all coming from this Southeast Asian backwater.

Indeed, Cambodia has enjoyed the benefits of mainstream media immunity, along with other brutal dictatorships like Saudi Arabia. While a 30 year old video of Taliban hitting women with sticks is left looping on CNN and Fox News, Saudi Arabia weekly opens up "Chop-Chop Square" to decapitate enemies of the state, under the watchful eyes of the United States, fully funding, training, and implementing defense and security within the Kingdom.

Likewise, Cambodia is a brutal dictatorship. While the Khmer Rouge might not be murdering its people by the millions, at least not as quickly, old Hun Sen, former Khmer Rouge himself, has displaced and oppressed millions under his long and very undemocratic rule. According to the London Guardian, nearly half of Cambodia's landmass has been sold to foreign investors by 2008.

Today, the Cambodian military is literally being sold off to corporations now possessing wide swaths of land as mercenary forces to crush any local opposition. Surely displacing millions and selling land out from under people is criminal, and an affront to humanity. But strangely enough, this story goes unreported, the UN remains eerily silent, and in fact, the United States, as of 2010 has begun training many of the most notorious land grabbing military units involved in this atrocity.

Indeed, Operation Angkor Sentinel kicked off in July 2010 as US Army troops trained with the local Cambodian troops. The United States shamelessly defends the exercises claiming that “Our military relationship is about ... working toward effective defense reform, toward encouraging the kind of civil-military relationship that is essential to any healthy political system,” according to William Burns, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs.

In reality, investors come from the United States, Europe, United Kingdom and Australia, buying tracts of land in some cases the size of Singapore in single deals, and which require protection from locals who have literally been pushed off their land at gunpoint. It is much more likely the Cambodian troops are receiving US military training and aid because globalist assets need protecting and Hun Sen has proven himself a stooge of serious potential.

Like previous stooges in their glory days, such as Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran, or even neighboring Thailand's notorious global stooge Thaksin Shinwatra, all can be forgiven, and covered up by the mainstream media, as long as the beneficiaries of atrocities and oppression are the globalists. Hun Sen most certainly is doing well for himself, and the key to his continued success will be back-bending compliance to the globalists and their designs.

Hun Sen, a Globalist Model Pet

Cambodian PM Hun Sen (left) and Thailand's Thaksin Shinwatra (right), two globalist peas in a pod. 

Last year, Hun Sen's willingness to work toward globalist interests transcended the failed state he presides over, with his appointment of Thailand's ousted/fugitive Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as his "Financial Adviser."

In addition, after the 2009 April riots conducted by Thaksin's Marxist "red shirts" many of the leaders fled to Cambodia as a safe haven and base to continue stoking violence and unrest, and even arm the Marxist rebels with weapons acquired in Cambodia.

Thaksin's proxy political party have repeatedly held meetings inside Cambodia with their exiled leader, and after the recent 2010 April/May unrest, again, Thaksin's scattered leadership fled to Cambodia for safety and to reorganize.

Thaksin's "red shirts" are reminiscent of the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia, who between civil war, genocide, and a large dose of communism, reduced the Cambodian people to the easily exploited nation it is today. The fact that Robert Amsterdam, of Amsterdam & Peroff, major corporate members of the globalist nexus Chatham House, is behind Thaksin, along with the BBC, Economist and some of the largest banking and corporate interests on earth, doesn't bode well for neighboring Thailand. It is more than likely the globalists to a certain degree would like to recreate in Thailand their success in Cambodia, a globalist free-for-all amongst the ashes of a broken people. Thaksin Shinwatra is their "Hun Sen 2.0."


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: Robert Amsterdam, corporate lobbyists, globalist, and "celebrity lawyer" concurrently represents both deposed autocrat Thaksin Shinawatra and his street mob “red shirts” also known as the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD). Despite claims that Nitirat is an academic movement, it is clearly an attempt to re-brand the street hooligan image of Thaksin's political devotees. 

So while Robert Amsterdam churns out volumes of "white papers" regarding the Thai government's treatment of armed Marxist rebels, he is strangely silent about his own client's ties to Cambodia's Hun Sen, and his continuing crimes against humanity.

Hun Sen appears to be standing on the precipice of another "Dubai." A land of zero taxes catering to foreign investors, and red-hot property speculation that will catapult the 3rd world nation to a faux-first-world showcase.

Unlike Dubai, which has a very tiny local population, Cambodia has a human obstacle standing in the way of wall-to-wall exploitation. It seems as if the US Army and the globalists are more than prepared to clear this obstacle, in the most abhorrent way possible - which is why you haven't heard of Hun Sen, or any news from Cambodia, and won't until Hun Sen back peddles or lines his pockets a little too much, and needs to be replaced.